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Polk State Nursing Program Will get $1.7M Increase

Polk State School is getting a lift to its nursing program, with Florida-based AdventHealth donating $1.7 million to this system to recruit and retain expertise and to additional improve this system for college kids and the group, the faculty introduced Monday.

AdventHealth is a faith-based, not-for-profit well being care system based mostly in Altamonte Springs with a whole bunch of care websites and greater than 50 hospitals throughout the USA.

“Polk State School has an ongoing status of training excellence,” Tim Clark, president and CEO of the AdventHealth Polk market, mentioned in a press launch. “This partnership aligns with our mission of offering high-quality, whole-person care and can enable Polk State to proceed to nurture the following technology of nurses and particularly assist impression the necessity we have now for extremely skilled and nicely certified well being care professionals.”

The necessity for registered nurses continues to develop, with this occupation listed on the 2021-2022 regional demand occupations checklist for Polk County with roughly 300 vacancies annually. Based on information from Polk County, Northeast Polk is projected to have an extra 201,000 individuals by 2045, all of whom will want medical care.

“Polk State is grateful to AdventHealth for its dedication to the development of high quality training and coaching in well being sciences,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti mentioned. “AdventHealth’s donation will additional assist our faculty in recruiting and retaining extremely expert expertise and additional improve the nursing program for each our college students and the group, the place our graduates are efficiently filling vital workforce wants in healthcare.”

Polk State’s nursing program contains each affiliate in science and bachelor of science levels. Polk State School officers mentioned its affiliate in science nursing graduates constantly exceed state and nationwide averages on the Nationwide Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse, with 2021 graduates boasting an almost 91% move charge on the examination, in comparison with 64% on the state stage and 82% nationally.

The AdventHealth dean of nursing will present assist for the enlargement of Polk State’s program, which they describe as limited-access and extremely sought-after. It should additionally guarantee the faculty will be capable of monitor trade wants with AdventHealth.

Polk State School secured greater than $35 million from the Legislature within the spring to increase its vital well being sciences applications, rework/renovate Constructing 3, and for the planning and web site improvement of the Northeast Ridge campus for “a contemporary, state-of-the at educating and studying surroundings” that may, partially, consolidate well being science applications on the campus.

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