Welcome to Nursing at King’s, the College’s newest offering in professional education.
As the College’s first nursing chairperson, I come to King’s with more than 30 years of experience in nursing education: I earned my BS in Nursing at Wilkes College, my MS in Nursing at College Misericordia, and my PhD in Nursing from Penn State University. I also am certified in nursing education from the National League of Nursing. I am honored to have the opportunity to apply my knowledge and experience in this field at King’s.
Before coming to King’s, I served for 10 years as chairperson of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University. I have participated in accreditation visits for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and have served on many national, state and regional committees related to nursing education. I also have been selected as an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Wharton Nurse Leadership Scholar, which, in addition to my experience in leadership and management and knowledge of management strategies, will be an asset to moving King’s nursing forward.
Nursing at King’s includes two paths to achieving a BS in Nursing degree—the RN to BS in Nursing Program and the 1-2-1 Dual Degrees in Nursing with LCCC. The RN to BS in Nursing Program provides a seamless opportunity for nurses with an associate or diploma degree to earn the BS in Nursing credential, which is consistent with Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses by 50 to 80 percent by 2020. The shared curriculum in the 1-2-1 Dual Degrees in Nursing with LCCC addresses the need for a curricular design to increase access to the baccalaureate degree in nursing while preserving the integrity of the associate and diploma degree in nursing. The King’s-LCCC partnership provides an economically feasible pathway to meet the goal of increasing the proportion of BS in Nursing-prepared nurses. Both of these paths to a nursing degree are consistent with changes occurring in health care, health policy and nursing education.
The King’s baccalaureate degree curriculum has been developed to provide quality instruction for nursing leaders who will be working in today’s complex health system. I also look forward to engaging our students in global health initiatives, including participation in study abroad opportunities. For many students, these opportunities prove to be life-changing experiences that give them a broad, new global perspective on health care.
In addition to nursing, I will be working with students in the Physician Assistant Studies, Exercise Science, Medical Ethics, and Athletic Training programs to expand interprofessional experiences for students. I also will be developing clinical partnerships with regional health care providers to enhance clinical experiences for our students and to increase visibility of the program both locally and nationally.
I am very excited about the opportunities the future holds for our students. As you consider joining us to pursue this challenging and rewarding career path, please feel free to contact me to learn more about Nursing at King’s.
Cynthia Mailloux PhD, RN, CNE
Chairperson, Department of Nursing