Future of nursing discussed at open house

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Danielle McCormick hopes nursing is her future.

“Get my RN, and then maybe specialize in either peds or oncology,” said McCormick.

She and dozens of others learned more about Sharon Regional’s School of Nursing Program at an open house Thursday night.

“There will always be openings for nurses,” said Sherry Greenburg, Director, School of Nursing.

The nursing program is making some changes to its curriculum when it comes to credit hours. It’s also working with Penn State Shenango to get students to pursue their nursing diplomas and baccalaureate.

“The trend is toward nursing education to be the baccalaureate entry-level with magnet hospital statuses, pay for performance and all those things that impact health care, we have to make sure we have good nurses at the bedside,” said Greenburg.

At the open house, discussion included the changes in health care, the Cleveland Clinic slashing hundreds of millions from its budget and whether the cuts are something area hospitals might have to consider too.

“I think it would be hard to find a hospital anywhere, really across the country, during this time of health care reform that isn’t looking at ways to be more efficient and do more with less, while still maintaining the highest possible quality of patient care,” said Ed Newmeyer, Community Relations, Sharon Regional.

Greenburg said she was not shocked by the clinic’s announcement and added the nursing field is full of options.

“There are nursing homes out there that need good nurses, and there are community services,” said Greenburg.

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