In response to this statewide demand for qualified registered nurses, Wesleyan College now offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Hallmarks of the Wesleyan College program include an emphasis on women’s health and holistic nursing, with specific coursework designed to prepare graduates for leadership and management roles in the field of nursing. For information about specific course requirements, please see our Academic Catalogue.
Each year, the College will admit one cohort of students to the nursing program. The first cohort began junior-level nursing courses in Fall 2013. A close and consistent connection between class content and hands-on clinical experience will be an important aspect of Wesleyan’s BSN. Students will be prepared for leadership and practice in the role of professional nurse in a variety of health care settings and specialties. Area facilities serving as clinical sites include Central Georgia Health System, Medical Center of Central Georgia, Coliseum Health System, and the Macon-Bibb County Health Department. The College anticipates working with other acute and primary care health facilities in the region as well.
Wesleyan students studying to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree work in the 1,500 square foot high-tech, cutting-edge, clinical simulation lab located in Munroe Science Center. Designed to simulate a hospital, the lab includes a state-of-the-art control room containing audio and video equipment capable of recording all student simulator experiences, a home health room, a pediatric care unit, plus high fidelity human patient simulators, a medication dispensing system, and several other unique equipment features. The simulation lab will not take the place of clinical education, but will serve to augment and enhance instruction. This type of instruction allows students to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes in a controlled environment. Warren Associates, Inc. of Macon, Georgia, was awarded the 2013 Build Georgia Award First Place honor for their work on the lab.
How to Apply
Prospective nursing majors should apply as first year, transfer, or nontraditional adult students, respectively. Apply online at no cost. Once a student has applied to Wesleyan, she will then apply online to the Nursing Program by February 1 prior to enrolling in junior-level nursing courses. Please contact the Admission Office at 1.800.447.6610 or 478.757.5206 for any questions on how to apply to Wesleyan College. For more information about prerequisite courses or how to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, contact Sirena Fritz or Kara Koran.
The program prepares the successful graduate to:
1. Synthesize knowledge and content from the prerequisite core of science, mathematics, the liberal arts (humanities, fine arts, modern foreign language and the social sciences) to the practice of professional nursing.
2. Provide holistic care to clients of all ages in a variety of settings.
3. Integrate evidenced-based practice (EBP) as the foundation for nursing interventions and care delivery.
4. Analyze issues that impact nursing, health and the global community.
5. Synthesize concepts of leadership and management into the practice of nursing.
6. Integrate the role of the professional nurse with an awareness of self and a commitment to lifelong learning.
The mission of the Wesleyan College nursing program is to prepare women for entry into professional nursing with a holistic approach to nursing care with an emphasis on women’s health. Graduates will have an understanding and appreciation for diversity, including culture, customs and language. The Wesleyan nurse will be caring, compassionate, and competent, and will promote advocacy, enhancement of social justice, and ethical nursing care.
The statement of philosophy adopted by the nursing faculty is consistent with and supportive of the mission and philosophy of Wesleyan College. Curriculum and course sequence progress from simple to complex knowledge and skills with emphasis on holistic care and women’s health. These concepts are implemented through the use and mastery of the components of the nursing process. The nursing faculty believe that holistic care is based on an understanding and appreciation for diversity, including culture, customs and language. This respect for individual uniqueness promotes advocacy, enhancement of social justice and ethical nursing care. These philosophical values provide the cornerstone for nursing and nursing education, promote learning, and are the basis for educational experiences.
This philosophy is threaded throughout the nursing program in the triad Believe. Learn. Serve. Belief forms the foundation for all action. Believe in yourself, believe in Wesleyan College, believe in humanity, and believe in excellence. The beliefs exemplify the holistic base of Wesleyan College and the commitment of each faculty member and student to embrace academic excellence.
The program also calls upon the student to Learn. Each student is viewed as an individual with unique learning strengths and needs. The faculty is committed to the development of a learning partnership with the student nurse. This partnership facilitates professional socialization and integration of nursing concepts of caring, holism and health. Learning is exemplified by change in thinking, feeling and action.
Through the nursing program, the student is able to integrate the concepts of believe and learn to become prepared to Serve. Serving recognizes the commitment of the nursing profession to value social justice and respect each person. Service is deeply rooted in the historical development of the nursing profession. Health promotion, prevention, and care for others are the core of the nursing profession. Service may be provided locally or globally with clients of all ages and in diverse settings.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The program earned Initial Approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing in July 2012, and will seek Full Approval during 2015 when the first cohort of nursing students graduates. Wesleyan College received approval of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the spring of 2013. In 2013, the Wesleyan Nursing program began the process for national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting body for both baccalaureate ad graduate nursing programs.
Wesleyan College has applied for initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Teresa Kochera, DNP, RN, PCCN, CNL serves as associate professor of nursing and nursing simulation director. Most recently Dr. Kochera served as adjunct faculty for the Medical College of Georgia and as associate professor of nursing at Macon State College. Dr. Kochera continues clinical practice in the middle Georgia area specializing in progressive care and clinical nurse leadership.
Holly Hollis, EdD (c), MSN, RN has joined the Wesleyan nursing faculty as assistant professor of nursing. Hollis began her teaching career at Gordon State College, serving as an assistant professor of nursing since 2007. Prior to that, she worked as an ICU nurse at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
Marsha A. (Alex) Ward Roberts Assistant Professor of Nursing B.S. (Microbiology) University of Georgia, 1994; M.S. (Nursing) Medical College of Georgia, 2010; DNP candidate (Acute Care/Geriatrics) Georgia Regents University. My interests include critical care, end of life care, and caregiver burnout. I am particularly interested in the implementation of evidence based practice for sepsis patients and its impact on mortality.Munroe Science Center 218.
Tommi Gill Assistant Professor of Nursing. B.S. (Nursing) East Tennessee State University 1985; M.A. (Counseling and Human Development) Troy State University 1989; Certification Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, USAF, 1990; M.S., (Nursing) Loyola University 2010. Retired USAF 2006. Since retirement, Gill has worked in various levels of nursing leadership and administrative positions. Interests include adolescent prenatal educational needs, couplet care, and breastfeeding. Tommi was most recently the Director of Women’s Service at Spalding Regional Hospital. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nursing Simulation Lab in
Munroe Science Center:
Warren Associates receives first place
2013 Build Georgia Award
Warren Associates, Inc. of Macon, Georgia was recently awarded the 2013 Build Georgia Award First Place Honors for their work on the Nursing Simulation Lab in Munroe Science Center on the Wesleyan College campus. Warren Selby presented a plaque to Wesleyan’s nursing faculty on Tuesday, August 6.
Wesleyan’s new Simulation Lab is equipped with six human patient simulators, a state-state-of-the-art control room containing audio and video equipment capable of recording all student simulator experiences, a home health room, a pediatric intensive care unit, a medication dispensing system, and several other unique features. Inaugural nursing courses for Wesleyan’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) will begin fall semester. Each year, the College will admit one cohort of students into the nursing program. A close and consistent connection between class content and hands-on clinical experience will be an important aspect of Wesleyan’s BSN. Students will be prepared for leadership and practice in the role of professional nurse in a variety of health care settings and specialties. Photo, left to right: Dr. Teresa Kochera, associate professor of nursing and nursing simulation director, Warren Selby, Jr., president, Warren Associates, Inc., Sirena Sawyer Fritz, BSN program director and assistant professor of nursing, and Holly Hollis, assistant professor of nursing.
Wesleyan is one of only 100 schools of nursing nationwide, and only three schools in Georgia, selected to receive funding to pilot White Coat Ceremonies.