ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio University Eastern has added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to its growing list of bachelor’s degrees available to students at the St. Clairsville-based campus.
"Ohio University Eastern is proud to bring OHIO’s existing Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to our region," said Ohio University Eastern Dean Jeremy Webster. "Our nation is experiencing a nursing shortage, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to attract nurses, especially to rural areas like ours. We hope that this new programmatic offering will assist area healthcare facilities to attract and employ qualified nurse candidates."
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), nursing is the nation’s largest healthcare profession, with more than 3.8 million registered nurses nationwide (https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/Nursing-Fact-Sheet). The Bureau of Labor also projects that more than 200,000 new registered nurse positions will be created each year through 2026.
Deborah Henderson, PhD, MSN, BSN, CNE, professor and director of the School of Nursing within Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, shared that she is excited to expand the University’s distinctive BSN program and curriculum to St. Clairsville.
"OHIO’s BSN major provides its students with a combination of classroom and clinical experiences that are essential to preparing graduates for the challenges of complex and changing healthcare systems," Henderson said. "Our nationally-recognized School of Nursing is proud to provide expanded educational opportunities to OHIO’s Eastern Campus to better meet the needs of its students and a growing healthcare workforce."
OHIO’s School of Nursing has received numerous national and state recognitions, including:
Best nursing school in the state of Ohio (2nd overall)
Most popular nursing school in the nation (5th overall)
Best traditional undergraduate BSN program in the nation (36th overall)
Best nursing school in the country for veterans (42nd overall)web
Best nursing school in the country for non-traditional students (60th overall)
According to the AACN, BSN programs are also growing in popularity, as employers are expressing a strong preference for new nurses with baccalaureate preparation. Findings from the latest AACN survey on the Employment of New Nurse Graduates show that 46 percent of employers require new hires to have a bachelor’s degree while 88 percent strongly prefer baccalaureate-prepared nurses (https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/Nursing-Fact-Sheet).
"It can’t be overstated that demand is great and opportunities are plentiful, both locally and nationally, for nurses with BSN degrees," Dean Webster said. "As a result, we believe the timing is perfect to introduce this program to better serve our students and the community."
To apply for OHIO Eastern’s new BSN program, or to request additional information, contact Lisa Jeffries, recruitment coordinator, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 740-699-2504.