Members of the LTU-Providence Steering Committee celebrated the launch of Lawrence Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in a reception at the Taubman Complex.
M. Therese Jamison, director of the program and a 35-year St. John Providence nurse, thanked the Steering Committee for its commitment, vision, fortitude and passion in creating the program.
“I am a champion of nursing,” said Jamison, pictured above and below. “There is nothing more fulfilling in the professional world.”
Jean Meyer, president and CEO, St John Providence, provided a champagne toast to the program and the future of its students, and said nursing is truly the most caring of professions. Later, Joseph Hurshe, president of Providence - Providence Park Hospital, congratulated the new program.
A recent Gallup poll rated nursing the most trusted profession in the United States, with respondents rating nurses highest for honesty and ethics.
LTU President Virinder Moudgil pointed out to those attending the reception that health care is vital to the economic development of the surrounding community, and the LTU-Providence program will help in that effort.
Jamison said that so far, LTU has had 165 inquiries for the program, has 82 working files on applicants, and has admitted six students for the 32 open positions to begin nursing studies in the fall of 2017. Three of the six admitted will also become student-athletes in LTU’s growing athletics program.
The BSN program will be offered in an 11-months-a-year plan of study, allowing students to finish in four years. Nursing courses start in the first semester, which Jamison said is unique, since many other programs offer nursing courses in the last two years of a five year plan of study.
Jamison earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University. Earlier, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University, as well as a post-master’s certificate as an acute care nurse practitioner from the University of Michigan.
Jamison has served for more than 20 years as a professor for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. She has been a nurse practitioner in cardiovascular surgery for the past 10 years and has been an associate of the St. John Providence health system since 1981. Jamison has presented extensively at local, regional, and national forums on topics of nursing practice and nursing education, with a focus on quality improvement initiatives.