Geisinger Medical Center partners with BU nursing program
DANVILLE — Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) recently announced its expanded partnership with Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania to provide bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing. The program is designed to increase the number of local nurses who have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to meet the health care needs of patients.
This partnership will allow for an increased enrollment in BU’s existing BSN program, with courses offered on the GMC campus beginning in the fall 2013, and offer opportunities for further collaboration through research and practice. The MSN nurse anesthesia option is a collaboration between BU and GMC and the expansion of other MSN options, such as the nurse practitioner program, will meet the increasing demand for primary care providers.
The expanded partnership between GMC and Bloomsburg University reflects the findings of an Institute of Medicine report on the future of nursing. The report, published in 2010, calls for states to increase the number of BSN nurses to 80 percent by 2020 by facilitating greater educational opportunities to nurses through collaborations between health care systems and schools of nursing.
“With more than 3 million employed, nurses make up the single largest segment of the American health care work force,” said Susan M. Hallick, RN, BSN, M.H.A., NEA-BC, executive vice president and chief nursing officer, Geisinger Health System. “As the demands of complex patient care and the advancements of health care systems increase, the continued advancement of nurses’ education and competency will support nurses in their effort to provide the best and highest quality of care to our patients.”
“Geisinger Medical Center has been a major clinical site for Bloomsburg University’s undergraduate and graduate nursing students for decades,” said Michelle Ficca, PhD, R.N. and chair of BU’s nursing department. “This expanded partnership will provide more opportunities for our students as they prepare to meet the health care needs of today and tomorrow. It also will form a bond with our area’s major health care provider to strengthen our sense of community and increase opportunities for faculty research and volunteer activities for students.”
“Geisinger and Bloomsburg University share a strong commitment to nursing education, to professional growth and to inspiring the best quality health care professionals in our community,” said Hallick. “Our expanded partnership will give student nurses the opportunity to learn from a local accredited university while gaining advanced clinical experience alongside Geisinger’s skilled nurses, physicians and health care professionals.”
Bloomsburg University has a long history of graduating qualified nurses as evidenced by National Council Licensure Examinations for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) results and employer feedback. The first class graduated from BU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 1979 and the Master of Science in Nursing was first offered in 1985. GMC has been a major clinical site for Bloomsburg undergraduate and graduate nursing students since the 1980s. BU’s Department of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2021.
About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development and implementation of innovative care models including ProvenHealth Navigator, an advanced medical home model, and ProvenCare program. The system serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.
About Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.