On January 20, 2011, key leaders and faculty members from Marian University and St.Vincent Health will gather to celebrate the success of an innovative collaboration in nursing education. The Marian University for St.Vincent Health program is an online accelerated second bachelor’s degree program in nursing. It was the first program of its kind in Indiana, and is designed specifically for adult learners seeking new careers in the nursing profession. Through an innovative collaboration between the two organizations, the programs allow students to become registered nurses through a combination of online study and on-site clinical experiences. Learn more about the program.
Two students from the first cohort, William Cobb, a current St.Vincent Health associate, and Sarah Fulaytar, graduated in December.
"St.Vincent Health and Marian University have a long-standing partnership in nursing education and scholarships,” said Daniel J. Elsener, president of Marian University. “Expanding that partnership using a blend of tradition and technology to meet the health needs of our community is tremendously important to both our organizations,” he continued.
For Marian University, the non-traditional program allows it to educate even more nurses. Total enrollment in the School of Nursing is 567; the collaboration with St.Vincent Health also opens up more clinical experiences for students. Though the nursing profession has not been immune to the economy’s downturn, the healthcare sector as a whole has fared better than many other sectors, and the need for registered nurses in Indiana will grow 26 percent by 2016, making the profession among the top 10 in the state in terms of growth projections, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
“Many of our accelerated BSN students are seeking new careers in the health care sector, which remains one of the bright spots in terms of future employment growth,” said Dr. Anita Siccardi, dean of the Marian University School of Nursing. “I think the program will graduate highly-skilled, well-qualified new registered nurses that will be sought after by employers.”
For St.Vincent Health, the partnership makes economic sense because it lowers orientation and training costs.
“Having the Marian University for St.Vincent Health students do their clinicals with us allows them to get to know our culture, core values, and patient experience expectations,” said Darcy Burthay, the chief nursing and chief operating officer of St.Vincent Indianapolis. “They learn our electronic health record and patient care equipment, and develop relationships with our staff and physicians—all of which are important to team work and quality care and reducing costs associated with hiring new nurses.”
About St.Vincent Health St.Vincent Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest not-for-profit Catholic Healthcare System. The St.Vincent Health System, Indiana’s largest healthcare employer, includes 20 hospitals, serving 47 counties across Central Indiana, including the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Nationally recognized for their Spirit of Caring, they are dedicated to healing the minds, bodies and spirits of those in need and has the largest level IIID Newborn Intensive Care Unit in the state of Indiana. St.Vincent Health has been recognized as a top performing hospital throughout the country.