It seems like it’s instinct for anyone born and raised in Frederick — we love local. We buy local produce from farmer’s markets, shop locally-owned stores downtown and eat in local restaurants. It’s what we do, and we do it well.
Now, thanks to a partnership involving three pillars of the Frederick community, nursing students can earn not only their RN degree, but continue on to secure a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) as well.
Of the more than 1,000 nurses in Frederick, most do not hold a BSN. Frederick-area residents will now be able to get their Associate’s degree through Frederick Community College, start work as a nurse at Frederick Memorial Hospital and attend Hood College part-time to complete their BSN degrees.
Students enrolled in the program will be required to earn a total of 124 credits — including credit and work done prior to enrolling in the BSN program — in order to earn a Hood College degree. At least 30 of these credits must reflect course work taken at Hood College. Details on the course requirements and enrollment information can be found on the Hood College website.
The program will extend over four or five regular semesters and two summer sessions. 15 to 20 students will be enrolled in a class, although smaller class sizes may be enrolled when practical. With the exception of laboratory classes, which may be taught at the hospital or FCC, all classes will be taught on the Hood campus, which is adjacent to FMH.
FMH Director of Training and Organizational Development Rodney Matheson says the hospital will continue to provide scholarship opportunities for FMH-employed nurses. 16 nurses have already registered for the program.
“FMH is planning to support 10 full tuition scholarships for the Spring 2011 cohort, and then another 10 FMH nurses in the Fall,” Matheson said.
“This is a great educational opportunity for our nurses that will help us achieve better quality outcomes for our patients,” said Rose Labriola, Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services.