Aquinas College - Nashville, Tennessee » Nursing http://www.aquinascollege.edu A Catholic liberal arts college in Nashville, Tennessee. Established in the Dominican tradition under the direction of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation (the “Nashville Dominicans”), Aquinas College is one of the best Catholic colleges choices recommended by the Newman Guide for fidelity and excellence. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:17:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Aquinas College A.S.N. Alumni Scholarship for the R.N.–B.S.N. Program http://www.aquinascollege.edu/asn-scholarship-nursing-alumni-rn-bsn/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/asn-scholarship-nursing-alumni-rn-bsn/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:50:24 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=6010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 25, 2014) — Responding to the changes in the health care delivery system and to the projected shortage of qualified nurses, Aquinas College announced last month its intention to transition its highly regarded two-year A.S.N. degree to...

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 25, 2014) — Responding to the changes in the health care delivery system and to the projected shortage of qualified nurses, Aquinas College announced last month its intention to transition its highly regarded two-year A.S.N. degree to a four-year B.S.N. degree in the fall of 2015, pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. On the heels of that announcement Aquinas is now offering A.S.N. Alumni a scholarship to assist them in completing their B.S.N. through the R.N.–B.S.N. program.

The Aquinas College A.S.N. Alumni Scholarship will provide qualified alumni with a more affordable path to completing baccalaureate degree requirements. Scholarships, in the amount of $5,000 per year, will be available to all qualified alumni applicants beginning in the fall of 2014. This will allow Aquinas College A.S.N. Alumni to enhance their education and employability with a B.S.N. degree, which many health care providers are now requiring.

It is not only the affordability factor of the Aquinas College A.S.N. Alumni Scholarship that will make attaining a B.S.N. so attractive, but the opportunity to further the quality of the A.S.N. education they received at Aquinas College. Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Ph.D., R.N., Dean of the School of Nursing points out that “the R.N.–B.S.N. program at Aquinas College stands apart from other nursing programs by its focus on preparing confident and competent clinicians whose primary outcome is centered in affirming and protecting the dignity of all human life. This is the School of Nursing’s proper role in society and in the universal Church.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects tremendous job growth in the field of nursing in the foreseeable future. “It is expected that the number of employed nurses will grow from 2.74 million in 2010 to 3.45 million in 2020, an increase of 712,000 or 26%.” There are new roles and competencies required for the new and very different health system than what currently exists. As 35 to 40 million newly insured citizens enter the health care system, nurses will be required to hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing as the minimal preparation for practice.

For more information on the Aquinas College A.S.N. Alumni Scholarship contact Ian Turnbell, R.N.–B.S.N. Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions at 615-297-7545, ext. 433 or Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Ph.D., R.N., Director of the R.N.–B.S.N. Program at 615-297-2008 or by e-mail at perkinsi@aquinascollege.edu.

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Aquinas College Continues Growth Plans http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-college-continues-growth-plans/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-college-continues-growth-plans/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:41:56 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5755

Aquinas College continues to outline plans for growth with the announcement that it will expand its current campus at 4210 Harding Pike. Facility space is only one area in a multi-phase roadmap for the future, part of a comprehensive strategic...

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Aquinas College continues to outline plans for growth with the announcement that it will expand its current campus at 4210 Harding Pike. Facility space is only one area in a multi-phase roadmap for the future, part of a comprehensive strategic plan that is currently being completed.

The first phase of this growth plan entails the building of a multi-purpose facility to include a residential hall, student life center, and dining facility. Phase I plans to allow students to occupy the new space beginning with the fall 2015 semester.

In addition to facility expansion, the college is also in the midst of academic program reviews, enhancements of its student life opportunities, and offering spiritual life to meet the needs of its changing student population.

After considering the requirements of the new strategic plan and a long period of due diligence, Aquinas will not be pursuing the Welch College campus it had been considering since early 2013. Aquinas College and its Board of Directors explored a variety of options for expansion, including the Welch Campus. The College is concluding a long-range planning process that has determined that expanding facilities, academic programs, and student life on the current campus makes the best sense in order for the College to continue its mission in the future. This has been an extremely thorough and invigorating process that explored many options. In the end, it was clear the best course is to expand the home campus.

