Dignity Health Invests $450,000 in CSUB Nursing Students

Dignity Health and California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) will work together through a three-year, $450,000 contribution from Dignity Health. This investment will help prepare more Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) to meet critical healthcare in Bakersfield and the surrounding communities.

As Kern County continues to grow, so does the high demand for trained healthcare professionals who can serve the region in a way that will help sustain and improve the well-being of the community. The FNP students at CSUB will be educated through the University’s Department of Nursing, the most-established program in the region for developing nurses and FNPs. More than simply preparing students for a future in their desired field, this contribution to the program supports a larger effort of service to others in the community.

“The CSUB Department of Nursing is extremely grateful for the generous support from Dignity Health. This gift is particularly timely as it greatly enhances the FNP Program’s sustainability and offers new opportunities for expansion of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program at CSUB,” said Chair of Nursing Department, Dr. Phyllis Heintz. “This is not just a gift for CSUB, but a gift to many local RNs considering an advanced practice degree. Most importantly, it is a gift to our community. The CSUB FNP Program graduated 15 masters-prepared nurse practitioners in June 2016, a significant number of providers to serve the under resourced health care system in Kern County. With this generous gift, we will be able to provide many more highly qualified health care professionals to address the critical shortage of health care providers in our community.”

Through this investment from Dignity Health, students have an opportunity to provide greater access to quality health care and to promote the well-being of local families. The students’ important work begins with the lessons they learn on campus at CSUB.

Nursing students attended their first classes on the evening of Thursday, August 25.

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