Nursing program gains approval
Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:34 am
The Messenger 09.29.10
Murray (Ky.) State University’s board of regents recently voted at its quarterly meeting to approve a proposal that would create a doctor of nursing practice in the school of nursing.
The DNP program is designed to move BSN-prepared registered nurses into advanced practice, benefiting health care not only in Kentucky but also in the surrounding region and the nation.
Murray State’s school of nursing, which was established July 1 of this year as a stand-alone academic entity in the college of health sciences and human services, offers a number of nursing programs at both the baccalaureate and master levels.
This newest program will enhance the visibility of nursing to potential students, as well as assist in securing grants and contracts and attracting highly qualified faculty to the university.
The DNP program also offers a distinct advantage to nursing student graduates. Transitioning from bachelor’s or master’s degrees to doctoral-level training will open up avenues of employment for nurses, not only in the health care field, but also in the area of nursing faculty shortages.
An anticipated start date for the new doctoral program is August 2012.
A national search for a dean of the school of nursing is now under way. Dr. Michael Perlow is currently serving as interim dean.