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Bethel University (Department of Nursing)




Nursing, one of the more popular majors at Bethel University, is led by an award-winning faculty. The Department of Nursing at Bethel University approaches nursing as a professional discipline, characterized by scholarship and service, built on ethical and professional standards, theoretical knowledge, and skills informed by a Christian worldview.

The preprofessional program offers a four-year sequence leading to the bachelor of science degree. In this program students are prepared to practice in entry-level professional nursing positions in all types of health care agencies. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the state licensure examination. The goals of the nursing department are:

1. To prepare nurses with skills in critical thinking with the ability to function in both structured and unstructured professional nursing position, and with the background necessary for advanced education;
2. To prepare students for lifelong learning with a theoretical foundation based on Judeo-Christian principles and the liberal arts and sciences; and
3. To express within the nursing profession Christian values through excellence in professional practice, scholarly endeavors, and community service.

Students may enter the program in the prenursing sequence of courses or as transfer students.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the nursing department is to provide leadership in nursing education, scholarship, and practice that reflects a Christ-like presence in the preparation of nurses who serve, with excellence, a diverse and changing society.

We value the liberal arts context as the foundation for nursing education and practice.

We value the perspectives of a Christian worldview that emphasizes caring, service, integrity, the pursuit of excellence, and the inherent worth of all life.

We value nursing as a profession that fulfills multiple roles and requires a unique and expanding body of knowledge and skills for the purpose of promoting the health of diverse individuals, families communities, and systems.

We value nursing leadership that influences the quality of health care within changing local and global health care systems.

We value education that is relational and active and that promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning.

GOALS AND PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Nursing Department Goals
* To prepare nurses with skills in critical thinking, with the ability to function in both structured and unstructured professional nursing positions, and with the background necessary for advanced education.
* To prepare students for life-long learning with a theoretical foundation based onJudeo- Christian principles and the liberal arts and sciences.
* To express within the nursing profession Christian values through excellence in professional practice, scholarly endeavors, and community service.

Baccalaureate Program Outcomes
* Demonstrates Christ-like professional behavior in nursing practice.
* Provides culturally and individually sensitive care, recognizing the dignity, worth and uniqueness of all persons.
* Provides holistic care to clients at various developmental stages which include: promoting and maintaining health, providing care for the ill, assisting in the rehabilitation of those experiencing residual effects of illness, and comforting the dying.
* Practices nursing based on the synthesis of knowledge from the humanities, the physical and behavioral sciences and nursing theories.
* Functions in a variety of health care settings and nursing roles to promote the healthy adaptation of the client, whether individual, family or community.
* Practices nursing based on professional and ethical standards.
* Demonstrates self-awareness in the creation of goals that foster leadership development as a professional nurse.
* Uses knowledge generated by research as a foundation for nursing practice.
* Uses a comprehensive, interactive process to make and evaluate decisions in nursing.
* Uses knowledge of the health care system and leadership skills to contribute to nursing practice.
* Demonstrates effective communication in personal and professional interactions



School name:Bethel UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:3900 Bethel Drive
Zip & city:MN 55112-6999 Minnesota
Phone:651.638.6400
Web:http://cas.bethel.edu/dept/nursing/
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THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING An examination of the scope of nursing practice. Consideration of major concepts basic to nursing from various perspectives (biblical, philosophical, theoretical, and scientific). PHYSIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE A focus on the nursing process in relation to pathophysiology, nutrition, and pharmacology. Common challenges to health and integrative mechanisms that promote adaptation in the client. FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE An emphasis on the nursing process, assessment of challenges to health, and nursing interventions that promote adaptation. The clinical laboratory includes both on-campus and off-campus settings and incorporates experience in the community and in the hospital. PHYSIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF NURSING CARE WITH ADULTS I An examination of moderate physiological challenges to health experienced by the adult client. Internal and external integrative mechanisms and manifestations of adaptive responses. Pharmacologi¬cal and nutritional interventions that promote adaptation. PHYSIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF NURSING CARE WITH ADULTS II A focus on the application of the nursing process to promote adaptation of adults with moderate physiological challenges to health. The setting is primarily an acute-care hospital with some on-campus laboratory experiences. PSYCHOSOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF NURSING CARE WITH ADULTS An emphasis on the theories and skills necessary to use both interpersonal processes and the nursing process to assist young and middle-aged adults to adapt to psychosocial and spiritual challenges. THE CHURCH AS A HEALING COMMUNITY Focus is on the theological and scriptural foundations of church health ministries. Topics include faith/health integration, the healing ministry of Jesus, varied health ministries of the church, and the nature of healing Christian communities. Prerequisite: Bible or theology course or consent of instructor. PARISH NURSING: EXPLORATION OF A CONCEPT Skills and knowledge specific to parish nursing are explored. Topics include roles of the parish nurse, aggregate clients, ethical/legal aspects of the role, professional standards, and personal spiritual growth. NURSING CARE WITH CHILDBEARING AND CHILDREARING FAMILIES A focus on the use of the nursing process to assist the client/family to adapt to actual or potential challenges to health, including challenges to antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal phases of childbearing women and challenges to health and illness in children and their families. COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING THEORY AND PRACTICE A focus on the community as client. Students function in various roles and settings as they develop skills to facilitate adaptation of communities, groups, and families to challenges to health. Theory and practice emphasize prevention of illness and promotion and restoration of health. NURSING CARE WITH ELDERLY ADULTS An emphasis on the knowledge base necessary for nursing practice with elderly adults experiencing serious or potential challenges to health. Promotion of the adaptation of elderly clients with age-related physical and psychosocial health needs. Nursing interventions aimed at preventing illness while promoting and restoring health. CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN HEALTH CARE Application of a model of cultural assessment to compare various ethnic groups. Model serves as a means of considering implications for providing culturally specific health care to individuals and groups. Includes off-campus clinical experience. Prerequisites: NUR401; NUR403; NUR405; GES130 or GES145, 146; Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course or GES245, GES246; World Cultures (U) course. PROMOTING QUALITY CARE AT THE END OF LIFE Exploration of strategies for improving quality of care at the end of life: care during the last hours of life, effective communication, ethical issues, and improving end-of-life care in health systems. Based on curriculum developed by the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC). DIMENSIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE I An opportunity to synthesize and generalize nursing concepts and theories. Nursing research, leadership and management theories, and professional role development are emphasized. Current nursing issues are discussed. DIMENSIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE II A study of the roles and theories relating to nursing care, leadership, and rofessionalism are examined in the clinical setting to assist the student with development of a personal philosophy of nursing. Students work with clients with complex challenges to daptation in a variety of health care settings.



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