Two New Faculty Members Join Wor-Wic as Part of Nursing Expansion
January 26, 2007

As part of the nursing program expansion at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, the college recently hired two new nursing faculty members -- Sharon Z. Contini of Laurel, Del., and Barbara Manry of Ocean City.

Prior to joining Wor-Wic, Contini was a shift supervisor and code leader at Delaware Department of Corrections medical services in Smyrna, Del. Contini, who has more than 15 years of experience as a registered nurse, received her associate degree in nursing from Delaware Technical and Community College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Wilmington College in Georgetown, Del.

Prior to taking the position at Wor-Wic, Manry was a nurse practitioner for Dr. Robert Durkin of Ocean City, who recently retired. Manry is also an adjunct instructor of nursing at Wilmington College in New Castle, Del. She is a graduate of Wor-Wic, having received her associate degree in nursing in 1992. Manry also received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Wilmington College in Georgetown.

The nursing expansion, which was announced last summer, is part of an effort to help meet the staffing needs of area hospitals. Wor-Wic will expand its nursing program by adding another 32 slots over the next two years.

This semester, the college admitted 16 additional students into the certificate practical nursing program, which prepares graduates for jobs as licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The expansion raised the number of slots in the certificate program from 64 to 80.

The new LPN students will complete the certificate program in December of 2007 and will be eligible for admission into Wor-Wic’s associate of science degree program that will begin in January of 2008. This will increase the number of slots in the degree program from 64 to 80, for an overall total of 160 nursing students.

Wor-Wic implemented a similar expansion in the fall of 2002 and 2003 with financial assistance from area health care facilities and other donations received through the college’s Three-Way Challenge Campaign. Wor-Wic is indebted to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for their financial support of the new expansion.