The Road Ahead: The Future of Professional Nursing

It is clear to OCU that the future of nursing rests with the education of nurses
By Bill Baker, Director of Nursing

Professional nursing is ever changing, and professional nurses must therefore be life-long learners, partners in collaborative health care delivery and agents of change. To accomplish these lofty goals in a rapidly changing health care environment with shifting-sand values, professional nurses must stand firm on a foundation established by a Christian worldview and promoted by higher Christian education.

One of the most significant landmark reports which is serving to drive the road ahead for nursing is The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (IOM, 2011). The IOM specifically addresses the need for nursing leadership that transforms nurses as collaborators and change managers. At Ohio Christian University, the philosophy of servant leadership embraces the concept of transformational leadership and is woven through each professional nursing course. Consistent with the IOM recommendations, Ohio Christian University Nursing Program is responding to the future practice of nursing by preparing servant leaders who will become professional nurses in collaborative practice and change agents, thereby maximizing their contributions to the health of society and the advancement of the nursing profession.

It is clear to OCU that the future of nursing rests with the education of nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level and higher. To that end, we offer an RN to BSN Program for licensed nurses who have a diploma or associate degree in nursing. Our accelerated program can be completed entirely onsite (one night a week at several locations) or online (asynchronous 24/7) one course at a time and requires no prior clinical experiences. If advancing your career in an adult-friendly program of learning with flexibility and advanced standing options sounds like your kind of program, classes are forming now. Let us help you take your career to the next level. Call 1-855-OCU-GRAD or visit www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs today!

Credited source:
Institute of Medicine (IOM). (2011). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health.
Washington, DC: National Academies Press.