The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J., held a pinning ceremony Sept. 21 for the graduates of its inaugural accelerated, second-degree BSN program. According to a news release, the program is designed for adult learners who already possess a non-nursing bachelors degree and who are interested in becoming RNs.
Of the three program components that the cohort completed — hands-on clinical nursing experience, online courses and classroom-based instruction — the latter is a departure for the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing, at which RN-to-BSN students customarily complete their course work online, according to the release.
“The students put forth an extraordinary effort and had to be fully committed to putting their lives on hold for the program,” Filomela “Phyllis” Marshall, RN, EdD, CNE, dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing, said in the release. “The programs pace and rigorousness demanded that they exclude most other activities from their lives, including work, while they fulfilled their BSN course requirements. This first accelerated, second-degree BSN class is a remarkable group. They will bring a wealth of knowledge, compassion, adaptability and professionalism to the field of nursing.”