Cynthia McCurren, dean of the Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley, was appointed to a state education council that will aid transformation of nursing education in Michigan.
McCurren is one of 17 people named to the newly established Michigan Nursing Education Council, which will act as an advisory board to the Office of the Chief Nurse Executive, within Michigan’s Department of Community Health. McCurren joined Grand Valley as dean of KCON in 2007.
The MNEC is comprised of a mix of nursing practitioners and policy-makers. MDCH Director Janet Olszewski said the council will ensure that recent recommendations developed by the MDCH Task Force on Nursing Education are implemented. Some of the recommendations include creating a system of nurse residency programs in Michigan for all newly licensed graduates, giving high priority to quality and safety in all nursing education programs and increasing the number of registered nurses educated in the state.
McCurren is also incoming president of the Michigan Association of Colleges of Nursing.
The Kirkhof College of Nursing offers a doctor of nursing practice program along with bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, including programs for second-degree students and degree completion programs for working registered nurses. The college also operates the GVSU Family Health Center, on Sheldon Street in downtown Grand Rapids.