Release Date: July 22, 2010
Contacts: Kim Dotson, Associate Dean of Nursing; 425-388-9469, email@example.com
John Olson, Vice President of College Advancement; 425-388-9404, firstname.lastname@example.org
Everett Community College Receives $250,000 to Train Hospital Employees
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, United Staff Nurses Union Partner with EvCC
EVERETT, WA – Everett Community College and its partners have received a $250,000 grant to offer ongoing hospital staff development and accelerated training for up to 16 licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses.
The grant from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will support the creation of a high-tech simulation training lab at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and a shortened LPN-to-RN program paired with employer and union support for students.
The evening program, compressed from five to three quarters, will allow hospital workers to receive training without disrupting work schedules or creating long-term burdens for their families.
“Providence Regional Medical Center Everett is pleased to partner with Everett Community College and UFCW Local 141 United Staff Nurses to develop a comprehensive simulation program,” said Kim Williams, Chief Nursing Officer at Providence. “The grant will fund the equipment purchase and staff to begin developing a program that gives students and staff nurses a safe environment to practice high-risk procedures.”
Providence will provide tuition reimbursement for employees, as well as facilities, equipment and coordination staff for the lab. United Staff Nurses will promote the program to employees and provide student support and program guidance.
“The community will benefit from the increased number of qualified, well-trained nurses that this partnership will produce,” EvCC President David Beyer said. “It’s critical that we use new technology to educate these students, and we’re pleased that the three groups came together to make this happen.”
In the simulation lab, instructors will assess students’ previous learning, provide clinical lab practice for students, and offer specialty training to staff nurses in high-need areas such as cardiac surgery, the emergency department and critical care. LPN-to-RN students will also take classes on the EvCC campus.
Training will begin in January.
For more information, contact Associate Dean of Nursing Kim Dotson at 425-388-9469 or email@example.com