Earn your Associates, RN, and BSN in 4 years

The Nursing 1-2-1 Partnership is offered through the combined expertise and resources of Mount Mary University and Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College.

Students enroll into the Nursing 1-2-1 to complete classes together to obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), licensure as a Registered Nurse, and seamlessly move to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), all within four years.

High demands for a nurse with a BSN

The partnership between Mount Mary University and Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College is one example of innovative programming to address the impending nursing shortage. As the healthcare industry reforms, particularly for underserved populations, it is important for nursing to advance in leadership positions for this redesign of care. Earning a BSN will advance nurses who will increasingly work together as part of high-performance and interdisciplinary teams of medical professionals.

The Wisconsin Center for Nursing (WCN) projects that by 2040 the workforce shortage of RNs will reach nearly 43% if no changes are made to program capacities and infrastructure today. The WCN recommends expanding nursing program capacity to meet the projected demand for 7,500 additional graduates annually by 2020.

Real-world learning

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Mount Mary University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Learn more about Mount Mary's Nursing 1-2-1 degree

Program Mission: The Nursing Program commits itself to excellence in teaching and learning, preparing nurses with leadership skills, integrity, and a deep sense of social justice to deliver high quality and safe patient care.

Program Vision: Mount Mary University is recognized as a diverse learning community that prepares nurses to practice with individuals, families, communities, and global populations in diverse health care environments to transform patient care.

Program Values: The Nursing Program will develop nurse leaders whose competence, community, compassion and commitment to excellence lead to delivering high quality and safe patient care.

  1. Lead with a strong sense of community, compassion, competence and commitment in diverse health care settings.
  2. Think critically and creatively in the application of their own evidence-based practice across the life span, analyze and utilize technologies in the delivery of quality nursing care and the management of patient information.
  3. Integrate the liberal arts with career preparation as an aspiring leader and advocate continuous quality improvement and patient safety.
  4. Commit to lifelong learning and advancing practice in nursing.

Mount Mary University RN to BSN graduates are prepared to:

  1. Seek positions as nurse leaders.
  2. Make clinical decisions based on evidence of nursing practice.
  3. Utilize information resources and systems to improve patient care.
  4. Collaborate with inter-professional teams toward quality and safe patient care.
  5. Analyze and interpret nursing research, identify disparities, and advocate for change in health care.

Kara Groom, RN, MSN, PhD
Chief Nurse Administrator, Department Chair, Faculty
Phone: (414) 930-3391
Email: groomk@mtmary.edu

Education:

  • BSN University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • MSN Adult Nurse Practitioner, Marquette University
  • PhD Marquette University

 

Professional and Scholarly Activities:

            Oral Presentations

Helping students meet learning outcomes in quality improvement, oral presentation, 22nd Annual Nurse Educators Conference, July 2011

Quality and safety in nursing education (QSEN) competencies in program assessment, Co-author for oral presentation, Charting the Course: 2011 QSEN National Forum, May 2011

            Poster Presentations

Interprofessional socialization in a Palliative Care Course: Mixed discipline and nursing student only cohorts, poster presentation, International Death, Dying & Grief Conference, June 2019

Interprofessional socialization in mixed discipline and nursing student only cohorts, poster presentation, Building Bridges to Practice, May 2019

Comparing interprofessional socialization in mixed discipline and nursing student only cohorts, poster presentation, Midwest Nursing Research Society, March 2019

Comparing interprofessional socialization in mixed discipline and nursing student only cohorts, poster presentation, Celebration of PhD progress, May 2018

Comparing interprofessional socialization in mixed discipline and nursing student only cohorts, poster presentation, Celebration of PhD progress, May 2017

Comparing interprofessional socialization in mixed discipline and nursing student only cohorts, poster presentation, Celebration of PhD progress, April, 2016

Interprofessional socialization: A concept analysis, poster presentation, Celebration of PhD progress, April, 2015

Clearing Summer Cobwebs: A Student-led Refresher Workshop, poster presentation, 2014 QSEN National forum

 

Awards

Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grant Award 2015, Primary Investigator, “Comparing interprofessional socialization in mixed discipline and nursing student only cohorts”

Mount Mary University also offers over 30 student clubs and organizations. Students will enjoy access to the full range of student services, including the libraryathletic center, health center and tutoring services. Although not required, students enrolled in the Nursing 1-2-1 program have the option to live on-campus at Mount Mary University. Students who call Mount Mary University home are an important part of a close-knit community that values relationships and collaboration. We're located on a beautiful 80-acre campus in Milwaukee and less than 9 miles or 20 minutes from downtown.

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