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NURSING: Olympia RNs have an option now

Letter by Sharon Gavin Fought, Tacoma on Aug. 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm with No Comments »
August 11, 2010 3:09 pm

Re: “Saint Martin’s might restart nursing program” (TNT, 8-3).

I would like to correct an apparent oversight in the article on nursing education in Olympia.

Nursing education and the health care industry both support access to education for nurses and have done so through financial support and innovative arrangements. It is unfortunate that the article did not mention that Providence St. Peter Hospital (PSPH) in Olympia has taken an “extra step” and provides terrific support for its RNs pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Through a partnership with the nursing program at the University of Washington Tacoma, PSPH makes it convenient for RNs to get their bachelor’s degree. Most courses are offered on site at PSPH at times convenient for working nurses. The second cohort of part-time students are currently moving toward completion of their degrees.

(Fought is the director or the Nursing Program & Healthcare Leadership Program at UWT.)

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