BHSH System, the combined health system comprised of Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health, announced a $19 million initiative to address Michigan’s nursing shortage. The BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan Nurse Scholar program will seek to help nursing students expand the pipeline of those entering the field. Speaking on Tuesday, BHSH President Tina Freese Decker said the state urgently needs more nurses.
“We don’t have enough nurses to care for the people of our state, and that shortage has been exasperated by the burnout and stress caused by the pandemic,” Decker said. “Projections indicate a shortage of 30,000 nurses in Michigan by 2030.”
BHSH System partners with Grand Valley State University to attract more nursing students and help them graduate.
“The BHSH Specter Health West Michigan Nurse Scholar partnership will create an opportunity for up to 500 additional students to pursue nursing careers over the next six years.”
Decker said that after all approvals and accreditations, the BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan Nurse Scholar program will be in place by January 2023. GVSU will assume all future infrastructure costs and maintain a permanent increase in student intake. at its Kirkhof College of Nursing while BHSH sets up the funding. The two note that more than 92% of all GVSU graduates in health professions remain in Michigan.