Local college launching nursing degree program

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – Manchester University has announced it is developing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

Manchester University President Dave McFadden said “As one of the cornerstones of the health professions, nursing represents a major step forward in MU’s new health science initiatives.”

The university has hired Lea A. Johnson as a vice president for health and science initiatives.  Her role will be to plan, develop and launch the new nursing program among other programs that will help Manchester advance its mission to “graduate persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.”  Johnson has over 20 years of higher education experience and is known for her transformative leadership and building partnerships.

McFadden indicates that their next step is to hire a nursing director and then get accreditation from the Indiana Board of Nursing and Higher Learning Commission.

Manchester expects their nursing program to be distinctive in many ways.  They plan to focus on rural and urban health and incorporate a strong interdisciplinary learning model.  Also, the nursing program will be infused with the liberal arts competencies like communications, conflict resolution, critical thinking. cultural sensitivity, service, collaboration and leadership.

The Board of Trustees of the university voted unanimously to approve the nursing plan at its winter meeting.

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