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Tuality Employees Graduate to Nursing Careers

January 09, 2009

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

With the help of a special program and funding offered by Tuality Healthcare, three of the hospital organization’s employees have graduated to new careers in nursing.

Brenda Hammond, Kahli Luna, and Jenny McLeod each earned their nursing degrees at Portland Community College through an 18-month curriculum that included on-line courses, and full-time studies of up to 20 hours each week.

In return for the assistance from Tuality, each agreed to commit to employment with the organization for a minimum of three years.

“This is a win-win arrangement for our new nurses and for Tuality,” said Erin Hardwick, Tuality Healthcare employment coordinator.  “It’s a tremendous achievement for these dedicated individuals and they deserve our enthusiastic congratulations.”

Tuality’s program is based on the N2K Nursing Education program developed by the Oregon Health Career Center, a Portland-area nonprofit agency, in partnership with PCC.

N2K works to address the current nursing shortage by helping local hospitals train new nurses from within their own workforce.  Among other benefits, it helps participants bypass the long waits often required of students applying for acceptance to local nursing education programs.