Concordia University, Nebraska Announces New Online RN to BSN

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Program combines rigorous coursework, Christian values and online convenience to help working nurses keep up with changing educational expectations.

Moving up to a bachelor of science in nursing is the new standard.

Concordia University, Nebraska, will begin offering an online registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program in the fall of 2012.

"Moving up to a bachelor of science in nursing is the new standard,” said Dr. Molly Fitzke, Concordia's nursing program director. "Studies demonstrate nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level have stronger critical thinking skills and are more effective communicators. Additionally, hospital administrators often prefer to hire nurses with a baccalaureate degree.

"Because there is such a large benefit for patient care, healthcare and nursing organizations are encouraging all registered nurses to nurses to earn a bachelor of science as a minimum level of education. For nurses who have earned their R.N. degree, however, that typically means two more years of study."

Concordia's online RN to BSN program will be offered to help fit the schedules of working nurses and will be distinguished by a combination of a Christian foundation and a rigorous, evidence-based curriculum that meets the demands of today's complex healthcare system. Concordia designed its program using standards from the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National League for Nursing, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Institute on Medicine.

“At Concordia, we not only want our students to develop core competencies,” said Fitzke, “we want to be part of transforming health care and society through our Christ-inspired mission. Our nursing graduates will be prepared to influence professional practice with compassionate care, cultural humility, a global perspective and sound ethical leadership."

Concordia’s coursework emphasizes key subject areas in nursing and allows students to customize their curriculum with electives in gerontology, human services, education, and public health.

As the head of this new program, Fitzke is a doctorally-prepared registered nurse with 19 years of nursing experience as a medical-surgical, oncology, hospice, intensive care and trauma surgical nurse. Prior to initiating the RN to BSN program at Concordia University, Nebraska, Fitzke held numerous clinical and academic positions, serving at College of Saint Mary and Nebraska Wesleyan University. She earned her master's in nursing and her doctorate from the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.

Classes for Concordia’s R.N. to B.S.N. are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012. To learn more about the online R.N.to B.S.N., visit http://www.onlineprograms.cune.edu or call 877-497-5848.

About Concordia University, Nebraska
Concordia University, Nebraska was founded in 1894 by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and carries forward a mission of providing excellent Christian education as it welcomes all students seeking lives of learning, service and leadership. Concordia is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers more than 50 undergraduate programs and approximately 20 graduate degrees, specializations, certificates and adult learning programs.

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