RN to BSN

School of Integrative Learning

Location: Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha, Online
Degree Type: 
Undergraduate

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing who want to advance in the profession. The completion of a bachelor’s degree in nursing is the gateway to graduate-level education and advanced nursing employment roles.

Doane University’s program prepares students to go beyond the bedside.
The BSN program at Doane focuses on four critical components every nurse needs:

  • Being a strong communicator
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Leadership
  • Real-world problem solving

Doane prepares graduates to care for the person - not the patient.  Understanding that each nurse’s interests are different, students are supported to create a clinical project that matters to them and compliments their career goals. Students won’t repeat any coursework that they already learned as an RN.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Doane University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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Programs

The Doane Difference

Independent Clinical Plan

Independent Clinical Plan
Doane understands that each nurse’s interests are different. Students in the BSN program work with faculty to develop a clinical plan unique to each student. Doane lets students apply learned skills to a clinical that the student develops and to their career simultaneously.

No Repetition

No Repetition
You already possess the knowledge you need to care for a patient, now go beyond. At Doane, our nurses are seeking new knowledge - not something they previously learned. You’re already a nurse, why repeat the same coursework again?

Communication Under Pressure

Communication Under Pressure
When the stress of a situation is unavoidable, keeping a cool head under pressure is essential. Doane helps students build the character and self-awareness to communicate effectively no matter the situation.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence
RNs are with people at their most vulnerable state - when they are needing medical care. Doane prepares you with the emotional intelligence that you need in order to care for the person - not the patient.

Leadership

Leadership
Leadership. It means something different to different people. Leadership takes experience and the only way to get experience is through practice. Doane’s BSN focuses on leadership in practice - not in theory.

Problem Solving

Problem Solving
“Expect the unexpected.” No one knows this more than an RN. Things don’t always go to plan, and nurses are on the front lines when it happens. RNs are often the first to respond. Doane prepares you to make confident decisions fast when the unexpected happens.

Program Information

Registered Nurse
2018 Median Pay: $71,730 per year
Job Outlook: +15% from 2016-2026
Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Health Educators and Community Health Workers
2018 Median Pay: $46,080 per year
Job Outlook: +16% from 2016-2026
Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.

Medical and Health Services Managers
2018 Median Pay: $99,730 per year
Job Outlook: +20% from 2016-2026
Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must direct changes that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

Source: bls.gov

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Special Program Admission Requirement

The following is required for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program:

Background Investigation Requirement

An investigative background check is required of all nursing students prior to direct client contact within a health care facility or other setting where healthcare, clinical or behavioral counseling is provided, as well as students who do not have direct client contact but engage in practice-based learning within a setting where healthcare, clinical or behavioral counseling is provided. Special permission may be given to nursing students only, who will be remaining in their place of employment. Refer to the Background Investigation Policy for the full policy.

Clinical Requirements

The RN to BSN program may require the student to provide, as requested by clinical facility policies and regulations, demographic and health information, including proof of immunization, drug or urine screening, and/or specific orientation and/or training requirements. The student must show proof of personal medical insurance prior to clinical. The student is responsible for any expense incurred in completing this process. The student may be stopped out of clinical courses at any time if not in compliance with Doane University or clinical facility policies and requirements.

Previous Nursing Coursework

Applicants who have completed an associate's degree or diploma in nursing at a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing [ACEN], formerly National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission [NLNAC] from 1997 to 2012, and National League for Nursing from 1938 to 1996, or the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation [CNEA] can have a maximum of 72 semester credits accepted in transfer.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Cognate Course Requirement:

April Minster

April Minster

Director of Nursing With Rank of Assoc Prof of Practice
Lincoln Campus
Deb Savage

Deb Savage

Assistant Prof of Practice in Nursing & Clinical Supervisor
Lincoln Campus
Drew Case

Drew Case

Assistant Director of Nursing, RN to BSN Program
Lincoln Campus
Teresa Anderson

Teresa Anderson

Adjunct Faculty
Grand Island Campus
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Suzy Carter

Associate Professor
Lincoln Campus
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Peggy Radke

Adjunct Faculty
Grand Island Campus
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Nick King

Adjunct Faculty
Grand Island Campus
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Laura Ebke

Adjunct Faculty
Lincoln Campus
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Jodi Nelson

Adjunct Faculty
Lincoln Campus
Barbie Hoins - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Doane’s helped me to be an inspiration to my children and grandchildren by opening up doors I thought were closed to me a long time ago.

Barbie Hoins ’18

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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