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Arkansas State University (Department of Nursing)




The College of Nursing & Health Professions was constituted with the beginning of the academic year 1982, and came about as a result of the inclusion of three programs which had been offered in other units of the university. The undergraduate programs of the college are baccalaureate degree curricula in nursing, clinical laboratory sciences, communication disorders, radiologic imaging specialist, radiation therapy, diagnostic sonography, nuclear medicine, and social work, and associate degree programs in clinical laboratory science, nursing, physical therapist assistant, and radiologic technology.

MISSION

The primary mission of the Department of Nursing is to prepare students for beginning and advanced practice as registered nurses. Arkansas State University nursing programs are committed to quality education and to meeting the unique needs of northern and eastern Arkansas and the surrounding area. Research and scholarly activities within the department contribute to nursing theory, practice and education. Service activities focus on leadership and consultation in a variety of health related areas.

The faculty holds the following beliefs about personhood, environment, health, nursing and nursing education. We believe that each person has innate worth and individuality, which reflects integration of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual nature of one’s being. Though each is unique, all persons possess characteristics that form the bases of identifiable shared basic human needs. We believe that individual experience, heredity, and culture influence each person, and that one’s existence depends on perception of and reaction to change. Inherent in this process is the capacity to make decisions, weigh alternatives, predict and accept possible outcomes.

PHILOSOPHY

The faculty believes that environment profoundly influences all persons. The environment is the sum of all conditions and forces that affect a person’s ability to pursue the highest possible quality of life. The concept of environment has two major components. The first comprises society and culture, which derive from the need for order, meaning, and human affiliation. The second component consists of the physical and biological forces with which all human beings come in contact. Both of these components of environment are sources of stimuli that require personal adaptation and/or interaction in order for individuals to survive, develop, grow, and mature.

The faculty believes that health is a state of wholeness and integrity. We recognize that health is not a static state for individuals, families, groups, or communities, but that it is a continuum in which the mind, body and spirit are balanced, providing a sense of well -being. Health is influenced by the ability to cope with life processes. The achievement of this potential is determined by motivation, knowledge, ability, and developmental status. The faculty also believes the primary responsibility for one’s health rests with the individual or those upon whom one is dependent.

We believe that each individual has the right to quality health care. The goal of health care is to promote, maintain, or restore an optimal level of wellness. Nurses act as advocates in assisting persons to gain access to and secure maximum benefit from the health care system. The complexity of health care requires that nurses as professionals collaborate to provide the highest level of health care possible.

The faculty believes that nursing is both art and science. This unique altruistic discipline has evolved from the study and application of its own interventions as well as applying knowledge from a variety of other disciplines. The focus of nursing is the provision of care across the health care continuum utilizing a systematic nursing process.

We believe that nursing refines its practice in response to societal need, and that nursing education must prepare a professional nurse for evolving as well as traditional roles. The faculty recognizes the obligation of the nursing curriculum to include leadership, change strategies, professionalism and community service

We believe that the education of nurses occurs at several levels in order to prepare various categories of practitioners. To acquire the knowledge and judgment inherent in practice, nursing education focuses on critical thinking, decision-making, analysis, inquiry, and research. The faculty also believes that learning is an independent, life-long process. Learning is an opportunity for teacher-student interaction in setting goals, selecting and evaluating learning experiences and appraising learners’ progress. All levels of nursing education share certain rights, duties, and characteristics, such as the scientific basis of nursing care. Accordingly, we actively support the endeavors of the profession to assist nurses in pursuing professional education at beginning and advanced levels.

The purpose of the associate level is to prepare graduates who apply the nursing process in the provision of direct nursing care for clients with common, well-defined problems. Therefore, the associate curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and includes professional values, core competencies, core knowledge and role development. The associate degree graduate is prepared to function as a member of the profession and a manager of care in acute and community based settings.

