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Nursing Returns to Notre Dame College

Notre Dame College launched its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program last fall – the first time the BSN has been offered since 1950. After following an arduous process to obtain approvals from various authorities, the College began an initiative geared to help alleviate the nursing shortage in Ohio and the nation. The College won approval to offer a BSN completion program for registered nurses last semester, and the pre-licensure BSN (for new high school graduates and other students who are not already nurses) in fall 2007.

The Nursing Division is working full throttle under Dr. Diane Jedlicka, the head of the division. She is responsible for laying all the ground work that enabled the College to gain permission to offer the program. In only a year and a half under Jedlicka’s leadership, the division received permission to offer the nursing program, hired two faculty members, and initiated construction of a facility for training the future nurses. Through her hard work, Notre Dame College’s BSN program is now a reality.

According to Jedlicka, Notre Dame College’s nursing program differentiates itself from others because, “We view nursing as a sacred work, not just a job. We have close relationships with our patients and access to their spiritual lives. Thus, nurses are deeply involved with spiritual as well as physical healing.” Committed to the mission, Jedlicka says, “Nursing is more than a profession. It is a privilege to care for people.”

The College plans to recruit 20 students for fall, 2007, with the ultimate goal of 250 students enrolled in the program. The program expects to enroll 50 students annually.

In January, officials from the Parker- Hannifin Foundation presented a check in the amount of $150,000 to Notre Dame College to support the construction of a nursing performance enhancement lab to be named in honor of the Parker-Hannifin Foundation. The lab, which will be located on the third floor of the Administration Building, will be set up to simulate an actual hospital setting to give students a greater degree of comfort and familiarity with the hospital environment when they transfer to a clinical setting. It will include six hospital beds, computer stations for charting, medication cards and emergency equipment for codes. It is slated for completion this summer.

Notre Dame College offered a B.S. in Nursing from 1939 to 1950. According to the records, a total of 10 women received a B.S. in Nursing: eight students and two Sisters of Notre Dame.

Mary Ann Kovach '06 is the director of public relations at Notre Dame College.