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Teach for the Health of It

With a $200,000 grant awarded last summer by the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, Bayview is offering its nurses an opportunity to get the advanced education needed to become college teachers—and allowing one of its top, master’s-prepared nurses to fill the teaching gap at the College of Notre Dame, where Bayview’s R.N.’s long have taken courses toward their bachelor’s degrees.

The program, dubbed Teach for the Health of It, began with the transfer of Brenda Hensley, clinical nurse specialist, to Notre Dame for a two-year stint as a teacher, with her salary covered by Bayview. In turn, federal grant money administered by the state is providing 11 bachelor’s-prepared nurses with up to $10,000 apiece to prepare for teaching careers. They are pursuing master’s degrees at area universities.

A third program component provides smaller sums to approximately 40 registered nurses so they can take courses at Notre Dame to get their bachelor’s degrees, enabling them to advance academically toward a master’s and classroom careers, if they wish.

Neil A. Grauer



Johns Hopkins Medicine

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