Marina del Rey resident Loren Franck has been selected as a Kaiser Permanente scholarship recipient to attend the one-year accelerated nursing program at Mount St. Mary’s College.

The hospital and college have partnered in an effort to attract quality nurses and ease a California nurse staffing shortage.

“The Kaiser scholarship has made my dream of becoming an RN (registered nurse) a reality,” Franck said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to work with tremendous people.”

Franck was a magazine editor and writer for 25 years, mostly in health, fitness and sports. He has a bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in sociology.

Kaiser Permanente recently gave the college $850,000 to implement a student loan repayment program, which covers up to two-thirds of the cost of tuition for 34 nursing students.

In exchange, students will work at a Kaiser hospital for two years after graduation.

Students selected for the forgivable student loan program will perform clinical rotations and receive mentoring from Kaiser nursing staff.

Judy Husted, executive director of the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Patient Care Services, said Kaiser would embrace Mount St. Mary’s College students.

“With the forgivable loan program, we are doing something totally unique to help students become Kaiser Permanente nurses,” Husted said.

“It is one of the many innovative initiatives we have implemented to address the California nursing shortage, which is a huge crisis.”

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