TLU Nursing Program to Officially Begin Fall 2014

April 16, 2014

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New Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree addresses demand for profession

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections for 2010 to 2020, the registered nursing workforce is the top occupation in terms of job growth through 2020. Texas Lutheran University’s new nursing program will give students the necessary training and opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in this rapidly growing profession.

“Next fall, the university will enter a new era of delivering exceptional quality in professional health education” said TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. “The new BSN program will be an outstanding opportunity for the university, our students and the region. Under Director of Nursing Kathie Aduddell, TLU will offer a program of exceptional quality exemplifying our mission of service and our values of combining faith and learning.”

Prospective students who choose to go through the nursing program at TLU will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and be prepared to sit for the state registered nurse licensing exam. TLU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will provide students with clinical and classroom hours and topics to sit for the state registered nurse licensing examination. The degree track, like all RN programs, requires a great deal of experience in the clinical setting and students will work directly with patients. Research from the American Association of Colleges of Nursingshows that lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors and positive outcomes are all linked to nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels.

With the shortage of registered nurses projected to spread across the country through 2030, TLU’s new program will help fill the need for qualified, professional nurses. The January 2012 United States Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortage Forecast presented a state-by-state analysis predicting the RN shortage to be most intense in the South and the West.

New Position Created for Program

TLU has hired Kathie Aduddell to head the new nursing program approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. She brings more than 35 years of health care experience to the university. Aduddell previously served as an associate professor for the WellStar School of Nursing and MSN-nursing administration and health policy leadership coordinator for Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. Before her career at KSU, she was director of the associate degree nursing program at Victoria College, in Victoria, Texas, assistant professor at the School of Nursing at Radford University in Radford, Va., and director of health services at Fullerton College in Fullerton, Calif.

She holds a Doctor of Education from Pepperdine University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia.

View President Dorsey’s official announcement of the new nursing program on YouTube.

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