College of Nursing
A Legacy of “Firsts”
A legacy and future of “firsts” fueled by innovation and excellence – that is the Purdue Northwest College of Nursing. The college is home to the first National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in the Purdue University system and northern Indiana and one of just three in Indiana and six in the Midwest. The college achieved this elite recognition because of the way PNW prepares its nursing students to provide care based on the best available evidence through their ability to use research, and care for patients by ensuring that they are engaged in decisions about their health to achieve the best possible outcomes.
The college’s work in high-fidelity simulation, community engagement, and partnerships also played a large role in this recognition. In simulation laboratories, students practice making critical decisions with mannequins that talk, have heartbeats, deliver babies, bleed, and breathe. In the safety of this realistic laboratory, students are able to experience powerful learning that comes from making a mistake, practice common and uncommon skills, and know they are prepared to deliver safe, reliable care to real patients. All students recognize the power of this type of learning. During the past year, the College of Nursing moved and renovated its laboratories and added state-of-the-art technologies.
Bringing High-Quality Health Care Expertise to the Community
The college’s faculty members serve on regional boards, practice in primary and acute care hospitals, and consult with area hospitals to stay current and influence care directly in these practice settings. This past year, 62 percent of PNW’s nursing faculty served the clinical world in one of these capacities.
PNW is home to one of the first American collaborating centers of the internationally recognized Joanna Briggs Institute. This means that PNW is bringing a world of knowledge to northwest Indiana students and their patients through international scholarship and collaboration with global colleagues. The PNW College of Nursing is the only such center in the Midwest. One unique area of expertise is PNW’s experience in systematic review methodology, a research approach that rigorously synthesizes all of the available evidence on a health issue. This year, the college trained 32 American and PNW faculty members; produced two review protocols and one review report; presented at international conferences; worked on advancing systematic review methods; and participated on the international Committee of Directors. These activities sustained PNW’s recognition as an International Center of Excellence within the Joanna Briggs Institute.
PNW College of Nursing is the first to offer a doctoral degree on a Purdue University regional campus. The PNW Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares nurses at the highest level to create change and improve nursing practice through the translation of evidence into everyday nursing care. These graduates will work in their communities to deliver the highest clinical care while leading and making a difference. The college will graduate its first doctoral students in August 2018.
PNW College of Nursing “firsts” represent the ingenuity, work ethic, and creativity of faculty members and students to be excellent. Graduates of PNW nursing undergraduate and graduate programs serve the northwest Indiana region, state, and nation and bring promise to the future of nursing and health care.
PNW is home to one of the first American collaborating centers of the internationally recognized Joanna Briggs Institute. This means that PNW is bringing a world of knowledge to northwest Indiana students and their patients through international scholarship and collaboration with global colleagues.