EMMC, Kaplan University Team Up to Help Nurses Continue Education


Bangor, Maine — Education is a key to opening new career opportunities in healthcare, but nurses with associate’s degrees may find it challenging to take the first steps toward earning a four-year degree. EMMC is helping nurses achieve their education and career goals by partnering with Kaplan University to offer EMMC and EMHS nurses a free six-credit course.

“Continuing education is something we strongly value here at EMMC, and it’s important for the advancement of our staff, particularly our nurses,” says Deb Sanford, RN, MSN, MBA, vice president and chief nursing officer. “This partnership is going to help our nurses grow in the field, which not only benefits the nurses and the hospital, but the community as a whole.”

Andrew Hughes, RN, a CCU/CSU staff nurse who received his associate degree in nursing several years ago, has signed up for the nursing leadership transitions course, which focuses on nurses transitioning in their education as well as in their professional roles. The course begins November 11.

“It’s a great chance to further my education,” says Andrew. “I’ve been thinking about going back to school for a while, and when this opportunity arose, it seemed like a good time to start.”

Sixty nurses so far have shown an interest in the six-credit course, about 40 of whom are from EMMC. Once they have completed the course, nurses can take additional courses at Kaplan, or they can continue their education elsewhere if they choose.

“This is an incredible partnership,” says Tom Deschenes, director of Business Development, Kaplan University Maine Campuses. “The nurses taking this course have an adviser, giving them that one-on-one contact if they need anything over the course of the 10 weeks. We’re certainly here to help them succeed.”


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