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Austin, Texas - Kinnser Software Donates $1M for Nursing Scholarships

Kinnser Software, a leading home health software company, is presenting the Austin Community College Foundation a total of $1 million to provide scholarships for hundreds of nursing students.

The scholarship presentation was part of a summit and information session to raise awareness of the critical need for more nurses in Texas and across the country

Chris Hester, president and founder of Austin-based Kinnser Software, created the Kinnser Scholars Program at Austin Community College with a $225,000 gift in 2011. The additional donation will bring the scholarship fund to $1 million, covering tuition, fees, and program expenses for 400 nursing students through 2027.

"Nursing is the fastest-growing, most secure career field in America, and the need for nurses will only grow as baby boomers age," says Hester. "ACC does a fantastic job of preparing knowledgeable, skilled nurses, and Kinnser Software is pleased to partner with the college to give hard-working students added support to help them reach their full potential."

ACC offers training for RNs, LVNs and CNAs and graduates hundreds of new nurses every year, including more than 250 registered nurses. The college's ADN graduates have an RN exam pass rate that is consistently between 90% and 100%.

"Kinnser's generosity will change many lives - for both deserving students and the patients they will care for as the next generation of nurses," says Corby Jastrow, board  chair for the ACC Foundation. "We thank Kinnser Software for its commitment to ACC and for taking away one significant barrier so many students face."

ACC and other community colleges play a key role in educating the nursing workforce. One of the hallmarks of community colleges is the ability to rapidly respond to changing workforce needs, and ACC ensures alignment with the latest nursing industry developments by partnering with all major area hospitals and other healthcare providers.  

Current Kinnser Scholars, and prospective nursing students gathered at ACC on April 16 for the summit addressing the state of the industry and nursing education. The event included a panel discussion on issues including the challenges facing new professionals, the role of technology, and how nurses can stay current on developments in the medical field.

"Nursing is a fulfilling and challenging profession, and now is the time to get trained for the groundswell of openings we will see in the years to come," says Dr. Stacey Cropley, director of nursing practice for the Texas Nurses Association and moderator of the panel discussion. "Ensuring a sufficient pipeline of skilled nurses will have a tremendous positive impact on our quality of life."

To few a short video about the Kinnser Scholars Program, click here.

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  Last Post: July 5, 2014 | View Comments(1)

Nursing is an interesting profession which indeed needs this kind of support which most countries cannot give out to produce potential Nurses

fusheini ibrahim salifu ,  student nurseJuly 05, 2014


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