OCU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing is Impacting Nursing Higher Education
The Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing (2010) states that nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression. This is one of the drivers of Ohio Christian University’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program. The value of vocational/technical preparation for nurses cannot be minimized; however, nurses can be most responsive to the health care needs of society and to the nursing profession when they make the essential decision to pursue education that will prepare them to become expert professional nurses. Bill Baker, Director of Nursing, says,
Benner’s (1984) nursing model of novice to expert has resonated with me during my many years as an educator of professional nursing. The stages of progression are logical and encompass the role of nurses as learner, teacher, and mentor. Nurses who have mastered these skills are examples of the influence of higher education on the professional practice of nursing. Modeling individual nursing practice by learning from nurses with more years of experience and diverse nursing practice is vital to passing knowledge from one generation of nurses to the next.
Successful BSN graduates become knowledge workers who encourage exposure to education and other nursing professionals with advanced degrees to change their professional personality and therefore their practice. The OCU curriculum is designed to change the Registered Nurse learner as education becomes the vehicle that makes nurses different for the purpose of making a difference in society and our communities. Hood (2014) states, “Throughout their education and careers, nurses will face numerous circumstances in which adaptability – their ability to socialize and re-socialize – will be key to their success” (p. 11). As professionally prepared nurses, baccalaureate nurses develop an appreciation for a discipline that insists on resilience of its members to respond to the social mandate to provide safe, quality health care to diverse individuals, families, communities, and populations. This appreciation is best informed by openness to new ideas and innovative approaches that are expressions of higher education.
At Ohio Christian University, curriculum strategies support the concept of demonstrated learning in an environment that embraces a Christian worldview. This type of classroom or online learning fosters creative innovation and self-expression of nursing knowledge that is studied, advanced, and used to underpin nursing practice. It is in this adult learning model that we believe higher education exerts the greater influence. It is to the concept of seamless progression of nursing higher education and its impact that OCU is making its contribution to professional Christian nursing and to society.
BSN cohorts have already started in Circleville, Lancaster, and online. To request more information or apply for an upcoming cohort at one of our 14 locations or online, call 1-855-OCU-GRAD or visit http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs
- Benner, P. (1984). From novice to expert: Excellence and power in clinical nursing practice. Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley.
- Hood, L. J. (2014). Leddy & Pepper's conceptual bases of professional nursing (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
- Institute of Medicine (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Washington, DC: The National Academy of Sciences.