The Baroness Erlanger School of Nursing at Chattanooga State Community College was pleased to recently host the Erlanger nursing leadership team and the Chattanooga State Erlanger Scholars.
“Nursing education is the foundation for developing a quality driven nursing workforce,” says Erlanger Health System’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Dr. Jan Keys. “Increased pressure for the clinical staff to be versed in current trends of reimbursement, and value-based health initiatives are imperative and dependent upon a close learning and practice relationship between nursing education programs and healthcare organizations. The Erlanger partnership with Chattanooga State conveys a synergy with blending the educational platform and the needs of the current white-water changes in healthcare. The specific Erlanger Chair of Excellence Award sends a plausible message that Erlanger values the faculty and educational program provided by Chattanooga State College.”
During the scholarship luncheon, Dr. Keys spoke to our nursing scholars about the importance of education combined with experience and performance, telling them:
“You are our future.”
Yolanda Green, Chattanooga State faculty member and the current holder of the Erlanger Chair of Excellence, also shared with the Erlanger Scholars:
“Look to continue your studies throughout your career,” said Green. “I encourage each of you to look for something new to learn everyday.”
As the holder of the Erlanger Chair of Excellence, Green says this provides opportunities for collaboration and “to be involved with several Nurse Council groups at Erlanger which is very beneficial to our education program, and bringing the latest on local trends and issues affecting client care in our service area.” The Erlanger partnership also provides the opportunity for faculty professional development.
Green said “Erlanger’s generosity in providing funds for education allowed one of my colleagues to attend a national nursing education conference last year, and she, in turn, was able to disseminate the information learned there to the other nursing faculty, again providing direct benefit to the education of our students.”