The Kirkhof College of Nursing received a $2.2 million federal grant to partner with two health care organizations to support working nurses from underrepresented backgrounds who wish to obtain bachelor's or advanced nursing degrees.
KCON will partner with Spectrum Health and McLaren Health Care on the four-year project, which is supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Together, Spectrum and McLaren reach 14 counties in the lower peninsula.
Janet Winter, associate dean for undergraduate nursing programs, said this unique academic/practice partnership will provide access to degree programs to nurses from underrepresented backgrounds, while offering wraparound support services to ensure academic and professional success.
Leaders at the two organizations would recruit nurses to enroll in the RN-BSN, master's of nursing, or doctor of nursing practice programs. Winter said a total of 60 students will earn degrees throughout the four years of the program, with the majority (38) in the RN-BSN program.