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May 3, 2014

In Body&Soul: Nurses helping nurses

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College nursing instructors have watched students drop out of the program year after year, and it isn’t because the students didn’t have the knowledge or skills to graduate.

Nursing instructor Linda Walter said most students who drop out are struggling financially, not academically.

“Every semester we always have needs issues,” Walter said.

NMC nursing program alumni, faculty and Foundation members want to help students stay in school.

They’ve created a new resource called the Barbra Griner Mikowski NMC Student Nurse Resource Fund to provide financial assistance to students who find themselves facing a hardship that could prevent them from graduating.

The fund is named after Mikowski, who was part of NMC’s first associate nursing degree graduating class in 1963. It will help students cover items like scrubs and stethoscopes and also will provide assistance in the case of emergencies.

Details of how students can apply for the fund’s assistance are still being worked out, but the money should be available to nursing students come fall.

“We just want to pay it forward when we can,” Mikowski said.

See today's Body&Soul section for the full story.

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