Chamberlain College of Nursing and Missouri Nurses Association Establish Education Program — December 5, 2011 by Jennifer Irwin Dec 5, 2011, 00:00 AM Contact: Susie Schreiber MSLGROUP for Chamberlain College of Nursing Office: 312.861.5219 firstname.lastname@example.org Krista Lepper Missouri Nurses Association Director of Association Operations Office: 573.636.9576 email@example.com Chamberlain College of Nursing and Missouri Nurses Association Establish Education Program First-of-its-kind program for MONA encourages nurses to pursue advanced educational opportunities and respond to the emerging complexities in healthcare DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. and ST. LOUIS — Dec. 5, 2011 — Chamberlain College of Nursing and the Missouri Nurses Association (MONA), the only professional organization for all registered nurses (RNs) in Missouri, announced a program that provides RNs with a special tuition rate to advance their education. The program, which is new for MONA, expands access to Chamberlain’s post licensure online educational programs for association members throughout the state. Responding to the Institute of Medicine’s call for an increase in the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree, Chamberlain's program with MONA encourages members to take advantage of this opportunity and provides greater access to bachelor's or master's degree programs . The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that nurses who hold a bachelor's degree or higher generally have better job prospects and work within a broader scope of nursing practice . "As healthcare evolves and becomes available for millions of new patients nationwide, the role of nurses is expanding, making our mission to promote and enhance registered professional nursing practice more important than ever," said Jill Kliethermes, chief executive officer of the Missouri Nurses Association. "Our program with Chamberlain College of Nursing furthers our ability to support the advancement of registered nurses by giving them greater access to a quality nursing education.” Through this education program, members of MONA who meet Chamberlain’s admission requirements can now receive a special tuition rate for Chamberlain's RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) online degree completion option, RN-BSN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online option and MSN degree program. Benefits also include a waived application fee and a designated Chamberlain admissions representative who provides enrollment assistance specifically for MONA members. "Founded in St. Louis more than 120 years ago, Chamberlain has a deep history in Missouri, and we look forward to continuing our tradition in the state by educating knowledgeable, compassionate and proficient nurse leaders," said Dr. Richard Cowling, vice president of academic affairs for Chamberlain College of Nursing. "The Missouri Nurses Association shares our commitment to improving healthcare worldwide by raising the standards of the nursing profession through life-long learning, professional development and leadership." For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing, visit chamberlain.edu. For more information about the Missouri Nurses Association, visit missourinurses.org. ~ ~ ~ About Chamberlain College of Nursing Chamberlain College of Nursing offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing. Chamberlain is currently located in Phoenix, Arizona; Jacksonville and Miramar, Florida; Addison and Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; Columbus, Ohio; Houston, Texas; and Arlington, Virginia. Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, ncahlc.org. HLC is one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the Addison, Arlington, Chicago, Columbus, Houston, Jacksonville, Phoenix and St. Louis locations and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the St. Louis and Columbus locations and the Associate Degree in Nursing program are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs at the Phoenix and the Addison locations are candidates for accreditation by NLNAC. Candidacy is the first step toward NLNAC accreditation (NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met. Program availability varies by location. Chamberlain reserves the right to update information as it becomes available. Information is current at the time of posting. For the most updated accreditation information, visit chamberlain.edu/accreditation. Comprehensive consumer information is available at chamberlain.edu/studentconsumerinfo. Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC is a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services. ©2011 Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC. All rights reserved. chamberlain.edu. About Missouri Nurses Association (MONA) Organized in 1906, MONA works to protect the interest of the 95,000 registered nurses in Missouri. MONA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying the legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. ### The Robert Wood Foundation and the Institute of Medicine, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, October 2010, on the Internet at http://iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health.aspx (visited October 19, 2011). Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm (visited October 17, 2011).