Western Career College Helps Alleviate Nursing Shortage

School graduates 80 vocational and registered nursing students

SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 17, 2009 - The weak economy is affecting almost every job sector in America, save one – nursing. These professionals are in demand, due to a nursing shortage that is so critical that many are worried it could jeopardize the quality of healthcare in the country.

Nursing schools have not expanded their programs quickly enough to meet the demand for skilled nurses. But Western Career College is making strides in alleviating this growing problem.

At noon on Saturday, February 21, 2009, 80 of Western Career College’s vocational and registered nursing students will graduate from the school in a traditional pinning ceremony at El Campanil Theater in Antioch. The pinning ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of nursing students, and include the recitation of the Florence Nightingale pledge during a special candle lighting.

Keynote speaker will be K.T. Waxman, RN, the program director for the Bay Area Simulation Collaborative (BASC) and the Bay Area Nursing Resource Center for the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care (CINHC). She also is president of K.T. Waxman & Associates, a healthcare consulting firm in Northern California, and a nationally known speaker on leadership development, healthcare finance, networking, and communication.

Western Career College equips its nursing graduates to provide quality healthcare to clients in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation, and ambulatory care.

“I believe we have one of the best educational programs for nurses in our area,” said Mikhail Shneyder, RN and dean of nursing at Western Career College. “Healthcare providers hire our students and want to hire more, which I consider the highest praise.”

“Nursing is a field which allows people to achieve their personal and professional goals. And demand for nurses is particularly high in Northern California with multiple healthcare providers planning expansions,” said Shneyder.