Santa Rosa Junior College Expands On-the-Job Nurse Training Program
Santa Rosa Junior College on Tuesday expanded its on-the-job nurse training program to include Healdsburg District Hospital in Healdsburg and Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol as part of a program funded by a $10,000 grant from insurer Aetna to help give nursing students on-the-job training at local community hospitals, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports. The grant will help offset the cost of an additional nursing instructor, according to Ezbon Jen, SRJC's dean of health and life sciences. In addition, it will alleviate the nursing shortages at Healdsburg and Palm Drive and give the hospitals an opportunity to "demonstrate [to nursing students] the value of working in a small facility," the Press Democrat reports. Traditionally, students in SJRC's nursing program have received their on-the-job training at larger area hospitals like those operated by Kaiser Permanente. Ten students participate in the training programs at Healdsburg and Palm Drive (Rose, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 1/12).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.