Educational and Financial Support

We "grow our own" at Memorial by supporting our LPNs, nursing assistants, nursing technicians and unit clerks who are in school to achieve an RN degree. Our manager of nursing research and academic partnerships coordinates clinical rotations and offers one-to-one support to nursing staff enrolled in all forms and levels of nursing education.

We offer a variety of hospital experiences for nursing students. To inquire about clinical learning opportunities please contact: Karen Baur, DNP, MPH, RN, NE-BC Director, Professional Nursing Practice at 217-788-3707or

As nurses seek higher degrees, they can apply for our tuition assistance and/or educational grant programs through our Workforce Development department. We also reimburse for specialty certification and recertification through our Nursing Excellence Fund administered by Memorial Medical Center Foundation.