James Madison University

Welcome From the Department Head

PHOTO: Julie Sanford

We engage students, faculty and communities through dynamic and innovative nursing education, practice and scholarship to influence health in our world. This is our Mission in nursing at James Madison University. In the face of increasing complexity of health care and health care reform, JMU Nursing is growing to prepare and equip nurses to meet the demand for increased access to quality care.

Our pre-licensure BSN program graduates 180 students per year incorporating patient care simulation, be it with high fidelity mannequins or standardized patients (trained live actors), into clinical and courses. We offer a Minor in Chronic Illness with an exciting range of elective course options. Our senior level transition to practice course includes a review of critical skills and preparation for the NCLEX (RN certification and licensure exam).  Seniors enjoy an expanded 7-week "capstone" practicum their final semester, working full-time with a preceptor in a hospital or other clinical agency.

Our BSN completion program for registered nurses (RN to BSN program) has grown substantially and is considered to be one of the top  programs in the South. Designed to be flexible for practicing nurses, we offer generous portfolio credit for previous education and experience. Online classes may be taken part-time or full-time.

The Master's (MSN) program prepares Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) to respond to the growing shortage of health care providers of primary care.  We also offer a Master's with a focus on Nursing Leadership, either in Nursing Administration or as a Clinical Nurse Leader.  Our DNP program enrolls 12 students per year and a CCNE accreditation visit is scheduled for November 2015.  The DNP  students complete capstone projects that improve the quality of care in our Commonwealth, region and nation. 

We have committed faculty who oversee the curriculum and implement innovative teaching strategies to enhance engagement and improve learning outcomes. Our 40 full-time and 10 part-time faculty have built the momentum and excellence of our programs. Our faculty members provide class-room and clinical learning experiences in a wide variety of hospitals and community clinical agencies. Faculty members engage students in service learning, research, and scholarship. For example, in 2013-2014 nursing faculty and students provided over 80,000 hours of community service through projects, clinical and service delivery to local agencies. Our Nursing Student Association (NSA) regularly wins state awards for excellence and commitment to the discipline of nursing. A student from JMU has won Virginia Nursing Student of the Year 5 years in a row. In spring 2009, we achieved full reaccreditation of all programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Because change and excellence are dynamic, we anticipate future exciting possibilities for learning in all of our programs.  Each year our faculty engages with students in a rich variety of practice and funded scholarly and service initiatives within the university and the community.  We invite you to join us, to Be the Change with JMU Nursing - as a student, an alumnae, a friend or community partner.


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