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College of Health Sciences

Nursing

Be a part of a challenging, yet rewarding degree

Save lives with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 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 seven 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 you to practice on with our HAL Simulations, our students’ main experiences come from hands-on actual patient care, not hands-on simulation mannequin 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)

ACADEMIC FAMILIES

Academic 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

Community Blood Drive Graphic
FinnU Student Nurses Association hosting blood drive November 4

October 27, 2022

Do your part to help save lives!

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Hosted by Finlandia University Student Nurses Association (FUSNA), a community blood drive will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Matthew in Hancock. Donors will go to the lower level of the Chapel to complete paperwork and check vital signs before giving blood.

The FUSNA will also be hosting a bake sale and selling Saykllys candy bars at the blood […] Read More

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Help FinnU win the 2022 Fight the Flu competition

October 05, 2022

Finlandia University to host on-campus flu shot clinic on Monday, October 10, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Hirvonen Gymnasium

To further protect our campus communities throughout the region, the Center for Rural Health at Northern Michigan University is bringing all U.P. colleges and universities together to “Fight the Flu”.

Finlandia community members who receive their flu vaccination at the Nursing program’s on-campus flu shot clinic will not be required to self-report. Individuals who choose to receive their flu vaccination elsewhere, […] Read More

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Finlandia Nursing receives accreditation through 2032

August 09, 2022

Finlandia University Nursing is pleased to announce that its program has received national reaccreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program offers two tracks, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an Online RN-BSN Completion Track. The renewed accreditation was granted for 10 years, indicating that the program has consistently demonstrated quality and effective educational practices. 

“CCNE accreditation demonstrates that our BSN program meets the professional standards for baccalaureate prepared nurses. Receiving professional accreditation assures […] Read More


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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 degree program in nursing at Finlandia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 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 18, 2021; Next renewal date is June 30, 2032

Students considering pursuing an academic program that leads to professional licensure are advised that the Finlandia Nursing Program prepares students to practice in the state of Michigan and are not intended to prepare students for out of state licensure. Finlandia has not determined whether its curriculum prepares students for licensure in any other state.

Students enrolled in Finlandia’s Nursing program seeking to practice outside the state of Michigan are advised to contact the appropriate licensing agency within their home state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of their home state. Graduates who want to practice in other states should also review those requirements via the NCSBN website.

 

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

Cecelia Baccus

Nursing Administrative Assistant

Cecelia.Baccus@finlandia.edu

Mark Miron

Associate Professor, Nursing

mark.miron@finlandia.edu

MarnieAnn Polkky

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Marnie.Polkky@finlandia.edu

Irina Sergeyeva

Coordinator, RN to BSN Program; Associate Professor, Nursing; Academic Advisor

irina.sergeyeva@finlandia.edu

Lori Sullivan

Nursing Program Chair; Professor

lori.sullivan@finlandia.edu
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