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School of Nursing holds open house for PRN program

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Becky Murdoch (left), administrative assistant for the PRN program, and Vaneta Condon, PhD, RN, prepare for the open house for the PRN program (left photo). Charlie Jo Morgan, PhD, RN, addresses the high school students with the help of Allen Francis, RN, a nurse who works in the emergency department (right photo).
Almost 50 area high school students were invited to an open house for the pipeline to registered nursing (PRN) program, held February 15.

Students who are interested in nursing from Loma Linda Academy, La Sierra Academy, Canyon Spring High School, and Redlands High School were able to tour the Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, as well as speak to current nurses.

In addition, the students spent time in the School of Nursing skills lab watching demonstrations of the kind of work that nurses routinely do.

“We even had financial aid come and talk with the students about the different kinds of funding and scholarships that are available to our student nurses,” says Vaneta Condon, PhD, RN, project director of the PRN program.

The Pipeline to Registered Nursing program is directed by Dr. Condon and Charlie Jo Morgan, PhD, RN, and allows for three years 25 new students a year to enter the baccalaureate nursing program at the School of Nursing. The almost $840,000 grant for this project was awarded by U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

Entry points into the PRN program are for elementary, middle, or high school and college/university students, hospital/long-term care workers, and students admitted to the School of Nursing.

For more information on the PRN project, please contact Vaneta Condon at 558-1000, ext. 83826 or vcondon@llu.edu or Charlie Jo Morgan at 558-1000, extension 45438 or cmorgan@llu.edu.

By Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, May 25, 2006