Mercy College of Ohio graduates new class of frontline workers

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Published: Dec. 23, 2020 at 6:30 AM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Mercy College of Ohio has just churned out a new class of frontline workers ready to hit the ground running.

About 70 new nursing school graduates have completed a rigorous two-and-a-half-year program at the school and some already have jobs.

“I was working as a waitress up until the pandemic, then in the middle of the pandemic, I took a job in the ER at St. Charles over in Oregon. So I’ve been working there about six months now. I have accepted a job there to start work as an RN as soon as I pass my boards,” recent grad Kelsey Sullivan said.

Kelsey’s classmate, Alyssa Buckovitz is heading to work in the ICU at St. Vincents. She says she feels well-prepared because of the special attention she got at Mercy.

“The teachers all know you so it’s really personable and they are always there for you,” Buckovitz said.

School officials say their students will typically earn between $26-$30 an hour to start in their new careers.

Kelsey says this is a challenging time, but if you work hard it pays off.

“Graduating in the middle of a pandemic is a little intimidating, but I’m eager. Some advice would be to have grit. You have to really work hard and you have to really want it,” Sullivan said.

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