The MVNU Difference
Nurses, is it time for a change? Many career opportunities are available for nurses with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Nursing, and employers are increasingly seeking nurses with a minimum of a BS degree in Nursing for leadership positions. Since continuing advances in science -- as well as increased complexity in the health care market -- are impacting the way nursing is practiced, we want to help you prepare for these challenges so that you can be a part of the ever-changing face of nursing. At Mount Vernon Nazarene University, our newly designed RN to BS degree-completion program in Nursing was developed with you in mind.
At MVNU, we recognize the fact that you are already an expert nurse, but we want to add to your expertise and work with you as you learn new tools to enhance your practice while learning in our faith-centered program. Come to MVNU and study new, innovative approaches to improving health care in your community, and gain the competitive edge you need in order to move forward in your career. Our flexible and convenient program allows you to earn your degree while you continue to work, maintain additional personal and professional obligations, and meet the needs of your family. Nurse graduates of our program are also highly prepared to enter graduate schools in order to earn additional, advanced degrees.
With this in mind, MVNU's School of Nursing and Health Sciences is proud to offer our RN to BS degree-completion program in Nursing. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, this program features:
- Excellence in nursing education with courses guided by a Christian worldview
- Courses taught by faculty with professionally-relevant teaching experience
- Classes held one night per week, 4 hours per night
- Courses completed one at a time
- A cohort learning model that encourages student support and networking resources for years to come
- The ability to complete the program in 18 months, including completion of required cognates
Careers in NursingAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2011), RNs are the largest provider of health care and earn an estimated average salary of $69,110 per year. In its March 2010 report, the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice recommended that the "U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, and U.S. Department of Education should work with U.S. nursing programs to support the goal of having all registered nurses prepared at the baccalaureate in nursing or higher degree level to improve quality and safety in healthcare in the U.S." (p. 37). You can view the entire report here.
Professional nurses work in a wide variety of career settings. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov), these settings include:
- Private practices
- Health maintenance organizations
- Public health agencies
- Primary care clinics
- Home health care
- Nursing homes
- Outpatient clinics
- Nurse-run clinics
- Mental health agencies
- Military careers
- Nursing education