Beacon Health System partners with Ivy Tech to encourage more to the nursing field

NOW: Beacon Health System partners with Ivy Tech to encourage more to the nursing field

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- It is something we have been hearing about since the pandemic began, we need more nurses. But, Beacon Health system explains it is a problem that has existed far before the pandemic.  

So, where are the nurses? A question that Beacon is hoping to answer. Beacon Health System and Ivy Tech Community College are collaborating on an innovative program designed to attract and educate nurses.

Starting in Fall of 2022, nursing students will have the opportunity to become part of the Beacon's Scholar Program. This will cover the cost of their Ivy Tech education, including books. Beacon Health will also be providing these students with a living stipend and future employment as Beacon Health nurses.

Beacon CEO, Kreg Gruber, says nurses play a major role in carrying out their mission. He is hopeful the new program will allow those who might not have the chance to pursue a nursing degree to be given that opportunity.

“We do not think about it until you need it, then when you need it is emergent, and the fact of the matter is the nurse is the one that we count on,” says Gruber. “We need them and we do not think about it until this situation, so having this profession have people in it is pivotal for our community.”

Further information about how to apply will be available this Spring.

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