Augusta Health highly values the skilled and compassionate nurses who care for hospital patients at the bedside and in outpatient settings. These clinical professionals touch the lives of thousands of Augusta Health patients and families every year.
But it is not easy to train and retain the best and brightest in the field. With nursing shortages nationwide, Augusta Health needs to do all that it can to ensure its nursing workforce and provide care to the next generation of patients.
The W. C. Smith Nursing Scholarship Fund at Augusta Health was established in memory of Dr. William C. "Bill" Smith, a longtime member of the medical staff at Waynesboro Community Hospital and the city's first pediatrician. The fund provides financial assistance for professional development for nurses at Augusta Health.
The Nursing Fund is an endowed fund where the principal is invested and a portion of the income is available for training and scholarships. Additional gifts are needed to expand the fund and provide for future Augusta Health nurses.
The hospital is committed to the professional development of about 400 nurses on its staff. For example, 224 members of the nursing division earned Augusta Health Nursing Logo pins in 2011 for completing a series of training sessions, including attendance at professional development days, in-services, and the Nursing Excellence Summit.