Bethel has expanded its nursing program to serve practicing nurses with registered nurse (RN) status who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
The Higher Learning Commission, Bethel’s accrediting body, on July 29 informed President Perry D. White of its approval of the college’s application for accreditation of an RN-to-BSN program, which opened this fall.
The online program is designed for the practicing registered nurse and builds on nurses’ previous education, said Phyllis Miller, Bethel director of nursing. It will augment past learning with content focused on the leadership role of the nurse while relating course content to the nurses’ work environment.
Students will focus on changes that nursing is undergoing for 21st-century care delivery and how nursing practice is being shaped by technology and informatics as well as recent health-care legislation, Miller added. Students will also examine the use of evidence and how it shapes changing care parameters.
Clinical work will include focus on the nursing role in community health and leadership in nursing….
Bethel’s RN-to-BSN program is structured to cover an 18-month time period of three semesters plus one summer, totaling 34 hours of coursework. Two information sessions will soon be held in the nursing department area in Memorial Hall: Thursday, Sept. 1, 6-8:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Sept. 7, 4:30-7 p.m.
For more information, go to www.bethelks.edu/rn or call 316-284-5308.