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Hopkins Nursing Welcomes First BS to MSN with Paid Clinical Residency Cohort

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Posted: 1/26/2011

Seven students marked a new chapter in Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) academic program history on January 3. The seven comprise the first cohort of the combined baccalaureate-to-masters (BS to MSN) with a paid clinical residency program.

"This unique and rewarding opportunity allows students to not only earn their baccalaureate degree, but also gain the valuable experience of a paid residency and then advance to purse a master's degree in nursing," said associate dean for Student Affairs Sandra Angell, MLA, RN.

The new Accelerated BS to MSN with Paid Clinical Residency offers students a uniquely streamlined course of study to prepare as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. The program requires a commitment of 34 months.  Students will first enroll in a one-year Accelerated Baccalaureate Program, during which they will take up to 12 graduate-level credits along with their baccalaureate-level coursework.  Upon receiving their Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing as well as their RN license, students will complete a one-year residency at a Johns Hopkins-affiliated hospital in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area--a full-time paid position as an inpatient nurse.

Following the residency, students will continue to work in the full-time position while undertaking a part-time master's course of study. After 36 graduate credit hours and more than 500 clinical hours, graduates will be positioned to improve care through bedside practice, evidence-based specialty practice, and quality improvement initiatives. As Clinical Nurse Specialists, they will also be qualified to serve as clinical faculty for future nursing students.

For more information about the combined BS to MSN with paid clinical residency, visit the JHUSON website.