Carol Duell, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Practical Nursing Program Coordinator, was recently inducted into the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing Alumni Association Hall of Fame.
Duell, a 1983 graduate of the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing, was nominated by her peers on the Abington Memorial Hospital Alumni Association, and now joins an elite group of about 20 inductees in the Hall of Fame.
Duell has always had a passion for nursing and has a long running relationship with Abington Memorial Hospital stemming from her youth. She began volunteering as a Candy Striper assisting nurses at Abington Memorial Hospital when she was 14 years old, went on to attend nursing school there, and taught nursing there for 10 years. She then came to EASTERN as a full-time Practical Nursing Instructor and worked her way up to Program Coordinator, the title she has held since 2007.
Her favorite aspect of the nursing field is connecting with patients and getting to know them. Her love of science and the aspect of helping people as a career have made her a leader in the field.
“EASTERN’s Practical Nursing Program is a great stepping stone into nursing,” said Duell. “Graduates can make $40,000 – $50,000 their first year out of this program. They can then choose to pursue their RN at their own pace if that is their goal. I am proud of my profession and this Hall of Fame induction tells me that I am a valued member of the Dixon School of Nursing community. I loved my time there and am very proud of it.”
EASTERN’s Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, and accredited by the Middle States Commission of Secondary Schools. The program is designed to prepare qualified, selected individuals for a career in Practical Nursing. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX) PN Licensing examination.