Jacksonville, FL, Feb. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Jacksonville University, in partnership with Baptist Health, announced a new catalytic program that is rapidly addressing improving the quality of health care by enrolling exceptional, hard-working nurses to meet the growing need qualified nurses in northeast Florida.
Jacksonville University and Baptist Health’s 12-month BSN program offers qualified individuals an expedited path to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in just 12 months, and the opportunity to enter into a Baptist Health Promise Agreement upon completion and licensing to obtain.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the need for talented, skilled nurses to care for Florida’s growing and aging population, particularly with tens of thousands of skilled nurses approaching retirement in our state over the next 10 years,” said Tim , President of Jacksonville University Cost. “We want to fill that void, and it is appropriate that we address this challenge with our long-term partners at Baptist Health, who first came to us in 1981 to develop and open the Jacksonville University nursing school.”
The 12-month second degree program combines world-class nursing education and faculty skills from Jacksonville University’s prestigious Keigwin School of Nursing with hands-on skills training from the experienced, talented clinical nurses at Baptist Health. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field are eligible for the accelerated study program.
“This program represents one of the most unique and innovative academic program partnerships in our region, made possible by Baptist Health’s commitment to high quality healthcare education,” said Dr. Christine Sapienza, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs at Jacksonville University. “Partnerships like this drive our strategy for educating the next generation of students. Without the commitment of our faculty, including Dr. Lindsay Wolf and Professor Amber Santos of the Keigwin School of Nursing, this would not be possible.”
“We are honored to work with Jacksonville University to build tomorrow’s nurses for our community who are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in their dynamic profession,” said Brett McClung, FACHE, President and CEO of Baptist Health. “Our nurses teach students our exceptional standards of patient care and help them master the healthcare delivery skills necessary to make a successful transition into the workforce.”
This exclusive partnership ensures that students have access to industry-leading Baptist Health facilities as they earn clinical hours. The program connects students with seasoned, experienced Baptist Health nurses who will guide, mentor, and prepare them for successful careers as nurses.
“Nurses and the care they provide are catalysts for exceptional clinical results,” said Mary Ellen Schopp, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Baptist Health. “This is what we want for Baptist Health patients, and that’s why we’re investing in this program.”
Program participants learn basic health care skills through a strategic, focused, and flexible teaching model, and by successfully meeting all academic, clinical, and licensing requirements, may earn a Baptist Health Work Pledge Agreement.
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing schools have advanced infection prevention and education initiatives to combat the spread of the virus,” said Tammy Daniel, DNP, RN, BSN, NEA-BC, MHA, senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Baptist Health. “We look forward to welcoming nursing students through this program who will soon be at the forefront of caring for our patients and their families as well as our community.”
Jacksonville University’s Keigwin School of Nursing has been known for its quality curriculum, expertise, and talented graduates for nearly 40 years. The Keigwin School of Nursing’s NCLEX success rate, named Florida No. 2 Nursing Program by Nursing.org, averages between 93% and 100%, and 90% of graduates secure a job or become in a job after graduation a graduation program started. The Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Master’s Degree in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and postgraduate APRN certificate programs at Jacksonville University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Baptist Health is Magnet ™ -marked and is recognized as the gold standard among health organizations that meet the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s standards for quality patient care, excellent care quality, and innovation in professional nursing practice.
Applications for the 12-month BSN program at Jacksonville University and Baptist Health for 12 months are now open for the first cohort, which is expected to begin in Fall 2021. You can find further information or an application at ju.edu/nursing/undergraduate/accelerated -12 -month-bsn.
About Jacksonville University
Recognized as one of the best regional universities in the South by US News & World Report for more than 15 consecutive years, Jacksonville University is one of the premier private institutions in Northeast Florida. Founded in 1934, the university offers more than 100 majors, minor subjects, and programs, including sought-after degrees in nursing, economics, biology and marine sciences, engineering, finance, and contemporary and specialist aerospace fields. Communication sciences and disorders, film, animation and sports business. Jacksonville University, with its four colleges, five schools, and two institutes, is located on a beautiful riverside suburb of Jacksonville, across the St. Johns River from downtown and just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. The 240-acre campus includes half a mile of riverside, oak-lined pathways, and a mix of historic and new campus buildings.
On Baptist Health
Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in northeast Florida that consists of the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. Baptist Medical Center beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; Baptist Clay Medical Campus and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the only children’s hospital in the area. All Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have achieved Magnet ™ status for excellence in patient care. Baptist Health is part of Coastal Community Health, a highly integrated regional hospital network that focuses on key initiatives aimed at improving the quality and value of care for our neighboring communities. Baptist Health has the only heart hospital in the region. orthopedic institute; Women’s services; neurological institute including full neurosurgical services, one full stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a bariatric competence center; a full range of psychological and psychiatric services; urgent care services; as well as primary and specialty medical offices across Northeast Florida. The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a regional multidisciplinary cancer treatment destination clinically integrated with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research facility in Houston. More information is available at baptistjax.com.