Welcome to ECU–intended nursing majors explore their options

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Jun 182013

From now until mid-July, nearly 5,000 new students will visit ECU’s campus for summer orientation. All over campus, students who just graduated from high school are learning about college classes and visiting residence halls to get a feel for life at ECU.

During the two-day orientation visit, intended nursing majors will meet with advisors and administrators from the College of Nursing to learn about the curriculum and student resources. The prerequisites for the nursing program are rigorous and students are well-prepared for entry to the College of Nursing.

The top questions/answers from today’s sessions were:

How many students are admitted to the BSN program each year?
The College of Nursing admits 130 students each semester (260 each year). Students enroll in approximately 60 semester hours of prerequisites before they apply to the College of Nursing in their sophomore year.

What if my child does not get admitted to the College of Nursing?
Fortunately, ECU is a large university that offers 102 undergraduate degree programs for students to explore. Often, students are interested in a healthcare career but nursing is not the best fit for them. We encourage these students to consider their interests and keep their options open by making good grades and taking elective courses that count for several different majors.

Where will my clinical rotations be?
The College of Nursing has partnerships with clinical agencies all over eastern North Carolina. In order to provide students with clinical experiences in many different healthcare settings, students may travel up to 90 minutes from Greenville.

What makes ECU College of Nursing special?
ECU graduates more new nurses than any school in North Carolina. With over 7500 alumni, Pirate Nurses work and live in all parts of NC and the nation. ECU ranks very high state-wide with an average of 96% percent of our students passing the NCLEX-RN licensure exam on the first attempt.

In her orientation welcome presentation, Dean Sylvia Brown proudly tells students that Pirate Nurses are honest, committed and passionate about helping others. As a Pirate Nurse herself, she knows firsthand what the students will experience when they arrive in August!

Visit www.nursing.ecu.edu for more information about ECU College of Nursing.

Laurie Evans, MA
Director of Marketing
ECU College of Nursing


Male nurses make a difference at ECU

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May 242013

Chances are good that you have encountered a nurse who has played a big role in helping you recover from and illness or injury during your lifetime. But, chances are low that your nurse was a male. In fact, only 6-7% of practicing nurses are men, but this statistic is beginning to change.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, based in Washington, DC, estimates that more than 11% of students currently enrolled in nursing undergraduate programs are men. East Carolina’s College of Nursing reflects this trend with approximately 80 males enrolled in our BSN program. However, specialized graduate fields like nurse-midwifery do not have as much gender diversity. In fact, Ben Kitchin is the first male nurse-midwifery student at  ECU College of Nursing.

Kitchin, a Registered Nurse from Goldsboro, spent the majority of his career working as a critical care nurse and as a flight nurse for EastCare. Now working as a labor and delivery nurse at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Kitchin began his nurse-midwifery coursework this spring. Ben makes a great point that “Good care is not gender dependent; good care is a result of good nursing care!” Nurse-Midwives care for women throughout the lifespan, as well as provide prenatal, labor and birth care.

ECU offers the only nurse-midwifery education curriculum in North Carolina. Started in 1990, over 150 nurse-midwives have graduated from the ECU College of Nursing’s MSN Nurse-Midwifery concentration. Nurse-midwifery coursework is 100% online at ECU, and students complete clinical components of the degree in healthcare centers near their hometown.

The number of male nurses is increasing every year and it is likely that you will see a male nurse in a clinical setting soon. Take a minute to ask a male nurse why he chose nursing and you will be impressed with the dedication and passion of the response!

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor
ECU College of Nursing


Pirate Nurses rank high in patient care and U.S. News & World Report

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Jan 292013

ECU College of Nursing’s online graduate program received a huge accolade last week when US News & World Report released the 2013 Best Schools ranking which put the program in the #10 spot.

Unlike previous online program rankings, the 2013 list compares quality, not just the number of students enrolled in programs. Schools are evaluated on factors like student engagement, faculty credentials, admissions selectivity and student services and technology.

Online education is especially good for nurses because these professionals are desperately needed in the workforce while they pursue an advanced graduate degree. With online education, students are able to work and go to school at the same time. Students also participate in virtual clinic simulations and complete practicum hours in hospitals or agencies near their home.

ECU’s nursing online graduate program areas of study are:

Nursing Leadership
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Family Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Education

Many graduates of the program provide primary care to citizens, especially in eastern North Carolina, while others serve as leaders in hospitals and health centers. The nursing education focus prepares instructors for colleges and universities so that more new nurses may enter the profession.

Pirate Nurses rank high in patient care and U.S. News & World Report!

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor
ECU College of Nursing