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The Ecumen Scholars Program strengthens the capacity of nurses throughout Minnesota and builds the leadership in senior care. Through the Ecumen Scholars Program, you’ll work with seniors at a variety of care levels including transitional care or rehabilitation, assisted living, dementia care and home care.

Program Components

Gerontological Clinical Rotations
Nursing students participate in a gerontological nursing clinical rotations at Ecumen communities near their campuses. Locations include Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Hutchinson, Litchfield, Mankato, Moorhead, North Branch, St. Peter and Two Harbors.

Leadership Fellowship Program
Students in Minnesota’s registered nurse programs can apply for the Leadership Fellowship Program. Each Fellow receives a stipend and works closely with Clinical Directors from Ecumen, gaining valuable insights into clinical management and leadership. The program locations are Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato, MN and Ecumen Lakeshore Duluth, MN.

Internship Program
Nursing students (both associate and bachelor degree) can launch their careers while attending school and then transition to full-time employment upon graduation.

Ecumen Awakenings™ Alzheimer’s Care Training
All Ecumen Scholars are introduced to Ecumen Awakenings, a leading Alzheimer’s care program lauded for reducing antipsychotic medication use and improving lives. The state estimates that in fewer than six years, at least 10,000 more Minnesotans will have Alzheimer’s, putting the total number of Minnesotans with Alzheimer’s at more than 100,000. By 2050, that total is expected to rise to at least 220,000, making this training more important than ever.