• Nursing
    Nursing Heads Into Second Year

    After finishing an exciting first year, Lee University’s School of Nursing is heading into a second year full of growth and new opportunities.

    The nursing program began accepting students in the fall of 2014, and each semester will result in a new set of nursing courses unfolding as the student cohorts move through the curriculum.

    The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare nurses who view professional practice through the lens of a caring, Christian worldview and who demonstrate transformational servant leadership that is intentional, bold, infused with Christ-centered confidence, and radically compassionate in caring for others in an increasingly diverse, global, complex and changing world.

    The program has a traditional track for students earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Currently, there are four groups moving through the BSN track. The 32 students of the cohort, who began the program in fall of 2014, have already taken many other college credits and are taking almost exclusively nursing courses, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2017. Cohort students will be the first students to graduate from Lee with a BSN. This group enters clinicals this semester, also as the first group to do so. The 2014 freshmen, entering last fall, are on a standard four-year track that ncorporates nursing courses gradually into their schedule. These 32 students expect to graduate in May 2018.

    The transfer group, who enrolled this fall (2015), completed prerequisites and transferred into the program from Lee or another university. This group of 23 students anticipate graduation in December 2017.

    The fourth group is the 2015 freshmen, also entering this fall. These 49 declared nursing majors, will take introductory nursing courses their first year. This group’s projected graduation is May 2019.

    Dean Campbell of the School of Nursing reported that “the response to the new nursing program has been tremendous, and has led to robust enrollment.”

    Students aren’t the only new additions to the School of Nursing this semester. Four new faculty members and a professional practice coordinator have joined the School of Nursing. The role of enrollment and advising specialist also has a new face. Additionally, construction will begin on the site of the nursing building this fall.

    Amy Blake, Laura Chapman, Rebecca Hergert, and Charlotte Webb join the Lee faculty as lecturer and assistant professors of nursing. For more information about the new faculty members, see the article here: http://leeuniversity.edu/NewsItem.aspx?id=9736.

    Shannon McBrayer has been working part-time for Lee as a professional practice coordinator over the summer and will now begin full time in this role. She is completing a Master of Science from the Nursing Education Program at Capella University and holds a BSN from the University of Tennessee. Prior to Lee, she served as the adjunct clinical instructor for the nursing department for Cleveland State Community College for four years. She also served as the Enrichment Instructor for their summer program.

    Jacob Fast joins the School of Nursing as the enrollment and advising specialist. He has most recently served as an admissions counselor for Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he worked with the United States Postal Service. Fast also has experience as a high school counselor. He earned his Master of Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his Bachelor of Science from Geneva College.

    According to Cole Strong, assistant vice president for operations at Lee, construction plans for the nursing building have been underway for the past year, with an anticipated completion date of fall 2016. To start the planning process, the School of Nursing created a proposal based on the classroom and usage needs, which then went to Lee’s general contractor, Tri-Con, who worked with an architect to get the building drawn and permits approved. Starting early in the spring semester of 2015, building plans developed through a series of drawings to which changes and improvements were made.

    The School of Nursing building will be three stories and will have two main entrances—one facing Parker Street and one facing Church Street, overlooking the soon-coming south campus quad. Keeping a large lawn to maximize green space has been a priority for the entire quadrangle of the School of Nursing, Pangle Hall, the Communication Arts Building, and the eventual Department of Business building. There will also be a new parking lot constructed across from the nursing building on the other side of Parker Street to accommodate any increased traffic.

    “This property will be pleasing to the eye, bring engagement and excitement to the area, and will be something the entire community can be proud of,” said Strong.

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