A Minden nurse has received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University through a special state program designed to encourage nursing students to complete requirements for a degree.
Rosline Seamster, who currently works at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, earned her degree at Southeastern through the state’s adult-learning initiative known as CALL – “Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana.” Sponsored by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the nursing program is conducted completely online.
A graduate of Northwestern State University with an associate degree, she was one of 19 nurses to graduate in Southeastern’s program this spring. Approximately 70 students are enrolled in program, which provides nurses who hold diploma or associate degrees, the opportunity to earn a BS without having to physically attend classes.
Jean Urick, CALL coordinater, said the program addresses a critical workforce need in the region.
“Louisiana has a considerable number of licensed, registered nurses who are graduates of diploma schools or two-year associate degree programs,” said Urick. “Most are working full time, and it’s difficult for them to return to college to earn the bachelor’s degree, which is an important step in career advancement.”