Seton Medical Center Williamson recently presented a check for $200,000 to the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) College of Nursing to support the continued development of the college’s RN-to-B.S.N. and Second Degree programs in Round Rock. The continued support brings Seton Medical Center Williamson’s contribution total to $1.4 million since 2009.

“We are excited to be able to support the Texas A&M College of Nursing. It takes numerous collaborators in our community to ensure Central Texans have access to a plentiful supply of well-trained clinicians,” said Michelle Robertson, President and CEO of the Seton Healthcare Family North Group. “In addition to providing new career opportunities for our nurses, these programs create highly-skilled nurses who go on to become leaders in their specialized area.”

The donation will allow the college of nursing to continue recruitment efforts of prospective nursing professionals, increase enrollment in programs offered in Round Rock, and grow student recruitment efforts in Bell County.

“With the generous donation from Seton Medical Center Williamson, the college will be able to continue its pursuit of increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in Texas,” said Sharon A. Wilkerson, Ph.D., RN, CNE, dean of the Texas A&M College of Nursing. “We are thankful for the continued support and the enduring relationship we have established with Seton.”

The Texas A&M Health Science Center opened the Round Rock campus in 2009 and the College of Nursing currently offers the online RB-to-B.S.N. and Second Degree programs at this location. The college also offers Traditional, Second Degree and RN-to-B.S.N. tracts to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) on its Bryan campus. A recent addition includes a new Master of Science in Nursing degree in nursing education. The online program prepares graduates to serve as educators in both the higher education and patient care settings.

Seton Medical Center Williamson, a member of the nonprofit Seton Healthcare Family, opened on February 7, 2008, to serve Williamson County’s growing community and to meet the need for more convenient and advanced healthcare services in the area. Seton Williamson is the largest and only faith-based hospital in Williamson County.

— Holly Shive

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