WGU Indiana honors thousands of night shift nurses with statewide campaign




University celebrates healthcare workers, acknowledges extra hour worked during night shift due to Daylight Saving Time on Nov. 6.


INDIANA Online university WGU Indiana is launching its 10th consecutive Night Shift Nurse campaign to recognize Hoosiers in the healthcare industry who are dedicated to caring for our communities, even when it means working an extra hour on the clock. The campaign aligns with the return of Standard Time on Nov. 6 when night shift workers have to work the 2 a.m. hour twice.


Healthcare workers are on the frontlines, and the campaign is meant to spotlight their service at a unique time when they selflessly clock extra time for patient care. A staple of this campaign is the delivery of curated appreciation kits to hospitals and healthcare centers throughout Indiana, from rural facilities to some of the state’s largest networks. This year, more than 2,600 night shift workers across 11 partner hospitals statewide will receive an appreciation kit filled with self-care and practical items like hot chocolate packets, snacks, cookies, lip balm, granola bars, pens and post-its. These kits are delivered with the intention of being opened and enjoyed during the Daylight Saving Time shift so that night shift workers can enjoy an extra treat while others are enjoying an extra hour of sleep.


“While the pandemic certainly has changed over the past two years, our healthcare workers are still on the frontlines combating staffing shortages, risk of contracting COVID-19 and facing burnout,” said WGU Indiana Chancellor Alison Bell. “At WGU Indiana, we want to change lives for the better and create pathways to opportunities, and this annual campaign is one way to support our healthcare workers and open the door to higher education, which is something they may have never thought possible.”


New this year for the campaign is the Night Shift Workers Giveaway, which serves as a thank you to the incredible work and effort nurses have put into this past year. Nurses statewide are encouraged to fill out a form for the chance to win a spa package for themselves and four of their coworkers. Deadline is Dec. 31, 2022. Additionally, WGU Indiana is offering its annual Night Shift Workers Scholarship, which is valued up to $4,000 and is dedicated to night shift workers who are returning to school in any of the four WGU colleges, including Health Professions. The deadline for scholarship applications is Dec. 31, 2022. 


“It’s always beneficial to rally around our healthcare workers as they are often the unsung heroes in the trenches when we face crises,” said WGU Indiana State Director of Prelicensure Nursing, Lisa Eagans, MSN, RNC-MNN. “During my time in the field, which now spans over 20 years, I can say it’s truly a privilege to work for a university that values the profession and actively breaks down barriers to growth by creating equal access to degree programs that support the growth and retention of our healthcare healthcare workforce.”


To learn more about WGU Indiana, visit here.


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About WGU Indiana
WGU Indiana is an online, competency-based university established to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. Degrees are granted under the accreditation of WGU, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers' College programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). WGU Indiana has helped more than 12,000 Hoosiers achieve their dream of completing a college degree. More than 5,000 students are currently enrolled. Learn more at www.wgu.edu/indiana.

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