The college realizes that many people, including current and prospective students, supporters of the Dominican Campus and neighbors of the campus are interested in future plans.  Now that direction has been determined, Aquinas College is moving forward on first-phase construction planning and is developing a master plan for the current Aquinas Campus. The college will be excited to share that plan and its complimentary strategic growth plan with the community when they are finalized.

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School of Nursing Positions Program for Future http://www.aquinascollege.edu/school-of-nursing-positions-program-for-future-asn-bsn/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/school-of-nursing-positions-program-for-future-asn-bsn/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:33:13 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5648

As part of its strategic plan for growth, Aquinas College has announced a multi-year transition plan for the School of Nursing. Under this plan, the College will begin to phase out its Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program...

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As part of its strategic plan for growth, Aquinas College has announced a multi-year transition plan for the School of Nursing. Under this plan, the College will begin to phase out its Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program to plan for a four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. The School of Nursing will admit two more ASN classes, one in August 2014 and a second and final class in January 2015. This decision of the administration and faculty of the College reflects the Mission and Strategic Vision of Aquinas College and responds to the changes taking place in local and national healthcare. Pending the approval of the Tennessee Board of Nursing, this innovative community-population based BSN nursing program will be inaugurated in August, 2015.

Aquinas College began its Associate Degree in Nursing Program in 1983. Over the last 30 years the ASN program has graduated more than 1700 students and has made a substantial contribution to quality health care in the city of Nashville and beyond. Aquinas’ residential life program and proposed BSN degree will increase the College’s capacity to draw nursing students nationally and extend Aquinas’ tradition of educating and forming excellent nurses. Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Dean of the School of Nursing, reported that the College has been preparing for this transformation for several years. “Coupled with the Mission of Aquinas College, the Vision and Philosophy of the School of Nursing and the health care needs of the global community, we are responding to the call of the Church as elucidated by Pope Francis, to bring the healing ministry of Aquinas Nursing to all those in need of health and nursing care regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, color, lifestyle or ability to pay.”

Aquinas College President, Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P., is confident that the transition will better prepare graduates for the demands of nursing in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community health centers, nurse-managed clinics, schools, patient’s home and other community based settings. She states, “The excellent, comprehensive training for which Aquinas’ School of Nursing is known will continue to impact the lives of many people. We are delighted about this new initiative and Aquinas College’s capacity to be of even greater service to those in need of care.”

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Aquinas to Form National Association of Catholic Nurses Local Council http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-to-form-national-association-of-catholic-nurses-local-council/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-to-form-national-association-of-catholic-nurses-local-council/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:00:48 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=3613

Organizational Meeting: Tuesday, February 11 Organizational Meeting: Saturday, February 22 The Aquinas College School of Nursing is in the early stages of forming a local council of the National Association of Catholic Nurses, to be comprised of all interested nurses and nursing...

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The Aquinas College School of Nursing is in the early stages of forming a local council of the National Association of Catholic Nurses, to be comprised of all interested nurses and nursing students in the Nashville metropolitan area. Established in 1940 at the request of the Catholic Bishops of the United States, the Association is a conduit for nurses, nursing students, and other related healthcare professionals who support Catholic values and principles, with a focus on networking, education, responding to current healthcare issues, allocation and access to resources, and service opportunities. Aquinas College will once again host the national meeting on March 21-23. Check the Association’s web site for details on registration at www.nacn-usa.org.

“The formation of a local council of Catholic Nurses and others of good will is critically needed in our world today if we are to be faithful to our vocation and work together to transform lives through caring and healing in nursing,” stated Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Ph.D., R.N., Dean of the Aquinas College School of Nursing.

All interested nurses and nursing students are invited to attend one of two special organizational meetings on either Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. or on Saturday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 102 of the Aquinas College Main Building. For more information call the School of Nursing at (615) 297-2008. No reservations required.


