Galen College Responds to Hospital Trend for Nurses: Announces Innovative New Dual-Track Pathway Allowing Students to Work as an RN While Earning BSN

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Many hospitals now prefer to hire nurses with bachelor’s degrees, a trend that is sending thousands back to school. To meet this demand, Galen College of Nursing launched an innovative initiative which prepares students for nursing licensure in order to work as an RN, while studying for their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing – ultimately saving more lives and increasing the quality of healthcare.

Galen College of Nursing announces an innovative initiative which prepares students for nursing licensure in order to work as an RN, while studying for their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

The Dual-Track BSN adds the needed flexibility for our students to earn a nurse’s salary while attending school.

In response to the landmark Institute of Medicine report recommending that 80 percent of U.S. nurses hold at least a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) by 20201, Galen College has launched a unique pathway to nursing that can make entry into the profession easier for thousands of nursing students. The new initiative will help expand the pool of candidates as hospitals seek to hire more BSN educated nurses, a trend which multiple studies have shown is associated with better patient outcomes, including decreased mortality, according to studies.2

The Affordable Care Act has been projected to expand health insurance coverage to an estimated 30 million to 34 million people – however, “American healthcare infrastructure has had workforce shortages for decades…and families will face longer wait times, greater difficulty accessing providers, shortened time with providers, increased costs, and new frustrations with care delivery.” Additionally, recent workforce projections anticipate the need for an additional 300,000 to 1.2 million registered nurses by 2020.3

Galen College of Nursing, a multi-campus and online educational institution based in Louisville, Ky., with campuses in Tampa Bay, Fla., San Antonio, Texas and Cincinnati, Ohio, is offering the Dual-Track BSN, an innovative pathway to baccalaureate-level nursing. BSN-prepared nurses are often required by hospitals and healthcare institutions to receive special recognition. The Magnet Recognition Program is one such voluntary program that requires progress toward 80 percent of nurses earning their BSN.1

Galen’s newest nursing pathway prepares students for RN licensure as they work toward their BSN, providing a unique opportunity for students to advance their education as the demand for BSN-prepared nurses grows, while also keeping in mind that many of today’s students need more flexibility and diverse program options to make higher education possible.

“We’re in the midst of a tough economy, but the need for nurses is greater than ever,” said Rob Wolf, president, Galen College of Nursing, Tampa Bay. “We’re anticipating a nursing shortage nationwide as the Baby Boomer population ages and as more patients are treated under the Affordable Care Act. The Dual-Track BSN adds the needed flexibility for our students to earn a nurse’s salary while attending school.”

Wolf, who joined the executive team in 2013 as president for the Tampa Bay campus, says he chose Galen due to its high caliber of nursing education. Wolf brings a veteran perspective from previous positions as the Senior Vice President of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, as well as Vice President for Business Affairs and Campus President for two of their five campuses. Prior to his experience at HCC, he had extensive executive leadership experience at a community college in New York as its Vice President for Administration.

In the Dual-Track BSN, students earn their RN license upon completion of their Associate Degree in Nursing, integrating real-life clinical experiences into their BSN coursework. If they choose to stop, they have no financial obligation or commitment but can return to BSN coursework at a time that best suits their needs.

For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit http://www.galencollege.edu.

About Galen College of Nursing:

Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing colleges in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, Galen College of Nursing offers practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN), associate and online baccalaureate degree nursing programs to over 3,000 students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit http://www.galencollege.edu.

About Galen College of Nursing Tampa Bay:

Galen College of Nursing of Tampa Bay is headed by Robert Wolf, who joined the Galen executive team in October of 2013 as the Campus President. In this capacity, he serves as the CEO of the campus and leads a talented and diverse staff in the day-to-day operation of the campus. Mr. Wolf brings to this position a variety of experiences that bode well for the development of the Tampa Bay campus, most recently as the Senior Vice President of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. In addition, Wolf has been active on various Boards within the Tampa Bay community such as the Tampa Bay History Center, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance, the MacDill Air Force Base Education Council, and the Tampa Bay History Center Foundation. He has led numerous economic development initiatives within the community. Tampa Bay, nursing is all that Galen teaches – it’s a unique educational experience called Pure Nursing. Visit http://www.galencollege.edu/campuses/4/Tampa-Bay

1. IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2011. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

2. "BSN Qualifications Recommended for the Nation’s Nurses: Four Years of Progress." RWJF. N.p., 10 Oct. 2014. Web. 5 Jan. 2015. rwjf.org/en/blogs/human-capital-blog/2014/10/bsn_qualificationsr.html.

3. Anderson, Amy. "The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Health Care Workforce." The Heritage Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Jan. 2015. heritage.org/research/reports/2014/03/the-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-on-the-health-care-workforce.

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