Doug Bishop, RN, an intensive care unit nurse at Parkland Health Center, was recently awarded a scholarship from the Missouri Hospital Association Center for Education.
Bishop will receive a 50 percent tuition reimbursement up to $4,000 to pursue education in an in-demand health care field through the 2011 Missouri Hospital Employee Scholarship program. He has been a nurse at Parkland Health Center for two years.
The scholarship program was developed to address the growing need for trained professionals in medical and support specialties in Missouri hospitals. Bishop was one of 189 hospital employees awarded scholarships through the program.
The Missouri Hospital Employee Scholarship program was designed to help hospital employees advance within their current field or to enter into a new field. Scholarship recipients were chosen from applicants pursuing education in nursing at the bachelor’s degree level or higher; health information technology, including coding; laboratory technology; radiologic technology; occupational, physical or speech therapy; and doctorate level pharmacy.
Research indicates that the demand for skilled health care workers will increase significantly in coming decades. The health care specialties included in the scholarship program were based on input from Missouri’s hospital community and projected areas of demand in the health care workforce
Parkland Health Center is part of BJC HealthCare which also includes St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the teaching hospitals for Washington University School of Medicine.