Brenau BSN Students Begin Classes

Sixty-three students began their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree coursework on May 16.

The new cohort is not only one of the largest in the history of the School of Nursing, but one of the most experienced, said Sandra Allen, chair of undergraduate studies. More than half of the prospective nurses come from Brenau’s undergraduate pre-nursing program, while others already have bachelor’s or master’s degrees in other fields.

Gainesville, Georgia, native John Michael Stump is one of the many students making a career change. After earning an economics degree in 2008 and spending the last seven years working primarily in real estate and industrial sales, he said he wants to become an acute care nurse practitioner, with a focus on cardiac or critical care.

“Working in business, it’s just that: business,” Stump said. “In health care, you really connect with people on an emotional level. This is exactly where I need to be.”

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