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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Like many executives, preparing young leaders for the future is part of what I have tried to do throughout my career. For decades we have partnered with Trinity University to identify and develop future health care administrators. Another program I am especially proud of at Texas Health Resources is our Youth Prodigy Program which offers a gateway to a career in nursing. The program offers potentially life-changing opportunities for high school students interested in becoming a registered nurse. Applications are now being accepted until Feb. 18 for the next class.
Administered by Texas Health’s Center for Learning & Career Development, the Prodigy Program is designed to attract young people to the nursing profession and to alleviate a national nursing shortage that will continue to worsen as baby boomers reach retirement.
The program offers education and employment to high-school graduates who are interested in pursuing an associate degree in nursing prior to obtaining a bachelor’s degree.
The program offers paid summer training and part-time job placement. Students work part-time at a Texas Health hospital while attending school, and Texas Health’s Tuition Reimbursement Program helps cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and related supplies.
Helping high school students fulfill their dreams of a career in nursing is key to the Prodigy Program. It is rewarding to see the life-changing transformations that take place within our Prodigy students every year. The Youth Prodigy Program is a win-win for the students, Texas Health and the field of nursing.
If you know someone who might be interested, invite them to learn more about the Youth Prodigy Program, by visiting TexasHealth.org/Prodigy.
For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.