SCC's Re-Entry Into Nursing Receives Grant, Starts in September
The Re-Entry into Nursing Program was developed by SCC' Coordinator of Health Career Programs, Continuing Education Division, Glenda Moeller. Designed to help inactive, licensed professional nurses update their knowledge, skills and understanding of current nursing theory and practice, Re-Entry into Nursing is a unique program. It is the only one of this kind in the state and one of only a handful of programs in the country. Nurses who successfully complete the program will be prepared to return to active nursing practice.
Moeller says thanks to the grant, the program is offered free of charge. "This is great for our nurses who want to get back into the field. They can take the class and even get help to cover costs like child care, books, and transportation."
Back in 2001, SCC recognized the growing shortage of registered nurses in the local, regional and national workforce. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the shortfall in nurses in Iowa is projected to increase to 27% by 2020. Barely 20% of nurses are under the age of 35. This means 80% of Iowa's nurses will be eligible to retire in the next 15-20 years. As a result, SCC created the Re-entry into Nursing Program in 2002 with funding from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Pam Bradley, SCC Dean of Health and Natural Sciences, says that the College identified it as an opportunity to provide a bridge between nurses and employers. "There were experienced nurses who wanted to return to the field but needed to get back up to speed on current practices and technology, and we kept hearing from employers they were having a hard time finding enough qualified nurses. This program helps everybody."
Classes begin in September and will be held at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. Deadline to register is August 24. For more information, contact Glenda Moeller at 319-208-5102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.