New Blended-Distance Nursing School Launches in Brigham City
BRIGHAM CITY, Utah, Nov. 7, 2018
BRIGHAM CITY, Utah, Nov. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- With the help of local health care facilities in and around Brigham City, Nightingale College is the newest institution to launch its accredited associate and bachelor's degree nursing programs.
"Pioneer Care Center is excited for the opportunity to partner with Nightingale College to be the host site for the clinical practice for both new nurses and experienced LPNs and RNs looking to advance their career," said Richard Anderson, Administrator of Pioneer Care Center. "As our population continues to age, the health care profession will continue to need clinically astute nurses that have the knowledge, experience, and compassion to care for those in need. Pioneer Care Center has proudly served the Brigham City area for over 50 years and is happy for the opportunity to provide additional nursing education and training in our local community."
Nightingale College's unique education model combines online classroom instruction and local, on-ground learning activities under the supervision of a faculty member to deliver its nursing program courses. Learners complete classroom assignments and lectures online then commute to their designated experiential learning hub to practice the hands-on portion requirements of the courses.
Nursing college acceptance and admittance remains competitive and attending a nursing program is not always feasible for some community residents while others travel, even relocate, to attend a nursing program.
Health care facilities struggle to employ enough nurses due to potential nurses relocating for school and the current nursing workforce reaching retirement age. These factors make it difficult for health care facilities to meet the community's needs. Alongside the demand for registered nurses is the rising need for accessible educational options—a necessity recognized by Nightingale College.
"Nightingale College's delivery model was designed to provide the best possible chance of keeping graduates working locally after program completion," said Jonathan Tanner, Vice President of Partnerships and Business Development at Nightingale College. "Evidence shows that smaller communities struggle to recruit newly graduated nurses, our local model is a potential solution."
Health care employers like Pioneer Care Center in Brigham City partnered with Nightingale College to provide an educational opportunity designed to expand the pool of local ready-to-work registered nurses and supply an additional advanced degree nursing program that is available to the community.
These health care employers investing in local education and employment prepare their communities to support fully staffed and safe nursing units while contributing to the increase in the number of qualified RN applicants in the area.
"Maple Springs of North Logan is thrilled to be partnering with the learners of Nightingale College for their long-term care clinical experiences. We feel that both our residents and our staff will enjoy the compassion and selfless service that the learners will bring to our community," said Lindsay Christensen, Director of Nursing at Maple Springs of North Logan, another local partner of Nightingale College's Brigham City DDC. "There continues to be a nursing shortage here in Cache Valley, and Nightingale College will help to fill this gap by admitting cohorts three times a year."
As of October 2018, Brigham City joins Nightingale College's three other partnership cohorts in Utah and becomes the tenth Dedicated Distance Cohort (DDC) area.
"We are looking forward to the opportunity to continue partnering with facilities in Utah and expanding our nursing programs reach to provide a solution that will not only assist our partners in supporting competent RNs in their facilities but help improve the community's health care," said Tanner.
ABOUT NIGHTINGALE COLLEGE
Nightingale College® pioneers a unique and innovative delivery of nursing education focused on helping communities grow and maintain a pool of confident, competent, and compassionate nurses. Through the partnerships with numerous health care facilities across multiple states, accessibility of its accredited nursing degree programs (associate and bachelor's degree nursing programs), and with collaboration of a dedicated staff of innovative thinkers, the College enables communities and health care facilities to better manage safe and effective patient care with local nurses dedicated to serving their community. This unique education model and collaboration with partners increase the pool of qualified nurses in the area, provides an additional pathway to a nursing degree where there may have not been one, and promotes quality patient care and safety. To find out more about Nightingale College, its programs, and how the College is reshaping nursing education, visit https://nightingale.edu/.
SOURCE Nightingale College