UIndy, Clarian collaborate on $2.4-million healthcare workforce initiative


The University’s School of Nursing is a key player in a three-year federally funded effort to broaden Indiana’s pipeline for careers in healthcare, which has remained one of the state’s hottest job markets despite the weak economy.

With $2.4 million in federal stimulus money, provided by the U.S. Department of Labor through the Indianapolis Private Industry Council, UIndy’s nursing school has developed a new on-site nursing degree program for Clarian Health.

The goal is to help hospital employees move up the career ladder, freeing entry-level healthcare positions for jobseekers who have been displaced by cutbacks in manufacturing and other industries.

The new Associate of Science in Nursing program will be provided at Methodist Hospital for specially selected employees at that and other Clarian facilities, preparing them for positions as registered nurses.

Beginning this fall, the program will accept 24 students each year for the next three years.

The program expands an ongoing UIndy partnership with Clarian that already includes an on-site bachelor’s degree program for RNs and a Master of Science in Nursing program with specialties in nursing education and health systems leadership.

“With the establishment of this associate’s degree program, UIndy now provides a full spectrum of on-site nursing education options for Clarian employees,” says Anne Thomas, dean of the School of Nursing.

“These tailored programs address gaps in local health care, such as the shortage of registered nurses, while helping Clarian meet its staffing needs and helping those employees advance their careers.”

The University’s School of Nursing is known for crafting innovative degree programs to meet the community’s needs. Its master’s degree offerings, for example, include a nursing/MBA dual degree, the state’s only graduate program in nurse-midwifery, and the Accelerated Master’s Program, which prepares career-changers for leadership roles in health care.

A Doctor of Nursing Practice program is scheduled to launch next year.

Contact the School of Nursing at (317) 788-3206 or visit http://nursing.uindy.edu.