New Nursing program detailed during Thursday convocation

Shelly Johnson speaking during Feb. 1 Convocation (Courtesy of the Office of Communications and Public Relations)

Shelley Johnson speaking during Feb. 1 Convocation (Courtesy of the Office of Communications and Public Relations)

By Lorel Durant

The nursing program is here and students are excited about it.

Director of Nursing Shelley Johnson offered details about the university’s new major program at Thursday’s convocation in the International Cultural Center.

The program has a unique opportunity to fill a statewide and global need for nurses. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, African Americans account for 4.2 percent  of nurses in the state.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine announced a shortage of 1 million full time registered nurses by the year 2020. In addition the U.S. Bureau of Labor stated that in 2012 health care employment rose by 338,000.

“When you graduate you will have a job.” Johnson stated, “Yes, there is a need for you.”

Johnson envisions a department that will develop leaders who are caring and that will prepare them for continuous advancement on a global scale. The department consists of a 4 year program divided into two parts: pre-nursing and nursing specific. These sections include electives and the entire program is 124 total credits for full time students.

The curriculum was designed with the National Council of Licensure (NLN) in mind as well as the universities strategic plan, Johnson explained. The NLN requires that 80 percent of graduates pass the National Council of Licensure test, also known as NCLEX, on their first attempt.

Johnson went on to say that care, integrity, and diversity are they key ingredients to the program.

“You never have a day off from being a nurse,” Johnson said, “Nursing is a Lifestyle.”

Students were extremely receptive to the presentation clapping several times and even standing when prompted by President Jennings about program interest.

Freshman Justice Ellis, 18, stated “I think it’s going to be good. I am glad they brought it (this program) now that I am a freshman.”

“She has the department set up very structured,” physics major Casey Campbell, 20, said.

The Department already has an impressive list of partnerships including the Chester County Health Partnership, Jennersville Hospital, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Ware Presbyterian Hospital, Union Hospital, The National Nurse Center Consortium, Coatesville Veterans Administration Hospital and Upper Chesapeake Bay Hospital.

The nursing department is located in the Ivory V. Nelson Building room 323 and 331.

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