In these recessionary times that have been tough economically and emotionally, it is important to remember that there is hope. For those who turn to education as a way to advance their knowledge and skills in high-demand fields such as nursing, prospects are better for a quick return to the workplace.

Helping students successfully make this transition goes to the heart of our mission at Everest College Phoenix. As president of the Phoenix campus, I would like to congratulate the recent graduates of our registered nursing program. Our class of 22 graduates achieved a 95.5 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) — well above the nation’s average of 90.51 percent.

They now join the ranks of highly skilled professionals able to care for Arizona’s sick and affirmed. These well-prepared graduates are entering the field as the aging baby boomer population and increasing need for health care resources have led to a nationwide shortage of qualified nurses. Budgets cuts and faculty shortages often equate to long waiting lists of one or even two years for interested applicants. As educators, it is our job to better manage these student capacity issues so we can best help Arizona meet this nursing shortage. In this economy, no job is secure, but it’s safe to say the field of nursing will play a critical role in our health care system for the indefinite future.

To our graduates, best of luck in your new careers — we wish you continued success!

Todd McDonald

campus president

Everest College Phoenix

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