“The renovation of approximately 7,000 square feet at Freed-Hardeman University/Dickson created a state-of-the-art environment to learn the art and science of the nursing profession,” according to Dr. Bob Spencer, director of the FHU/Dickson nursing program.
The university began offering classwork leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the Fall 2016 semester. The 12 students who enrolled in the first cohort are all expected to receive their degrees in May 2018. They will be prepared to take the NCLEX licensing examination and enter the profession as a BSN graduate.
Their studies include pharmacology, women’s health, adult and advanced adult care, pediatrics, mental health, health assessment, fundamentals of nursing, leadership and several other subjects. Clinical experience is gained at Horizon Medical Center and NHC in Dickson and Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia. Outpatient clinical experience is gained at several locations in the Dickson area.
Interest in the nursing program has been high. Realization that a nursing program has opened in Dickson, greater familiarity with entrance requirements and positive feedback from current students has led to an increase in applications for Fall 2017.
“We anticipate between 35 and 40 students will be admitted into the program this fall,” Spencer said.
“Above all else, we are a decidedly Christian university,” Spencer said. “That belief permeates our culture, instruction and life.” Nursing educators model the compassion they teach their students to practice with their patients. “We encourage them to be ethical and moral in all their dealings with patients, families and other health professions,” Spencer added.
The FHU nursing program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.