Mercy Health and Mercy College introduce new nursing initiative


With the goal of continuing to build the healthcare pipeline while revolutionizing the final semester experience for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students, Mercy Health and Mercy College of Ohio have introduced a new initiative to pay nurses while they perform their final clinical requirements.

Seven students are participating in the Early Career Decision program, which offers an opportunity for nursing students to turn their required clinical hours into compensated experience. The goal of the program is to reduce financial stress while creating a seamless pathway to employment. This pilot program launched last month at Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital.

“This program allows us to identify and nurture talented individuals from their final semester, fostering a strong connection with our hospital,” said Jean Davila, vice president of nursing/chief operating officer, Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital. “We believe it’s a transformative approach to both education and workforce development.”

Mercy College and Mercy Health have introduced numerous programs to help build both interest and ease in entering various healthcare fields. This new program not only offers students the chance to earn an income while completing their educational journey but also helps alleviate staffing issues that hospitals continue to experience.

BSN students at Mercy College now have the chance to apply for paid clinical hour positions during the semester preceding their final academic term. This opportunity provides tangible financial support, allowing students to focus more on their studies and patient care.

Selected students will receive compensation for their 154 clinical hours during the critical final semester, providing a significant financial boost and potentially reducing the need for additional part-time employment.

Upon successful completion of the program and passing the NCLEX, participants will transition into nursing roles at Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital. This program is not just about gaining experience; it’s a strategic pathway to employment for aspiring nurses. Students who participate in the Nurse Immersion program commit to dedicating their skills to Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital for 18 months post-graduation.

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