Scholarship now helping non-nursing staff continue education

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Haden Nursing Institute at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, which has been helping nursing staff further their education, has now expanded to help non-nursing clinical staff through the Center of Clinical Education.

Through philanthropic community support, the Center for Clinical Education has helped Ronda Hodge, who is the team coordinator of noninvasive cardiology, go back to school to earn her bachelor's degree.

This opportunity is allowing her to accomplish her goal of becoming a better leader for her team.

Hodge earned two associates degrees in previous years, but she moved around too much to receive her bachelors at a university.

But now as she has spent seven years working at the hospital, she felt that she was ready to improve her leadership skills and work toward that degree.

"I found a home here at Martha Jefferson, and I feel very fortunate that I am now able to continue my education and be a better leader here," Hodge said.

She is proud to be improving upon her leadership skills so that she can eventually move up to a director's position and continue working alongside the other great leaders in the hospital.

Going back to school has allowed Hodge to learn new tools that she can implement within her department.

"It's helping me to be a better leader for my team so that we can just better provide for our patients," Hodge said.

The application process for the first round of scholarship requests opened in May, and Hodge received one of the 22 scholarships that have been awarded so far.

The scholarships supplement the Tuition Assistance Funds that employees have access to in order to provide an even greater benefit and opportunity for Sentara employees.

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