Michigan community colleges, universities and hospitals team up to address nursing shortage

Logos of organizations supporting the legislative proposal on nurse staffing.

Leaders ask Legislature for $56 million to get more nurses into the field

Michigan higher education and health care leaders today unveiled a collaborative plan to increase training options to produce more qualified nurses and address the nationwide nursing shortage. State.

“Michigan community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities have come together to address the nursing shortage, creating an innovative and affordable way to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 28 new locations across the state” , said Brandy Johnson, president of the Michigan Community College Association. .

The plan was developed by the Michigan Community College Association, Michigan Association of State Universities, Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities, and Michigan Health & Hospital Association. It is also supported by Michigan Works! Association, Michigan Association of Colleges of Nursing and Michigan Council of Nursing Education Administrators.

“Michigan Public Universities is thrilled to have worked with our higher education partners to develop this sensible and innovative approach to creating a more highly skilled nursing workforce capable of fulfilling the critical role nurses play. within the state’s healthcare community,” said Dr. Daniel Hurley, CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities.

This would create seamless opportunities for associate degree nurses to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) on community college campuses. Through this program, community colleges would partner with a four-year college or university and design a BSN completion program with input from local employers and local workforce development agencies.

“This plan ensures that Michigan nursing students have every option possible to obtain high-quality education and training at nearly any college, university or community college campus in this state,” said Robert LeFevre, president. of the Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities. “

The group is seeking a $56 million investment from the state budget to increase access and affordability of baccalaureate nursing programs for students who have earned their associate degree in nursing at a college. Michigan community. Under the plan, grants would be administered by the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) and awarded to Michigan community colleges. Each community college would be eligible for a $2 million grant to administer the program.

“We are proud to work in partnership with colleagues to develop an innovative strategy to strengthen Michigan’s nursing workforce by ensuring students across our state have access to high-quality nursing education,” said Laurie Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN, FAAN, Michigan. President-elect of the Association of Colleges of Nursing.

This program would greatly increase the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees who are in demand in Michigan hospitals.

“Staffing shortages are impacting Michigan hospitals across the state, particularly in areas of nursing,” said Michigan Health & Hospital Association CEO Brian Peters. “This plan will help us quickly recruit more highly skilled professionals into the field and increase access to nursing education in more communities across the state.”


The Michigan Community College Association fosters collaboration, connection, and partnerships among Michigan’s 28 public community colleges and their stakeholders. The MCCA provides strong legislative and public advocacy in Lansing and throughout Michigan, works to improve the image and credibility of community colleges, and advances many initiatives shared through the Michigan Center for Student Success, Michigan Colleges Online and the Michigan New Jobs Training Program.


The Michigan Association of State Universities serves as the coordinating council for Michigan’s 15 public universities, providing policy advocacy and promotion to maximize the collective value these institutions provide in service of the public interest and the State of Michigan. .

Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities represent the state’s independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities. Our goal is to increase awareness of the impact MICU members have on higher education in Michigan. With more than 125,000 students at our institutions, Michigan’s independent colleges educate approximately 25% of all students in the state.

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