GV partners with Pine Rest for scholarship opportunities – Grand Valley Lanthorn


As tuition costs rise across the country, institutions and students are looking for creative solutions to ease the financial burden.

Grand Valley State University and Pine Rest Mental Health Services, a West Michigan-based behavioral health care provider, have partnered to support aspiring behavioral health nurses.

In an effort to replenish the shrinking nursing workforce, Pine Rest Mental Health Services has partnered with GVSU and four other West Michigan institutions, including Calvin University, Cornerstone University, the Davenport University and Montcalm Community College to create an employment-based scholarship program, Pine Rest Academy.

The stock Exchange includes tuition assistance of up to $40,000 over four years for full-time nursing students who wish to enter the field of behavioral health. In addition to working part-time at a Pine Rest facility while continuing their education, recipients of this scholarship will remain on staff as behavioral health nurses for at least two years after completion of their program and certification. by the State of Michigan.

While on staff, students will work with registered nurses and nurse practitioners to help assess, treat, and monitor patient mental health and behavioral issues in a hands-on manner.

“We have always had experiential learning that is mandated for all colleges or schools of nursing by state boards of nursing,” said Dr. Lola Coke, acting dean of the Kirkof College of Nursing at Great Valley. “Creative partnerships give us the opportunity to look at nursing education, see how we teach our nursing students, and be able to look at new ways to improve our curriculum while assisting our practice partners in the delivery of their nursing care. »

The scholarship provides “unique educational experiences to truly enhance the student’s understanding of behavioral health, which is really important because this is a huge gap in health care, not just in the state of Michigan, but all over the country”.

“The Pine Rest partnership is really for our accelerated second-degree students,” Coke said. “These are students who already have an existing degree in another field and want to become a nurse.”

The Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program is a competitive program that was introduced at GVSU in 2016 with the goal of making career change to nursing faster and more accessible. Each semester, 56 students enter the rigorous four-semester program to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Currently, Pine Rest Academy is a three-year partnership between the institution and partner accredited nursing institutions. Coke hopes the partnership will prove mutually beneficial for GVSU and Pine Rest students, and will continue for the foreseeable future.

“We certainly hope that after three years we will have positive results and that we can continue the partnership,” Coke said.

For more information on this and other scholarships, visit the Grand Valley myscholarships or the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.


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