Blended-Distance Nursing College in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming welcomes health care professionals to meet nursing learners and graduates

Salt Lake City, Utah Feb. 15, 2019 — Nightingale College, a fully accredited nursing school, announced today its upcoming networking events to be held at partner facilities throughout Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.

These networking events provide an opportunity for prospective and current nursing learners and alumni to cultivate relationships with health care professionals in their community. Representatives from health care facilities are also invited to explore partnership opportunities for expanding accessibility to nursing education.

“Nightingale College is excited to connect future nurses with experienced health care professionals,” said Mikhail Shneyder, President of Nightingale College. “Together we can improve patient outcomes by addressing the nursing shortage.”

The College’s Open House Events will take place on the following dates:

February 19, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

February 20, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

February 21, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

February 23, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Many of these partner facilities also houses the College’s DDC area hub where learners gain hands-on nursing skills. Partners and health care facilities interested in joining the consortium to provide experiential learning are welcome to tour the hub and meet Nightingale staff and faculty to learn about the College’s unique education model. This hybrid-virtual model allows learners to take didactic courses online and complete experiential learning requirements at local health care partner facilities such as hospitals and long-term care facilities, as well as the local experiential learning hub.

The College offers two programs with this model, the ADN Program, which can be completed in as few as 20 months, and the 32-month BDN Program.

“Nightingale College is thrilled to be educating nurses in these communities,” said Blake Halladay, Senior Manager of Partnerships. “We look forward to what these networking events will bring, and what it will mean for the future of nursing education and health care in rural and underserved areas.”

For additional information about the networking event, please email This is a free event that is open to all. No reservation required.


Nightingale College creates avenues to accessible nursing programs with its fully accredited distance education associate and bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Supporting the growing need for nurses and providing strategies to combat the nursing shortage, the College’s programs work to not only grow but maintain homegrown nurses with the help of local health care systems. Nightingale College emphasizes graduating future nurses who are confident, competent and compassionate. Since its establishment in 2010 in Ogden, Utah, the College has graduated nurses in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. To learn more about the College, its mission, and programs, visit

With 63 graduates in blue and 6 in black, the room pulsed with excitement and anticipation. Waiting for the event to start, the graduates exchanged excited whispers and laughter to pass time between rehearsal and the event. The room quickly became full of cheers and hollars as family and friends watched their graduate descend the stairs and into their seat during the processional and did not cease until well after the ceremony had ended.


This graduation marks a few milestones for the College: Six learners from the RN-to-BSN Program graduated this semester, which is a new record, and this was also the very first graduation from the Evanston, Wyoming DDC (see all of our locations here).



Congratulations to the ADN and BSN Degree Programs’ graduates! To view photos of the event, visit our Facebook page.


Graduation Ceremony Highlights


Loraine Larsen, an instructor in our ADN Program, gave the graduates sound advise in her speech.  “Nurses choose to be caring and compassionate,” she said. “A nurse chooses to be an advocate, a leader, a teacher, and at times a therapist. We all know that nurses are not ordinary, but what makes them extraordinary? To me, what makes a nurse extraordinary is being willing to dare greatly. Dare to keep trying even when you’ve failed. Dare to continue your education. Dare to stand up for your patients. Dare to say ‘stop’ when you see an unsafe practice. Dare to be the voice of civility in an uncivil workplace. Be willing to dare greatly.”



The valedictorian from both programs followed Larsen’s remarks.


Dionne Jaques, valedictorian of our RN-to-BSN Program, spoke on overcoming fear. “All of us started out nervous, scared, unsure of ourselves, unsure of how to combine school with our lives,” she said. “But we learned to take that fear and stomp on it, and say ‘We can do it!’” Read more about Jaques’ unique journey through nursing school here.


Theresa Troia, the valedictorian of our Associate Degree Nursing Program, said “We stand here today with our families and friends, instructors and classmates to celebrate and acknowledge that a rollercoaster journey is coming to an end, but another one is about to begin…It’s been a long, hard ride, but we did it!”




After being inspired by their valedictorians, graduates were inspired anew by their classmates who received honors and awards. There are several different awards given away at graduation, including the FLAME! FORWARD! Award, the Community Fellow Award, and the academic honors. Dionne Jaques and Megan Trappen received the Community Fellow Award for their dedication and service as volunteers.

