The nursing program at RMU builds on the natural and behavioral sciences, integrating liberal arts and professional courses into a cohesive program. Our students will develop strong technical skills, as well as the clinical judgment and critical thinking necessary to succeed in today's rapidly changing health care system. They will learn to care for those who are well or at risk for illness as well as those who are sick and dying. Your clinical experiences will involve working with clients in community and hospital settings.
Technology is important in healthcare. All undergraduate nursing students will utilize applications that can be downloaded to their smartphones. This healthcare information will be at their fingertips as they learn to care for patients in state-of-the-art clinical facilities. They will also get plenty of practice in RMU's up-to-date nursing laboratory. In the laboratory learning environment, students will access the electronic health records that will assist them in developing clinical decision-making skills. Becoming comfortable and competent using the latest applications will give the RMU nursing student an edge as technology continues to evolve in the future.
The program's unique focus on technology and communications, in addition to strong clinical practice skills, will give our students a foundation for success in today's health care market. They will also take four courses in the University's award-winning Communication Skills Program, giving added confidence in their ability to communicate with patients, doctors, coworkers, administrators and policy-makers, both verbally and in writing.
The Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center at Robert Morris University, developed in 2009, is a major regional educational resource and a center of excellence for simulation training and research in nursing. Under the direction of Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, the RISE Center facilitates simulation education in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences undergraduate and graduate programs.
The undergraduate nursing program at RMU is one of the best nursing programs in the state. In 2015, our NCLEX pass rate for first time test takers of 90.12% exceeded both the national average and the state average.
We are very proud of our DNP program as well. The 2015 pass rate for national Nurse Practitioner certification is 95.6%.
There has never been a better time to be a nurse. Not only do nurses have the opportunity to touch lives every day, they are at the forefront of an exciting health care revolution. In this fast-paced, technologically driven world, patients rely on nurses to make sense of our complex health care system. The nurse is the primary conduit between the patient and medicine, providing education, comfort and compassion.
A career in nursing has endless possibilities, allowing you the flexibility to choose a specialty that fits your interests and abilities. From birth to death, nurses provide critical support and care to people across the lifespan. Nursing specialties include pediatrics, geriatrics, emergency care, surgical nursing and more. Other nurses work outside of a hospital or doctor's office, such as forensic nurses, legal nurse consultants, clinical researchers and school nurses. The career outlook for nurses has never been better. With a nationwide nursing shortage and an aging population, qualified nurses have their choice of well-paying jobs. There are currently over 100,000 vacant nursing positions in the U.S., and that number is predicted to grow. Whether you're just out of high school, thinking of changing careers or a practicing nurse looking to advance your degree. The CCNE accredited programs at Robert Morris University will prepare you for a successful career in nursing.