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Celebrating the Spartan Class of 2020

May 6, 2020

Spartan nurses care

Recognizing MSU health professionals during International Year of the Nurse

Nurses have always provided vital care for patients, and their contributions are more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nationally and in Michigan, Spartan nurses deliver care and support amid unprecedented challenges to the health care industry. During this time, Spartan nursing students, faculty and professionals also continue to alleviate the national nursing shortage, lead federally funded research and practice in community-based settings.

See how Spartan nurses are working for a safer, healthier future for all.

Responding during the pandemic

MSU nursing students and alumni across the country are stepping up to provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senior nursing student Johhny Choi was completing an externship at a hospital in Novi when he was asked to move into a full-time position in its COVID-19 unit. Many graduating nurses like Choi have entered the workforce earlier than usual due to the strain on health care services. Read more about Choi's experience in a story by Bridge Magazine.

In hospitals across Michigan, Spartan nurses are answering the call to help. Read some of their stories of how they are caring for communities hit hard by the pandemic.

Johnny Choi, back right, with fellow College of Nursing classmates.
Johnny Choi, back right, with fellow College of Nursing classmates.

Tackling health disparities in Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and MSU College of Nursing Dean Randolph Rasch.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and MSU College of Nursing Dean Randolph Rasch.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has asked the College of Nursing and the Detroit Medical Center to lead a new initiative that addresses health disparities among women of color throughout Michigan. In addition, College of Nursing Dean Randolph Rasch was asked by the governor to sit on the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities to examine how underserved populations are affected by COVID-19.

73% of Spartan nursing alumni live and work in Michigan

Leading research with impact

Researchers in MSU's College of Nursing focus on some of the most pressing challenges facing individuals and the health care system, including creating interventions for chronic illnesses.

One example: Nursing researchers partner with underserved populations to help families on limited incomes make healthy food choices.

$4.73M in research funding in 2019

Supporting veterans pursuing nursing careers

In addition to highly ranked academic programs and research, the College of Nursing is committed to providing support to veteran nursing students through efforts that include the Sergeant Leonard B. Graham Endowed Nursing Scholarship.

$5 Michigan community college partners RN to BSN concurrent enrollment program

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