Brandywine School of Nursing and Immaculata University Plan Transition

Immaculata University and Brandywine School of Nursing are very pleased to announce a joint venture to transition the diploma nursing program at Brandywine Hospital into a baccalaureate program offered by the University.
"Brandywine Hospital is excited about the opportunity to enhance our nursing program through a stronger partnership with the prestigious Immaculata University," states Mark A. Benz, chief executive officer, Brandywine Hospital. "Immaculata´s excellent reputation in nursing education provides tremendous opportunities in our community for those pursuing or looking at pursuing a career in nursing."
"Immaculata is enthusiastic about the possibilities this transition presents. We recognize the need for quality nursing education and are pleased to have the opportunity to build on the excellent Brandywine School of Nursing program," states Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, president of Immaculata University.
The Brandywine School of Nursing´s long-standing relationship with Immaculata University typifies its commitment to helping meet the higher education needs of the region and the Commonwealth. Immaculata University takes great pride in the quality and diversity of its undergraduate and graduate programs and looks forward to carrying on its tradition of meeting the education need of Pennsylvania and the nation. Effective immediately, the transition team will be managed by an Executive Director, Margaret Lacey, R.N., Ph.D., professor of nursing at Immaculata. Patricia White, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., instructor of nursing at Immaculata, will become the Director of the School of Nursing at Brandywine.
Since 1984, Immaculata and Brandywine Hospital began cooperating in a community-based effort in nursing education. The Brandywine School of Nursing´s diploma program was designed to prepare professional nurses who integrate knowledge from the sciences and humanities and utilize the nursing process, ethical principles and legal standards to promote, maintain and restore a maximum level of wellness. The curriculum provided the student with the principles and skills necessary to assume a beginning professional nurse position in hospitals and related institutions. Now, following a transition period, the diploma nursing program at Brandywine will become a baccalaureate program offered by the University.
"All at Immaculata join in the excitement of this joint venture. During the transition, Immaculata will work with the State Board of Nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League of Nurses Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) to complete the approval and accreditation processes," comments Sister Carroll Isselmann, IHM, vice president for academic affairs at Immaculata.
Immaculata University has assisted registered nurses (RN) in the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) since 1984. At its inception, the delivery of the BSN program occurred in a traditional semester format. However, in 1998, as a response to the national nursing shortage that began in the late 1990´s, the University began offering an accelerated format of delivering the BSN which allows students to complete 50 credits in less than two years while still working full-time. The National League of Nurses Accreditation Commission accredited this program from 1989-2007. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education began accrediting the BSN program in October 2004. Also available is the School Nursing Certification, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education since 1990.
The acute shortage of nurses in Pennsylvania and the nation has been discussed nationally during the last few years. In spring 2004, Immaculata, responding to this need, introduced an MSN program. Through Immaculata´s graduate program, the University is helping to meet specific staffing needs within the Commonwealth by augmenting the supply of nurses prepared for managerial/leadership roles in interdisciplinary practice.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of Routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
Brandywine Hospital is conveniently located on the Route 30 bypass between Downingtown and Coatesville, Pennsylvania and serves as a 175-bed acute care medical facility that has provided a full continuum of care to the community for over 100 years.

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