Director Louise Kaplan

Message from the director


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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2010 issued an influential report on nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health. The report recommends that the U.S. expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative efforts, increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020, ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning, and prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health.

Saint Martin's RN-to-BSN program responds to the IOM report's recommendations. It also prepares nurses to meet what is referred to as the "Triple-Aim" – better care for individuals, better health for populations and lower health care costs. The program will help RNs to advance their knowledge to:

  • provide high quality, evidence-based care for a diverse and aging population
  • face the challenges associated with working with new technology informatics
  • create innovative changes to improve the delivery of health care
  • promote inter-professional collaboration
  • generate and utilize research
  • provide leadership in the workplace, community and profession
  • influence policies, laws and regulations that promote nursing practice and improve the health care system.

Graduates of Saint Martin's RN-to-BSN program will be able to apply their education in their current roles or embrace new career opportunities. They will also be prepared to continue as lifelong learners, whether through continuing education, self-directed learning, or study for advanced degrees. We are proud that Saint Martin's University is helping to meet society's critical need for more highly educated nurses. We hope you will join us!

Warm regards,

Louise Kaplan

Louise Kaplan, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
Director, Nursing program
Associate professor of nursing