In celebration of National Nurse’s Week (May 6-12), the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Nursing honors all nurses for their dedication to patient centered care, lifelong learning, and their participation in local, national, and global efforts to improve the health and health care of our patients. Nursing represents the largest and most trusted sector of the health professions (Gallup Poll 2013), with more than 3 million nurses in the United States who are committed to quality, safety, and improved health care outcomes.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created a new vision of health care for our country and provides nurses with new opportunities to be the leaders of transformation in practice, policy, education, and research. Major changes in health care will require the nursing profession to achieve higher levels of education and preparation to adopt new roles in the changing health care system. Nursing education will need to continue to evolve to address an increased demand for safe, high quality, accessible, and effective health care. Being the most trusted profession, nursing education will meet this challenge!
The NSU College of Nursing is committed to providing new educational opportunities for those who want to enter this exciting field and practicing nurses seeking to advance their careers. The College of Nursing offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level degree programs that will prepare nurses for new and innovative roles in health care.
NSU offers online nursing programs and has campuses in Davie, Palm Beach Gardens, Miami, Fort Myers, and Orlando. Our unique 27-month Entry Level Bachelors of Science (B.S.N.) program teaches students through the use of a variety of clinical practice sites, patient simulators, and active learning strategies that prepare them to sit for the national licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX). For currently licensed nurses, the R.N. to B.S.N. program offers a 16-month program that focuses on business, leadership, community, and current health care issues. This interdisciplinary curriculum prepares practicing nurses to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings.
Today, more than ever, there are opportunities for nurses to pursue higher-level master’s and doctoral degrees. NSU offers several graduate programs, including a Master of Science (M.S.N.) in Nursing (nonclinical) program, a M.S.N. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (A.P.R.N.) family nurse practitioner track (clinical) for advanced-level nursing practice related to primary care., an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in nursing education.
These programs offer nurses opportunities to pursue careers in education, health systems management, specialized nursing careers, and executive roles in health care.
Whatever level you seek, know that you, our current and future nurses are an essential part of the health care process and we at Nova Southeastern University thank you for your service.
For more information about NSU College of Nursing, please visit http://www.nova.edu/nursing/index.html#
By Linda Strommen, Ed. D., M.S.N., R.N., associate dean of operations, NSU College of Nursing