How fitting that Trinity is launching a new marketing campaign for our new Nursing Program during National Nurses Week! “Nurses: Strength, Commitment, Compassion” is the theme for the week that runs May 6-12. American Nurses Association (ANA) President Barbara Blakeney, MS, RN writes on the ANA website, “Today’s nurses must have the strength to care for patients during times of disaster and crisis; the commitment to remain involved in continuing education throughout their careers; and the compassion to provide hands-on patient care at the bedside – as we have done throughout the centuries. Moreover, at 2.9 million strong, nurses represent the largest group of health care professionals in America, and we have the power to achieve much-needed reform in nursing and in health care. That is why it is important to take time during National Nurses Week to thank nurses for what they do and to remind the public just how vital our nation’s nurses are to patients, their families and society.”
Trinity’s new Director of Nursing Dr. Sharon Mailey is moving quickly to build our program. She offers this observation on Trinity’s initiative: “As the Trinity Nursing Program is being launched, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the historical strength of Trinity and our commitment to service and learning, and our passion to be the great institution that we are. Adding the Trinity Nursing Program is a strategic decision to foster university growth and to better serve our community; its mission is to provide a program of liberal and nursing education that builds on the education and skills of registered nurses; and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for professional nursing practice. The profession of nurse is a perfect match for the Trinity mission.”
Dr. Mailey comes to Trinity with long years of experience in nursing education at Shenandoah University, Marymount University, Georgetown University, and military nursing experience including the Air Force Reserves where she achieved the rank of Brigadier General. She is an exceptional leader to launch Trinity’s program.
Trinity will start with the RN-to-BSN degree, with the first class enrolling for the Fall 2006 semester. Future plans include expansion to many other phases of nursing credentials, and other allied health professions. Nurses who are interested in completing their BSN degrees should visit Trinity’s website for more information and applications.
The need to expand the nursing workforce in this region and throughout the nation is critical. With a long track record in preparing students for medical careers and a strong science program, Trinity is well positioned to add Nursing and Health Professions to our roster of major programs. We look forward to working with area health care providers, including our partners and friends at Kaiser Permanente, Medstar (especially the Washington Hospital Center and the National Rehabilitation Hospital), Providence Hospital, D.C. Chartered Health and many other area hospitals and medical centers as we move ahead with plans to expand these programs.
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