Learning Curve

Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences boosts brainpower and bedside manner

When Shalan Stroud was little, she wanted to be a doctor. She became a nurse instead. "In college I discovered how busy hospital doctors stayed, moving from patient to patient," said Stroud, R.N., B.S.N., who became a clinical nursing educator at Saint Luke's East Hospital. "I liked helping patients and families understand why a doctor said this or why a nurse did that."

Stroud enrolled in Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences, which evolved from a nurse's training school that started in 1887. There she maintained a perfect grade point average and earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing in 2003—thanks to financial help from a privately funded scholarship.

An Essential Potential

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this country will need more than 1 million new and replacement nurses by 2016. More than half of Saint Luke's College graduates become nurses in the Saint Luke's Health System.

Contributions from generous donors ensure that we can continue to attract talented and caring students like Stroud, who might not otherwise be able to attend Saint Luke's College.

"We learned more than just the nuts and bolts of medicine," said Stroud. "They taught us a holistic view of our patients, so we can tend to all factors that help them heal."

In recent years, the Saint Luke's College settled into its new Education and Simulation Center near the Plaza, expanded its bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, and developed a master of science in nursing (MSN) program. Since the move, enrollment has increased fivefold to over 400 students, including undergraduate and graduate students. 

In 2013, 205 students at the College received nursing scholarships through the generosity of donors in the community. Donations also fund essential technology and teaching tools, the Learning Resource Center, and endowed professorships. 

For student info, visit the Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences website ».

"Saint Luke's College faculty teach a holistic view of our patients, so we can tend to all factors that help them heal."

Shalan Stroud, R.N., B.S.N., Saint Luke's College graduate

How Your Gift Helps

Private donations to Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences help address the critical need for nurses by providing a high-quality education leading to a bachelor of science degree and preparation for a career in nursing.