Loyola Hosts Nursing Students from Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences
Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is hosting 40 nurses from the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences today, April 19, at the Health Sciences Campus, for an informational session about its RN-to-BSN program. The school previously welcomed 37 nurses and their faculty from China for a similar session last month.
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing’s dean, faculty, and staff worked with the Asian American Advisory Council (AAAC) in the fall to plan the events and explore ways in which these associate degree nurses could enroll in Loyola’s RN-to-BSN online program, which is designed for USA-licensed, professional nurses. The main obstacle preventing them from applying to the program is that they need to first pass the USA's NCLEX-RN exam. These nurses also have little experience with online learning and social media, because Facebook and Google are blocked throughout the country.
During their six-week visit to the United States, these nurses study at Moraine Valley Community College ESL/English and take an NCLEX-RN® review course. In China, they also are taught in English by faculty from the United States and other countries who have adopted an American nursing curriculum.
Loyola’s RN-to-BSN online program allows students to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in a minimum of three semesters or one calendar year. This program is intended for nurses with an associate degree or a hospital nursing program diploma who want to further their education without draining their resources or putting work on hold.
Nursing education has come a long way from the days when nurses received on-the-job training in hospitals with little clinical supervision. Today, schools are increasingly offering higher degree programs through a variety of channels in response to the Institute of Medicine’s call to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses to 80 percent by 2020. The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is stepping up its efforts to educate more nurses through its RN-to-BSN program.
“We need to continue to push for a more highly educated nursing workforce worldwide,” said Maria Connolly, PhD, FCCM, CNE, ANEF, executive director, RN-to-BSN Program, MNSON. “Our willingness to work globally, as we did with the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences, will expand the reach of our curriculum and bring online learning to diverse populations.”