Nursing Program Expanded

Published on: December 18, 2007

The nursing program at Lone Star College-Kingwood is expanding. Nearly $600,000 in two grants will allow the college to expand its program.

The RN program graduated 28 students in its first year and 68 in its second. Because of that success, the college was awarded a grant of nearly $300,000 to increase the number of nursing graduates. Peggy Aalund, director of nursing at Lone Star College-Kingwood, says the shortage of nurses is due to the shortage of faculty.

The Nursing Innovation Grant of almost $300,000 is given to help programs to help increase the number of nursing graduates and develop new ideas on how to deliver nursing education.

Aalund says the goal is to create something for students seeking a second degree who need more flexibility and for LVNs who work in area hospitals.

"Our plan is that these students will have an online, self-paced, precept program.  That means they will get the majority of their education through online technology.  They will come on campus for some of the clinical laboratory activities and then be precepted in the community hospitals."

Lone Star College-Kingwood's nursing program is partnered with Memorial Hermann Northeast, Kingwood Medical Center, Memorial the Woodlands and the Harris County Hospital District.

"The amazing success of the program comes from faculty and administrative support and the pioneering spirit of our faculty members and their commitment to the students. They've really created a wonderful environment for our students," says Aalund.

Lone Star College-Kingwood started with a vocational program over 20 years ago and has graduated more than 1,500 LVNs.  In 2004 the college added an evening/weekend RN program which was one of the first in the area.  This year the LVN/Paramedic Transition to RN was added.  The program has an outstanding success record, with 90 percent of the students graduating and 95 to 100 percent passing their national boards.

To find out more about the nursing program, attend an information session held once a month on the first Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Health and Science Building, room 109 or visit the website at www.kingwoodcollege/goto/nursing.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College - University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit https://owa.nhmccd.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.lonestar.edu/.