Sunshine filled the Weldon Webb classroom as 67 accelerated nursing students filed in with backpacks on and coffees in hand.
The Nursing Alumni Organization at the University of Missouri hosted the annual Accelerated Student Welcome Continental Breakfast on Friday, June 15.
Students mingled with School of Nursing faculty and leaders from Boone Hospital and MU Health Care. After breakfast, several leaders in nursing took turns speaking to the students and encouraging them in their studies.
Mary Beck, joint courtesy faculty and chief nursing officer, MU Health Care, was among those in nursing leadership in attendance.
“One of the things I think is important about nursing is life-long learning,” Beck said. “Always take advantage of opportunities to continue your education and participate in continuing education events.”
Associate dean for Academic Affairs, Robin Harris, also addressed the group and reminded the students that they can reach their goals.
“Know that we wouldn’t have said yes to your name if we didn’t think that you could do this,” Harris said.
The Accelerated BSN is an intense 15-month, on-campus option for students who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a field other than nursing. Courses during the 15 months focus on developing nursing knowledge and skills needed to enter nursing practice upon graduation as a BSN prepared nurse.
Susan Devaney, Nursing Alumni Organization president, handed each student a black leather padfolio as a welcoming gift. The students then gathered for a group photo before heading back to class.
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