HARROGATE, Tennessee, Dec. 5, 2018 – Lincoln Memorial University-Caylor School of Nursing (LMU-CSON) will celebrate the inaugural commencement of Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree candidates at its LMU-Tampa location at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at Florida Hospital Tampa Health Park (3102 East 138th Avenue).
Together, Florida Hospital and LMU-CSON began offering an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in fall 2017, and an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) in the spring of 2018. This will be the first class of students to complete their degrees at the LMU-Tampa site.
“I’m very excited to be part of the first graduating class from LMU’s Tampa site,” said Agnes Rachubka, a BSN student at LMU. “My classmates and I have worked hard to get to this point. We have been proud representatives for LMU in the community, both in the public and at our clinical sites.”
Though LMU is new to the Tampa area, the university was founded in 1897 in Harrogate, Tennessee, and the LMU-CSON offered its first nursing degree – the ASN – in 1974.
LMU-CSON prides itself on educating highly skilled, compassionate nurses that hospitals want to employ. Graduates go on to nursing careers in a variety of settings, from major medical centers to small community hospitals.
After graduation, Rachubka plans to apply to nurse residency programs for critical care and pursue an advanced nursing degree.
“My preceptorship in the intensive care unit cemented my desire to work in that setting. The close patient care and necessary critical thinking skills are what I like best about nursing. You are always learning something new in the ICU,” Rachubka said.
LMU offers a variety of degree options for students in the Tampa area to meet their career goals, including the ASN and BSN degree programs. LMU also offers online programs including an RN-BSN online, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in nursing administration, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
With graduation coming, students will soon be entering the workforce and facing new responsibilities. Rachubka says she is ready.
“LMU has thoroughly prepared me to enter the field of nursing. Looking back to my first semester, it is truly astonishing how much I have learned,” she said. “The hands on teaching in the skills lab and the diverse clinical experiences have exposed me to many different fields of nursing, and I feel more confident about entering the field and choosing the path I want to take.”
Students often remark on the support they receive from faculty in the nursing program.
“The dean and chairs have visited us every semester to hear our thoughts and opinions about our experience, and have even taught some of our classes. This involvement from the administration makes our class feel more connected with the main campus in Tennessee,” Rachubka said. “The faculty have been incredibly open, supportive and involved. I was amazed at how invested they were in our success as students.”
The need for nurses has never been greater. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a shortage of more than one million registered nurses by 2022, and the Florida Center for Nursing forecasts a shortage of over 50,000 registered nurses by 2025 in Florida alone.
The time to start a nursing career is now. LMU is taking applications now for the ASN program that starts in January and for the BSN program that starts in August 2019.
About the Caylor School of Nursing
Nursing is the largest undergraduate major at LMU. Enrollment in the CSON has increased exponentially over the last decade with the addition of new programs and concentrations. The CSON offers a variety of degree options to meet nurses’ career goals including the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Registered Nurse-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
About Lincoln Memorial University
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.
Caption: LMU nursing student, Agnes Rachubka, in the Simulation Lab at Lincoln Memorial University-Caylor School of Nursing learning site located at Florida Hospital Tampa Health Park.