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RN training online through NMU

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University will launch a fully online version of its accredited academic program that enables registered nurses to enhance their career goals by earning a bachelor’s degree.

The RN to BSN program will combine interactive online nursing coursework with project-based clinical nursing instruction and courses from NMU’s applied workplace leadership major. Scheduled to begin as a pilot in January, the online program will be structured so that licensed RNs can study either part time or full time around work and family schedules.

“Most students return for a BSN either to seek leadership positions, or as a stepping stone to graduate programs such as NMU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program,” said Katie Menard, associate professor of nursing at NMU. “Also, a growing number of employers are requiring a bachelor of science in nursing because the field has become increasingly complex, challenging nurses’ knowledge, technical competence and interpersonal skills. Completing the RN to BSN will make nurses more marketable in the workforce.”

Menard said Northern’s RN to BSN program offers accessibility to local individualized attention, schedule flexibility and competitive cost. The RN adviser can review unofficial transcripts at no cost and work closely with students in advance to determine a plan of study. Courses will be offered in accelerated eight-week blocks, allowing students to focus intensively on content over a shorter period.

“We are making the BSN degree more directly applicable to the work setting,” said Kristi Robinia, NMU nursing professor. “Students will enhance their skills in implementing evidence-based practices and updating workplace policy. They will also advance their knowledge of global health and effective management principles. And because NMU’s School of Nursing honors the Michigan Transfer Agreement, students can fulfill their general education requirements through transfer credits. We won’t make them jump through unnecessary hoops that require more time and money.”

The RN to BSN online program can be completed in as little as four semesters, depending on the number of transfer credits accepted and the number of credits carried each semester. It has been fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing and Education.

Visit nmu.edu/nursing/rn-bsn-program.

‘Foodie’ class to be offered

MARQUETTE — The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a “Foodie” class from 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room A of the Marquette Senior Center.

The local Spice Merchants will teach attendees how to use spices and infused oils. After a short presentation, the Spice Merchants will cook using their products.

The cost is $3 for NCLL members and $8 for non-members, plus an additional $10 payable to the Spice Merchants. Register before Monday by calling 227-2979. For more information, call Sally Olsen at 226-8347.

Senior center set for overseas trip

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee Senior Center is hosting a trip to Madrid and Barcelona, and will open to the general public on Monday for sign-up appointments.

The tour, which runs from Nov. 1-8, 2018, starts at $3,499 per person for double room occupancy. Deadline for sign-up is April 25, or when seats are fill. The cost includes lodging, 10 meals, airfare from Marquette, AVE High-Speed Train transportation between the two cities and many guided tours and sites.

Highlights includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the former medieval capital of Spain and more. The tour is a fundraiser for the senior center’s services, which aim to help senior citizens live in their homes, with dignity, for as long as is feasible.

For details, call Kristy at 475-6266.

Party with a Purpose event planned

MARQUETTE — Party with a Purpose Marquette has an event planned from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Holiday Inn’s lounge in Marquette.

At the event, 10 percent of purchases will benefit the Superior Alliance for Independent Living.

Vendors participating include Park Lane jewelry, Young LIving Essential Oils, Tastefully Simple, Clever Container, Usborne Books and More, LulLaRoe, Stampin’ Up! and Tupperware.

For more info, visit www.Facebook.com/PartyWithAPurpose/MQT.