Local teens learn about careers in nursing at the   Worcester Nursing Pipeline Consortium’s Summer Nursing Enrichment Program

 Fairlawn Nursing Scholar Maureen Wassef, MSN, RN, PhD(c), left, instructs Nursing Summer Enrichment Program student Heidi Noland of Clinton in automatic defibrillation.

Pictured above: Fairlawn Nursing Scholar Maureen Wassef, MSN, RN, PhD(c), left, instructs Nursing Summer Enrichment Program student Heidi Noland of Clinton in automatic defibrillation.

June 27, 2003

WORCESTER ─ The Nursing Summer Enrichment Program for High School Students , held at the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) at the University of Massachusetts Worcester June 23-27, introduced local teenagers to career opportunities and educational resources for aspiring nurses. The program is one of many developed by the Worcester Nursing Pipeline Consortium (WNPC) to address the severe nursing workforce shortage that faces Central Massachusetts as well as the entire nation.

Students learned beginning nursing skills; became certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation; met nurses from UMass Memorial Medical Center’s world-renowned neonatal intensive care unit; and got an introduction to disaster nursing from the emergency medicine nurse who is administrative director of UMass Memorial’s Disaster Management Assistance Team, the first called to Ground Zero in New York City on September 11, 2001.

In addition to classroom sessions, students rotated through hands-on clinical experiences in cardiac, emergency/trauma, surgery and pediatric units at UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University Campus. Daily Powerpoint training prepared them to make final presentations about their clinical experiences.

The WNPC is a collaboration of local institutions of higher education in nursing united to increase enrollment, retention, graduation and academic advancement of qualified nursing students and nurses. Academic Partners currently include Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester State College and the GSN.

Support for the Nursing Summer Enrichment Program was provided by extensive in-kind contributions, and leadership funding of $30,000 from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Fleet National Bank trustee. The Balfour Foundation funds programs that remove barriers to education for minority and disadvantaged youth, encourage youth to continue on with a post secondary education, build self-esteem and prepare them for academic success.

CONTACT: Sandra Gray, 508-856-2000