Jeanne Hayes received the Professional Advancement Award


Dr. Jeanne R. Hayes, Ed.D., RN,CNE

Dr. Jeanne R. Hayes, Director of the RN to BSN Program at Granite State College and Senior Lecturer, received the “NHNA Professional Advancement Award” from the New Hampshire Nurses Association at their annual meeting in October 2014. This prestigious recognition award is given to a registered nurse who has made a significant contribution towards developing or advancing the professional practice of individuals or groups, or the art and science of nursing.


Before coming to GSC, Dr. Hayes was Chairperson of the Associate Degree nursing program at Nashua Community College, and prior to that taught nursing for many years at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and at Fitchburg, Worcester, and Framingham State Universities in Massachusetts. She holds a Doctorate in Education from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Nurse Practitioner from the University of Massachusetts-Worcester, a Master of Science in Community Health Nursing from Boston College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Worcester State University, and a Diploma in Nursing from Worcester Hahnemann Hospital. She is the mother of six grown children and has eleven grandchildren.

Dr. Hayes began working for GSC in 2012. She was tasked with developing a curriculum for online, hybrid, and traditional courses to meet New Hampshire RNs’ need for accessibility and flexibility in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The BS in Nursing is increasingly a requirement for employment at New Hampshire hospitals and across the country. She developed courses such as The Nurse as Leader, Nursing Implications of Genetics and Genomics, Informatics, Evidence-Based Nursing Care, Nursing Care of Populations and Nursing Care of an Aging Population. Co-requisite courses taken with students in other health related majors include Law and Ethics in Health Care and The Emerging US Health Care System. Every aspect of the new curriculum flows from national guidelines including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s The Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education and Practice, The Institute of Medicine, and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses. The program recently hosted an accreditation site visit and was found to be in compliance with all standards of Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

In August 2012, eight students began the RN to BSN Program at GSC. Exactly two years later, two of the students completed the degree requirements and received their GSC pins at a Pinning Ceremony attended by Dr. Todd Leach, Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire, GSC Administrators, faculty and classmates of the graduates. The program now has 92 students enrolled and new applicants arrive daily. Four more RNs will complete the BSN requirements this Fall Term.

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