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RN-BS Online Nursing Program Recognized for Quality

The editors of Degree Scape, an online education guide for accredited programs, has recognized Boise State as a leader in the delivery of online education.

Boise State’s dedication to research, support of students and the convenience of online programs first caught the attention of the online educational review site when the editor’s profiled Boise State’s eCampus as an Editor’s Choice. Most recently, it was the reputation of the online RN to BS degree completion program that landed Boise State back on the site.

In a recent article highlighting trends in nursing education, and out of the more than 600 programs offered nationwide, Degree Scape highlighted six programs as being among the top in terms of accreditation and reputation for online delivery.  Boise State’s program is one of those six, along with several larger schools including Drexel University, Indiana State University, Kent State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati and University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Betty Miller was invited as a panelist to discuss “technology access and creating web accessible learning environments” at the Idaho Partnership on Higher Education and Disability (IPHED) state meeting on November 7th held in Boise, Idaho

Betty Miller, online faculty and technology manager for self-support programs in the School of Nursing (SON), was invited as a panelist to discuss “technology access and creating web accessible learning environments” at the Idaho Partnership on Higher Education and Disability (IPHED) state meeting on November 7th held in Boise, Idaho.

IPHED is the state affiliate of the Association on Higher Education and Disability. Disability services professionals from all non-profit state colleges and universities as well as Northwest Nazarene University, College of Idaho, and Boise Bible College participate.

Miller shared with IPHED members and other guests involved in online programming, a summary of the accessibility and universal design activities (education, audits, and professional development) the SON’s online RN-BS program has been active with since fall of 2011.

The importance of collaboration and technical support from offices such as the Office of Technology (Customer Care, Multimedia and Training) along with Disability Resource Center, Academic Technologies and eCampus, helps online programs learn and achieve contemporary best practices in online teaching and learning. Regardless of the institution or online program, universal design and accessibility practices “take a village” of talented personnel across campus to help achieve, implement and realize quality, online programming.

Faith Chennette Earns Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Certificate from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)

Faith Chennette successfully earns certification as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. Congratulations! Simulation in education is important as it provides a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience. The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) mission seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation.

SSH was founded in 2004 and its membership includes physicians, nurses, allied health and paramedical personnel, researchers, educators and developers from around the globe. SSH fosters the improvement and application of simulation–based modalities such as human patient simulators, virtual reality, standardized patients and task trainers. For more information about SSH see their home page at:

Staff and Faculty earn Quality Matters Certification

School of Nursing staff and faculty successfully completed training and certification at the QM Works! Great Northwest Regional Conference 2014, held in Vancouver, Washington on April 25-16.  Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses.  The conference provided opportunity for regional, and international faculty, administrators and instructional designers to meet, share and learn best practice standards, research findings, and instructional design principles to promote student learning and continuous quality improvement. Gaining certification in “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” enhances the RN-BS Online/Distance Completion Track’s initiative of enhancing best practices related to universal design in online programming.  Betty Miller, MS, adjunct faculty coordinator; Darcy Anderson, Rn, MS, remote special lecturer; and Mary Hereford, PhD, RN, CEN, associate professor, will also participate in QM’s training and certification for Addressing Accessibility in May.

Photo of Betty Miller, Darcy Anderson, and Mary Hereford.

Betty Miller, Darcy Anderson, and Mary Hereford

Vivian Schrader and Jayne Josephsen Publish Article in Syllabus

Vivian SchraderJayne JosephsenVivian Schrader and Jayne Josephsen had an article published in Syllabus vol 2 number 1, a peer reviewed journal.  Title: Preparing RNs for the Online Learning Environment. Congratulations to these ladies for their scholarly work.


RN-BS News Archive

Please visit the RN-BS News Archive to read full stories from academic year 2012 – 2013. . .

  • RN-BS Staff in Action, Congratulations to Betty Miller, MS, Adjunct Faculty Coordinator, for her nomination for 2012 Professional Staff of the Year.
  • RN-BS Staff in Action, Congratulations to Betty Miller, MS, Adjunct Faculty Coordinator, for presenting a paper at the 5th annual Mentoring Conference.
  • RN-BS Staff in Action, Congratulations to RN-BS Student Enrollment Coordinator/Advisor, Maura Rasmussen, BS for completing her bachelor’s degree, with honors!
  • RN-BS Faculty in Action, Congratulations to Leonie Sutherland for receiving research funding from Blue Cross of Idaho investigating diabetes self-management practices.
  • Autumn 2012: Certified Nurse Educators, Congratulations to RN-BS online adjunct faculty: Faith Chennette, RN, CNE and Crissy Hunter, RN, CNE who recently passed their CNE exams! The mission of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program is to recognize excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator.
  • Autumn 2012: eLearning Faculty Status, Congratulations to Marilyn O’Mallon, Ph.D., RN who recently earned her eLearning Faculty Status at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia by completing the requirements of the Teaching Fellows Program for Online & Blended Learning. The status indicates an educator with a detailed understanding of teaching, learning, and student success in online and blended education.