FHN in Freeport, Ill., and the Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago recently announced the first-ever class of masters degree candidates in their new, joint clinical nurse leader program. Six FHN nurses have been accepted into and received FHN scholarships for the program.
“Rush University has a tradition of nursing excellence dating back to 1885,” Nancy Cutler, RN, MS, vice president of patient services and CNO of FHN, said in a news release. “It is an honor to work with one of the nations foremost schools of nursing in a program that we believe will have an enormous impact on patient care.”
The half-dozen students in the inaugural FHN/Rush class, all BSN-level nurses at FHN, will work toward their masters degree through the online Rush program and develop the CNL role at FHN.
“The CNL role puts highly skilled clinicians in charge of a specific patient population to keep them healthy and out of the hospital and emergency department,” Cutler said in the release. “The CNL has a direct benefit on patient outcomes and quality of care, and were excited to be the only hospital in our region to utilize this role.”
The CNL program is a two-year, part-time online program tailored to allow nurses to work while they complete their study. THE FHN nurses participating in the program are Megan Christensen, RN, BSN; Tracy Love, RN, BSN; Shari Murphy, RN, BSN; Beth Mclain, RN, BSN; Jennifer Schierer, RN, BSN; and Laura Mack, RN, BSN.
“We are so pleased to partner with FHN for this program and are confident that this class will be the first of many successful cohorts,” Lisa Rosenberg, RN, MSN, PhD, associate professor and director of academic advancement at the Rush University College of Nursing, said in the release.