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Anderson Hospital partners with SIUE on degree program for its nurses

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and Anderson Hospital in Maryville have agreed to a corporate sponsorship that will allow the hospital’s nurses to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing in as little as one year.

harrison robertaSIUE’s accelerated RN to BS program is offered in a flexible, entirely online format to accommodate the needs of working register nurses.

“We are appreciative that Anderson Hospital has chosen SIUE as its partner, so their nurses can achieve their educational goals,” said Roberta Harrison (left), a PhD and assistant dean for undergraduate programs at the SIUE School of Nursing. “This is a wonderful opportunity to reach more working nurses throughout the Metro East with our affordable, progressive and innovative online program.”

“We are excited about entering this partnership with the SIUE School of Nursing,” said Lisa Klaustermeier, chief nursing officer for Anderson Hospital. “This arrangement will provide a great opportunity for our nurses to more conveniently further their knowledge and education while earning a baccalaureate degree in nursing.”

Laura Bernaix, PhD, dean of the SIUE School of Nursing, said the program is designed for working nurses. “Our program offers the working RN a contemporary, easily accessible and affordable format for obtaining their baccalaureate degree in nursing,” said Bernaix. “Unique to its design is the technical and instructional support that is available to meet the individual needs of each student.

“Anderson is providing $4,800 per employee annually for tuition, which demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing the education of their nursing staff.”

For a free transcript review or to send an unofficial transcript for review, send an email to For additional information, contact Theresa Verstreater, Human Resources supervisor at Anderson Hospital, at (618) 391-6432 or

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