Nursing Department

at Saint Francis University

  • Congratulations 2015 Grads

    All 16 of the 2015 graduates of the Saint Francis University Nursing Program passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX--RN) on their first try.

     2015 Nursing Graduates

    Nursing: A Collaborative Approach

    Our nursing program positions healthcare practice and ethics at the core of your nursing career. Our teaching philosophy is to assist you to develop clinical expertise and critical thinking skills, knowledge and attitudes, in a Judeo-Christian perspective that will strengthen you for the challenges of a nursing profession.

    Student nurse working in Sim Lab  

    To succeed in nursing, you need to be ready for an innovative, high-touch, high caring profession where learning never stops.  Our nursing students enjoy a unique camaraderie through small clinical groups (1-8 faculty-student ratio) and our Nursing Student Organization (NSO). Faculty know students by name in our close-knit department. Faculty have expertise in all nursing clinical areas, and are always ready to assist students to achieve their highest potential.

    Collaboration is the buzz word around the School of Health Sciences. All of the Health Science Programs—including Nursing—will soon be housed in the same building—Sullivan Hall. The University is committed to building a cutting-edge, state-of the –art,  interdisciplinary simulation lab, where you will work in simulated activities with occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant students. Simulation provides a safe environment for all health science students to practice skills—both hands-on and communication—with other health professionals to mimic the current health care settings.

    Nursing Program Highlights:

    • Individual attention; hands-on approach----we want you to succeed!
    • 1-8 maximum faculty-student ratio on clinical (hospital ) sites
    • Small classes-allows for individual attention
    • Members of the Nursing Student Organization regularly attend state and national conventions
    • Students and faculty regularly volunteer for University-sponsored clinics for the underserved
    • Incorporate Franciscan values into the curriculum
    • Involvement with CERMUSA for student involvement in research

    Our students and graduates reach high and go far

    Most of our students are members of the NSO and regularly attend state conventions, and most recently attended the national convention.  Students are afforded the opportunity to go on service-learning trips to Central America where they assist with health clinics and orphanages for the underserved. Locally, our students assist with the Free Health Screening Event for the Underserved in September held on the Saint Francis Campus. All of our graduates who seek employment are employed. Many have gone far in their profession. Some have gone on to become nurse practitioners. Others have gone on to become nurse administrators and educators. You will see our graduates all over the country! One of our graduates is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. A most recent graduate has taken a job at the Los Angeles UCLA Medical Center in the Cardio-Thoracic Intensive Care Unit.

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