Hear Brother Ignatius interviewed on the Son Rise Morning Show about the role of the Aquinas College School of Nursing in protecting human dignity:

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Bracciano http://www.aquinascollege.edu/bracciano/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/bracciano/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:07:32 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5679

We, the students of Aquinas College, are planning to help the College launch its future study abroad program in Bracciano, Italy at a property called the Villaggio Betania. We have requested to travel as a pilot group to Bracciano in May...

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We, the students of Aquinas College, are planning to help the College launch its future study abroad program in Bracciano, Italy at a property called the Villaggio Betania. We have requested to travel as a pilot group to Bracciano in May 2014 to help with basic renovations and research the opportunities and challenges of the study abroad program.

As a pioneering group of students, we are asking for donations to fund this first exploratory trip. Please consider making a gift using our online donation page specifically set up for this purpose.

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The Villaggio Betania is located an hour’s train ride from central Rome near the medieval town of Bracciano.

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A Prayer Before Study http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-prayer-before-study-fall-2013/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-prayer-before-study-fall-2013/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:29:22 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5187

We pray for our students who begin their Fall semester examinations today. Please visit Aquinas Central for refreshments. We also offer this prayer, composed by our patron St. Thomas Aquinas, that may be helpful before studying, teaching, speaking, or any other...

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We pray for our students who begin their Fall semester examinations today. Please visit Aquinas Central for refreshments.

We also offer this prayer, composed by our patron St. Thomas Aquinas, that may be helpful before studying, teaching, speaking, or any other activity that involves these faculties. The original prayer in Latin is also provided below.

A Prayer Before Study

Ineffable Creator,
Who, from the treasures of Your wisdom,
have established three hierarchies of angels,
have arrayed them in marvelous order
above the fiery heavens,
and have marshaled the regions
of the universe with such artful skill,

You are proclaimed
the true font of light and wisdom,
and the primal origin
raised high beyond all things.

Pour forth a ray of Your brightness
into the darkened places of my mind;
disperse from my soul
the twofold darkness
into which I was born:
sin and ignorance.

You make eloquent the tongues of infants.
refine my speech
and pour forth upon my lips
The goodness of Your blessing.

Grant to me
keenness of mind,
capacity to remember,
skill in learning,
subtlety to interpret,
and eloquence in speech.

May You
guide the beginning of my work,
direct its progress,
and bring it to completion.

You Who are true God and true Man,
who live and reign, world without end.

Amen.

Ante Studium

Creator ineffabilis,
qui de thesauris sapientiae tuae
tres Angelorum hierarchias designasti,
et eas super caelum empyreum
miro ordine collocasti,
atque universi partes elegantissime disposuisti,

tu inquam qui
verus fons
luminis et sapientiae diceris
ac supereminens principium

infundere digneris
super intellectus mei tenebras
tuae radium claritatis,
duplices in quibus natus sum
a me removens tenebras,
peccatum scilicet et ignorantiam.

Tu, qui linguas infantium facis disertas,
linguam meam erudias
atque in labiis meis gratiam
tuae benedictionis infundas.

Da mihi
intelligendi acumen,
retinendi capacitatem,
addiscendi modum et facilitatem,
interpretandi subtilitatem,
loquendi gratiam copiosam.

Ingressum instruas,
progressum dirigas,
egressum compleas.

Tu, qui es verus Deus et homo,
qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum.

Amen.

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Sister Mary Sarah Interviewed on the Son Rise Morning Show http://www.aquinascollege.edu/sister-mary-sarah-interviewed-son-rise-morning-show/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/sister-mary-sarah-interviewed-son-rise-morning-show/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:54:45 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5003

Aquinas College President Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P. was interviewed on the morning of Wednesday, November 6 by Brian Patrick on the Son Rise Morning Show. Sister discussed Aquinas’ plans to purchase the campus of Welch College, the growth that...

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Aquinas College President Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P. was interviewed on the morning of Wednesday, November 6 by Brian Patrick on the Son Rise Morning Show. Sister discussed Aquinas’ plans to purchase the campus of Welch College, the growth that created the need for new space, and the College’s gift to the Nashville community and the Church as a whole.

