Xavier’s Department of Nursing became the School of Nursing effective Monday, March 2, an historic move that reflects the increased reach and stature of Xavier’s nursing program. The Xavier University Board of Trustees approved the transition on Friday, Feb. 27.
“Over the past few years, Xavier has become a national leader in the field of holistic nurse education,” said School of Nursing Director Susan Schmidt. “This is reflected in the many unique and forward-thinking opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”
Among those opportunities are:
• The Master of Science in Nursing: Direct Entry as Second Degree: The MIDAS program is designed for persons with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing who want to become a licensed registered nurse.
• A holistic approach for undergraduate and graduate nursing students: Xavier is one of only 16 programs in the nation endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation.
• The Clinical Nurse Leader role: In this new role as advanced generalists, CNLs can improve the delivery of health care through better managed, more inclusive and holistic care, and better coordination and continuity of care. Xavier is the only University in the area to offer a Master of Science in Nursing with a CNL concentration. Nine faculty teaching in this program are CNL-certified.
• A state-of-the-art simulation clinical laboratory: Using human patient simulators, students participate in simulated study of challenging, real-life scenarios.
• A Hispanic concentration: The Hispanic focus is designed to meet the health care needs of a growing Hispanic population.
• The Master of Science in Nursing forensic concentration: The forensics concentration prepares students for further studies in various clinical roles such as sexual assault nurse examiner, forensic psychiatric nurse, legal nurse consultant, forensic nursing death investigator and/or nurse coroner. Students enrolled in this concentration can get a dual degree with criminal justice.
Xavier’s School of Nursing has also been the recipient of more than $2 million dollars in federal grant funding since 2005.
“The School of Nursing carefully combines a rigorous preparation for a nursing career with a sensitivity to the Jesuit mission of Xavier University and its emphasis on cura personalis (care for the whole person),” said Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J. “To advance the mission of the School of Nursing is a way of advancing the larger mission of the University itself.”
“This transition truly reflects the strength of Xavier’s nursing programs and will provide more opportunities for Xavier to continue to impact the health care field,” said Mark Meyers, dean of the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education.
For more information about Xavier University’s School of Nursing, please visit www.xavier.edu/nursing.