Simpson University Offers Spanish Nursing Minor

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - In order to meet the growing need for bilingual nurses, Simpson University is offering a Spanish nursing minor.

“Our goal within the nursing program is to provide an environment where students gain the knowledge and skills to become caring and competent professional nurses,” said Kristie Stephens, dean of the School of Nursing. “Incorporating a Spanish minor as part of the learning process will only enhance our students' ability to reach their fullest potential.”

The minor includes regular Spanish courses, bilingual nursing courses, and courses in nursing vernacular in Spanish. Professors from both the Spanish department and Betty M. Dean School of Nursing worked together to create the customized minor.

“It was very cool to be able to go to our nursing classes and then turn in our homework in Spanish,” said Catherine Roysden, one of the first students to earn a Spanish nursing minor. “I have not heard of other nursing schools allowing that, so it was a very unique and educational experience.”

Debora Rager, assistant professor of Spanish, and chair of the communication and modern foreign language department, learned of the need for a Spanish nursing minor after visiting a local hospital and hearing from several nurses that they wished they had a stronger Spanish background.

“There seemed to be a great need for bilingual nurses in the Redding area,” she said. “If this is an issue here, it can only be a greater issue in the rest of California.”

Catherine RoysdenRoysden, a Southern California resident, chose this minor so that she could better communicate with her patients.

“We have a large Hispanic population in Southern California, so I knew that it would be in my best interest to learn Spanish so that I can communicate with Spanish speakers,” she said. “Being bilingual will also give me more job opportunities once I am a registered nurse.”

Since graduating in April, Roysden has looked for jobs in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

“My education at Simpson University has greatly prepared me for the professional world, and I am excited to start working and see what the future holds,” she said.

Roysden said she appreciated the support she received from both her Spanish and nursing professors.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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