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Nursing Shortage: Need More Nurses? Grow Your Own

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 16th, 2016

When some hospitals dealing with the nursing shortage are having trouble finding enough nurses, they grow their own.

Many offer tuition reimbursements to current employees who want to go back to school to get their bachelor’s degrees. Now some are going to high schools to find students who might be interested in a health care career.

nursing education to combat the nursing shortage--grow your own“Grow Our Own” is the name of a program which is a partnership between CHI St. Francis, Central Community College and Career Pathways Institute in Grand Island, NE.

Under the program, CHI St. Francis pays CCC tuition and fees for high school students interested in a health care career. In return, the students agree to work for St. Francis for three years. CCC holds five seats each year for these future St. Francis nurses. The agreement also calls for CHI St. Francis to help CPI with its HOSA program (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America.)

These five students start working toward their ADN in their junior and senior years of high school. CCC helps them take the required courses before they actually begin college. The students have a mentor at CHI Health St. Francis and they will be encouraged to work as nursing assistants while going to school.

This is a win/win/win solution for the nursing shortage.

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