DALLAS, Texas, April 2, 2014 — In response to recent projections of a national nursing shortage, Argosy University, Dallas is pleased to announce a new nursing program that will address this growing demand with a regionally accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program.
Designed for licensed registered nurses (RNs) who have earned either a diploma or an associate’s degree in nursing, the university’s new bachelor’s degree program will build upon pre-licensure nursing coursework to help prepare students for professional advancement while meeting the goals articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
“With the growing demand for nurses and a changing health care environment, it is critical to provide the latest communication and collaboration skills required to improve the delivery of healthcare,” says Dr. Kristin Benson, Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Argosy University. “By preparing our nursing students to exercise leadership and establish care priorities, such as delegating responsibility and making evidence based decisions, they will be better equipped to meet the emerging needs of various healthcare systems.”
“And we’re helping employers as well,” continues Benson. “The university is working with local hospitals and healthcare agencies to establish cohort classes at their locations. By holding classes at their site, employers are better able to advance the professional development of their employees while ensuring the skills they learn are tailored to the needs of their organization.”
According to AMN Healthcare’s 2013 Clinical Workforce Survey, the vacancy rate for nurses has increased to more than 17 percent, which is considerably higher than the survey conducted in 2009. By providing new programs that specifically focus on practical core and elective courses geared towards building the necessary skills nurses require, graduates will be better prepared to advance their careers in nursing and meet the growing demand for qualified healthcare professionals.
In addition, the Health Resources and Services Administration projects that more than 1 million registered nurses will reach retirement age within the next 10 to 15 years. As the only blended program in the area with a mix of both on-campus and online coursework, the new BSN degree program at Argosy University, Dallas provides flexible options for the modern-day RN.
For more information on the new nursing degree program at Argosy University, Dallas, visit argosy.edu/dallas/nursing.
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