Meet the Founding Chair for HPU’s Department of Nursing

Nov 17th, 2021

Meet the Founding Chair for HPU’s Department of Nursing

This story is featured in the Fall 2021 edition of the HPU Magazine. Discover below how HPU’s Office of Global Education encourages students to develop life skills for a global marketplace. 

Dr. Racquel Ingram joins the university’s established health care education programs.

High Point University has welcomed Dr. Racquel Ingram as founding chair and assistant professor for the Department of Nursing. Ingram is leading the charge as HPU intends to welcome its inaugural nursing class in fall 2022. These students will benefit from Ingram’s 24 years of nursing expertise, which includes serving as a member of the North Carolina Board of Nursing, specifically as a BSN/Higher Degree Nurse Educator.

HPU’s future nursing students will learn alongside students in other successful health care education programs, including doctoral degree programs in physical therapy and pharmacy, and master degree programs in physician assistant studies and athletic training. A School of Dental Medicine and Oral Health is also on the horizon. Below, learn more about Ingram and her passion for educating future nurses.

Q: What attracted you to become founding chair for the Department of Nursing at HPU?

A: I am excited about joining such an extraordinary institution and honored to have the opportunity to develop a BSN pre-licensure program that will enlighten, challenge and prepare future nursing graduates as stellar leaders and managers of care. I admire the commitment that HPU has to its mission in assuring that all students have an extraordinary experience and are especially prepared for real-world outcomes upon graduation. Much thought and care go into all aspects of the university in terms of promoting student success, and I love this philosophy!

Q: What are your priorities as you build this new program?

A: I am working closely with Dr. Daniel Erb, provost, Dr. Angela Bauer, vice president of academic affairs, and Dr. Kevin Ford, dean for HPU’s Congdon School of Health Sciences, to lay the groundwork for the nursing curriculum. I aim to develop a nursing program where students are excited about mastering the rigorous requisites, leading to their reputation of exceeding the didactic and clinical requirements of entry-level nursing practice. This will result in a plethora of employment opportunities for our graduates to lead and manage care in diverse environments.

Q: How will you help students develop life skills that they will use to achieve lives of success and significance after they graduate from HPU?

A: In order to best educate future professional nurse leaders and managers of care, our nursing program is being designed so that graduates are prepared to meet the complex health care needs of diverse communities with a focus on health disparities, illness prevention, health promotion and community engagement partnerships. Graduates will also be academically prepared as competitive applicants for future graduate-level programs as they continue with their personal and professional trajectories.

Q: What are some distinctive elements you’re building in the nursing program?

A: One of the standout elements for our program is that graduates will not only be fully equipped for clinical practice and leadership, but they will also have the essentials to lead and manage within various health care industries. That’s because we are developing a program that will be recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a producer of extraordinary nurse leaders and managers with exceptional abilities to address disparate, complex health care needs for diverse communities across the lifespan. HPU nursing graduates will be fully prepared to lead and manage using an inclusive, culturally appropriate and evidence-based approach toward illness prevention, health promotion and community engagement partnerships.

Q: What motivates you most about educating the world’s future nurses?

A: The global pandemic, along with the continual nursing shortage, are certainly at the forefront of my thoughts as I work toward developing HPU’s nursing program. Having this in mind, along with understanding the need for nurses who are well prepared to deliver quality care and to navigate extraordinary circumstances, has certainly generated creative and productive initiatives.