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Catholic Theology, Social Teaching to Guide St. Gregory's New Nursing Program

St. Gregory's UniversitySt. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Okla., announced that it is creating a new Catholic nursing program "[b]ased in Catholic theology and social teaching," according to a press release from the University.

St. Gregory's will offer a BSN degree on campus and a "Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)" bridge program in three locations in Oklahoma, which will include online coursework, the University said.

The program will partner with four Oklahoma healthcare systems—Mercy, St. John, St. Francis and St. Anthony—to give new nurses substantial training through clinical experiences, the University reported.

The University said that it has begun the process to obtain state and national accreditations for the nursing program.

According to the University:

“St. Gregory’s is uniquely qualified to establish a nursing program,” St. Gregory’s University President D. Gregory Main said. “Graduates of our existing bio-medical degrees have high acceptance rates into medical and other professional schools. We are Oklahoma's only Catholic University with a proud Benedictine tradition of educating students in mind, body and spirit.”

The program will be led by Dr. Susan Barnes, who has been a nurse educator for 20 years.  Barnes earned her Masters and PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and has worked as an administrator in several institutions, most recently at Oklahoma City University as Chair of Transformative and Global Education for Kramer School of Nursing.

Each of Oklahoma’s four Catholic health care systems helped contribute to the program, ensuring that it will help meet their needs for current and future nurses. Senior nursing professionals from the hospitals are serving on a Nursing Advisory Council to develop the curriculum and clinical experiences.

St. Gregory's University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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