Aurora BayCare Medical Center is deepening its investment to address a dire nursing shortage in Northeast Wisconsin by providing support to prospective and current nursing students at UW-Green Bay.
Aurora BayCare has committed to more than $125,000 in scholarship dollars to “inspire” nursing for UW-Green Bay students and plans to fund the scholarships over the next four years. The aid comes after an initial gift of support to help launch the University’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in 2019.
“Providing this support at UW-Green Bay is just one way that we can invest in Wisconsin’s nursing workforce, and in the coming years, that investment will reflect in the excellent care nurses will provide for our community,” said Heather Schroeder, vice president and chief nurse officer for Aurora BayCare.
Ten students were presented scholarships of either $2,500 or $5,000 per person at a scholarship event on September 21st.
“We are grateful to Aurora BayCare for their support and belief in the ability for higher education to help our region solve the nursing shortage,” said UW-Green Bay chancellor Michael Alexander. “Since 50% of UW-Green Bay undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college, Aurora BayCare is seeing the importance of providing access to a great education that empowers more people to enter careers that are needed in our region. This is a great example of a private company partnering with a public university to benefit the people of Northeastern Wisconsin.”
Aurora BayCare’s commitment to UW-Green Bay has grown from letters of support of the BSN program to the UW System Board of Regents, to support for facilities, clinical rotations and opportunity to learn from health care professionals at Advocate Aurora Health’s new Simulation Center on its Green Bay hospital campus.