Although it had humble beginnings, and a not too great facility, the Tarleton nursing school has come to see much success. Department head and her faculty can also be very proud to have sent out well-skilled nurses into the work force. They have a lot of reasons to be proud. They are teaching students in a new, 53,000 square feet, facility. All three of its floor proved up-to-date accommodations and equipment. Before that, nursing students had to make the best out of an 18,000 square feet building, which was the campus infirmary before the nursing education department took it over.
Dr. Evans first came to Tarleton in 1978 as part-time faculty. In 1980 she was promoted to full time and took the position of department head in 1989. Dr. Evans has seen plenty of positive changes to her department since then. “We had about six people on staff when I first started. Now we have 17 full time instructors,” she said.
Being hired as an instructor in the program is no small task. Every member of the staff is required to have a Master’s degree in nursing. At first, Tarleton only offered a two year nursing program, but it has evolved into a four year Bachelor of Science Nursing degree, and they are in the process of creating a master’s degree as well.
Dr. Evans sees the need for good nurses in the healthcare industry now, especially since the baby-boomers are starting to age. She is also aware of the advances in technology, so she makes sure that her department is always up to date with the latest equipment. Thanks to an impressive staff, dedicated students and an impressive facility, Tarleton’s nursing program is becoming more and more impressive.
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Original Source: Stepenville Empire Tribune