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Salve Regina University Takes Aim at Nursing Shortage through Unique Partnership

RN-BSN program taps potential of online learning in response to heightened demand from hospitals, health systems to upskill nursing corps by 2020

NEWPORT, R.I., April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Salve Regina University, today announced the selection of iDesign to provide instructional design, marketing and retention services to develop an online RN-BSN program that expands access for nurses and healthcare professionals. Offered at a fraction of the cost of most traditional in-person RN-BSN programs, the new online program will provide registered nurses with one of the most affordable and convenient options for obtaining their bachelor's degrees currently available across the higher education marketplace.

"This is about leveraging the transformative potential of technology to improve not just accessibility, but quality and affordability, in ways that respond to the critical shortage of nurses in communities in the Northeast and across the U.S.," said Salve Regina provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Nancy G. Schreiber. "iDesign's deep expertise in learning experience design is tightly coupled with our commitment to preparing Salve Regina graduates to meet today's hiring requirements and find meaningful employment in their chosen field."

Salve Regina's online program comes at a critical time, as employers, state governments and associations alike are urging nurses to obtain a bachelor's degree to better manage an increasingly complex healthcare system. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report that recommended the nursing profession increase the number of registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) to 80 percent by the year 2020; yet a 2016 survey from the U.S. Census Bureau found that only about half of our country's nurses held a bachelor's degree. In 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo passed the "BSN-in-10" law, requiring that all registered practitioner nurses obtain a bachelor's degree within ten years of getting their license. As a result, the RN-BSN program is in high demand from working nurses, who have little time or income to invest in traditional, in-person courses.

"Many hospitals now require a BSN for hiring consideration, while others require the completion of a BSN within 3-5 years of being hired, so there is a real need for this program," said Paxton Riter, CEO of iDesign. "We are thrilled to help Salve Regina adopt an innovative approach to help the nursing profession keep up with the rapid pace of change in healthcare."

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About Salve Regina:  Salve Regina's nursing program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, accepted its first class of undergraduate students during the 1947-1948 academic year. The undergraduate program offers a pre-licensure track for high school graduates and a degree completion track for students who are already registered nurses. For nurses seeking advanced degrees, Salve offers the M.S. in nursing (MSN) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which provide clinical preparation for becoming an advanced practice nurse and education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems thinking.  For more information, please visit

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iDesign partners with colleges and universities to build, grow and support online and blended programs. We are passionate about helping faculty harness the potential of emerging technologies to design courses and degrees that make an impact, whether they are fully online, flipped, blended, adaptive, or competency-based. Our unbundled, fee-for-service model is rooted in a commitment to flexibility and institutional autonomy, while our analytics platform supports continuous improvement through rigorous measurement of student engagement and course quality. From statewide university systems to private colleges, our custom solutions pair instructional design with technologies to enable great teaching. To learn more, please visit