Grand Valley's Kirkhof College of Nursing and McLaren Health Care earned an American Association of College of Nursing award for collaborating to expand health care access and increase the diversity among nurse leaders in rural and underserved communities in Michigan.
The AACN Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award recognizes KCON and McLaren Health Care (MHC) for their work in receiving a 2019 federal grant to recruit and graduate more nurse practitioners through KCON's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
The four-year grant from Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services totaled $2.8 million and included Mercy Health Muskegon.
Katherine Moran, KCON acting dean, said 20 people have earned or are on track to earn DNP degrees since the initial cohort was accepted in 2019. Participants received an annual stipend of $22,000 toward tuition and other related costs.