Nursing student Aishling Robinson in the nursing simulation lab.
HNU cuts nursing master's
program to two years for RNs
A new program at Oakland's Holy Names University will give registered nurses the opportunity to hop on the career fast track or advance their career choices in the changing world of medicine.
Through the RN to MSN program, registered nurses can earn a master of science in nursing degree in as few as two years as opposed to three or more years elsewhere. The first classes began at the Oakland campus on Jan. 16.
"It is a very exciting time," said Edith Jenkins-Weinrub, program director of the RN to MSN program, which "is designed for working nurses."
That is reflected in the unique course schedule. Classes meet once a month over a long weekend — Thursday to Sunday. Those living some distance from the campus can "attend" online courses and clinical experiences can be arranged closer to the homes of students.
The demand for nurses is expected to increase as the generation known as "baby boomers" age. People are living longer and a good number of those older patients will be more acutely ill. They also may be hospitalized longer or return home in need of continued care.
In response to these changes nurses "need to be prepared differently," said Jenkins-Weinrub. In the past there was more "bedside" or hospital nursing, and nurses were trained accordingly. The need for home health care has grown and nurses must be ready to work with that model.
To help train more nurses, Holy Names University recently built a new Nursing Simulation Center, which can provide training to about 200 nursing students annually. This state-of-the-art nursing lab, which includes specially equipped manikins, provides a place for students to practice what they have learned in a safe environment.
Those interested in more information about the RN to MSN program are invited to attend an information session which begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 30. To register online, visit the campus website at www.hnu.edu.
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