Demand for Nursing Education Grows
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MidAmerica Nazarene University continues to experience increased demand in all areas of nursing education. MNU’s three accelerated nursing programs continue to experience growth in enrollment in Olathe, Liberty, and online, due to growing industry demand for educationally prepared nurses. To keep up with the growing number of those interested in a professional nursing career, MNU is expanding where and how these programs are offered.
The university’s RN-BSN program is now available online or on-site at the Liberty, Mo. and Olathe, Kan. locations. To accommodate the increased need for flexible scheduling, students may start at the beginning of any five-week course.
MNU’s accelerated BSN program is also growing in demand. Those with three years of college can become nurses in just one year. According to Professor Brad Strecker, program director for the accelerated BSN program, the one-year format is attracting students who want to change careers quickly.
“Students are coming from all sorts of careers to go into nursing,” Strecker says. “They must be highly motivated, but in a year’s time they are ready to take the NCLEX-RN® exam and move into a career that’s in great demand.”
MNU awards ten, $10,000 scholarships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for students from traditionally underrepresented groups who are accepted into the accelerated BSN program.
The year-long Master of Science in Nursing program, offered in Olathe and Liberty, provides an option for nurses to continue their professional education. Students select an emphasis in either Nursing Education or Healthcare Administration, and according to MSN graduate Sarah Miller, find that continuing their education prepares them for future leadership opportunities.
“Earning my MSN has given me the opportunity to accept and excel in a full-time teaching position,” says Miller, instructor of nursing at Kansas City Kansas Community College. “It has also given me the confidence and skills to become a well-rounded nurse.”