The nurse prepared at the baccalaureate level is a professional who has acquired a well-delineated and broad knowledge base for practice. We believe that the role of a baccalaureate graduate is multifaceted and developed through extensive study in the areas of liberal education, professional values, core competencies, core knowledge and role development. This knowledge base prepares the beginning baccalaureate graduate to function as, a provider of direct and indirect care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. The baccalaureate graduate is also a member of the profession and a designer, manager and coordinator of care.




School name:Arkansas State UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:2105 Aggie Road, PO Box 910
Zip & city:AR 72467-0910 Arkansas
Phone:(870) 972-3074
Web:http://www.conhp.astate.edu/
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Department of Nursing Courses


MAKING CONNECTIONS NURSING
Open to incoming freshmen only, this course will provide both an introduction to the nature of university education and a general orientation to the functions and resources of the University as a whole. This section of First Year Seminar is a special health professions section and will include a focus on understanding and appreciating nursing as a career choice. Fall, Spring.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
Introduction to the health care system. Focus on theories and concepts in assisting the individuals in maintaining activities of daily living.

NURSING I
Theories and concepts necessary for effective assessment of individual and family ability to meet activities of daily living and developmental needs. Child and adult health problems that are usual, expected and have predictable outcomes are studied. Emphasis is placed upon student use of the nursing process in identifying these problems and their resolutions through relevant nursing interventions.

ROLE DEVELOPMENT I
An introduction to the roles of the associate degree nurse as a provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession. These roles will be explored as they relate to the profession of nursing, legal and ethical issues, principles of teaching and learning, theory of nursing, professional accountability, and current health issues.

CLINICAL CALCULATIONS
Provides additional experiences in calculation systems, conversions, and medications given in the clinical setting. Will not count as a nursing elective. Open to all ASN and BSN students, LPNs, RNs or by permission of instructor. This course may be repeated for a maximum of three hours. Fall, Spring.

BASIC HUMAN NUTRITION
Basic concepts of nutrition including factors that have an impact upon nutritional practices. Special attention to age related nutritional needs. May be used for General Education requirements. Fall, Spring.

NURSING II
Continued use of the nursing process, with an emphasis upon the biopsychosocial cultural aspects of individuals and families. Mental health and adult health problems that are usual, expected and have predictable outcomes are studied.

NURSING PROCESS APPLICATION
Focuses on application of the nursing process and the use of critical thinking and problem solving skills to meet the needs of clients. Registration restricted to Nursing Majors.

NURSING III MATERNAL CHILD
A continuation of focus on clients experiencing conditions that are usual, expected, and have predictable outcomes in a Maternal Child setting. Emphasis is on the nursing process with modification and redesign of the plan of care.

NURSING III MEDICAL SURGICAL
A continuation of focus on clients experiencing conditions that are usual, expected, and have predictable outcomes in a Medical Surgical setting. Emphasis is on the nursing process with modification and redesign of the plan of care.

NURSING III
Continuation of focus on clients experiencing conditions that are usual, expected, and have predictable outcomes. Emphasis is upon the nursing process with modification and redesign of the plan of care.

ROLE DEVELOPMENT II
An analysis of the role of the associate degree nurse, and the legal and ethical issues in the health care system. Managerial and leadership aspects of the associate degree nurse as related to manager of care and member of the profession are discussed.

ROLE DEVELOPMENT III
Synthesis of the roles and competencies of the associate degree nurse with emphasis on the roles of manager of care and member within the profession of nursing. Selected topics on current issues and trends that influence nursing practice, organizations, ethical legal issues and nursing management process and skills are explored.

NCLEX PREPARATION
An introduction to the essential skills of problem solving and test taking that are critical to professional nursing. Fall.

CONCEPTS OF NURSING
Introduction to the concepts and theories basic to nursing assessment and intervention. General concepts of health, illness, and professionalism are explored. Focus is upon meeting basic human needs throughout the life span.

HEALTH PROMOTION AND INTRODUCTION TO ACUTE CARE NURSING
Focus is on health promotion surrounding life cycle events as well as an introduction to acute care. Growth and development and family theory are addressed as professional concepts.

