University celebrates healthcare workers, draws awareness of night shift work when Daylight Savings Time adds extra hour to an already grueling shift on Nov. 1
INDIANAPOLIS – Because of the pandemic, our state’s night shift workers have been on the frontlines of some of the most stressful cases in our lifetime, yet they continue to serve as our healthcare heroes day in and day out. In response, WGU Indiana staff and leaders are launching their eighth consecutive Night Shift Nurses Week campaign, which aligns with Daylight Saving Time when night shift workers are forced to add an extra hour to their normal schedule on Nov. 1.
The university will deliver carefully curated appreciation kits to nearly 1,900 shift shift workers at hospitals throughout the state leading up to and on Daylight Savings Time. In addition, WGU Indiana will award its annual Night Shift Nurse scholarship to students in healthcare professions. The campaign has been a mainstay in WGU Indiana’s efforts to support healthcare workers since 2013.
“This year especially, this campaign means a lot to WGU Indiana as it acknowledges the dedication and drive of Indiana’s night shift nurses,” said WGU Indiana Chancellor Alison Bell. “With a large number of our nursing students being night shift nurses, we hope the appreciation kits provide them with a reminder of how much they matter and that they’re supported.”
More than 10 WGU Indiana employees volunteered to put together kits and assist in the delivery of the appreciation kits, which will reach night shift nurses at 180 hospitals and health care units across Indiana. Each kit contains a collection of pick-me-ups like snacks, novelty gifts like sleep masks, pen lights for those long nights, and more.
“Healthcare workers cannot properly care for patients if their own needs aren’t taken care of first,” said WGU Indiana State Director of Nursing, Mary Lawson Carney, DNP, RN-BC, CCRN, CNE. “I’m fortunate to work for an organization that recognizes the importance of self-care and who are willing to place an emphasis on workforce management, development and increased recognition of our state’s night shift workers.”
To encourage night shift nurses to pursue their dreams of going back to school, WGU Indiana is offering the WGU Night Shift Nurses Scholarship, worth $3,000, to night shift nurses returning to school in their College of Health Professions. Applications are due Dec. 31, 2020. For more information and to apply, visit here.
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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 10,000 Hoosiers achieve their dream of completing a college degree. More than 5,300 students are currently enrolled. Learn more at www.wgu.edu/indiana.