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FinnU Nursing ranked a top program in Michigan by Nursing Schools Almanac for second straight year

December 18, 2020

Finlandia University’s nursing program was ranked a top program in Michigan for the second year in a row by Nursing Schools Almanac. Nursing Schools Almanac evaluated over 3,000 schools on the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination. From there, an overall score was applied and schools were ranked accordingly. FinnU came in at number 26 in the state of Michigan thanks to a number of factors including a history of exceptional first-time NCLEX pass rates, job placement rates, and the unique opportunities for hands-on experiences including a high number of clinical hours and the Tanzania Service Learning study abroad trip

Joining Olivia Myers on Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about the award was the nursing department chair, Lori Sullivan (BSN, MSN, DNP). Sullivan also touched on how the nursing program has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming move to the new College of Health Sciences building in a few weeks. 

“I believe one of the biggest factors [for the ranking] is that we’re able to offer educational experiences that can really focus on the individual student’s needs,” said Sullivan. We have smaller class sizes, so that allows our faculty to get to know each individual student on an individual level so they can better facilitate that student, leading to fulfillment of their personal educational needs. We’re able to see where their strengths are and where there might be some areas of needed improvement so we can focus our strategies relative to that.”

Sullivan said another factor that sets the program apart is the high number of clinical hours and other hands-on experiences such as COVID-19 testing, flu shot vaccination administration, and other opportunities afforded to students throughout the year. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional opportunities – and challenges – for students to gain valuable experience. 

“Faculty, staff, our university as a whole, and our community partners have all had to demonstrate resilience and sisu through this whole pandemic,” said Sullivan. “I’m grateful for all the work everyone’s put in because we’re still able to meet their educational needs and provide good experiences still.”

Sullivan said the move to the new College of Health Sciences building is underway and is looking forward to what the new space will provide in terms of collaboration between students and faculty. 

To learn more about Finlandia’s nursing program, please visit finlandia.edu/nursing. A detailed description of the Nursing Almanac’s assessment methodology and dimension weights can be found here.

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