ETSU College of Nursing program earns top spot in national ranking

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Sep 16, 2019 at 8:01 PM

Another East Tennessee State University program has received national recognition, this time from a national nursing advocacy organization. 

ETSU’s College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program recently secured the top spot for 2019’s best DNP program by RegisteredNursing.org, the university announced Friday. 

Dr. Wendy Nehring, College of Nursing dean, said the recent first-place ranking “affirms that our program is meeting the needs of nurses who want to pursue leadership roles and continue their education beyond a baccalaureate and master’s degree.” 

“I am thrilled that we were recognized for our online DNP program. Our faculty have worked very hard in developing the quality program that it is,” she said Monday. “They meet regularly, share their opinions, share their thoughts and experiences, and I’m very proud of what it’s become.”

Nehring said the program focuses on rural clinical practice in primary care settings and prepares advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders to assess research to enhance and promote quality of care.

The program offers online and “blended format” courses and includes concentrations in executive leadership, family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner.

“What we’re doing is preparing leaders in these areas of health care to meet the health needs of the people of our region, across the state and wider,” she said. “We really feel that, in the area of nurse practitioners, we will meet the needs of making sure people in our country, and in particular, our state, have the health care they need.”

Nehring congratulated Dr. Myra Clark, associate dean for graduate programs, and Dr. Jean Hemphill, the program’s director, for their role in developing the program to what it is today. 

“Both of them have done a wonderful job in their leadership and building the program to what it is,” she said. 

For more information on this program and others at ETSU’s College of Nursing, visit www.etsu.edu

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