|JOPLIN - In a response to a growing need for more nurses, Missouri Southern State University, Crowder College, the Joplin R-VII School District and Franklin Technology Center are combining forces to help students enter that field. The cooperative effort is called the Student Nursing Articulation Program for Advancing Nursing Education (SNAP).
An agreement between Missouri Southern, Crowder College and Franklin Technology Center creates a pipeline of students destined for advanced degrees in the healthcare field. The three directors of nursing at the schools--Dr. Mari Beth Linder, (MSSU) Judy Hancock (Franklin Technology Center), and D'Ann Dennis (Crowder College)--worked with Dr. Tia Strait, dean of Southern's school of technology, to prepare the plan for advanced nursing education.
A SNAP candidate would enter the LPN program at Franklin Technology Center, continue into the RN program at Crowder College and go on to complete a BSN at Missouri Southern State University.
Efforts are also being made at the junior and senior high school level to begin awareness and early recruiting of potential students. Presentations will be made in area high schools offering insight into the opportunities in the health care field for Southwest Missourians.
"Nursing is a desirable occupation and jobs are readily available that provide tuition reimbursement and consideration for those who would like to advance their education," Strait said. "This is another example of how higher education, community colleges and secondary schools are working together in the Four States region to give our students better and more opportunities and expand the regional economy."
A signing ceremony with representatives from each of the schools is scheduled for 11 a.m., Monday, Apr. 12, 2010, in the Mills Anderson Justice Center on the Missouri Southern campus. The signing will be done by Joplin's R-VIII Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff on behalf of Franklin Technology Center's licensed practical nursing (LPN) program, Dr. Alan Marble, president of Crowder College, for the associate of science in nursing (RN) program and Dr. Bruce Speck, president of MSSU, for the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree.