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Inaugural HMH/McKendree nursing students graduate

This week, a reception was held recently to congratulate the 10 inaugural students of Hardin Memorial Health/McKendree University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing partnership.

As healthcare institutions throughout the country are facing a critical shortage of nurses, this partnership is an innovative approach to helping solve the issue.

“Our exceptional nursing staff members are allowed to take classes right where they work – in the hospital,” said Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Wright. “By creating opportunities for advancement in nursing, we are showing our commitment to and investment in our staff.”

That investment, and the encouragement for HMH staff to further their education improves healthcare, as it has been shown that patients with a BSN have better patient outcomes. Also, the partnership seeks to increase nurse retention, which will help with the nursing shortage.

As we recognize the achievements of these students, HMH is one step closer to the Pathway to Excellence designation, which is a credential that recognizes healthcare facilities that have created positive work environments where nurses can flourish.

Check out this video highlighting the special event:


Last night, HMH celebrated the inaugural class of the HMH/McKendree partnership to bring a BSN class to HMH. This is a perfect example of HMH’s commitment to nurses. We are celebrating nurses this week as part of National Nurses Week. Read more about our amazing nursing team here: #OurHMH #HMHNurses

Posted by Hardin Memorial Health on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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