Free Nursing School offered by CHI Health in partnership with Purdue Global | Education

Current CHI Health employees or their friends or family members can take up to two years of nursing studies paid for by the regional health network.

As part of its “Grow Our Own Nurses” partnership, CHI Health will cover tuition, books, and fees for nursing students pursuing an associate degree in nursing at Purdue Global.

Although the program is largely online, students will need to travel to Lincoln for hands-on learning at Purdue Global’s new Simulation Center for Innovative Excellence at CHI Health St. Elizabeth.

The new center allows nursing students to work with “high fidelity” manikins that mimic symptoms such as bleeding or vomiting, and allows these people to work under the close supervision of an instructor.

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Students enrolled in the Grow Our Own Nurses program will also gain experience in clinical rotations at Lincoln Hospital.

Once these students pass the RN licensing exam in their state, they will be required to commit to a full-time nursing position at a CHI Health hospital for three years.

Tim Plante, CHI Health’s chief nursing officer, said the “Grow Our Own Nurses” program is an effort to create a pipeline of nurses as healthcare facilities across the country face labor shortages. -work.

According to the Status of the Nebraska Health Care Workforce, a study conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center every two years, Cornhusker State expects a shortage of 5,435 nurses by 2025, due retirements and others leaving the labor market.

CHI Health, which is headquartered in Omaha and has 28 hospitals and 200 clinics in the area, said it hopes to help train those interested in nursing to bridge the gap.

“We know that cost is often a barrier to education,” Plante said in a press release. “By paying the way for these students, we are giving them the opportunity to start a fulfilling career while ensuring we have a strong future workforce.”

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