Subsequent fall, nurses can pursue their bachelor’s levels nearly by way of St. Ambrose College’s new Nano Nagle On-line Faculty of Nursing.
The Nano Faculty will present totally on-line licensed sensible nurse (LPN) and registered nurse (RN) to bachelor’s diploma pathways, along with different industry-recognized certifications and credentials. By means of distant studying flexibilities, the net program goals to deliver nursing schooling to many who in any other case could not proceed their — proximity or work obligations amongst the explanation why.
“This opens up entry to people who wouldn’t have been in a position to go to a conventional, face-to-face program Monday by way of Friday,” affiliate nursing professor Dr. Katrina Browning mentioned.
The Nano Faculty is a brand new division of SAU’s Faculty of Well being and Human Providers; Interim Dean Dr. Lynn Kilburg mentioned it has a selected attraction to present nurses.
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“In order that they’re RNs or LPNS, doubtlessly working already. With the net supply strategy, they’ll maintain working and advance their schooling, with out stopping to discover a location or college close to them that gives nursing,” she mentioned. “That is actually one of many key points due to the nursing scarcity, in rural areas particularly, when making an attempt to assist help constructing the workforce.”
In line with the Affiliation of American Medical Faculties, doctor demand might rise by 74,100 to 145,500 by 2033 in rural and underserved communities if these areas skilled the identical well being care patterns as these with fewer boundaries to entry.
The demand for RNs is projected to achieve over 3.6 million by 2030, in accordance with the Bureau for Labor Statistics—a big hole to fill, given how 2021 marked the best variety of RNs vacating the career in over 4 a long time.
Browning mentioned a majority of the present scholar pipeline hailed from rural communities already, typically these an hour or extra from the closest faculty.
“So these are people already dedicated to working in these rural communities on the LPN degree, however we additionally wish to advance that schooling,” she mentioned. “…To serve these communities at the next degree of apply and serve much more deliberately inside these communities.”
SAU’s former consortium settlement with Presentation Faculty (Aberdeen, SD) gave rise to its new on-line college upon Presentation’s announcement to stop operation this Might, 140 college students in Presentation’s nursing program will transition to the Nano Faculty over the summer season.
“We have now that pipeline of scholars, and we have already begun to obtain many inquiries about this system, so there’s undoubtedly curiosity right here in our Quad-Cities area for this sort of programming,” Browning mentioned, including that SAU is “in dialog “with a number of well being care techniques taken with supporting their workers by way of additional schooling.
In line with Browning, the net college’s curriculum aligns with that of conventional SAU nursing college students—even mirroring in-person, classroom parts.
“…These (classroom) items will nonetheless be there, it will simply be occurring in digital, on-line parts,” she mentioned. “These college students can even full clinicals; these clinicals are positioned throughout the Midwest, so there’s a number of amenities we’ll companion with so that they are in a position to do their clinicals near dwelling.”
For the nursing program’s simulation and abilities check-offs, Browning mentioned on-line college students will submit these necessities by way of video. The net curriculum can even combine simulation know-how.
Noting SAU’s “lengthy historical past” of wonderful well being care packages courting again to the Fifties, Kilburg mentioned the Nano college is a chance to proceed innovating.
“The altering know-how for schooling is permitting us to think about alternatives we would not have explored earlier than,” she mentioned, including it may possibly complement entry and affordability boundaries.
The brand new college is known as in honor of Presentation’s founder, Venerable Honora Nagle. Also referred to as “Nano” Nagle, she was a pioneer in Roman Catholic schooling in Eire — regardless of authorized prohibitions on the time.
In a information launch, President Amy Novak mentioned SAU is dedicated to honoring Honora Nagle’s legacy.
“It’s a privilege to have the chance to construct on the lengthy historical past of Presentation Faculty and the Presentation Sisters to ship SAU’s adaptive, on-line studying format,” she mentioned. “We wish to be certain that, wherever you’re positioned as a scholar, you have got what it takes to grow to be the nurse of your future and make a direct affect on the neighborhood by which you reside and serve.”
SAU’s grasp of public well being program can also be online-only, and the varsity lately launched an internet grasp’s of social work choice. For extra details about the Nano Faculty of Nursing, go to sau.edu/onlinenursing.