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BSN program receives donation for student scholarships

Friday, October 12, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—The bachelor of science in nursing completion program at Hood College received a $15,000 donation from the Nora Roberts Foundation that will be used for student scholarships.

Hood's BSN completion program, offered in association with Frederick Memorial Hospital and Frederick Community College, is designed for registered nurses licensed to practice in Maryland or a Maryland compact state, who wish to complete their baccalaureate degree. Students enrolled in the program develop additional skills for the increasing complexity of health care in the 21st century through a foundation of liberal arts courses and supplemental nursing education that focuses on leadership, research and evidenced-based practice, comprehensive health assessment, nursing theory and health care technology.

"Scholarships, such as those provided by the Nora Roberts Foundation, enable more registered nurses to complete their bachelor's degree," said Carol Snapp, CNM, DNSc, assistant professor of nursing and director of the BSN program. "This scholarship targets registered nurses from Frederick and Washington counties and will contribute locally to improving health care."

The Nora Roberts Foundation focuses on supporting literacy, as well as children’s programs, arts organizations and humanitarian efforts, with local organizations being it priority. "Hood College’s partnership with FMH and FCC enhances and advances the nursing program in Washington and Frederick counties," said Jason Aufdem-Brinke, trustee with the Nora Roberts Foundation. "The Nora Roberts Foundation strongly believes in nurturing and supporting local education as well as attracting new talent and interest to the vital vocation of health care."

A survey conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and based on completed responses from 509 schools of nursing, reveals that more than 30 percent of hospitals and other healthcare facilities require newly hired nursing staff to have a BSN, while nearly 77 percent of employers expressed a strong preference for BSN program graduates.

For more information on the program, contact Kathleen Bands, Ph.D., vice president of undergraduate and graduate enrollment, at (301) 696-3402 or bands@hood.edu.