On July 24, 2009, 139 accelerated students from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) will file into Shriver Hall on the University's Homewood campus to mark their transition from students to nurses.
Gail J. McGovern, MBA, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, will give the commencement address. McGovern, who held top management positions at AT&T Corporation and Fidelity Investments, has experience running large organizations in competitive industries, was recognized by Fortune magazine in 2000 and 2001 as one of the top 50 most powerful women in corporate America. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in quantitative sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1974 and today is a member of the university's board of Trustees.
The JHUSON accelerated program, launched in 1989, was developed in response to the nationwide nursing shortage to allow students who already hold a degree to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in only 13.5 months. The program begins in June of each year and end in July of the following year. The accelerated programs content, classes, and clinical requirements are exactly the same as the traditional 21-month program; and upon successful completion, the students receive a BS with a major in Nursing and are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to obtain licensure as a registered nurse.