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Nursing, from page 1
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with translating care of the manikins to their patients in a real-life situations,” says Clayton.

UMUC Provides Pathway for Career Advancement

University of Maryland University College’s bachelor of science in nursing for registered nurses provides a pathway for career advancement and preparation for graduate study, building on established clinical and practical experiences. This program is designed to equip students to assume the role of the professional nurse in diverse and
challenging settings, take on responsibility for client care and provide exceptional evidence-based nursing care to patients.

A significant advantage of UMUC’s online program, according to Thomas Bailey, Ph.D., vice dean for science programs, is that it gives greater access to educational opportunities to nurses who are already employed. The first group of students enrolled in 2014.

Based on a study that has found that patient outcomes improve when RNs have a bachelor’s degree, professional recommendations are that by 2020, 80 percent of nurses have an undergraduate degree.

“Most of the country is trying to abide by these recommendations,” says Program Director Mary Schroeder, DNP.

The curriculum for the nursing for registered nurses bachelor’s degree program covers health assessment, global health, family and community health nursing, nursing
leadership and management, nursing research, information technology, evidence-based practice, gerontology, legal and ethical issues in health care, and advocacy. In addition, two practice experiences help familiarize students with the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse.

Through the coursework, students will learn how to demonstrate clinical reasoning in selecting and applying health care approaches for individuals, families and communities; evaluate and apply research to promote evidence-based nursing practice; apply management and leadership concepts in various settings to promote health; evaluate and communicate the effects of health policy and health care systems on the nursing profession and the delivery of care; and demonstrate an understanding of the value of continuous personal and professional development as health care evolves.

“An impressive faculty, flexibility and competitive pricing are advantages of the UMUC program,” says Bailey, observing that nurses who work shifts that would make it difficult for them to achieve their professional goals otherwise can now complete their education on their own time and at their own pace.

Frostburg’s M.S. in Nursing Offers Student-Centered Learning

The M.S. in nursing degree at Frostburg State University provides a ladder to success for registered nurses in Western Maryland, the surrounding regions and throughout the state.

“The program provides student-centered learning experiences in a supportive community to prepare registered nurses to assume leadership positions, manage complex clinical care, and prepare graduates to assume responsibility and accountability for health promotion of citizens within the community and across the nation,” says Heather Gable, DNP, RN, LNHA, RAC-CT, chair of the department of nursing.

Currently, Frostburg offers two tracks within the master’s program – nursing administration and nursing education. Two new tracks are expected to be approved to begin in fall of 2018 – family nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner.

“Frostburg is responding to the need for health care providers in this rural region,” says Gable, noting that the master’s program is targeting rural working nurses who will do the clinical part of their education in their professional setting.

“Our ultimate goal is to grow the program and become a regional center to further nursing education,” Gable says. •

Employment outlook for nurses is promising

With a report from The Institute of Medicine (IOM) calling on nurses to take a greater role in America’s increasingly complex health care system, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

There are numerous reasons for this growth, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for health care services from the baby boom population, as they live longer and have more active lives.

As a profession, nursing offers much flexibility, with nurses found in diverse settings from hospitals and physicians’ offices to home health care services, correctional facilities, schools or in the military. •