The MacMurray College Division of Nursing is among the few professional nursing education programs in central Illinois providing baccalaureate nursing education within a liberal arts institution. Students enter the program from diverse geographic and social backgrounds, bringing their unique contributions to the study of nursing. This integration of liberal education promotes sound interpretation of new knowledge, clear articulation of thoughts, interdisciplinary connections, and discrimination in making judgments about factors that influence the human condition. Consistent with the mission and goals of MacMurray College, the Division of Nursing stresses excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship among its faculty.

The MacMurray College RN to BSN Program offers a unique combination of benefits which make it an ideal choice for nurses interested in advancing their professional and academic careers:

  • All courses guided toward nursing practice;
  • Ten courses to complete the program;
  • No general education requirements;
  • Individualized practice experiences;
  • 100% online with no in-class seat time;
  • Ten months of coursework;
  • Less than $13,000!

Learn more about RN to BSN courses and how to pursue a degree in Nursing through our academic catalog.

NURS 321. Applied Healthcare Statistics. (3) This course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistical procedures and probability with emphases on designs for medical research. At the end of this course students will be able to apply statistical procedures and probability in linear regressions, scrutinize research reports using statistical methodologies, and create and apply statistics to answer questions in the nursing and healthcare fields.

NURS 349. Role Transitions in Nursing. (3) This course addresses role development and socialization, with students identifying various role conflicts that can occur in the transition to baccalaureate education. Students are oriented to online learning and begin development of a learning portfolio that validates their current achievements and growth throughout the program.

NURS 350. Health Assessment & Promotion Across the Lifespan. (3) Health promotion and disease prevention principles are addressed as students expand their knowledge of holistic assessment. Teaching and learning principles are reviewed with emphasis on delivery patient-centered teaching that reflects developmental stage, age, culture, and health literacy considerations.

NURS 355. Informatics in Nursing and Healthcare. (3) This course is designed to introduce students to the history of healthcare informatics and the use of electronic technologies in nursing practice, administration, education, and research. Students explore models and theories that support nursing informatics and examine the use of information technology in support of decisions that promote safety and quality in patient-centered care. Emphasis is on current issues, the future of nursing informatics, and the ethical and legal issues relating to the use of information technology, communication networks, and patient care technology.

NURS 356. Ethics for Healthcare Professionals. (3) This course focuses on using philosophical tools to illuminate, analyze, and evaluate the ethical practices in the domain of health care. The course aims to improve your ability to recognize, think through, assess, and articulate your moral views as a health care professional, as well as to understand, contribute to, and critique the views of other healthcare professionals, patients, and loved ones.

NURS 402. Evidence-based Nursing Care. (3) This course introduces evidence-based practice and the research process in the development of nursing knowledge and practice. Emphasis is on the critical appraisal and synthesis of published research to improve nursing outcomes. The use of information technology as a tool for finding and disseminating evidence for nursing practice is explored.

NURS 412. Family & Community Nursing. (3) In this course, students apply family and population-focused nursing principles to address the needs of families and communities. Epidemiological principles, public health principles, environmental health, and global health issues are also included in this course. Students use the nursing process to address an area of need they identify in a family, group, or community.

NURS 425. Transcultural Nursing. (3) This course introduces transcultural concepts and theoretical knowledge necessary to provide culturally competent care. Emphasis is on exploring the health attitudes, beliefs, and practices of culturally diverse populations and how these perceptions affect the delivery of culturally competent nursing care.

NURS 440. Health Care Policy, Finance, & Regulatory Environments. (3) Students explore the impact of sociocultural, economic, legal, and political factors influencing health care delivery and practice. Health care financing, policies, and regulatory standards are discussed in relation to their effects on patient care quality, healthcare disparities, and resource management. The history of nursing provides a framework for discussing contemporary concepts of empowerment, power, and politics.

NURS 443. Issues in Nursing Leadership. (3) Emphasis is placed on functioning effectively and collaboratively as a member of the health care team. The course addresses collaboration, communication, decision-making, and initiatives to promote high-quality, cost-effective nursing care in complex organizational systems. National quality standards are examined, and the student collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to design and initiate efforts to improve the quality of health care delivery.

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Angela Pierson

Director of Nursing, Assistant Professor of Nursing

"I love teaching at MacMurray College because the faculty interactions with students and coworkers are positive and motivating."

  • Areas of interest: Pierson enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and traveling.
  • M.S.N./Ed. — Western Governors University
  • B.S.N. — MacMurray College
  • A.D.N. — Lincoln Land Community College
  • Courses taught: Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I and II
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Karen Bade

Assistant Professor of Nursing

"As I was completing my MSN, MacMurray gave me the opening to complete my final preceptorship in education. The small class size and the faculty's approach to education drew me to become a part of the Mac Family. The liberal arts college gives the student the ability to become a well-rounded individual which is needed when caring for the diverse population in the hospital and healthcare system."

  • Areas of interest: Bade enjoys traveling and recently had the opportunity to travel to Athens, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey. Her favorite place to travel is Wilmington, NC to visit her 18-month-old grandson. She also enjoys working in her flower garden during the spring.
  • M.S.N. — Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • B.S.N. — Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • A.D.N. — Lincoln Land Community College
  • Courses taught: Nursing 330, which included classroom, clinical simulation lab, and hospital clinical.
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Karen Baur

Professional Fellow

Jill Chamberlain

Professional Fellow

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Dr. Jill Parsons

Associate Professor of Nursing

"Teaching at MacMurray allows me to connect with the next generation of nurses as well as engage nurses looking to advance their careers by obtaining their BSN. Both faculty and students alike enjoy the small class sizes and the personalized attention."

  • Areas of interest: Dr. Parsons enjoys promoting active learning instructional strategies in the classroom.
  • Ph.D. — Saint Louis University
  • M.S.N. — Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
  • B.S.N. — Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
  • Courses taught: Introduction to the Nursing Profession, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Evidence Based Nursing Practice, Vulnerable Populations, Nursing Knowledge and Competencies, Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan, Evidence based Nursing Care
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Sheila Rhodes

Assistant Professor of Nursing

"I love the nursing faculty teamwork and close-knit staff. President Tierno is down to earth and all staff have been friendly and helpful. I also enjoy the Ponderosa and ShopKo located here in Jacksonville."

  • Areas of interest: Rhodes is interested in women's health, including obstetrics, integrative health, and complementary medicine.
  • M.S. in Midwifery — University of Illinois-Chicago
  • B.S. in Nursing — Bradley University
  • Courses taught: Nursing 410, Nursing 415, Nursing 432, Clinical for Nursing 418, Clinical for Nursing 411
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Jayne Thompson

Professional Fellow

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Dr. Matt Wiediger

Associate Professor of Psychology

"Students are people too."

  • Areas of interest: Dr. Wiediger is interested in cognitive and behavioral research.
  • Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Cognition and Memory) — Washington State University
  • M.S. in Psychology — Washington State University
  • B.S. in Psychology — Washington State University
  • Courses taught: General Psychology, Elementary Statistics, Research Methods, Educational Psychology, Social Psychology, Learning, Physiological Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Memory & Cognition, Theories of Personality, Research Participation, Senior Seminar
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MacMurray College's Nursing program was recognized by the College of Distinction, which seeks to identify colleges and universities in the country that provide the best atmosphere for students to learn, grow and succeed. MacMurray College was named a College of Distinction for 2019-20, the sixth year in a row.