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Ball State University (School of Nursing)




Throughout history, nurses have remained steadfast in providing comfort and care to others. Yet, the nursing profession is constantly changing as nurses adapt practices to respond to new technology and the latest health care research. Nursing is a dynamic and challenging career that will provide you with vast opportunities for employment throughout your lifetime.

The Ball State School of Nursing is committed to the philosophy of nursing across the lifespan. Nursing students learn to help people maintain health and wellness as well as to care for ill individuals and groups. BSU programs allow you to pursue clinical study in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, homes, and community health agencies. Individual faculty attention and guidance ensures you will receive the support necessary for excellent learning experiences.

With a variety of on- and off-campus programs at the Baccalaureate and Masters levels, we have everything you need to prepare for or enhance your nursing career.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission at Ball State University School of Nursing is to promote academic and clinical challenge, achievement, team work, and problem solving. Faculty are committed to provide high quality baccalaureate and master's nursing education that prepares professional nurses to meet the health needs and improve the quality of life of people in Indiana, the nation, and internationally. In our quest for professional leadership, we value integrity, social justice, and social responsibility. Faculty are committed to provide an environment that fosters intellectual freedom, inquiry, investigation, and creative activity.



School name:Ball State UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:2111 W. Riverside Ave.
Zip & city:IN 47306 Indiana
Phone:(765) 285-5571
Web:http://www.bsu.edu/nursing/
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TERMINOLOGY FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND CONSUMERS
Vocabulary used in nursing and related health fields. Includes terms related to diagnostic tests and pharmacology. Implications for use in communication and education of health care consumers.

DIABETES EDUCATION FOR HEALTH CARE CONSUMERS
Describes the types of diabetes, causes, complications, and management modalities for health care consumers.

HEALTH BEHAVIOR: CULTURAL VARIATIONS
Examines culturally based health beliefs and values, preventive and therapeutic health practices and caring behaviors in diverse cultural and ethnic groups in the United States. Classroom and experiential activities address cultural assessment, awareness, and competence.

COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE HEALTH MODALITIES
Focuses on an introduction to complementary and alternative modalities through essential concepts of holistic healing including the philosophical basis and information about various healing modalities for society at large.

HEALTH APPRAISAL ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Begins application of nursing process and professional role development using a holistic approach with emphasis on assessment. Focuses on psychomotor skills, data collection and interpretation, communication, and interviewing skills, and beginning health promotion activities with clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

BASIC CONCEPTS
Introduces professional role development, nursing process, communication, health promotion, illness and disease management, information and health care technologies, ethics, health care systems, human diversity, theory, and research. Focuses on selected psychomotor skills in the nursing care of clients in a variety of settings.

LPN TRANSITION TO BACCALAUREATE NURSING
Enhances application of nursing process using a holistic approach emphasizing assessment. Integrates previous knowledge and skills in building psychomotor skills, data collection and interpretation, and communication and interviewing skills with clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

EXPERIMENTAL/DEVELOPMENTAL TOPICS
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles to be announced before each semester. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXTS IN HEALTH CARE
Multidimensional aspects of health based on ecological, economic and ethical issues. Environment related to internal and external dimensions (psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, physical) of health. Environment and health care in individual, family and community at local, national, and international levels.

SEXUAL HEALTH: SIGNIFICANCE FOR NURSING
Information about nursing assessments and interventions that will help clients and families cope with sexual problems related to a variety of stressors. Encompasses a broad range of clinically pertinent topics amenable to nursing approaches.

NURSING FOUNDATIONS AND ISSUES
Examines the role of the professional nurse: provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of profession. Expands knowledge of nursing as related to information/health care technologies, ethics, global health care, health care systems, policy, research, human diversity, and theory.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Enhances skills in performing total health assessment of diverse clients across the lifespan. Learning experiences include selected case studies and performance of health assessments in a variety of health care settings.

HEALTH POLICY: ISSUES AND IMPACT
Examines current health policy issues: history, contest, and stakeholders. Applies World Health Organization primary health care principles. Reviews decision making processes. Includes health care delivery and reform issues.

PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS
Applies the problem-solving process to the nurse's role in administering medication using nursing knowledge from previous science and nursing courses.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
Develops skills to be a consumer of nursing research. Applies research findings for improved nursing practice, and explores ethical aspects of research. Provides a foundation for graduate research.

ADULT HEALTH 1: NURSING CARE ACROSS THE ADULT LIFESPAN
Focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and nursing care of adults with acute/chronic/disabling conditions across the lifespan. Includes emphasis on critical thinking, communication, diversity, and professional role development. Learning experiences occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital, and community settings.

ADULT HEALTH 2: NURSING CARE ACROSS THE ADULT LIFESPAN
Continues focus on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and nursing care of adults with acute/chronic/disabling conditions across the lifespan. Includes emphasis on critical thinking, communication, diversity, and professional role development. Learning experiences occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital, and community settings.

PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on the role development of the professional nurse who provides care to clients experiencing behavioral and psychological problems in a variety of psychiatric settings. Emphasizes health promotion, holistic assessment, therapeutic communication, environmental (milieu) management and psychiatric illness management.

OPERATING ROOM NURSING
Concepts and theories of the professional nurse's role in the operating room setting. Provides selected experiences for application to clinical nursing.

ONCOLOGY NURSING
Provides knowledge about cancer pathology, prevention, advances in therapy, cancer research, and skills needed to care for cancer clients. Reviews computer and video technologies used in client care. Discusses psychosocial concepts related to care of clients and caregivers.

ECONOMIC ISSUES OF NURSING
Introduces basic concepts of economics in relation to nursing practice. Content will include the current and future economic issues facing the health care industry, especially those affecting nursing practice.

APPLIED NURSING CONCEPTS
Synthesizes professional role with individuals and families across the lifespan experiencing acute, chronic, disabling, and multisystem crisis in a variety of settings. Synthesizes concepts of illness and disease management, health promotion, information and health care technologies, policies, theory, ethics, human diversity, and research.

COMMUNITY HEALTH
Applies nursing process with individuals, families, and aggregates across the lifespan in various community settings. Uses concepts of public health, nursing, health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, epidemiology, information/health care technologies, human diversity, research, and health care systems/policies emphasizing collaborative practice and use of community resources.

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
Evaluates the professional nurse's role as a care designer, coordinator and manager. Emphasizes traditional management functions such as planning, organizing, staffing, directing, collaborating, delegating, and evaluating.

NURSING OF CHILDBEARING FAMILIES
Applies professional role as provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care with women and childbearing families in a variety of settings. Applies strategies for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention with diverse childbearing families.

PEDIATRICS
Applies professional role as provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care with families and the pediatric population in a variety of settings. Applies strategies for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention with diverse populations.

SEMINAR: TRANSITION TO PRACTICE
Examines trends in nursing and health care: historical, legal, political, and ethical perspectives. Includes assessments and practice opportunities for NCLEX-RN.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Applies leadership and management principles to nursing and health care systems. Emphasizes communication, negotiation, delegation, coordination, and evaluation skills. Outcome based practice and interdisciplinary teamwork are utilized in diverse clinical settings.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Enhancement of skills in performing total physical assessment with clients of diverse ages. Learning experiences include lecture, demonstration, and practice in clinical laboratory.

ADULT HEALTH 3
Synthesizes concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and nursing care of adults with multisystem crises. Emphasizes critical thinking, communication, diversity, and professional role development in a variety of settings.

ISSUES IN HEALTH, ILLNESS, AND AGING
Focuses on issues in health as a multidimensional experience for older adults. Includes the topics illness management, ethical decision making, health care delivery systems, wellness, disease prevention, family caregiving, economic perspectives, and cultural concerns. Emphasizes application of information by consumers and health care professionals, specifically nurses.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Designed for students who want to pursue independent study in nursing under the direction of a faculty advisor.

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