In honor of today being National Nurses Day, we not only wanted to share our immense appreciation for nurses (thank you for all you do!), but also announce our brand new Baldwin Nursing Program. Launching this fall, it's a bachelor of science degree in nursing completion program for RNs who currently hold an associate's degree, and we couldn't be more excited to create the first class. Got some q's about it? We've got answers.
Why is Siena launching a BS in Nursing program?
At Siena, we hold service to others in extremely high regard. We also know that nurses are truly the heartbeat of the healthcare system—so much so, that there is a growing demand for bachelor's-prepared nurses. (Studies have actually shown that hospitals that employ more of them achieve improved patient outcomes.) Being able to provide an innovative program for this incredibly special career path felt perfect for Siena.
Is it designed for working nurses?
Yes, 100 percent! All classes in the program are offered on Wednesdays throughout the academic year (the day when hospitals are typically fully staffed), and we admit in both fall and spring terms. What's more: most classes are hybrid, allowing students to have reduced seat time in the classroom. That way, working nurses can easily fit the program into their busy schedules. (We even have a fast track option for RNs who hold a bachelor's in a non-nursing field.)
What will the curriculum include?
Our Caring Science curriculum will give students opportunities to learn how to care not only for others, but also for themselves—a balance that is so important to becoming a compassionate practitioner. It also incorporates service-learning opportunities, a special touch that we have no doubt students will find memorable. (If you'd like to see some of the actual course titles, click here.)
Why else should RNs consider Siena's program?
For starters, like the rest of our students, nursing students will have access to everything that makes Siena a top college in the Northeast: resources like our library, career center, new health assessment lab and so on. In addition, there are plenty of benefits from attending an in-person program. Our cohort approach, coupled with our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, means students will be among the same group of nurses and professors the entire time. The support network and meaningful relationships that develop will prove to be invaluable long after the program ends.
Want to learn more about it?
For further details on the program in terms of financial aid, scholarships, coursework and more, sign up for our email list. We'll send you information right away and keep you in the loop. And again, happy National Nurses Day & Week!