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RESSON receives another ranking

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Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing was recently ranked atop Mississippi’s best nursing schools according to www.registerednursing.org.

RESSON came in at No. 3 on the list. 

The ranking lists the top 10 nursing schools in Mississippi by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN “pass rates,” meaning the percentage of graduates who pass their RN exam.

View the full ranking at http://www.registerednursing.org/state/mississippi/#rankings.

To learn more about RESSON at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing.

RESSON tops national ranking for nurse practitioner program

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Delta State’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing continues to rank high in national polls. RESSON recently came in at No. 1 on College Choice’s 2016 Top 10 list of Most Affordable Nurse Practitioner Programs.

According to College Choice, NPs are part of the seventh fastest growing profession in the United States.

Delta State’s program stood out nationally for its affordabilty and quality education. RESSON offers three different options for those intending to sit for examinations as NPs.

Learn more about College Choice’s ranking at http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/most-affordable-online-rn-to-bsn-degree-programs.

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The organization publishes rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

For information on RESSON, which has been regionally accredited by the  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing.

Bingham named dean of RESSON

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Delta State University recently announced the promotion of Dr. Vicki Bingham to the position of dean of the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing.

Bingham, who has served as chair of the department for 12 years, will take over as dean effective July 1.

“I feel very honored and grateful to be offered the dean’s position,” said Bingham. “I believe my current role as chair of academic programs has helped prepare me. Furthermore, Dean Lizabeth Carlson has been an amazing leader and mentor during my tenure as chair. I am excited to lead the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing in future endeavors to promote nursing education and the health care needs of our communities.”

Bingham said she looks forward to expanding the success of RESSON’s nursing programs, working with nursing alumni to become more involved, and strengthening partnerships with the community and health care facilities at the local and state levels.

“We offer outstanding nursing programs because the faculty members are highly qualified in their practice areas, and staff members are very supportive,” added Bingham. “We care about our students and are devoted to providing them with a high quality education.”

Delta State Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles McAdams, said Bingham is a perfect fit for the role.

“Her administrative experience, coupled with her passion for nursing and Delta State University, convinced me that she will make a wonderful dean,” said McAdams. “I know that she cares a great deal for students and the health care profession, and I have every confidence that she will lead the School of Nursing to great heights in the years ahead.”

Bingham is married to Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham. Both are graduates of Delta State and have been members of the community for 32 years.

Learn more about RESSON at http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing.





RESSON master’s rank No. 2 most affordable online

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In a recent ranking by BestMastersDegrees.com, Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing was recognized for being one of the 10 most affordable online master’s degree programs in the nation.

RESSON came in at No. 2 on the list after receiving recognition for its unique concentration options.

To establish the ranking, BestMastersDegrees.com took a look at several other websites that rank online MSN programs, including U.S. News, TheBestColleges.org, CollegeChoice.net, TheBestSchools.org and Get Educated.

The site then conducted an analysis to determine which of these colleges showed up on top ranked lists more than once. Nearly 60 different schools made the cut, and several appeared on as many as three different rankings.

This new ranking represented the “best of the best” in online nursing graduate programs. The final list sorted the top institutions by cost to determine the 10 most affordable programs.

“We offer a high quality Masters of Nursing program with a 100 percent certification rate at a very reasonable cost,” said Dr. Lizabeth Carlson, dean of RESSON. “We have been offering online advanced nursing education since the early 2000s. We have worked diligently to ensure we incorporate national and state accreditation standards into our curriculum and utilize best practices in online learning.”

Carlson said the dedicated RESSON faculty helped make the ranking a reality.

“This is a great honor and reflects the hard work and long hours the nursing faculty have put into ensuring this program is of the very best quality,” she said.

According to the ranking, RESSON distinguishes itself from other top online programs through its unique concentration options. Students can choose a traditional specialization in Nurse Administration or Nurse Education, or seek training as a Nurse Practitioner.

Within the latter option, students can concentrate in an even more specific area based on their career goals; specialty tracks include Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, or Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (with an additional option to concentrate in either adult or family treatment).

Additionally, RESSON received distinction thanks to its exceedingly affordable tuition and fees, which stand at just over $6,500 per year.

Read the full Top 10 list at http://www.bestmastersdegrees.com/top/affordable-masters-degrees-in-nursing-online.

Learn more about RESSON at Delta State University at http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing/.

Delta State honored for organ donor victory

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The Delta State University Student Nurses Association was honored Thursday at Walter Sillers Coliseum for leading the university to a victory in the 2014 Donor Challenge against Mississippi College.

Chuck Stinson, director of Community Services & Relations at the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA), presented a trophy and $500 check to the student nurses who helped lead the campaign to promote organ and tissue donation awareness

MORA organized the Donor Challenge as a form of college outreach that promotes the need for organ, eye and tissue donation. The program provides education, volunteer training and gives college students a chance to register as donors while encouraging donor designations campus-wide among fellow students, staff, faculty, alumni and fans.

During the four-week challenge period, Delta State accounted for more donor designations than competition rival Mississippi College. Campus totals were based on a unique scoring system that fully credited new donor designations and utilized a point system for existing designations from fans, students, alumni, faculty and staff that identified their donor status. Delta State tallied 341.75 points, which accounted for 234 new donor designations and 431 existing designations. MC finished close behind with 311 points (267 new donor designations, 216 existing designations).

“Being part of the 2014 Donor Challenge was a lot of work, but it has been very rewarding,” said Delta State senior nursing student, Mary Hodges. “During the 10 events we hosted, I have had the opportunity to interact with students, faculty and the community that I would not have had the chance to even meet without this challenge. I especially loved hearing the personal stories about organ donation. It was a great experience and provided a chance for us to work together for a great cause.”

At present, more than 1,400 Mississippians and more than 123,000 Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant. A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 18 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 50 recipients or more. To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, go to www.donatelifems.org.