Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital hosted a celebration for six nurses that completed classes through Providence University of Great Falls (UGF) RN to BSN program. The nurses are: Kari Hyden, Holly Cupp, and Mindy Siroky employed at Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah. Marlene Elliot and Crystal Harper employed at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville and Cathy Mindemann, employed at Providence St. Joseph’s Care Center in Spokane.
The RN to BSN program at UGF demonstrates the Providence commitment to advancing nurse practice and transforming delivery of clinical care,” says program sponsor Deb Rosler. “Promoting and funding nursing educational advancement opportunities is a key tactic to achieving Magnet or Pathway to Excellence recognition in eligible facilities.” The program has grown steadily since its inception; this year UGF will accept 125 students. Providence’s ultimate goal is for 80% of all RNs have a BSN.
The Great Falls – Great Nurses baccalaureate degree program at UGF is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Admission to the program is highly competitive and the program is condensed into five semesters. Other than a two week on-site orientation, the program is conducted via distance-learning. At this time, the local televised site is PSJH.
-Submitted by Providence Health Care Stevens County
In This Photo: University of Great Falls RN to BSN Program Graduates: (L-R) Kari Hyden, Holly Cupp, Mindy Siroky, Marlene Elliot. Not pictured: Cathy Mindemann and Crystal Harper.