May 4, 2001

Paradise Valley Hospital Funds SDSU Professorship to Help The Nursing Shortage

Paradise Valley Hospital (PVH) has joined SDSU School of Nursing by funding the Nurses Now partnership.

Under the agreement, PVH will provide $35,000 per year for a three-year period to the Nurses Now program. The program enables the School of Nursing the ability to hire one additional half-time faculty member. This effort allows the school the opportunity to enroll 10 additional students into their program. With the current nursing shortage, graduates are needed at an all time high in San Diego and across the nation. The criteria to get admitted into the SDSU program will not change; however, the number of students that can be accepted will increase. By providing more instructors through the Nurses Now professorship program, PVH is increasing the number of able nurses into the local workforce. Through the professorship, PVH will also gain greater access to student nurses as they do rotations through local hospitals as part of their education.

"We are in the midst of a very critical nursing shortage," said Suzanne Purdy, Paradise Valley Hospital. "We need to work together as a community towards both short and long term solutions to alleviate this issue. The Nurses Now program is a prime example of that and we are very pleased to be a part of such a worthwhile collaborative effort."

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