The Wisconsin Board of Nursing voted unanimously on Jan. 14, 2016, to approve authorization for Silver Lake College to begin admitting students to its new four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
The state-of-the-art program, which will begin in fall of 2016, will help address the rapidly increasing need for nurses as growing numbers of people requiring health care (including older nurses) reach retirement age.
“The approval of the program serves as an acknowledgement of Silver Lake College’s commitment to academic excellence and a commitment to serving the needs of our community,” said Dr. Chris Domes, in his third year as president of Silver Lake College.
The program will be especially beneficial to Manitowoc County, which has a disproportionate number of residents over the age of 65 compared to the rest of the country. According to 2014 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, 18.6 percent of Manitowoc County’s population is over the age of 65, compared to 14.5 percent across the United States.
“There is a tremendous need for nurses,” said Brianna Neuser, director of Silver Lake College’s new BSN program. “Each year, thousands of students are turned away from nursing programs due to limited capacity and/or not enough faculty. Silver Lake College is now in a position where we can help reduce the number of students being turned away through guaranteed acceptance into our program (contingent on meeting academic requirements). And by training more nurses, we’re helping the communities in which they’ll be working.”
Now that the BSN program received approval from the Wisconsin Board of Nursing, Neuser’s top priority involves working on in-depth development of courses to include allocation of lab and clinical experience. She’s also in the process of hiring faculty members.
Silver Lake College’s BSN program will satisfy all of the requirements for nursing that are necessary for success on an NCLEX exam (licensure exam).
“But we’re also responding to the needs of nursing within their communities,” Neuser said. “So we’d like to see our students leave the program with the ability and capacity to take care of patients across the lifespan in any community — whether it be locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. We can provide them with an education to make them quality nurses, and we will also give them exposure to understand ethics and personal values and people in general — which aligns well with the vision and mission of Silver Lake College.”
“There’s a lot of excitement about this program,” Neuser said. “It’s great to know that we could be placing BSN-prepared students in communities to start helping people in two years — if they come in as a junior they could finish the program in two years. That’s how quickly we can be responding to the need for nurses.”
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