The FLAME! FORWARD! Award is given to learners who have gone above and beyond our expectations. Faculty members nominate students for the FLAME! FORWARD! Award when they feel a learner exemplifies all the seven values of the college. Jonathan Loper and Stephanie Atkinson were presented with the FLAME! FORWARD! Award this year.

Next on the list, the graduates received their nursing pins from those individuals who had a profound effect on their nursing journey, usually a family member, spouse, or instructor.


The lighting of the lamps was next, a reverent ordeal in which the Nightingale graduates light each of their lamps to symbolize the lamp that Florence Nightingale tirelessly carried to and from each sickbed. They then repeat the Nightingale Pledge.


Then with cheers from the crowd, each graduate walks across the stage to receive their degree. Kara McDonald-Harmon, Vice President of Operations and Controller at the College, conferred the degrees at graduation. Bursting with excitement, graduates cheered as they moved their tassels.


What an accomplishment! We are so proud of all these learners who have studied countless hours, sacrificed precious sleep, and dedicated so much of their time and energy to becoming nurses. We know you will be incredible in this noble profession. The graduates of the ADN Program will now work toward passing the NCLEX-RN and becoming licensed as registered nurses.

The faculty and staff at Nightingale wish the graduates the utmost success in their future nursing careers. May the light of Florence Nightingale’s lamp and her unwavering values light your path onwards to great things, and remember, be willing to dare greatly!


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Nightingale College was about to bust the buttons of our Ogden location, which is a place we considered home since being founded in 2011. As of January 2018, we are excited to announce we will be occupying the fourth floor of the iconic Walker Center.

Formerly known as Walker Brothers Bank Building, the Walker Center is a 105-year-old landmark of the Salt Lake skyline, and one of the oldest buildings in Salt Lake. According to the Deseret News, it used to be the tallest building between Chicago and San Francisco. Luckily for Nightingale, the building was upgraded and renovated for business tenants in 2007. 

While we say goodbye somewhat sadly to the location that has had facilitated the education and training of so many of our nurses, Nightingale College looks forward to joining the Salt Lake community.

“Our new downtown hub positions the College well to accelerate the expansion of our unique, innovative education delivery model throughout the United States.” Mikhail Shneyder, President and CEO




To read our official press release, click the button below. 



What sparked our growth? 

Nightingale’s continued DDC and learner population growth prompted the move to a more metropolitan area. With almost 100 employees and a learner population over 300, the College outgrew the small office space in the quaint building nestled against the Wasatch Mountains. In Summer 2017, we graduated our largest cohort ever, and graduated the first cohort from the Twin Falls, Idaho, DDC, and coming soon, the first cohort from the Evanston, WY, DDC. With Twin Falls, Evanston, and other locations gaining more and more learners, and with faculty and managers being hired to oversee those locations, the Nightingale needs more room for staff.

Over the past year, Nightingale opened several new Dedicated Distance Cohorts (DDCs) and clinical areas, hiring faculty in a wide range of locations.  The move to Salt Lake City represents the dedication and hard work of the College’s collaborators who strive to bring Better Health and Better Humanity for a Better World.

One of the other reasons for moving to Salt Lake is the business community. Salt Lake is a hub of innovation and technology, and being in a more centrally located spot in the Salt Lake Valley allows Nightingale to recruit talent from a larger surrounding area.

Not only is the business community more suited to Nightingale’s needs, but the new location is in close proximity to the airport and public transit. As we grow more and more remote, we require a location close to the airport for our faculty to fly in for meetings and conferences, and for our partnerships department to fly out. Public transit also allows our collaborators to beat the snowy weather and the slow commute.

The Ogden DDC has relocated to Roy (becoming the Roy DDC) in sync with Nightingale’s move. This is a positive shift for Nightingale because all DDC sites will then be the same, which is helpful from both operations and accreditation standpoints. 







Preparing for the Future

Not only are we already outgrowing our location, Nightingale is also expected to open 9 more DDCs in four more states 2018. We already have a great deal of DDC sites, and the lists in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming are growing ever longer, but the opening of new states will put extra momentum behind our expansion. This exponential growth is demanding a larger and more open working environment then our current one. 

