Creighton Nursing Program Relocates from Hastings to Grand Island

Creighton Nursing Program Relocates from Hastings to Grand Island

The College of Nursing moved its central Nebraska campus from Hastings to Grand Island in January, a move that is expected to boost the University’s decades-long mission of recruiting and educating nurses throughout the state.

For 34 years, the College of Nursing has maintained a campus in Hastings at Mary Lanning Healthcare. During those years, more than 900 Creighton students earned nursing degrees, many of them building careers at Mary Lanning.

The College of Nursing offers one of the nation’s most successful and longest running accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. The program, the second in the nation, began in 1975 on Creighton’s Omaha campus and in 1986 expanded to Hastings.

The relocation to Grand Island will see Creighton bring that proud record of recruitment and education to CHI Health St. Francis Hospital, which today serves as a regional referral center with more than 100 physicians and more than 1,100 employees.

CHI St. Francis offers Creighton nursing students a top-level clinical experience. St. Francis carries a “magnet hospital” designation, which is awarded by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center and is considered the gold standard for nursing institutions where “nurses are empowered not only to take the lead on patient care, but to be the drivers of institutional health care change and innovation.”

In addition to giving nurses the possibility of working in the area’s only cancer center, CHI Health will offer scholarships and guaranteed job placements to five students every year.

Given that nursing graduates typically choose to work in the communities where they live and where they studied, proximity of education becomes an important factor governing the supply of nurses. Demand for nurses in central Nebraska remains strong, and the move to Grand Island will ensure that a 12-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing continues to be within easy reach.

“Relocating our central Nebraska campus to Grand Island allows Creighton to highlight our academic-clinical partnership with CHI Health and contribute to alleviating the nursing shortage in Nebraska,” said Julie Manz, PhD, BSN’98, MS’05, professor of nursing and assistant dean at the college.

Creighton will maintain a presence in Hastings through its 3+1 partnership with Hastings College. That partnership will allow Hastings College students to study there for three years before earning their BSN at Creighton.