LMU JOINS NATION IN CELEBRATING NURSES
May 8, 2012 - Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is celebrating National Nurses Week. May 6 -12, 2012, has been designated as National Nurses Week by the American Nurse Association (ANA). This year’s theme is “Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring.”
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests and strengths. Nursing professionals work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, homeless shelters, specialty care clinics and many other places.
This is a week to take time out to thank nurses for what they do every day. With more than two million nurses in the United States, nurses represent the largest group of health care providers in America. Whether they are caring for patients in doctor’s offices, hospitals or in the face of crisis or disaster, nurses are vital to the well-being of the nation’s health care system.
For LMU, the week-long celebration coincides with last weekend’s Spring Commencement, where the Caylor School of Nursing (CSON) conferred 108 associate of science in nursing degrees and twelve bachelor of science in nursing degrees. The associate degree candidates were also pinned during the CSON pinning ceremony on May 3.
Founded in 1897 as a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, the University’s mission is to serve the Appalachian region by providing quality programs in higher education. LMU launched its nursing program in 1974, in part to fight the growing health care crisis across the region. The Appalachian region remains an underserved area today. Since the program’s inception, over 5,000 nursing graduates have joined the employment ranks and the majority of those graduates live and serve within 75 miles of the main campus.
Nursing is the largest undergraduate department at LMU. Enrollment in the CSON has quadrupled over the last four years as new programs and concentrations have been added. The CSON offers a variety of degree options to meet nurses’ career goals. The CSON offers the associate of science in nursing (ASN), the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and the master of science in nursing (MSN) programs at LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., and four extended learning sites. The ASN program is offered in Harrogate, Corbin, Ky., at Baptist Regional Medical Center, Knoxville at Tennova’s Physicians Regional Medical Center (formerly Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s) and Blount County, Tenn., in collaboration with Blount Memorial Hospital. The RN-BSN program is offered at Harrogate and the RN-BSN and BSN programs are offered at LMU-Cedar Bluff. The MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is offered at Harrogate, LMU-Cedar Bluff and the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. The MSN in Nurse Anesthesia is offered at Harrogate and the MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is offered at LMU-Cedar Bluff.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at email@example.com.
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