Olivet recognized as outstanding local innovator in technology

Nursing programs at Olivet prepare professionals for success in today’s health care field.

May 23, 2018 Uncategorized

The School of Life and Health Sciences at Olivet Nazarene University was recently recognized as the outstanding local innovator in technology during The Daily Journal 2018 Progress Awards ceremony. This award salutes the School while placing special emphasis on the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. 

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“Olivet goes a long way in filling the nursing ranks for hospitals and health facilities in Kankakee County,” said Mike Frey, editor at large for The Daily Journal. “Olivet has adapted to the changing times to train nurses who can immediately succeed in this ever-changing field.” 

Focus on the mission 

In her acceptance of the award on behalf of the School of Life and Health Sciences, Dr. Amber Residori, dean of the School, said: “Olivet’s School of Life and Health Sciences is focused on a holistic way of viewing life that includes biological, physiological and social areas of study. The school uniquely joins together key departments in order to create stronger relationships and additional academic opportunities for our students.” 

She added: “At Olivet, we are committed to partnering with our community to educate and produce future graduates who are ready for the current work environment. As a University, we are immensely grateful for this technology award. As the dean of School of Life and Health Sciences, I want you to know that, above all else, we are dedicated to using technology to enhance and touch people’s lives.” 

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Outstanding nursing education programs 

Currently Olivet’s largest major, Olivet’s nursing degree programs now extend into the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies with these additional degree offerings: R.N. to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.); R.N. to Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.); and Master of Science in Nursing: Education, Leadership/Management or Family Nurse Practitioner tracks. Also available is the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification. 

Program distinctives that Olivet students and graduates consistently affirm:

Licensing exam pass rate — Olivet graduates enrolled in the traditional program consistently exceed the national average pass rate for the NCLEX-RN, the licensing exam for registered nurses.

Simulation labs — These learning laboratories on campus feature the best in training and equipment. Students work with mannequins that breathe, cry and sweat to develop their patient care skills.

Experienced faculty — All faculty members have professional experience in the healthcare field. Many also have experience serving on the mission field, in churches or with nonprofit organizations.

Dedicated advisors — From the day they enroll in the program, each nursing student has a nursing faculty member as a one-on-one advisor.

Christian faith — Faith-based programming and faith integration are key components of the nursing curricula at Olivet.

Specialization — The undergraduate curriculum offers a stand-alone 300-level course on gerontology and palliative care, as well as a 400-level course in critical care nursing. 

To learn more about the School of Life and Health Sciences at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.


Group photo courtesy of The Daily Journal, Kankakee, Illinois.

Published: 5/23/18

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