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Creighton honors first class of nursing graduates in Phoenix, Dec. 15

The first class of nursing students to graduate from Creighton University’s Phoenix Regional Campus with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will be recognized Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

The Nurse Pinning ceremony for 19 students will be in the hospital’s Goldman Auditorium. The ceremony, which starts at 3 p.m., is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses, who are presented with a special pin from faculty and welcomed into the profession.

The students earned their degree after completing an intense, 12-month accelerated program. The program's second cohort is already underway.

“It gives me great joy to extend our nursing program with its commitment to academic excellence to the Phoenix community,” said Catherine Todero, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Creighton University College of Nursing. “The expansion into Phoenix, coupled with an industry demand for well-educated nurses, has resulted in a strong cohort of new nursing professionals for the Southwest. We congratulate our newest Creighton nursing graduates and look forward to welcoming a third cohort of students in January.”

Katherine Jorgensen, assistant nursing program dean at Creighton’s Phoenix Regional Campus, added that the graduating students displayed focus, dedication and tenacity to complete the accelerated program.

“The commitment they displayed in this fast-paced and demanding program is to be commended,” she said. “The nursing profession will benefit from their knowledge, compassion, caring and desire to provide quality patient care.”

The fully accredited program requires students to already have a bachelor’s degree in another field and fulfill certain nursing prerequisites.

Nursing classes and clinical experiences took place at Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. In addition, the students had multiple experiences working in the community at partner agencies.

To accommodate program growth, current nursing students will move to a temporary location at Park Central mall later this month, which will contain two classrooms and a skills lab. The second cohort of students began in August, with roughly twice the enrollment size of the first.

This year’s graduates are the first wave of nursing students in Arizona trained by Creighton University. Earlier this year, the private Jesuit, Catholic university announced plans to build a Health Sciences campus at Park Central in midtown Phoenix. When completed, the nearly $100 million facility will house a four-year medical school, an expanded nursing program and other medical education programs in pharmacy, emergency medicine, occupational and physical therapy, and other allied health fields.

Nearly 800 Creighton health sciences students are expected to be housed in the facility. Plans call for it to be ready in spring 2021.


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