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January 22, 2018

Meeting the High Demand for Skilled Nurses: Geneva's New 4-Year Program

Nursing professionals are in high demand, and Geneva College is proud to help fill the need for skilled and compassionate health care providers with a recently launched nursing program. Created in partnership with the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), the new 1-2-1 program allows students to earn the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from CCBC and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Geneva.

8 reasons to be excited about Geneva’s four-year nursing program
In keeping with Geneva College's commitment to provide a comprehensive education that equips students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor:

1) Nursing students will pay a lower tuition price than standard Geneva traditional undergraduate tuition. Nursing program candidates will also be eligible for all federal and state financial aid available to undergraduate students, as well as Geneva scholarships and grants. CCBC will continue to honor their Presidential Scholarship for nursing students who are residents of Beaver County, Pennsylvania and meet its requirements.

2) Students spend their first and fourth years at Geneva earning credits toward the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Most of the second and third years are spent at CCBC participating in nursing labs and clinical experiences, accumulating credits for CCBC’s Associate Degree in Nursing.

3) Students may live on the Geneva campus all four years of the program and will make all payments through Geneva.

4) The ADN and BSN nursing degree program requires completion of 126 credits; students will earn 70 credits at Geneva and 56 credits at CCBC.

5) CCBC’s Practical Nursing program has been named the top nursing program in Pennsylvania by practicalnursing.org.

6) The College boasts 100 percent pass rates on both the Practical Nursing and Phlebotomy licensure exams.

7) Students who complete the ADN requirements at CCBC are eligible to sit for the national licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) to become registered nurses.

8) The NCLEX pass rate for students enrolled in CCBC’s Associate Degree in Nursing program was 96 percent, placing CCBC’s program among the top nursing programs in the nation.


Why are nurses in such high demand?
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This faster-than-average growth rate is due to the large number of aging baby boomers who are living longer, more active lives. Additionally, the American population is experiencing an increase in growth rates of chronic conditions that need close management, such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and obesity.

Other reasons that nurses play such a vital role in the U.S. health care system include:
· An ever-increasing emphasis on preventive care requires more nursing professionals to provide community outreach services and patient education.
· Faster hospital discharge rates send patients to long-term care facilities and outpatient care centers where nursing staff is needed.
· An increase in the number of sophisticated procedures and surgeries previously performed only in hospitals now being performed in ambulatory care settings and physicians’ offices creates openings for nurses.
· As more people choose to age in place and die at home, more home health care nurses are needed.
· The need to replace nurses who retire over the coming decade.


What can you do with your Bachelor of Science degree in nursing?
How much competition you experience in finding the position best suited to your calling depends on the specific area of nursing you decide to pursue and your geographical location. However, it’s safe to say that registered nurses with a BSN enjoy much better job prospects than those without one. A degree is often required for administrative positions, teaching, consulting, and research, and it increases your chances for faster advancement.

There are countless ways to use your nursing degree to be a force for compassion and healing in the lives of others.

Love babies and children? Consider a role as an obstetric or neonatology nurse, or go on to become a certified nurse midwife. School nurses only work 9 to 10 months a year, enjoy weekends and evenings off, and take seasonal vacations. If you’d rather work outside an institution, a role as a pediatric home care nurse allows you to directly serve acutely or chronically ill children and their parents in their own homes.

Love the elderly? Geriatric nurses are needed to care for seniors in both long-term care facility settings and as in-home care providers. A large part of the geriatric nurse’s role is preventive care since the elderly are at greater risk of diseases such as Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and cancer. If helping a person die with respect and dignity calls to you, a career as a hospice care nurse might be a deeply fulfilling way to provide compassionate physical care while ministering to spirits and hearts.

Love fast-paced action? Put your cool-in-a-crisis temperament to work as an emergency room (ER) nurse, surgical nurse, or flight-transport nurse. Leverage your laser-like ability to focus and superior attention to detail into serving others as a nurse in a burn unit, critical care unit (CCU), or intensive care unit (ICU).

Love leadership and managing others? If empowering others is your strength, use your BSN as the foundation for a career as a head nurse, charge nurse, clinical manager, or director of nursing. The BLS notes: “Increasingly, management-level nursing positions require a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration.”

Prefer not to work directly with patients?
There are numerous ways to use your registered nurse license to contribute to your community. You could be a:
· Health care consultant
· Public policy advisor
· Clinical researcher
· Hospital administrator
· Salesperson for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies
· Medical writer or editor

If you’d like to learn more about professions that enable you to serve wholeheartedly and faithfully in your life’s work or want to learn more about a biblically based, Christ-centered education at Geneva, we’d love to introduce you to Christian perspectives at work in the field of nursing. For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your ministry goals, please phone us at 855-979-5563 or email web@geneva.edu.