LMU Joins the World in Celebrating National Nurses Week
The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Caylor School of Nursing (CSON) joins the nation in celebrating the profession of nursing during National Nurses Week starting on National Nurses Day -- Wednesday, May 6; and running through May 12.
“Nurses play vital roles in the health and wellbeing of communities around the globe,” LMU President Clayton Hess said. “LMU is proud to have trained thousands of nurses who continue our mission of service to humanity. I salute our LMU nursing alumni, students and faculty and their colleagues around the world.”
At the end of the 19th century, Florence Nightingale ushered in modern nursing at the height of the Crimean War. Nightingale’s strict hygiene practices and training to follow those practices while caring for wounded soldiers reduced the death rate from 42 to two percent. “The Lady with the Lamp,” as Nightingale was known, helped revolutionize medicine with her no-nonsense approach to hygiene, sanitation and patient care and turned nursing into a valued profession. Every year, the world commemorates Nightingale’s legacy and the difference nurses make with Nurses Week culminating on the anniversary of her birth on May 12.
Fittingly, 2020 has been designated as “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” by the World Health Organization. Never has the world needed nurses more than during this global pandemic caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus. In the past months, the world has witnessed nurses around the world put their lives on the line to care for patients battling this highly contagious disease.
While nursing organizations across the nation have activities planned to honor and recognize nurses and the exceptional care they provide, LMU is celebrating nearly 50 years of preparing competent, caring and compassionate nurses for exciting, in-demand careers that make a difference every single day. LMU-trained nurses work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, home health care and clinics at every level from Registered Nurse to Doctor of Nursing Practice.
“Florence Nightingale set the bar for our profession with tremendously high standards, thorough attention to detail and compassion,” said Dr. Mary Anne Modrcin, vice president and dean of the Caylor School of Nursing. “The LMU Caylor School of Nursing strives to deliver nursing programs with those same high standards, thorough attention to detail and compassion because our students and alumni not only touch lives every day, they save them. I am proud of our students, faculty and alumni who are improving our communities.”
LMU has reinforced its commitment to training nurses with a substantial investment in the LMU Tower in Knoxville. Once a part of the historic St. Mary’s and later the Physicians Regional Medical Center, LMU is completely renovating the LMU Tower and developing it into a center for teaching excellence with advanced simulation and skills laboratories, state-of-the art classrooms equipped with lecture capture technology and integrated faculty offices to provide students with easy access to all the essentials of learning. Located in the heart of Knoxville, LMU has a wealth of clinical partners to provide students with early, hands-on educational experiences.
The LMU Tower will be ready to welcome its first class of Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) students in January of 2021. In the meantime, LMU-CSON offers its outstanding nursing programs at five learning sites and the Main Campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. In addition to the Main Campus, nursing programs are available at LMU-Cedar Bluff in Knoxville, LMU-Blount in Alcoa, Tennessee, LMU-Kingsport at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, LMU-Corbin in Corbin, Kentucky and the newest location at LMU-Tampa in association with AdventHealth Tampa. Additionally, LMU-CSON offers a RN to BSN program, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Administration concentration and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in a totally online format.
Nursing is the largest undergraduate major at LMU. Enrollment in the CSON has increased exponentially over the last decade with the addition of new programs and concentrations. The CSON offers a variety of degree options to meet nurses’ career goals including an Licensed Practical Nurse-Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Registered Nurse-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with concentrations including the Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nurse Anesthesia and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.