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Sequoia Healthcare District Addresses Nursing Shortage With a New Satellite Nursing Program

Linda Kresge, MPA, RN, Clinical Director of Sequoia Healthcare District's new nursing program.

To help ease the nursing shortage in their community, the Sequoia Healthcare District in Redwood City has rolled out a satellite program to educate, graduate, and increase the nurse workforce population.

“The first of its kind in the region, the District’s Board of Directors wanted to be sure that the community is being responsible about community assets,” says Linda Kresge, MPA, RN, and Chief Nurse Executive of Sequoia Hospital and Clinical Director of the Sequoia Healthcare District’s new nursing program. Kresge is also a member of The Coalition for Nursing Careers in California—an independent coalition of health care organizations, hospital administrators, and nurse educators and faculty working together to address the long term nursing shortage in California.

“I was asked by the district if I thought a nursing school would be helpful to the hospital,” says Kresge. A resounding, Yes! was her answer. “I feel very fortunate that our progressive Sequoia Healthcare District Board members embraced a real solution,”adds Kresge, “using community resources to support a community hospital, ensuring a rich supply of well educated nurses in the community, is a dream come true for a nurse executive.”

Kresge talked to potential partners, and finally partnered with Cañada College in Redwood City, a local community college, where students will complete their prerequisites. To complete the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, classes are offered at San Francisco State University. Clinical rotations are provided by Sequoia Hospital.

The Baccalaureate program is an accelerated program and once the student has completed the prerequisites, it will take 1 ½ years to complete the program (including summer session). According to Kresge, 10 out of the 33 students in the program are men.

Financial assistance is available and Sequoia Hospital offers forgivable loans for students working a minimum of two years at Sequoia Hospital.

Kresge wishes to point out that students can apply for the program with a degree in another field. Students are also given preferential admission treatment if they live or work in the Sequoia Healthcare District.

The first class will graduate in May 2006.

Release Date: November 17, 2004

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