Hospital, College Partner to Address Critical Nursing Shortage

By: Lauren Maddox
| Published 01/13/2010


Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital to Fund Nursing Faculty Position at Lone Star College-Montgomery

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Recognizing the critical need for qualified nurses and building on a strong educational partnership, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital recently pledged to support Lone Star College-Montgomery with a dedicated salary for an additional nursing faculty member.

This is the second year that the hospital has made this annual contribution to the college, totaling $108,000 over two years. Their generosity has allowed the college to continue to expand its nursing program, offering more and more students the opportunity to enter the nursing field.

“We are grateful for Memorial Hermann The Woodlands’ investment in our nursing program and our nursing students,” said Dr. Austin A. Lane, president of LSC-Montgomery. “Our program demands intense faculty interaction with our students, and an additional instructor will allow the opportunity for LSC-Montgomery to generate more qualified applicants to serve their community in the nursing profession.”

According to Jacquenette Chambers-McBride, the new interim chief nursing officer at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, the hospital actively employs many from LSC-Montgomery’s nursing program as professional student nurses who are then often hired full time after completion of their nursing curriculum.

LSC-Montgomery offers several nursing programs, including the basic associate degree nursing (ADN) track, licensed vocational nursing (LVN), and a transition to professional nursing track for those LVNs and paramedics desiring to pursue the ADN track. The college also offers a certified nurse assistant (CNA) program.

Normally, the college has 114 students enrolled in its ADN and LVN programs. Now, with the recent contribution from Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, the college will be able to expand the program by almost 10 percent, adding 10 students for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year—and each year thereafter.

According to Manijeh Azhang Scott, director of the LSC-Montgomery nursing program, the hospital's contribution couldn't come at a better time, considering the ongoing nursing shortage—both locally and nationally.

"The need for highly qualified nurses in Montgomery County and the surrounding area has only increased over time," said Azhang Scott. "Our students are highly sought after once they complete their program and pass the Board of Nursing’s certification/registration exam."

Nationally, the shortage of registered nurses could reach as high as 500,000 by 2025 according to a report released in March 2008 by Dr. Peter Buerhaus of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Dr. Douglas Staiger of Dartmouth University, and Dr. David Auerbach of the Congressional Budget Office. The report found that the demand for RNs is expected to grow by 2-3 percent each year.

For more information about LSC-Montgomery’s nursing program, visit the link below or call 936 273-7030 and ask about the dates of the upcoming information sessions.

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