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Gonzaga University’s new School of Nursing and Human Physiology takes shape

Monday December 9, 2013
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The newly established School of Nursing and Human Physiology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., is taking shape, with fall enrollment of about 850 students, according to Lin Murphy, RN, PhD, chairwoman of Gonzaga’s Department of Nursing.

Recognizing the growing need for healthcare professionals across the world, Gonzaga established a new School of Nursing and Human Physiology in July — its first new school in nearly 40 years, according to a news release.

Since the school’s inception, a school advisory council has been formed and work is proceeding on articulating the core values, purpose and vision of the school based on input from faculty and staff at an earlier meeting and through online forums, according to Murphy.

Enrollment stats

The school’s fall enrollment includes 295 BSN students with 135 of them in the upper division nursing major; 530 MSN students including 102 RN-MSN students; 33 second master’s students; and 25 post-master’s DNP students, according to Murphy.

Commitment to community

While Gonzaga has had a full BSN program since admitting its first nursing cohort in January of 2006 and a BS in human physiology since 2009, the new school illustrates the university’s commitment to providing high quality healthcare education.

“Bringing the two schools together is a statement of commitment to the health community and provides a presence in the health community in Spokane,” said Brenda Stevenson Marshall, PhD, MPH, MAE, inaugural dean of the new school.

“One of our goals is to improve opportunities for partnership and collaboration that benefit our students and the community,” said Stevenson Marshall, noting the school is reviewing options for possibly offering specialty nursing programs in gerontology and midwifery. The new school also is considering working with the business and law schools to offer an interdisciplinary course for nursing students.

For more information, visit News.Gonzaga.edu/2013/Gonzaga-Launches-School-Nursing.


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