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  • Date: April 13, 2005
    Media Contact: Jan Hines (Montgomery General Hospital), 301-774-8725
    Steve Simon (Montgomery College), 301-251-7952

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    Montgomery General Hospital to Fund Nursing Scholarships In Partnership with Montgomery College
    Awarded Students Can Also Earn Guaranteed Jobs at Hospital

    Right now, 75 percent of all hospital vacancies are for nurses, and nurses are in short supply.  In an effort to keep such statistics from impacting its ability to provide highly personalized care; Montgomery General Hospital is working on a solution by teaming up with Montgomery College’s nursing program.

    “This is an exciting partnership that will make it possible for more nursing students to realize their educational goals and, ultimately, provide them with outstanding career opportunities,” notes Angie Pickwick, dean of Health Sciences at Montgomery College.  “Montgomery General Hospital is a state-of-the-art hospital for nurses to complete their clinicals, just as our new Health Sciences Center is a new state-of-the-art learning environment.”

    Under the agreement between Montgomery General Hospital and Montgomery College, three scholarships will be awarded to second-year students.  This will fund their final year in the nursing program.  In return, the students are guaranteed jobs at Montgomery General Hospital, once they graduate and pass their state board exams.

    Kevin Mell, Vice President of Human Resources at Montgomery General Hospital, says that it is important to build a relationship between the college and the hospital.

    Selecting the Students

    “Montgomery General Hospital will participate in the selection process for the scholarships, and interview each prospective candidate.”  Mell notes. 

    Students who apply must:
    • Be in their second year of nursing school
    • Have at least an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and commit to the nursing program
    • Commit to at least 18 months of employment at Montgomery General Hospital
    • Pass the state board exam previous to hire.

    “This is a good way to encourage enrollment in nursing programs,” Mell adds. “Nursing students then come here on clinical rotation and get to see the connection between their class work and the actual hands on work that occurs in the hospital.  We also encourage our own employees to apply for the scholarship if they are interested in a nursing career.”

    “According to the latest projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2012,” notes Mary Lou Watson, MS, RN, Vice President/Chief Nurse Executive for Patient Care Services.  “And, for the first time, the U.S. Department of Labor has identified Registered Nursing as the number one occupation in terms of job growth, through the year 2012.”

    “Meanwhile, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing has reported that the number of U.S. educated nursing school graduates who sat for the national licensure examination for registered nurses actually decreased by 20 percent between 1995 and 2003,” Watson explains.  “The nursing students we hope to attract to Montgomery General through this scholarship program are essential to our ability to provide quality nursing care.”

    Mutual Upgrades

    Both Montgomery General Hospital and Montgomery College have enhanced their facilities recently, providing better service to the community and more attractive to potential nursing students.

    Montgomery General Hospital has:
    • Opened a new Pediatric Emergency Center with $800,000 in funds raised by the Women’s Board (this is a joint venture with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.)
    • Created a new six-bed adolescent unit to treat teen mental health issues on an in-patient basis.
    • Opened a new pain management clinic to help those who struggle with pain from illness or injury.
    • Added a cancer care navigator as a resource for cancer patients and their families 
    • Completed plans for a $500,000 Comprehensive Cancer Center, including cutting-edge technology for breast cancer diagnosis.
    • Constructing state-of-the-art cardiovascular labs to help members of the medical staff to perform highly specialized cardiac and vascular procedures.

    In 2004, Montgomery College opened a new 98,000-square-foot Health Sciences Center, located at 7977 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, which offers state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, medical facilities and equipment, and exam rooms. The new center marked completion of the first phase of a $91 million expansion of the College’s Takoma Park Campus, which takes it partially into downtown Silver Spring.  It houses not only the College’s nursing programs, but also several other health sciences programs, including  diagnostic medical sonography, physical therapy assistant, radiologic technology, surgical technology, and health information technology. 

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    Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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