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LWC, hospital partner to expand opportunities for nurses
Agreement allows nurses working full time to earn an accredited baccalaureate degree in 18 months in an online format, with reduced tuition rate from Lindsey Wilson College
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By Mariah Stearns
Lindsey Wilson College and Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital are partnering to provide expanded learning opportunities for Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital employees.
The agreement was made official during a Tuesday morning signing ceremony on the college's A.P. White Campus in Columbia, KY.
The partnership allows nurses working full-time to earn an accredited baccalaureate degree in 18 months in a fully online format. Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital employees pursuing a RN BSN degree will benefit from a reduced tuition rate from Lindsey Wilson College. Additionally, one Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital employee in each entering RN BSN class will receive the LWC - Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital RN BSN Scholarship. According to LWC Nursing and Health Division Chair Marian Smith the agreement marks another milestone for the continued collaboration between the college and hospitals in the region.
Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital was the first hospital to partner with the Lindsey Wilson College Nursing and Health Division at LWC. A self-study determined 30 percent of LWC nursing graduates have been employed by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
"When students start the program, initially they think it's difficult," Smith said. "But when they finally graduate and have all of the content finished, they realize it was all worth it and are extremely excited to have that degree when it's done.
Chief Nursing Officer for Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Sheryl Glasscock says that Lindsey Wilson's program sets itself apart from other nursing programs.
"I think one of the great attributes of the Lindsey Wilson program is their leadership track," Glasscock said. "They focus with individual nurse leaders in our organization to shadow and initiate projects that would grow them as an individual and nurse leader while also helping us out immensely. Not only are you going to be a nurse giving direct care to patients, but creating new avenues of service to our patients and improving the quality of the care that's provided."
Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr says the partnership is an example of what can be accomplished when we work together.
"This agreement takes our partnership with Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital to the next level," said Luckey. "Finding ways to educate more nurses will have an immeasurable impact on healthcare in our community and our region."
The agreement will streamline the LWC admissions and enrollment process for Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital employees. LWC graduate, Megan Keltner, a full-time employee of Lindsey Wilson College will work as the onsite RN BSN coordinator at the hospital.
This story was posted on 2017-05-18 19:29:43
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