COTC Assistant Professor Receives Associate Degree Nursing Educator of the Year Award

NEWARK, Ohio, November 17, 2015 — Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Assistant Professor of Nursing Lori Peden just recently returned from Jacksonville, Florida after receiving the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN) Foundation Elsevier Educator of the Year Award at the organization’s national convention on November 14.

“This has been very exciting,” said Peden. “I am surrounded by excellent nurse educators, and it feels odd to be singled out this way.”

The Elsevier Educator of the Year Award is the highest award given by the N-OADN Foundation. Peden received a complimentary registration to the N-OADN convention and a check for $1,000. Peden was nominated for the award by COTC Dean for Health Sciences Sandra Walker, E.J.D.
“Lori Peden is an associate degree nursing education advocate and has taken part in statewide initiatives to promote academic progression,” said Walker in her letter supporting Peden’s nomination. “She willingly assumes responsibility for the overall good of the nursing program and student outcomes, with a full understanding that everything we do is focused toward safe nursing practices.”

Peden has been a nurse educator in associate degree nursing (ADN) since 1994. Prior to that time, she worked as a registered nurse in the hospital setting. “My students have shown me the value of the ADN education,” said Peden. “These students work extremely hard to become competent nurses in a two-year time frame. The ADN option at a community college makes nursing an accessible career path for many students who may not have had that option otherwise.”

“Lori is an excellent nurse educator, dedicated to nursing education, the students and the patients we serve,” said Walker.

COTC’s nursing program features Associate Degree Nursing (RN), a traditional five-semester plan of study; Practical Nursing (LPN), a one-year certificate program; LPN to RN Transition, a three​​-semester transition option for LPNs; and State Tested Nursing Aide (STNA) course.

Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.