|New Nursing Program Approved for Brookhaven College
| Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX • The
Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas today in Austin unanimously
approved Brookhaven College's application for initial accreditation of an
associate degree nursing program. The BNE's vote was the final approval
needed for BHC's first class of 30 students that begins this fall. Intensive
preparation and documentation began more than 18 months ago, when BHC leaders
decided to pursue a program to help address the Texas nursing shortage.
| The BNE has a mission to protect and promote
the welfare of the people of Texas by ensuring that each person holding
a license as a nurse in the state is competent to practice safely. Headed
by Linda R. Rounds, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P., president, the board has 12 other
members from across the state. Go to www.bne.state.tx.us, for more information.
| Approval also came Wednesday from the Texas
Higher Education Coordinating Board's Community and Technical Colleges Division
in a letter from Glenda O. Barron, assistant commissioner, addressed to
Alice W. Villadsen, Ph.D., president of Brookhaven College. Go to www.thecb.state.tx.us,
for more information.
|"Under authority of the Coordinating
Board Rules, the Commissioner of Higher Education has approved your application
for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing for the requested
implementation date of Sept. 1, 2004," states Barron's letter. "The
staff appreciates the opportunity to work with you in the development of
your technical and vocational programs. We wish you success as you meet
the educational needs identified in your community."
|From Austin today BHC President Alice W.
Villadsen called to share the good news with the college. "It was all
glorious and unanimous! I'm very proud of the superb job by Juanita Zapata Flint,
Sue McLelland and the whole college's support that led us to this point.
|"It has been a very careful and complex
process and we are very pleased." Villadsen said. This is a great opportunity
to serve both our students--by offering this challenging program, and our
community--by training students to help fill the demand for nurses,"
said Villadsen. "We are especially appreciative of the 22 advisory
board members from area medical and education institutions, such as RHD
Memorial Hospital, Parkland, the Carrollton and Farmers Branch Independent
School District, Tenet Corporation and Metrocrest Hospital Authority, who
have been so supportive of our efforts to establish this program at BHC."
|The new program is headed by Juanita Zapata
Flint, M.S., R.N., F.N.P.-C., executive dean for Health and Human Services
Division, and Sue McLelland, M.S., R.N., associate dean for nursing.