Delgado = Your Success

Maegan graduated in December of 2012 from the Delgado Charity School of Nursing Practical Nursing Program at the Jefferson site’s PN Center of Excellence and completed her clinicals at West Jefferson Medical Center, where she was hired part time in the cardiac clinic. Currently, she is enrolled in classes that will go toward her admission back into the nursing program to become a registered nurse (RN).

Why did you choose your area of study?

I am a soft-hearted person who enjoys caring for those in need.

Why did you choose Delgado?

I chose Delgado because of the licensed practical nurse (LPN) program and also because it’s local. I didn't want to go anywhere else.

Why do you want to be a nurse?

I chose nursing because it's special to me. I have three family members who are nurses, so that's kind of been an inspiration to me. I also had an ill grandfather and an ill aunt and watched the process of them being in an out of the hospital. Seeing how they were being taken care of made me want to do that for loved ones.


What do you like most about Delgado?

The instructors are hands-on so it makes it a lot easier for adult learning. The clinical experience has been wonderful. There were a lot of opportunities for us to learn different things in the clinical area before going out into the real world. Also, it is close to home and they have great programs.

What is your most memorable Delgado experience?

An experience I'll never forget was actually being an advocate for the patients in clinicals. I learned how to speak up for them to get their needs met and I made sure that they were being taken care of.

What are your future plans?

In the long run, I would like to become an instructor in nursing courses like I am taking right now and I think Delgado can definitely lead me down that path.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Delgado?

I think of my education and the inspiration and knowledge passed down from the instructors— that definitely played a part in molding me into the nurse that I want to be.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I was 26 years old when I started nursing school and I feel like Delgado gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a nurse. It's never too late to go back and get your education— you can do that at anytime.


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Potential earnings for Maegan

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide basic medical care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. Employment of licensed practical nurses is expected to grow 22 percent through 2020.

As the U.S. population ages, the overall need for healthcare is expected to increase. This trend will lead to increased employment of LPNs in hospitals, physicians' offices, and other healthcare settings. LPNs also will be needed in residential care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted-living centers. Many procedures that once could be done only in hospitals are now being done outside of hospitals, creating demand in other settings, such as outpatient care centers.

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent through 2020. Growth will occur because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services.

The median annual wage of registered nurses was $64,690 in May 2010. Nurses can work in a variety of sectors as shown in the tabulation below:

 General medical and surgical hospitals - private


 Offices of physicians


 General medical and surgical hospitals - local


 Home health care services


 Nursing care facilities


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Delgado's Allied Health division offers associate degrees, certificates of technical studies, post associate certificates and technical diplomas for other healthcare occupations similar to nursing. Click here to view the programs in our online catalog.