Fairview’s Commitment to Employee Education

Fairview provides a range of educational resources to its employees, including on-site classes and financial assistance for going back to school.

“By making education available and accessible to employees, we can fill knowledge gaps, promote excellence, provide career pathways and make our organization stronger,” says Laura Beeth, system director of talent acquisition.

From 2005 to 2015, 992 individuals received scholarships and sponsorships through Fairview, totaling $6.1 million. Some Fairview scholarships are reserved for employees, while others are open to members of the community.

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Ashley Swansson, nurse manager at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, participated in a one-year leadership course at Fairview designed to enhance the skills of rising leaders.

“I left the program inspired and challenged, with actionable understanding of how to lead differently with long-term strategy,” says Ashley. “It is essential for employers to provide educational opportunities to employees—it is a great opportunity to spur innovation, which we need in the shifting world of health care.”

Kelly Robertson, director of adult inpatient rehabilitation services at University of Minnesota Medical Center, East and West Banks, used Fairview education resources to earn her Master of Business Administration in health care at St. Catherine University.

“It is very meaningful to be a part of an organization that values and supports education,” says Kelly. “I have a passion for leading people, and getting an advanced degree in management helped me gain a broader perspective on the changing world of health care. My classes have helped me think about how we can provide care differently, reduce waste, minimize non-essential tasks and improve overall patient experience.”

Karen Lesch is an emergency room nurse at Fairview Ridges Hospital and is working toward her bachelor of science in nursing at St. Catherine University using a Fairview scholarship and tuition reimbursement.

“I learned a lot about women’s health in Somali populations in one of my classes,” says Karen. “I provide care to many members of the Somali community and to be able to apply my knowledge and understanding of their culture has helped me connect more with my patients. My classes have helped me become a more well-rounded nurse.”

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