RN to BSN Degree Classes Begin This Fall; Meet SHU Director of Nursing Dr. Sue Idczak
Director of Nursing Dr. Sue Idczak
The Higher Education Learning Commission granted final approval to Siena Heights University’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion program, meaning classes will begin this fall.
“We are delighted to receive this news,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “This is not an easy process, and getting final approval is the culmination of more than a year of planning and due diligence on the part of our administration, faculty and staff. I am especially pleased for our Director of Nursing, Dr. Sue Idczak. I know she is ready to lead Siena Heights’ nursing program into an exciting future. We couldn’t be in more capable hands.”
“Siena Heights is honored to receive notification that our RN to BSN completion degree is approved,” Idczak said. “I believe nurses will be drawn to our nursing philosophy. A nurse who chooses to complete his/her BSN at Siena Heights will embrace the belief of the dignity of all human beings, and will want to learn in a caring, student-focused classroom.”
Siena Heights, a private, Catholic institution, announced its intentions to begin a nursing program in January 2007. Since that time Siena Heights developed a curriculum following guidelines and standards established by accrediting agencies.
“We are thankful for the Higher Education Learning Commission’s decision,” said SHU Vice President of Academic Affairs Sister Sharon Weber, OP, PhD. “With this approval in hand, we can begin building a truly outstanding RN to BSN program that will truly be unique to the area.”
Idczak said now that this final hurdle has been cleared, Siena’s main focus will be recruiting students to the program. Because of the expected demand, Idczak said she anticipates spots in the first class to fill quickly.
“Our RN to BSN program is an opportunity for a registered nurse who has either a degree from a community college nursing program or a diploma nursing program to return to college and earn a BSN degree,” Idczak said. “Our program will challenge a nurse to explore his or her values and beliefs about the profession of nursing, including concepts relating to diversity, spirituality, ethics, evidenced-based practice and leadership.”
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth predicts a shortfall of 7,000 nurses by 2010, and that number will increase to 18,000 by 2015. According to state statistics, the health care industry is Michigan’s largest employer.
When designing Siena’s RN to BSN degree program, Idczak said she listened to what working nurses told her they needed. Courses will be practical and relevant to today’s health care professional. Students can tie their personal professional experience into the coursework. Siena Heights is also exploring other opportunities to expand the number of health care programs offered in the future.
“Siena Heights is excited about bringing a liberal arts nursing completion program to nurses in southern Michigan and northwest Ohio,” Idczak said. ““We invite registered nurses, or anyone interested in a quality education, to contact us for further information about Siena Heights.”
For more information on nursing or any other program at Siena Heights, please call 1-800-521-0009 or 517-264-7180.