Nursing Department News


American medical team by patient's bedAre you looking for a nursing school?  Did you know that the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Arizona College contains an evidence-based curriculum that includes over 1,000 hours of clinical experience along with simulation utilizing a modern nursing skills laboratory? Arizona College’s Nursing program provides a solid foundation that focuses on leadership, critical thinking, ethics, and technology.  The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Arizona College continues to thrive and has some exciting news to share.

The Nursing department is starting the founding chapter of the Arizona College Student Nurse Association.  This is an approved local chapter of the National Student Nurses Association.  The National Student Nurses Association has a membership of 60,000 nationwide.  The Association mentors the professional development of future registered nurses while facilitating their entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities and career guidance.  The goal is to have all lower division nursing students join as members, while keeping them interested and involved as they progress in their program to upper division.  The faculty sponsors representing Arizona College are Carol Johnson and Kathy Hoyman.

Clinical rotations are an off-campus portion of the nursing curriculum and are a great opportunity for students to integrate skills and knowledge from the classroom/laboratory setting into the clinical practice setting.  While working alongside a healthcare professional, they will provide direct patient care, work as part of a team to problem solve, as well as, observe multiple patient care scenarios.  Currently, nursing students are completing clinical rotations at well child facilities, such as Crossroads Pre-school, Swim Kids USA, Mountain Vista hospital for OB, Medical/Surgical and Behavioral Health locations.  Beginning in May, the Nursing department will begin utilizing a variety of new clinical sites.  Next semester, the students will begin caring for Alzheimer patients at the Summit at Sunland Springs, which only has patients with memory impairments.

Arizona College has 3 cohorts of nursing students attending the BSN program.  The nursing students have opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios during laboratory and clinical rotations.  During nursing laboratory, students are learning how to deliver babies, manage hemorrhages, starting IV, hanging IV fluids;both primary and secondary, as well as learning to give medications via IV in addition to all other routes. The students are learning nasogastric tube insertion/management, urinary catheter insertion/management, various oxygen therapy techniques, tube feedings, and various assessment skills for patients of all ages and health status.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Arizona College is intended to prepare our graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence needed for a rewarding career as a professional nurse.  Are you interested in a new career as a Registered Nurse? Visit the campus; take a tour of our classrooms and nursing laboratory.  We have amazing Nursing program faculty that is highly educated with extensive classroom and clinical experience.   They are here to help your dream of becoming a Registered Nurse a reality.  Call today!

Information in this blog post is accurate as of April 28, 2015.