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Solving the Nursing Shortage: 5 Pathways to Become a Nurse

 
173F3862Our nation’s population is aging and the nursing workforce is retiring. The disparity between the need for nurses and individuals who are ready to assume those roles continues to grow daily. And yet, in communities across the country, nursing programs have been forced to reject student applications amid this dramatic nursing shortage.

For many colleges and universities, the inability to find qualified clinical sites and experienced nursing faculty has left them unable to accept students into their programs. In some states, the required student to faculty ratio in patient care settings has changed from ten, to eight, and in some states, six students per individual faculty member. This change has caused some programs to downsize the number of nursing students they accept.

Alumna cares for pediatric heart surgery patients in Chicago Children's Hospital

At just 27, Des Moines native Ashley Hilsabeck RN, ASN'13, BSN'13, is building a resume that would be impressive for someone a decade her senior, and she credits her education at Mercy College of Health Sciences with helping her get launched.

Now a critical care registered nurse who takes care of pediatric heart surgery patients at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IllinoisAshley Hilsabeck Lift Iowa, Ashley discovered her calling while studying chemistry and biology at the University of Northern Iowa.

Which nursing path is right for me, ASN or BSN?

Mercy College now offers two (2) paths to becoming a registered nurse.

Deciding which academic program path is right for you depends on your long-term nursing career goals. Mercy College of Health Sciences offers an Associate of Science in Nursing degree (ASN) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). Both are sound and purposeful ways toward a career in health care, but the curriculum delivery and career choices differ.

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Celebrating OUR 100 Great Iowa Nurses!

 

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Dr. Shirley Beaver, Dean of the School of Nursing, at Mercy College has been selected for recognition as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2015. This award recognizes nurses "that have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to humanity and the nursing profession." 

Read Shirley's Story ( 4-minute read )

 

Joining Beaver are seven alumnae of the College - see below to learn their name, academic discipline, graduation year, work place, and place of residence.

This year, 500 nominations were received for this recognition.  The nominations were first reviewed by past recipients.  Final selection is determined by representatives of the Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation and The University of Iowa College of Nursing.


 

 Mercy College Congratulates
Our 2015 Honorees

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80% of Americans Rate Nurses Highest on Honesty, Ethical Standards - Gallup

For those of you studying to become a nurse, feel great about entering a respected field of professionals who have set the ethical bar extremely high!

 

Gallup polled Americans in December, 2014 and results show that "since 2005, at least 80% of Americans have said nurses have high ethics and honesty." Two other medical professions -- medical doctors and pharmacists -- tie this year for second place at 65%.


 

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Which nursing program is right for me, ASN or BSN?

Mercy College now offers two (2) paths to becoming a registered nurse.

Deciding which academic program path is right for you depends on your long-term nursing career goals. Mercy College of Health Sciences offers an Associate of Science in Nursing degree (ASN) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). Both are sound and purposeful ways toward a career in health care, but the curriculum delivery and career choices differ.

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