University Hospitals and Kent State University are joining forces to address the ongoing nursing shortage in Northeast Ohio through a new Nursing education initiative that will increase the number of baccalaureate-degreed nurses who enter the workforce each year.
This program will better meet the needs of students, employers and the community and will serve as a model for other communities around the United States who face similar challenges. Specifically, the program will tackle the challenges that nursing students face at every stage of their education and careers by:
- Instituting an additional cohort of students in Kent State’s BSN program to be admitted each year. UH will support these students in the following ways:
- Expanding financial support by means of the UH Nursing Scholars program, which will provide $12,000 in financial support to 20 students for their senior year at Kent State, contingent on their employment with UH for at least two years after graduation
- Recruiting experienced UH nurses to serve as clinical instructors for the program
- Increasing availability of required clinical placements through additional rotations at UH facilities
“University Hospitals is excited to enhance our existing relationship with Kent State University and expand the opportunity to bring more individuals into the nursing field,” says UH Chief Human Resource Officer Thomas Snowberger.
“The University Hospitals Scholars program will provide critical financial support for students, diverse clinical sites in the University Hospital system, and expand the opportunity for more students to experience the excellent education offered at Kent State University College of Nursing,” notes Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Dean, Kent State College of Nursing. “It will provide diverse clinical sites, employment opportunities and additional financial support for committed students.”
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