Jefferson College of Nursing officially launched its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Abington-Dixon Campus on Aug. 28, welcoming 85 students in the inaugural class at orientation and a kick-off ceremony.
The students were greeted by Steve Spinelli Jr., PhD, chancellor of Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University); Ann Phalen, PhD, dean of Jefferson College of Nursing; and Jill Kyle, senior vice president of regional advancement, Jefferson Health.
The students will complete their bachelor’s in nursing in either two years or on a one-year accelerated track. Anastasia Stratton, who left a job in medical device sales to enroll in the accelerated program, is looking forward to a career in either women’s health or oncology and hopes to earn a master’s degree and move into health leadership roles.
Nursing student Ray Levitt, who previously was a high school music teacher, was motivated to enroll in the program with a goal “to minimize preventable chronic diseases.”
Jefferson’s baccalaureate nursing curriculum is based on the theme of “Health Is HERE (Humanistic, Evidence-based, Reflective and Excellence)” in clinical leaders. The framework that guides the curriculum emphasizes the promotion of health and quality of life in a variety of populations during transitions of care from one setting to another. It’s guided by curricular themes of innovation, population health, interprofessional collaboration and practice excellence.