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July 15, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Shayla Cornish (’21) talks about life as a nurse

Alumna Shayla Cornish (’21), an afternoon shift nurse at Canal View nursing home in Hancock, Michigan, reflects on her experience as a nursing major in Finlandia’s Hirvonen College of Health Sciences.

“Right after I graduated I was set up to take my boards and hop on right to the job,” said Cornish. Her determination and hard work paid off as she was able to find a job right out of nursing school.  “This community is really great because [...]

June 8, 2021

Portage Health Foundation Scholarship application now open to 2021-22 Finlandia University students

Applications are now being accepted for the Portage Health Foundation Scholarship opportunity to Finlandia University students studying healthcare and coming from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. The scholarship can be awarded to the same person for up to four years.

The application deadline is July 16, 2021. This scholarship is open to returning and incoming FinnU students.

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If you would like to fill out a paper application instead, you can find that here:

Portage Health Foundation – Finlandia [...]

FinnU Nursing Students posing in front of the Hirvonen College of Health Sciences
April 28, 2021

FinnU Announced as ‘Fight the Flu’ Competition Winner

FinnU Nursing students posing in front of the newly renovated Hirvonen College of Health Sciences

Finlandia University has been announced as the winner of the Yooper U’s Beat the Flu Competition. The inaugural “Fight the Flu” competition is hosted by the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health to determine which of the four Upper Peninsula universities could get the highest percentage of its total population vaccinated against the flu. FinnU took the title for the 2020-21 academic year [...]

April 26, 2021

FinnU nursing students, faculty and alumni aid in fight against COVID

Nursing student David Carlson

While most people hunkered down in their homes last spring at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Finlandia nursing faculty began looking for opportunities to get students involved in the (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

“Everyone was excited to jump in and help, and that is just the role given and handed when we take this nursing career on,” said Professor of Nursing MarnieAnn Polkky

One of the bigger challenges to overcome was identifying a clinical opportunity [...]

April 1, 2021

FinnU to Host #CrushCOVID Week

Finlandia University will be hosting #CrushCOVIDWeek on campus from April 5-9 in the hopes of getting more students, faculty, and staff signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations.

“The first week in April marks the beginning of vaccine eligibility for many of our traditional students, something many of them have been looking forward to for months,” said Dean of Students Erin Barnett. “After such a challenging academic year, we want to celebrate this milestone and also raise awareness on the safety and importance [...]

March 3, 2021

Student Nurses Association Hosting Blood Drive March 25

The Finlandia University Student Nurses Association (FUSNA) will be hosting a Blood Drive on March 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Matthew. Donors will go to the Chapel to complete paperwork and check vital signs before donating in the bloodmobile, which will be parked in the Old Main parking lot. 

The FUSNA is partnering with UP Health Systems Regional Blood Center to sponsor the event. 

There is currently a shortage of donated [...]

February 16, 2021

Applications Open for 2021 Samuel L. Westerman Scholarship for Nursing

Update 2/25: The scholarship deadline has been extended to Wednesday, March 10. This article has been updated to reflect that change.

Nursing students heading into their junior or senior year with a GPA between 3.00 to 3.49 may be eligible for the Samuel L. Westerman Scholarship for Nursing. Application deadline for the scholarship is Thursday, March 10.

The amount of scholarships and money awarded will depend on the quantity and quality of applications. Students who want to be considered for renewal [...]

December 18, 2020

FinnU Nursing ranked a top program in Michigan by Nursing Schools Almanac for second straight year

Finlandia University’s nursing program was ranked a top program in Michigan for the second year in a row by Nursing Schools Almanac. Nursing Schools Almanac evaluated over 3,000 schools on the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination. From there, an overall score was applied and schools were ranked accordingly. FinnU came in at number 26 in the [...]

December 10, 2020

Melissa Helppi (’18, RN, BSN) Joins Finlandia’s Nursing Faculty

Melissa Helppi (’18, RN, BSN) recently joined Finlandia’s nursing faculty as an instructor. Helppi was the 2018 student representative for Finlandia and graduated Summa Laude from FinnU’s BSN program. She has been with the university since her graduation as a professional Nursing tutor, but has now joined the faculty. Her current duties include instructing the adult medical-surgical nursing course and clinical, and being a maternal-child clinical instructor.

“I am from all over,” said Helppi, about her childhood. “ [...]

December 1, 2020

Scholarship Spotlight: Jari Juntti, Nursing Major

Jari Juntti is a freshman Nursing major at from Hancock, Mich. Below is a piece written by him about how much Finlandia scholarships have helped him pursue his degree. 

My name is Jari Juntti. I was born in New York and have lived in Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee. Our family moved to Hancock, Mich., the summer before my first grade year. My dad was born and raised in Marquette, and he wanted to come back to the U.P. I attended [...]