Corewell Health West, formerly Spectrum Health, is partnering with Western Michigan Community College to create the state’s first registered nursing apprenticeship program.
Corwell Hospital in Ludington has partnered with West Shore Community College in Scottville, about 9 miles east of Ludington, to deliver the program.
Representatives from the health care system, college, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, and Michigan Works! signed the agreement last week at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, the health system said in a statement.
Pupils will be enrolled in the existing West Shore Nursing Program and will be recruited by Ludington Hospital where they will receive on-the-job training. Students will receive salary and benefits from Corewell while participating in the program.
The program will reduce the time it takes to become a registered nurse to one year, compared to a traditional program that takes two to four years.
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“Rural health workers face many challenges, including a shortage of nurses,” Melea Mariani, chief nurse at Corewell Health Ludington, said in a press release. “Registered Nursing studies can open doors for those who might not otherwise pursue a career in nursing. Many times I’ve heard someone say, “I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” but having to work full-time, demanding childcare costs, and other related costs create barriers.”
Michigan works! they are expected to provide assistance to students in the form of child care coordination, transportation vouchers and other services.
Organizations will now work to develop admission and application criteria, with the expectation that student admissions will take place on an unknown date in 2023.
Corwell did not respond to Crane’s request for more details.
This story first appeared in our sister publication, Crane’s Detroit business.