WHAT: Fortis College in Orange Park launched its Associate Degree in Nursing program in 2014 to help address growing demand for registered nurses (RNs). Two years later, the campus’ first class of nursing students will graduate on April 1.

WHO: To recognize the new grads, Fortis College will host its first Candle Lighting & Pinning Ceremony MONDAY. Each new nursing grad will recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge, which reads in part: “With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.”

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 28, 2016

WHERE: Memorial Hospital Auditorium
3625 University Boulevard S.
Jacksonville, FL 32216

WHY: Nurses – specifically registered nurses – are in short supply. In its January 2016 “Demand for Nurses in Florida” report, the Florida Center for Nursing estimated the statewide shortage, as of July 2015, at nearly 12,500 RNs. On March 11, listed more than 1,000 RN vacancies in Jacksonville, with 437 RN job postings in Orange Park alone. The need is significant.

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Fortis College-Orange Park graduating Associate Degree in Nursing students with Dean of Nursing Joyce Errico.

MORE: The Fortis College campus is in a completely retrofitted building that provides students with a modern equipped facility. It features classrooms with ceiling-mounted projectors, two new nursing simulation laboratories, two Surgical Technology labs with simulated operating rooms, and a dental lab. Each includes industry-standard technology that graduates likely will use on the job. Everything is designed to provide a series of transformative moments through an enhanced learning environment.

Programs offered at Fortis College-Orange Park include Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Medical Assisting with Basic X-ray Operation, Medical Billing and Coding, Nursing, Sterile Processing Technician and Surgical Technology. For campus-specific information, call 904-269-7086. For consumer information, visit