The need for well-educated, highly-skilled nurses has never been greater. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) through its “Quality Chasm” series in the late ‘90s increased the awareness of the key role that nurses play in patient safety and quality improvement. Thus, today there is an unprecedented demand for professional and advance practice nurses.
Based on our long and rich history of nursing education at Northeastern, we are well positioned to prepare you for positions of responsibility in all areas of healthcare. Our programs range from undergraduate through graduate degrees.
Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing prepares you to become a professional nurse with a wide range of career options, from acute care hospitals to community-based settings. We provide a broad-based education that serves as a foundation for your professional and personal growth and for life-long learning.
With a Master’s degree from Northeastern’s School of Nursing, you might influence society in profound ways, providing primary care to underserved populations, assisting newborns and their families to experience a healthier beginning, counseling families with troubled children and adolescents, developing innovative programs in the community, or shaping health care delivery.
With a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), you will be able to assume a position as a researcher, educator, and scholar in a school of nursing, clinical agency, research center, or other healthcare organization.
With a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a post-master’s program we began offering in 2009, you will develop the clinical, organizational, economic and leadership skills to design and implement programs that can significantly impact healthcare outcomes and will have the potential to transform healthcare delivery.
There is no better time or place to prepare for these accomplishments than at the School of Nursing within Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Come explore our website, contact us with questions, and let us arrange a visit for you.
The mission of the Northeastern University School of Nursing is to educate students to provide evidence-based, culturally and linguistically competent, ethical healthcare that is high quality, safe, accessible to diverse, local, national and global communities. Our programs prepare students to become leaders as nurse clinicians, educators, and researchers.
The following Curriculum Organizing Concepts were developed by the Northeastern School of Nursing CCNE Task Force in draft form June 22, 2012; discussed further and consensus vote in the CCNE Faculty Workshop on October 4, 2012; and approved at the Faculty Organization meeting on October 15, 2012.
Leadership encompasses the ability to listen, translate, decide, take action and inspire others. Leaders have the vision to set direction, engage the stakeholders towards a common goal, and have the competency to create and cultivate open, trusting and caring relationships with others. (Based on O’Connor, M. (2008). The dimensions of leadership. A foundation for caring competency. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 32 (1), 21-26.)
Critical Thinking/Clinical Reasoning:
Critical thinking is a reflective process based on creative, intuitive, logical, and inferential thought patterns. Clinical reasoning is the ability to think critically about health care decisions related to patients, families, and communities.
(Benner, P., Sutphen, M., Leonard, V., & Day. L. (2010). Educating nurses. A call for radical transformation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.)
An integration of the best evidence available, nursing expertise, and the values and preferences of the individuals, families and communities who are served. This assumes that optimal nursing care is provided when nurses and health care decision-makers have access to a synthesis of the latest research, a consensus of expert opinion, and are thus able to exercise their judgment as they plan and provide care that takes into account cultural and personal values and preferences. This approach to nursing care bridges the gap between the best evidence available and the most appropriate nursing care of individuals, groups and populations with varied needs.
(Sigma Theta Tau International. (2005). Evidence-based practice position statement, Indianapolis, IN: Author.)
Quality is the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge. Quality care is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.
(Institute of Medicine. (2001). Crossing the quality chasm. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.)
Cultural and Linguistic Competence:
Cultural and linguistic competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations that value and incorporate the cultural differences of diverse populations. It promotes evaluation of one’s own health-related values and beliefs, health care organizations, and health care providers, and responds appropriately to, and directly serves the unique needs of populations whose cultures may be different from the prevailing culture.
(Adapted from: National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care: Final Report. (March, 2001). Washington, DC: OMH, DHHS
A situation wherein multiple healthcare workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patient’s families, care givers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care.
(Interprofessional Educational Collaborative Expert Panel. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice. Report of an expert panel. Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative.)
Utilize informatics to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making using information technology.
(Institute of Medicine. (2003). Health professions education. A bridge to quality. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press.)
The School of Nursing in Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences has a proud history of preparing nurse leaders in practice, education and research. We are helping to build a strong nursing workforce by offering an array of excellent programs, including our traditional nursing baccalaureate and accelerated nursing baccalaureate programs, an RN to BSN program, and a Direct Entry nursing program (on the ground and hybrid) for second degree students, as well as our outstanding graduate nursing programs (MS, DNP and PhD).
For more than fifty years, our school has worked collaboratively with our community partners to develop experiential learning venues for students. A major goal of the Northeastern educational experience is to improve urban health and reduce health disparities. We recognize the critical importance of team work and embrace the growing opportunities for interprofessional practice, education, and research. Our talented faculty and staff are committed to excellence and dedicated to innovation.
This is an exciting time of growth, as we expand our reach nationally and internationally. We invite you to become a part of our team!
Nancy P. Hanrahan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean & Professor, School of Nursing
Associate Dean, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing Ranked #1 for 2011 in the US News & World Report “Best Graduate Nursing Anesthesia Programs”
Northeastern University School of Nursing has been designated as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. This award is in recognition of the School’s commitment to “Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development.“
In March, 2014 the National Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing designated the SON as a Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE)