Orbis Education and Xavier University Celebrate Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Students

Orbis Education and Xavier University Celebrate Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Students

After launching a 16-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in January 2017 in partnership with Orbis Education, Xavier University recently celebrated the pinning of the first cohort of program graduates.

The ABSN program addresses the current and future nursing shortage in both the state of Ohio and nationwide. Offering college graduates with non-nursing degrees the opportunity to start a nursing career, the program delivers high-quality, clinically intensive nursing education in a short amount of time through online learning, simulation lab practicals, and clinical rotations in the greater Cincinnati area.

Dr. Lisa Long, associate director of nursing, online and hybrid program at Xavier University, tells PRNewswire.com, “We offer experienced and credentialed faculty and state-of-the-art labs and simulation experiences to our students. We put all of that, as well as an emphasis on Xavier’s Jesuit, Catholic mission of care for the person, into a package that prepares students for a successful transition into nursing.”

The ABSN program was developed in partnership with Orbis Education, a leading provider of pre-licensure healthcare programs for universities. Orbis funded the development of a high-tech learning facility which includes meeting rooms and simulation labs featuring high-fidelity manikins.
To learn more about the partnership between Orbis Education and Xavier University to create an accelerated BSN program, visit here.

Ohio State University College of Nursing Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Ohio State University College of Nursing Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Three health sciences colleges at The Ohio State University (OSU) have recently received national recognition for the quality and effectiveness of their diversity and inclusion initiatives. The colleges of medicine, nursing, and veterinary medicine were all recipients of the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine chose to honor the three colleges for their work.

Holly Mendelson, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visited Ohio State in April to tour the colleges and present the awards. When choosing who should be a recipient of the award, Mendelson tells News.OSU.edu:

“We ask about recruitment, retention, students, faculty, tenure, supplier diversity, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans…We really want to be about everything around diversity and inclusion and we want to hear what you’re doing.”

The College of Nursing was specially recognized for its Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing, which brings students from a variety of backgrounds together to engage with real-world nurses, current students, and nursing faculty and staff. The college exposes prospective students to real-world nursing skills using patient simulators in its Technology Learning Complex.

Having three colleges at the university recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity is a testament to the university’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. To learn more about the awards presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity, visit here.

Kent State University Implements 100% Online RN-to-BSN Program Across All Campuses

Kent State University Implements 100% Online RN-to-BSN Program Across All Campuses

Kent State University has launched a 100% online RN-to-BSN program across all eight of its campuses, making it easier for working nurses to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Kent State’s decision to make their nursing program more accessible and convenient for practicing nurses is driven by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) goal to have 80% of the nursing workforce educated at the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) level by 2020.

The new 100% online RN-to-BSN program is the first of its kind to be fully implemented across all eight Kent State campuses through collaboration of faculty experts at each campus. Students who enroll in the program will receive benefits like decreased tuition, increased course availability, and convenience. Each of the required nursing courses will be offered every seven weeks rather than providing classes in a traditional rotation format, taking on a student-first approach to benefit full-time working nurses who need flexibility to complete school work on their own time.

College of Nursing Dean Barbara Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, tells Kent.edu, “We are proud of this project. Not only are we one of the few programs to offer a RN-to-BSN degree online, we are now a leader in this collaborative arrangement with the regional campuses.”

This program is designed for working nurses who hold an associate’s degree or nursing diploma, giving them a pathway to complete their BSN degree without returning to school full time. The curriculum is student and community focused, emphasizing professional knowledge, leadership skills, and compassionate care to develop a strong nursing workforce in Ohio and beyond.

To learn more about Kent State’s new 100% online RN-to-BSN program, visit here.

Nurse of the Week: Nursing Student Jordyn Pennington Jumps in to Help Treat Victims of Ohio State Fair Ride Malfunction

Nurse of the Week: Nursing Student Jordyn Pennington Jumps in to Help Treat Victims of Ohio State Fair Ride Malfunction

Our Nurse of the Week is Jordyn Pennington, a junior in the Chamberlain University College of Nursing who jumped in to help treat victims after witnessing a disastrous ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair in July that killed one and injured seven others.

The Fireball, an 18-year-old fairground ride that spins and swings passengers in a pendulum-like motion, collapsed due to “excessive corrosion,” ejecting passengers from the ride. Letting her nursing school training take over, Pennington jumped in to help and later shared her memory of the experience with us.

To learn more about Pennington’s lifesaving nursing care following the ride malfunction, read our full interview with her here:

Can you briefly describe your experience witnessing the ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair and what motivated you to jump in and help?

I did not personally witness the accident, my husband did. We were at a food stand when he saw the incident happen and yelled, “Jordyn, that ride just broke and people flew out!” When I first heard what he said, it didn’t click that something that awful had actually happened. I looked around and saw police officers and fair workers all running over to where the accident happened.

Within seconds of the ride malfunction, my husband and I ran to help. I walked up to where the police officers were pushing the crowd back and said, “Hi, I’m a student nurse, can I help?” From there I was led back to where the victims were, given gloves, and sent on my own to help in any way that I could. I knew those people needed help, and I was determined to help as much as possible.

How has your nursing education thus far prepared you to help in this kind of emergency situation?

Chamberlain University has done such a wonderful job of educating students on safety, assessment, and prioritizing. At first, I entered the scene and looked around to see where help was needed. I checked to see if anyone needed CPR (none was needed at the time), and moved on to who I felt would be a priority. When I was working with the patients and the two other wonderful nurses (who I didn’t know at the time were nurses), my Chamberlain training all came flooding back and I started working on instinct. I wanted to help in every way possible so I worked to find the people who needed help the most, and took immediate action.

What triage or first aid skills did you use to help those injured by the ride malfunction?

I helped coach breathing and applied pressure to stop bleeding (along with the other people, two wonderful nurses who I’m proud to now call friends). I held and stabilized a limb that I thought was broken, used communication to calm the victims down, prevented what could have been an additional life or death occurrence, helped hold arms for IV insertion, and helped keep the victims calm and still as much as I could. The two other nurses and I stabilized the victims as much as we could until the paramedics arrived.

While assisting in helping the victims still trapped in the ride, some people tried to manually open the seats that were stuck. From education I’ve received, you never move a trauma patient unless their life is in further danger. Since the people were not in any additional danger, I instructed them to stop trying to open the rides since the patients were safer in place than being moved which could cause further injury. I feel lucky to have stopped what they were doing, and honestly believe that my speaking up potentially saved lives.

What are your future plans for a career in nursing?

Honestly, I feel lucky to just be in a nursing program and in the future, to become a nurse. After this horrific incident, I know now that my heart belongs in trauma. I also have a huge soft spot for oncology as well. I currently serve as the president of Chamberlain’s College of Nursing Columbus campus Oncology Nursing Student Interest Group and couldn’t be more proud to help represent such a wonderful group!

Is there any other information you want readers to know about yourself, your nursing career, or your experience helping during a public emergency?

I’m just your average person who was in the right place at the right time to offer help. I’m a mother of two beautiful kids, and am married (4 years) to my high school sweetheart. Caring for people has always been a passion of mine, and I feel so lucky to be able to earn a degree in a field that I love.

Please lend a hand if you’re able to, and speak up if you know something is wrong. You never know what you’re truly capable of.

Kent State University College of Nursing Celebrates History of Diversity on 50th Anniversary

Kent State University College of Nursing Celebrates History of Diversity on 50th Anniversary

The Kent State University (KSU) College of Nursing celebrated their 50th anniversary this past Monday, Jan. 23. Gathering together the entire college of nursing, students and faculty showed up to celebrate the college’s historic past while focusing on diversity and staying on the cutting edge of technology as they move forward.

KSU President Beverly Warren and Dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Barbara Broome, both attended the celebration to give speeches about their experiences in nursing and predictions for the future of healthcare. According to KentWired.com, President Warren emphasized the importance of diversity with a snippet from her past: “In my generation, I was told, as a female, you can either teach or be a nurse. 50 years later, I’m proud to say you have so many options before you. Whether you’re male, female, transgender, no matter how you identify yourself, there is a career for you in nursing.”

Both nursing leaders gave recognition to their students who they said are a legacy of bright new ideas. Nursing isn’t just a women’s profession anymore and students love Kent’s approach to diversity and drive to break stereotypes of what defines the typical nurse. Dr. Broome summed up diversity simply:

“Inclusiveness means males, females, different races, ethnic groups, religious beliefs and lifestyles, and I think that nursing should be a lot more inclusive than it has been…It’s for anyone who has a desire to make an impact and change things.”

Looking to the future, President Warren hopes for more nursing specialties and to bring state-of-the-art technology to Kent because she believes technology drives healthcare. Kent’s nursing leaders embody the college’s values and have no plans of letting up. They’re striving for graduates who impact their communities and beyond by staying at the cutting edge of nursing.

March of Dimes Honors Ohio Nurse Debbie Borowske as “Nurse of the Year”

March of Dimes Honors Ohio Nurse Debbie Borowske as “Nurse of the Year”

March of Dimes celebrated their 4th annual “Nurse of the Year” awards banquet last week in Ohio, honoring Debbie Borowske, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, as their Nurse of the Year. Borowske was recognized for her work in long-term acute care, rehabilitation hospice, and palliative care as the director of Post-Acute Care Services at Southwest General Health Center.

After finding a gap in the hospice services offered by Southwest General, Borowske launched a community-based palliative care program which sees an average of 50 patients per month. Her program consistently achieves its goal of improving life and providing comfort to those with serious, chronic, and life-threatening illnesses. In addition to her work at the health center, Debbie also holds adjunct faculty positions in nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Malone University, and Kent State University.

The annual March of Dimes Event recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence, and promotes the future of nursing helping to advance their mission to improve the health of babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality. To learn more about Debbie Borowske and her Nurse of the Year recognition by March of Dimes, visit here.

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