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MSMU Filling the Need for Nursing Instructors in Southern California

Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) is filling the urgent need for nurses in Southern California by offering a free two-day program designed to increase the region's pool of nursing instructors.

The Clinical Nurse Instructor Education Program will be held on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2009, at the College's downtown Doheny Campus, 10 Chester Place in Los Angeles, 90007. The program, offered free of charge, is funded through the Song-Brown initiative, which is administered by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. In February, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger awarded $84,000 to MSMU for its nurse training programs as part of a multimillion-dollar effort to increase California's health care workforce.

The Mount's program aims to educate practicing clinical nurses to teach pre-licensure nursing students who have rotations at the same institution as the clinical nurse. Nurses working at these hospitals can expand their knowledge and professional roles by participating in this program. A half-day follow-up session will be held in April to review participants' student teaching experience. Upon completion of the program, 15 continuing education units will be awarded.

Enrollees must have a bachelor's degree and at least one year of acute care experience. Preference will be given to those who complete an application by Dec. 1, 2008. Applications are available from the College's Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN). For more information, contact Marsha Sato, director of the MSN program, at


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