The MSOE School of Nursing is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Enrollment is higher than ever, precipitating the need for additional degree offerings and physical space. In September, the university will open a 2,200-square-foot expansion of its Ruehlow Nursing Complex and welcome students to new master’s level degree programs.
“Our laboratory expansion includes a new simulation space that will be adaptable to a variety of settings including board rooms, clinic, home care, and community. There also will be dedicated areas for students to practice their skills and complete performance tests,” said Dr. Carol Sabel, RN, chair of the MSOE School of Nursing. “The additional lab space will help MSOE stay true to its commitment to small class sizes and guaranteed clinical placement in the sophomore year.”
Lab sections are limited to eight students to ensure that proper oversight occurs in the development of safe practice. Students will have experiences they might not otherwise be exposed to as part of an off-campus clinical.
In a move to address the shortage of mental health care providers in the U.S., MSOE launched a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program in partnership with Rogers Behavioral Health. The university is also adding a direct entry M.S. in Nursing and a post-master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate.
“Less than half of those with mental health and addiction challenges actually get the help they need, and one of the biggest barriers is the shortfall of qualified mental health professionals. It’s gratifying to be part of this innovative new program with MSOE that increases the pipeline of psychiatric nurse practitioners, who have growing importance in care delivery. Most important, this program will ultimately help thousands of additional people have access to life-saving treatment,” said Paul Mueller, CEO, Rogers Behavioral Health Hospital Division.