Welcome to Nightingale College! Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on your decision to become a registered nurse or advance your degree! Learners entering a prelicensure program have chosen to join the ranks of the most noble and rewarding profession, the profession built on unwavering dedication, personal sacrifice, and all-encompassing empathy of so many nurses who came before you. Although your educational journey may be difficult at times, you will reap the reward of utmost satisfaction when holding your nursing diploma for the first time and nothing will ever compare to the fulfillment that improving and saving the lives of others will bring! As RNs, my colleagues and I can vouch for that.
I also commend those who have elected to continue their formal education and earn a higher academic degree! As has been established by numerous national studies, the outcomes in professional settings improve greatly through a better educated workforce. Your dedication to advancing your profession is admirable.
Everyone who works at Nightingale College, faculty, administration, and staff has your success as the focal point and the reason for coming to work every single day. Through facilitating your learning and professional growth, we are developing new generations of well-educated, competent, confident, and compassionate registered nurses who, in turn, will improve the health and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities and contribute to the reshaping of health care across our nation.
Throughout your tenure at the College, you will encounter the special touches that we call the “Nightingale Difference”. We tirelessly invest in our faculty’s development, so they may always bring the latest professional evidence and practices into the classroom. Our innovative blended-distance learning modalities allow for focused engagement in learning and greater flexibility in managing your life outside of the College. In our pre-licensure programs the College offers smaller clinical groups so that each learner can receive personalized attention from faculty. High-fidelity simulation emerges you into realistic high-stakes clinical scenarios within a controlled and safe environment, so you can enrich your learning without jeopardizing patients’ well-being. The College’s comprehensive Learner Success Plan begins to prepare you for the NCLEX-RN® licensure exam within your very first nursing course and culminates in a comprehensive live review right before graduation.
Just as Florence Nightingale’s lamp lit up the night and helped the healing, let the Cradling FlameTM of the College’s Seal illuminate your way and guide you on your journey to graduation. Remember that all of us at Nightingale College are here to support you in becoming a great nurse or growing in your professional career. Once again, on behalf of the Board of Managers, faculty, administration, and staff, congratulations and welcome to the Nightingale family!
Jeffrey Olsen, PhD