Friday, February 15, 2019

UMMC Expands Oxford Nursing School

UMMC issued the following statement written by Kate Royals. 

Beginning in the fall, the University of Mississippi School of Nursing will expand its footprint in Oxford with a new space and more students.

The next cohort of students pursuing the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will number 45, an increase from this year’s class of 30. The eventual goal is to admit 60 students each year, according to Dr. Mary Stewart, interim dean for the School of Nursing.
And students will be doing their work in a new space: the South Oxford Center, or what was formerly the old Baptist Memorial Hospital before being purchased by the University of Mississippi in 2017.
The hospital’s former intensive care unit will be converted to a high-fidelity simulation practice lab for nursing students.
“With 12 bays, faculty will be able to run several scenarios simultaneously,” Stewart described. “In the end, space matters. Having this dedicated area for the School of Nursing will enrich the educational experiences for students.”
The decision to grow the program was based on the demand from both applicants and the work force. In addition, students pursuing their accelerated nursing degree undergo a more intense schedule and need different resources and spaces than a traditional undergraduate student requires.
“The A-BSN requires intensive study for 12 months. Students do not work outside school, so they spend much of their time in classes, labs, clinicals and other program-related activities,” said Stewart. “They need space for all of these things. Additionally, students need dedicated areas to study, work on projects and sometimes simply retreat for some solitude. The new space affords all of these opportunities and more.”
The School of Nursing is currently housed on two floors in Kinard Hall on the Ole Miss campus. The new space in the South Oxford Center will include an administrative suite for faculty and other offices, a 60-student classroom with full technological abilities, student lounges and other common areas.
Dr. Eva Tatum, assistant professor of nursing on the Oxford campus, has overseen much of the planning for the expansion.
“We can’t grow (without more space),” Tatum explained. “There’s all this talk of nursing shortages, and our accelerated students really are highly desired as nursing graduates by employers.”
The School of Nursing in Jackson began offering the accelerated nursing program in 2006, and UMMC is the only institution in the state to offer an accelerated nursing degree for students who already have one degree. The program has been offered in Oxford since 2014.
The Accelerated BSN program is designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree in another field and wish to change career paths quickly. It contains a continuous three-semester curriculum in which students participate in clinical training and classroom instruction.
The goal on the Oxford campus is to collaborate with the Health Professions Advising Office to promote the program and develop pipelines for current Ole Miss students, especially in programs such as nutrition and biology, to easily move into this degree, Stewart said.
For more information on the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, click here.
For more information on the South Oxford Center, click here.


Anonymous said...

College attendance is big business...and almost everytine there is a demand for a skill, many colleges expand their programs to get more market share...and the usual result is a glut in graduates at the same time, creating an over supply and declining opportunities and my lifetime, the 1st glut I saw was computer programmers, but it happens in almost every skill set...but google the facts about Nursing Shortage...its still business for the university and their enormous support system, salaries, benefits, pensions ect...mainly paid by tax dollars
From College Factual...
What's Inside a Typical Financial Aid Package at Ole Miss
$17,106 is the typical University of Mississippi Main Campus' freshman financial aid package. Around 78.0% of freshman students get financial aid, most of which is in the form of scholarships and grants....
Of the 18,785 undergraduate students at University of Mississippi Main Campus about 70.0% (13,100 in total) receive some kind of grant aid. The standard amount given was $8,624.

The U.S. Department of Education awards more than $120 billion a year in grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans to more than 13 million students. Federal student aid covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Aid also can help pay for other related expenses, such as a computer and dependent care.

Anonymous said...

But even if you borrowed money, many wont have to pay it back...19 states sued the Fed Dept of Education and just won another 150 million in forgiveness.

According to data from the Education Department, as of June 2018, approximately $535 million across 48,000 claims have been granted to students for student loan debt relief. More than 100,000 borrowers - many of whom attended now-defunct, for-profit colleges - are still waiting for their claims to be processed.

Anonymous said...

In other news, State College announced a expansion of its cow milking program. A new class of accelerated cow milkers will enter the school next fall.

Anonymous said...

Debt relief is not debt forgiveness.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Maybe the Accelerated Bachelor of Science program is the reason why the Ole Miss four-year graduation rate is soaring way, way up there at 37%.

Anonymous said...


When is the next PAVE meeting?

Anonymous said...

@ 4:29 Two of my children went to the Honor's College at Ole Miss. Neither borrowed money. The older BANKED money -- from her off-campus job -- sufficient to finance her post-graduation move to Atlanta. She went on to obtain nursing credentials and two advanced nursing degrees. More than one of her undergraduate classmates are physicians and regularly complain about their hours and debt-load. She's doing just fine. I guess the nursing glut hasn't gotten to her yet.

Another needed my help for housing her junior and senior years but paid tuition and expenses by merit-based scholarships. When she left Ole Miss I drove her to the city where she attended grad school. I gave her a thousand bucks and a new laptop. She's paid her way, borrowed a little, paid it back, and is a certified professional with a fine job.

Everybody finished in four years, nobody went to private schools, nobody is in debt. I can't speak to low graduation rates or nursing gluts. I do know that Ole Miss was my ticket into the middle class and it has served at least two of our children quite well. I find it hard to bitch about a system that offers so much opportunity to so many people at such a low cost.

Thank you Jim Barksdale!

Anonymous said...

@5:10am Congratulation on your children, and your efforts as a parent. It doesn't change the fact that OM is creating another income stream to MILK the federal government for millions in loans and Pell grants. It's higher education's bread and butter - and time will tell as to the quality of student that comes out of a school where you rarely have to even show up because attendance is kept (absences go unrecorded).

Anonymous said...

Jim Barksdale? I guess next you'll be thanking Archie Manning.

Anonymous said...

WIKI is probably wrong but this is what it says:

The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (SMBHC) is the honors program at the University of Mississippi in the United States. It was founded in 1997 through an endowment from Jim and Sally Barksdale. . . In 2005, Reader's Digest named the college Best Honors College in its Best of America issue.

And a freebee, IF you're willing to work.

Thanks again Jim Barksdale!

Anonymous said...

Reader’s Digest? Ha Ha! Is that required reading for the Accelerated English Literature Majors?

Anonymous said...

Ole Miss - 26 Rhodes Scholars, including one this past year from Barksdale Honors College. Tied w Vandy for most in SEC. Mississippi State has 2 Rhodes Scholars.

Rod Knox said...

When did Rodney Dangerfield become the chancellor at UofM?

Anonymous said...

@3:15pm Um, sorry but - OM has been pursuing a reputation for scholarship since, ummm, the inception of the city it is in, hence Oxford. They have concentrated a pursuit of students applying for the scholarship to coincide with that goal to again, align themselves with the famous Oxford, England based the number of applicants pursuing that particular scholarship has been dramatically higher than other MS colleges due to this deliberate effort to associate the school and city with the renowned oldest university in the english speaking world (since 1096). So, the number of actual "scholars" is due to the saturation of applicants, not any real concentration of intelligence. THAT has been the goal from the beginning, and why they named the city coincide with Oxfordshire. It's all contrived.

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