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President James Evans,
Provost Jann Weitzel,
Dean Peggy Ellis
I am excited to welcome you to the website for the new School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Lindenwood University. The School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences is brand new and beginning our offerings in the fall of 2013 with Post-Associate’s Degree Coursework in Nursing. The faculty and I have had the pleasure of building the program over the past few months and hope you will find it challenging and valuable to your practice as a registered nurse. We are dedicated to providing you with a high quality education that helps you to improve the health outcomes of those you serve.
The Institute of Medicine report (2011) has called for nurses to be better prepared educationally to provide high quality care in a complex healthcare environment. They recommend that a higher number of nurses enter the workforce with a baccalaureate degree or progress to this degree early in their careers. Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to continue your studies and professional development so that you are prepared to achieve all of your goals in the ever-changing and dynamic healthcare system.
Although our faculty members are new to Lindenwood University, they are not new to nursing. We have been able to hire expert, dedicated faculty with many years of experience in nursing practice and nursing education. They are active in healthcare in our local community and engaged in professional organizations to promote positive health outcomes. They have adopted the following values for their own practice and for the School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences:
Science - Providing the student with a scientific, evidence-based foundation for clinical reasoning and clinical judgment.
Open attitudes - Encouraging the student to be open-minded and flexible to the beliefs, values, and needs of diverse populations.
Nurturing - Nurturing students through the educational process and inspiring the student to practice in an empathetic, compassionate, and caring manner.
Advocating - Advocating for the patient within the healthcare system and for the profession.
Health - Cultivating a concern for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
Stewardship - Providing leadership and direction within the profession and in the provision of healthcare as a part of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers.
The coursework you take at Lindenwood will be offered in a “hybrid” format. This means that each course will be mostly online with approximately two face-to-face visits to campus for course meetings. Courses will be provided in eight weeks so that the student is allowed maximum flexibility but still feels that personal support from faculty and other students. We will be located in a fairly new building just off Highway 40 between Route K and Winghaven in Dardenne Prairie, Mo. The facility is excellent and will allow us to have a variety of nursing and interdisciplinary experiences.
The faculty and I invite you to allow us to assist you in achieving your goal for a challenging and rewarding career as a professional nurse. We offer the opportunity to study and learn in a supportive environment that recognizes the special needs of the adult learner. Our faculty members are caring and committed professionals who are concerned with the individual student’s needs and ability to learn and become leaders in their profession. Come try us and you will find there is no better choice to continue your education than Lindenwood University School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. For further information, contact the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (636) 949-4949 or my office at (636) 627-2932.
Peggy Ellis, PhD, BC, FNP, ANP
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