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Denver School of Nursing Gains Over 1,000 "Likes" on College's Facebook Site

With a current
enrollment of over 600 students, 100 faculty and staff and an alumni body of over
1,300 graduates, Denver School of Nursing (DSN) (
www.denverschoolofnursing.edu) started an
experimental information project using a college Facebook page to share
information and enhance the educational environment at the college, said Leif
Madsen, DSN manager of the Learning Resource Center.

 “What started as a social media venue with
periodic posts about school events, after-class activities and the occasional
photo, promoted entirely by word-of-mouth, has grown to engage not only DSN’s
actively enrolled students and employed faculty,” Madsen said. “But, also, in
the past year, followers have doubled from 500 to over 1,000 and include alumni
and nursing profession organizations.” 

The college’s Facebook
followers grew in its first year in the winter months when a heavy snow event
happened.  The college found that
notifying students and faculty about campus closures via Facebook was more
effective than posting announcements on television or radio.

“Growth of the DSN
Facebook page has been entirely organic,” he added. “The college adheres to
best practices in social media and shares relevant, interesting information and
event notices for all participants. 
There’s been an increase in interest regionally and nationally due in
large part to DSN’s Global Health Perspectives program, as the student community
outreach events and global healthcare internship events that we post attract a
more diverse online community.”

Denver School of
Nursing’s Global Health Perspectives (GHP) program combines classroom training
with in-field service-learning internships. The college partners with US-based
nonprofits as well as local in-country nonprofits to support and utilize the
healthcare infrastructure that exists in that country.

About Denver School of Nursing (DSN)

Denver School of Nursing, 1401
19th St., Denver, is a private, post-secondary college that provides
educational programs and training for nursing professionals. The college
specializes in offering rigorous curriculum and clinical site-based academic
programs toward associate and bachelor degrees in nursing. DSN is accredited by
the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (www.ncahlc.org) (800-621-7440); the
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC); and its
associate and baccalaureate programs are accredited by the Accreditation
Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850,
Atlanta, GA 30326 (404-975-5000). The college is granted full approval for its
associate and bachelors nursing programs by the Colorado State Board of
Nursing. For more information, call 303-292-0015 or visit www.denverschoolofnursing.edu.