Goodbye, Ogden. Hello, SLC.

Ogden has served Nightingale well, but as we continue to grow throughout Northern and Southern Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, and eventually throughout the rest of the West, we require a more easily accessible center of operations. Nightingale hopes that this move will be a springboard of further growth and that we will be able to give back to the Salt Lake community by offering more nursing education opportunities in Salt Lake. We will miss you, Ogden!






“We are proud to be a Utah company and are thrilled to become part of the thriving Salt Lake business community!” said Mikhail Shneyder, President and CEO.

See pictures from inside our new location in the Walker Center below. 



#1 We are fully accredited

Nightingale College is nationally accredited through the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). What’s the difference between national and regional accreditation? Watch the video below to find out.

We also have programmatic accreditation for our two programs. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc (ACEN). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the body that also backs both BYU and U of U.  

We are also a signatory to the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative. This initiative helps service members and their families find educational programs, ease transferability of credit, and increase job training.

To learn more about Nightingale’s accreditation, visit this website.

#2 Nightingale College has grown to cover three states

Nightingale College has DDC locations in three states, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, and is continuing to grow! With our blended-distance ADN Program, learners complete all their didactic classwork online, and complete all their lab requirements in lab locations at local instructional sites Nightingale has set up in partner facilities.

There are currently nine DDC locations throughout the three states, with more on the way. To see a full list of partner locations, or to learn more about becoming a DDC partner, click here.

#3 Nightingale College offers both an ADN and an RN-to-BSN program

Our fully accredited ADN Program, outlined above, can take as few as 16 months to complete. The program teaches foundational nursing principles, with classes such as physiology, pharmacology, and acute care. For learners that need to complete all general education classes, the length of the program is five semesters.

A large number of people are interested in becoming an RN, so awareness of our ADN program is high, but what most people don’t know is that Nightingale also offers an RN-to-BSN program.

The RN-to-BSN Program is also fully accredited. The program is designed to further develop skills and leadership qualities of RNs. The program is entirely online and will improve knowledge in key areas such ethics, critical care, gerontology, health promotion, and disease prevention. Plus, the program is employer focused, encouraging BSN-learners to fulfill a leadership role and work alongside their employer to find solutions to facility-wide problems.

The program with general education requirements is designed to be completed in three semesters, but can be completed at a slower rate at no extra cost to facilitate the continuation of work while completing the program.

#4 Nightingale College is pioneering rural nursing education

Our program design is unique. Instead of having a large central campus that all learners have to travel to, Nightingale partners with local care centers and hospitals to provide labs and clinical opportunities throughout widespread areas. This model allows learners in rural communities to stay local while attending school.

Some communities are too small to sustain a full brick-and-mortar nursing program, which is why Nightingale is such a welcome solution for rural areas. With learners also completing most of their coursework online, the burden on the community is reduced. The learners are then assigned clinicals in a local facility, which helps that facility stay afloat. Many learners continue to work in those facilities after the completion of their degree.


#5 Nightingale strives to reduce the nursing shortage

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020 the nursing field will be in need of over a million new registered nurses. The nursing shortage throughout the U.S. is already significant. Hundreds of rural facilities are strapped for nursing help. Nightingale’s partnership model will provide a pipeline of local nurses for these facilities, lifting them out of a downward shortage cycle.

Our unique model also allows for exponential growth. With online programs, class size is not limited by classroom size, so Nightingale can educate a large number of nurses to meet the demand.

Nightingale College continues to grow with the help of forward-thinking health care facilities to address the growing need for nurses throughout rural America.

Want to learn more about Nightingale College’s innovative mission? Visit to learn more.

Those who arrived early to see their nurses graduate were lucky, because by ten minutes till, there wasn’t a spare seat to be found among the 1,500 in the auditorium.

The friends and family in those seats jumped to their feet clapping and whistling as the triumphant procession of graduates entered the room and took their seats.

Fifty-seven Nightingale learners graduated this semester, completing their Associate Degree in Nursing. As they took their seats, their excitement was more obvious than kids on Christmas morning.   

“It always seems impossible until it is done,” said valedictorian Annie Dilling, quoting Nelson Mandela in her speech. “Well my friends and fellow graduates, we are done.”

