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McLeod Health partners in nursing education

on Wednesday, 19 August 2015. Posted in Education, Local News

As a partner in nursing education for the region, McLeod Health has made continuing contributions to area nursing schools. Support of these valuable educational offerings is again reflected in this year’s $75,000 gift to Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) to help maintain its nursing program. Nursing represents the nation’s largest health care profession and the largest single component of hospital staff. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2022 the employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 19%, faster than the average expected job growth of all other occupations. “Today's nurse must be educated for the opportunities and challenges that have evolved with newly discovered best-practices, technology and innovation in healthcare,” stated Tony Derrick, Chief Nursing Officer for McLeod Regional Medical Center. “Given the great need for registered nurses it is crucial to maximize funding for professional nursing education. 

This is why it is vitally important to McLeod that Florence-Darlington Technical College continues to educate nurses.” According to Derrick nurses serve an important role in the delivery of quality health care. “McLeod recognizes the value of the nurses’ contribution in patient care,” said Derrick. “Providing patient advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, participation in shaping health policies and patient education are also key nursing roles.

It is a tough job but with competent nurses as part of the medical team, McLeod is capable of carrying out its mission of providing quality health care for patients in the region.” LaChevey Anderson is a nursing student at Florence Darlington Technical College. She is on target to graduate in May 2016. Anderson is putting her educational skills to work by serving as a nurse extern in the McLeod Medical Intensive Care Unit. Anderson is also a McLeod Scholarship recipient. McLeod helps nursing students reach their educational goals through scholarships to the Florence Darlington Technical College Nursing Program. 

Since 2006, McLeod has awarded in excess of $295,000 in scholarship monies to Florence Darlington Technical College nursing students. Because nurses are essential to health care and the region’s economy, the Pee Dee is very fortunate to have nursing education programs in Florence at Florence Darlington Technical College and Francis Marion University. McLeod Health provides funds in support of both programs. Florence Darlington Technical College offers an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) that allows students to prepare for Registered Nurse (RN) boards in five semesters. 

“We are so pleased that McLeod Health has stepped up once again to support our nursing program with this kind gift,” said Dr. Ben Dillard, President of Florence-Darlington Technical College. “It shows the continued belief in our nursing graduates and the education that they have received at Florence Darlington Technical College.” “The relationship and financial support of nursing education is imperative to McLeod and our area,” added Derrick. “The region and the state need these nurses. They are the lifeblood in the provision of top quality, competent health care in our community.”

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