Jan. 12, 2012 – The Lawrence Memorial/ Regis College Nursing Program’s outstanding reputation precedes itself. The Program is internationally known and was recently re-designated, as part of all Regis College nursing programs, as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, by the National League for Nursing. The nursing programs are the only programs in the state to receive this honor.
In addition, the Program was selected out of hundreds of nursing programs throughout the country as a model for a new nursing program in Egypt. The Program has partnered with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development over the past few years to create the Gouna Technical Nursing Institute, a two-year nursing program in Gouna, Egypt, which opened last fall.
For several years, a number of the Program’s faculty have been providing education to Haitian nurses to assist them in providing evidence-based practice to enhance patient care in their country. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country, they returned to care for victims and to teach critical care practices to the Haitian nurses.
The Program, which is located on the Lawrence Memorial Hospital campus in Medford, offers students a unique blend of classroom and clinical experience, expert faculty and a flexible curriculum. Janet Jones, MSN, RN, director of student and alumni services, is exceptionally proud of all the Program has accomplished in recent years. She said the Program’s curriculum fully prepares students for the rigors of the nursing field focusing on evidence-based practices for the best patient outcomes.
Jones said the associate degree nursing program’s excellence in educating future registered nurses is shown by the high passing rate for new graduates on the first time sitting for the RN licensure examination. The Program had the highest first attempt passing rate of all associate degree programs in Massachusetts in 2010 and is consistently higher than both state and national registered nurse licensure rates.
How does one know that nursing career is right for them? For second-year student Christie Lee Lind it was a recognition of her skills and her desire to succeed.
“I have a cousin with a disability. Over the years, I came to realize I had a talent for caring for people,” said Lind, a Melrose resident. “It occurred to me that a nursing career could be the right move. I looked at a number of nursing programs but I was very glad I was accepted at Lawrence Memorial/Regis College.”
“I soon learned that this Program was where I was meant to be,” she added. “The academics and course work are very challenging, but the faculty and my classmates have become a second family to me.”
Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.