The Joliet Junior College Nursing and Allied Health Department invites all area high school students, their parents, and others in the community interested in nursing to learn more about JJC’s program on April 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Main Campus 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. Those attending should come to the third floor of the U-Building near the nursing labs. Cookies and bottled water will be available as refreshments.
Cristy Smith, president of the JJC student nursing honor society, Alpha Delta Nu (ADN), said visitors would learn about a nurse’s skill set and see demonstrations in the nursing labs.
Informational sessions on different nursing topics will also be on the itinerary. Visitors will get a chance to ask questions about the nursing program, and meet professors and nursing students currently enrolled at JJC.
Smith encourages anybody interested in nursing to visit the department on April 26. She is happy she chose to obtain her nursing degree at JJC.
“The instructors are very good, and they are always there for us. They prepare us very well for the nursing field,” she said. “And it’s a very close-knit group of students, too.”
More than 100 students graduate from JJC’s nursing program each year. Thanks to the new Health Professions Center built in 2013, students are exposed to state of the art simulation labs where they can obtain hands on nursing experience and knowledge.
In 2012, JJC nursing graduates topped the state and national averages after taking the NCLEX, a licensing test for both registered nurses (RNs) and practical nurses (PNs). JJC RNs had a 96 percent passing rate (6 percent above the national average) and JJC PNs had a 100 percent passing rate (16 percent above the national average).
Demand for healthcare workers is projected to grow immensely by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment for licensed practical nurses is expected to increase by 39 percent; 21 percent for nursing assistants; 48 percent for home health aides; 39 percent for sonographers; and 23 percent for EMTs and paramedics.
For more information about JJC’s Department of Nursing and Allied Health, or information about this upcoming event, visit www.jjc.edu/info/nursing, or call 815-280-2462.