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MBU School of Nursing graduates first class with 100 percent career placement

Missouri Baptist University’s School of Nursing graduated its inaugural class of Bachelor of Science in Nursing students this past December. All of the graduates have accepted full-time jobs in the field of nursing.

“We’ve worked hard to develop an innovative program that prepares our nurses to succeed in the nursing profession,” said Dr. Amber Pyatt, founding dean of MBU’s School of Nursing. “Our success is validated in the fact that all of our graduates have already accepted positions, in hospitals across the area.”

Rachel Garcia, MBU Nursing alumna and DAISY award recipient

Rachel Garcia, MBU Nursing alumna and DAISY award recipient

Students recently participated in a traditional pinning ceremony, a symbolic welcoming of new nurses into the nursing profession.

At the Pinning Ceremony, Rachel Garcia, ’19, was awarded the first DAISY Award for Outstanding Nursing Student from MBU. The DAISY Award is a highly-regarded national nursing award program that recognizes nurses and nursing students who exemplify nursing leadership and compassion. Recipients of MBU’s DAISY award exemplify the University’s Christian mission.

MBU’s nursing program incorporates clinical learning opportunities across the St. Louis area at leading healthcare facilities beginning the first semester, and requires a service-learning project. This experience further exposes students to a diverse range of patients.

Garcia and other graduates completed their project at Nurses for Newborns and Oasis International. Oasis International’s mission is to care for those who seek refuge from war-torn countries. Garcia worked with refugee families and provide the individuals in the community with resources and commodities.

“MBU has felt like home since the moment I stepped on campus,” Garcia said. “There is no place I would rather be to obtain my BSN.” Garcia recently accepted a job at SSM St. Clare Hospital working on the orthopedics floor.

MBU’s nursing program admits 24 students into the pre-licensure BSN program every August. The application deadline for the upcoming fall semester is February 28.