Cheers and whoops erupted from the soon-to-be nurses.

What an accomplishment! We are so proud of all these learners who have studied countless hours, sacrificed precious sleep, and dedicated so much of their time and energy to becoming nurses. We know you will be incredible in this noble profession. These graduates will now work towards passing the NCLEX-RN and becoming licensed as registered nurses.

The Faculty and Valedictorian Addresses

After the announcements had been given, Amanda Nussbaum, lead faculty for Twin Falls and assistant professor, gave a moving speech about how nursing isn’t always about how much you know from your textbooks. Most of the time, she said, it’s about how much you demonstrate care to the patient.

She also threw in some punny jokes, after a friend on Facebook told her she would give her $5 for each one she told. We love her attitude.

The valedictorian address, given by Annie Dilling, focused on what it means to truly be a nurse. “Being a nurse is 90% calling and 10% job,” she said. Although there are challenges and demands in the nursing field, it is a profession in which you can truly make a difference. We’re proud of you, Annie.

The Nursing Pinning

After the speeches, a small group of graduates was called to the stage. Their selected family members, dressed in their best, had the honor of presenting them with their nursing pin. The nursing pin is a symbolic medal of honor, and a commitment to treat patients with respect. It is a poignant rite of passage into their nursing career.

Many of the graduates had their children pin them, and one little tyke ran around the stage refusing to leave after his mom was pinned. A few of the graduates tried to catch him, but he ran circles around them until they cornered him.

Other graduates were pinned by their spouses or parents. One graduate had someone stand in for her mother, who has passed on, in a touching tribute.

The Lighting of the Lamps

The lighting of the lamps is a reverent ordeal where the Nightingale graduates light each of their lamps to symbolize the lamp that Florence Nightingale tirelessly carried to and from each sickbed.

“The graduates light the Nursing Lamp as a demonstration of confidence, competence, and compassion and as a promise to meet every professional challenge with utmost skill, sound clinical judgment, and inexhaustible caring,” reads the description.

They then turned to the audience, and with smiling faces and more than a few teary eyes, recited the Florence Nightingale pledge. The pledge says, in part, “I pledge 

to care for my patients with all of the knowledge, skills and understanding that I possess, without regard to race, color, creed, politics, or social status.” We know you will, graduates.

What this means for Nightingale

While we celebrate the achievements of the graduates, this graduation is also an accomplishment for Nightingale College. Not only is this the largest graduating 

cohort in the school’s history, it also marks the first graduation of the Twin Falls, Idaho DDC. Six graduates came from the Twin Falls DDC, along with 17 from Pocatello, three from Saint George, and 30 from Ogden.

We hope that these new nurses will continue to keep the flame alive as they care for their patients. We look forward to seeing

 how they better the health in their communities. Congratulations, graduates! FLAME! FORWARD!

FLAME! FORWARD! is our company’s time for all collaborators, both faculty and administration, to realign with our mission, vision, and values, and to be appraised on the state of the College. It is also a week to remember Florence Nightingale’s caring example, and to carry the flame forward to help those in need.

Mikhail Shneyder, our president and CEO, said that the College Seal, which has flames in the center, represents the lantern that Florence Nightingale carried to each bedside as she worked tirelessly through the night to save dying soldiers in the Crimean War. She was even nicknamed “The Lady with the Lamp.”

Through personal elevation, company unity, and giving back to the community, Nightingale College’s tradition of FLAME! FORWARD! is an opportunity to spread some good in the world, just as Florence Nightingale did.

This year, we also heard from our Elevate Coach, Greg Wightman. Greg spoke about how he tries to improve people, relationships, and functions through elevation, without taking away the differences that make each party unique. “I try to elevate the process, but not lose the humanity in the elevation,” he said.

The second and third days are faculty development, the time when faculty learn from our Executive Council how to better teach their learners. For example, the lead faculty in St. George, Utah, taught our faculty different ways to prepare the high-fidelity simulation mannequins within the school, including some new techniques for removing the clothing of a burn victim. Susan Jero, the Director of Nursing Education Services, presented on the College curriculum and provided other nursing program updates.

The faculty also discussed how their learners are doing, and the specifics of different classes. Some teachers had questions about how to deal with absenteeism. Others had questions about the remote model, and how to connect and interact with the learner over the internet.

