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Briar Cliff University (Department of Nursing)




Briar Cliff University Department of Nursing has three options to attain the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree: 1) BASIC B.S.N. OPTION: Students who are not already registered nurses may elect to enroll at Briar Cliff for the entire four-year basic B.S.N. program leading to eligibility to take the registered nursing (R.N.) licensure exam. 2) L.P.N-B.S.N. OPTION: L.P.N.s with an active license can pursue a program of studies leading to a B.S.N. and complete it in 3 additional years. 3) R.N.-B.S.N. OPTION: Registered nurses may pursue a program of studies leading to a B.S.N. A 2.5 G.P.A. is required for admission, progression and graduation from the Department of Nursing. Students are charged a fee of $15 per hour of clinical credit to cover the cost of clinical supplies.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of the Department of Nursing at Briar Cliff University is to promote health, healing and hope of persons and the community and to advocate for social justice and healthy environments.

This mission is lived primarily but not exclusively in educating baccalaureate prepared nurses within an environment that:

1. Fosters wholistic personal and professional development;
2. Prepares nurses who will independently promote, restore, and maintain the health of client systems in a variety of health care settings;
3. Develops nurses who will participate in decision-making designed to improve health care delivery in a rapidly changing society and complex health care system; and
4. Provides a foundation for continued learning, for integration of new knowledge into practice, and for graduate education in nursing.

In living this mission, The Department of Nursing at Briar Cliff University will be the life-long nursing education provider of choice regionally for degree and non-degree programs. Foundational to this mission is an organic integration of faith, learning, and service and is lived in relationship as the Department of Nursing, her faculty and students develop and continue collaborative partnerships with other health dare, faith based, and social service providers and the public at large.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon graduation, students majoring in nursing will be able to synthesize breadth and depth of knowledge of the humanities, natural and social sciences in the application of the nursing process to individuals, families, groups and communities. Use the nursing process to apply primary, secondary and tertiary prevention as interventions to promote, restore and maintain health of all client systems. Integrate nursing theory and research findings into application of the nursing process with all client systems, use developmental principles to facilitate client system wholeness across the lifespan, collaborate, using oral and written communication skills, with clients and other members of the health care delivery system to promote, restore and maintain health of individuals, families, groups and communities, use decision-making processes based on legal, ethical, political, sociocultural and spiritual dimensions while demonstrating leadership in the health care delivery system, assume responsibility and accountability for the evaluation of the effectiveness of own nursing practice, and evaluate teaching/learning needs of self and of client systems with complex problems in providing nursing interventions at all levels of prevention.

BASIC B.S.N. OPTION

The Department of Nursing offers a basic program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and eligibility to take the state-required R.N. licensure examination. This represents an opportunity for a broad-based liberal education and a strong base for professional nursing practice. Theoretical nursing knowledge is applied in a variety of practice settings, including hospitals, community health agencies, long-term care facilities and other institutional and community based settings.



School name:Briar Cliff UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:3303 Rebecca St
Zip & city:IA 51104 Iowa
Phone:1-800-662-3303
Web:http://www.briarcliff.edu/departments/nursing/
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Department of Nursing Courses


SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES IN NURSING
Provides an introduction to the scientific and theoretical bases of nursing practice. Psychological, physiological, developmental, socio-cultural, spiritual and ethical dimensions of the client system are incorporated into the nursing process. Laboratory experiences provide opportunity to develop beginning skills in all phases of the care of the individual client system.

NURSING PROCESS WITH THE WELL ADULT CLIENT SYSTEM
Provides the basis for application of the nursing process to the care of the adult client system in wellsness. Clinical experiences focus on wholistic assessment prerequisite to beginning nursing interventions and predicting outcomes, and on primary prevention. On-campus laboratory experiences preced clinical application in community-based and long term care facility/assisted living settings.

NURSING PROCESS WITH THE ILL ADULT CLIENT SYSTEM
Provides the theoretical basis for the application of the nursing process in caring for the ill adult client system. Clinical experiences include primary levels of prevention but focus on secondary and tertiary levels. The following client system disruptions influenced by internal and external environmental forces are addressed: endocrine/metabolic; sensory; integument; respiratory and gastro-intestinal. The acute-care setting will be utilized for student learning.

THEORETICAL BASES FOR NURSING PRACTICE
Designed as a bridge course to orient the registered nurse to upper division study. Nursing theories are evaluated in the context of the theory-practice relationship. Opportunity is provided for in-depth understanding of the nursing process with emphasis on the Neuman Systems Model. Specific concepts relevant to professional nursing practice are considered and applied in analysis of both practice and education issues. Students apply these theories as a framework to guide nursing care of client systems. Initial validation of writing and oral communication competencies are addressed.

