Pima Briefs

Nurses receive certificates

By Michael Anderson

Eleven students received their practical nursing certificates in a ceremony at Pima Community College’s Desert Vista Campus on Jan. 15. The event included a Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony, complete with a candle-lighting and recitation of the “Nightingale Pledge.”

Practical nursing is among the nearly two-dozen certificate programs offered by the Center for Training and Development based at Desert Vista Campus. The CTD offers high quality training for in-demand fields including business technology, culinary and food industry, medical office, and surgical technology.

Licensed practical nurses work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices and nursing homes. According to a press release by the college, healthcare is the fastest growing industry in America and prospects for practical nurses are better than for most jobs, particularly in Tucson.

For more information on practical nursing or any of the CTD’s other programs call 206-5100 or visit pima.edu.



Healthcare enrollment fair


Health and community organizations were at Pima Community College campuses on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 to deliver information to students about the importance of health insurance and how to get enrolled.

“Even if you are young and healthy, having health insurance guards you against astronomical medical bills for accidents or unexpected illnesses,” said Cheryl O’Donnell, Arizona state director for the Get Covered America campaign, in a press release.

“Without coverage, each of us is one step away from being financially wiped out by debt from a visit to an emergency room, which could cost thousands of dollars without an overnight stay,” she said.

More than 3 million people have signed up for insurance since Oct. 1, when the marketplace opened, according to figures released by the Obama administration.

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