WILLIAMSBURG, Ky (WYMT) - If you know a nurse, you know their job is not easy. But with national standards changing, many registered nurses now have to go back to school and get their bachelors degree. So the University of the Cumberlands is offering a new program aimed at helping them do just that.
Many will tell you being a nurse is a thankless job. But University of the Cumberlands' assistant to the president Brad Hall said it is one of the most important careers a person can choose.
"Nurses are the backbone of health care. We are all going to need a nurse at some point in our lives," said Hall.
That is why UC will start offering an RN to BSN program in January, which allows students to stay up to date on the newest information and open more doors for the future. Vice President of Medical Services Eddie Perkins said that is critical for folks already in the work force.
"This affords a working nurse an opportunity to further their education without having to take off from their job," said Perkins.
With all classes online, staff said they are helping students learn locally and continue working in our region.
"This would be an opportunity to support the region and provide that opportunity where they can stay at home, raise their families still continue to work full time if they choose and it is flexible and affordable," said Hall.
Hall adds this is one way the university can give back to the people, who serve us each and every day.
"Everywhere in the health care industry a nurse is there to take care of you and your family and so it is critically important that they have the resources they need to take care of all of us," said Hall.
University staff tell WYMT they pride themselves on serving southern and eastern Kentucky. To find out more about the new program, you can call the university at 1-800-343-1609.