Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Health Alliance helps train nurses

The Enquirer

Part of the reason some Greater Cincinnati hospitals have struggled to hire enough nurses has been a lack of local faculty to train new students.

A three-year contract announced Tuesday between the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing seeks to address that.

The Health Alliance will provide $158,000 a year for three years to help pay salaries for faculty at the college. The Health Alliance also will provide $4,000 scholarships to UC nursing students who agree to work in Health Alliance hospitals for a year after graduation.

The vacancy rate of open hospital nursing jobs fell to 9 percent as of June 30 compared to 19 percent as of a year before, according to a report from the Greater Cincinnati Health Council.

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