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Dr. Rennegarbe: Nursing Division Chair at McKendree University

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Dr. Rennegarbe: Nursing Division Chair at McKendree University


Hi, I’m Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe. I’m the Nursing Division Chair at McKendree University, and I’m also in charge of the graduate program here at McKendree. I actually was here back in the late 90s, and early two thousands as a nursing faculty member, and I left to become a CEO of a hospital. And during that time I had the opportunity to gain a lot of experience in the manager, administrative area. I returned to McKendree in 2009 as the Nursing Division Chair and I love being here at McKendree University. We actually have an RN to BSN program, as well as a master’s degree. And we have four different tracks in our master’s program. We have an educator track, we have a dual MSN, MBA, we have an administrator track, and a track in palliative care. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think we would be teaching in the online format for nursing. But what we have found is it nurses want the online format. They’re busy people. They’re working 12-hour shifts. They work holidays and weekends, so the online works great for them. They can manage their family as well as work obligations that way. So from that standpoint, it has been a pleasure to introduce that online technology and the online format to our nurses and students love it. The Institute of Medicine as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has set a goal for all nurses. They want eighty percent of all RN’s to obtain their bachelor’s degree by 2020. We can help you make that happen. Our program offers the RN to BSN program where you can obtain it, and then move right on to your graduate degree. Our curriculum is really geared towards your practice. Many of you are staff nurses, and you’re looking to make that move to a charge nurse or a department head. Our program is geared towards teaching you and providing you the leadership skills you need within your practice. If you want a faculty who is committed to helping you be successful, that’s us here at McKendree. We have all been working nurses. We understand your needs. We understand the time that it takes. And we’re here to help you along the way. I really encourage you to look at McKendree University for your online degree. It’s certainly a degree to be proud of. I can say I’m an RN to BSN alumni from McKendree University. Please come and join us. We would love to have you in our nursing programs.

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