Historically Black Fort Valley State University in Georgia received approval from the state’s Board of Nursing to begin a bachelor’s degree in nursing program. The program aims to address the critical need for nurses in rural Georgia. The nursing department will be housed in Meyers Hall. The newly renovated facility will include simulation rooms, nursing skills labs, conference and computer rooms, a student lounge, and office space.
Inaugural program director Lawanda Greene and a team of four other faculty and staff members will serve as instructors and support staff for the program. “I am excited that we have reached this milestone, and we are ready to empower future scholars to serve,” said Dr. Greene. “FVSU’s program will focus on decreasing health disparities in rural and underserved areas.” Dr. Greene is a nursing graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. She holds a doctor of nursing practice degree from what is now Augusta University and a master of public health degree from Georgia Southern University.
“The nursing program at FVSU prepares students to enter this very much-needed, challenging profession with critical-thinking skills, knowledge, theory, and evidence-based practice to deliver health care for individuals, families, and communities,” added Fares Howari, dean of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
The four-year pre-licensure degree program is now accepting applications, and its first class of nursing students will start in August 2023.