| USD Nursing
It is apropos that we celebrate USD Nursing’s “golden”
year with the graduation of its first R.N.-B.S.N. cohort at the
completion of the fall 2012 semester. Since the cohort began one
year ago, student response has been overwhelmingly positive.
The students’ overall feedback favors the online delivery and
flexibility, which allows them to work full-time and complete
the B.S.N. Fall 2012 R.N.-B.S.N. students have the option to
accelerate the completion of their baccalaureate education by
enrolling in the two-semester “Fast Track” plan of study. Students
also have the option to complete their B.S.N. education by
enrolling in a “part-time” plan with a four- or five-semester plan
The foundation for nursing practice and education requires
a solid base of liberal studies, which is exemplified by USD’s
commitment to a strong liberal education for its R.N.-B.S.N.
students. Liberal studies serve to enhance the professionalism
and thinking ability of students within a broader context. For
example, a student in the current cohort stated, “…this program
has helped me improve how to think and help patients outside
of the hospital setting by utilizing available resources that were
unknown to me prior to my B.S.N. studies.”
The R.N.-B.S.N. coursework emphasizes interprofessional
R.N.-B.S.N. Emphasizes Flexibility,
Program Helps USD Nursing Ring in 50 Years by Graduating First Cohort in 2012
by Nancy Kertz, Ph.D. and Ellie Brooks, Ph.D.
USD Nursing Briefs
communication and affords students opportunities to gain
knowledge and skills in organizational and systems leadership
for improving quality and safety within interprofessional teams.
A student reported that it was most helpful “…to experience
working in an interdisciplinary team and getting to see the
communication from thought to delivery of care to the patient.”
The interprofessional collaboration is applied in health
promotion and disease prevention for individuals and
populations within a global society. One student explained how
the coursework led to new understanding in a broader context.
Prior to the beginning of the program, another student reported,
I was weak on areas outside the hospital and I had not given
any thought to where patients go when they leave the hospital. I
did not know what resources were available and would not have
considered it if I hadn’t had the community course.”
As USD moves forward, we are excited to offer baccalaureate
education to licensed nurses. The demand for the program has
far exceeded original enrollment projections for the R.N.-B.S.N.
track. While USD Nursing celebrates its 50th anniversary by
graduating its first R.N.-B.S.N. cohort and starting 101 students
in the second cohort, USD is also excited for the inaugural year
of its nursing baccalaureate. •