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A New Central Nebraska Campus

Oct 22, 2021
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Interior of new campus building showing reception area and nursing classroom with students

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. The move started in October and was completed in time to welcome its inaugural cohort in January. 

Prior to Grand Island, the College of Nursing had maintained a campus in Hastings at Mary Lanning Healthcare for 34 years. During those years, more than 900 Creighton students earned nursing degrees, many of them building careers at Mary Lanning, where many of the facility’s nursing staff consists of Creighton graduates. 

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 brings Creighton’s proud record of recruitment and education to CHI Health St. Francis Hospital, which has served Grand Island since 1887 and today serves as a regional referral center with more than 100 physicians and more than 1,100 employees.

Nursing students getting hands-on experience in classroom

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 the Grand Island community allows Creighton University 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, RN, assistant dean at the college.

“We look forward to establishing new relationships in the Grand Island community to best serve the health needs of the people through health promotion, disease prevention, health education and care management.”

Shortly after the move to Grand Island, the College of Nursing announced a new 3+1 nursing partnership with York University in which students complete three years as a York University student followed by 12-months in the accelerated nursing program at Creighton’s Grand Island campus. Creighton maintains a presence in Hastings through its 3+1 partnership with Hastings College.

In addition to the new location, the central Nebraska location migrated from a January start to an August start. This change in start date enables the College of Nursing to accommodate spring graduates who are ready to begin their path to a career in nursing.


What Students Are Saying

Kaylee Taylor

“When Creighton announced it was coming to Grand Island, I instantly knew that is where I was supposed to be. The faculty and classmates have been the best part about nursing school. Our cohort is 16 students which meant we instantly got to know each other and become friends. Within the first couple of weeks, we were getting together on the weekends to study and make sure that no one ever fell behind.” 
-Kaylee Taylor, Accelerated BSN student from Grand Island



Brady Rutt

“Being able to have the opportunity to go to Creighton was very exciting. The program is very busy and time consuming, but I feel like it is preparing me to be the best nurse I can be.” 
-Brady Rutt, Accelerated BSN student from Hastings



Harmony Latham

“I enjoyed how Creighton offered different locations for the program and was able to work with me to figure out the best route and way to become a RN/BSN. I was prepared to work hard, but what I wasn’t prepared for was the learning that would come naturally from professors and nurses who genuinely want us to succeed. When you have passionate faculty and staff, it is much easier to learn and grow. I am so thankful that the program is designed to train us into competent, compassionate and skilled nurses in a short amount of time.”
-Harmony Latham, Accelerated BSN student from Nashville


A New Space For Collaboration and Excellence

The new space in CHI Health St. Francis was redesigned from patient rooms to a spacious learning environment customized for student collaboration and community. It features: 

  • Student lounge for students to study and collaborate.
  • Large classroom, which can seat 20-24 students in an environment designed to accommodate engaged learning.
  • Four rooms dedicated to simulation and lab space, equipped with hospital beds for two high-fidelity adult manikins and a pediatric manikin. Each room can be partitioned for an examination table that students can use for health assessment and skills lab activities. A simulation control room features audio-visual recording system capabilities. A debrief conference room provides space for pre- and post-debrief faculty-student sessions.
  • Conference room equipped with a boardroom- style table and web-based/video/telephonic conferencing for use by students and faculty-student consultation.
  • Individual study carrels and a small work area offers students easy access to a copy machine and office supplies.
  • Faculty offices with ample workspace. 

Learn more about Creighton’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.