Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) Hosts Nursing Open House
Individuals interested in pursuing a nursing career were invited to learn about UMA’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at a recent nursing open house, held on January 27 at the UMA Tampa campus. The event was open to the public and featured a nursing information session, as well as refreshments, giveaways and a live radio remote with radio personality, Gordie of “The Freakshow” on 94.1 FM.
Prospective students who aspire to earn a nursing degree in Florida had the opportunity to learn about UMA’s two-year ADN program from Peggy Soper, Director of Nursing. Peggy brings real-world experience to the UMA classroom, having worked in the emergency room and radiology departments at Lakeland Regional Medical Center for more than 20 years. She also served as a clinical nurse specialist-educator at Providence Health & Services in Seattle, Washington, and spent two years working for the Jeddah College of Nursing and Hospital in Saudi Arabia.
Peggy provided an overview of UMA’s nursing degree program, and discussed the nursing career outlook in Florida. According to the Florida Center for Nursing (FCN), the state will need 50,000 new Registered Nurses (RNs) between now and 2025 to meet employer demand* – which suggests there will be good job opportunities for qualified Florida nursing program graduates. Students who successfully complete UMA’s program are awarded an Associate Degree in Nursing, and UMA also helps them prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, or NCLEX-RN.
In addition to the nursing information session, other highlights of the open house event included a live remote featuring radio personality Gordie of “The Freakshow” on WiLD 94.1 FM. Gordie and his promotional crew invited attendees to spin the wheel to win free swag, including T-shirts, movie tickets and other fun giveaways.
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* Florida Center for Nursing. RN and LPN Supply and Demand Forecasts, 2010-2025: Florida’s Projected Nursing Shortage in View of the Recession and Healthcare Reform. October 2010. <http://www.flcenterfornursing.org/files/2010_Shortage_Forecast.pdf>