Olivet College is pleased to announce the appointment of Lorraine Manier, DNP, as director of Nursing Education. She is slated to lead the liberal arts college’s pending program, which will provide Michigan’s registered nurses (RNs) an attainable path toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Manier holds a doctorate of nursing practice, a master’s degree in nursing education and a bachelor’s degree in nursing. As program director, Manier will assist in the education of nursing professionals, beginning in Battle Creek and the capital region, who seek their BSN.
“I look forward to using my leadership experience and passion for nursing to give students the opportunity to develop their skills as a registered nurse holding an associate degree into achieving a baccalaureate degree through Olivet College, in the community where they practice, particularly in the Battle Creek region,” Manier said. “I am committed to the RN-to-BSN Completion Program’s success through ensuring that the student’s educational experience remains the primary focus. Together we will improve the health care outcomes of the community in which we serve.”
“At Olivet College, we see the advantages in smaller class sizes and more personal relationships between students and educators,” said Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., Olivet College president. “Dr. Manier has years of experience in teaching and working within the health care profession as a director of nursing, case manager, education specialist, staff nurse and more. She understands the needs of today’s providers and the importance of an attainable education for working professionals, making her an ideal candidate.”
On June 21, Olivet College announced the pending program in partnership with Kellogg Community College, located in Battle Creek, Michigan. It is designed to increase the number of bachelor-level nursing graduates in Battle Creek and help create a stronger nursing workforce across the region. Designed for registered nurses in Michigan with an associate degree in nursing, blended-learning courses will meet online; in Battle Creek; or consist of a combination of both. If a student chooses to take an elective course, class will be held at the college’s main campus in the city of Olivet.
“The Olivet College nursing program will help meet a demand for degree completion, where registered nurses can further their education to become the highly trained professionals they want to be for their patients,” Corey said. “With Dr. Manier on board and the accreditation process well underway, we eagerly welcome RNs holding an associate degree to begin registering for classes.”