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Dunigan Family School of Nursing to Launch Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Posted: Monday, December 18, 2023

An innovative program that aims to address the critical shortage of healthcare professionals and cultivate the next generation of nursing leaders will soon be launched at the University of Evansville (UE).

In 2024, the Dunigan Family School of Nursing will expand through the introduction of an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (A-BSN) designed to allow students who have an undergraduate degree in another field to earn their BSN in as little as 16 months. This first cohort is expected to begin in the summer of 2024.

"The A-BSN program is designed to provide a fast-track degree option for people who want to switch careers to enter the field of nursing," said Mary Kessler, Interim Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. "By introducing this program, we aim to mitigate the nursing shortage locally and nationally while showcasing our commitment to making a positive impact."

By 2030, the retirement of nearly 5 million Registered Nurses (RNs) and the need for an additional 1.2 million new nurses create a substantial demand for educational initiatives like the A-BSN program.

The accelerated BSN program directly addresses the severe nursing shortage experienced by local stakeholders, including Deaconess Healthcare and Ascension St. Vincent Evansville. With over 350 vacant acute care RN positions within a 6-mile radius and no accelerated BSN program within 50 miles, the program will become a crucial asset to the community. Graduates will swiftly fill nursing openings, alleviating the reliance on travel nursing contracts and ensuring a robust healthcare workforce for the region.

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