On­line course sends nurses back to school

Post-Tribune - - Post-Tribune Local - cnance@post-trib.com BY CHRISTIN NANCE LAZERUS

For Reg­is­tered Nurses want­ing t o com­plete t heir Bach­e­lor of Science in Nurs­ing de­gree, In­di­ana Uni­ver­sity of­fers an onl i ne pro­gram t hat can be com­pleted in as lit­tle as 12 months and i t’s gain­ing high marks as well.

Col­lege Choice, an i nde­pen­dent coll ege search and rank­ings web­site, re­cently ranked I U’s pro - gram 7th in a li st of t he t op 50 on­line Reg­is­tered Nurse t o Bach­e­lor of Science i n Nurs­ing pro­grams in the U. S. The rank­ings con­sid­ered a va­ri­ety of fac­tors, i nclud­ing fac­ulty, tech­nol­ogy, stu­dent sup - port, ac­cred­i­ta­tion and cost, as well as t he nat i onal and re­gional reput ati ons of each school.

Since 2010, IU has of­fered t he pro­gram t hrough ei ght of its cam­puses — in­clud­ing Gary’s I U North­west, and sev­eral hun­dred RNs are cur­rently en­rolled across t he state.

I UN’s direc­tor of t he School of Nurs­ing Linda Delu­nas said re­cent rec­om­men­da­tions by t he In­sti­tute of Medicine ad­vised that that 80 per­cent of t he nurs­ing work­force should be pre­pared at t he BSN or higher i n or­der t o best meet pa­tient needs in our ever- chang­ing health­care en­vi­ron­ment. An as­so­ciate’s de­gree is typ­i­cally re­quired t o be­come a reg­is­tered nurse.

Stu­dents are as­signed t o an ad­viser at t he cam­pus clos­est to where t hey l i ve, but t here’s no need to travel t o cam­pus for any of t he course­work, Delu­nas said.

“There are a cou­ple of cl i nical ex­pe­ri­ences in their cap­stone and com­mu­nity health cour­ses, but they ac­tu­ally can be com­pleted at t he hos­pi­tal where they are em­ployed,” Delu­nas said.

The pro­gram can be com­pleted in 1 2, 1 8, or 24 months, af­ter gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion re­quire­ments are com­pleted.

Tra­di­tional class­room set­tings didn’t work for nurses go­ing for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, Delu­nas said.

“With t heir busy sched­ules, i t’s been a big barri er for nurses re­turn­ing for f ur­ther ed­u­ca­tion,” Delu­nas said. “But this is be­com­ing a very popular op­tion among worki ng nurses. And once they fin­ish, t hey’re fully set and ready to go to grad school.”

For more i nfor­ma­tion on t he RN t o BSN de­gree com­ple­tion pro­gram, vi si t www. i u- rnbsn. i u.edu.

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