LMU Joins Nation in Celebrating National Nurses Week

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student nurseThe 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 -- Thursday, May 6 -- and running through May 12.

“Nurses play vital roles in the health and well-being 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 for their tireless commitment to patient care and the remarkable roles they have played throughout the pandemic. From treating COVID patients to vaccinating the masses, nurses have been on the front lines around the globe.”

Last year, 2020 was designated the Year of the Nurse by the World Health Organization (WHO). Fittingly the WHO and The American Nurse Association (ANA) have extended that celebration into 2021 to continue to recognize the enormous role nurses have played in combating the COVID-19 global pandemic. The International Council of Nurses (ICN), a worldwide federation of nurses’ associations, announced the theme of Nurses Week 2021: “Nurses: A Voice to Lead,” with a sub-theme of “A Vision for Future Health Care.”

Florence NightengaleVarious groups have lobbied to recognize nurses dating back to 1953, when the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s Dorothy Sutherland unsuccessfully proposed a day for nurses to President Dwight Eisenhower. It wasn’t until 20 years later that the ICN proclaimed May 12 – the birthday of British nurse Florence Nightingale, who is widely recognized as the founder of modern nursing –as International Nurses Day. Seven years later, in 1982, President Ronald Regan signed a proclamation declaring May 6 National Recognition Day for Nurses.

While nursing organizations across the nation have activities planned to honor and recognize nurses and the exceptional care they provide, LMU is celebrating 45 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.

LMU TowerLMU has reinforced its commitment to training nurses with a substantial investment in the LMU Tower in Knoxville, which reopened in January and will graduate a cohort of Associate of Science in Nursing graduates on Saturday. Once a part of the historic St. Mary’s and later the Physicians Regional Medical Center, LMU has completely renovated the first two floors of the LMU Tower for nursing. The facility has become 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.

In addition to the LMU Tower, LMU-CSON offers its outstanding nursing programs at five learning sites and the Main Campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. 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 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 to Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Registered Nurse to 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.

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