College of Health Sciences

Nursing

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EXCEPTIONAL JOB PLACEMENT 

One of the most stressful tests students take is the NCLEX, which provides BSN graduates with their official nursing license. Thanks to FinnU’s individualized attention, hands-on experience and rigorous curriculum, our BSN graduates are better prepared to take the NCLEX test. We have an abundance of support programs in place like the online NCLEX prep program, ATI, to help our graduates pass their exam. In 2016 and 2019,100 percent of Finlandia’s BSN graduates passed the NCLEX on the first try.

A nursing degree is one of the best a student can obtain in today’s job market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nursing jobs will increase by 15 percent in the next decade. 100 percent of Finlandia nursing graduates are able to secure a job within six months of passing their NCLEX exam.

HIGH NUMBER OF LAB AND CLINICAL HOURS

Our faculty believes the best way to learn is with hands-on experience, which is why our students participate in over 1170 clinical hours over three years. And while the College of Health Sciences has the latest technology available for students to practice on with our HAL Simulations, our students’ main experiences comes from hands-on actual patient care, not hands-on simulation manikin practice care.

While other programs do clinical in large hospitals, it’s not unusual for those nursing students to watch a procedure several times, but only actually get to perform the procedure once on a patient. That’s because their nursing program is large and clinical sites have many other students to accommodate. Thanks to our small class sizes, our students have the opportunity to work with real patients every day. They don’t just watch. They do.

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NO WAITING LIST

At some Michigan universities, prospective nurses have to wait as many as three years to get into a nursing program. Finlandia has no waiting list for admission, which means qualified students can get started right away.

Graduating high school students are known as pre-nursing students and begin taking nursing pre-requisites their freshman year at Finlandia. After their freshman year, pre-nursing students can apply to be in the BSN major, which is reserved for sophomore-level students.

A transfer student who has completed his or her freshman year and all pre-requisites (found in the BSN Handbook) can begin the nursing program as a sophomore right away. Finlandia also understands the importance of nurses with BSN degrees and is proud to be Western U.P.’s only accredited program.

STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITY: TANZANIA

Study abroad opportunities are an interest for many students. For nursing students, finding a program or class that allows them to study abroad in their speciality can be difficult. At Finlandia, the spring service and learning trip to Tanzania provides nursing students with the unique opportunity to work in a Tanzanian hospital for a few weeks over summer break.

In several pre-trip seminars, students explore the culture, history and language of Tanzania, and examine their own cultural identity in preparation for this intense cross-cultural experience.  In a post-trip seminar, the participants gather to reflect on their experiences in East Africa.

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"Finlandia's BSN degree is a challenging program that I feel prepares us more for our career when we're done. The clinical hours are higher than any other campus I've heard of. 180 minimum per semester and a summer semester with 72, so we get a lot of hands-on in-the-field experience with patients and that prepares us as well."

Melissa Helppi ('18)

"Finlandia was great for me because, not only did it not have a waiting list, it offered great pass rates on the NCLEX and three years of intensive clinical experience. So when I found Finlandia, I felt like I was on my way."

O'Donis Person ('15)

"The faculty is also so knowledgeable and supportive. I maintain contact with some of my professors even now. It’s really like a small family. At times, it felt like school would never end. The clinical hours were intensive, but they challenged us. The learning experience was 100 percent worth it. People at Finlandia really care about me."

Lynnette Hokenson ('15)

NURSING FAMILIES

Nursing families is a tradition where junior-level students “adopt” freshman and transfer students to help guide them through the first year of the educational program. The practice of academic families is well known in some European universities and is a great way to make first-year students feel more comfortable in a new environment.

“With this tradition, we want to make sure that the new incoming students feel supported in their journey.” – Assistant Professor of Nursing Irina Sergeyeva  

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NURSING IN THE NEWS

Student Nurses Association Hosting Blood Drive Oct. 27

October 20, 2020

The Finlandia University Student Nurses Association (FUSNA) will be hosting a Blood Drive on Oct. 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Matthew. Donors will go to the Chapel to complete paperwork and check vital signs before donating in the bloodmobile, which will be parked in the Old Main parking lot. 

The FUSNA is partnering with UP Health Systems Regional Blood Center to sponsor the event. 

“This experience helps nursing students solidify […] Read More

Don’t Throw Away Your Shot! Finlandia Fridays Talks About the Flu Shot Clinic

October 09, 2020

“I’m not throwing away my shot,” sang Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in the hit musical “Hamilton.” While Miranda wasn’t referring to a flu shot per-say, it is important not to forgo your flu shot this year. To make it easier to obtain, Finlandia University’s Wellness Committee will have influenza vaccines available for the Finlandia community on Monday, Oct. 12 from 3-5p.m in Nikander 14A.

Talking about the Flu Shot Clinic on Finlandia Fridays this week was Assistant Professor […] Read More

Jan Bigalke
Alumni Update: Bigalke Named Principal of Ludington Area Catholic School

August 06, 2020

Finlandia University alumna, Jan Bigalke, recently accepted the role as Principal at Ludington Area Catholic School. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Suomi College and has more than 16 years of experience working as a registered nurse. After getting her associates from Suomi College, Bigalke earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton.

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NURSING ACCREDITATION

The Michigan State Board of Nursing of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Board of Nursing, 611 W. Ottawa Street, P.O. 30670, Lansing, Mich. 48909, (517) 373-7484, approves the Finlandia University Nursing program. The baccalaureate Nursing program at Finlandia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Initial Approval Received from the MI Board of Nursing: January 10, 2003. Program Accreditation Received from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): April 21, 2007; Renewed October 10, 2011; Next renewal date is October 2021.

THE SIX CORE COMPETENCIES FOR THE B.S.N. GRADUATE ARE:

  1. Communication: The Nursing graduate communicates effectively with persons through the use of verbal and non-verbal skills, written abilities, active listening, and informational technologies.
  2. Analytical and Critical Thinking: The Nursing graduate integrates mathematics, scientific knowledge, and research with nursing practice.
  3. Personal Perspective: The Nursing graduate demonstrates the ability to meet personal needs as a mature, adaptable member within the nursing profession.
  4. Creative Insight: The Nursing graduate demonstrates the ability to think critically and creatively in the identification, analysis, and resolution of problems, issues, truth claims, and ethical issues.
  5. Global Perspective: The Nursing graduate understands and appreciates the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts within a global and multicultural society.
  6. Concentration in Nursing: The Nursing graduate demonstrates the ability and commitment to practice nursing within the roles of provider and manager of care.

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Faculty and Staff

Ryan Bessolo

Assistant Professor, Nursing

ryan.bessolo@finlandia.edu

Cindy Blake

Assistant Professor of Nursing

cindy.blake@finlandia.edu

Amanda Kerttu

Administrative Assistant - Nursing

Amanda.Kerttu@finlandia.edu

Mark Miron

Associate Professor, Nursing

mark.miron@finlandia.edu

MarnieAnn Polkky

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Marnie.Polkky@finlandia.edu

Irina Sergeyeva

Assistant Professor, Nursing

irina.sergeyeva@finlandia.edu

Lori Sullivan

Director RN to BSN Program; Associate Professor

lori.sullivan@finlandia.edu

Johnna Therrian

Associate Professor of Nursing

johnna.therrian@finlandia.edu
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