MBU dedicates new School of Nursing
Missouri Baptist University leadership, faculty, staff and friends gathered at the Walker Medical Building to dedicate the School of Nursing facilities on Nov. 9.
President Dr. R. Alton Lacey, founding dean of nursing Dr. Amber Pyatt, Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Arlen Dykstra and Dean of Academic Advisement and Allied Health Initiative Dr. Lydia Thebeau all spoke words of faith and wisdom during MBU’s historical moment.
Approximately 8,000 square feet of space was renovated to create the new facilities in the Walker Medical Building, which neighbors MBU’s main campus. The school provides an innovative learning space, a state-of-the-art simulation lab, technology-equipped training classrooms and community meeting areas.
The School of Nursing is expected to begin its educational programs for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing beginning in January 2018 upon a final approval by the Missouri Board of Nursing. An RN-BSN program already began online as well as on-ground this fall. MBU is the only evangelical Christian University in St. Louis to offer a nursing that aims to intersect innovative preparation with Christian perspectives and to integrate personal faith in the practice of nursing while serving in a global and culturally diverse society.
The launch of MBU’s nursing program comes when the demand for registered nurses who have earned a BSN is high. In Missouri, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow more than 13 percent by 2024, according to Missouri’s Division of Employment Security. The projections are, in part, based on the rising demand for healthcare confounded with a significant number of nurses who will be retiring in the next decade.