Sarah Bush Lincoln is partnering with Western Governors University to offer a one-of-a kind program that gives students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) while working fulltime. The program is the first of its kind in the state of Illinois.
Eight students who currently work at Sarah Bush Lincoln are enrolled in the first study cohort or session, which is set to begin in September. All course content is delivered online, and students complete nine clinical rotations in person at SBL throughout the duration of the program.
Sarah Bush Lincoln is hosting a kick off event for prospective students and nursing coaches from 4 to 6 pm Monday, September 10, in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education.
“I’m excited about this new opportunity. It’s an innovative program that makes it easier for people to pursue a career in nursing while working and it helps to fill critically needed jobs,” Tracey McCord, SBL Professional Development Coordinator, said. “It’s a win, win for everyone.”
WGU’s program makes it possible for working adults to fit continuing education into their busy lives. While the online degree program is rigorous and challenging, students can earn their degrees without sacrificing work, family and financial obligations.
Students are paired with expert staff nurses at Sarah Bush Lincoln who serve as mentors and coaches during skills labs and clinical rotations. Clinical experience includes intensive work at the Health Center in simulation labs on periodic weekends and clinicals over three- to four-week blocks.
The nursing pre-licensure degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and extensive in-hospital clinical experience needed to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in two and a half years. Upon graduation, students will meet the requirements needed to sit for the national exam to become a licensed registered nurse.
Sarah Bush Lincoln plans to offer study cohorts of 10 students each at least twice a year. WGU’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.
For more information about the program, call Tracey McCord at 217-238-4987 or email TMcCord@sblhs.org.