Alabama hospital program gives nursing students hands-on experience

A program at Tuscaloosa, Alabama's DCH Health System enlists nursing students seeking registered nurse (RN) experience ahead of graduation, according to Tuscaloosa News. Program participants learn patient care in hands-on settings every other weekend for six months in two of eight departments. Students whose grades at the end of the six months meet program requirements have the option to continue working at DCH in other departments up to graduation. "It helps us plan for our future," said Lori Royer, human resources director for DCH Health System. "We hope they stay with us to be an RN." Article