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Loyola hosts nursing students from Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences

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The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Maywood, Ill., hosted 40 nurses from the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences on April 19 at the health sciences campus for an informational session about its RN-to-BSN program. The school previously welcomed 37 nurses and their faculty from China for a similar session in March.

Loyola’s dean, faculty and staff worked with the Asian American Advisory Council in the fall of 2012 to plan the events and explore ways in which these associate degree nurses could enroll in Loyola’s RN-to-BSN online program. The main obstacle preventing them from applying to the program is that they need to pass the U.S. NCLEX-RN exam first. These nurses also have little experience with online learning and social media.

During their six-week visit to the U.S., these nurses study English at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill., and take an NCLEX-RN review course. In China, these nurses also are taught in English by faculty from the U.S. and other countries who adopted an American nursing curriculum.

“We need to continue to push for a more highly educated nursing workforce worldwide,” Maria Connolly, RN, PhD, APN, FCCM, CNE, ANEF, executive director of the RN-to-BSN program at Niehoff, said in the news release. “Our willingness to work globally, as we did with the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences, will expand the reach of our curriculum and bring online learning to diverse populations.”

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