University holds MIDAS program information sessions

Program geared toward those with degrees in other fields who want to become R.N.s | May 20, 2005

Xavier University is leading the way for the future of health care in America by offering a new Master of Science in Nursing: Direct Entry as a Second Degree (MIDAS). The program is geared towards individuals who have undergraduate degrees in fields other than nursing but who want to become a registered nurse.

The program is also the only one in Ohio tied to the new emerging health care role of clinical nurse leader (CNL).

Classes for the MIDAS program begin this fall and applications are being accepted. An information session about MIDAS is being held Tuesday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center.

You can register online or contact Marilyn Gomez, director for nursing student services, at 513 745-4392 or

Students who complete the two-year full-time program graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing and will be eligible to sit for the National Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse. Once they have passed they will complete a 12-week clinical residency.

Students will also be trained in the new emerging health care role of clinical nurse leader.

“The CNL role is a national response to the health care needs of individuals and families at the point of care,” says Susan Schmidt, department of nursing chair. “A CNL registered nurse will be able to assess a patient’s needs by looking at the whole picture and then provide coordinated care for that patient. This is especially important as healthcare systems are becoming increasingly complex.”

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in collaboration with a broad array of leaders from the practice environment called for the creation of this new nursing role in 2003. The goal is to improve the quality of patient care and to prepare nurses with the competencies needed to thrive in the current and future health care systems.

“In addition, there are growing concerns about the nursing shortage,” says Schmidt. “That shortage is expected to intensify as Baby Boomers age and the need for complex health care grows. The CNL registered nurse will also help address this area.”

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services report agrees stating nursing jobs will increase because of “the need to care for an aging population with a longer life expectancy combined with medical advances that make new treatments available.”

MIDAS students will take courses in such topics as general nursing, illness management, pharmacology, pathophysiology/health assessment, public policy, epidemiology and economics.

Xavier has partnered with several area organizations as part of the residency program including TriHealth, Summit Behavioral Healthcare, Cincinnati Veterans Administrations Hospital and St. Luke Hospital in Kentucky. Xavier’s CNL initiative is supported by the AACN.