Bellin College of Nursing plan for Bellevue takes step forward
GREEN BAY — A recommendation from the Bellevue Planning and Zoning Commission on January 15 means Bellin College of Nursing is one step closer to establishing a new campus in the village. The recommendation now goes to the village board for approval.
“We are obviously encouraged by the action taken by the commission and we’re excited to move forward in the process of obtaining land for a new campus,” said Dr. Jane Muhl, president of the college.
The proposed site is a 17.5 acre parcel of land located at the northwest corner of Hwy. JJ and Huron Road. An offer by the college to purchase the property from its current owner is contingent on the village’s action to re-zone the property for this new use.
Bellin College of Nursing currently resides in the Medical Arts Building, 725 S. Webster Ave., across the street from Bellin Hospital. The college is seeking a new campus in order to expand programs and keep pace with increasing enrollment rates, in addition to furthering its partnerships with the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and St. Norbert College programs.
“We look forward to the next phase of the approval process and the opportunity to better serve our students,” said Muhl. “A new campus will accommodate the significant enrollment and programming growth needed to meet the continuing, and growing, shortage of nurses – in our region and nationwide.”
Bellin College of Nursing currently 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 which 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 being seen 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.
“Estimates vary, however, we can be confident there will be a shortage of qualified nurses,” 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 campus will help us combat the effects of the shortage in our region.”
The Bellevue Village Board will vote on the commission’s recommendation during its February 13, 2008 meeting.
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.