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Augusta State University (Department of Nursing)




The Department of Nursing provides students with the ability to think critically about actual or potential patient care problems, the ability to manage and coordinate patient care to intervene in problems, as well as to demonstrate caring behaviors toward patients while practicing within the legal and ethical scope of professional nursing practice. Recognizing the rapid changes in health care delivery, the Department also inculcates in students the necessity of continued professional growth and development.

The Department of Nursing is an integral part of Augusta State University and supports the Mission and Goals of the institution. The Department conducts a program of education that prepares its graduates to function in the three roles basic to associate degree nursing practice in a variety of settings (Council of Associate Degree Programs, 1990; Council of Associate Degree Nursing Competencies Task Force, 2000). The roles of provider of care, manager of care and member of the discipline of nursing are inclusive of the core components of nursing practice: professional behaviors, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration, and managing care (Council of Associate Degree Nursing Competencies Task Force, 2000). The faculty shares with other health professionals the goals of promoting, maintaining, and restoring the health of people within their environment or intervening appropriately to support the patient in end of life care.




School name:Augusta State UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:2500 Walton Way, 2nd Floor of University Hall in Suite 262
Zip & city:GA 30904 - 2200 Georgia
Phone:706-737-1725
Web:http://www.aug.edu/nursing/
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ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
Composition I focuses on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation. This course also includes introductory use of a variety of research skills. The course provides instruction in word processing and in computer-based research.

HONORS FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I
This course develops more advanced skills in critical reading, thinking, and writing than is possible in English Composition I. The course incorporates study of texts by some of the world’s most influential thinkers into a framework which develops skills in critical reading, critical thinking, and writing at a level more advanced than is possible in English Composition I. The course also includes basic instruction in word-processing and in computer-based research.

ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
Literature-based, Composition II develops writing skills beyond the levels of proficiency required in English Composition I. Interpretation and evaluation are emphasized and more advanced research methods are incorporated. The course includes instruction in composition of a research paper.

HONORS FRESHMAN COMPOSITION II
A literature-based composition course, Honors Freshman Composition II emphasizes research, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation. Based in literature which reflects cultural diversity, Honors Freshman Composition II explores a greater variety of literature and of theoretical approaches to literature than is possible in English 1102. This course includes instruction in library and computer-based research and correct reporting and documenting of research geared in a lengthy paper.

COLLEGE ALGEBRA
A symbolically intensive functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions and their graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

COMMUNICATIONS
A study of the history, organization, politics, economics, control, regulation, and effects of the mass media and affiliated industries, particularly in the United States. Issues of influence on the media by, as well as media influence on, government, politics, industry, society, culture, international relations, and the audience are addressed through discussion, reading, and writing-intensive assignments.

HISTORY: UNITED STATES TO 1877
A survey of American history to the post-Civil War period. A satisfactory grade will exempt a student from the requirement of passing before graduation an examination on the history of the United States and the history of Georgia.

INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
An introductory course covering the essential facts of federal, state and local governments in the United States. A satisfactory grade will exempt a student from the requirement of passing an examination on the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Georgia before graduation.

HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
An introduction to physical and chemical principles necessary for understanding human anatomy and physiology. A study of cellular and tissue levels of organization, followed by a study of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.

HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
A continuation of Human Anatomy and Physiology I, dealing with the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine and reproductive systems and their interrelationships.

MICROBIOLOGY
An introduction to microbiology, including viruses, protozoans, fungi, prokaryotic anatomy and genetics, metabolism, growth, nutrition, immunology, biotechnology and genetic engineering, physical/chemical control and chemotherapy.

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
The study of behavioral, cognitive, emotional and psychosocial changes across the life span. Major developmental theories and research will be examined. Note: This course is intended primarily for nursing and allied health majors.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE
Introduction to and historical basis for associate degree nursing practice. The course provides introduction to the roles of provider of care, manager of care, member of the discipline of nursing and an overview of the human experience of health, illness and death. Students examine fundamental concepts of culture, spirituality, grief and grieving, with application of concepts of stress, adaptation and coping to their role as learner of health promotion and wellness behaviors.

NURSING CARE ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN I
Critical thinking skills are applied to developing a knowledge base and increasingly complex skills in the role as provider of care with the patient across the life span. Emphasis is on the special needs of patients experiencing common physiological problems resulting in alterations in functional health patterns and the needs of childbearing families. Students are expected to utilize skills to assist those living with common acute and chronic health problems and to assist childbearing families in a variety of settings.

LPN TRANSITION COURSE
This course builds on prior knowledge and competencies of qualified LPNs and facilitates advanced placement into the second year of the associate of science in nursing program. The course provides an introduction to the roles of the associate degree nurse. Emphasis is on critical thinking skills, communication, health assessment test taking strategies, and application of the nursing process across the life span to patients experiencing common physiological alteration in functional health patterns and the special needs of childbearing families at risk. Students are expected to perform psychomotor and interpersonal skills with selected patients experiencing common physiological alterations and childbearing families at risk.

NURSING CARE ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN II
Critical thinking skills are applied to providing care for patients across the life span experiencing complex physiological and mental/emotional alterations in health. The focus of therapeutic interventions is expanded to include manager of care. Communication and relationship skills are expanded to include group dynamics and process, team-leading and member behaviors. Emphasis is on competency in the role as provider of care and acquisition of skills of collaboration, consultation, delegation, accountability, patient advocacy and respect in the role as the manager of care. Students are expected to utilize increasingly complex skills and technology with the patient in a variety of health care and community settings.

NURSING CARE ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN III
Critical thinking skills are applied to providing care for patients across the life span experiencing complex alterations in health status. Emphasis is placed on developing competency in the roles of provider of care and manager of care during the first half of the semester. The last half is focused on the role as member within the discipline of nursing. Students have increasing responsibility for the care of complex patient needs within a variety of health care and community settings.

NURSING ISSUES AND TRENDS
Seminar to critically analyze socio-political, cultural, ethical-legal, and professional issues affecting nursing practice and health care.

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