Shelton State, Bibb Medical Center launch nursing partnership

Shelton State Community College and Bibb Medical Center are teaming up and offering student nurses opportunities for growth and even future jobs in a rural health care setting.

“We feel like this is an opportunity to get into rural Alabama health care,” said interim Shelton State President Chris Cox.

Bibb Medical Center CEO Joseph Marchant agreed.

Shelton State and BMC in Centreville are launching a practical nursing program to prepare nurses for employment and strengthen the West Alabama workforce.

“Nursing is important as everybody knows,” Cox said. “We can come here as a partnership with Bibb Medical Center and really home in on partnering and creating nursing pathways for adults and graduating students and even high school students to become nurses and hopefully fill the pipeline and need here and in Bibb County and surrounding areas.”

There are workforce challenges everywhere, Marchant said, but the need for nurses has never been higher.

“Hospitals, our nursing facilities, our clinics have really been pushed to an extreme and there is a dire need to get this right, to make sure that these pipelines are established and sustained,” Marchant said.

Shelton State students in the practical nursing program will get hands-on work experience at Bibb Medical Center, but there’s more ahead, said Shelton State Nursing Programs Director Dr. Andrea Bowden-Evans.

BMC Chief Operating Officer Camille Gibson is a product of the Shelton State nursing program and said working in rural health care is as rewarding as it gets.

“I have done a little bit of everything and that is the great thing about Bibb Medical Center and rural health,” Gibson said. “There are so many opportunities. We have endless opportunities here if you want to grow and learn, I say what better time than now.”

Students who are accepted into the program will receive financial assistance that covers tuition, fees, books and other expenses.

All graduating students will have a job offer from BMCafter completing the program and must commit to working two years as a practical nurse at the hospital as repayment for the cost of the program.

You can learn more about the new program right here.

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