Norwich University graduates first cohort of Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing students in December ceremony

The Norwich University School of Nursing is pleased to announce that its first cohort of Accelerated BSN students graduated Dec. 19. This was an exciting milestone for the School of Nursing, which introduced the Accelerated BSN program in May 2018. Our six graduates, Kim Danziger, Jessie Fuller, Page Gaspar, Ryan McGrath, Melissa Muller and Samantha Tilton participated in the School’s traditional Nursing Baccalaureate Pinning Ceremony in Milano Ballroom, joining with faculty, friends, and family to commemorate their successful completion of the program.

The Accelerated BSN program was created for students with previous degrees to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in five semesters, as opposed to the traditional four-year program.

The Accelerated BSN program was created for students with previous degrees to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in five semesters, as opposed to the traditional four-year program. This pilot group of ABSN students worked closely with the Nursing faculty to provide essential program feedback and identify what parts of the program could be improved for future Accelerated students. These students are highly motivated and upon completion of the program prepared to pass the NCLEX-RN and join the health care workforce, which is in high demand of qualified nurses. This May 2020, we will welcome our third Accelerated cohort, which will be the largest group to date.

From left, Melissa Muller, Page Gaspar, Kim Danziger and Ryan McGrath share a joyful moment during the Dec. 19 special pinning ceremony for Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates in Milano Ballroom. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

The School of Nursing is also happy to introduce two new team members to the faculty and staff. Charity Cerminara, MSN, RN has taken on the role of clinical placement coordinator and adviser to special programs. Kevin Scott, BSN, RN, CNOR has stepped into our newly created position of assistant director of simulation and assessment. This new position will enhance the current and potential use of simulation in our nursing courses, providing nursing students with hands-on experience in a controlled, safe learning environment.

As the need for qualified nurses increases in our society, so has our School of Nursing grown. Dr. Paulette Thabault DNP, ANP-BC, JD, FAANP, the School of Nursing director, has worked tirelessly along with the faculty to meet this growing national nurse-shortage, and this year successfully launched the new RN-BSN program.

The RN-BSN program was designed for nurse RNs to earn their BSN online, allowing them to continue in the profession while being a student. This has been an exciting collaboration with NU’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies and we look forward to continued growth in the future.

Besides the RN-BSN program, the School of Nursing is collaborating with the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies to create three new nurse practitioner tracks for nurses pursuing master’s degrees and certification. These new tracks include: family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. The nurse practitioner program is scheduled to launch in September.

(Slideshow photos by Mark Collier.)

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