NURSING PROCESS WITH THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY CLIENT SYSTEM
Provides the theoretical basis for application of the nursing process to the family client system during the childbearing period. Clinical experiences in acute care and community-based settings provide an opportunity for the student to apply primary, secondary and tertiary prevention as intervention to normal and high-risk family-client systems.

NURSING PROCESS WITH THE CHILDREARING FAMILY CLIENT SYSTEM
Provides the theoretical basis for application of the nursing process in providing care to infants, children, adolescents, and their family systems during the childrearing period. Clinical experiences in acute care and community-based settings provide the student an opportunity to apply primary, secondary and tertiary prevention as intervention to childrearing family-client systems.

NURSING PROCESS WITH THE ILL ADULT CLIENT SYSTEM II
Expands the theoretical basis for application of the nursing process when caring for the ill adult client with actual or potential system disruption. Clinical experiences in the acute and critical care settings promote implementation at all levels of prevention, with emphasis on secondary prevention. The following client system disruptions are explored: fluid, electrolyte, acid-base, respiratory, peripheral vascular, cardiovascular and neurological.

NURSING PROCESS IN MENTAL HEALTH I
Utilizes the nursing process in secondary prevention as intervention to assist the client system in attaining stability in the institutional setting. The nursing process is utilized to support the lines of resistance and to reduce symptomatology following a reaction to stressors.

NURSING PROCESS IN THE COMMUNITY I
Provides for utilization of all levels of prevention as intervention to assist the family client system to promote, restore and maintain stability. Emphasis is on synthesis of public health and nursing interventions which utilize family strengths and community resources to increase the lines of resistance of the family system and to attain and maintain optimal patterns of health. Clinical experiences are in the home setting and assist the family to identify and allay risk factors associated with known stressors and to strengthen the flexible lines of defense.

NURSING RESEARCH
Provides an overview of the types, methods and uses of research in developing new nursing knowledge and nursing practice with all client systems and all levels of prevention. The course emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed to critically evaluate and apply clinical research studies to all client systems in all settings. Students have the opportunity to develop a nursing research utilization proposal that provides for application of the principles of research evaluation, change theory and utilization of nursing of nursing research in practice.

NURSING PROCESS IN THE COMMUNITY II
Provides for utilization of all levels of prevention to assist the community as a client system to promote, restore and maintain stability. Community health programs, projects, and agencies are investigated. The nursing process is applied to the community as a client system incorporating public health concepts. The governmental, political and legal influences on community client systems are explored. Clinical experiences in a variety of community settings provide an opportunity for students to study risk factors associated with known stressors and to strengthen the flexible lines of defense.

NURSING PROCESS IN MENTAL HEALTH II
Utilizes the nursing process in primary and tertiary prevention in promoting mental health and reducing chronicity in various client systems in the community setting.

NURSING LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM
Explores theories and concepts of decision making, leadership, management, and the change process in relationship to the application of the nursing process in various health care settings. Included is the relationship of personal, professional and organizational values and ethics to the identification of options and alternatives in leadership and management settings in the health care system. Health care policy is discussed and contemporary health care issues are critically evaluated as they relate to the health needs of the societal system and the practice of nursing. Prerequisites: NURS 420. (3:1) Spring

NURSING PROCESS WITH THE ADULT CLIENT SYSTEM WITH COMPLEX PROBLEMS
Advances the theoretical basis for application of the nursing process in the delivery and management of care for the client experiencing complex multi-system disruption. Clinical experiences include a preceptorship when providing care for complex clients, and provide collaboration with other health professionals when implementing all levels of prevention as intervention to promote, restore and maintain system stability.

PHARMACOLOGY
This course focuses on nursing pharmacology and therapeutics by presenting a theoretical foundation and practical approach to drug therapy applicable to many settings. The course reviews general principles, theories, and facts about drugs and how they are given. Specific drug information is discussed in relation to he nursing proces: assessment, nursing diagnosis, client monitoring, interventions, client education and evaluation of safe and effective drug therapy.

IR HEALTH ASSESSMENT & HEALTH ASSESSMENT LABORATORY
Provides an opportunity for the student to expand knowledge of the nursing process with focus on the assessment phase. Emphasis is on enhancing wholistic assessment of the physiological, psychological, developmental, socio-cultural and spiritual dimensions of the individual client system.

IR PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING
Provides the student an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about the pharmacoinetics and pharmacodynamics of common pharmaceutical categories. The impact of these pharmaceutical agents on nursing care of clients of various ages is studied. A prototype of each category is explored. Winter

TRANSITION INTO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Provides graduating basic seniors an opportunity to prepare for securing their first professional nursing position, writing the NCLEX examination and practicing in their first nursing position. Emphasis is place on life long learning, personal professional development, leadership, and integrating values and ethics in decision making.

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