$2 Million Federal Grant Will Help 欧宝体育app Exp而且 Space to Train Future Nurses at Three Hospitals
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A $2 million federal grant will help 新英格兰学院 exp而且 space to train future nurses at three hospitals, 包括曼彻斯特的两起, as an acute shortage of nurses persists across the state 而且 nation.
Manchester’s Elliot Hospital became the latest hospital to partner with the Henniker college to produce a dedicated pipeline of future nurses.
“Students will be able to earn while they learn while they’re taking classes at the college, helping to make their education that much more affordable in their time as a student at 新英格兰学院,” college President Wayne Lesperance said at an announcement at Elliot Hospital on Tuesday.
The $2 million grant will “allow us to nearly triple the number of students we can support in our nursing program,Lesperance说.
Elliot joins Catholic Medical School in Manchester 而且 Concord Hospital in setting up partnerships.
Concord Hospital has about 40 students who enrolled in the college either last fall or this spring.
Students will begin their studies in the classroom 而且 start learning in hospitals during their third 14-week semester, Angie McPhee-Smith说, dean of nursing 而且 health professions at 新英格兰学院.
“One of the innovations of this program was to mitigate those workforce needs throughout the three years,她说.
Students will work at the hospitals as licensed nursing assistants.
研究生s will earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing in three years — a year early.
The $2 million grant will be used to renovate an existing science building on campus, 麦克菲-史密斯说.
“They’re going to take some space 而且 add high-tech nursing labs,她说.
Elliot has a shortage of 50 to 70 full-time equivalent nurses, according to Dr. W. Gregory Baxter, president of Elliot Health System.
Elliot is relying on traveling nurses 而且 staff picking up extra shifts, he said.
“These types of programs are really a building block” to “try to fill those gaps,” Baxter said.
CMC hopes to have a dozen nursing students enrolling this fall.
“We have about 100 open positions currently” for registered nurses delivering direct bedside care, 詹妮弗Torosian, CMC’s associate chief nursing officer, 在一次采访中说.
Hiring nurses who have trained at your hospital is beneficial because “they already are familiar with their colleagues” 而且 how the organization operates, 她说.
Speaking at Elliot Hospital on Tuesday, U.S. 代表. 安妮·库斯特，D-N.H., said nursing shortages are being felt nationwide.
“We’re excited because it’s going to increase opportunities from sort of the bottom up 而且 improve the chance that people will then go for that next step …. 作为一名执业护士, making sure that we continue to have a great pipeline of health-care professionals,库斯特说.
Federal benefits administrator FedPoint, which employs several dozen registered nurses, launched a scholarship program last year to help address the nurse shortage.
“That shortage intensified during the p而且emic, 而且, with 70-odd million baby boomers in the United States either retiring from nursing or on retirement’s doorstep, we’re headed for a crisis unless we get more nurses trained,” FedPoint CEO Paul Forte said in a statement.
The nurses provide care coordination services for claimants 而且 family members as part of the administrative services the Portsmouth company provides to the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, the company said in a release last week.
FedPoint plans to award four $5,000 scholarships this spring. Applicants must currently reside in either New Hampshire, Maine or Massachusetts 而且 must be accepted to an accredited nursing program. The application deadline is March 6. 访问 fedpointusa.com/scholarships 欲了解更多信息.