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Southwest Connections Episode 10: Dr. Laurie Johansen

Dr. Laurie Johansen, Professor of Nursing, joins us for Episode 10 to discuss SMSU’s Online RN to BSN program, its growth since beginning in the fall of 2013, the challenges the program has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the flexibility that its online format provides students. The SMSU RN to BSN Program is accredited through the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

RN to BSN Program: https://www.smsu.edu/academics/programs/rntobsn/index.html

Timestamps:
0:00 – Intro & Welcome
0:45 – Personal Background & Career
1:20 – Career as Nurse
2:40 – History of RN to BSN Program
4:20 – Importance of Education
5:45 – Finding Success in Program & Balancing It
7:00 – Where Studentss Come From
7:30 – Program Team
9:35 – Recruiting New Students
10:35 – COVID Affecting Program
12:20 – Placing Students in Clinicals
13:50 – Managing Mental Health
14:55 – Student Adapting
16:10 – Recruiting (New Face, Stella)
17:15 – Interest in RN to BSN Program
17:45 – Why SMSU?
Next Guest: Dr. Dan Kaiser

Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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