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OUE to offer bachelor of science in nursing degree

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio University Eastern is adding a bachelor of science in nursing degree to the growing list of degrees available to students at the St. Clairsville campus.

“Ohio University Eastern is proud to bring Ohio’s existing bachelor of science in nursing program to our region,” OUE Dean Jeremy Webster said. “Our nation is experiencing a nursing shortage, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to attract nurses, especially to rural areas like ours. We hope that this new offering will assist area health care facilities to attract and employ qualified nurse candidates.”

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession, with more than 3.8 million registered nurses nationwide. The Bureau of Labor projects that more than 200,000 new registered nurse positions will be created each year through 2026.

Deborah Henderson, professor and director of the school of nursing at the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions at Athens, said she is excited to expand the university’s BSN program and curriculum to St. Clairsville.

“Ohio’s BSN major provides its students with a combination of classroom and clinical experiences that are essential to preparing graduates for the challenges of complex and changing health care systems,” Henderson said. “Our nationally recognized school of nursing is proud to provide expanded educational opportunities to Ohio’s Eastern Campus to better meet the needs of its students and a growing health care work force.”

Ohio’s nursing school has received numerous national and state recognitions, including:

¯ Best nursing school in the state of Ohio (second overall.)

¯ Most popular nursing school in the nation (fifth overall.)

¯ Best traditional undergraduate BSN program in the nation (36th overall.)

¯ Best nursing school in the country for veterans (42nd overall.)

¯ Best nursing school in the country for non-traditional students (60th overall.)

According to the AACN, bachelor of science in nursing programs are growing in popularity, as employers are expressing a strong preference for new nurses with baccalaureate preparation. Findings from the latest AACN survey on the Employment of New Nurse Graduates show that 46 percent of employers require new hires to have a bachelor’s degree, while 88 percent strongly prefer baccalaureate-prepared nurses.

“It can’t be overstated that demand is great and opportunities are plentiful, locally and nationally, for nurses with BSN degrees,” Webster said. “As a result, we believe the timing is perfect to introduce this program to better serve our students and the community.”

To apply for the program, or to request information, contact Lisa Jeffries, recruitment coordinator, by e-mail at jeffriee@ohio.edu or by phone at (740) 699-2504.

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