Caring for culturally and ethnically diverse populations is the focus of a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Aquinas College. Representing the next phase of growth for the School of Nursing, the program is a new milestone in the College’s Vision 2020: Truth & Charity strategic plan. The BSN program received approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing on Thursday, December 4. Aquinas is now accepting applications for the inaugural class, entering August 2015.
Graduates of the new BSN program will offer people exceptional care in local, national and international settings by focusing on community population-centered nursing. Taking healthcare to the community is a critical component of this program and one that sets Aquinas’ BSN program apart from many others. Graduates will be charged with actively contributing to the improvement of the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations while actively developing and reshaping standards of nursing practice, health policy, and care systems.
Sister Mary Sarah, O.P., president of Aquinas College, stated, “Our students will participate in an innovative curriculum, founded on beliefs in a moral community of learners committed to protecting and defending the dignity of every person—the sick, suffering and dying, the marginalized and homeless, the unwanted and unloved, wherever they call home. Our graduates will be prepared to embrace the Dominican imperative to preach the Gospel, serve others and engage the culture in truth and charity.”
Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Dean of the School of Nursing states “Rarely in the history of health care in the United States have we experienced the challenges we face today in assuring that people of our communities and nation, especially those who represent cultures different than our own, receive health care that affirms their dignity, and freedom and promotes human flourishing. The new BSN program will prepare graduates to take the College’s mission of caring, healing, and hope to people everywhere, to the peripheries of human existence, especially to the lost, the last, and the least among God’s people.”
Coupled with the inauguration of the new BSN program, the School of Nursing at Aquinas College continues its decades-long clinical practice partnership with Saint Thomas West Hospital by opening a state-of-the-art laboratory for teaching and learning. The Castello Nursing Simulation Learning Center will provide a rich setting to enhance more fully the BSN program. This partnership with Aquinas’ adjacent hospital continues to offer opportunities that students cannot find anywhere else in the country. As a result, graduates will be competent and confident in providing safe care to patients wherever they may live.
“Bringing caring, healing, and hope to all people in every nation” is the central goal for implementation of this vital program. For more information about Aquinas’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing program or to view the entire Vision 2020 strategic plan, visit aquinascollege.edu.