Argosy University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Granted Accreditation

Argosy University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Granted Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at Argosy University in Atlanta was recently granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which will last through December 2023.

Dr. Charlita Shelton, campus president of Argosy University, Atlanta, tells PRNewswire.com, “CCNE accreditation reflects that the BSN program at Argosy University, Atlanta, together with its faculty, curriculum, and support systems meet the standards established by the leading professional organization.”

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency. It is officially recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency that contributes to the improvement of the public’s health. The CCNE ensures quality and integrity in all bachelor’s, graduate, and residency programs in nursing nationwide.

The CCNE serves the public interest, assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. It is a voluntary and self-regulatory process that supports and encourages continued self assessment by nursing programs as well as continued growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency programs.

To learn more about Argosy University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program being awarded accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, visit here.

Orbis Education and Mercer University Launch New ABSN Program in Atlanta

Orbis Education and Mercer University Launch New ABSN Program in Atlanta

Orbis Education and Mercer University recently partnered to launch an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program that offers qualified students in the Atlanta area a new, faster path into the high demand nursing profession.

Steve Hodownes, chief executive officer at Orbis Education, tells PRNewswire.com, “Mercer has a long history of educating nurses. We are very excited to be collaborating with this premier nursing school to help them expand their highly respected program.”

The first class of the new program is scheduled to start in May 2019 and Mercer will offer three start dates each year. Mercer’s ABSN program will enable students to leverage their existing non-nursing bachelor’s degrees to earn a BSN in as few as 12 months. Students enrolled in the program will learn through a combination of online coursework, onsite experience at a state-of-the-art lab facility to be developed and funded by Orbis, and clinical rotations at top area hospitals.

Orbis and Mercer partnered to create the new program in an effort to alleviate the nationwide nursing shortage, which is expected to hit critical levels in the next decade. Georgia is predicted to need an additional 13,510 registered nurses by 2026 in order to keep up with the demands of a rapidly growing population.

According to PRNewswire.com, Dr. Linda Streit, dean of nursing for Mercer University, says, “It is our duty to do everything we can as educators to keep up with the demand by providing excellent nursing education options like our new Accelerated BSN program in Atlanta. We are dedicated to developing knowledgeable, ethical, caring and compassionate nurses who are ready to become the next generation of highly qualified practicing nurse leaders in Georgia and across the nation.”

To learn more about Orbis Education and Mercer University’s new partnership to launch an ABSN program in Atlanta, visit here.

Georgia Nursing Students Teach Stress-Reducing Habits to Firefighters

Georgia Nursing Students Teach Stress-Reducing Habits to Firefighters

Students from the Georgia State University School of Nursing Associate Degree Program, Perimeter College, have been teaching stress-reducing habits to firefighters as part of their clinical training. This is the second year that Perimeter College students have been able to fulfill their clinical requirements through training other healthcare professionals.

With long shifts and hectic schedules, firefighters often need reminders and tips to stay healthy. Georgia State nursing students have been fulfilling their clinical hours by teaching stress-reducing habits to firefighters, including yoga. They also host community events like an upcoming community healthcare fair which will be open and free to the public to learn tips on taking care of your health.

Perimeter College nursing students are required to complete 180 hours of hands-on clinical service as part of their registered nurse training. Valencia Freeman, the instructor who oversees clinical rotations, and Lynda Goodfellow, professor and associate academic dean for academic affairs in the Georgia State University School of Nursing, wanted to create new opportunities for students to get experience beyond the bedside.

Nursing programs have expanded to meet the workforce demands, but the number of available clinical sites and preceptors to provide needed teaching experiences in the hospital setting has not increased. George State University’s nursing programs found a unique way to address this challenge.

Goodfellow tells News.GSU.edu, “We have to think more and more outside the box to provide the quality of education students expect — so we’re not just in a hospital setting. We are working in skilled nursing facilities and health clinics, in doctors’ offices — and in fire stations.”

