Seger Named Director of the RN-To-Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at UMSON
Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has appointed Celeste M. Seger, PhD ’19, MS ’13, BSN ’10, RN, assistant professor, as director of the RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. She succeeds Linda Murray, DNP ’16, MS ’84, CPNP-Ped, who retired in 2021.
As program director, Seger will oversee curriculum development, student progression, didactic instruction, and academic advising. She will also be heavily involved in student recruitment, selection, and advisement.
UMSON’s RN-to-BSN program, ranked among the top 10 BSN programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, is offered entirely online and prepares students to excel in nursing careers across a broad spectrum of acute, chronic, and community-based settings. Students who complete the RN-to-BSN position themselves to grow into nurse leadership roles, remain competitive by gaining the essential skills and knowledge necessary to thrive across practice settings, and expand their career opportunities by being the BSN-prepared nurse that Magnet institutions are seeking. National data indicates that employers increasingly prefer and, in some cases require, a baccalaureate degree. The RN-to-BSN program also offers two distinct optional focus areas, in Care Coordination with Health IT and in Substance Use and Addictions Nursing.
“We are delighted that Dr. Seger has taken on this new role; she is extremely well prepared for these responsibilities given her prior faculty experience teaching and working with our RN-to-BSN students,” said Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Bill and Joanne Conway Dean of the School of Nursing. “Dr. Seger will also work collaboratively with our 15 community college partners in our Dual-Admission Partnership program, ensuring the seamless transition of Associate Degree in Nursing graduates from the community colleges into our baccalaureate program. This is essential to addressing the critical need to increase the number of baccalaureate-educated nurses in Maryland.”
Seger joined UMSON in 2012 as adjunct faculty and began her full-time faculty role in 2014 as an assistant professor teaching entry-into-practice nursing courses in Fundamentals of Nursing, Leadership and Clinical Practicum, and Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Care for the Registered Nurse.
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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools in the nation and is ranked among the top nursing schools nationwide. Enrolling more than 2,100 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.