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Wesleyan to offer scholarships for new nursing program

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Macon, GA  – Wesleyan College is now enrolling women who plan to enter the College’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program. To commemorate the program’s launch, Wesleyan will award two transfer students in the inaugural class full-tuition scholarships. The transfer student with the highest GPA and the transfer student with the highest nursing entrance exam score each will win a scholarship valued at full tuition. 

Women interested in Wesleyan’s BSN program are invited to an Open House, tour of Munroe Science Center, and a demonstration of high fidelity human patient simulators Monday, October 29 from 5 – 7 pm. Admission counselors and nursing faculty will be on hand to answer questions. Housed in the Munroe Science Center, the nursing program will utilize a remodeled classroom and a high-tech, cutting-edge clinical simulation laboratory. Designed to simulate a hospital, the lab will feature a variety of different hospital room settings where high fidelity human patient simulators will interact with students to provide real-life medical scenarios in a controlled setting. Since not all nurses practice in a hospital, however, Wesleyan’s program will also include a simulated home health area as well as other non-clinical settings. 

Wesleyan College’s nursing program received the Georgia Board of Nursing’s initial approval in July 2012, and the College is on target to obtain full approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing/Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges. Junior level nursing courses will begin fall semester 2013, but students can begin pre-nursing courses in the spring. Hallmarks of the nursing program will include an emphasis on women’s health and holistic nursing with specific coursework designed to prepare graduates for leadership and management roles in the field of nursing. Holistic nursing focuses on addressing patients’ physical needs as well as their spiritual, cultural, social, environmental, financial, and emotional needs. 

“So often we can take care of patients’ diseases, but we can’t take care of their other needs,” emphasized Dr. Teresa Kochera (DNP, RN, PCCN, CNL), associate professor of nursing. “We want to teach our students that nursing is also about developing deeper relationships with patients to meet all of their needs to ensure they stay healthy.” 

Conversations with representatives of the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Central Georgia Health System, Coliseum Health System, Houston Healthcare, and the Macon-Bibb County Health Department have paved the way for their facilities to serve as clinical sites. The College anticipates working with other acute and primary care health facilities in the region, as well. In October 2011, the Trustees of The Peyton Anderson Foundation awarded Wesleyan College a generous grant of $900,000 to help establish the new nursing degree program.

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