Thanks to legislation expected to be signed today by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, more than 200 new nurses, who are recent graduates of Hondros College of Nursing, may be able to enter the workforce by obtaining temporary licenses to aid in the national COVID-19 emergency.
Leaders at Hondros College of Nursing talked with Ohio State Senators Theresa Gavarone and Matt Dolan, along with State Representative Derick Merrin about allowing nursing graduates to start working since licensure testing organization Pearson Vue is currently not in operation during the crisis.
As Ohio’s largest annual educator of practical and registered nurse graduates, Hondros College of Nursing has been receiving significant requests from Ohio’s health systems for graduates to fill the increasing nursing shortage.
“Hondros College of Nursing educates more LPNs and RNs combined than any other single institution in Ohio, and one of the great things about our institution is that we are adaptable and innovative. We understand the great need for nurses, especially at this critical time, so we wanted to get graduates working and serving our communities as soon as possible. We can continue educating nurses during this pandemic through online delivery with the support of our sister institution, American Public University System, which is one of the largest online universities in the country. We are well-prepared to continue educating nurses to meet the demand in our state,” said Hondros College of Nursing CEO Harry Wilkins.