Announcement of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit by the ACEN
The Edyth T. James Department of Nursing at Washington Adventist University wishes to announce that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its baccalaureate nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The site visit is October 8-10, 2013. You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 1:30-2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, at Washington Adventist University’s Columbia room located on the second floor, Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Avenue.
Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:
Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
All written comments should be received by October 1, 2013.
01 October 2009
The Edyth T. James Department of Nursing at Washington Adventist University (WAU) was recently awarded 4.3 million dollars in grant funding. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University a three million dollar “Master’s Degrees at Predominantly Black Institutions (MPBI)” grant. This federal grant is intended to encourage low income and/or African Americans to pursue graduate degrees in fields such as nursing and engineering. Washington Adventist University was one of only five institutions that were awarded this grant.
Washington Adventist Hospital has also underwritten a 1.3 million dollar grant awarded through the Maryland Hospital Association and titled “Who Will Care.” This initiative seeks to address Maryland’s nursing shortage by equipping nursing schools to increase enrollment and graduation rates. Sixteen other Maryland educational institutions received grant funding through this initiative.
Washington Adventist University currently offers a Master of Science in Nursing with Business Leadership (M.S.N.-B.L.), which was implemented in the spring of 2007 and graduated its first class in December 2009. The MPBI grant will allow the University to enhance the existing M.S.N.-B.L. program and create two new academic concentrations: an educator track to the M.S.N.-B.L., called the Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Educator (M.S.N., Nurse Educator; to be implemented in fall 2010) and an Associate Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing (A.D.N. to M.S.N.; to be implemented in fall 2011).
In addition to facilitating a seamless progression from the existing R.N. to B.S. programs, these new concentrations will provide curriculum theory and application courses; instructional and evaluation strategies that utilize faculty-guided, student-led,
case-based learning and utilization of technology such as human-patient simulations; a nurse education practicum; research opportunities for graduate students; and preparation for graduate learners to take and pass the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator Exam.
The University’s traditional baccalaureate nursing program has been in existence since 1904. Over the past 10 years nursing classes have averaged about 25 graduates. WAU will use funding from the “Who Will Care” grant to increase enrollment, retain students, and increase the number of graduates. The campaign’s comprehensive goals are to increase the pool of diverse and qualified nursing graduates, and to develop and disseminate a technology-based nursing education curriculum model that can accommodate students from the underrepresented sectors of society. The “Who Will Care” grant will also enable the nursing department to purchase additional educational equipment such as patient simulators and computer software to help meet the aforementioned goals.
The Edyth T. James Department of Nursing is committed to providing quality baccalaureate Christian nursing education. The curriculum has been designed for individuals to develop professional competence in the scholarly practice of nursing. The program of study offers interrelated theoretical and clinical learning experiences. Multiple agencies are utilized for clinical experience including: Washington Adventist Hospital, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, National Naval Medical Center, Children’s National Medical Center, The Washington Hospital Center, County Departments of Health, Adventist Home Health, and various skill nursing facilities.
The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing expands the nurse’s view of society’s health needs. Employment opportunities extend beyond hospitals and nursing homes to community health agencies, health maintenance organizations, private industry, educational institutions, mission and foreign services.
The program’s broad integrated perspective develops interpersonal theoretical and clinical competence and prepares the student for graduate study in nursing. Nurses with graduate degrees in nursing find increased employment opportunities in research, practice, and education.
The nursing program is a 4 year program, graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Please see the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Progression Plan.
The nursing admissions packet contains all of the information needed to apply to the nursing program. The packet includes information and forms such as the program overview, procedure for admissions, deadlines for application to nursing program and more. Please review the nursing admissions packet content carefully.
You can review the Department of Nursing's mission, program goals, expected student outcomes and philosophy here.
To re-apply to the nursing program, the re-admission application must be submitted six (6) weeks prior to desired re-admission date to the Nursing Advisor & Progressions Coordinator. Re-applying to the nursing department does not guarentee acceptance back into the nursing program.
Once you are accepted into the Nursing Program, please review the following information below regarding required uniforms.
Click on the link to view, download or print the student handbook for school year 2015- 2016. BSN Student Handbook
Descriptions of the core nursing courses can be found in the Academic Bulletin, or the link below.
On November 4, 2014, the Department of Nursing faculty, students and staff led convocation at Sligo Church for the WAU community. Both nursng students Nicholas Difazio and Darrel Scott delivered a wonderful message for the audience. The Department of Nursing chair, Dr. Nancie Crespi wrote a song just for the occasion called "Lord. I Trust You" and performed it with the nursing students at the close of chapel.
Dr. Marc DiFazio, Pediatric Neurologist
Students enrolled in the nursing physical assessment course had the privledge of listening to and learning from a guest speaker from Childrens National Medical Center on November 11, 2015, Dr. Marc Difazio. Dr. Difazio is the Medical Director of the Montgomery County Outpatient Center at Children's National.He served as Chief of Child Neurology at Walter Reed Army Medical Cen2005 before transitioning to private practice in Rockville, Md. He is well-known to the community for his service, leadership, and expertise in clinical child neurology, with particular emphasister until in the areas of Tourette syndrome, headache/migraine, concussion, and the use of botulinum toxin (Botox) for a variety of conditions including headache, spasticity, and sialorrhea.
Nursing Chapel November 4, 2015: The department of nursing faculty, students and staff led the convocation service at Sligo Church for the WAU community. Nicholas Difazio and Darryl Scott (both sophomore nursing students) delivered a wonderful devotion. The department of nursing chair, Dr. Nancie Crespi compossed a song called " Lord. I Trust You" specifically for the occasion. Dr. Crespi and the nursing student body sang the song at the close of the program. It was an uplifting service the nursing students enjoyed putting together.
Nursing Department Student Learning Outcomes: Our Nursing students demonstrating a few of the nursing department learning objectives.
The 3rd Annual EBP Symposium