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Lee Pinac is a Trauma Intensive Care Unit Nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Lee Pinac, RN

From Mail Room courier to Trauma Intensive Care Unit Nurse (TICU) at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Lee Pinac, RN, discovered that Texas Health has the tools in place to help employees advance their careers. Pinac is one among hundreds of employees who have taken advantage of the nursing education opportunities at Texas Health.

After 11 years in the fitness industry, Pinac joined the Texas Health corporate office as a courier in the Mail Room. With two bachelor's degrees already under his belt, he knew that he was overqualified. His supervisor recommended that he speak with Texas Health's Career Placement Center, where he learned about the Associate Degree in Nursing program offered by El Centro Community College.

"The El Centro program was perfect for me because it allowed me to attend classes, complete my clinicals and work at the same time," he said.

After graduating in December 2006, Pinac began his current job at Texas Health Fort Worth.

"As expensive as degrees have become, this program eliminated the burden of worrying about money for tuition," Pinac said. "I tell other employees that they are crazy not to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by Texas Health."

Whether just starting a career or looking to take the next step, Texas Health Resources is committed to helping nurses realize their dreams. Texas Health partners with area colleges and universities to bring nursing degree programs straight to Texas Health campuses. Our educational programs, coupled with our generous Tuition Reimbursement program, are designed to help nurses balance work, education and home life.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Through a partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing, Texas Health Resources offers an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The program offers non-Texas Health employees who have a non-nursing degree an opportunity to apply. 

Nursing Education Programs at Texas Health Resources hospitals

Learn more about our educational programs:

Associate Degree in Nursing
Texas Health Resources and El Centro College offer an Associate Degree in Nursing program, designed to prepare students for employment as a nurse providing direct care to patients.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Texas Health Resources and the University of Arlington School of Nursing offer an Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The program allows nurses with associates' degrees to receive a bachelor's degree in as little as one academic year.

Master's of Science in Nursing Administration
Texas Health Resources, in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing, offers a Masters of Science in Nursing Administration. Affordable and convenient, the program is known for preparing nurses for a variety of leadership positions in health care organizations.

Youth Prodigy Program
The Youth Prodigy Program is both and education process and an opportunity for students to work in the health care field while attending college. Students selected for the program work part-time at a Texas Health Resources facility while earning a degree in nursing. The program offers paid summer training, part-time job placement, and paid college tuition, fees, books and other related supplies as determined by Texas Health.

Tuition Reimbursement
Texas Health Resources recognizes that paying for school can be a big challenge. That's why Texas Health offers a generous Tuition Reimbursement Program that helps nurses further their education. Texas Health will reimburse tuition and fees for approved degree plans that benefit Texas Health or the nurses' position at Texas Health. Follow this link to request more information.

A Journey to Nursing

Texas Health Resources employees Kimberly Struchen, left, and Brenda Fox are training to be registered nurses through the Texas Health Associate Degree in Nursing Program partnership with El Centro College.

The journey from working in the airline industry to becoming a registered nurse was easier than you might think for Brandy Adrian. She joined Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in 2004 after 10 years in the airline industry and quickly took advantage of the Texas Health Resources nursing education program.

"The education program offered by Texas Health was the initial reason I chose to work for the system," she said.

By partnering with a number of area colleges and universities, Texas Health is able to offer a full range of educational opportunities for employees interested in becoming a nurse and nurses interested in advancing in their profession.

Adrian completed her associate degree in nursing through the program and now is a registered nurse (RN) in the intensive care unit at Texas Health Dallas.

"The program was friendly to my work schedule, and it allowed me to spend time with my family, both of which were very important to me," she said.

"We are proud to be a learning organization where nurses are encouraged and supported as they pursue their educational goals," said Joan Clark, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive at Texas Health.  "One of our top priorities is to continually improve the quality and safety of care we deliver, and providing educational opportunities for nurses is a key to doing that."

Addressing the nursing shortage one student at a time

Texas Health Resources nursing education instructor Beth Eckersley, RN, MHA, MSN, makes a point to Sean Faulkner, a Texas Health employee and student in the system's Associate Degree in Nursing Program partnership with El Centro College.

Texas Health is addressing the nursing shortage one student at a time. In the fall semester of 2009, more than 140 employees are enrolled in Texas Health's two-year associate degree in nursing program, offered in partnership with El Centro Community College in Dallas.

Providing educational opportunities coupled with a generous tuition reimbursement program are some of the ways Texas Health is meeting the challenges of the nation's nursing shortage. Although the current nursing shortage has been eased due to the recession, the shortage is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows, according to the American Association of Colleges and Nursing. Compounding the problem is the fact that nursing colleges and universities across the country are struggling to expand enrollment to meet the rising demand for qualified nurses.

Team Texas, a collaboration of the state's stakeholders in nurse education, predicts that in Texas between 2005 and 2020, the demand for R.N.s will increase by 86 percent, while the supply of nurses will only increase by 53 percent.

Taking nursing expertise to the next level
Texas Health's education programs also encourage nurses to advance in their profession. The organization offers a "career for life" with three career tracks for nurses — manager, educator and clinician — that allow nurses to grow professionally while maintaining a work-life balance.

An accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), online RN to BSN, master's of science in nursing administration and clinical nurse leader are a few of the programs available to Texas Health nurses.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth palliative care nurse practitioners Hayley Brown, left, and Amy Lunsford discuss pain management techniques with recently hired registered nurses Boyce Davis and Monica McEntire. Davis and McEntire are graduates of the Texas Health Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program with the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing.

Almost 160 RNs are working on their BSNs this fall in accelerated, traditional and online courses.

"Texas Health is an organization that values learning and puts that commitment into action through its various education programs," said Clark. "Whether just starting a nursing career or looking to take the next step, nurses will find the support they need at Texas Health."