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Carlow University (School of Nursing)




Carlow maintains a rich history of innovations in nursing education since the founding of the School of Nursing in 1953. This tradition continues today as the School of Nursing consistently responds to community needs. In 1981, the pioneering weekend RN to BSN program began, allowing self-motivated working RNs to come to campus eight times over a semester to facilitate a balance between school, work, and personal responsibilities. This program was followed by the Carlow Accelerated Program (CAP) for RN students wanting an accelerated evening program.

Today, Carlow offers programs such as these in Greensburg and Cranberry, as well as at our main campus in Oakland, for RN to BSN and graduate nursing students.

All of our programs have been continuously accredited since 1961, first by the National League of Nursing and in 1988 by the Commissions on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In December 2004 CCNE granted 10 more years accreditation to the School of Nursing. We look forward to creating additional programs as we continue to meet the needs of nursing and the public.



School name:Carlow UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:3333 Fifth Avenue
Zip & city:PA 15213 Pennsylvania
Phone:1-800-333-2275
Web:http://www.carlow.edu/academics/schools/sch-nurs/
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INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING AND INFORMATICS
Focuses on the history and philosophy of nursing and the roles of nurses in practice. The student is introduced to the diversity of settings where health care is provided. Issues related to sociocultural, environmental, economic, political and occupational health, health and illness behaviors, and risk reduction are addressed. The course also includes a conceptual foundation for understanding nursing informatics. A focus is on beginning development of personal values and professional responsibilities as a basis for lifelong learning.

NUTRITION
Nutrition, and the nursing role in primary prevention for individuals, families and groups throughout the life cycle is emphasized. Food needs for energy; protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals will be considered in relation to maintaining nutritional status. Nutrition assessment and intervention will be considered, and activities related to the nursing role will be addressed.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
An introduction to the development of beginning health assessment nursing principles and skills. The focus of nursing care in this course is on health promotion efforts through the development of an understanding of theories of health, the nurse’s role in promotion of health, and beginning facility with holistic health assessment in well adults in a lab and community setting. Emphasis is placed on the development of physical assessment skills. Additionally, the student is introduced to psychological and socio-cultural assessment techniques as well as to assessment considerations with special populations (by age and/or physiological status).

BASIC CONCEPTS OF NURSING CARE
An introduction to development of basic nursing care knowledge and skills. The focus of the nursing care in this course is to continue health promotion efforts and to begin therapeutic efforts through the development of an understanding of health care environments and nursing process principles and skills as the framework for nursing practice through beginning provision of professional nursing care with adults in a variety of settings. Additionally, students continue to develop the concept of health and are introduced to concepts and professional nursing care related to the impact of illness on healthy functioning adults.

CONCEPTS OF GERONTOLOGY
An overview of the processes of aging and the way aging is defined chronologically, biologically, socially and psychologically. Selected aspects of physical, social and psychological aging will be examined. Topics will include theories of aging, demographics of aging and its implications for society, bodily changes associated with the normal aging process, and the social ramifications of aging.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND FUNDAMENTALS
An introduction of the student to health assessment and the fundamentals of direct patient care through the framework of the nursing process. Students are afforded opportunities to utilize communication skills and biopsychosocial theory with diverse populations to implement beginning nursing care interventions. This course utilizes both simulation and the clinical setting.

HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION
Health promotion and disease prevention is emphasized in this theory/clinical course. It allows the student to provide beginning level direct, holistic patient care utilizing the framework of the nursing process. This care is directed toward providing health promotion, disease prevention, and therapeutic and restorative care to adults. Students are afforded the opportunity to develop beginning therapeutic communication skills with diverse populations.

PHARMACOLOGY
An introduction to Pharmacology principles, needed by the professional nurse. Emphasis is on principles of drug addiction, patient assessment, interventions involving specific drug therapy, principles of administration and patient/family drug education.

NURSING PROCESS: CHILDREN/ADOLESCENTS
An analysis of children and adolescents in child rearing families. Based on nursing theories and nursing research, emphasis is placed on the nurse's role in providing health promotion, prevention, therapeutic, and restorative care to children and adolescents from diverse cultures in a variety of care settings.

NURSING PROCESS: THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
An analysis of nursing care needs of childbearing women and their families. Emphasis is placed on developing a working knowledge of the physiologic and psychosocial adaptations that occur in the woman and her family during the antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal periods. Health promotion, prevention, and therapeutic efforts take place in the family home, distributive, and episodic care settings. The student is encouraged to examine nursing care, health care, and health policy as they relate to a family’s reproductive processes, self care, cultural values, and the changes in roles and relationships.

