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LARGO, Fla. – Fortis College, Largo has tapped veteran nurse educator Bobbi Martin, MSN, RN, CNE to head the campus’ nursing education curriculum. Named the new Dean of Nursing and Director of Nursing, Martin will be responsible for directing and expanding the nursing program, which enrolled its first class of students in September 2010.

One of a select number of Certified Nurse Educators, Martin joins Fortis College from the Galen School of Nursing in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she was assistant dean and developed, implemented, evaluated and revised the educational program for pre-licensure nursing. While there, she helped raise the school’s NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) pass rate from 87% to 100% for two consecutive years. Among her extensive previous experience, Martin served on the nursing faculty of St. Petersburg College, was assistant chief nursing officer at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute in Pinellas Park, Fla., and nursing administrative supervisor at St. Petersburg’s All Children’s Hospital, and founded Envision Learning Corporation in Largo, Fla., a non-profit organization to combat violence.

A nurse for more than 20 years, Martin entered the education field as a way to help prevent the aftermath of violence she witnessed in numerous pediatric emergency cases.

“To prevent the violence I saw as a nurse, I knew I had to combat it in the schools – and to do that, I had to become a teacher,” Martin recalls.

Martin brings strong leadership to the nursing program. Noted for a deep commitment to students, she embraces the philosophy that nursing needs to continuously develop innovative ideas to attract top candidates, whether in the field of healthcare or in the educational environment where they learn their profession. She plans to instill that sort of educational experience at Fortis College in Largo.

Martin’s concept of leadership is to set expectations in well-defined but attainable terms, and then hold students and faculty accountable. If everyone knows what to expect, she believes they are more comfortable working together toward common goals.

“Fortis has a wonderful vision for educating nurses for success and I am proud to be part of that team,” Martin adds. “We plan to set standards that exemplify what the most elite nursing programs strive to achieve so our students can be assured they are receiving one of the best nursing educations available anywhere.”

Martin is a PhD candidate at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, a Foundation for Nursing Education and Johnson & Johnson’s “Campaign for Nursing’s Future” Faculty Leadership and Mentoring Program recipient, and was awarded a National League of Nurses Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS) Grant.

About Fortis College, Largo
Fortis College, Largo is located one block west of Highway 19 at 6565 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33771. Established in 2005 as Central Florida College, the campus joined the Fortis network of colleges and institutes in April 2010. Fortis students are able to select from enhanced course offerings backed by the resources of a strong educational network that is committed to quality education and dedicated to placing students on desired career paths. Fortis College’s Largo campus prepares individuals to enter the fields of Nursing, Medical Assisting, Medical X-Ray, Medical Billing/Coding, HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration), Cosmetology and Health Information Technology. For available programs and schedules, call the campus at (727) 531-5900 to speak with an admissions counselor.

About Fortis
A leading post-secondary network of colleges and institutes that engages students in a powerful learning and training experience for lifelong growth, Fortis offers career-based certificate, diploma and degree-granting programs at 30 schools in 11 states. Fortis College and Fortis Institute campuses prepare students for in-demand careers in healthcare, business and technology and various trades. Fortis also offers online learning platforms for many of its programs. Each Fortis campus is accredited by a nationally recognized body. Program offerings and accreditations vary by campus. Fortis is affiliated with the Denver School of Nursing, St. Paul’s School of Nursing, All State Career School, Medix School and Tri-State Business Institute.

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