- Associate Degree in Nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Second BS/BA Degree Entry Option
- Registered Nurse to BSN
- LPN to RN
- Graduate Nursing
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
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Welcome to The School of Nursing!
Our mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate education to meet the changing health care needs of a global society.
Why Choose Nursing as a Career?
The ANA (American Nurses Association) defines nursing as:
"Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and population."
Nurses are involved with all aspects of a patient's care, from providing therapeutic and diagnostic procedures to providing comfort to patient's and their families.
If you want your life work to make a difference in the lives of others, nursing can be an excellent career for you!
Recent Events and News
The School of Nursing has moved into the new Medical Center-WKU Health Science Complex.
The WKU-Medical Center Health Science Complex officially opened Thursday August 22, 2013. The facility is located at 700 1st Avenue on the edge of the hospitals campus that borders 31W Bypass.
BSN Program has more openings than ever before:
The School of Nursing is pleased to announce that we have doubled the number of seats available in the BSN program. A maximum of 80 new students will be accepted each semester starting Fall 2012. This means that more qualified students will be able to reach their dreams of becoming an RN at WKU, without having to wait for an opening.
Graduate Program News:
Nurse Practitioner Students will be obtaining more scholarships: Starting Fall 2012 students in the WKU nurse practitioner program will be benefiting from the new HRSA grant obtained by WKU nursing faculty. Over $620,000 in funding will be available over the next two years for students in the nurse practitioner programs.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
The post-masters DNP program admitted its first class Fall of 2011 for students who currently are at the Master's level or above. The BSN to DNP program will admitt the first group starting Fall 2013. Applications are being accepted now for people who have BSN degrees and want to be part of the first cohort of students in the WKU BSN-DNP program. All students graduating from the BSN-DNP program will be qualified to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam and be licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).
Sixteen students enrolled in WKU's on-line RN to BSN program participated in a health fair organized by four nursing faculty members. The health fair took place at the UPS center in Bowling Green on March 15th . Forty-six employees visited various health promotion displays including arthritis, high blood pressure, sun safety, diabetes, healthy back practices, hand washing, healthy heart, and cholesterol/diet/BMI.
Accreditation of WKU Nursing Programs:
WKU Nursing programs have full approval by the Kentucky Board of Nursing and are accredited as follows:
The ASN program at WKU is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
The BSN, MSN and DNP programs at WKU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
WKU’s School of Nursing is pleased to announce the availability of on-line RN to BSN and LPN to ASN programs.
RN to BSN ONLINE
http://www.wku.edu/cohort/rn-to-bsn/ or call 270-745-2391.
LPN to ASN ONLINE
or call 270-780-2506..
Recent Faculty Publications
Most Nursing faculty publications can be viewed at
Abell, C. H., Bragg-Underwood, T., Jaggers, L.A. (2013). Engaging RN-To-BSN Students in Medical Reserve Corps Training. The Journal of Nursing Education, 52(10), 600.
Abell, C. H.,Jones, M. S., Williams, D., & Lartey, G. (2013). Measurement of critical thinking for the RN to BSN student. Kentucky Nurse, 61(3), 6-7.
Bennett, M. (2013). Health Benefits of Humor; Physical. In S. Attardo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. London: SAGE.
Jones, M. S., Main, M. E., & Garrett-Wright, D. (2013). A Collaborative Educational Innovation in an Old Order Mennonite Community. AHEC National Journal, XXIX, (1), 24-27.
Main, M. E. & Garrett-Wright, D. (2013). Nursing Student Voices: Reflections on an International Service Learning Experience. Kentucky Nursing, 61(1), 10-11.
Abell, Cathy H.; Williams, Deborah; and Jones, M. Susan. (2012). Transforming a RN to BSN Program to an On-line Delivery Format. Kentucky Nurse, 60 (1).
Bennett, M., Branstetter, L. & Howk, C. (2012). Nurse practitioner and pharmacist interactions: Implications for effectiveness of interdisciplinary health care teams. JNP Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 8 (2), 112-116.
Briggs, C., Fox, L., Abell, C. (2012). The Influence of Film on the Empathy Ratings of Nursing Students. International Journal for Human Caring, 16(2).
Catlett, Sheila and Lovan, Sherry R.. (2011). Being a Good Nurse and Doing the Right Thing: A Replication Study. Nursing Ethics, 18, 54-63.
Cho, Kyungmin Jacob; Reponen, Tiina; McKay, Roy; Dwivedi, Alok; Adhikari, Atin; Singh, Umesh; Shukla, Rakesh; Jones, M. Susan; Jones, Gordon; and Grinshpun, Sergey A.. (2011). Comparison of Workplace Protection Factors for Different Biological Contaminants. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 8, 417-425.
Garrett-Wright, Dawn M. Ph.D. (c), RN and Abell, Cathy Hoots. (2011). Using YouTube to Bridge the Gap Between Baby Boomers and Millennials. Journal of Nursing Education, 50 (5), 299-300.