Chamberlain College of Nursing is opening a new campus in Irving, Texas, its third campus in the state and 18th nationwide. The campus will offer a three-year BSN degree program and is accepting applications for admission to the fall semester, which begins Aug. 31, according to a news release.
Chamberlain’s Irving campus will be led by Kacie Spencer, DNP, MSN, RN. Spencer, former president of Chamberlain’s Pearland campus, has more than a decade of clinical nursing and academic experience. She has served as dean of academic affairs for Chamberlain’s Houston campus and faculty chairwoman and dean of academic affairs for Chamberlain’s Arlington, Va., campus.
Growing healthcare needs
Growing healthcare needs in Texas are creating a high demand for RNs, especially those with BSNs, according to the release. In 2012, the Texas rate of unfilled jobs for RNs reached a high of 8.1 percent, higher than in other states of comparable size, and has remained steady since, according to the release.
In North Texas, more than 50 percent of hospitals in the area report to the Texas Department of Health Services that they consider BSNs for their RN staff important or very important, according to the release.
“Chamberlain’s philosophy of education, which we call Chamberlain Care, is different than that of many higher education institutions,” Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, national president of the college, said in the release.
“We have an unswerving commitment to taking extraordinary care of our students and providing robust resources to help them succeed. Faculty and staff provide students with individualized resources and support from the beginning of their academic careers through graduation, preparing each student with the strong foundation needed to be an extraordinary nurse equipped with the values, behaviors and knowledge base required not only to succeed but to lead positive change in today’s healthcare environment.”