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BELLEVUE — Bellin College of Nursing celebrated the construction of its new campus with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 3201 Eaton Road.
The groundbreaking event, scheduled to take place from noon to 1 p.m., was expected to draw about 300 people including staff, faculty, students, alumni, donors, Bellevue officials, Bellin Health leadership and others.
The nearly 73,700-square-foot facility is being built on a 17. 5 acre parcel of land. The campus is scheduled to open by mid-2009, coinciding with the school’s 100th anniversary.
“The groundbreaking ceremony is the culmination of our historic past and the marking of a very bright future,” said Dr. V. Jane Muhl, president of the college. “Our new campus will accommodate the significant enrollment and programming growth necessary to continue providing the number of highly-qualified nursing professionals needed in our community, the region, and the nation.”
Bellin College of Nursing is currently located in the Medical Arts Building, 725 S. Webster Ave., across the street from Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.
The college offers both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The master’s program prepares candidates for leadership positions in nursing education and administration. The bachelor’s program offers general nursing education highlighted by a focused curriculum, extensive clinical practice, and a personal teaching approach that prepares graduates for a wide range of nursing opportunities as entry-level professional nurses.
Both programs will help offset an anticipated nationwide nursing shortage, already experienced in some parts of the nation. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports the U.S. shortage of registered nurses will increase to 320,000 positions by 2020, while the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration projects the shortage will be more than 1 million by that time.
“Regardless of the exact numbers, we can be certain there will be a shortage of qualified nurses nationwide,” said Muhl. “Enrollment in nursing schools isn’t growing fast enough to keep up with demand and a shortage of nursing faculty members is restricting those undergrad enrollments. A new Bellin College of Nursing campus will help us combat the effects of the expected shortage.”
Bellin College of Nursing, www.bcon.edu, was founded in 1909 and has grown to become one of Wisconsin’s premier private Bachelor of Science-Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science-Nursing (MSN) degree accredited colleges. Graduates of Bellin College are sought after for their excellent education and expertise. Bellin College of Nursing is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution receiving its primary income from tuition, donors, foundations and corporations.