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Some Spartanburg nurses going back to school to keep jobs

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Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is located in Spartanburg, SC. (OCt. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina) Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is located in Spartanburg, SC. (OCt. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina)
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Some Spartanburg Regional Healthcare nurses will have to go back to school in order to keep their jobs because of changing requirements.

SRMC spokesperson Eric Lawson said starting in January, nurses will be required to have a bachelor's degree by the year 2017.

He said nurses will have three years to complete the degree and the hospital is offering $4,000 tuition reimbursement each year to help with costs.

The policy is designed to meet criteria enacted by Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Commission on Magnet (COM) that requires 80 percent of direct care nursing staff to be BSN certified by 2020, according to Lawson.

He said the hospital will be meeting with nurses one-on-one to talk about each situation and how the hospital can work with them, Lawson said.

SRHS plans to host a nursing fair to connect colleges in the region that offer ADN-to-BSN programs with nurses looking to get additional degrees.

Lawson said nurses who plan to retire before 2020 are exempt from the policy.

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