IRVINE, Calif.—Brandman University, a fully accredited adult university within the Chapman University System, today announced it has established a School of Nursing and Health Professions focusing on career advancement for working nurses. It will offer post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Health Risk and Crisis Communication and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. The University has named Renee P. McLeod, PhD, APRN, CPNP, dean of its new School of Nursing and Health Professions.
The 50-year-old adult education institution, recently renamed Brandman University, is introducing its School of Nursing and Health Professions at a critical time for the U.S. healthcare system. The nation’s rising nursing shortage has become especially acute among specialties requiring advanced practice designation, such as adult critical care, pediatric and neonatal acute care and psychiatric care. In addition, a growing body of research clearly links advanced educational preparation to improved health outcomes.
Against this backdrop, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has changed the level of preparation necessary for advanced nursing practice, from a master's degree to a clinical doctorate beginning in 2015. Today, less than 1 percent of the three million nurses in the United States have a doctoral degree, according to the Division of Nursing of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Brandman University will begin preparing nurses for the future with its Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.
Brandman's School of Nursing and Health Professions will prepare nurses to access and evaluate evidence, and implement care based on best practices in a health care environment characterized by constant innovation. The Curriculum will focus on patient-centered, inquiry-based, collaborative and innovative practice to equip nurses to lead in today’s high-technology health care environment.
Coursework blends periodic immersion sessions and on-site clinical practice with online lectures, demonstrations, exercises and social networking. During immersion sessions nurses will learn advanced information technology skills, engage in communication and teamwork exercises and practice clinical skills in a state-of-the-art simulation center using standardized patients, computer-managed manikins and three-dimensional virtual reality. This blend of teaching methods provides a rich and engaging learning experience for adult learners who want to move to the next stage of their professional careers.
“We’ve created a substantially different advanced nursing practice school and attracted the nation’s leading educators to develop our nursing curriculum,” said Brandman University Chancellor Gary Brahm. “As with all of our degree programs, Brandman’s accreditation, personalized service, flexible schedules for working adults and high graduation rates are key benefits for nursing degree candidates."