Stephen F. Austin State University

Director's Message

Welcome Message from Dr. Bishop, Director for the School of Nursing

Sarah Bishop

Welcome to the Richard & Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University! If you are exploring your options for nursing education, are already an SFA nursing student, or are one of our alumni, I hope you find that the School's webpage is informative and that it provides a way to stay connected with the School of Nursing.

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni take pride in the excellent reputation of the School of Nursing programs. Graduates of the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program perform well on the post-graduation national licensure examination (NCLEX) and continue on to rewarding careers in nursing. You can find SFA nurses, both generic BSN and RN-Transition all over the state of Texas, all around the United States, and serving our country overseas as both civilian and military nurses.

Our nursing students benefit from faculty who are expert nurses in their areas of specialization, in addition to being skilled educators who are dedicated to student success. Students are challenged in the classroom, simulation lab, and clinical settings to provide holistic, evidence-based care to patients and their families. Please link to the "Faculty and Staff Listing" section to learn more about the faculty's diverse areas of interest.

In addition to a fantastic faculty that places students at the core of everything it does, the DeWitt School of Nursing has a new 41,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. The facility has three wings which include the administration area, the educational area, and the Ed and Gwen Cole Simulation Laboratory. There are four classrooms, which seat 100 students each. One classroom has computers built into the desks. The simulation laboratory is 9,000 square feet with a 10-bed medical surgical area, a labor and delivery area, a nursery and neonatal area, a health assessment lab, and an emergency room area. The Ed and Gwen Cole Simulation Laboratory has 11 high-fidelity mannequins, which can simulate any patient condition, and are operated by faculty from a remote area. One of the simulators is a female mannequin that actually gives birth. The Ed and Gwen Cole Simulation Laboratory is a Laerdal Center of Excellence, one of only three centers in the state of Texas.

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