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Queens to Expand and Enhance Higher-Level Nursing Programs

Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens will focus on innovative bachelor, master, and possible doctoral degrees

02/18/13 -  

Charlotte, N.C. - Queens University of Charlotte today announced it will strengthen its focus on providing higher-level nursing education at the bachelors, masters and even a possible doctoral degree to nurses across Charlotte and beyond.

As part of its five-year strategic plan, the Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens will:

  • Expand its existing RN to BSN option. In order to recruit highly qualified students, Queens will offer scholarship opportunities for working RNs who wish to pursue baccalaureate degrees. This includes a special scholarship fund for alumni of the Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens and the legacy Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing. Further, Queens will increase the frequency of its existing online RN to BSN option from one offering per year to three. 
  • Improve the ease for practicing RNs with two-year associate's degrees to progress seamlessly to a master's degree.
  • Enhance its existing "on campus" Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and add a fully online option  to complement it. This will allow Queens to better serve students outside the immediate Charlotte area.
  • Explore the potential for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
  • Discontinue the two-year Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program in May, 2014 when Queens' final ASN class will graduate.

The Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens was formed in 2004 when the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing (PHSON) joined with the Vail Baccalaureate Program in Nursing and the Masters of Science in Nursing Program at Queens.

"Both Queens and Presbyterian Hospital are committed to providing well-educated nurses who can meet the challenges of 21st century healthcare," said Queens President Pamela Davies. "We believe our university is poised to contribute most meaningfully to our region by focusing on upper-division and graduate level nursing education. It will also enable Queens to make a stronger contribution to our healthcare community in the long-run."

Added Paula Vincent, senior vice president at Novant Health, "Presbyterian Healthcare recognizes that a well-prepared nursing workforce is essential to providing quality medical care while meeting the demands of a changing healthcare industry.  We are excited about the enhancements to the nursing program at Queens and firmly believe that these advances will better prepare nurses for the future of healthcare."

About Presbyterian Healthcare:

Presbyterian Healthcare is affiliated with Novant Health, a not-for-profit healthcare system caring for patients in North and South Carolina and Virginia. Presbyterian is made up of physician clinics and five hospitals:  Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital Matthews, Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital and Presbyterian Hemby Children's Hospital. The hospital system is recognized as a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular, cancer, orthopaedic, stroke and women's health conditions.  Presbyterian Hospitals achieved national nursing magnet status, a designation that only five percent of all hospitals nationwide have earned based on nursing care quality.  Novant Health and Presbyterian have been named winners of the national Codman Award, presented by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, for excellence in improving the quality and safety of health care. 

About Queens University of Charlotte:

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the James L. Knight School of Communication, Hayworth College for Adult Studies and the Andrew Blair College of Health which features the Presbyterian School of Nursing.

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