The Northern Illinois Online Initiative for Nursing (NION) announces a second class to be offered beginning January 2010, pending enough qualified applicants.
Kathleen Johnson, MN, RN, program coordinator, said NION, the first hybrid online RN nursing program in northern Illinois, is a collaboration involving Sauk, Highland, Kishwaukee, and Rock Valley Community Colleges, Northern Illinois University and eight hospitals. They include CGH Medical Center, KSB Hospital, Freeport Health Network, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Rockford Health System, and Swedish American Hospital.
In addition, NIU, Rockford College, and OSF St. Anthony College of Nursing are designated as completion sites for NIOIN graduates interested in going on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N).
The NION program will in no way replace the traditional ADN programs already in place at each of the four community colleges. NIOIN will be offered in addition to the traditional nursing programs that each school offers. The goal of NION is to help combat the nation’s nursing shortage by adding well-trained nurses to the area workforce through a partnered hybrid online nursing curriculum.
Ten carefully-selected students from each of the four college districts will be accepted at their respective colleges. All applicants must be Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) on the registry in good standing and meet other requirements. All nursing theory courses will be offered online. Students will still have a minimum of two clinical experiences per week in a campus lab or hospital setting. Students that successfully complete the program will receive and Associate of Applied Science Degree and be qualified to sit for the national examination to become a registered nurse.
All those interested in the program must first attend an information session. For more information about NIOIN and the schedule of sessions, go online to www.NIOIN.org.