Xavier University Approves School of Nursing

| March 2, 2009

Effective today (March 2, 2009) Xavier University’s Department of Nursing is now the School of Nursing. The transition was approved by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Xavier University Board of Trustees on Friday. The historic move reflects the increased reach and stature of Xavier’s nursing program.

“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 are:


·         Master of Science in Nursing: Direct Entry as Second Degree: The MIDAS program is designed for persons who have a bachelor degree in a discipline other than nursing who wish to be a licensed registered nurse.

·         Holistic Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the MIDAS program and the RN to MSN students: Xavier is one of 16 such nursing programs in the nation endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation.

·         Clinical Nurse Leader: This is a new role in the area of nursing.  As advanced generalists, CNLs can improve the delivery of health care through better managed care, 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 as part of this national recognition.

·         State-of-the-art simulation clinical laboratory: Using human patient simulators, students have the opportunity to participate in simulated study challenging, real-life scenarios.

·         Hispanic focus: The Hispanic Focus is designed to meet the health care needs of the increasing Hispanic population.

·         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 Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSN/MSCJ).


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