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School of Nursing revises RN-BSN program to keep pace with changing health care environment

June 11, 2010

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing received approval from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission to change its RN-BSN curriculum to meet new national standards.

The SON program offers registered nurses who hold associate degrees or diplomas the opportunity to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and consists of a total of 121 credit hours. Students must now complete nine upper division nursing courses, rather than eight. Lower division nursing and liberal arts and science requirements remain the same.

The SON has also developed three new courses for the revamped curriculum, including Spirituality in Health and Illness; Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems and Policy; and Information Management and Patient Care Technology. SON revised three courses, including Health Assessment; Nursing Research and Evidenced-Based Practice; and Nursing Leadership and Promotion of Quality Care and Patient Safety.

The new program, which begins in fall 2010, provides students with the flexibility and convenience of a distance learning format and allows for courses to be completed on- or off-campus. The program can be completed at a full-time or part-time pace, fitting the needs of working registered nurses.

According to RN-BSN Coordinator Debra Copeland, DNS, RN, CNE, a bachelor's degree enhances a nurse's ability and confidence in the workforce and provides more opportunities for career and personal development.

“The Tri-Council for Nursing recommends more highly educated nurses are critically needed in the workforce to meet the nation's nursing needs and to deliver safe and effective care,” said Copeland. “The School of Nursing is poised and ready to meet the challenges of the nursing workforce by implementing the new curriculum.”

For more information on the RN-BSN program, contact Copeland at 504-865-3253 or copeland@loyno.edu or visit the website.

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