INTRODUCTION TO ESSENTIALS OF NURSING CARE
This course introduces the scope of the nursing profession with emphasis on basic human needs, growth and development across the lifespan, communication, legal and ethical parameters of practice, and teaching and learning theories.

ESSENTIALS OF MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING I
Health focus on individuals and families experiencing acute and chronic illness across the lifespan. Integrated foci include medical surgical, geriatrics, pediatrics, and nutrition. Registration restricted to students who are accepted to the accelerated BSN option.

ESSENTIALS OF NURSING CARE OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Theoretical basis for professional nursing care of the childbearing family. Emphasis is on nursing care of the woman, the fetus, and the infant within the family environment. Registration restricted to students who are accepted to the accelerated BSN option.

NURSING PROCESS APPLICATION
Focuses on the application of the nursing process and the use of critical thinking and problem solving skills to meet the needs of clients. Fall.

INTERDISCIPLINARY CLINICAL PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course is an overview of the specific disruptions of normal physiology and alterations, mechanisms involved, their disease manifestations and the therapeutic principles underlying treatment. This course provides a link between the basic biological sciences and their clinical application.

SPECIAL PROBLEMS
Specific areas with the topic and mode of study agreed upon by the student and the instructor. Course may be repeated with various topics. Registration must be approved by the department chair. Demand.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH
Explores the role of the nurse in the research process and provides the skills needed to evaluate and use research findings.

ACUTE CARE NURSING I
Health focus is on acute illness. Integrated foci include adult medical surgical, geriatrics, pediatrics, mental health and nutrition.

NURSING CARE SYSTEMS III
Practicum in which Introduction to Nursing Research is implemented. The student designs and implements care for adults and children in a secondary care setting.

WOMENS HEALTH PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Health problems of women studies with both a traditional and contemporary focus. Emphasis on current information needed by health professionals to help women achieve optimum wellness.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY AND NURSING MANAGEMENT
Concepts essential for integration of pharmacological theory into professional nursing practice.

ACUTE CARE NURSING II
Continuation of concepts introduced in Acute Care Nursing I.

AGING AND THE OLDER ADULT
Analysis of the aging process, including theories of aging, ethical issues, biopsychosocial aging changes, impact of changing needs on support systems. Designed for Nursing, Health Care, and Health Promotions majors. Other majors allowed by consent of instructor.

NURSING CARE SYSTEMS IV
Practicum in which theory from NRS 3344 is implemented or expanded. The student designs, implements, and evaluates care of individual clients and families in secondary care settings.

GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
Emphasis is placed on the normal biophysical and psychological changes which occur as part of the normal aging process. Strengths, capabilities, problems, and limitations imposed by the pathological changes of aging are identified. Values, beliefs, and attitudes as well as resources are explored.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT PRACTICUM
Practicum in which the clinical skills associated with Ealth Assessment are developed and implemented. The student obtains health histories and performs physical examinations.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Focus on obtaining a health history and physical assessment of the adult. An overview of the pediatric, obstetrical, and geriatric client is included.

ESSENTIALS OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Explores and applies the basic concepts of professional nursing for clients with mental health problems. Registration restricted to students who are accepted to the accelerated BSN option.

ESSENTIALS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH
Concepts of professional nursing expanded to the care of individuals, families, and groups of patients in community and rehabilitation settings. Focus is on needs assessment, strategies, high risk families, professional roles and health care issues. Registration restricted to students who have been accepted to accelerated BSN option.

ESSENTIALS OF MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING II
Health focus on individuals and families experiencing acute and chronic illness across the lifespan. Integrated foci include adult medical surgical, geriatrics, pediatrics, and nutrition. Registration restricted to students who have been accepted to accelerated BSN option.

TODAYS FAMILIES INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES
An interdisciplinary course designed to promote a critical approach to examine the family and its role in society.

