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CMH supports nursing students

CMH supports nursing students at Clatsop Community College (CCC) through scholarships, program funding and access to practical, hands-on experience.

Nursing programs are expensive to offer. The Oregon State Board of Nursing requires colleges to maintain one instructor for every eight students in the clinical setting, and each student must spend 900 hours in a clinical setting.

Support like CMH’s subsidizes the cost of the nursing program, allowing the college to keep tuition low for students and making it possible for them to complete their education. 

“Our partnership with CMH has empowered literally hundreds of CCC nursing students in the past 30-plus years to learn, grow and develop their professional practice in a collaborative, supportive clinical environment,” says CCC Nursing Instructor Christina Kotson.

“As students rotate throughout the hospital, they learn to provide competent, safe, patient-centered care by working alongside expert nurses, physicians, therapists and other members of the CMH team. Without these opportunities, our students would not be able to meet the increasingly complex demands of health care.”

Associate degree nursing programs, like the one at CCC, are a cost-effective path to well-paying jobs in our community. By supporting the CCC nursing program, the hospital is ensuring access to quality nursing for the future.