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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
OCTOBER 30, 2007
(615) 741-2257
 

 

GOVERNOR AWARDS NURSING GRANT TO SOUTH CENTRAL TENNESSEE WORKFORCE ALLIANCE
$50,000 GOES TO TRAINING FOR ADVANCED NURSING CERTIFICATION

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $50,000 to the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance to address nursing skills shortages.  The South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance serves Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry and Wayne counties

The money is from statewide funding and will be used for 175 nurses to receive training for special certification in emergency care and critical care.  Training will take place at three hospitals: Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia, Hillside Hospital in Pulaski, and Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

“I am pleased to award this grant to the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance for advanced skills certification in nursing care,” said Governor Bredesen.  “These funds will help resolve the need for more nurses competent in emergency and critical care.”

“I am proud to award this grant money to enhance training opportunities for nursing,” said Commissioner Neeley.  “Healthcare is a demand occupation with shortages across the state and the nation.”

“This grant will help ease the shortage of nurses with advanced skills and will strengthen our area’s healthcare industry,” said Jan McKeel, Executive Director for the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance. “A skilled healthcare workforce is critical to have a thriving community.”

 

Senator Bill Ketron, Representative Tom DuBois, and Representative John Charles Tidwell represent Maury County.

 

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