Tuition Reimbursement Offers ‘Priceless’ Benefit

When you spend more than 20 years working for an organization, you learn how deeply it cares about its employees. Shanda Ross, MSN, RN, Clinic Manager, Internal Medicine Specialties Clinic, has 22 years of experience at Nebraska Medicine and firsthand experience of the organization’s dedication to its team members 

Ross is one of the hundreds of individuals who has taken advantage of the tuition reimbursement benefit that allows employees to advance their education and career, and further support the organization. She used the benefit to earn her Master’s degree in Nursing Healthcare Administration from Clarkson College in 2014 and continues to tout the benefits of the reimbursement program to her colleagues. 

As a full-time employee, Ross was eligible to receive up to $5,000 per calendar year to further her education. Part-time colleagues can earn up to $2,500 per calendar year. The reimbursement, along with the reduced tuition rate she received at Clarkson College, encouraged Ross to take the next step in her career.  

“It was the driving force,” she says. “Having a daughter preparing for college in a year from when I would graduate, it was important to have the financial support.” 

After graduating in 2014, Ross stayed on at Nebraska Medicine as a clinic manager and used her education to further assist her organization and colleagues. “Using this benefit has had a huge, positive impact on me,” she says. “Nebraska Medicine allowed me to grow and develop while truly using my education. The ability to partner with Clarkson College, whom our hospital has a partnership with, was important, and the tuition reimbursement and flexible payments as an employee were priceless.”  

Ross continues to serve both Nebraska Medicine and the community with her education and experience. She is the President of the Omaha Black Nurses Association and recently hosted a virtual seminar to help bring information about the COVID-19 vaccine to people of color within the community. KLKN News shared her story 

Clarkson College offers advanced degrees as well as certificate options in the areas of Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography and Medical Imaging, Community Health, Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, and Healthcare Education and Leadership. Along with tuition reimbursement, Nebraska Medicine employees are eligible to receive a reduced tuition rate 

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