Kirtland nursing students

GRAYLING – On March 29, Governor Whitmer signed an executive order temporarily lifting certain restrictions on the provision of medical services, leading the Michigan Board of Nursing to allow nursing students from Kirtland Community College, and colleges across Michigan, to count all online classes toward the overall credit required for graduation. 

In response to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases across Michigan, local hospitals are looking to fill positions for healthcare workers immediately. While the Michigan Board of Nursing typically only allows 50% of clinical experience hours through virtual simulation, the board announced that 100% of clinical experience hours occurring online will now be accepted as credit. The regulatory changes for Michigan nursing students are temporary, and only apply through the remainder of 2020.

“This decision helps us support our students on their path to graduate and connect graduates to healthcare positions at a time when our community needs them the most,” said Kirtland Community College Interim Vice President of Instructional Services, Amy Fugate. “We’re incredibly proud of our soon-to-be graduates who are stepping up to serve their community, and also encourage students to take the NCLEX exam as soon as possible in order to serve at a greater capacity.”

Once nursing students pass and complete all the necessary credits to graduate, they are eligible to enter the workforce by applying for a temporary nursing license that will be valid for one year from the issue date. This semester, 42 nursing students from Kirtland will be graduating upon passing their current courses.

Kirtland nursing graduates are expected to graduate on May 1, and are eligible to earn a full license after passing the NCLEX exam, which they will be able to take as soon as it is available in person. To learn how to apply for the temporary nursing license, visit this page.

To stay updated on the evolving COVID-19 situation and find more information, visit https://www.kirtland.edu/coronavirus.

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