Tell us about the accelerated nursing program that NAU recently launched.
The new accelerated BSN options that are coming to NAU in 2023 are a response the the State of Arizona and a plan to build the new health care workforce in the state. There is a significant shortage of nurses and other health care professionals in Arizona, and this serves as the reason for these new learning opportunities.
How is the program working to address the ongoing nursing shortage statewide?
Throughout the state, NAU has implemented new fast-paced BSN options that will take either 12 months or 16 months to complete. These efforts reduce are aimed at helping graduate more nurses, more quickly to aid in them joining the workforce in the near future.
What advice would you give to individuals who are considering a career in nursing, and what qualities are essential for success in this field?
To be an effective professional nurse candidate’s need to be prepared to be leaders, advocates and educators who are compassionate, caring and have effective communication skills. It is important for nurses to be organized, know how to prioritize, be critical thinkers and remain resilient, adaptable & flexible throughout their career. If you want to be a nurse, be ready to work hard and shine as an example of the most trusted profession year after year.
What are your hopes for the nursing profession, and how do you see the Yuma program contributing to that vision?
In the long term, I hope that nursing continues to gain more credibility and leverage in our health care system. Nurses are leaders, and the options for a nurse to benefit our society are limitless. It is my hope that eventually all nurses will be required to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing and that nurses will lead independent teams throughout communities to promote health care prevention, wellness and optimal health and serve as stellar role models.