The inaugural graduates of Freed-Hardeman/Dickson nursing program recently passed their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The 11 students took their tests earlier this summer and fall and are all employed in the nursing field. The FHU/Dickson nursing program began in August 2016 and administrators are excited about its success. A pinning ceremony and reception were held in the rotunda to celebrate the graduates in May 2018. The overriding goal of the FHU/Dickson nursing program is to produce qualified nurses who are able to function effectively and safely and to do it all at a convenient location at the most cost-effective rate possible. The 21-month, four-semester program is the most recent addition to the Dickson campus and the most successful.
Approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, FHU began offering coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Fall 2016. Students study pharmacology, women’s health, adult and advanced adult care, pediatrics, mental health, health assessment, fundamentals of nursing, leadership and several other subjects. They gain clinical experience at Horizon Medical Center and NHC in Dickson and Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia. Several facilities in the Dickson area also provide outpatient clinical experience.
Former Attorney General Gonzales Speaks
In March 2018, former United States Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales spoke at the American Values Forum in the Performance Hall of the Renaissance Center in Dickson. The event raised scholarship funds for students finishing their college degrees at Freed-Hardeman University/Dickson.
Gonzales was appointed by President George W. Bush as the first Hispanic attorney general. He also served as a justice of the Texas Supreme Court and as general counsel to Bush while he was governor of Texas. Currently, he is the dean and Doyle Rogers Distinguished Professor of the College of Law at Belmont University.
Gonzales described the special experience of working in the White House. “If you are an American citizen and you get to go work every day in the White House, it just does not get any better than that,” he said.
FHU alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the school's impact in Memphis, as they spent an evening at the Memphis zoo. The Memphis Zoo opened the Northwest Passage, home of the polar bears, exclusively for the event. President David Shannon and FHU Memphis Director Aarek Farmer provided attendees with program updates. Highlights from the evening included giveaways of Memphis-branded alumni t-shirts and a drawing for a silver sponsorship to attend the 53rd Annual Benefit Dinner featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton. One of the zoo’s residents also made a surprise appearance during the evening, and a mobile photo booth was on hand to capture the fun.