ABOUT THE INDUSTRY

With a growing population, increased stress on preventive care, growing rates of chronic disease, a higher demand for health care services and longer, more active lives, there is a high demand for nurses. The employment rate for registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014-24.

The career field is not merely stable — it’s exploding. So the crux of your question lies not in nurse position openings and job availability, but rather whether you should become a nurse. A huge part of making that decision will be examining whether you possess certain qualities all good nurses possess.

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THE GROWING NEED FOR BSN PROGRAMS

The median salary for a BSN Holder is $71,237.


Nurses with a BSN are paid well. Payscale.com states that the median salary for a BSN holder is $71,237. BSN programs move beyond technical knowledge and skill to provide training in leadership, communication, case management and critical thinking. The Institute of Medicine has recommended that 80 percent of nurses have a BSN by 2020.

WHY WISCONSIN IS CALLING FOR MORE NURSES

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Wisconsin will need to grow its registered nurse population by approximately 24 percent by 2020.

With the increasing shortage of nurses nationally, some areas are more affected than others — especially those with older populations like Manitowoc County. Due to retiring workers, new openings and an aging population, there is a shortage of registered nurses in Wisconsin specifically. Wisconsin will need to grow its registered nurse population by approximately 24 percent by 2020.

For those considering an undergraduate degree in nursing, this is good news. Health care organizations are aware of the benefits that BSN nurses bring to the table, including critical thinking, problem-solving skills, the ability to lead others and the skills to adapt to the complex health care needs for patients.

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Nurse Leadership Opportunities

Nurse Leadership Opportunities:

Nurse administrators are the true leaders of nursing teams. They understand both the small picture (daily tasks of an RN) and the big picture (business skills of optimizing patient care and cost management).

Common tasks for nurse leaders include:

  • Managing the work done by nurses in your department
  • Hiring new staff and coordinating their training
  • Making decisions about how to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care
  • Communicating with governing boards and department heads
  • Developing budgets, approving spending, and managing other fiscal issues
  • Keeping track of services being offered and resources being used

Community Health Nursing Opportunities

Community Health Nursing Opportunities:

Community health nurses are focused on prevention more than treatment. They identify the health needs of the particular community with which they are working and focus their e orts on educating and empowering the people to make changes before a problem becomes widespread.

Community health nurses work to circulate and distribute information about:

  • Establishing healthy diet and exercise routine
  • Avoiding infectious and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Dealing with substance abuse
  • Avoiding teenage pregnancy

Public Health Nursing Opportunities

Public Health Nursing Opportunities:

Public health nursing overlaps with community health nursing. However, public health nurses tend to hold more of a research and policy-making role whereas community health nurses deliver the health care services.
Public health nurses will collect information in order to assess and diagnose a population’s health needs. Then, they’ll develop policy and programs in relation to the community’s problems, planning for the community as a whole in order to prevent disease and disability and preserve overall health.

School Nursing Opportunities

School Nursing Opportunities:

School nurses are like community nurses for a school community. All of their efforts are devoted to keeping a school community healthy to support student learning.

School nurses play an active role in many aspects of school life, such as:

  • Providing health education to students,
  • teachers, and parents
  • Identifying health and safety concerns in the school environment and suggesting solutions
  • Supporting healthy food services programs
  • Promoting physical education
  • Providing health counseling, assessing mental health needs, and
  • Referring students to appropriate community agencies when necessary.

Nursing Research Opportunities

Nursing Research Opportunities:

Nurse researchers conduct scientific studies to improve health care services. They will report their findings often by writing articles and research reports in nursing or medical professional journals.

They might explore questions about:

  • Delivering health care services more efficiently
  • Improving the quality of life for patients who suffer from chronic illnesses
  • Encouraging patients to make healthy choices about nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle
  • Assuring patient safety and prevention of injury and illness
  • Providing quality care and comfort to patients at the end of life

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The 4-Year BSN Program:

The Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Nursing Program is committed to demonstrating the role of leader, educator, facilitator and communicator. The program is designed to develop a community of lifelong learners through curriculum excellence. Developing nursing leaders who are caring professionals and who understand the ethical, moral and legal implications of their nursing practice fulfills our mission and goals.

BSN Completion Program:

The Silver Lake College of the Holy Family BSN Completion Program is designed to develop professional nursing leaders in all areas of practice to meet the health needs of a changing society. The graduate is prepared to integrate principles of management, education and research into professional practice as a clinician, leader, manager, teacher, client advocate and change agent.

There’s No Wait List:

Each year, thousands of students are turned away from nursing programs due to limited capacity and/or not enough faculty. The college is now in a position to help reduce the number of students being turned away through guaranteed acceptance into our program (contingent on meeting academic requirements). See admissions requirements here.

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available to students who have filed the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA). Substantial educational funding is available to students from institutional, community and government sources. At Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, 100 percent of full-time, first-time students receive some kind of financial aid.

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Silver Lake College of the Holy Family’s new Nursing Program will help fill the growing demand for nurses in the Manitowoc area and beyond. This program will prepare graduates to integrate principles of management, education and research into professional practice as clinicians, leaders, managers, teachers, client advocates and agents for change. This program is intended for a non-licensed individual entering the field for the first time.

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MEET THE COLLEGE'S DIRECTOR OF NURSING

Brianna Neuser provides leadership and support to the following departments: Undergraduate and Graduate Business, Psychology, Family Services, Nursing and Allied Health Leadership. Neuser has dedicated more than 15 years to the nursing profession through practice, service and education. She has earned her Certificate of Nursing Education (CNE) and has taught across the curriculum including both nursing and liberal arts courses. She is currently invested in curriculum, program development and enhancing academic support services for all students. Neuser enjoys serving the health care community through participation on several advisory committees.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT

NURSING DEGREES

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What are the key differences between a nurse with an associate degree and one with a bachelor’s degree?

What are the key differences between an Associate Degree Nurse and a Bachelor Degree Nurse?

An Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) RN is prepared for patient care in a variety of settings. The BSN RN is prepared to deliver care in all health care settings. BSN students at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family are prepared to integrate principles of management, leadership, education and research into professional practice. BSN RNs are prepared to be clinicians, leaders, managers, educators, and client advocates.

What are the benefits of a traditional BSN program vs. an online BSN program?

What are the benefits of a traditional BSN program vs an online BSN program?

Hands-on experience can, in no way, compare to an online program. BSN students will benefit from group discussion, teamwork and collaboration. Students will have the opportunity to work with high-fidelity manikins and reenact clinical simulations as close to real life as possible.

What is the job market like for those holding a BSN in Wisconsin?

What is the job market like for those holding a BSN in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin is experiencing the same shortage of nurses as the rest of the country. Health care organizations are aware of the benefits that BSN nurses bring to the table including critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the ability to lead others and adapt to the complex health care needs of our clients.

How does someone know if they are “ready” (or a good candidate) to start Silver Lake College of the Holy Family’s BSN program?

How does someone know if they are “ready” (or a good candidate) to start Silver Lake College of the Holy Family’s BSN program? In other words, what questions should I ask myself to help me determine if I should enroll?

Our admissions team will review all candidates individually, remaining dedicated to looking at more than just grades. Our process is comprehensive and includes a review of an individual’s academic background, personal experiences and current life goals. Silver Lake College of the Holy Family embraces diverse learners and is committed to helping all succeed.

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