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$400,000 gift boosts Valley View nurse education

A $400,000 gift will allow expanded education and training for Valley View Hospital nurses, the hospital said in a news release.

The gift, made through Pete and Sondra Welles' family foundation, The Beaufort Foundation, supports Valley View nurses in pursuing bachelor's and advanced degrees, achieving specialty-specific certifications and continuing their training and education.

"We are so grateful to Pete and Sondra for this unprecedented gift," said Sandra Hurley, chief nursing officer of Valley View. "It truly represents an investment in the care at Valley View because we know that when the capabilities and expertise of our nurses expand, our patients benefit. They are supporting the highest quality of nursing care in our community for years to come."

The gift, made to the Valley View Foundation, reflects the Welles' passion for Valley View and its nurses.

"We have experienced firsthand the remarkable care of Valley View's nurses. We hope this gift inspires them in their ongoing education and continued excellence," said Pete Welles.

The Welles will impact three key areas of nurse education and training. First, Valley View has articulated a goal of having 80 percent of its nurses with a bachelor's of science in nursing by 2020. This goal aligns with the Institute of Medicine report "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." The Welles will advance this goal by creating additional scholarship opportunities for Valley View nurses.

Secondly, Valley View's commitment to excellence in patient care involves nurses developing and honing their skills through rigorous and nationally-recognized certification programs. The Welles will also assist Valley View as it encourages nurses to pursue certification in a chosen specialty.

Finally, the Welles will support Valley View nurses in their continued education to maintain clinical excellence.