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Phoebe teams up with Ft. Valley on new nursing program

Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 10:39 AM EDT
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FORT VALLEY, Ga. (WALB) - Fort Valley State University (FVSU) and Phoebe Putney Health System announced Thursday an educational partnership to launch a new bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program that aims to address the critical need for nurses in rural Georgia.

The $240,000 investment from Phoebe will support the development of the BSN degree at FVSU providing students the education, training and career path opportunity to become licensed registered nurses to work in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Phoebe Chief Executive Officer Scott Steiner and Ft. Valley President Dr. Paul Jones formalized the agreement during a signing ceremony held at the university’s campus. Under the new agreement, FVSU nursing students will have access to clinical rotations at Phoebe facilities.

Both nursing students and instructors will gain training opportunities at the Phoebe Simulation and Innovation Center at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The agreement also includes the development of a Phoebe Scholar initiative that will provide students comprehensive support from the start of the program through graduation. This will include obtaining a nursing license and employment through Phoebe for eligible students who live within proximity to a Phoebe hospital.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the critical nurse staffing challenges faced by hospitals across the country, particularly in rural areas. We applaud Fort Valley State University for developing this four-year nursing program to help address the problem in Georgia, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with the university and support their team in this important endeavor,” Steiner said.

The partnership will include initiatives designed to attract and recruit both rural and male students into the nursing program. Phoebe will provide subject matter experts to assist with the emersion of professional workforce development into the FVSU program curriculum including regulatory compliance, professionalism, quality, safety, patient experience and other practical skills that are essential for successful nursing.

“The shared mission of FVSU and Phoebe to create healthier communities makes this collaboration an important effort,” said FVSU President Paul Jones. “This partnership will create transformative and life-changing experiences by supporting the workforce development needs of healthcare providers in regions throughout our state that need it most.”

“At Phoebe, we are committed to helping our many education partners increase the number of health professionals they graduate, but our affiliation with Fort Valley State is unique,” said Dr. Tracy Suber, Phoebe Putney Health System vice president of education. “We’re excited to partner to build a program from the ground up, and we look forward to developing the Phoebe Scholar Program through which we will support FVSU students who plan to work for Phoebe after earning their BSN.”

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