The Son Rise Morning Show is a production of Sacred Heart Radio and is broadcast on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network.

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School of Nursing Continues Its Commitment to Form a Local Council of the National Association of Catholic Nurses http://www.aquinascollege.edu/school-of-nursing-continues-its-commitment-to-form-a-local-council-of-the-national-association-of-catholic-nurses/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/school-of-nursing-continues-its-commitment-to-form-a-local-council-of-the-national-association-of-catholic-nurses/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:21:59 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=3775

On Tuesday, June 18, interested nurses and nursing students gathered at Aquinas College to learn more about establishing a local council of the National Association of Catholic Nurses. Presentations by Mary Donnelly, M.S.N., R.N. and Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Ph.D.,...

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On Tuesday, June 18, interested nurses and nursing students gathered at Aquinas College to learn more about establishing a local council of the National Association of Catholic Nurses. Presentations by Mary Donnelly, M.S.N., R.N. and Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Ph.D., R.N. explained the history of the Association, the importance of a local Council, and the steps required to implement a Council. The most compelling discussions emerged from the participants and how the Association can provide education and support in responding to the ethical, moral, and professional practice issues that they face every day. Additional exploratory interest sessions are being scheduled.

For those interested in forming a local council, an interest survey is linked below and may be submitted electronically, by fax or standard mail. For further questions contact Bro. Ignatius Perkins O.P., Ph.D., R.N. at perkinsi@aquinascollege.edu.

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Video: Commencement Speech by Dr. Wes Ely http://www.aquinascollege.edu/video-commencement-speech-doctor-wes-ely-catholic-healthcare-dignity/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/video-commencement-speech-doctor-wes-ely-catholic-healthcare-dignity/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 20:10:10 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=3518

Dr. E. Wesley Ely delivered the speech at the 2013 Aquinas College Commencement on Saturday, May 11. Dr. Ely is a medical school professor with a subspecialty in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. His research has focused on improving the care...

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Dr. E. Wesley Ely delivered the speech at the 2013 Aquinas College Commencement on Saturday, May 11. Dr. Ely is a medical school professor with a subspecialty in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. His research has focused on improving the care and outcomes of critically ill patients with sepsis and respiratory failure, with special emphasis on the problems facing older patients in the ICU. A devout Catholic, Dr. Ely has contributed inspirational articles to numerous publications, including the Tennessee Register, and delivered a lecture in the Fall of 2012 entitled “True Devotion to the Blessed Mother.”


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Awards

The awards given to outstanding achievement in the various programs are as follows:

St. Augustine of Hippo Award (School of Arts & Sciences)
Rebecca Marie Thompson

St. Joseph the Worker Award (School of Business)
Anthony Sherman Lena

St. Dominic, Teacher of Truth Award (School of Education)
Christina Ann Cathey

St. Catherine of Siena Award (School of Nursing—Associate of Science in Nursing)
Joshua David Parker and Jessica Rose Schultz

St. Martin de Porres Award (School of Nursing—Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
Jody Marie Boone

More Information

Please check the Aquinas College website soon for more information and pictures about this year’s Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement.

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In the News: Tennessee Register Profiles New Aquinas Health Care Center http://www.aquinascollege.edu/tennessee-register-profiles-new-aquinas-health-care-center/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/tennessee-register-profiles-new-aquinas-health-care-center/#comments Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:52:08 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=3385

The Tennessee Register, the newspaper of the Diocese of Nashville, recently profiled the new Aquinas College Center for the Study of Human Dignity and Ethics in Health Care. Center Advisory Council member Dr. Marie Hilliard, director of bioethics and public...

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The Tennessee Register, the newspaper of the Diocese of Nashville, recently profiled the new Aquinas College Center for the Study of Human Dignity and Ethics in Health Care. Center Advisory Council member Dr. Marie Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy for the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., A.N.E.F., the center’s founder and Dean of the School of Nursing, were both interviewed for the story. Dr. Hilliard’s work with Aquinas was highlighted in the

From the Tennessee Register:

New Aquinas center seeks to be a ‘moral force’ guiding health care ethics

by Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register

April 26, 2013

The School of Nursing at Aquinas College has founded the Center for the Study of Human Dignity and Ethics in Health Care to affirm, protect and defend the dignity of the human person through education, consultation, research and service.

