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Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center

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Workforce Challenge

Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois employs close to 850 professional Registered Nurses (RN). The majority of its nurses entered their field with an associate's degree. Provena has recently established a goal of increasing the proportion of nurses having a bachelor or masters degree, and launched a program designed to assist their current workforce in acquiring academic credentials they need to advance and serve as nursing leaders.

Workforce Solution

The onsite, two-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program for AA degree nurses working at Provena was developed in partnership with Lewis University. The program was funded with a combination of incumbent worker grant funds, employee tuition reimbursement through Provena, and funding through the Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center Foundation. Students benefiting from the program made a commitment to stay with Provena for two years following completion.

Outcomes & Benefits

Through this collaberative training initiative, thirty-four employees achieved their BSN, most graduating with honors. Provena plans to continue offering the program to nurses and expanding it to other occupations. Physicians have been so pleased with the elevated level of nursing care that they are establishing a scholarship program for nurses.

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