Peoria, IL (PressExposure) January 10, 2008 -- When it comes to graduate nursing programs, the University of Illinois (UIC) Chicago âCollege of Nursing in Peoria sets the pace for others in the nation. Not only the very first College of Nursing to offer a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program in downstate Illinois, the UIC College of Nursing also offers the only joint degree â Masterâs in Nursing and Masterâs in Public Health in Illinois (MS-MPH). Created for those seeking an advanced nursing degree, the DNP Program is the final practice degree for the nursing profession and is expected to produce leaders who will affect the future of our nationâs healthcare and nursing. The College of Nursing is accepting applications for the next DNP Program until February 1st.
One of the Nationâs Leading Institutions
âWhat many people donât realize is that Peoriaâs nursing programs are often among the first of their kind,â Kathleen Baldwin, PhD, RN, Associate Professor (Public Health Nursing) said. âWeâve worked to address our nationâs nursing shortage by providing the greatest range of masterâs programs for nurses in the region. We also believe this program will create more of our nationâs nursing educators and leaders.â
Unlike other nursing programs in the area, the UIC College of Nursing offers graduate programs in all areas of nursing, with the exception of anesthesiology. âPeoria has been gifted with a premier nursing college that is consistently ranked among the top 10 for teaching institutions and among the top five for research,â Baldwin said. âIn addition to receiving the nationâs first federal grant funding for our DNP program, we have also been advocates for public health (or community health) nursing for years.â The DNP program is partially supported by funds from the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services.
NEW DNP Program Incorporates Distance Learning
In keeping with the most recent position statements of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the UIC nursing practice doctorate will prepare individuals to be nurse leaders at the highest level of practice. This degree advances both practice and leadership skills in nursing. Slated to begin in August 2008, the DNP Program will be primarily web-based and is ideal for distance learning. The program is especially designed to accommodate students who wish to continue in the workplace while achieving an advanced degree.
The UIC College of Nursing is recognized internationally for its preparation of advanced practice nurses. Therefore, the credentials of this online nursing program are like no other in their ability to advance nursing careers. Students can expect the very best education, including top-notch research and practice skills. In addition, opportunities exist to work collaboratively with students in both the College of Medicine and School of Public Health.
Addressing the Nursing Shortage
As the population ages and chronic diseases become more prevalent in Illinois and across the nation, the shortage of nurses is expected to become more acute in future years. Since Illinois has one of the largest healthcare markets in the country, a 20% shortage is anticipated here. Demand for highly specialized nurses who can excel in complex, interdisciplinary environments is also expected to increase. Therefore, nurses who will be able to implement their education in practice will be required.
The UIC College of Nursing DNP Program will address policy, translation of research skills and âsystems thinkâ so that students will understand strategic management and ways to change systems based on research. âOur DNP Program has instructors who are uniquely qualified doctoral faculty. All have one foot in education and one foot in practice,â Baldwin added. âThis program will help students translate research into current practices and become the best in the industry.â
The UIC College of Nursing is well respected as a top research facility (#3 in the nation), with unique graduate nursing programs such as the joint MS-MPH degree featuring interdisciplinary education (students studying with physicians and medical students, environmental health workers, community health educators and more).
To enroll in the DNP Program or for additional information on the joint MS-MPH degree, visit http://www.uic.edu/nursing or call the UIC College of Nursing at (309) 671-8464. In addition, RNs interested in obtaining a bachelorâs in nursing may contact UICâs global campus for opportunities at 1-866-923-4601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ABOUT US: For more information, please contact: Kathleen Baldwin at the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Nursing at email@example.com OR (309) 671-8467 or visit http://www.uic.edu/nursing or Brenda Tomlinson, Director of Public Relations, McDaniels Healthcare Marketing, (309) 346-0512. Press Release Distribution By PressReleasePoint(http://www.pressreleasepoint.com)