Nursing at Community
Ball State University, Community Health Network partner to create the Nursing Academy
Ball State University's School of Nursing is partnering with Community Health Network, one of the state's largest healthcare systems, to create the Nursing Academy, an accelerated degree program designed to increase the number of registered nurses in Indiana and apply innovative approaches to better prepare student nurses for their transition to professional practice.
Scheduled to open in the fall, the Nursing Academy will offer its students a hybrid approach of learning through classes offered at Ball State, online and via video conferencing. They also will work at hospitals within the Community Health Network, receiving on-the-job experience while being immersed in a clinical setting. The Community Health Network Foundation will fund scholarships for the 24 students representing the academy's inaugural class. Read more >>
2012 Nursing Excellence Awards winners
A wonderfully talented nursing workforce has always been a source of pride for Community Health Network. Our nurses work hand-in-hand with others on the care team to provide high-quality, safe, compassionate, exceptional care. Each year we honor five outstanding Community nurses who embody the key characteristics of nursing excellence through our annual Nursing Excellence Awards. With so many worthy nominees, the selection process is never easy. The selection committee reads and scores every nomination based on specific criteria for each category. The strength of the nominations is a reflection of the high caliber and professionalism of nursing throughout our organization. This year 106 nominations were submitted on behalf of 84 outstanding Community nurses. We are proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Nursing Excellence awards:
- Facilitative Leadership: Diane Gray, R.N., Ortho/Neuro Spine Unit, Community Hospital North
- Art and Science of Nursing: Sonia Smythe, R.N., MBA, Quality Resources Manager, Community Hospital Anderson
- Evidence-Based Practice: Deborah Lyons, MSN, R.N., NE-BC, Executive Director Network Integrated Disease Management
- Therapeutic Relationships: Susan Schoon, Ph.D., PMHCNS, BC, R.N., Clinical Nurse Specialist, Symptom Management Group
- Patient-Focused Care: Jill Janson, R.N., Critical Care Unit, Community Hospital North
Nursing careers at Community
Have you started to think about your nursing career? We have.
Community is ranked among the top 20 integrated healthcare networks in the nation, and our commitment to provide our patients with the best quality care begins with recruiting the brightest nurses and providing them with the learning opportunities and resources they need to launch their nursing career.
We also offer a wealth of continuing education opportunities for our nurses, including specialized nursing internships and institutes in areas such as OR nursing, medical-surgical, emergency department, orthopedics, neuroscience, obstetrics and rehabilitation. Other continuing education and nursing training opportunities include certification review courses, a nursing refresher course, the observation/shadowing program and the student extern program.