Give Back Day is usually the favorite part of FLAME! FORWARD! This year, there were three different locations that needed our help: The Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership, The Humane Society of Utah, and the Weber County Animal Shelter.

OWCAP is a local “Head Start” program, or a preschool program for children in low-income families. The facility also houses a food bank, an employment center, an adult education center, a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Vita) program, and many other services that help those in our community with low incomes.

Those who went to OWCAP helped with landscaping and cleaning in preparation for the upcoming school year. While some collaborators washed windows, others pulled weeds in the playground areas and others ripped out bushes that were becoming too overgrown. Some bushes were so hard to pull out, our crew had to recruit the help of the OWCAP staff’s pickup truck and rip them out with a chain!

At The Humane Society of Utah, a no-kill shelter in Salt Lake City, our collaborators helped load trucks for the upcoming “Clear the Shelters” event, on August 19, 2017. Animal lovers, listen up! All cats, bunnies, and small animals have a waived adoption fee, and all dogs will have a 25% off adoption fee for that day only.

Many of our collaborators wanted to adopt the animals themselves after volunteering to walk the dogs and cuddling the cats and small animals. The hard part for them wasn’t loading trucks, it was returning to the College without an animal.

The faculty volunteered at the Weber County Animal Shelter, a facility that has a mission similar to our own, but a smaller, fluffier clientele. Like the volunteers at the Humane Society, they walked dogs and helped clean the facility. The shelter thrives on volunteers to assist in their day-to-day operations, and help their pets find forever homes.

Volunteering is essential to our own operations here at Nightingale College. Our first value, Beyond Self, constantly challenges us to selflessly serve others. We do that by not only serving in our communities, but by helping educate those nurses who will, in turn, serve their own communities. We hope that those nurses we graduate will carry the FLAME! FORWARD! tradition on and continue to elevate themselves and society.


Nightingale College Official Announcement

Nightingale College celebrates the initial accreditation of the baccalaureate degree nursing program by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 30, 2022.

With such an achievement, the College is able to offer an accredited RN-to-BSN Program to licensed nurses who are ready to take the next step in the nursing education and career.

We are excited to share this news with our community and look forward to continue to serve our nursing education in communities throughout Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

“All of us at Nightingale College are thrilled with the CCNE’s recognition of the quality of our baccalaureate nursing program! This achievement brings the College closer to realizing its mission of elevating health care throughout the nation and the world!”

Mikhail Shneyder, President and CEO of Nightingale College

Read our full press release by clicking here.

Nightingale College Official AnnouncementThe Nightingale College collaborators strive to elevate the organization in a manner that helps us achieve our long-term goals to improve communities our nursing graduates serve. But to help us reach our goal, we need our team to consist of exceptional and dedicated individuals. For that reason, we are excited to announce that the team at Nightingale College continues to grow and brings on more talented individuals. This week is the College’s New Collaborator Orientation Week that allows new collaborators to orient to the College and learn more about what the Nightingale Difference truly is.

We’d like to welcome the newest team members to the Nightingale family.

Beth Messinger, Instructor

Judy Elquist, Instructor

Erika Gunter, Instructor

Shane Otis, Instructor 

Amanda Nussbaum, Instructor

Congratulations to the Spring 2017 graduating cohort.

Full Graduation

*We apologize for the absence of sound. We are working on improving this process for our next graduation.

Faculty Address

Delivered by Susan Jero, MSN, RN

May 6 through May 12 is National Nurses Week. Nightingale College wants to thank all nurses for their hard work and dedication to improving their communities through better health. We are honored to have the opportunity to educate the nurses of tomorrow who will selflessly be serving communities across the nation, driving positive health outcomes for their patients and community. With confidence, competence, and compassion, nurses are at the front lines of health care. We wish all current and future nurses a Happy Nurses Week.

To take a look back at the history of National Nurses Week, click here to read our blog Nightingale College Celebrates National Nurses Week.

Happy Nurses Week!


Our Nursing Faculty, Fall 2016

Nurses Week

Thank you to the Nightingale College faculty family. Your dedication to our learners is remarkable and we couldn’t imagine a better group of individuals to lead our learners to becoming competent nurses.

