The Lassen Community College nursing staff.

LCC celebrates RN new nursing program

Great news for Lassen Community College nursing students and and the residents of our region in the rural northeastern corner of California — the California Board of Registered Nursing has approved a new Registered Nursing program at LCC. The approval follows an extensive period of diligent planning, collaboration, and commitment. This significant milestone underscores LCC’s dedication to providing high-quality education and addressing the critical demand for healthcare professionals, particularly registered nurses, in California.

The college invites the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 in the creative arts building. That event includes the ribbon cutting ceremony and an opportunity to tour LCC’s nursing facility.

But that’s not all. After the ceremony, the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly mixer at 5:30 p.m. on campus in celebration of the registered nursing program.

A Lassen Community College nursing students works on a patient.

The need for registered nurses is extreme
The state of California faces a growing shortage of registered nurses — a projected deficit of more than 44,500 by 2030, according to the California Health Workforce Alliance. This shortage is not only a local concern but a statewide challenge that requires immediate attention and action.

According to a statement by [program director Christi Myers, “The new Lassen Community College Registered Nursing program has been strategically designed to meet the escalating demand for Registered Nurses, both locally and across the state. By offering comprehensive and rigorous training, we aim to produce highly skilled and compassionate professionals who will contribute significantly to the healthcare landscape in our community and beyond.”

Consider the following statistics 
National Demand: The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 9 percent increase in employment for registered nurses from 2020 to 2030, growing faster than the average for all occupations.

California’s Growing Need: California is expected to have the highest job openings for registered nurses in the coming years, with an estimated 175,900 job openings from 2020 to 2030.

Lassen Community College’s state-of-the-art registered nursing facility.

Competitive Compensation: Registered nursing is not only a noble profession but also a financially rewarding one. The median annual wage for registered nurses in the United States was $75,330 in 2020, and California boasts some of the highest average wages for this profession.

“By launching this Registered Nursing Program, Lassen Community College is not only addressing a critical need but also providing individuals with an opportunity to embark on a fulfilling and impactful career,” Myers said. “We invite prospective students to join us on this journey, where they will receive top-notch education, gain practical experience, and contribute meaningfully to the well-being of our community and the larger healthcare ecosystem.

Nurses need to perform vital, life saving health care services.

“We extend our sincere gratitude to all those who contributed to the development and approval of this program including our Lassen Community College Health Science and Medical Technology Advisory Committee. We offer a special thank you to Lassen Community College President Camacho, her foresight and dedication to the advancement of our institution have played a pivotal role in steering Lassen Community College toward this significant achievement.

“With the support of her team, President Camacho’s strategic planning has provided the framework for the development and successful approval of the Registered Nursing Program.

“Our nursing faculty’s exemplary efforts have been instrumental in the meticulous planning, curriculum development, and accreditation processes that have culminated in the establishment of this vital program.  This achievement is a testament to the collaborative spirit that characterizes our institution, where the collective efforts of visionary leadership, dedicated faculty, and staff converge to bring about positive change.

“We look forward to welcoming the first cohort of students to the Registered Nursing Program at Lassen Community College on Jan. 16, 2024.”

Stop by LCC Thursday, Jan. 18 to celebrate the new registered nursing program and enjoy the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce mixer.