Nursing Students Serve Homeless As Part of Education

Aug 19, 2019

Hundreds of people snake through the warehouse at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, picking up canned goods, cartons of milk and other groceries. 

Partnership Provides Nurse Faculty In Fort Wayne

Jul 28, 2019

Like many states, Indiana faces a nursing shortage. One health system and college in the state have partnered to address the problem.

The bill signing took place at the Goodwill Nurse-Family Partnership in Merrillville. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Governor's Office)
Jill Sheridan

Gov. Eric Holcomb traveled to northern Indiana Wednesday to sign new legislation that will create a state perinatal program. It aims to address Indiana’s high infant and maternal mortality rates.

Indiana will join 31 other states in the nurse licensure compact. The new law could improve access to care in rural parts of the state.

Community-UIndy Nursing Program Aims To Fill Gap

May 27, 2018

Indiana needs more nurses in primary care settings. Community Health Network recently received more than $2.5 million in federal funds to address this need.  

The award from the Health Resources and Services Administration will allow Community Health to expand a partnership with the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing.  The school will add a first of its kind minor in primary care. 

Community Health chief nursing executive Jean Putnam says this will be a game changer.  

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Against the backdrop of a statewide nursing shortage, Purdue University has plans to double its nursing school enrollment, increasing its annual class size by 100 students.

As the state’s population ages, its nursing workforce ages, too, says Indiana State Nurses Association Policy and Advocacy Director Blayne Miley. He says care providers will need to hustle to fill positions.

“We need a pipeline that’s going to produce enough nurses not only to replace the nurses that are retiring,” he says, “but also to meet the increased demand for healthcare services.”

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Home health providers appear to have successfully lobbied the state not to lower their Medicaid reimbursement rates.

In May, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced it was planning to lower the amount of money home health care workers would get through the Medicaid program—as much as 8 percent for registered nurses and 6 percent for home health aides.

But after discussions between government officials and industry reps, the state has decided to nix its original plan and keep the 2016 rates intact.

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Despite a shortage of nurses in Indiana, five nursing programs in the state are in danger of being shut down by the State Board of Nursing for their graduates’ lackluster performance on license exams.

After a student completes a nursing program, he or she is required to take a licensing exam before becoming employed.

If a school’s pass rate on the exam falls below 80 percent (a standard deviation below the national average) for three years or more, it has to create a correction plan. If it still doesn’t improve, its accreditation can be taken away.