March 2002

Mercy in Nampa teams with universities to alleviate nursing shortage

Five major medical centers in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, including Mercy Medical Center in Nampa, are working with Boise State University and Idaho State University to ease the shortage of nurses in the area. To increase the number of qualified nurses in the valley, the five hospitals will provide annual contributions of $60,000 to the universities for the development and delivery of nursing programs. The hospitals and the universities have agreed to cooperate in the recruitment of prospective nursing students, as well as currently employed nurses who want further education; ensure that an adequate number of clinical placement opportunities are made available to nursing students; and encourage the continuing education of nurses through programs such as fee reimbursement, flex time and release time. For more information, contact Denise Jones, promotions and public relations coordinator for Mercy, at 208/463-5575.