“While the need for this center is decades old,” said the School of Nursing’s Dean, Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., “the timing of its launch, in relation to the continued draconian changes in health care today and in the future, is providential.”

During this era of fast paced change in health care technology and law, “we don’t want to be passive participants and reactors,” said Brother Ignatius. Instead, he wants Aquinas to be out front, guiding the conversation about health care ethics.

Brother Ignatius sees the center as “an enormous opportunity for evangelization,” a chance to “start conversations to help people resolve the health care challenges they are facing.” To do that, the Center, under the guidance of a 17 member advisory council, will:

• Provide community-wide educational opportunities for health care professionals, civic leaders, legislators and citizens of the community (including seminars, multi disciplinary forums, parish presentations and more) that addresses current issues in health care, education, administration and scholarship.

• Provide consultation, conduct research and disseminate findings.

• Build collaborative partnerships with the health care community locally, nationally and internationally.

• Provide forums for presentations by visiting scholars.

• Develop model learning outcomes for health professions’ students that embrace the purpose and core values of the Center.

• Honor members of the health professions and the community who have distinguished achievements in defending and protecting the dignity and flourishing of the human person.

Marie Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy for the Philadelphia-based National Catholic Bioethics Center, is a member of the Aquinas Center’s advisory council, and has extensive experience guiding individuals and clinicians through health care quandaries at critical moments.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center maintains a 24/7 hotline where anyone can reach an ethicist for consultation. People call with questions about everything from fertility treatments to writing advance medical directives for end of life care.

“There are a lot of misunderstandings of dilemmas that families are facing,” especially at the end of life, said Hilliard, a former Army nurse who holds a canon law degree. “It’s not true that as Catholics we want end of life care to go on forever,” she said. When treatment becomes “a disproportionate burden to the patient, then it’s time that we say, let nature take its course,” she said.

For example, a person may judge in good conscience that the pain and difficulty of an aggressive treatment for terminal cancer is too much to bear, and thus decide to forgo that treatment. They should not, however, forgo normal hydration and nutrition to accelerate the natural process of death. The guiding principle of the National Catholic Bioethics Center is “natural, moral law,” Hilliard said.

Like the NCBC, the Aquinas Center is rooted in natural, moral law, and Brother Ignatius hopes it will assist both patients and clinicians alike. He has particular concern about how each group will be affected by some stipulations of the Affordable Care Act. Will physicians be able to refuse to write prescriptions for birth control if they are morally opposed to it? Will the poorest and most vulnerable have access to health care if a new form of government rationing is instituted?

“Who determines who is worthy of care?” Brother Ignatius said. “I’m concerned that those with the least resources will be left out in the cold.”

Right now, “we tend to worship at the altar of technology, and we’re driven by an economic engine, not a moral engine,” Brother Ignatius said. What is needed in today’s health care climate is more personal interaction between doctor, nurse and patient, quality primary care, preventive and follow up services. The Center is an opportunity for Aquinas to be “a moral force in re-shaping the world of health care by supporting all those seeking to be healed as well as members of the health professions,” he said.

The Center will begin hosting semi-annual programs that are open to the public beginning in the fall. Brother Ignatius is also available to speak at parish events and for private health care ethics consultation, and can be reached at (615) 297-7545, ext. 607.

More information about the Center, including a complete list of advisory council members, is available by clicking on the appropriate links at: www.aquinascollege.edu/faith-and-culture/.

There are other centers similar to Aquinas’ Center for the Study of Human Dignity and Ethics in Health Care, but they are often affiliated with nationally known Catholic colleges like Georgetown and St. Louis University. “For a smaller college to embrace a program of this caliber is impressive,” Hilliard said. “I’m proud to be associated with it and I think it will have a great impact.”

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