FHN Partners with Rush University to Sponsor CNL Masters Program

FREEPORT — FHN and Rush University School of Nursing are proud to announce the area’s first-ever class of master’s degree candidates in their new, joint Clinical Nurse Leader program. Six FHN nurses have been accepted into and received FHN scholarships for the program, the first of its kind in the region.
“Rush University has a tradition of nursing excellence dating back to 1885,” said FHN Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Cutler. “It is an honor to work with one of the nation’s foremost schools of nursing in a program that we believe will have an enormous impact on patient care.”
The half-dozen women in the inaugural FHN/Rush class, all BSN-level nurses at FHN, will work toward their master’s degree through the online Rush program and develop the CNL role at FHN. The Rush CNL program is open to the public.
“The CNL role puts highly skilled clinicians in charge of a specific patient population to keep them healthy and out of the hospital and emergency department,” Cutler said. “The CNL has a direct benefit on patient outcomes and quality of care, and we’re excited to bring this role to FHN.”
The CNL program is a two-year, part-time online program tailored to allow nurses to work while they complete their study. Rush University in Chicago offers only masters-level nursing courses; the FHN-Rush CNL candidates will continue to work and live in the region while they study. They are:
• Megan Christensen
• Tracy Love
• Shari Murphy
• Beth Mclain
• Jennifer Schierer
• Laura Mack
Rush University College of Nursing Associate Professor and Director of Academic Advancement Lisa Rosenberg, RN, MSN, PhD, welcomed the students to the Rush program. “We are so pleased to partner with FHN for this program, and are confident that this class will be the first of many successful cohorts.”
For more information on nursing at FHN, visit www.fhn.org.

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