Loyola University Chicago and Orbis Education recently commemorated the successful launch of a new, hybrid Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program during the grand opening of the university’s state-of-the-art nursing facility located in Downers Grove, IL.
Loyola has graduated students from its 16-month ABSN program for over 25 years. Now in partnership with Orbis Education, Loyola offers a hybrid ABSN program to meet the diverse scheduling needs and learning preferences of today’s students. Classes began in January 2018 for the inaugural class of 34 students.
Loyola’s hybrid program features the same accredited nursing curriculum as Loyola’s on-campus version but relies on an interactive e-Learning platform developed by Orbis to educate students on nursing fundamentals and theories. Students in the hybrid program take the foundational knowledge they learn online and turn it into quality patient care under guidance of faculty at the Downers Grove facility and top healthcare facilities across the Chicago metropolitan area.
Dr. Vicki Keough, dean of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago, tells PRNewswire.com, “As we considered expanding our nursing program with Orbis Education, we realized they were a lot like us. They embraced our mission and commitment to Cura Personalis – care of the entire person. And they were intensely focused on academic quality and student outcomes.”
The Downers Grove facility is equipped and funded by Orbis Education. It includes state-of-the-art nursing labs that replicate the clinical setting and feature full-body patient simulators and contemporary hospital equipment. The labs provide a contextual learning environment where students can hone their clinical skills in a manner that will complement their clinical learning experiences in healthcare and community organizations in the local area.
To learn more about Loyola University Chicago and Orbis Education’s new partnership, visit here.
University of Wyoming (UW) nursing professor Holly Miller was recently awarded the UW College of Health Sciences (CHS) Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Miller is the current director of the Basic BSN and Accelerated BRAND nursing programs at the UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.
After 30 years experience in nursing education, all at UW, Miller received her award at the CHS recognition event in April and will retire from teaching this month. Miller began her employment in the UW School of Nursing in 1988 and eventually became director of the Basic BSN and BRAND programs and the Clinical Simulation Center coordinator.
During her career at UW, Miller was instrumental in designing and setting up the state-of-the-art simulation center when the school moved to its present location in 2005. She has also used her knowledge of nursing education and simulation to recruit several classes of students over the years.
Most recently, Miller has led her undergraduate teaching colleagues in the development of coursework for the new statewide curriculum, Revolutionizing Nursing Education in Wyoming (ReNEW) program. She continues to support implementation of the new curriculum.
Miller is a member of the Wyoming Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, and the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. To learn more about her career as a nursing educator at the University of Wyoming, visit here.
Our Nurse of the Week is Sgt. Cesar Aguirre who, not knowing what path he wanted to take in life, enlisted as a medic in the US Army and eventually found a passion for nursing. After several years of service, Aguirre will soon be starting nursing school at the University of South Florida.
Aguirre began looking into the military during his senior year of high school. Knowing the medical field would always be in demand, he decided he wanted to become a combat medic. The first opening to become available was for a combat medic with Airborne included as well, and Aguirre decided to accept it. He left for basic training a few months later, then went on to combat medic training and Airborne School at the 82 Airborne Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
After serving as a medic there from 2011 to 2015, including deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 and a joint service mission in Indonesia, Aguirre began looking into what else the Army had to offer. He had enjoyed being a combat medic to 30 infantrymen but he wanted to know more about the aid he was providing.
After hearing about a program that allows service members to become an Army Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Aguirre headed to LVN school. His clinical rotations introduced him to civilian care and he fell in love with nursing, deciding to continue to pursue it.
Aguirre discovered a commissioning program that would send him to college to become a Registered Nurse and commission him as an officer in the US Army. After recently completing his pre-requisite courses, Aguirre will soon be attending nursing school at the University of South Florida to become a registered nurse.
Aguirre is a strong believer that the military experience is what you make of it and he encourages others to take advantage of every opportunity available to them. To learn more about Aguirre’s path from Army combat medic to registered nurse, visit here.
Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing recently welcomed two new administrators to oversee the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs as it transitions to a new innovative interprofessional health science (IHS) campus for health professions students.
Judith Lucas, EdD, APN, is the associate dean for undergraduate programs and associate professor in the College of Nursing as well as adjunct associate professor for the new Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. Lucas has more than 30 years of experience in nursing education. As associate dean she has oversight of all undergraduate nursing programs and partnerships which allow students opportunities to develop their nursing roles by participating in precepted clinical experiences.
Kathleen Neville, PhD, RN, is the associate dean for graduate studies and research. She joins Seton Hall following 28 years as a professor and offsite program administrator for the RN-BSN and graduate programs at Kean University as well as adjunct professor in the School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.
Neville began her career in pediatric nursing caring for children with life threatening illnesses. Her experience led her to research focused on addressing psychosocial issues in adolescents with cancer. Neville’s new role allows her to follow her passion for educating undergraduate and graduate students as well as practicing clinicians in research and evidence-based practice.
Both women joined Seton Hall in January 2018 and are enthusiastic about furthering their academic roles in interprofessional education and expansion of collaborative educational experiences for students and faculty in the College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences, and Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.
To learn more about Lucas and Neville’s roles as College of Nursing administrators at Seton Hall University, visit here.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) recently received a $10 million gift from Bill and Joanne Conway through their Bedford Falls Foundation. The generous gift will enable the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) to provide scholarships to nearly 350 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees, and aid in addressing the state’s nursing workforce needs.
UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, tells UMaryland.edu, “Maryland is among just a handful of states facing the country’s worst shortages in nursing. The Conways’ extraordinarily generous gift will begin remediating these shortages. And ultimately, what that means is that the care we provide to Marylanders will improve: Patient outcomes will improve, complex care will be delivered with fewer errors, we’ll shorten in-patient hospital stays. And so, this gift is really an investment in the health and safety of all of Maryland’s citizens.”
The Conways’ gift will be disbursed over a five-year period, funding 341 scholarships in total. The Conways’ have pledged more than $15 million to UMSON over past three years, and their previous previous gifts have funded 106 scholarships to date.
Funding from the Conways’ gift will also go toward the Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) students at UMB. Students in the RN-to-BSN program complete prerequisites at their local community college, the costs for which will also be covered, then transfer to UMSON as Conway Scholars.
Conway Scholarships cover in-state tuition and fees. Post-baccalaureate recipients must commit to serving as clinical preceptors, teaching as clinical instructors, or securing full-time faculty positions within three years of graduation.
To learn more about the Conways’ generation $10 million gift to the University of Maryland School of Nursing, visit here.