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Calvin College (Department of Nursing)




The Calvin College Department of Nursing, in sharing the mission of Calvin College, seeks to engage in professional nursing education that promotes lifelong Christian service. Students will be prepared to be entry-level professional nurses. The objectives of the nursing curriculum are to assist the student to acquire the knowledge, the competencies and abilities, and the commitments necessary to practice as a professional Christian nurse. The context for nursing education includes the learning community of the college as well as the health care community, the professional nursing community, and the world community in which Christian service takes place. Health promotion and health protection with individuals, families and communities will be the major focus of the program. Challenging practicum experiences will occur in a variety of settings such as communities, clinics, schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. Graduates of the program will receive a BSN and be prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Satisfactory scores on the NCLEX-RN will enable a student to become a Registered Nurse (RN). The department of nursing is approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).



School name:Calvin CollegeDepartment of Nursing
Address:1734 Knollcrest Circle SE
Zip & city:MI 49546-4403 Michigan
Phone:(616) 526-7076
Web:http://www.calvin.edu/academic/nursing/
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Department of Nursing Courses


THEORY: COMMUNITY BASED AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
In this theory course, students will explore the theoretical foundations of the discipline of nursing, basic concepts of community based nursing, and mental health promotion and protection of individuals across the lifespan in the context of their families and communities.

STRATEGIES: COMMUNITY BASED AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop strategies for health promotion and health protection for use in community based nursing and mental health nursing. Students will develop basic competency in health assessment, communication, technical skills, nursing informatics, the nursing process, and critical thinking. Students will be introduced to basic principles of pharmacology as well as the various categories of psychotropic drugs. Each student will initiate a long-term partnership with a family in a selected diverse community.

PRACTICUM COMMUNITY BASED AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
This practicum course provides the student with an introduction to community based nursing as well as the opportunity to implement strategies to promote and protect the mental health of persons across the lifespan. Students will assume basic roles of the professional nurse and utilize skills of assessment, communication, critical thinking, and nursing process to design and provide empirically based nursing care to individuals in a variety of clinical and community based settings.

THEORY: PREGNANT WOMEN, INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND ADOLESCENTS
This theory course will focus on health promotion and health protection practices for pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents in the context of their families and communities. Concepts will include primary, secondary, and tertiary health protection and health promotion from the perspective of community based care.

STRATEGIES: PREGNANT WOMEN, INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND ADOLESCENTS
This course provides students with opportunities to develop health promotion and primary, secondary, and tertiary health protection strategies in caring for pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents. Students will develop knowledge and skills in health and cultural assessment, communication, nutrition, pharmacology, psychomotor activities, and nursing informatics systems related to care of pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents.

PRACTICUM: PREGNANT WOMEN, INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND ADOLESCENTS
The student will utilize nursing strategies to promote and protect optimal health of pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents in the context of their families and communities. Students will spend six weeks with pregnant women and infants and six weeks with children and adolescents in both acute care settings and a variety of community settings. Students will have opportunities to apply knowledge of health promotion and primary, secondary, and tertiary health protection strategies, utilizing the nursing process. The focus of the course is on engagement in clinical decision making skills and problem solving in working with these clients.

THEORY: YOUNG, MIDDLE, AND OLDER ADULTS
This course will focus on health promotion and health protection practices for
young, middle, and older adults in the context of their families and communities. Concepts will include primary, secondary, and tertiary health protection and health promotion including community based care and role development. The student will learn about partnerships with adults to actively promote health as well as protecting health during times of acute and chronic illnesses.

STRATEGIES: YOUNG, MIDDLE, AND OLDER ADULTS
This course provides the student with opportunities to develop health promotion and primary, secondary, and tertiary health protection strategies in care delivery for adults. Students will develop knowledge and skills in health and cultural assessment of adults, pharmacology, communication, nutrition, psychomotor activities, and nursing informatics systems related to care of adult clients.

PRACTICUM: YOUNG, MIDDLE, AND OLDER ADULTS
The student will utilize nursing strategies to promote and protect optimal health of adults in the context of their families and communities. Students will visit a variety of community settings. During the course students care for young, middle, and older adults in acute care settings. Students will have opportunities to apply knowledge of health promotion and primary, secondary, and tertiary health protection strategies, utilizing the nursing process. The focus of the course is on engagement in clinical decision making skills and problem solving with adult clients.

THEORY: COMMUNITY FOCUSED NURSING AND LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT
This theory course is focused on health promotion/health protection for the community as client and leadership/management principles that are used by the professional nurse.

PRACTICUM: COMMUNITY FOCUSED NURSING AND LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT
This course will afford students the opportunity to partner with communities as well as interdisciplinary groups of health care providers for the purpose of promoting and protecting health. Partnerships with communities offer opportunities for the student to assist the community to develop the best health care possible for diverse cultural groups. Partnerships with interdisciplinary staff members allow for principles of management and leadership to be integrated into nursing practice.

CRITICAL REFLECTIONS
This reflective course will lead the student into inquiry about the relationship between Christian faith and professional nursing. It will consider professional nursing issues in the light of a Reformed Christian worldview.

CROSS CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT WITH FAMILIES
This seminar course provides the student the opportunity to complete and to reflect on the long-term relationship with a family that began in the first semester of nursing courses. Long-term relationships can result in a deeper level of learning about how to work with families and with persons from different cultural backgrounds to promote and protect their health. Over the course of the semester, students will make the last home visits to their long-term family. As the two years of visits to the family are completed, students will finish portfolios begun with the first family visit. During three, two-hour seminars, students will reflect on their experiences considering the role of the Reformed Christian nurse and the role of culture, values, and beliefs (both their own and those of their family) in health promotion and health protection with families in the community.


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