Dr. Nezam Al-Nsair Named Director of Nursing
February 8, 2012
The University of Mount Union has named Dr. Nezam Al-Nsair its new director of nursing. In this position, Al-Nsair will be responsible for launching the institution’s proposed Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013 pending the appropriate external approvals.
Al-Nsair earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Master of Science Nursing from Villanova University and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Al-Nsair to campus,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University. “He clearly brings a great deal of experience in and passion for the nursing field to our campus, and I look forward to all he will accomplish as he develops and launches our new Bachelor of Science in Nursing.”
He comes to Mount Union from Walsh University, where he served as the associate chair of the Division of Nursing in addition to his teaching duties as associate professor. In this role, Al-Nsair was instrumental in the development of a graduate nursing program that was hybrid in nature, combining both online and on-campus learning. He was also involved in the re-accreditation efforts of the program.
Prior to his time at Walsh, Al-Nsair served on the faculty at a number of institutions including Wright State University, Jordan University of Science and Technology and the College of Mount St. Joseph. In addition, he served as a research assistant at the University of Cincinnati and a graduate assistant at the University of Cincinnati and Villanova University. He also served as a registered nurse in Ohio and overseas.
Among his scholastic achievements are numerous grants submissions, publications and presentations.
Al-Nsair is or has been a member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, National League of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Graduate Nurse Network at Villanova University. He has been honored with the Award for Distinguished Achievement from the College of Nursing at Villanova University.
In May of 2011, the Mount Union announced that its Board of Trustees had approved the addition of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to the institution’s degree offerings. The proposed four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, also approved by the faculty of the institution, stems from Mount Union’s strategic initiative to build a curriculum for the future, with a particular focus on health-related programs.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is now the fastest growing option for those seeking to practice nursing. In addition, both the American Nurses Association and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education recommend that the Bachelor of Science become the entry-level degree for professional nurses. Thus, the demand for such programs is expected to increase over the course of the next decade.
In addition, according to the Center for Health Affairs, Ohio could face nearly a 30% shortage in the nursing workforce by 2020, and data from the Ohio State Senate’s Nursing Education Study Committee indicates that 40% of Ohio’s practicing nurses are expected to leave the field within the next 20 years.
The program will be presented to the Ohio Board of Nursing in conjunction with the Ohio Board of Regents and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for accreditation.
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