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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 8, 2007
MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Contact: Chris Snyder, Media AssistantT: 707-468-3098 or 707-489-5699, Fax: 707-467-1023Email:
File: NR-Nursing Donation

Mendocino College Nursing Program
receives donations

Ukiah, CA – The Mendocino College Nursing Program has recently received two donations from the local medical community.

In January, Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits donated $3500 to the Mendocino College Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to Registered Nurse (NR) Bridge program.   

This donation will be used to purchase educational equipment for the nursing lab on the Mendocino College Ukiah Campus. The nursing lab has five patient simulation areas where students learn their nursing skills prior to work in the hospital.

“The funds will be utilized to increase available educational equipment for the nursing students.  Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital and the Howard Hospital Foundation have a long history of being very supportive to our local nursing students and the college nursing program,” Mendocino College Nursing Director Dr. Barbara French said.

This is the fourth time Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital had donated money to Mendocino College to assist with nursing education in our community.

The second recent donation to the nursing program, through The Foundation for Medical Care (FMC), was in the amount of $5000.  FMC is a professional society for physicians in Mendocino and Lake Counties.  These funds will be used to provide five $1000 scholarships for nursing students.

“We are appreciative of the support and recognition by the Foundation for Medical Care which supports our mission to train nurses locally.  Since its inception, our nursing program has had a focus on training individuals that are likely to continue to practice in Mendocino and Lake Counties,” Mendocino College Nursing Assistant Director Fran Laughton said.

Both donations will allow Mendocino College to continue to train high quality nurses for our local community.  It is through such generosity that the college has been able to expand educational opportunities to local students interested in nursing careers.   

Currently, there are 55 nursing students enrolled in the nursing program at Mendocino College and many more students are on campus doing prerequisite courses in hopes of entering the field of nursing. There are two routes to nursing on the Mendocino College Campus.  

The two-year RN Program is for individuals who want to become RNs but have no previous nursing experience.  There are extensive prerequisite courses to the program and individuals can apply for admission to the nursing program after their prerequisites are completed.

The second route is the LVN to RN Bridge Program. This program is for individuals already licensed in the State of California as Licensed Vocational Nurses. There are prerequisites that must be completed prior to applying to the nursing program.

Both the two-year RN program and LVN to RN Bridge program are currently admitting students on a yearly basis.  Applications for the next two-year RN class are currently being accepted until March 30, 2007.  The next application cycle for the LVN to RN Bridge Program will be in November 2007.

For additional information regarding the Mendocino College nursing program, contact the nursing department at (707) 468-3099 or view the nursing program information available through the college website.

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Created: February 14, 2007 @ 02:39 PM
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