UW Bothell Nursing Program Expands Northward

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

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BOTHELL, Wash. - Future nursing students, the healthcare community, and state residents will all benefit from the University of Washington Bothell's RN to BSN program, which started a Northern Cohort in Mount Vernon this fall. 
The Northern RN to BSN Cohort was created to directly address the critical need for nurses with baccalaureate degrees and to provide access to education for working nurses throughout the region. Dr. Mary Baroni, UW Bothell Nursing Program Director and organizer of the Northern Cohort reports, "Community response to this initiative has been overwhelmingly positive. When classes began on October 1, we exceeded expectations with a full cohort of 34 students."
The UW Bothell BSN success in Mount Vernon relies on a long list of partners-from county and state government: Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties, NW Alliance and Workforce; from regional healthcare: St. Joseph, Skagit Valley, United General, and Island Hospitals and Providence Everett Medical Center; and from higher education: Skagit Valley College, Everett and Whatcom Community Colleges, and Bellingham Technical College. With help from these and other supporters, the UW Bothell Nursing program faculty specifically shaped the new site's schedule of classes to provide educational access to practicing nurses - students must balance personal and professional responsibilities and who were seeking an alternative to driving to the main Bothell campus.  From its initial conception last year with an introduction of elective courses, support has been voiced by hospital administrators, educators and students alike. Says Jan Iverson, Chief Nursing Officer of Skagit Valley Hospital, "I find that it is beginning to be increasingly more difficult to hire for leadership positions and these definitely require the BSN. SVH is committed to creating a highly skilled, compassionate and engaged nursing workforce and is proud to be working with the UW."
For many students, having a local site (courses are being held in the WorkSource Skagit building adjacent to Skaget Valley College) makes a world of difference. Says student Joyce Engels, "The new site is perfect for me! It is the difference of a 30 minute drive to Mount Vernon vs. a minimum of two hours of travel time to the Bothell site. This means less time on the road and more time to do the actual class work and to spend time with my family, plus I can attend classes on my day off."
The RN to BSN program combines the UW School of Nursing's acclaimed professional program with the University of Washington Bothell's well-rounded arts and sciences curriculum, building a foundation of knowledge in nursing science, humanities and social sciences, and community-based professional course work, resulting in graduates who are well prepared to succeed in, and contribute to, the continually changing field of health care.

This new program site in Mount Vernon is an example of UW Bothell's commitment to providing access to quality education to the citizens of our region while contributing to the future strength of healthcare in Washington state.

The University of Washington Bothell was founded in 1990 to serve King and Snohomish counties and north Puget Sound area students seeking bachelor's and master's degrees. UW Bothell offers degree programs in applied computing, business, nursing, education, computing and software systems, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, cultural studies, and policy studies.