A formal dedication was held Thursday, Dec. 7 for Marian University’s new state-of-the art building for its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
To help meet a growing demand for nurses, Deb Downard, director of corporate and community relations, says the labs take students through a rigorous program.
“For our students, it’s a full time job," Downard says. "It’s a 16 month accelerated program and it’s a hybrid program that combines online curriculum with on hands skills training and then clinicals.”
The program, which has graduated more than 800 students since its launch in 2009, is intended for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and want to get on the fast track to becoming a registered nurse.
The new labs will also allow ABSN students to practice and use clinical equipment to acclimate themselves to the expectations of a nurse in the field. Low-fidelity simulation rooms will provide for more focused experiences, while enhanced debriefing rooms will allow for more reflective dialogue and introspection. The new site also features two classrooms, a dedicated student lounge, and a locker area.