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TSUS makes SHSU nursing department permanent

Contributing Reporter

Published: Monday, February 27, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 01:02

Nursing Department

Jessica Gomez | The Houstonian

The TSUS Board of Regents made SHSU’s nursing department a permanent part of the College of Sciences.

The white-and-orange clad students in the nursing program on campus will be a permanent fixture in the College of Sciences starting Fall 2012, as the Texas State University System Board of Regents has voted to make the program officially the SHSU Department of Nursing.

According to the program's website, a new state-of-the-art Nursing/Biological Sciences Building is being constructed for the department and curriculum has been developed, with clinical rotations taking place in local hospitals and healthcare facilities.

TSUS Board of Regents Report estimated the cost of the building at $39.6 million. Currently, marketing and fundraising materials are being developed, and the building is in early planning stages. More information about the proposed opening date and location will be released later.

Lori Neubauer, interim assistant chair, said that with the development of the new department, they have high hopes for the first class of the Department of Nursing.

"Our goal is to have a 100 percent Texas Board of Nursing pass rate with the first graduating class," Neubauer said. "We also hope to receive the national Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation."

According to the CCNE, the accreditation process ensures "quality and integrity" of undergraduate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. It accomplishes this through a "voluntary, self-regulatory process that encourages self-assessment and continuing growth and improvement of nursing programs."

According to the proposal given to the TSUS Board of Regents, there will be a creation of a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree (BSN).

The program aims to provide courses that are professional and class-based that encourages students to be effective nurses by using hands-on experience, practice and technology.  

Previously, the nursing program was a collaboration with the pre-nursing program at SHSU, since January 2011, clinical assistant professor Candi Seaback said.

According to the proposal, the existing Associate Dean position will be re-classified to a Department Chair position for department and program administration purposes.

Like Neubauer, Seaback emphasized the importance of their goals for the program, including getting more students involved in the new department.

With its new status, the Department of Nursing is accepting 35 applications for the third cohort of nursing students in the fall.  Currently, there are 38 students enrolled in the first two cohorts in the program.

According to the proposal there will be no additional costs associated with the change.

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