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“Advancing my nursing education at GVSU is one of the best decisions I’ve made,” says Erni Ensing, KCON RN to BSN alumna. “The professors are genuinely committed to student success, and the hybrid format made it possible for me to find balance.”

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, of which KCON is a member, encourages registered nurses to pursue BSN degrees and shares, “Nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees are well-prepared to meet the demands placed on today's nurse.  BSN nurses are prized for their skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management, and health promotion, and for their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.”

KCON’s RN to BSN degree program is taught in a hybrid format with a combination of on-site and on-line classes.  Students typically complete the program in two years of part-time study. 

“My desire to pursue nursing really came alive when I arrived in the U.S.  I watched a close family member suffer with complications of disease, and I did what I could to help.  I wanted to be able to do more,” shared Ensing who now works with patients experiencing complex medical issues in a progressive care unit.

Ensing felt a strong connection to the care providers in the village where she grew up and was inspired by her mother and grandmother to appreciate the importance of change, challenge and decision making.  She credits KCON’s professors and GVSU student success resources for providing the assistance she needed to balance her coursework, English as her second language, caring for her young family and working full time.

“Erni was open to new experiences and learning all she could about the profession of nursing.  Her eyes were opened to caring for individuals and populations in a community-based setting and to being a change agent within an organization.  Erni grew as a professional nurse and as an individual, transformed by her new knowledge and experiences,” shared Susan Strouse, assistant professor teaching in KCON’s RN to BSN program. 

Upon completion of the RN to BSN program, Ensing enrolled in KCON's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with hopes of becoming a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).

Ensing shared, “Completing my BSN at KCON was a phenomenal experience, and I am very proud to be a Laker Nurse for a Lifetime.”

For more information on KCON’s RN to BSN program, visit