No matter how far away, collaborators travel from across the nation for a week-long College conference designed to inspire, motivate, and reignite the passion for what we do at Nightingale College. Together, collaborators are inspired and reminded of the College’s mission, building belonging and desire that help catapult the College forward towards its goal of […]

Nightingale College Official Announcement
We are excited to announce the addition of ten new collaborators to the Nightingale team. Nightingale College’s dynamic environment is created not by accident. It is created and constantly molded by the contributions and efforts of the College’s collaborators.

A testament to fulfilling the College’s mission is exemplified by the collaborators who help write the story, illustrate the pages, and set the framework for future chapters. With each new collaborator comes a new perspective and character who is essential to continuing the Nightingale College story. As the College continues to grow and move forward, it is critical to maintain a team of innovative thinkers and passionate instructors.

Every collaborator at Nightingale College contributes to the realization of the College’s mission and vision.

Just as Florence Nightingale’s lamp lit up the night and helped the healing, let the Cradling Flame of the College’s Seal illuminate [their] way and guide [them] on our journey of supporting the learners in their quest to becoming great registered nurses. Once again, I am thrilled to have [them] as part of the Nightingale family!

Mikhail Shneyder, President and CEO of Nightingale College

We would like to welcome the new collaborators who joined the team mid-March and have already been astronomical in paving the way forward.

Greg Wightman, Elevate Coach

Rachel Outeiro, Registrar

Rochelle Morgan, Financial Aid Advisor 

Kimberlee Williams, Operations Coordinator, Clinical and Preceptorships 

Diana Neff, Nursing Faculty

Tayler Allen, Nursing Faculty

Kalise Price, Nursing Faculty

Michelle Crichfield, Nursing Faculty

Christine Albright, Nursing Faculty

Neeta Vyas, Nursing Faculty




To view our complete list of Officers, Faculty, and Staff, click here.

st-george-giving-back-end-of-dayIt was November 1, 2016. Dressed in matching blue shirts and donning the team name of The Lifesavers, Nightingale College learners and instructors in St. George put into practice the Beyond Self value by dedicating three hours to package food for the homeless shelter and disadvantaged for the Day of Caring sponsored by United Way Dixie and Switchpoint Community Resource Center. As a goal of 100,000 meals, the efforts of not only Nightingale College’s learners and staff but the community exceeded the goal to reach 100,656 meals. With over 500 enthusiastic volunteers, the group put together packaged meals that feed up to six people. Read the full article covered by St. George News. Click here.

Going beyond self is a characteristic that Nightingale College challenges all learners and collaborators to strive for each and every day. Not only do The Lifesavers exemplify the value of beyond self through their selfless act, but model collaboration, excellence, and integrity. Mikhail Shneyder, President and CEO of Nightingale College, boasts a friendly reminder, “It’s the power of the community when we help others without expecting anything in return and the world becomes a little bit better through this labor of love.”

Congratulations to our most recent ADN graduates who walked across the stage with their nursing pin and associate degree in nursing. Graduation is one of our most favorite times of the year because we get to celebrate the hard word and dedication of our learners. Furthermore, the Fall Class of 2016 is monumental in Nightingale College’s history. It is the first graduation that includes learners from our DDC locations. The graduating class consisted of learners not only from the Ogden location but from St. George, Utah and Pocatello, Idaho. We look forward to the graduates’ future in nursing.

Missed graduation? Check out the Live Video we took during graduation on our Facebook page. Click here to go to our videos section.

Valedictorian Address by Mandy Wilson

Faculty Address


Life is not about warming yourself by the fire, life is about building the fire. And generosity is the match…If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap, but if you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody. (Larry Lucchino)

Congratulations! We are very excited to see what amazing things you all will accomplish as a nurse. Always remember to practice with confidence, competence, and compassion.

Faculty Address: Earlene Cooper

Valedictorian Speech: Peter Schultz

EVANSTON, WY (August 24, 2016) – Local healthcare facilities have successfully partnered with Nightingale College to provide local nursing degree programs to residents of Evanston and surrounding communities.

Nursing college acceptance and admittance remains competitive, and attending a nursing program is not always feasible for some community residents while others travel, even relocate, to attend a nursing program.

