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

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Apr 262013
 

Random acts of kindness go a long way toward putting a smile on someone’s face and reshaping a not-so-great day into a special memory that impacts not just the recipient but everyone that person comes in contact with that day.

Next week, imagine how many people you can touch by taking a moment to thank a nurse for a job well-done. First, you will bring a smile to the nurse. Then, the nurse will unknowingly share that smile with patients and colleagues throughout the day and those people will pass the gesture along to the people they interact with. In a busy clinic or hospital, your simple “thank you” to a nurse will touch hundreds of people.

We celebrate National Nurse’s Week in early May to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Just as Nightingale tirelessly cared for soldiers during the Crimean War (1853-1856), our nurses care for all types of patients—some are very sick and others are generally healthy.

Make plans to surprise a nurse with a random act of kindness during Nurse’s Week and know that your thoughtful expression will not only make the nurse’s day, but you will share kindness with many people who may need a boost. You will never know it, but your actions may help a patient overcome a frightening diagnosis or help a young family cope with grief. What a terrific way to say thank you and honor our nurses!

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

Mar 052013
 

Spring is the time when high school seniors (and their parents) make final decisions about college for the fall. Students who are considering a career in nursing have multiple options and pathways to become a nurse. So, which path will you choose?

Traditional BSN Students
Traditional students who enter East Carolina University as first-year students devote two years to pre-requisite courses before they apply to the College of Nursing. Admitted nursing students begin taking nursing classes in their junior year. Students who bring in transfer hours or Advanced Placement hours may apply to the nursing major early.

FPNLLV: Making ECU Feel like a Small School
Traditional first-year ECU students may apply to live in a learning community for intended nursing majors. Future Pirate Nurse Living and Learning Village students live in one residence hall and are registered for several pre-requisite classes together. Students say the village-model helps them adjust to university life and makes the university seem like a much smaller environment. Registration is now open for the 2013-2014 FPNLLV, and the Future Pirate Nurse Living and Learning Village application is available on the College of Nursing web site.

RIBN
ECU also offers RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses), an option that allows students to enroll at the university and an area community college at the same time. In this partnership, students take classes at both schools and earn an associate degree and a bachelor degree in four years. RIBN is often less expensive than attending the traditional on-campus program at ECU.

RN-BSN Option
The RN-BSN Option is for students who complete a two year associate degree nursing program in a community college and return to school to get their bachelor of science in nursing degree. RN-BSN students are Registered Nurses who are seeking the BSN. The curriculum is 100% online, allowing students to work while they go school.

Even though there are several pathways to become a Pirate Nurse, all of the options guarantee that students will have a first-rate experience at a university with a strong record of nursing excellence. ECU graduates more new nurses than any school in North Carolina, and our graduates score high pass rates on the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam.

Which path will you choose?

Jan 112013
 

Are you looking for a nursing program that is affordable and convenient?

We are accepting applications for the ENC RIBN project (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses). RIBN is a partnership between East Carolina University, Beaufort County Community College, Lenoir Community College, Pitt Community College and Roanoke-Chowan Community College where students are enrolled at both a community college and ECU.

Here is a snapshot of the project:

RIBN Features for the Community Colleges:

  • Completion of general education course requirements and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing (AAS) at a designated local community college.
  • Community college counselors and advisors available for assistance.

RIBN Features for East Carolina University:

  • Completion of BSN degree within 4 years.
  • Student success advocate available for assistance.
  • Less expensive than attending the on-campus program at ECU.

You can visit the RIBN website at http://www.nursing.ecu.edu/RIBN.htm or contact Kelly Cleaton (cleatonk@ecu.edu ) for complete information. Applications for the group that begins in August are due Jan. 31.

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor
East Carolina University College of Nursing

Oct 162012
 

One of the strategies to reduce the nursing shortage and the impact the shortage will have on patient care is to prepare more masters and PhD nursing graduates who are qualified to teach in colleges in universities. Without new faculty to replace retiring faculty, it will be impossible to graduate enough new nurses to fill positions as older nurses retire. The average nurse is over 48 years old and retirement is just around the corner for many.

ECU’s PhD in Nursing Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and the celebration is more about the success of our students than the longevity of the program. There have been 19 graduates from the program since it began in 2002.

The doctor of philosophy degree in the College of Nursing is a research degree that prepares nurses to serve as leaders, researchers and educators. Our PhD graduates hold positions as chief nursing officers of hospitals, leaders of research projects, and faculty at universities. There are 29 students currently enrolled in the PhD in Nursing Program.

The program’s history includes leadership by nursing experts such as Dr. Judy Bernhardt, Dr. Therese Lawler, and Dr. Martha Alligood. The current program director is Dr. Marie Pokorny. For more information about the PhD in Nursing Program, contact Dr. Pokorny at pokornym@ecu.edu.

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, PhD
Dean, ECU College of Nursing