School of Nursing
IU Kokomo definitely prepared me for my current role as an Operating Room Registered Nurse. My capstone experience allowed me to follow an OR nurse and learn the duties. During that time, I learned I had a passion for the operating room.
Katie Mitchell
B.S.N., '17

A Community Where You Belong 

Maybe you've dreamed of being a nurse since people first started asking you what you wanted to be when you grew up. Or, maybe you're looking to make a career change after seeing how big of a difference a nurse made on the life of a loved one. Whatever your "why," you'll find a community where you belong in the School of Nursing at Indiana Univesity Kokomo. No matter where you are on your journey, we have programs and degrees to help you take the next step. From students fresh out of high school to those who've worked in the medical field as an R.N. or C.N.A. for years, the School of Nursing has you in mind.

If you're looking for a nursing program where you just sit back, take notes, and listen to lectures, you're in the wrong place. Because, in the School of Nursing at IU Kokomo, it is our sole purpose to help nurses become the most effective and well-prepared nurses they can be through hands-on experience, simulation, and even study abroad experiences with cultural and service programs in Guatemala and Korea. In fact, IU Kokomo is cited as one of the top places employers in our region look for nurses when filling positions. With our faculty who care about you, scholarship opportunities to help your financial burden, our clinical simulation lab, and our Dedicated Educational Units where you'll gain over 900 practicum hours, you'll be ready to hit the ground running from day one in your future career.

As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

To prepare you for whatever the next step is for you as a nurse, the School of Nursing at Indiana University Kokomo offers a variety of programs including:

IU Kokomo student sits with Kindergarteners
 
Kindergarteners at an event
 
Teacher sits with her students

A huge part of a student’s success lies in the relationships you make with both your faculty and your peers. As you work your way through the nursing program, you’ll connect with peers who are going through the same process as you. With small class sizes – usually six to eight students in practicum and clinical courses, nine to 12 in lab courses, and 45 to 55 in lecture courses – you’ll become known on a first name basis. In addition to student groups and intimate class sizes, each cohort of students elects two representative Student Nurse Leaders. These leaders work to assist in planning, conducting, and evaluating parts of the School of Nursing including curriculum, the student handbook, available resources, and recognition celebrations.

To make further connections and enhance your resume with extracurricular activities, you can join student groups.Within the School of Nursing, we offer two student groups: the Student Nurses’ Association and the Nurses’ Bible Fellowship.

Accreditation and Reporting

The Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, from which we recently earned a ten-year reaccreditation (2010-2020). Being accredited means that verifiable steps have been taken by the school to assure that you receive a quality education. Graduating from an accredited school of nursing means that your credits should transfer more easily if you should choose to pursue another degree and potential employers will have confidence that you received a quality education.

All faculty in the School of Nursing have at least a master's degree-approximately 25% have doctorate degrees, and another 25% are actively pursuing doctorates. Several have specialty certifications.

Learning Outcomes for B.S.N.

The IU Kokomo B.S.N. graduate will meet program learning outcomes and embody them in their professional practice as a nurse who is: 

  1. a critical thinker who demonstrates intellectual engagement and uses evidence as a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making.
  2. a culturally sensitive individual who provides holistic individual, family, community, and population-centered nursing care.
  3. a knowledgeable care coordinator who facilitates access to resources across the continuum of healthcare environments in order to meet the evolving health care needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  4. an individual who understands and considers the impact of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on care delivery.
  5. an individual who embodies the professional identity of the nurse and who translates the inherent values of the nursing profession into the ethical and legal practice of nursing.
  6. an effective communicator who collaborates with interprofessional team members, patients, and their support systems for improved health outcomes.
  7. a competent care provider who is prepared to practice to the full capacity of the professional nurse role in diverse healthcare environments.
  8. an accountable leader and manager who applies principles of systems and organizational processes and who balances resources to promote quality care and patient safety.
  9. an individual who embraces and employs innovations in information management and technology in the delivery of quality patient care.

Program Learning Outcomes for M.S.N.

The IU Kokomo M.S.N. graduate will meet program learning outcomes and embody them in their professional practice as a nurse who will:

  1. model excellence in nursing leadership to improve nursing practice within a complex healthcare system.
  2. conduct advanced nursing practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of practice.
  3. synthesize knowledge from nursing as well as biological, behavioral, social, administrative, educational, and communication sciences for application to a chosen domain of advanced practice nursing.
  4. demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection that exemplifies critical, creative, and systems thinking to advance the practice of nursing.
  5. frame problems, design interventions, specify outcomes and measure achievement of outcomes while balancing human, fiscal, and material resources.
  6. use information technology and knowledge-based resources to manage transform data that inform clinical practice.
  7. systematically apply evidence from research findings to answer clinical questions, solve clinical problems and develop innovative nursing interventions and health policies for selected patient populations.
  8. demonstrate the collaborative practice and interpret nursing science within an interdisciplinary context.
  9. articulate the effects of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
  10. engage in lifelong learning activities that contribute to professional nursing development as well as to the advancement of nursing.

For complaints regarding the B.S.N. program please contact either the Commission on Collegiate Education (CCNE) and/or the Indiana State Board of Nursing.

Success in Numbers

The following statistics were gathered for the 2015 (M.S.N. program) and 2016 (B.S.N. program) calendar year. 

76.6%

b.s.n. students graduated on time

93%

NCLEX-R.N. first time pass rate for b.s.n. students

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100%

b.s.n. graduates employed

77%

m.s.n. students graduated on time

6.33

m.s.n. graduates' average rating out of 7 for overall program effectiveness

100%

m.s.n. graduates employed

A Brighter Future for All

New students welcomed to School of Nursing
Nearly 50 future nurses celebrated acceptance into the prestigious Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing, at its annual induction ceremony. The January 3 ceremony, in Havens Auditorium, symbolized the faculty and staff’s welcome and offer of support as the students begin the rigorous program. “This ceremony is our way of celebrating these special students with their family and friends, as they begin their journey from novice student to nurse,” said Mary Bourke, interim dean of the School of Nursing.
Senior finds niche in nursing externship
An externship at a top-rated hospital in the United States changed the trajectory of one Indiana University Kokomo student’s career — and led to her first job. Before participating in the Summer III Nursing Externship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, Caitlyn Perkins had never considered caring for heart and lung transplant patients. After her experience working alongside registered nurse clinical coaches, she knew it was where she wanted to begin her career, once she graduated in May 2018.
Nursing school is a bridge to medical school
A community nursing class at Indiana University Kokomo was a turning point for Shawn Gabriel, giving him confidence to apply – and get accepted – to medical school. “It made me interested in long-term care for patients, being invested in my community, and understanding what changes need to be made to promote health,” he said. “Community health showed medicine as a relevant career, one that serves a tangible, ongoing good for patients. If it wasn’t for nursing school, I wouldn’t have even considered medical school, but it was a good way to get my foot in the door.”
Nursing student graduates at age 20
Most 16-year-olds are focused on learning to drive a car. When Leeza (Price) Jackman was that age, she was studying how to measure someone’s body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure, to assess physical condition. Jackman graduated from home school and enrolled at Indiana University Kokomo when she was 16 — young enough that her mother had to drive her from their home in Elwood to campus, because she didn’t yet have her driver’s license.