Nurses begin studies in inaugural RN-to-BS program at King’sCollege

From left, are Dr. Deborah Vilegi- Payne, PhD., RN, dean of nursing health, Luzerne County Community College; Christine Bonczewski and Kimberly Thomas, both Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre; Wendy Bealla, Geisinger Wyoming Valley; Michelle Phares and Sirena Mehall, both Commonwealth Medical Systems; and Dr. Cynthia Mailloux, PhD., RN, CNE, professor and department chair of nursing, King’s College. Absent at the time of the photo was Terri Cesarini, Geisinger Community Medical Center Scranton. - Submitted photo

Six nurses working for local hospitals have begun their studies as part of the inaugural RN-to-BS in Nursing program at King’s College.

The program was established at King’s in response to the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that the RN workforce with bachelor’s degrees increase from 50 percent to 80 percent by 2020.

The coursework, which will focus on primary care, teaching and learning, leadership and management, and global health, is designed to allow current Registered Nurses with an associate or diploma degree an opportunity to further their education and increase their opportunities for career advancement.

Further information about the RN to BS program is available by visiting kings.edu/nursing or by contacting Brigit Ford at 570-208-8408 or [email protected] or Cynthia Mailloux ([email protected]) at 570-208-5900, x. 5210.

From left, are Dr. Deborah Vilegi- Payne, PhD., RN, dean of nursing health, Luzerne County Community College; Christine Bonczewski and Kimberly Thomas, both Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre; Wendy Bealla, Geisinger Wyoming Valley; Michelle Phares and Sirena Mehall, both Commonwealth Medical Systems; and Dr. Cynthia Mailloux, PhD., RN, CNE, professor and department chair of nursing, King’s College. Absent at the time of the photo was Terri Cesarini, Geisinger Community Medical Center Scranton.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Area-Nurses-Members-of-Inaugural-RN-to-BS-Program-at-Kings.jpgFrom left, are Dr. Deborah Vilegi- Payne, PhD., RN, dean of nursing health, Luzerne County Community College; Christine Bonczewski and Kimberly Thomas, both Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre; Wendy Bealla, Geisinger Wyoming Valley; Michelle Phares and Sirena Mehall, both Commonwealth Medical Systems; and Dr. Cynthia Mailloux, PhD., RN, CNE, professor and department chair of nursing, King’s College. Absent at the time of the photo was Terri Cesarini, Geisinger Community Medical Center Scranton. Submitted photo