FORT WAYNE - Parkview Health and Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne are teaming up to address a shortage of registered nurses in the area by providing a nursing instructor to Ivy Tech’s School of Nursing beginning this fall. The instructor will be a full-time Ivy Tech Fort Wayne faculty member but the salary and benefits will be paid by Parkview.

“The nationwide nursing shortage is impacting healthcare employers everywhere, including northeast Indiana,” says Dena Jacquay, chief community and human resources officer, Parkview Health. “We are excited to partner with Ivy Tech on this unique approach to nursing education and look forward to playing a role in preparing area nurses to provide quality care for our community.”

The agreement also increases the number of students for the nursing program by 30 for the 2019-2020 academic year. Accreditation requirements prohibited the school from accepting more students into the program without the new faculty member. Total enrollment for the nursing program was 304 in the 2018-19 academic year. Total enrollment after the faculty member addition is projected to be 334.