NURSING PROCESS: THE CHRONICALLY ILL ADULT I
An examination of the professional nursing care of adults and families experiencing acute exacerbation and chronic care issues with long term pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and renal alterations. Emphasis is placed on the use of the nursing process to identify physiologic, psychosocial, educational and cultural needs of this population and to develop nursing interventions to support adaptation. Additional focuses include health promotion related to prevention and early detection of secondary alterations, the identification of health policies that relate to each unit of study, and the application of nursing research. The clinical practice component of this course occurs in both acute and chronic care environments. A college skills laboratory experience that supports clinical and theory objectives is included.

NURSING PROCESS: THE CHRONICALLY ILL ADULT II
An examination of the professional nursing care of adults and families experiencing acute exacerbations and chronic care issues with long term cellular, musculoskeletal, endocrine, neurologic and immune alterations. Emphasis is placed on the use of the nursing process to identify physiologic, psychosocial, educational, and cultural needs of this population and to develop nursing interventions to support adaptation. Additional focuses include health promotion related to prevention and early detection of secondary alterations, the identification of health policies that relate to each unit of study, and the application of nursing research. The clinical practice component of this course occurs in both acute and chronic care environments. A college skills laboratory experience that supports clinical and theory objectives is included.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
Junior level theory/clinical course focusing on the biopsychosocial needs of children and adolescents. Based on nursing theories and research, emphasis is placed on the nurse’s role in providing health promotion, prevention, therapeutic and restorative care to children and adolescents from diverse cultures in a variety of settings.

NURSING CARE OF WOMEN, NEWBORNS & FAMILIES
Junior level theory/clinical course focusing on the nursing care needs of women across the lifespan and care of the mother/baby dyad in clinical and community settings. Emphasis is placed on the physiologic and psychosocial adaptations that occur in women from adolescence through older adulthood. The impact of pregnancy and childbirth is highlighted. Health promotion of the mother/baby dyad and the developing family is emphasized. Gynecologic topics and the impact of gender on selected disorders are discussed. Nursing care, health policy, cultural and ethical factors which impact the health of women and newborns are examined.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I
Junior level theory/clinical course examining the professional nursing care of adults experiencing acute and chronic health alterations specific to the cardiovascular, respiratory, neurologic and pulmonary systems. Emphasis is placed on the use of the nursing process to identify physiologic, psychosocial, educational and cultural needs of this population and the development of nursing interventions to support adaptation. Additional foci include the three levels of prevention, the identification of health policies that relate to each unit of study and the application of nursing research. The clinical practice component of this course occurs in a variety of care environments.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS II
Junior level theory/clinical course examining the professional nursing care of adults experiencing acute and chronic health alterations specific to the gastrointestinal, immunological, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems. Emphasis is placed on the use of the nursing process to identify physiologic, psychosocial, educational and cultural needs of this population and the development of nursing interventions to support adaptation. Additional foci include the three levels of prevention, the identification of health policies that relate to each unit of study and the application of nursing research. The clinical practice component of this course occurs in a variety of care environments.

PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Junior level theory/clinical course concerned with mental health care of individuals, families, groups and communities in both episodic and distributive settings. One focus is on nursing care that promotes mental health. A second is on the nursing care that assists persons experiencing disturbances in social and occupational functioning. The third focus is on nursing care that eases the impact of chronically ineffective behaviors. Current issues, trends and research relevant to professional psychiatric nursing practice roles and mental health policy issues are addressed.

NURSING RESEARCH
An introduction to the principles of nursing research. The process of scientific inquiry and an appreciation of the usefulness of the scientific method of problem solving and decisionmaking in nursing practice are discussed. The application of quantitative and qualitative research processes is explored. The course assists students in becoming intelligent consumers of research. Beginning skills to critique current research related to the delivery of nursing care are presented.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
An examination of the health of the community and various community health nursing roles through which the health care needs of the individual, family, and community can be met. The levels of prevention, health promotion, the epidemiological process, health education, and public health issues and practices are discussed so that the student can apply the nursing process in distributive health care settings.

ADVANCED NURSING CARE OF ADULTS
Senior level theory/clinical course focusing on the nursing care and management of adults experiencing acute and complex health alterations. Emphasis is placed on the incorporation of comprehensive health assessment data into planning and implementing nursing care to adults experiencing high-risk and/or complex health problems. This course meets the University skills integration technology requirement.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Senior level course focusing on the health of the community and various community health nursing roles through which the health care needs of the individual, family aggregate and community can be met. Both community-based and community-focused approaches are included. The levels of prevention, health promotion, epidemiological process, health education and public health issues and practices are discussed so the student can apply the nursing process in distributive health care settings.

LEGAL, ETHICAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE
Focus is on legal, ethical and political issues in health care. Legal and ethical principles that guide health care practice issues are discussed. Political forces that influence change in contemporary health care are examined. Global differences and their relationship to American health care practice are explored. The student takes an active role in the policy process.

LEADERSHIP INTO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Senior level course combining leadership theory with a precepted integrative clinical experience. It includes an examination of leadership and management principles in nursing. Contemporary issues relevant to nursing practice are analyzed. Transition to the professional nursing role is promoted.


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