Nightingale College Commences the Master of Science in Nursing Education Program to Address Nationwide Nursing Faculty Shortage

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Nightingale College launches the online Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSNEd) Program and opens enrollment for the Spring 2020 semester.

The lack of qualified faculty remains one of the top barriers to the expansion of pre-licensure nursing education programs and alleviation of the nursing shortages. We are proud to be able to offer a solution to this ongoing issue.

Nightingale College introduces its newest graduate level nursing program, the Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSNEd) Program, as part of the College’s mission to provide solutions to the nursing shortage.

The College received approval from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) on October 4, 2019, recognizing the Master of Science in Nursing Education Program. The Program is enrolling now for the Spring 2020 semester.

“All of us at Nightingale College are excited to bring the much-needed Master’s program dedicated to preparing the new generation of nursing faculty,” said Mikhail Shneyder, President and CEO of Nightingale College.

Through its advanced coursework, the MSNEd Program facilitates BSN-prepared nurses’ learning of the essential concepts and skills required to be competent nurse educators, such as community nursing and global health trends, health promotion, diseases prevention, leadership, and public policy, among others. Additionally, competencies development in curriculum design and facilitation of adult learning are core focuses of the Program.

Qualified registered nurses can fulfill all requirements of the Master’s degree in 20 months, on a part-time basis, by completing all courses online and participating in integrative practicum experiences. The Program’s tuition is $450 per semester credit and the College offers a variety of financial aid and scholarship options.

The registered nursing profession is one of the fastest growing, with an estimated workforce demand of 3.4 million by 2028, which is a 12 percent increase, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Outlook. The Bureau also estimates in the Employee Outlook for Bachelor’s-Level Occupations an additional 203,700 new BSN-prepared nurses are needed per year through 2026.

Despite the nationwide nursing shortage, nursing programs consistently turn away qualified applicants. One of the factors contributing to the rejection of applicants is the lack of qualified nursing faculty. In turn, many graduate nursing educator programs, are rejecting potential students due to insufficient number of doctoral-prepared faculty. Furthermore, majority of existing nursing educators are reaching retirement age and are expected to leave active employment in the next several years, hence exacerbating the shortages.

The College’s new MSNEd Program will contribute to alleviating nursing shortages by focusing on producing more nursing faculty for undergraduate pre-licensure programs.

“The lack of qualified faculty remains one of the top barriers to the expansion of pre-licensure nursing education programs and alleviation of the nursing shortages,” said Shneyder. “We are proud to be able to offer a solution to this ongoing issue.”

BSN-prepared registered nurses interested in learning more about Nightingale College and the Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSNEd) Program can visit http://www.nightingale.edu/msn.

ABOUT NIGHTINGALE COLLEGE
Nightingale College, headquartered in Salt Lake City, creates access to nursing programs with its fully accredited blended-distance education associate and bachelor’s degree nursing programs and post-licensure RN-to-BSN Program. Supporting the growing need for nurses and providing strategies to combat the nursing shortage, the College’s academic programs work to not only develop but also maintain a steady supply of homegrown nurses, with the help of local health care systems. Nightingale College emphasizes preparing future nurses who are confident, competent, and compassionate. Since its establishment in 2010 in Ogden, Utah, the College has graduated more than 800 learners and is currently operating in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado, and Kansas. To learn more about Nightingale College, its mission, and programs, visit nightingale.edu.

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