MSJC and Local Hospitals produce 40 New RNs Ready for the WorkForce

July 5, 2016

Forty new nurses will enter the region’s workforce soon thanks to the partnership between Mt. San Jacinto College’s Nursing & Allied Health Department and local hospitals.

MSJC’s Summer 2016 Occupational Internship teamed with Physicians for Healthy Hospitals (PHH) in Hemet and Menifee, San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital (SGMH) in Banning and Riverside University Health Systems Medical Center in Riverside to give the nursing students the hands-on training that prepares them for the transition into the role of licensed Registered Nurse.

This program paired the newly-graduated nurses with experienced RNs for four weeks. The nursing student worked the same schedule as the experienced RN to gain in-depth knowledge in the field.

Dr. Joseph Morris, associate dean of MSJC’s Nursing Department, said the occupational internship program benefits the community and supports the career advancement of new healthcare professionals.

“These internship opportunities instill confidence, allow students to fine-tune their clinical skills, and get evaluated by potential employers,” Morris said.

Dr. Peter Zografos, MSJC School of Nursing director, said that MSJC’s internship is different from other internships offered. Students in MSJC’s occupational internship do not have to wait for state licensing before they can begin working and establishing relationships with potential healthcare employers.

Dr. Kathryn McLaughlin, chief nursing officer with PHH said, the partnership is one way of fulfilling PHH’s mission.

This is a very important relationship for the PHH facilities,” McLaughlin said. “Our facility mission statement is ‘healing our community’ and what better way to accomplish this than by supporting our local educational institutions with growing the next generation of healthcare professionals.” 

MSJC student Mary Schoop spent four weeks interning at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital. Schoop believes she is more prepared for work as a nurse.

“A great benefit was having the opportunity to apply my skills and grow,” Schoop, of Sun City, said. “Working alongside seasoned professionals in the field made this opportunity real.” 

MSJC student Dylan Hedge, of Murrieta, participated in the internship program with PHH at its Menifee location.

“This program gave me the chance to apply everything I’ve learned and marketed me to potential employers,” he said.

MSJC students who completed this internship can place this experience on their resumes in order to give them an advantage in a competitive workforce. The MSJC Nursing program actively pursues partnerships with local clinics, hospitals and other health organizations in effort to provide RN students with real-world experience. The next Occupational Internship will be offered in summer 2017.

For more information about this or other health occupational opportunities, please contact MSJC Nursing & Allied Health Department at 951-639-5577.

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MSJC student Mary Schoop, from SGMH

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MSJC student Dylan Hedge, from PHH