Elms College establishes School of Nursing; to begin this fall
(Photos courtesy of Elms College)
CHICOPEE – Elms College has established a School of Nursing – the college’s first dedicated school – beginning with the fall 2013 semester.
Current Division of Nursing chairperson, Professor Kathleen Scoble, will serve as the school’s dean.
The School of Nursing will be housed in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences, a five-story, 22,000-square-foot, classroom and laboratory facility on the Elms College campus. Scheduled for completion later this year, the center will be equipped with innovative teaching environments for nursing students designed to simulate real-life patient settings in hospitals and clinical sites.
The School of Nursing will grant the degrees of bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN), master of science in nursing (MSN), as well as offer specialized degrees for registered nurses who wish to earn a bachelor’s and/or a master’s degree through the RN-BS, RN-BS-MSN, and RN-MSN programs. The School of Nursing also will grant degrees to bachelor’s degree-holders who wish to earn a second bachelor’s in nursing through the accelerated BSN program.
“The School of Nursing will enable us to remain in the forefront of the ever-changing landscape of healthcare and the education of highly competent nurses. The School of Nursing will provide more dedicated space and increased opportunities for learning through a state-of-the-art nursing skills lab to prepare our students beyond the current standard requirements,” said Sister Mary Reap, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Elms College president.
“Our nursing programs have achieved regional, state and national recognition through their wide representation and leadership in professional nursing organizations, clinical affiliations and practice partners for education,” Sister Reap said. “The School of Nursing will better reflect the complexity, structure, function and stature of the Division of Nursing.”
For more than a decade, the Division of Nursing has demonstrated significant growth in programs, students, and faculty in traditional undergraduate education, degree completion and graduate level offerings. The division has added an accelerated second degree track, advanced the education of RNs through both bachelor’s and master’s degree completion programs, and launched a master of science in nursing (MSN) program with a dual degree track for MSN/MBA.
Serving as the director of the Division of Nursing since 2003, Professor Scoble (pictured at right) has ambitiously addressed the opportunities and challenges of assuring a well-prepared and competent nursing workforce for the community.
Under Professor Scoble’s direction, the division has realized significant growth in both undergraduate and graduate enrollment; created an accelerated degree track; advanced the education of RNs through both bachelor’s and master’s degree-completion programs with two additional campuses at Berkshire Medical Center and Mt. Wachusett Community College; and added a master of science in nursing (MSN) program with a dual degree track for MSN/MBA. Under her leadership, clinical affiliations have significantly expanded and now include two dedicated teaching units (DEUs) located at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
Professor Scoble is responsible for leading the School of Nursing toward achieving its goals and initiatives while ensuring the alignment of the school with the college's mission and history, supporting and strengthening a strong and vibrant Elms College culture for students and faculty.
“Dr. Scoble is academically and experientially qualified for the position,” said Walter C. Breau, vice president of academic affairs. “Her successful track record of leading program and divisional development in nursing, building an exceptionally qualified nursing faculty, and serving in several leadership roles within the college speaks to her administrative abilities expanding from more than two decades of executive leadership in healthcare organizations prior to her academic career.
“Dr. Scoble has extensive experience as both a leader and member of national, state and regional nursing organizations and initiatives which would enhance her ability to serve as an effective dean and academic leader,” Breau said.
Professor Scoble received her nursing diploma from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Ohio; her BSN from Madonna College in Michigan; double master’s degrees in both nursing administration and education and a doctorate in education from Columbia University, Teachers College, Department of Nursing Administration and Education.
Professor Scoble is the current president of the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing and co-chair of the Massachusetts Institute of Medicine Action Coalition.
The Elms College School of Nursing programs are approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.