Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School of Nursing
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Overview of the program
The School of Nursing prepares professional nurses as caregivers and managers who provide leadership to enhance the health of a diverse community. The program provides education that incorporates professional standards of care and performance, promotes evidenced-based practice, and advocates health care delivery that meets the needs of the community and advances the nursing profession.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing offers the following options:
- Generic Baccalaureate Program
- RN to BS (for students who are RNs seeking a bachelor's degree)
- LPN to BS (for students who are LPNs seeking a bachelor's degree)
- Accelerated (for students with bachelor's degree in another field)
Strengths of the program
The School of Nursing has been designated an area of excellence and has a solid reputation for its academic program and community service activities. It offers students a broad variety of clinical experiences in diverse environments that contribute to the development of well-rounded graduates.
Additional strengths of the program include the following:
- Full national accreditation by CCNE and approval by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing
- Graduates consistently score above the national average on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam
- Outstanding faculty
- Employment rates of graduate
- Affiliation with quality clinical facilities
- Diverse student population
- Opportunity to engage in state-of-the-art technology learning lab
Preparing for a job in the program
- Practice safely to protect themselves and clients
- Communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, and the public
- Coordinate and effectively manage care for groups of clients
- Use critical thinking skills
- Interpret and incorporate research findings
- Respect the confidential nature of client care environment
- Appreciate the need for life-long learning
- Engage in professional activities that advance health care and the nursing profession
Careers in the program
A bachelor's degree in nursing prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings, including:
- Acute care
- Psychiatric/mental health
- Critical care
- Emergency care
- Long-term care
- Community/ home health
- Occupational health
Starting Salaries after completing the program (estimates only)
Salaries depend on type of agency and location. National median starting salaries range from $38,100 - $52,600, with hourly starting wages ranging from $20 - $25 per hour.
Campus organizations and activities affiliated with the program
- Honors Program
- SOAR research opportunities
- Student Nurses Association
- Rho Zeta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
- Nurses Christian Fellowship
- American Association for Men in Nursing
Related fields that might interest you
- Health Education and Promotion
- Health Studies
How do I know this is the degree for me?
Common Strengths and interests of students in the program
- Caring attitude
- Respect for human dignity and rights of others
- Concern for welfare and well-being of others
- Responsibility for own actions
- Ability to positively interact with others
- Ability to lead and to work as part of a team
- Readily accept change
- Commitment to the profession
The School of Nursing is proud of its alumni. Accomplishments of a few are listed below:
- Colletta Barrett
Vice-President, Resource Development & Membership Services, Louisiana Hospital Association;Southeastern Alumnus of the Year, 2004; served as national Chairman of the Board of the American Heart Association 2003-04; Sigma Theta Tau International Pillar of Leadership Award.
- Donnie Booth
Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; inducted into Louisiana Nurses Foundation's Hall of Fame; and former recipient of New Orleans City Business Woman of the Year Award.
- Ann Carruth
Recipient of Southeastern President's Award for Excellence in Research and Louisiana Nurses Foundation Nightingale Award - Researcher of the Year.
- Karen Hill
Recipient of Southeastern President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Louisiana Nurses Foundation Nightingale Award - Nurse Educator of the Year.
- Barbara Moffett
Inducted into Louisiana Nurses Foundation's Hall of Fame;Louisiana Nurses Foundation Nightingale Award - Nurse Educator of the Year.
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