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Edison gets approval for School of Nursing

June 30, 2010
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Edison State College's Board of Trustees have unanimously approved a School of Nursing within Edison State College. The new school provides students and faculty a greater sense of camaraderie and also provides more visibility and oversight for the variety of nursing programs at ESC, college officials said.

"Since the college opened its doors in 1962, the institution has been organized by divisions or disciplines, which is the standard practice among two-year colleges," said Dr. Steve Atkins, vice president of Student and Academic Affairs. "As Edison State grows the number of bachelor degree programs, the college has chosen to follow the practice that most four-year colleges use in referring to major instructional units as 'schools'."

Programs Offered Through the School of Nursing:

Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Enrollment for Fall 2010 is expected to be more than 500 students

Advanced Placement Nursing (LPN to RN) Current enrollment is 60 students and 60 new students will begin in the Fall of 2010

RN to BSN (Baccalaureate completion degree program) Current enrollment is 130 students. The college expects to add 70-100 in the fall.

Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate training program

"This new organizational structure positions the college to continue to develop the baccalaureate mission," said Dr. Mary Lewis, director of nursing at Edison State College. "It is anticipated that over time, this new structure will empower the faculty, facilitate communication, increase accountability for effective teaching and professional growth, and to enhance the student experience."

Status of Nursing Program at ESC

Edison State nursing students remain above the state and national averages consistently (Edison 93 percent, state 88 percent) on the state licensure exam. Edison State College has consistently ranked 13-15 percent in the number of nursing graduates in the country for community and state colleges, and student interest in pursuing the nursing profession continues to grow.

In 2008, some 248 students graduated from the program, 260 students in 2009, and it is anticipated that Edison will graduate more than 300 nurses in 2010. In addition, student enrollment for the Nursing Associates degree will surpass 650 students in 2011 and more than 200 students in the RN to BSN program.

In July 2010, a new 58,000-square foot nursing annex will be completed. This addition will consist of a large auditorium and Medical Museum on the first floor and a simulation hospital on the second floor. The implementation of simulation on this large scale offers opportunity for instructional design changes, officials said. These changes will offer interdisciplinary training opportunities and hospital employee integration for clinical and documentation training.

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