Work Learning Program

The Work Learning Program was designed as a way for nurses to further their education and advance their careers, and to prepare these nurses for practice and leadership. The program provides evidence-based support to full-time employees admitted to the Work Learning Program.

The program was designed to:

  1. Create a space in the workplace set aside for learning.
  2. Create a smooth transition from work to work-learning.
  3. Create a sense of belonging by creating work-learning cohorts studying the same content.
  4. Provide program coordination and direct student support.
  5. Offer program commitment to the work-learners.

The program offers extra support such as study room, paid study time, peer tutoring, and bonding activities to full-time health professionals further their education. The program began in Fall 2017 with an RN to BSN cohort. This cohort graduated in August 2019 and participated in the December 2019 graduation ceremony. BH WELL is continuing to partner with the University of Kentucky, UK HealthCare, Eastern State Hospital and the UK College of Nursing on future Work Learning Program cohorts.

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Johna's Story

“I felt like getting through the BSN program would be pretty stressful while working full time, but when I heard about the Work Learning Program I thought it would be a great opportunity.  Studying with my peers and discussing the class work with people that were going through the same course load was extremely helpful.”

And what did her work colleagues think of the quality of her work while going through the program?

A colleague of Ms. Arnett’s described Johna and her work team this way: “You are so incredibly inspiring, trying and seeing through a new medication that has allowed this patient to go home to their family! I am incredibly grateful to work with each of you and be a part of this innovative work. Pat yourselves on the back - you deserve it!"

Johna Arnette, BSN, RN, completed her BSN August 2019 as part of the inaugural RN to BSN Work Learning Program (WLP) at Eastern State Hospital. She is currently back in the Work Learning Program as a Doctoral student and will begin year 2 of her studies toward a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. She completed her ADN at Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lawrenceburg campus in 2015. As a WLP RN to BSN student in the UK College of Nursing, she completed a research paper on Staffing Requirements in Psychiatric Facilities to Decrease Staff Injury. Her capstone was Aggressive Behavior in Psychiatric Patients and Nursing Interventions. She wanted to do the WLP program because she wanted to work closely with co-workers and be able to lean on them throughout the process. Her areas of interest are psychiatric nurse leadership. While in the WLP program, Johna was promoted to a Patient Care Manager position. She was also inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society in Spring 2019. Johna has been married to her husband, Jeff, since 2016. They have a 14-year-old Border Collie-Australian Shepherd mix named Harley and a cat named Dora who is 5.


Alex Lusembe is Pinned

Alex Lusembe receiving his BSN diploma during UK graduation ceremonies.

Alex Lusembe, August 2019 graduate of the Work Learning Program RN to BSN cohort, is seen here with his family after pinning and graduation from the UK College of Nursing.








UK CON BSN Dec. 2019 Graduates

BH WELL Research Interns Graduate


BH WELL congratulates UK College of Nursing December 2019 graduates Rachel Kinnard, Sophie Matheson, and Mady Strong. During their undergraduate program at the College of Nursing, Rachel and Mady went to Macau, China to learn about nursing care in Macau. Sophie and Mady were also BH WELL research interns during their undergraduate nursing program.

Congratulations go to each of them for a job well done!

Academic-Practice Partnership

The purpose of the Academic-Practice Partnership is to provide collaboration between the UK College of Nursing, UK HealthCare and Eastern State Hospital in terms of practice, research, and scholarship. This partnership began in October 2015.

There are currently two main levels of engagement:

  1. Delivery of nicotine withdrawal management and tobacco treatment services for inpatients and outpatients.
  2. Promote and facilitate evidence-based practice, research, and scholarship.

Community Engagement is the process of working collaboratively with and through groups.

An evidence-based practice is any practice that relies on scientific and mathematical evidence to form strong inductive or deductive arguments for guidance and decision-making.

The Work Learning Program was designed as a way for nurses to further their education and advance their careers, and to prepare these nurses for practice and leadership. 


The BH WELL team offers training in tailored tobacco treatment, motivational interviewing, SBIRT, evidence-based practice and behavioral health, developing research teams within the healthcare setting, and much more. If you are interested in a training, check our upcoming trainings on the Events page or contact us. We also offer a number of training tools on-line. We are highlighting a few trainings from BH WELL and our partners here.




Interested in participating in a certified, completely online, Tobacco Treatment Specialist training? Then the BREATHE TTS training may be right for you!




Would you like to participate in a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist training in Ohio? Then the Breathing Association CTTS training might be a good choice!




Get up to date with your skills in Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) by participating in our SBIRT training.