Pima Medical Institute Introduces new Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online
Posted: August 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Baker
TUCSON, Ariz. (Aug. 4, 2015) –
Pima Medical Institute has recently introduced a new online bachelor of science degree in nursing
(BSN) for those who are already registered nurses (RN). The new program focuses on cultural understanding and leadership skills, enabling graduates to work with a highly diverse population while leading a team of healthcare professionals.
“We are proud of the curriculum
we’ve crafted for our new RN to BSN program,” said Pima Medical Institute’s Corporate Nursing Director, Susan Gonda
, DNP, MSN, RN. “The program’s two main components – diversity and leadership – are very expansive, allowing students to dive into these complicated but critical subjects.”
The diversity component of the program focuses on several topics, including world religions, healthcare within ethnic populations, healthcare disparities and vulnerable populations, the cultural makeup of the United States as well as globally, and Spanish for the medical professional.
“We teach students how to interact with patients of different faiths, which can vary greatly from patient to patient. We also teach them how to say important key phrases in Spanish and how to identify healthcare disparities within different cultures. We work on a plan of action with the students, where they identify that disparity and create ways to tackle it. We also tie it in with community healthcare and create a roadmap to improving quality of life,” Gonda said.
The RN to BSN bachelor’s degree also emphasizes theories, concepts and principles important for the development of nursing leadership and management knowledge, skills and attitudes. It focuses on evidence-based research analysis and utilization and pertinent clinical, fiscal, legal and political trends confronting healthcare and the nursing profession.
The graduate will be prepared to assume roles requiring increased leadership capability and clinical responsibility in the delivery of care to individuals, families, communities and the global population.
“In 2010 the Institute of Medicine decided after a long research project related to nursing that the percentage of nurses with a bachelor’s degree increase in the United States to 80 percent by 2020,” Gonda said. “So the demand for nurses with advanced degrees will continue to grow. There’s also documented research and evidence that indicates higher-educated nurses lead the charge for better patient outcomes.”
The 19-month program is completely online, which will allow RNs with busy work schedules to complete the degree. “We are giving them flexibility. That’s what nurses are asking for. We have built in experiential learning activities so that the working nurse can take the things they’ve learned and bring them back to their clinical environment,” Gonda explained.
The program also offers virtual patient assessment tools, where the student can interact with a virtual patient through the online platform and provide healthcare recommendations.
“They talk with the patient by typing questions and comments, the patient responds and the student can make decisions about the assessment from there. They have to perform certain tasks and identify key priorities based on the patient’s condition and responses and complete the assessment in the correct sequence,” Gonda said.
To enroll, students must have a high school diploma or recognized equivalency, have completed 60 semester credits of specific coursework at the post-secondary level and be a practicing registered nurse.
Public Relations and Communications Specialist
Pima Medical Institute
Pima Medical Institute (PMI) is a private, accredited school dedicated to provide students classroom studies paired with real-world training at medical facilities. Established in 1972, PMI helps students become career ready, focusing exclusively on healthcare professions, including medical, dental, veterinary and nursing fields. PMI’s curriculum includes certificate, associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs, ranging from nursing, medical assistant and radiology technician to veterinary assistant and dental hygienist.
PMI operates 16 campuses as well as an extensive online curriculum. The medical career college has a presence in seven western states with ground locations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Tucson, Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Las Vegas, N.V.; Houston and El Paso, Texas; and Chula Vista, Calif. For more information and a complete list of programs offered at each campus, visit pmi.edu or call 1-888-442-5998.