Healthcare facilities struggle to employ the sufficient number of nurses due to potential nurses relocating for school and the current nursing workforce reaching retirement age. These factors make it difficult for healthcare facilities to meet the community’s needs. Alongside the demand for registered nurses is the rising need for accessible educational options—a necessity recognized by Nightingale College.

“Healthcare outcomes suffer when there is a lack of competent nurses,” said Jonathan Tanner, VP of Partnership at Nightingale College. “Without the proper nurse staffing and more importantly, without access to nursing education and quality nurses, patient care declines, affecting the community’s healthcare overall.”

Nightingale College brings its associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing programs to Evanston as a means of encouraging locally grown registered nurses. The College’s pioneering approach to supply nursing education through distance learning and on-ground lab and clinical experiences allows communities the availability to continuously grow and maintain registered nurses at a local level.

Additionally, higher-level degree nurses are in high demand because their advanced knowledge and skills are preferred when caring for the patients with diverse medical needs. The College’s expansion to the Evanston area will provide current nurses with an option of furthering their education to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, which is essential to training and leading new nurses entering the healthcare field.

“The unique struggles Partners located outside of urban centers face when it comes to having qualified, sufficient and effective nurses keep them from meeting the needs of their communities,” said Jill McCullough, former DDC Coordinator at Nightingale College. “The College’s mission is to help these facilities retain local nurses who are passionate about the community’s health and will drive positive health solutions forward.”

Healthcare employers partnered with Nightingale College provide an educational opportunity designed to expand the pool of local ready-to-work registered nurses and supply an additional advanced degree nursing program that is available to the community. These healthcare employers investing in local education and employment prepare their communities to support fully staffed and safe nursing units while contributing to the increase in the number of qualified RN applicants in the area.

“We have found through our other partnership cohorts that nurses who are educated locally have a greater understanding of the healthcare needs in their community, are invested and more likely to work for local facilities,” said Tanner. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to bring our nursing programs to Wyoming and provide a solution that will not only assist our partners in supporting competent RNs in their facilities, but help improve the community’s healthcare.”

As of August 2016, Wyoming joins Nightingale College’s four other partnership cohorts located in Utah and Idaho.

giveback aug 2016

One of our values is Beyond Self. It is a simple collection of two words meaning something very powerful—something we collectively define as “a meaning to selflessly serve others.” As an organization, it is important to us to find ways to reach others in a positive manner to the point when an appreciative, endearing smile goes beyond a thank you. We actively unite together twice a year to make a difference during our Give Back Days.

The College’s Give Back Day initiative commenced in 2013 when employees banded together with the goodwill of showing the power a group of individuals can have on the community. Past Give Back Days have included delivering 100 sack lunches to the St. Anne’s Center, helping the Boys and Girls Club of Ogden move, donating an iced-themed tree to the Festival of Trees organization, and remodeling the interior room of the OWCAP/Head Start building.

Give Back Day has become a standard biannual tradition of the College that allows employees to exemplify compassion and the value of Beyond Self—characteristics the College encourages its nursing students and employees to embody.

On Wednesday, August 17th, we came together to donate food and supplies to the Lantern House in Ogden, Utah. The Lantern House, formerly known as St. Anne’s Center, serves community members who are less fortunate find a place of refuge that also provides food and shelter. Serving men, women, and families, the Lantern House opens its doors to assist its residents more forward towards a better life. The organization works closely with each resident to support them in finding employment and establish residence. Additionally, the Lantern House’s soup kitchen feeds upward of 300 hungry individuals a day who travel as far as Logan to the north and Bountiful in the south. The volunteers and staff at the organization rely strictly on food donations to feed each person that comes through the door. Nightingale College donated a variety of foods that will assist with feeding the large quantity of people.

We are grateful to have the opportunity to work again with such an amazing organization whose mission is to go beyond self and be a helping hand to those in need. It is a constant reminder that there are many chances for each of us to volunteer and help another.

Our College President and CEO, Mikhail Shneyder, shares what it means to give back, “Give Back Day is about people coming together and doing something good. It’s the power of the community when we help others without expecting anything in return that the world becomes a little bit better through this labor of love.”

The Lantern House is constantly looking for volunteers to join their efforts and for people to donate much needed items. For those interested, visit their website by clicking here.

