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College of Nursing: Indicators of Excellence

A Creighton nursing education offers it all—baccalaureate, master’s and even the state’s first doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program. Students can prepare for roles as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse leaders, clinical systems administrators, nurse educators and much more.

Creighton nursing students succeed. Creighton BSN graduates continue to exceed the national average for first-time pass rates on the national licensing examination (NCLEX).

Creighton nursing students complete their preceptorships in some of the nation’s largest hospitals from Georgia to Hawaii, as well as in small, rural hospitals or specialty hospitals.

The concept of community involvement is paramount in a student’s experience at Creighton because the ongoing creation of “community” and helping one’s neighbors is paramount to learners who are being educated to make a difference. Students gain practical experience by helping meet identified community needs and gaining insight and understanding of course content through hands-on learning.

These experiences range from free health clinics such as the Heart Ministry Center and OneWorld in Omaha, to sites in the Dominican Republic at the Institute for Latin American Concern and clinics in Africa and India. Undergraduate students experience semesters abroad in countries as varied as Ireland, Germany, Spain, Tanzania and the Dominican Republic.

The Creighton Simulation Evaluation Instrument (C-SEIT), developed by nursing faculty, is being used by the National State Boards of Nursing and other nursing schools and organizations to gauge the effectiveness of clinical learning using simulation mannequins. The instrument is also being translated into Chinese for use in China. In 2011, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) reaffirmed accreditation of the BSN and MSN programs for the period of 10 years. In addition, CCNE granted initial accreditation to the DNP program for the term of five years, the maximum number of years for a new program.

Nursing is an excellent career choice. Well-educated nurses are in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects a 26 percent increase in “new nursing positions” will be created through 2020; the increase reflects more than 712,000 new nurse positions. Only three out of five nurses work in hospitals; nurses also work in schools, correctional facilities, private companies, home health agencies, mental health settings, long-term care facilities, managed care centers, community health, government and social assistance agencies, and research labs.

Creighton’s master’s degree program in nursing was ranked at #64 in the 2014 annual ranking of graduate programs in nursing in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

The Leadership Scholars Program for undergraduate students enrolled in the traditional four-year undergraduate program, initiated in 2011, continues to be highly received by students. Designed by a team of alumni, faculty, staff and students, the Leadership Scholars Program is a multi-year, structured program that prepares nursing graduates with leadership skills reflecting Ignatian values and practice.

The College of Nursing, through a creative collaboration with 32 private, parochial and public schools in Omaha, provides annual health assessments for more than 8,000 children. This program allows children to receive mandatory health assessments while providing the College of Nursing additional well-child and adolescent clinical sites for its students.