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April 05, 2012

Program Will Be Showcased at National Nursing Summit Next Week

Henderson, NV (April 4, 2012) – The Nevada State College (NSC) is proud to announce its nurse residency program in partnership with Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. This first residency program has shown great success at placing nurses in the profession with local facilities, encouraging more students to stay in the healthcare field.

The NSC nurse residency program was established to ease the transition of new nurses into the field and reduce turnover rates of new hires.

"The program has proven to be a great way for nursing graduates to transition into full members of the Sunrise nursing team," said Minta Albietz, Chief Nursing Officer at Sunrise Hospital.

Nevada State College and Sunrise Hospital will continue to advance the second residency group through the program this year while also working to secure funding to continue the program into a third year starting this December.

The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC)/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Residency Program was launched in 2010 by NSC with federal grant funding as the first nursing retention program in Nevada to be initiated by a college or university.

In its first year, the residency program graduated more than two dozen new nurses, and upon completion, 25 participants remained employed at Sunrise Hospital.

"As the population ages, there will be more and more people relying on hospitals like Sunrise Hospital for services and it is going to be very important for us to have adequate staffing to meet the needs of the community," said Albietz.

Findings of this recent program will be showcased at a national nurse educator conference next week. Ruby Wertz, RN, Assistant Dean of NSC’s School of Nursing, and Amy Chaffin, MD, Associate Professor of Nursing at NSC, will share their findings on the success of the program’s first year at the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) National Nurse Educator Summit being held April 10 through 12, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Specifically, they will highlight the importance of the program’s monthly small group discussions. Entitled ‘Tales from the Bedside,’ program participants share their experiences, feelings, fears and successes in nursing to promote moral support, reinforcement and community.

"Tales from the Bedside is a great opportunity to catch your breath and share how you're doing and feeling as a new nurse," said program participant Garrett Kakita, RN, and an NSC graduate. 7quot;As a first year nurse, the moral support and advice my group gave me has been invaluable."

MEDIA: Interviews with NSC nursing faculty, Sunrise Hospital nursing and program participants are available upon request.

About Nevada State College
Proudly celebrating its 10 anniversary in 2012, Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. NSC places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State College has grown to offer more than 24 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation and has expanded its physical campus. Committed to fostering a personal learning environment, students are taught by faculty who serve as mentors and guides in classrooms with an average size of only 23 students. Nevada State College serves approximately 3,200 students and has over 1,400 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit http://nsc.nevada.edu.

About Sunrise Hospital
Chosen as the top hospital in Las Vegas by U.S. News and World Report and voted as the Best Hospital in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal’s "Best of Las Vegas" readers’ poll, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides high-quality, advanced healthcare services in Southern Nevada and the surrounding region. A Consumer Choice award-winning hospital for 15 consecutive years, Las Vegas’ largest acute care facility offers a full range of specialized services including an Accredited Chest Pain Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute— the region’s first Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center—featuring stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and sleep disorder treatments, a Comprehensive Cancer Center recognized by the American College of Surgeons, a comprehensive Breast Center, a Level-II Trauma and Emergency Services Department, a CARF accredited inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Orthopedics, Gamma Knife and specialty services in women’s health, pulmonology, critical care, complex surgery and wound care. Sharing the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
3186 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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