We are excited to have captured our time at the Lantern House. Head on over to our Facebook page to check out our adventure.

The Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Bridge Program at Nightingale College will be hosting an accreditation site visit for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on September 12-14, 2016. CCNE policy requires that institutions provide an opportunity for the program’s identified communities of interest including students, faculty and the practice community including current and potential employers to provide written input into the deliberations of the evaluation team. Written and signed third-party comments will be accepted by CCNE until August 22, 2016. All comments must be signed and should be directed to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

Please note that CCNE shares third-party comments only with members of the evaluation team. The evaluation team only considers third-party comments that relate to the program’s compliance with the accreditation standards. At no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program. However, all compliance concerns related to the accreditation standards will be identified in the accreditation report and the program will have an opportunity to respond to the concerns as part of its report response.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment, please submit it to or mail comments to the address above.

Thank you for assisting in the accreditation process for Nightingale College’s Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Bridge Program.

Healthcare employers show investment in local employment by promoting the need for homegrown registered nurses

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (July 13, 2016) – Local healthcare facilities have successfully recruited Nightingale College’s associate and bachelor’s degree nursing programs to help retain and promote homegrown registered nurses.

According to the Idaho Nursing Overview published in 2015 by the Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho will experience a 2.5 percent annual growth within the nursing profession. Although the report states that Idaho graduates plenty of nurses to meet the demand, only 60 percent of graduates remain in the state to work, leaving employers to recruit from other sections of Idaho and pursuing out-of-state candidates. Forward-thinking local healthcare employers have partnered with Nightingale College to provide an educational opportunity designed to expand the pool of locally grown and ready-to-work registered nurses. These healthcare employers investing in local education and employment are preparing their communities to support fully staffed and safe nursing units by reducing of the high turnover rate within the nursing profession and contributing to the increase in the number of qualified RN applicants in the area.

Nightingale College, a Utah-based nursing school, supports this growing need for nurses by bringing the associate and bachelor’s degree nursing education programs in-house to healthcare facilities. The College’s approach to supply nursing education through distance learning and local on-ground lab and clinical experiences allows healthcare partners the availability to continuously grow and maintain homegrown registered nurses.

“The unique struggles Partners located outside of urban centers face when it comes to having qualified, sufficient and effective nurses keep them from meeting the needs of their communities,” said Jill McCullough, DDC Coordinator for Nightingale College. “Our mission to help these facilities retain local nurses who are passionate about the community’s health and will drive positive health solutions forward. It is fulfilling for us to join together with our Partners in pursuit of such a cause.”

Nightingale College continues enrollment for the next open semester in August 2016 with the help and partnership of local facilities Desert View Care Center, Lincoln County Care Center, Mini-Cassia Care Center, Oak Creek Rehabilitation, and Sawtooth Behavioral Health.

Last Friday, we celebrated the graduating cohort of 33 ADN learners and 2 BSN learners. We are so proud of their success and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them.

BSN Faculty Address by BSN Program Manager, Shanda Clark

Valedictorian Address by Joshua Fowles

ADN Faculty Address by Assistant Professor, James Benson

Nightingale College® has voluntarily decided to add an additional accreditor for its Associate of Science in Nursing Degree Program.

Nightingale College® recognizes the important role accreditation has in continuously improving the programs offered. The College has selected the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) to be its additional accreditor.

Nightingale College’s Associate of Science in Nursing Program is pursuing pre-accreditation candidacy status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Andrea Browning, NLN CNEA Administrative coordinator, no later than May 26, 2016.

Since 2002 the College has been institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and as of January 2014, its Associate of Science in Nursing Degree Program is presently accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

As a college built by nurses for nurses, Nightingale College®, also referred to as the “College,” dedicates itself to graduate confident, competent, and compassionate future nurses who are able to be leaders in the health care field. Established in 2011 in Ogden, Utah, and as an accredited institution, the College delivers its nursing education programs via online learning modules and local on-ground labs and clinicals. The College currently holds two degree programs: the Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Programs. As part of the College’s mission, providing accessible nursing education programs offer communities the chance to build and maintain a constantly growing network of homegrown registered nurses. To learn more about the College, its mission, and programs, visit

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