An Innovative, One of a Kind Nursing Scholarship Program for Senior Care StaffASC News & Events, Career Development, Other | March 14, 2019
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). A total of 164 individuals have graduated from the program since it began in 2008. More than 85% of the graduates remain employed in ASC/HHC facilities. 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 community nominates staff members who are then given assessment testing. Selected participants can attend nursing school with tuition and books fully paid for by the facility they work for. Participants are also given a 30-hour work schedule while being paid for a regular 40-hour schedule, allowing them additional time for classes and study without being penalized financially.
ASC provides a full-time mentor/counsellor for the O2NE participants which is the most unique part of this program. The counsellor actively participates in the selection of students and helps them with every step of the nursing school journey and 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. The counsellor reviews 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.