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HCC names health sciences director

February 21, 2005|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

HAGERSTOWN

wandaw@herald-mail.com

As the Tri-State area's need for medical care creates demand for more trained health-care providers, Hagerstown Community College is committed to producing competent graduates who can fill those jobs.

And Carolyn Albright is ready to take the lead in preparing them.

Albright, a former associate professor of nursing, recently was promoted to chair the college's division of health sciences and was named director of the college's nursing program.

"HCC's programs are strong, and the college's mission strives to provide the best education and the most relevant programs that are needed to serve the community," said Albright, who brings more than 25 years of clinical management and teaching experience to her new post.

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HCC's health sciences division includes radiography, physical education, paramedics, medical technician training and a certified nursing assistant program, she said.

While enrollment in health science programs is growing across the board, Albright says the national nursing shortage has resulted in larger nursing classes.

"In May, we'll graduate 56 registered nurse students and about 30 practical nurse students," she said. "That's the largest number of students we've ever graduated."

Albright, in her 11th year at the college, joined HCC as an assistant professor in the nursing program following a 10-year career with Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital. There, she directed the hospital's nursing education program.

"I was responsible for coordinating all orientation and continuing education in the nursing department," said Albright, who managed several nursing instructors at the time.

In 1974, Albright earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. In 1977, she completed her master's of science in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

That was followed by stints as an intensive care nursing manager with Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn., and director of nursing education at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, R.I.

Albright said teaching gives her a chance to give back to the community. She lives in Middletown, Md., with her husband and two children.

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