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Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Reverence for the dignity of every individual stands out as the first, and perhaps most treasured, Franciscan value. Meeting Francis and Clare as we have done—intimately and in amazing detail—has shown us how different they were from each other and from us. But we have also witnessed how much they cared for each other and for others, especially the poor and the sick, the outcast and the vulnerable. Through their eyes we see that every man and woman is made in God’s image, a wonder to behold, no matter how different from us. Marian’s commitment to serve a diverse student body has been reaffirmed as an incredibly important feature of who we are and what we stand for as a Catholic Franciscan community...read more

Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Marian University Officially Launches Accelerated Nursing Program in Tennessee

by Mark Apple | Apr 29, 2014

Marian University, in partnership with Nashville, Tennessee based hospital St. Thomas Health, officially opened the doors on its new accelerated nursing program with an open house on April 15. The program, which begins classes on May 12, 2014, allows students to earn a bachelor of  science in nursing degree (BSN) in as little as 16 months, after all prerequisites are completed.

The open house featured remarks from Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; Jennifer Elliott, vice president of clinical operations and chief nursing officer at Saint Thomas Midtown and Saint Thomas West Hospital; and Dr. Anita Siccardi, dean of the Alan and Sue Leighton School of Nursing at Marian University. Nursing students from the program’s first cohort were also in attendance, and had an opportunity to tour the program’s state-of-the-art simulation center.

“We are thrilled to be officially opening the program’s doors in preparation for welcoming the inaugural class of nursing students,” said Saint Thomas’s Jennifer Elliott. “Ours is a partnership between two organizations sharing the same values, the same commitment to exceptional education and the same focus on accelerated learning to help alleviate the projected national nursing shortage crisis.” 

In addition to being the first program in Middle Tennessee to offer those with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to earn a BSN through a combination of online courses and hands-on clinical training conducted at an accelerated pace, Marian University at Saint Thomas Health brings together two organizations with the Catholic roots and spiritually-centered mission of delivering the highest quality, most holistic care available to the communities they serve.

“We are proud to be joining with a health care provider as well-respected as Saint Thomas as we begin the process of integrating into Nashville’s invigorating, growing health care market,” said Dr. Siccardi. “Our success in Indianapolis bodes well for making a major impact, not only in Middle Tennessee but nationally as we thoroughly train nurses to serve their communities.”

The shortage of nurses continues to raise serious concerns in the health care industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to increase by 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average of all occupations combined.

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