PHCC Teams With Hospitals To Gain Nurses
Published: Jul 23, 2001
NEW PORT RICHEY - Hospitals are having a tough time hiring nurses. To help meet the demand for nursing staff, Pasco-Hernando Community College is expanding its nursing program and teaming up with hospitals to lure more students.
Some PHCC nursing students entering the program this fall will qualify for sponsorships from area hospitals that will pay for tuition, books and fees. The students agree to work for the hospitals for a set period after graduation.
The college and the hospitals hope the effort will draw more people into the profession and help ease the nursing shortage.
Hospitals participating are East Pasco Medical Center in Zephyrhills, Community Hospital of New Port Richey, North Bay Medical Center in New Port Richey, Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City, and Brooksville and Spring Hill regional hospitals.
So far, about six to eight sponsorships have been awarded for the fall.