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Los Angeles Jewish Home's New Annenberg School of Nursing Seeks Applicants for Second Session of Precedent-Setting U.S. Senior-Care Facility's School of Nursing
Date:7/29/2008

RESEDA, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles Jewish Home's prestigious new Annenberg School of Nursing is now accepting applications as it enters its second session as one of the only U.S. multi-level senior-living facilities with its own school of nursing.

The Annenberg School of Nursing offers a full-time program that aims to prepare students to pass the state-required exam for licensure. The intensive vocational nursing program engages students 40 hours per week in the classroom or at clinical sites, plus daily reading assignments. All students received 500 hours of classroom instruction and 980 hours of clinical training at local hospitals.

Classes for the next term will begin September 2008. During the 12-month program, students work with patients of all ages ranging from infants and prenatal to geriatric.

One attractive feature of the program is financial incentives for its students. The total cost to educate each student in the program is $19,000. Through generous gifts received from the Annenberg Foundation, UniHealth Foundation, and private donors, students receive a $10,000 tuition scholarship, which is forgiven if they take a nursing job at the Home upon graduation and stay for at least two years. Also available is no-interest loan assistance through the L.A. Jewish Free Loan Program, sponsored in part by Jewish Home donors Saul and Joyce Brandman.

The nation's nursing shortage is particularly acute in California. According to the California Economic Development Department, the state is expected to be short more than 100,000 registered nurses and 25,000 licensed vocational nurses by 2010.

"This is a very special opportunity for those in the community that seek a special form of employment that guarantees they will have a wonderful career," said Molly Forrest, CEO/president of the Home. "Virtually all of our students can step up after they graduate and start work. And not just work, but a rewarding and enriching role awaits them."

Healthcare providers throughout the country are faced with the challenge of making sure well-trained nurses are on hand for an increasingly aging population. Heading the school is Marie Fagan, former director of nursing at American Career College and Casa Loma College. "There's an acute nursing shortage out there," she said. "There are also few job categories that so desperately need qualified applicants. This is an amazing program for those looking to establish a bright future for themselves while helping others."

Further information is available by contacting Cindy Thomas at 818-757-4431 or Cindy.Thomas@jha.org.

Established in 1989 by Walter H. Annenberg, the Annenberg Foundation provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally through its headquarters in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and offices in Los Angeles, California. Its major program areas are education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic, community and the environment; and health and human services. In addition, the Foundation operates a number of initiatives, which expand and complement these program areas. The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance the public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving this goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

The Jewish Home's Annenberg School of Nursing is also supported by a grant from the UniHealth Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic organization whose mission is to support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities within its service area.

Founded in 1912, the world-renowned Los Angeles Jewish Home is one of the foremost multi-level senior-living communities in the United States and the largest single-source provider of senior housing in Los Angeles. In total, the Home annually serves more than 2,000 seniors through its extraordinary continuum of services. Each year, more than 1,500 women and men are cared for in-residence on two village campuses, with services including independent- living "Neighborhood Home" accommodations, residential care, skilled nursing care, acute psychiatric care, Alzheimer's disease and dementia care, and end- of-life care. Another 500 seniors are served through the Home's community- based programs, which includes Skirball Hospice and community clinics. The Home is a nonprofit organization that relies upon donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to continue its remarkable work. Further information regarding the Home can be found online at http://www.jha.org or by calling 818-757-4407.


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