American Senior Communities (ASC) and their municipal corporation partner, The Health & Hospital Corporation (HHC) together are the largest senior care provider in Indiana. Both organizations have a solid reputation of promoting professional growth of their employees and in the long-term care (LTC) nursing profession, this has resulted in the creation of an innovative, unique pathway for employees to become nurses.
This unique nursing scholarship program, known as the Opportunities to Nursing Excellence (O2NE), is designed to aid front-line caregiver staff to achieve new levels of education and skills as nurses. Employees of the skilled nursing and assisted living communities can increase their professional education while working and tending to the needs of their families.
Certified Nursing Assistants and other non-licensed employees can earn diplomas to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). LPNs can earn degrees to become Registered Nurses (RNs). There are currently 67 active participants, which include the 40 selected in March 2021. Over 199 individuals have graduated from the program since it began in 2008. Several O2NE graduates are currently working in clinical management positions.
With the belief that furthering the education of caregivers ultimately leads to healthier and happier residents, ASC and HHC have made it possible for staff members to continue their formal training while maintaining their current jobs. The process begins by identifying candidates for the opportunity. Each of our communities nominate candidates for the program. Once accepted, they are sent to accredited college nursing programs. A 30-hour work week with 40-hour pay and assistance, are all part of the additional support provided.
ASC provides a full-time mentor/counselor for the O2NE participants which is the most unique part of this program. Trecia Johnson, the Senior Education Specialist, actively participates in the selection of students and helps them with every step of the nursing school journey. She is in frequent contact with each student to address their questions, concerns and to make helpful suggestions relative to the education and life experiences one may have while going to school and working. She reviews their grades and makes suggestions regarding studying and test taking. In addition, each student is encouraged and supported by the residents and staff of the senior care community where they work.
For more information about nursing career tracks with American Senior Communities, visit www.ASCCare.com/careers.