Nursing program celebrates 50th anniversary

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The Youngstown State University Nursing program celebrates its 50th anniversary with a dinner Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center on campus.

The event, titled “YSU Nursing: 50 Years of Caring,” also includes tours of nursing and simulation labs in Cushwa Hall, while the dinner will include music by The Hubcaps.

Registration deadline is Oct. 10. The cost is $50 per person. Register online.

The YSU Department of Nursing started in 1967 as an associate degree program, then added an RN-BSN completion program. In 1984, the BSN entry-level program evolved and became the premier BSN program in the city of Youngstown and the surrounding areas. In 1997, the master’s program was added and currently includes options for family nurse practitioner, nurse anesthesia, nursing education, and most recently, the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program. A school nurse licensure program is also available. All programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Today, the department enrolls more than 350 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students and boasts more than 4,300 alumni. Ninety-five percent of BSN graduates are employed in their field within six months of graduation. BSN students provide nearly 95,000 clinical service hours to the community each academic year.