The Reading (Pa.) Hospital and Medical Center has chosen Cedar Crest College of Allentown, Pa., to deliver an accredited MSN program to its nurses. According to a news release, this partnership will enable nurses at the hospital who have a BSN to take on-site courses one day a week and earn an MSN with a focus in nursing administration. The program, which is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, can be completed in two years.
According to the release, this program is one way in which the hospital is meeting the recommendations of the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” which suggests that at least 80% of direct care nurses be prepared at the BSN level by 2020.
“From the quality of the program to its on-site delivery, the Cedar Crest College master of science in nursing program meets all of our needs,” Reading Hospital acting CNO Barbara Romig, RN, MSN, CPHQ, said in the release.
“We are very happy to be able to provide this program to our nurses and look forward to a long-lasting and valuable partnership.”
The MSN is identical to the program taught at Cedar Crest College and will include instruction by the same faculty members who teach on the Allentown campus. In addition to nurses at Reading Hospital, the 38-credit program is open to nurses who work in the surrounding area.
“Reading is a huge area,” Wendy Robb, RN, PhD, CNE, chairperson and director of the graduate nursing program at Cedar Crest College, said in the release. “The hospital is going through major expansion right now, and the community has a lot of needs. We are very excited about helping the hospital and its nurses to reach their potential and serve the community to the fullest.”