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Prospective Students Welcome to the Nursing Department

Great things await as you either BEGIN your journey into professional nursing by entering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program or CONTINUE your journey in professional nursing through pursuit of a Master of Science in Nursing Degree or a Post Master’s Certificate in Adult Gerontology for the Clinical Nurse Specialist.  The Department has an over 50-year history of nursing excellence in the preparation and education of nurses to serve the DELMARVA region and beyond.

Our philosophy and mission support the concept of holistic nursing care and the core values of community, community capacity building, critical thinking, and lifelong learning.  Our student learning outcomes enable graduates to practice professional nursing and to facilitate and promote the health of individuals, families, and communities.  Nursing is client based and requires a broad and holistic view of health; it is collaborative in nature and requires independent critical thought, a broad theory and liberal arts base, and a scholarly approach to problem solving.

The Department of Nursing is committed to providing a challenging nursing education to students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program graduate is prepared to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensing examination, to initiate professional nursing care in a variety of health care environments and to pursue graduate education.  The Master of Science in Nursing Program graduate is prepared to assume the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a population focus in adult gerontology.  Graduates are eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist national board certification examination.

The Department of Nursing lives its mission not only in educating professional nurses, but through service to the community.  Students and faculty alike are involved in providing health screening, health education, and illness prevention services through community partnerships.  An example is our ability to offer health promotion events and screening to the elderly population at Luther Towers and Queen’s Manor residential living centers.

However, what I believe sets us apart from many other nursing education programs is our focus on the student as an individual. At Wesley we have a strong tradition of low student to faculty ratios which fosters an environment of mentoring by an experienced group of nursing faculty.  Additionally, it gives us a sense of pride and satisfaction to be a part of your educational process and to help you achieve your professional goals.

Nursing at Wesley will challenge you to achieve excellence while serving others.  Together we will make your educational journey the best that is can be in this environment of mutual learning.  Welcome to the Wesley College family and enjoy exploring our website further.

Karen L. Panunto, Ed.D., MSN, APRN
Professor of Nursing and Chair, Department of Nursing