FORENSIC NURSING
This course will introduce the beginning nurse to the field of forensic nursing. Content includes the recognition and management of forensic patients, both living and dead, and includes information on detection, collection, and preservation of evidence. Restricted to students who have completed 1 year of nursing coursework in either the AASN or BSN program, RN licensure, or permission of instructor. Summer, odd.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY AND NURSING MANAGEMENT TERTIARY
Focuses on nursing responsibilities related to medications used in complex patient care structure.

CHRONIC ILLNESS AND REHABILITATION NURSING
Focus on clients with chronic illness throughout the lifespan. Concepts of gerontology and rehabilitation are integrated.

NURSING CARE VII
Individualized practicum for registered nurses in which senior level theory and professional course content is implemented, using local and regional health care settings.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING COMMUNITY
Concepts of professional nursing practice expanded to the care of families and groups of clients in the community setting. Focuses also on change theory, group process strategies and professional and health care issues.

CRITICAL CARE AND EMERGENCY NURSING
The focus of this course is on patients with potentially urgent or emergent healthcare needs which require ongoing assessment, immediate intervention and intensive nursing care.

PROFESSIONAL ROLE DEVELOPMENT
Concepts of professional socialization, accountability, advocacy, issues and trends which affect the role of the nurse are analyzed and discussed.

NURSING CARE VIII
Individualized practicum for registered nurses in which senior level theory and professional course content is implemented, using local and regional health care settings.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING MANAGEMENT
Managerial and leadership aspects of the first level nurse manager in a managed care environment are a major focus.

ADVANCED NUTRITIONAL CONCEPTS AND THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS
Principles of nutritional support utilized in healthcare, including nutritional assessment, nutrient delivery and implications of disease.

ESSENTIALS OF MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING III
Continuation of concepts introduced in Essentials of Medical Surgical Nursing II. Registration restricted to students who have been accepted to accelerated BSN option.

ESSENTIALS OF HIGH ACUITY NURSING
Focuses on patients with acute episodic health deviations which require ongoing diagnosis, immediate intervention or intensive nursing observation and care. Registration restricted to Students who are accepted to accelerated BSN option.

CRITICAL DECISION MAKING AND TESTING COMPETENCIES IN NURSING
Further assists nursing students to identify areas for improving critical thinking skills and test taking skills. Will enhance the students ability to problem solve in providing complex care to individuals, groups, communities and populations.

PRINCIPLES OF DISASTER AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
An all hazards approach is utilized to identify legal and ethical issues, cultural, political and religious issues, collective behaviors and group panic, role of the media, effective communication, and identification of resources for persons engaged in disaster and emergency preparedness. Fall, Spring, Summer.

PHYSICAL CARE OF CHEMICAL, BILOLGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL AND NUCLEAR DISASTERS
Elucidates recognition, treatment and containment of Category A biological agents, chemical agents and radiological incidents. Content discussion will include advanced principles of disaster management, worker safety, advanced triage, disaster effects on special populations, laboratory analysis and expanded mental health response. Fall even.

RISK IDENTIFICATION AND PREVENTION IN DISASTER AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Identifies actions communities, institutions and governments must take to identify the risk and prevent injury from man made and natural disasters, including acts of terrorism. Course topics include risk assessment, mitigation, surveillance, disaster epidemiology, emerging infections and socio political implications. Fall odd.

DISASTER OF MENTAL HEALTH
Identifies evolving evidence related to the impact of disaster and mass violence on mental health. Considers natural and manmade disasters, short and long term effects and common treatment strategies. Registration restricted to Homeland Security and Disaster Preparedness minors or any major with permission of Instructor. Prerequisite, Junior standing. Spring, even.

HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
Introduction to the organization, operations and administration of a modern health care environment. Includes an introduction to health care delivery systems, decision making, and the management functions. Prerequisite, Senior status or graduate student enrolled in a CNHP program or any health related major. Fall, Spring.

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