Nursing

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OVERVIEW

Nursing is fast paced, exciting and in demand by hospitals, clinics and public health agencies. If you have a bachelor’s degree, BW's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program can put you in a rewarding career in just one year.

Twelve Months to a New Career

BW combines classroom rigor with comprehensive clinical rotations. You’ll gain leadership, communication and critical thinking skills suited to today’s complex health care system. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Career Stability in Northeast Ohio's Health Care Hub

Internationally ranked and renowned for its medical facilities, Northeast Ohio offers many opportunities for nurses. The Department of Labor projects 22 percent growth for registered nurses through 2018.

Outstanding NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

Graduates of the Baldwin Wallace University Accelerated BSN program enjoy a superior passage rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The first-time taker passage rate of the Class of 2013 was 94.74 percent, and for the Class of 2014 it was 92.31 percent. In both years, Baldwin Wallace placed in the very top tier among all Ohio schools of nursing. Comparative NCLEX-RN performance of Ohio schools of nursing can be viewed at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/Education.htm.

Innovative Approach That's Workplace Focused

With our concept-based curriculum, you’ll learn patient-care techniques focused on the future of nursing. This learning-centered approach helps you assume the role of care provider, designer and manager across diverse health care settings.

Clinical Partners Facilitate Real-World Learning

Our institutional partners provide learning outside the classroom. You'll gain valuable hands-on experience from practicing professionals in a variety of settings, from major hospitals to clinics to extended-care facilities.

Approval and Accreditation Status

The Baldwin Wallace University Accelerated BSN program is fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Comprehensive Nursing Program Priced Competitively

BW offers a single, comprehensive price for the 12-month Accelerated BSN program. Total cost of the 2015-16 program is $33,215. Inclusive in the cost of the package is tuition, books, one uniform set, stethoscope, lab coat, all skills laboratory supplies, intensive NCLEX-RN preparation and review course, and NCLEX-RN practice examination. The nursing program package pricing represents a total savings to the student of more than $4,000.

Students who need to complete science prerequisites for the program will be responsible for additional tuition specific to those courses. Likewise, the fee to take the competency equivalency exam is not included in the Accelerated BSN package pricing.

Federal Direct Student Loans

Financial aid available to Accelerated BSN students is limited to the Federal Direct Student Loan program. These loans have features that make them particularly attractive, including low interest rates, deferred payment options and flexible repayment schedules. Federal Direct Student Loan eligibility (subsidized and unsubsidized) is at the undergraduate loan levels ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 for the program, which covers two FAFSA filing years. Each student’s eligibility amount may vary, depending on current loan balance and whether he/she is applying as a dependent or independent student.

Other Financing Options

In addition to the Federal Direct Student Loan program, nursing program students are eligible to apply for Graduate and Professional PLUS Loans. Students also may choose to apply for private loan funding to help cover the cost of attendance.

Nurses who complete the Accelerated BSN program may wish to explore the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program. Through this program, registered nurses working in a critical shortage facility may be able to receive a percentage of their total qualifying nursing loan balance.

Billing and Payment Plans

Students will be billed $12,405 for the fall semester, $10,405 for the spring semester and $10,405 for the summer semester. Initial bills for each new semester will be mailed to the student in July, December and April. The University has a monthly payment plan available to students, which may be utilized for the entire cost or any tuition not met by loan or other resources.

The inclusive program cost for the Accelerated BSN program includes a nonrefundable $2000 charge which covers books, uniforms and equipment. This charge goes into effect on June 15 prior to the start of the program and will appear as part of the first semester program costs.

Concept-Based Learning

Traditional nursing programs rely heavily on highly structured courses, labs and clinical experiences. Information is memorized and linear thinking is often used. This approach cultivates rote responses to situations faced by nurses in the workplace.

Concept-based learning is a dynamic approach that addresses the increasing expectations and responsibilities of today’s nurses. It recognizes that health care is filled with lots of information and it’s often difficult for students to learn and retain every detail.

Team-Oriented Problem Solvers

Concept-based learning teaches nursing students key concepts that can be applied to multiple clinical settings. As a result, they develop a deep understanding of interrelated concepts and how to organize information in logical ways. In the workplace, they are collaborative, team-oriented problem solvers.

Becoming a More Effective, Efficient Nurse

Active, engaged learning is at the heart of concept-based education. In the clinical setting, nursing students are taught techniques for becoming effective, efficient care managers.Health care organizations gain nurses who are versatile and skilled across multiple platforms ­– care provider, designer and manager ­– and are poised for career advancement.

CURRICULUM

BW's nursing program is an intensive 12-month program that requires 58 credit hours. The program begins in August each year and covers three semesters ­– fall, spring and summer. Each semester is divided into two shorter terms.

This is an intensive, full-time program with a demanding schedule of courses and clinical experiences. Due to the rigor and demands of the didactic coursework and laboratories, clinical practice experiences, ongoing homework and studying, Accelerated BSN students should understand that there is little time to work during the course of this one-year program.

FALL SEMESTER 
Fall 1 
Orientation 
NUR 100 Foundations of Nursing Practice4 cr
NUR 101 Clinical Foundations Practicum2 cr
NUR 105 Pathophysiological Concepts for Nursing Practice3 cr
NUR 106 Pharmacological Concepts in Nursing Practice3 cr
Fall 2 
NUR 110 Health and Illness Concepts in Nursing Practice I5 cr
NUR 115 Professional Nursing Clinical I2 cr
NUR 112 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3 cr
  
SPRING SEMESTER 
Spring 1 
NUR 210 Health and Illness Concepts in Nursing Practice II5 cr
NUR 215 Professional Nursing Clinical II2 cr
NUR 212 Research and Evidence-based Practice in Nursing3 cr
Spring 2 
NUR 310 Health and Illness Concepts in Nursing Practice III5 cr
NUR 315 Professional Nursing Clinical III2 cr
NUR 312 Leadership and Ethics in Professional Practice3 cr
  
SUMMER SESSION 
Summer 1 
NUR 410 Health and Illness Concepts in Nursing Practice IV5 cr>
NUR 415 Professional Nursing Clinical IV2 cr
NUR 412 Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing Practice3 cr
Summer 2 
NUR 450 Professional Nursing Practicum4 cr
NUR 455 Professional Nursing Seminar2 cr
  
 58 cr

Prerequisites

The Accelerated BSN program welcomes students with degrees in any area; however, students must have met specific science prerequisites to enroll in the nursing curriculum. Competitive candidates for admission will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all college work and must have earned grades of A or B in each of the three prerequisite courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology

These three science prerequisite courses must have been completed at a U.S. regionally-accredited college or university within the last five years. The courses should be offered from a biology department and must have contained a laboratory component. Online courses are not acceptable.

Though not required as prerequisites, successful completion of additional coursework in areas such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, psychology and nutrition will strengthen the preparation of students enrolling in this intensive nursing program.

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities.

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam:
Class of 2013 ­– 94.74 percent
Class of 2014 ­– 92.31 percent

BW nurses are employed in many Northeast Ohio health care organizations including Southwest General Health Center, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Guidestone Berea Children's Home, MetroHealth Medical Center, Akron General Medical Center and Akron Children's Hospital in such specialties as medical surgical nursing, trauma nursing, burn care nursing, neonatal intensive care nursing, pediatric nursing, skilled nursing, coronary intensive care nursing and psychiatric nursing. Two of our graduates are already enrolled in nurse practitioner graduate programs.

FACULTY & STAFF

Prof. James R. Fell
Accelerated BSN Program Director/Interim Administrator and Associate Professor
jfell@bw.edu
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace University
B.S. (Biology) Allegheny College
B.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
Captain (retired), United States Navy Nurse Corps

James Fell is the BSN program associate director and an associate professor in nursing. He currently teaches Behavioral Health Nursing, Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing, Leadership and Ethics in Professional Nursing, and the capstone Seminar in Professional Nursing Practice. Prof. Fell previously taught in the nursing doctorate and BSN programs at Case Western Reserve University, the associate degree program at Lorain County Community College and the nursing diploma program at St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing. Administratively, Prof. Fell was the division head in the nursing programs at Cuyahoga Community College and Huron Hospital School of Nursing. He also served as the executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission in Cleveland, Ohio. Prof. Fell is a certified legal nurse consultant and practiced for ten years in individual and class action litigation involving drugs and medical devices, toxic torts, premises liability and medical malpractice. He is the author of numerous publications in these fields. Before coming to Baldwin Wallace, Prof. Fell was the associate director of program development in the Clinical Risk Management Department at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Managers. Captain Fell served for over 28 years in the reserve component of the Navy Nurse Corps and was mobilized in support of Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Most recently, he saw service as the care team director of the Warrior Transition Program at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait where he conducted in-theater combat and operational stress decompression for military personnel returning from forward deployed areas. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars in lieu of third award, Navy Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Medal with Bronze Star in lieu of second award, Sea Service Deployment ribbon and Fleet Marine Force ribbon.

Prof. Sandra Harris
Assistant Professor and Preceptor Liaison
sharris@bw.edu
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
B.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
Diploma in Nursing, St. Alexis School of Nursing

Ms. Harris teaches Medical Surgical and Critical Care Nursing, as well as courses in Nursing Theory, Leadership and Ethics, and Nursing Trends and Issues. She also coordinates the preceptor experience in the program's final capstone clinical course. Ms. Harris came to Baldwin Wallace University from the Cleveland Clinic where she was a research nurse coordinator engaged in various research projects, including ones funded by the National Institute of Health Studies. Ms. Harris also has many years of instructional experience on the faculty at Huron School of Nursing where she taught Leadership, Critical Care, Medical Surgical and Pediatric Nursing. Prior to this, Ms. Harris was an Intensive Care Unit staff nurse at Fairview General Hospital and Bedford Community Hospital, a nursing supervisor at Richmond Heights General Hospital, an orthopedic nurse at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital and a rehabilitation nurse at MetroHealth Medical Center. She is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree.