To learn more about the new avenues Georgia nursing students are taking to fulfill their clinical requirements, visit here.

Georgia Southern University School of Nursing Receives $1.6 Million Grant for Behavioral Health Workforce Education

Georgia Southern University School of Nursing Receives $1.6 Million Grant for Behavioral Health Workforce Education

The Georgia Southern University (GSU) School of Nursing recently received a $1.6 million grant to help better prepare students to work in the psychiatric/mental health care field through the new Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program.

The BHWET Program supports students in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty track of the BSN-DNP program, and aims to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce, increasing the number of providers prepared to deliver team-based psychiatric and mental health services to rural and medically underserved populations in South Georgia.

Melissa Garno, EdD, RN, professor, BSN program director, PMHNP project director, and the BHWET grant principal investigator, tells News.GeorgiaSouthern.edu, “Primary care providers continue to be the most common portal of entry into our healthcare system. Area mental health providers are few, and mental health needs currently overwhelm area primary care settings, emergency rooms and communities. This program will provide support over the next four years for the education of psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner students in settings practicing an integrated model of mental health and primary care using a team approach.”

The program will help provide stipends for BSN-DNP students choosing the PMHNP specialty track which places them in facilities based on providing interprofessional and team-based care, including primary care services. Clinical placements through qualified agencies also helps assist in closing the gap in access to mental health services across the state.

To learn more about GSU’s grant for behavioral health workforce education, visit here.

Georgia Southern University School of Nursing Receives $1.3 Million Grant

Georgia Southern University School of Nursing Receives $1.3 Million Grant

Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing recently received a $1.3 million federal grant to help train nurse practitioner students to work in five health center organizations in southeastern Georgia. The program is called The Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) and is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The ANEW program is intended to “support efforts to prepare advanced-practice nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training.” Registered nurses who are working toward advanced nurse-practitioner degrees at Georgia Southern will work with five Federally Qualified Health Centers during their required clinical practicums for three to six months.

Sharon G. Radzyminski, PhD, RN, chair of Georgia Southern’s School of Nursing, tells StatesboroughHerald.com:

“If [the students] accept the traineeship money and do their practicum in one of these places, the hope is, and we would strongly encourage students to consider, working in one of these health clinics after they graduate. These clinics work with rural and underserved populations, and they are in need of primary care practitioners.”

With the grant, the academic-practice partnership between the Georgia Southern School of Nursing and the five health centers will help increase the number and readiness of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) graduates to care for rural and underserved populations. To learn more about the ANEW project, visit here.

Georgia College School of Nursing Awarded $350,000 HRSA Grant to Fund Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Georgia College School of Nursing Awarded $350,000 HRSA Grant to Fund Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Through a grant provided by the US Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT), the Georgia College (GC) School of Nursing received $350,000 to fund nurses in their final year of the Family Nurse Practitioner program.

GC’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is a master of nursing degree, and the school of nursing will benefit from help with tuition, fees, books, and a stipend to each student in their final year of the program. Many students work full time while also going to school, so Dr. Sallie Coke, director of graduate nursing programs, co-wrote the grant with Dr. Debby MacMillan to help make graduate degrees more affordable for master’s level nursing students.

The grant will help make a big difference for healthcare in Georgia, which is listed as a top state facing severe physician shortages. According to the United Health Foundation, Georgia was also listed in the bottom third for overall health at number 40 in 2015 rankings. AENT grants are usually provided for health care education in underserved areas of the country, and GC’s Family Nurse Practitioner program falls under that category.

Covering all 34 students in the 2017 FNP graduating class, the AENT grant will help offset the costs to students and their families so that they can afford to pursue advanced degrees. The GC School of Nursing intends to address nursing shortages and poor health by educating more advanced nurse practitioners and providing them with incentives to work in rural and underserved areas after graduating. Students who accept the funding from the AENT grant are required to complete two years of service in high-needs or rural health districts throughout Georgia.


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