Nursing Expands into Arizona

Nursing Expands into Arizona

New program, with familiar partner, will begin admitting students in 2018

Employment projections for various professions can keep universities on their toes as they prepare students for the workforce.

For example, a looming nationwide nursing shortage especially threatens the state of Arizona, which has led the College of Nursing to forge a partnership in the Southwest to help meet the demand.

One recent study showed there could be job openings for 50,000 registered nurses in Arizona over the next decade.

Building upon the relationship between the School of Medicine and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, which resulted in creating a Creighton medical campus in Phoenix in 2009, the College of Nursing is establishing an Arizona nursing program that will admit students beginning in 2018.

Creighton will first offer its accelerated BSN and RN-to-BSN programs there and, in the next two to three years, the College of Nursing hopes to offer clinical experiences to support the traditional BSN as well.

The dean of the College of Nursing, Catherine Todero, PhD, BSN’72, is thrilled about the new partnership, calling it a win for everyone involved.

“The move to Phoenix is great for nursing and great for the University,” she says. “This partnership will extend Creighton’s brand while also giving the population of Phoenix greater exposure to Creighton graduates.”  

Todero views the nursing college’s expansion as a first step for other opportunities.

“Nursing will begin with our accelerated program, but I could see a model where clinical experiences for our traditional students could be built on two preliminary years on the Omaha campus in a two-plus-two type of model,” Todero says. “I also envision that a presence in Phoenix could promote opportunities for future learners to access other programs, including our online RN-to-BSN and DNP programs, but other Creighton options as well.”

She is hopeful Creighton will have the full cadre of its health sciences students in the Phoenix community soon. “I envision a campus site with state-of-the-art classrooms and educational spaces and cooperation from a range of clinical partners providing rich learning experiences for Creighton students.”