- the most students — roughly 1,100 at undergraduate and graduate levels.
- the most programs — comprehensive offerings: bachelor’s, master’s, post-master's, doctoral, and continuing nursing education.
- the most campuses — five: serving Nebraska statewide, border to border.
- academics — U.S. News, for example, has consistently listed us in the top 10% of graduate programs.
- grant funding — among the nation’s approximately 100 major schools of nursing, we rank 31st out of 66 in National Institute of Health funding for 2015.
We have major presence and impact in all areas of Nebraska — and we influence the practice of nursing nationwide:
- We’ve educated over half of Nebraska’s bachelor-degreed nurses.
- Our nurse-managed health centers, including our mobile nurse managed clinic, bring important basic health services to poor, underserved and at-risk populations throughout the state.
- Through our Morehead Center for Nursing Practice, faculty members engage in innovative nursing practice that fills urgent needs within the service area of each campus city.
- We collaborate in multiple ways — including forward-thinking partnerships with area health, education, business and civic partners — to alleviate the nursing shortage and bring more options for primary, frontline care to rural and small-town Nebraska.
- We aggressively develop and support ways to get more nurses into service faster — through accelerated nursing programs, through faculty training programs and through myriad forms of financial aid, including:
- Scholarships funding — the college awarded over $2,225,279 in grants and scholarships in 2015-16.
- Our distinguished faculty includes noted experts in their fields and 14 Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) — a relatively small, highly select, highly accomplished group of national nurse leaders.
- Together, our leading faculty members influence and advance the science of nursing through their teaching, research, practice and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
- interactive, activity-driven transfer of knowledge, skills and competencies.
- advanced simulated learning, including computer-programmable patient manikins for lifelike educational experience.
- web-based, distance-learning options — our graduate students live throughout Nebraska and access the bulk of their learning online, satisfying clinical requirements in their local community or one nearby.
Despite a difficult economy, thanks to abundant donor vision and generosity, we’re solving the nursing shortage with a building boom unrivalled in the College’s nearly one hundred year history.
Nationwide, the nursing shortage sprang from insufficient capacity — cramped, outdated facilities, not enough teachers and more qualified students than slots to educate them. Our solutions for Nebraska mean a big boost in student capacity, including:
- a $14 million, 5-story Center for Nursing Science, adjoining our existing facility on the Omaha campus.
- a 5th division in Norfolk in 2010 for nurse-starved northeast Nebraska in a $11.9-million collaborative nursing education center, the fruit of a national-model partnership among area residents, the region’s health system, its community college and UNMC.
- moving our Scottsbluff campus serving Western Nebraska to a location within the Western Nebraska Community College and satellite offices at Regional West Medical Center, allowing us to enrich these partnerships.
- a $15 million appropriation of state funds for a new Health Science Education Building on the University of Nebraska Kearney campus for our Kearney Division and programs from the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions.
- a $19.9 million facility under development for the Lincoln division on the University of Nebraska Lincoln city campus in collaboration with the UNL University Health Center. The combined space will be a $43.9 million, nearly 43,000 square foot building scheduled to be completed in Summer, 2018.