July 18, 2014

In response to the growth of its nursing program and the worldwide demand for quality professionals in all healthcare fields, Olivet Nazarene University has established the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, effective July 1, 2014.

“With this new School in place, Olivet is well-positioned to expand the academic offerings for career preparation in more healthcare fields,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “This is a major goal realized for the University, and we look forward to serving more students while offering the same quality education with a Christian purpose in new areas of study.”

Olivet’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The traditional undergraduate nursing major results in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ program offers five tracks: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (A.B.S.N.); Bachelor of Science in Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.); Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (F.N.P.C); Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership or Education (M.S.N.); and Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.F). Currently, there are 1,460 students — undergraduate and graduate — majoring in nursing at Olivet.

Dr. Linda Davison has been appointed dean of the School. She earned her doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University, and her M.S.N. and B.S.N. degrees are from Governors State University. She also holds an M.B.A. from Olivet. Dr. Davison’s professional experience in nursing is primarily in the acute medical/surgical, orthopedic and long-term mental health areas. She has been part of Olivet’s nursing faculty since 1984, teaching courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and has also served as chair of the Department of Nursing. She is developing Olivet’s nursing research thread while teaching research in the B.S.N., R.N.-B.S.N. and M.S.N. curriculum areas.

With this academic expansion, a building expansion of about 10,000 square feet is planned for the current Wisner Hall of Nursing. This is part of Olivet’s six-year plan for completing the footprint of the main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois.