August 30, 2011

Gift allows more students to study nursing

Carson Tahoe Healthcare Makes Significant Donation

WNC nursing students use hands-on learning in the lab.
WNC nursing students use hands-on learning in the lab.

An $80,000 gift from Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare to Western Nevada College will provide an immediate boost to WNC's Nursing program, and a long-term benefit for the Sierra Region's health care. The donation allows the college to hire another nursing instructor and accept eight more students into the two-year program.

"I believe that funding an additional instructor for the WNC Nursing program is a form of giving back to the community to whom CTRH owes its success," said Ed Epperson, president and CEO of the healthcare network.

In recognition of the gift, WNC will name its nursing lab where students learn about pediatrics, obstetrics and phlebotomy in honor of Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare.

WNC Nursing & Allied Health Director Judith Cordia said the college is extremely appreciative of the confidence and interest shown by CTRH. "This gift exemplifies the value system the medical center portrays for people and education," Dr. Cordia said. "The heritage of this gift will be appreciated by our students who have been offered the chance for a career of a lifetime."

The WNC Nursing program, which for years has had a waiting list for admission, will now be able to enroll a total of 100 students this fall, with 56 students in the first year and 44 in the second year of the rigorous program.

Two of the additional WNC students who will enter the program said they were thrilled to learn that they can now pursue their degrees.

Carson City resident Ramona Smolenski said, "I'm enthusiastically looking forward to my nursing studies," she said. "I give a great big 'Thank You' to the donors in our community who have contributed to the Nursing program. Without their support and generosity, many students' goals and careers would be put on hold."

"I was absolutely shocked," said Carson City resident Lindsey Taylor. "I knew five years ago after working as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) that nursing was my passion. Thank you so much for making my dream come true." Married with a two-year-old son, Taylor said she knows the road ahead will be challenging. But, she said, "I promise to be amazing."

Press Release: August 31, 2011

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