What Makes the Berry College Nursing Program Distinctive?
There is no career more in tune with Berry’s signature “head, heart and hands” approach to learning than nursing. As a science-based profession, nursing requires strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills for which a liberal arts education is best known, as well as the attitude of leadership and service for which Berry graduates have long been recognized.
The Nursing Program focuses on the future as it prepares nurses to work in an increasingly complex and ambiguous world. Berry College follows the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative by incorporating quality and safety competencies into the curriculum framework such as:
- patient-centered care
- interdisciplinary teamwork & collaboration
- evidence-based practice
- quality improvement
Clinical learning for the Berry Nursing student occurs in the local area of Rome, Ga. Rome is noted as a vibrant healthcare and medical community that includes three large medical facilities, each offering 30+ medical specialties as well as more physicians and specialists per capita than any city in Georgia. Nursing students have learning opportunities with an emphasis on:
- cancer care
- community health promotion
- healthcare informatics
- cultural diversity
- spiritual dimensions
A peak experience for the Berry nursing student is the required two-week course, NUR 410 Cross-Cultural Immersion. Students have the opportunity to provide service, leadership, and caring to a unique local or global community in need of healthcare.
The Nursing faculty will continue the Berry College century-long commitment to the values inherent in “worthwhile work well done” and inspire students to achieve their potential through:
- highly interactive small group class activities
- technology enhanced learning strategies
- hands-on nursing practice in a state-of-the art clinical practice lab using Human Patient Simulators
- diverse clinical placement opportunities focused on quality outcomes
- collaborative opportunities with the faculty in a community setting
- study abroad opportunities
- senior internship in the last semester