Health Education grant makes big impact on GROW Nurses program

GROW Nurses (Growing and Raising Our Workforce), a Grant county-based recruitment program that prepares underrepresented populations to work in the nursing field, received a $1,950 mini-grant from the Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI-AHEC) in spring of 2017. GROW Nurses used the mini-grant to fund value-added programming.

The grant was part of NEI-AHEC’s Mini-Grant Program, which awarded a total of approximately $12,000 in state funding to federally tax-exempt programs located within one of 17 specified Indiana counties. All awarded programs needed to further the mission of NEI-AHEC, which is to “inspire, train, recruit, and retain a diverse and broad range of health professionals to practice in rural and medically underserved communities.”

GROW Nurses— a program developed by partners from Indiana Wesleyan University, Ivy Tech Community College and Marion Regional Career Center (MRCC)— utilized the mini-grant to fund four specific initiatives:

  1. CNA Panel Discussion- Two panel discussions took place on March 3, which allowed current students to learn from and interact with MRCC alumni who are serving in healthcare in Grant County.
  2. CNA Examinations- In order to become certified nursing assistants in the state of Indiana, 23 students participated in clinical and written examinations on May 8-12.
  3. Basic Tuberculosis Training- IWU Clinical Instructor Kara Horner, BSN, and Anderson University Professor of Nursing Kari Miller, MSN, taught a basic tuberculosis training class for Ivy Tech Nursing students on March 1. All 17 attendees became certified by the American Red Cross.
  4. Equipment- New blood pressure cuffs and a knee immobilizer were purchased for the Health Careers Lab at MRCC, allowing students the continued use of updated, operational equipment.

“Funding from the NEI-AHEC provides opportunities to make a world-changing difference in the lives of health career students at MRCC,” said Ruth Eby, associate dean of non-residential nursing at IWU. “GROW Nurses supports student success by organizing opportunities that complement their classroom experience. These experiences and support provide students with a jump-start into their health career.”

For more information on GROW Nurses, visit

Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953