Seven students at the Huron Community Campus are paving the way for a new nursing program.
“It’s the starting point for moving on to having home grown, educated nurses for our local HRMC, for all the health providers in town,” Doug Pietz with Huron Community Campus said.
Pietz says the program was created after Huron lost its two year nursing education program.
“We saw a huge need for higher education, post-secondary education. Obviously nursing is critical to Huron. It’s critical to the rural areas,” Pietz said.
The 12-month program is offered to licensed practical nurses who have 750 hours of experience and are looking to earn their associate registered nurse degree.
“It’s seamless. It’s easy to do and we can walk you through the program,” Pietz said.
Some nursing students say the new program works better for their lifestyle.
“It’s very nice. I have a child at home and so it makes it very convenient for me to do it here. I don’t have to be away from my family. I’m there for them every night. I can do it on my own time. I don’t have to take time off of work to be somewhere, ” Bridgette Moeller said.
Moeller believes the new program will help the community.
“I think it’s really going to help. Right now there’s a lot of shortage in Huron with nursing. It’s really going to help,” Moeller said
The Huron Community Campus says the program will be funded by the Huron Regional Medical foundation and other donors for the first three years until the program can sustain itself.
Here’s more information on the nursing program.