Local nursing school achieves full accreditation status

ST. GEORGE — Nightingale College announces the achievement of initial accreditation of the baccalaureate degree program by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education through June 30, 2022. The RN-to-BSN program at Nightingale College began in September 2014 to prepare nurses to lead the ever-changing health care landscape.

Nurses form the largest segment of health care staff employed in facilities and are the main deliverer of patient care. At the forefront of health care, nurses are taught to address a variety of patient needs in diverse settings.

“The BSN nurse enters the profession having acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes, to improve the safety and quality of patient care,” said Dr. Suzette Scheuermann, director, Nursing Education Services at Nightingale College.

To improve patient care and in response to the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing 2010 study, Nightingale College’s RN-to-BSN program is now available to all registered nurses in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

“This has always been a part of our mission and is our answer to IOM’s committee recommendation that 80 percent of nurses have baccalaureate degrees by 2020,” said Jonathan Tanner, vice president, Partnerships and Business Development.

“With patient care growing increasingly complex and requiring skill sets beyond the hospital, the demand for baccalaureate prepared nurses will be escalated. Nightingale College provides high quality nurse preparation in programs which produce effective and sophisticated clinicians to meet this increasing demand,” Scheuermann said.

Nightingale College celebrates the accreditation of the baccalaureate degree program as an integral step to fulfilling its mission, contributing to the elevation of health care in all communities.

“This is monumental for the communities we serve and while we celebrate this achievement, it is only the beginning. We will develop a Generic BSN track for those students that want to move straight to a BSN degree. We anticipate this option being available by January 2018. In the meantime, we are elated to offer the ADN and RN-to-BSN programs,” Tanner said.

With two fully accredited distance education programs, Nightingale College continues to serve St. George and its surrounding communities.

“All of us at Nightingale College are thrilled with the CCNE’s recognition of the quality of our baccalaureate nursing program,” Mikhail Shneyder said, President and CEO at Nightingale College. “This achievement brings the College closer to realizing its mission of elevating health care throughout the nation and the world!”

About Nightingale College

Nightingale College creates avenues to accessible nursing programs with its fully accredited distance education associate and bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Supporting the growing need for nurses and providing strategies to combat the nursing shortage, the College’s programs work to not only grow but maintain homegrown nurses with the help of local health care systems. Nightingale College emphasizes graduating future nurses who are confident, competent, and compassionate, ready to work in their community. Since its establishment in 2010 in Ogden, Utah, the College has graduated nurses in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. To learn more about the College, its mission, and programs, visit http://nightingale.edu/.

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