135 accelerated students from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) filed into Shriver Hall on the University's Homewood campus today to mark their transition from students to nurses.
Joining in their celebration was JHUSON professor Maryann F. Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Department of Health Systems and Outcomes, who delivered this year's commencement address, "The Contemporary Hopkins Nurse: The Right Person, The Right Place, The Right Time." Fralic is a leader among nurse leaders. An expert in health services administration and executive nurse practice, she continuously explores emerging issues in nursing education, research, and practice and melds them together to inform the future of nursing.
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 ends 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.