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What is Loyola’s Nursing School Like?

Are you anxious about attending nursing school? Whether it has to do with the fear of the unknown or not being good enough, you’re not alone. Many students who apply to our Accelerated BSN program have experienced self-doubt at some point during the admission process. To help alleviate your apprehension, we’re here to tell you what Loyola’s nursing school is like.

Part of Loyola’s health sciences division, the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is home to the oldest baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois, with the first class admitted in 1935. Today, Niehoff remains a leader in health-care education, offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs framed within the context of Jesuit values.

Transformative Teaching

As a way to enhance the health of individuals, communities, and society as a whole, Niehoff nursing programs combine faith and reason with intellectual rigor. It’s a transformative learning experience that follows the five hallmarks of Jesuit education.

  1. Commitment to excellence
  2. Faith in God and religious tradition
  3. Service that promotes justice
  4. Values-based leadership
  5. Global awareness

Nursing students learn in both the classroom and the community to develop the skills health-care employers demand and to understand the moral implications the nursing profession has on society.

“Focusing on social justice is something that’s really, really important in health care, and it is evident in the classes that you take [at Loyola].”

―Angie Tosaw, Loyola Nursing Graduate, Class of 2008

Interprofessional Interaction

Given the interdisciplinary nature of health care, Loyola’s nursing school strives to provide interprofessional learning opportunities. Whenever possible, nursing students engage with other health sciences majors at Loyola, such as medical students from the Stritch School of Medicine.

It’s an important approach to learning that teaches nursing students how to provide safe, quality patient care in a collaborative team environment. In fact, the Institute of Medicine has endorsed interprofessional education as a means of improving the overall quality of health care.

During interprofessional learning opportunities, such as nursing simulations, the goal is for students to learn how to function as part of a health-care team that works in concert to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.

Clinical Connections

Quality clinical placements are key to graduating practice-ready nurses, and Loyola’s nursing school maintains partnerships with some of the best health-care facilities in and around Chicago. While there’s no guarantee as to where students complete clinical rotations, these are some of our health-care partners:

  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
  • Loyola University Health System
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Rush North Shore Medical Center

No matter the health-care facility, Niehoff nursing students gain real-world experience in diverse areas of professional practice. They also participate in an intensive role transition course where they work under the guidance of an experienced nurse preceptor.

“People definitely know the Loyola name. You can go to any hospital in Chicago and tell on the floor that the nursing staff and managers all have respect for the Loyola students. I think they know the prestige of the program and how rigorous it is and how well we are trained.”

―Jordan Templin, Loyola Nursing Graduate, Class of 2015

Supportive Scholars

When it comes to Loyola’s nursing school faculty, you won’t find a better, more passionate group of educators. More than 85 percent of our full-time faculty have doctoral degrees, and many are certified in their respective areas of clinical expertise.

Well versed in a variety of teaching methodologies, from online lectures to nursing simulation, our nursing faculty and clinical instructors provide innovative and relevant learning experiences to ensure student success.

Overall, these scholars promote a learning environment of inclusiveness, individual support, and collaboration as a way to best facilitate student progress, from basic to advanced clinical competence.

Perhaps that’s why our nursing programs consistently yield high NCLEX pass rates, with the 2016 ABSN program graduates achieving a first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate of 93.98 percent.

Enrollment Experts

Our team of enrollment advisors, or champions of higher learning as we sometimes call them, know what it takes to be successful in Loyola’s nursing school, and they are readily available to share that knowledge with students. Every prospective ABSN student is assigned an enrollment advisor who provides personalized support and guidance throughout the admission/application process.

Our nursing school reviews applications for each term on a rolling basis, which means faculty evaluate an application upon arrival, instead of waiting for the submission deadline to pass. As a result, prospective nursing students receive an admission decision within weeks, as opposed to months.

Outstanding Outcomes

All of the nursing programs at Loyola deliver excellent outcomes for students as well as the individuals and communities they serve. In fact, Niehoff School of Nursing graduates are poised to shape the future of health care and champion Jesuit values within the nursing profession.

When it comes to the Accelerated BSN program specifically, the goal is to prepare students to:

  • Deliver competent, compassionate care to diverse patient populations.
  • Navigate the unique faith and cultural needs of patients.
  • Integrate ethics and legal knowledge into nursing care.
  • Collaborate with others in interdisciplinary patient care.
  • Incorporate scientific evidence and patient/family preferences into nursing care.
  • Understand government influence and institutional policies in public health.

Every Accelerated BSN program graduate leaves the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing with the knowledge and skills required to enter the workforce as a team-based, practice-ready nurse. They also leave Loyola with a Jesuit mindset that reflects a passion for justice and a commitment to the greater good.

Want to know more about what it’s like to attend Loyola’s nursing school? Contact our admissions team to have one of the ABSN program enrollment advisors answer all of your questions as well as suggest upcoming nursing events that you should attend.

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