Nursing students need to learn so much vital information when they enter our program that, in 2018, we developed our New Student Orientation & Boot Camp.
This past August, 101 students from our traditional baccalaureate and accelerated 2nd degree programs took part in the 2019 version of New Student Orientation and Boot Camp. At the event, our new student nurses learned about the ANA Code of Ethics, the SIM Center, study tips, math tips, and support for one another – all in a supportive environment where students could meet their classmates and make new friends.
2019’s New Student Orientation & Boot Camp also featured an IUSON Bloomington first, as we took part in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) White Coat Ceremony. During the ceremony, IUSON Bloomington joined an elite group of nursing schools nationwide in pledging our commitment to quality patient care. Each of our new student nurses received a pin signifying their commitment to the pledge, and IUSON BL received a $1,000 grant from AACN.
Special thanks to Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Roxie Barnes for organizing this year’s New Student Orientation & Boot Camp and for making it possible for us to become a part of AACN’s prestigious White Coat Ceremony.
“Their (nursing students’) entry into the profession begins as soon as they enter our program,” says Roxie, “and Bootcamp is just the beginning of this amazing journey. I cannot say “thank you” enough to the faculty and staff for their efforts and support of our students and for making this year’s New Student Orientation & Bootcamp such a valuable learning experience for our new student nurses!”