Texas Hospital Paying for Nurses' Higher Education

  1. MIDLAND- A local hospital is putting their money where their mouth is. They're rounding up the cash to send some of their most valuable players back to the classroom.

    In December, Jessica will get a Master's Degree in nursing. "Obtaining your Bachelor's, you see a whole new perspective of nursing. But now that I'm fixing to have my Master's, I'm on a completely different level now," she says.

    Jessica will come out of her program completely debt-free. Midland Memorial Hospital is helping their nurses go through higher education without bigger bills. They've been looking at studies showing better-educated nurses provide better patient care.

    Most nurses have a two year Associate's Degree. Now, the hospital has a new goal. They want 80% of their nurses to have a four year Bachelor's Degree within the next few years. So the hospital is raising the money given each year to its nurses who've decided to hit the books. Each year, they're planning to offer $3,000 rather than $1,500 to pay for tuition.

    "I don't have any financial responsibilities from going to school because everything was paid for by the hospital and then after receiving my bachelor's, I received a percentage raise as well," Rachelle Campos, RN, BSN, said.
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  3. by   whichone'spink
    Me thinks it time to head for Texas.
  4. by   merlee
    This should be STANDARD, not newsworthy!!!
  5. by   Rodoon
    This is an awesome investment in its nurses. Midland Memorial Hospital should get flooded with kudos. Maybe allnurses can send this column over. Great news.
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    My health system been supporting educational mobility for 30+ years. Tuition assistance helped pay for my BSN degree,Currently they pay upfront schools directly $4,000/yr undergrad and $5,000/yr Masters/Doctorate for any degree applicable for position within healthcare --just continue to work for 1 yr post graduation.
  7. by   NenaRK
    I am in Texas and this is something that many hospitals offer here, so I'm not sure why it's "news"...
  8. by   Sanuk
    I agree it's fairly common - this is how I went through school and I only owed 6 months after graduation (which I got out of by not taking reimbursement the last semester). Unfortunately my current hospital only gives a pittance for tuition reimbursement and graduate school is taxing my finances.

    Is this not common in other states?
  9. by   brandy1017
    I'd glady go back to school if my hospital would actually pay for it! LOL
  10. by   kcmylorn
    How many of the nurses going for their master's are planning to stay at the bedside??
  11. by   nicurn001
    Quote from NenaRK
    I am in Texas and this is something that many hospitals offer here, so I'm not sure why it's "news"...
    I'm not quite sure why this is news either . 'scuse my ignorance but I thought it was common practice for employers to give some level of educational reimbursement .
    All that has happened here is a facility has increased it's reimbursement , I thought from the headline the hospital was covering the full cost of higher Ed.Now that would have been worthy of comment .
  12. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Maybe they'll spend some of the tuition money on Enlish grammar classes...."I'm fixing to get my Master's" Is something broken?
  13. by   apickle
    Welcome to Texas! It's just how we roll.
  14. by   scorpio56
    I am a travel nurse and have been up and down the east coast and I have found only one hospital that offers a substantial amt for education and honors your time off to pursue it. I have never been to texas but now have 2 offers. one is in tuscon. anyone aware of the area there?