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Laura Bernaix

Dr. Laura Bernaix, PhD, RN
Interim Dean

Creativity to Teach, Curiosity to Learn, Courage to Serve, Compassion to Care, in a diverse and complex world, SIUE Nursing: Excellence in Action!

Welcome to the SIUE School of Nursing website! Here you will find a wealth of information about our School and all of the amazing foundational and advanced nursing educational opportunities we provide. 

Our progressive and innovative curricula, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, prepare nurses to address the dynamic and challenging health care needs of our nation and beyond. We offer a wide array of programs that are learner-centered, and experientially based, thereby empowering our graduates with the skills and knowledge that are essential for providing safe, evidence-based and progressive patient care.

The faculty teaching in our School are experienced clinicians and advanced practice nurses with demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship, as well as leadership to the nursing profession. They are proficient in innovative classroom instruction and promote inter-professional  educational opportunities to ensure a rich and diverse curriculum for our students. 

The SIUE School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the gold standard for baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs, and has been since 1970. The Nurse Anesthesia Program also is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs.

Our undergraduate programs include the Traditional BS, the Accelerated BS and the Accelerated Online RN-BS. At the graduate program level, the SON offers the Master’s of Science degree with specializations in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Health Care Nursing Administration (HCNA), and Nurse Educator (NE). In addition, we offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP), with specializations for the post-master’s graduate, post-baccalaureate nurse anesthesia, and in Fall 2015, pending approval, the post-baccalaureate family nurse practitioner. While all programs are offered at the primary Edwardsville campus, selected programs are also offered at our two regional sites, Carbondale and Springfield.

Unique to our School is the ability to provide our students with clinical practicums that include both urban and rural agency settings, thereby ensuring student experiences with diverse patient populations. In addition, we have a state-of-the-art Simulated Learning Center that enhances student learning and skill development.  Students also benefit by conducting their practicums at the SIUE WeCare Clinic which is operated and staffed by our School of Nursing Advanced Practice Nurse faculty. All of these varied learning opportunities help to prepare students to assume their role upon graduation as nurses in today’s complex and dynamic healthcare workforce.

The School’s commitment to an inclusive and diverse student body is steadfast.  As an example, our Student Nurse Achievement Program (SNAP) is a successful, ongoing initiative that addresses the critical need to increase the numbers of diverse professional nurses in the workforce through recruiting and retaining students from racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Please peruse our website. Contact us with your questions or come for a visit. We look forward to learning more about you!

Laura Bernaix, PhD, RN
Interim Dean

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