Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, has formalized a nurse education articulation agreement with Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. The agreement ensures that nursing graduates from the community college can continue their nursing education to complete BSN degrees through Northwestern’s online RN to BSN degree-completion program.
“Our online RN to BSN degree option is designed for working nurses,” Ruth Daumer, EdD, RN, MSN, director of Northwestern’s nursing department, said in a news release, “which means community college graduates can begin practicing nursing as they’re continuing their education to earn a BSN degree.
“In fact, now with the articulation agreement, NCC nursing students can begin working on their BSN degree requirements even as they’re completing their associate nursing degrees.”
The BSN degree is essential for career advancement in today’s complex healthcare environment, said Daumer, citing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which recommends that at least 80 percent of practicing nurses hold a minimum of a BSN degree.
Ruth Hobson, MSN, RN, director of nursing education at Northwest Iowa Community College, is excited about the opportunities the agreement makes possible for her students, according to the release.
“This is a partnership that will benefit students who graduate from our associate degree program and choose to pursue a BSN degree,” she said. “The education these nurses receive from both institutions will prepare them to be well-rounded, excellent nurses in our ever-changing, challenging healthcare arena.”