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Dear Creighton Faculty and Staff,

I am so glad to share the news that the State of Arizona has announced an extraordinary public-private partnership with Creighton University as we seek to train the next generation of Arizona nurses. Through this partnership, the State of Arizona intends to invest $25.7 million in the College of Nursing’s Accelerated BSN program in Phoenix, guaranteeing that at least 300 additional clinic-ready, rigorously educated nurses are in the Arizona workforce by 2030. Following review and passage in this session of the Arizona state legislature, this represents the largest-ever investment in the College of Nursing’s history.

Creighton University Phoenix Health Science Campus

The intention of this partnership is to address access to health professions education and ensure that highly talented, diverse students can pursue their callings as nurses in service to Arizona. This will expand the reach of Creighton’s educational tradition and interdisciplinary, collaborative approach.

This was no small endeavor and an effort certainly championed by Sharon Harper, a Creighton alumna, member of the Board of Trustees and a Phoenix leader who is an incredible advocate for workforce development in the region. Late in the fall, a collaborative team that included Vice Provost for Health Sciences Campuses and College of Nursing Dean Catherine Todero, PhD, Provost Mardell Wilson, EdD, Executive Vice President Jan Madsen, Vice Provost Mary Chase, EdD, and University Relations moved quickly and purposefully to shape a fantastic plan, which we called Arizona ANEW: Accelerate Nursing Education and Workforce. This plan was shared with Gov. Doug Ducey and his office for consideration. This outcome, which Gov. Ducey shared with me on a phone call this morning, was the best that we could have hoped for.

I plan to share much more at Convocation next month, including how this investment will be used to support scholarships and expansion of the Accelerated BSN program at our health sciences campus in Arizona. But my sincerest congratulations to the team. To be sure, I remain so thankful for a commitment like this because it allows us to provide more of something that the world desperately needs – Creighton nurses. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen.

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD