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BS in Nursing (BSN)

Why Major in Nursing?

The Traditional Pre-Licensure Program at Eastern University offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and prepares graduates who can safely provide professional holistic nursing care for patients and are generalists in varied clinical practice settings. BSN students will learn to incorporate Christian values and ethics into all areas of nursing, in order to know how to meet the needs of their future patients. BSN students will gain hands-on experience in Eastern’s on-campus Nursing Clinical Resource Laboratory and off campus clinical agencies. Students will work with award-winning faculty and staff, who are dedicated to guiding them through their nursing education. In higher-level courses, students will have the opportunity to focus on specific areas of study, including Pediatric Nursing, Holistic Family Nursing and Maternal Child Nursing.

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Why Major in Nursing at Eastern?

  • For the past 4 years, Eastern BSN students NCLEX-RN pass rates have been between 85 and 95.24% for first time candidates for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).  Our 2014 pass rate of 95.24% is 13.27% above the mean pass rate for all BSN schools in Pennsylvania for exams taken between July 2014 and September 2014.
  • Eastern graduates are prepared to sit for NCLEX-RN and achieve licensure as a registered nurse.
  • The Nursing Department at Eastern is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation
  • Short-term mission opportunities to Latin America are available for nursing students.
  • Students have access to the Nursing Clinical Resource Laboratory, which provides opportunities for them to learn through simulated hospital and practice experiences.
  • Comprehensive hands-on clinical experience is available at regional hospitals, health care facilities, and community settings. Eastern nursing students have been awarded highly competitive paid externships at prestigious healthcare agencies, such as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Active chapters of the Student Nurses Association of PA and Nurses’ Christian Fellowship 
  • Nationally recognized faculty, including current President of PA Higher Ed Nursing Schools Association, Dr. Mary Anne Peters and Dr. Christine Jackson, recipient of the 2011 American Holistic Nurses Association Nurse of the Year award.

Christina Jackson, PhD

Dr. Jackson is a professor of nursing at Eastern University and shares her passion for holistic nursing with students in the classroom and clinical setting. The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) recently honored Dr. Jackson with the 2011 Holistic Nurse of the Year Award.  She was recognized for her contributions in furthering the practice of holistic nursing and bringing caring and healing to the forefront of nursing practice. A major contributor to the field of holistic nursing, Dr. Jackson has helped to advance the specialty nursing practice through her numerous activities, teaching, research and publications. Since 2009, Dr. Jackson has been the Associate Editor for the professional journal Holistic Nursing Practice: The Science of Health and Healing. In addition, she serves as an editorial review panel member for the Journal of Holistic Nursing. In her personal life, Jackson models holistic living, saying that: "Teaching nutrition, yoga, Pilates and practicing aromatherapy and healing touch have opened me up to a whole realm of possibilities as far as holistic lifestyle and healing practice."

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