Tahnee Andrew, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, was recently named Associate Director of the Nursing program at OHIO Chillicothe.
Q. What are some ways the OHIO Chillicothe nursing program prepares students for real life situations?
A. Ohio University’s School of Nursing provides hands-on skills training in our labs and clinical experiences in a variety of healthcare facilities to prepare students to join the nursing profession. These clinical experiences include active participation in the healthcare teams and care of real patients so students are well-prepared to join the profession as registered nurses as soon as they graduate.
Q. What are the biggest healthcare challenges or issues nurses face today?
A. Nurses today have more challenges than ever before. First, there is a global nursing shortage that existed even before the COVID-19 pandemic. This means there simply are not enough nurses to care for all the patients. Today’s nurses are also facing challenges with increased stress at work while managing more responsibilities with family and life situations brought on by the pandemic. While nurses are known for being extremely resourceful and flexible, these combined challenges can take a toll.
Q. Name some of the strengths of the Ohio University Chillicothe nursing program or how does this nursing program distinguish itself from other schools?
A. Ohio University Chillicothe offers two nursing programs. We have a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for students to obtain a four-year degree, and we offer a two-year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program for those who may prefer to enter the workforce more quickly and return later for the RN-to-BSN program. Both nursing programs prepare students for the national licensure exam to become Registered Nurses (RNs). Our programs in Chillicothe offer the hometown feel of a commuter campus with personalized assistance from caring professors and nursing advising. Many students prefer the opportunity to commute to classes and clinicals while living at home. In a way, this provides the best of both worlds while students’ progress through college and maintain family responsibilities and relationships.
Q. Can you give an example of someone who graduated from the OHIO program and what they are doing now?
A. We have graduates of the nursing programs who are now successful RNs, working in many specialties. Some of our graduates now care for pediatric patients in children’s hospitals. Others work in various specialty units in facilities close to home. There are so many different types of nursing that this profession truly offers something for just about anyone. Registered nurses work in public health wellness initiatives. They care for patients who are hospitalized with acute illnesses and life-threatening situations. Nurses provide compassionate care to those in need of long-term assistance. You will see registered nurses caring for people along every part of the lifespan, from maternity/newborn care to pediatrics, school nurses, industrial nurses, travel nurses, and so much more.
Q. What do you feel is the most rewarding thing about becoming a nurse in the 21st century?
A. Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers available. Those who enter the profession get to interact with real people every day and see the impact of their care on the lives of their patients. Nurses care, but it is more than just compassion. Registered nurses are professionals with a great amount of knowledge and clinical judgment based on training and experience to allow them to make clinical decisions in the healthcare setting with impacts on the lives of many.
Interested in learning more about a nursing degree at Ohio University Chillicothe?
Email Dr. Andrew at email@example.com or 740-774-7727.
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