Forrest General Invests in PRCC Nursing Bridge Program
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (March 8, 2021) Forrest Health is making a $90,000 investment in a new LPN to RN bridge program at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County campus. The program will help licensed nurses become registered nurses.
Phyllis Chambers-Berry, Chief Nursing Officer at Forrest General Hospital, said a shortage of nursing professionals in the workforce paired with the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a real need for nurses.
“This partnership will allow us to grow the nursing field across the Pine Belt and provide jobs to those medical professionals who have the initiative to care for patients,” said Chambers-Berry. “The opportunity provides great stepping stones and a quick way for students to begin their nursing careers and graduate, so it’s going to mean a lot to this community.”
This joint effort with Forrest General and the PRCC Forrest County campus’ Allied Health and Nursing Programs will benefit the healthcare community as well as PRCC, while ensuring that Pine Belt residents have the best possible nursing care.
This night and weekend RN program will allow already licensed Practical Nurses to continue their education close to home while increasing the amount of RNs available to the local workforce.
“Forrest General has been a great partner to us over the last several years, especially since the pandemic hit,” said PRCC President, Adam Breerwood. “They have worked with us on a variety of initiatives and when they came to us and stressed the importance of needing additional nurses in the area, we were happy to step up. They provided the seed money for us to get this program started. The college is committed to the longevity of the program to continue to provide opportunities to put people to work in our healthcare industry.”