TLU Nursing Program Expected to Begin Fall 2014

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 degree for success in this rapidly growing profession.

“We are committed to offering programs and degree plans that reflect current job market demands,” said TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. “The field of nursing continues to expand at a very high rate and there is a great need for certified professionals. If someone chooses to go through the nursing program at TLU, they’ll obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and be prepared to sit for the state registered nurse licensing exam and a career in this growing occupation.”

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 Nursing shows that lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors and positive outcomes are all linked to nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels. Recognizing the high national demand for registered nurse candidates, the new nursing program will not only allow more students to graduate with a valuable degree, but also will address the shortage of registered nurses projected to spread across the country through 2030. 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.

Robert Haynes, chief executive officer of Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (GRMC) in Seguin, noted, “Nurses are the cornerstone of healthcare and will continue to be in short supply for the foreseeable future. GRMC is excited to hear that TLU is progressing with the development of a BSN RN program.”

TLU has hired Kathie Aduddell to head the new nursing program pending approval 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. The program is subject to final approval by the Texas Board of Nursing. TLU will submit its proposal to the board in early fall 2013.