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SAU Fills Nursing Need

SAU nursing students work on a simulator.

March 2017


Students in the St. Ambrose Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are having little trouble landing their dream job – even before graduation – due in part to a national nursing shortage.

Associate professor and Nursing Department chair Kathleen Andresen, PhD, said SAU's high-quality classroom program is filled to capacity and has a wait list. Fifty-five nursing students will graduate from the current program in May, including Taylor Holtkamp, who has already accepted a position as an ICU nurse. It was one of three job offers she received, and it was her "dream" position. She said the opportunities in critical care are endless.

Andresen said the university is doing all it can to help fill the need for quality nurses across the U.S.

Beginning in the fall, the SAU Nursing Department will offer its RN-BSN degree program fully online. The 27-credit hour program will be taught on an accelerated, eight-week class schedule and can be completed in as few 15 months.

Registration is open now. Interested candidates can contact Deborah Frankie-Lasher, the program's adviser/recruiter, at 563-333-6082 or via email.

To learn more about how St. Ambrose is working to remedy the nursing shortage, watch a KWQC TV-6 story here. 

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