American Nurses Association and Chamberlain College of Nursing Establish National Education Collaboration — August 7, 2012 by jennifer Bouchard Aug 7, 2012, 12:37 PM Contact: Susie Schreiber MSL Chicago For Chamberlain College of Nursing 312.861.5219 firstname.lastname@example.org American Nurses Association and Chamberlain College of Nursing Establish National Education Collaboration Education collaboration for ANA members encourages nurses to pursue advanced degrees SILVER SPRING, Md. and DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Aug. 7, 2012 — The American Nurses Association (ANA) and Chamberlain College of Nursing announced a new education collaboration that provides ANA members with a special tuition rate for Chamberlain’s post licensure online degree options. The collaboration provides education access to 3.1 million registered nurses (RNs) in 51 ANA constituent and state nurses associations throughout the United States. Responding to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) call for an increase in the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree, Chamberlain's collaboration with ANA encourages members to take advantage of this opportunity and provides greater access to bachelor's or master's degree programs. For example, RNs who hold an associate degree can pursue a bachelor’s degree online through Chamberlain while they continue to work. Additionally, 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. "About half of all nurses in the United States hold a bachelor’s degree,” said Marla Weston, chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association. “Our collaboration with Chamberlain encourages members to achieve advanced education to meet the IOM’s recommendation that 80 percent of nurses hold baccalaureate degrees by 2020. A more educated nursing workforce can be better prepared to meet the demands of an evolving healthcare system.” Through this education collaboration, members of ANA 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 ANA members. "Chamberlain and the ANA share a common goal of preparing nurses to lead the transformation of the healthcare industry and help provide better patient outcomes,” said Dr. Richard Cowling, vice president of academic affairs for Chamberlain College of Nursing. “We look forward to working with the ANA to offer its members advanced education opportunities to help elevate their careers.” For more information about the American Nurses Association, visit NursingWorld.org. For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing, visit chamberlain.edu/ana. ~ ~ ~ About American Nurses Association (ANA) The ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. 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; Atlanta, Georgia; Addison and Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; St. Louis, Missouri; Columbus, Ohio; Houston, Texas; and Arlington, Virginia in addition to online programs. 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 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 Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Columbus location is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (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. Chamberlain College of Nursing 2450 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, 101 N. 14th Street, 10th Floor, James Monroe Building, Richmond, VA 23219, 804.225.2600. Chamberlain College of Nursing has provisional approval from the Virginia Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233-1463, 804.367.4515. 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. ©2012 Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC. All rights reserved. chamberlain.edu ###  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.  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.