Prof. Jennifer Johnson
Assistant Professor and Skills Laboratory Coordinator
jjohnson@bw.edu
M.S.N., Michigan State University
B.S.N., Marshall University

Ms. Johnson joined the nursing program as a medical surgical and intensive care step-down faculty member and skills laboratory coordinator from Summa Health System in Akron where she was a telemetry charge nurse. Ms. Johnson’s clinical expertise spans medical surgical, hospice, community health, ventilator and cardiac catheterization nursing in a variety of hospitals in Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia. She instructed BSN students at Grand Valley State University for a number of years before coming to Baldwin Wallace. Ms. Johnson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing honorary.

Myrna George, RN
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
mgeorge@bw.edu
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
M.Ed. (Educational Administration), John Carroll University
B.S.N., Case Western Reserve University

Diploma in Nursing, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital School of Nursing Ms. George is the clinical faculty member supervising students in their community health nursing rotation. Previously, Ms. George served as the director for the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center’s Licensed Practical Nursing Program and the Parma School of Practical Nursing. She has many years of experience in industrial nursing, camp nursing, chronic illness and gerontology nursing, vocational nursing education and nursing supervision.

Elizabeth Dwyer, RN
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
edwyer@bw.edu
B.S.N., University of Akron
A.A.S. in Nursing, Lorain County Community College

Ms. Dwyer is a clinical faculty member for medical surgical nursing. She also is currently employed full time as a staff nurse in Coronary Care Nursing at Southwest General Health Center. Ms. Dwyer has worked in the intensive care unit, coronary care unit and emergency room at Parma Hospital. Prior teaching experience includes clinical instruction in Fundamentals of Nursing and Medical Surgical Nursing at Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College and Maricopa Community College in Arizona. Ms. Dwyer also served eight years as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Diane Griger, RN
Lecturer III and Adjunct Clinical Faculty
dgriger@bw.edu
M.S.N., Boston University
B.S.N., Boston College

Ms. Griger brings to the Baldwin Wallace University nursing program over 30 years of teaching experience at the BSN, diploma and associate degree levels. Prior to joining the BW nursing faculty, Ms. Griger was a tenured professor in maternity nursing at Lakeland Community College. She also taught maternity nursing at Ursuline College and St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse, New York. She is a nurse volunteer and counselor at Womankind in Cleveland.

Christine Kuchenrither, RN
Adjunct Clinical and Nursing Skills Laboratory Faculty
ckuchenr@bw.edu
M.S.N., University of Akron

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Lorain County Community College Prior to joining the faculty at Baldwin Wallace University, Ms. Kuchenrither was clinical research coordinator at North Ohio Research, Inc. where she enrolled and managed research volunteers and conducted Phase II-IV clinical drug and medical device trials in the fields of cardiology, pulmonary and endocrine medicine. Prior to this Ms. Kuchenrither was a clinical nuclear stress nurse at University Hospitals Elyria Memorial Hospital and adjunct clinical nursing faculty in medical surgical nursing at Lorain County Community College.

Lori-Anne Schulte-Laird, RN
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
loschult@bw.edu
M.S.N., P.M.H.N.P., University of Cincinnati
B.S.N., Bowling Green State University

Ms. Schulte-Laird teaches pediatric nursing. She possesses noteworthy expertise in this field, as well as behavioral health nursing. Ms. Schulte-Laird is the director of integrated care and director of nursing at OhioGuidestone (the former Berea Children’s Home), a comprehensive, nonprofit organization that provides solutions to children, families and communities across Ohio. Prior to this, Ms. Schulte-Laird worked as a staff nurse in the pediatric unit at Aristocrat Berea, and in the neonatal intensive care units at MetroHealth Medical Center, where she also served as a NICU life flight transport nurse.

Erica Tegowski, RN
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
etegowski@bw.edu
M.S.N., University of Phoenix
B.S.N., Mercy College of Northwest Ohio

Ms. Tegowski is a clinical faculty member for medical surgical nursing. She is currently employed on a geriatric medical-surgical unit at University Hospitals of Cleveland and also serves as a clinical faculty member with the nursing program at Cuyahoga Community College.

Christina Thomas
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
cthomas@bw.edu
M.S., St. Joseph's University
B.S.N., University of Pennsylvania

Ms. Thomas is a clinical faculty member in medical surgical nursing. Prior to coming to Baldwin Wallace, Ms. Thomas served many years as an oncology and bone marrow transplant nurse at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and later was the sedation and MRI coordinator at the same facility. She subsequently functioned as the nurse manager in the inpatient oncology unit and outpatient infusion center at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA. Ms. Thomas is chemotherapy certified through the Association for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses.