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 admitted our first group of students in the fall of 2013 to the RN to BSN Program. The faculty and I had the pleasure of building the program and hope students will find it challenging and valuable to the practice as well as workable with your busy lives. We are dedicated to providing our students with a high quality education that helps to improve the health outcomes of those we serve in practice.
The Institute of Medicine report (2011) has called for nurses and other healthcare professionals to be better prepared educationally to provide high quality care in a complex health care environment. They recommend that a higher number of healthcare professionals enter the workforce with a baccalaureate degree or progress to this degree early in their careers. It is hoped that some of you will progress to master’s and doctoral levels as well. Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to obtain those higher level degrees in nursing and allied health and be better able to provide quality care within the ever changing health care system.
Although our faculty 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 health care 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:
|Left to Right: President James Evans, Provost Jann Weitzel,
and School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
Dean Peggy Ellis
- 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 health care 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 health care as a part of a multidisciplinary team of health care providers.
The RN to BSN program is 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. I will continue to update you as we plan and implement new programs in nursing and allied health. We are located in a fairly new building just off Highway 40 between Route K and Winghaven in Dardenne Prairie, MO. The facility is excellent and provides us with a comfortable environment for 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 or as an allied health professional. We offer the opportunity to study and learn in a supportive environment that recognizes the special needs of the adult learner. Our faculty are caring and committed professionals who are concerned with the individual student’s needs and ability to learn and become leaders in their professions. 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 (636) 949-4949 or my office at (636) 627-2932.
Peggy Ellis, PhD, BC, FNP, ANP