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Cedar Crest College (Nursing Department)






Although nursing was a part of the Cedar Crest College curriculum for decades, it wasn’t until 1974 that Cedar Crest College first offered a bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing. The first chair of the new program was Dr. Anne O. Winkler, who had a distinguished career in nursing in eastern Pennsylvania, and foresaw the need to establish a bachelor’s in nursing program at the College. The Cedar Crest College bachelor’s in nursing program was the first such program in the Lehigh Valley and one of the first in eastern Pennsylvania.

The first nursing class graduated in 1978. Today, the program has grown in size and is one of the College's most popular majors. It has full approval status by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and has received ongoing accreditation by the National League for Nursing.

Both women and men are admitted to the nursing program, which serves
traditional and lifelong learning students. Registered nurses who have graduated from NLNAC accredited diploma and associate degree programs also often enroll in the program. In the fall of 1997, a new Pre-registered Nurse Academic Coordinator was hired to recruit, advise and strengthen the retention of RN students interested in the completion of their bachelor's degree with a major in nursing. At that time, the nursing program adopted the Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing School Association (PHENSA) proposal for articulation.

The department continually monitors trends in the nursing profession and has continued to enhance and change the nursing to reflect the changing nature of the nursing profession and health care in general.

Faculty consult with community and professional representatives for input related to health care issues so that the needs of the community could be better addressed. Students in the College’s nursing program gain a solid liberal arts base prior to enrollment in the nursing program. Once core courses are complete, students are immersed in nursing courses that provide the student the opportunity to focus exclusively on his/her major, thus enriching his/her nursing education. An independent practicum during the senior enhances the refinement of clinical skills and facilitates the role transition from a nursing student to a professional nurse. Every effort is made for the students to choose their area of special interest and clinical sites in the independent practicum.

In 1997 the nursing program relocated from the ground floor of Curtis Hall, where it had been since its inception, to the new Miller Family Building. At that time, Dr. Laurie Murray, assumed the leadership role as Chairperson of the department. In 2001, the department began an evening/weekend program — offering additional flexibility to nursing students and allowing some students to complete their nursing education in as little as two years.



School name:Cedar Crest CollegeNursing Department
Address:100 College Drive
Zip & city:PA 18104 Pennsylvania
Phone:(610) 740-3780
Web:http://www2.cedarcrest.edu/academic/nur/nur_frameset.htm
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Nursing Department Courses


HEALTH PROMOTION
Focusing on the role of the professional nurse in promoting the optimal health for the individual, theory and psychomotor skills essential to the practice of nursing are emphasized.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course provides the student with the techniques for carrying out a biopsychosocial, spiritual and cultural assessment of the individual. Developmental variations and cultural differences are addressed throughout the course.

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promotion of optimal mental health. Theories of human behavior, biochemistry and the nursing process are used in caring for individuals experiencing alteration in mental health.

PHARMACOLOGY
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in assessing/planning, implementing and evaluating the effects of pharmacologic agents used as therapeutic intervention for the client.

FAMILY HEALTH PROMOTION I
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal health of the family from pregnancy through infancy and adolescence. Family theory, theories of growth and development and the nursing process are used in providing family-centered care.

HEALTH PROMOTION II
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal health for the aging adult. Risk factors for illness and injury are identified and strategies for health promotion are explored in the areas of management of problems with mobility, management of altered genitourinary functioning, management of altered sensory perception, management of metabolic dysfunction, and management of altered breathing problems.

RESEARCH I
This course focuses on understanding the research process and the role of the professional nurse in designing and conducting research. Quantitative and qualitative design are studied with emphasis on the use of research to improve nursing care.

CONCEPTS IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course focuses on the current issues and trends in health care and provides an overview of conceptual models in nursing.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING SEMINAR
The student is introduced to the conceptual basis of professional nursing. The philosophy, purpose, objectives and organizing framework of the Cedar Crest nursing program are examined in relation to the theories and conceptual models of the discipline. Nursing process, legal and ethical issues, client systems, cultural diversity, research, communication and the nurse as an advocate are explored.

FAMILY HEALTH PROMOTION II
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal health of the family experiencing alterations in health, including perinatal complications and care of the child with acute, chronic and disabling conditions. The course emphasizes the integration of family theory and nursing theory in caring for the family’s varied physical and psychosocial needs.

HEALTH PROMOTION III
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal health for the young and middle-aged adult. Risk factors for illness and injury will be identified and strategies for health promotion are explored in the areas of perioperative care, management of fluid/electrolyte imbalance, altered tissue perfusion, gastrointestinal dysfunction and neurological impairment.

RESEARCH II (CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE)
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in the research process. Students synthesize knowledge from prior college course work and life experiences in order to demonstrate an understanding and incorporation of nursing research as an integral aspect of nursing practice. The practicum offers an area to apply information from the seminars in a real-world setting.

HEALTH PROMOTION OF THE COMMUNITY
This course focuses on the professional role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal heath of individuals, families and groups in home and community settings. The class emphasizes epidemiological theories as they relate to the health of the community.

LEADERSHIP IN NURSING
Focusing on the leadership and management roles of the professional nurse, this course emphasizes the management process in the delivery of health care.

COMPLEX HEALTH PROBLEMS
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal health for individuals across the life-span who are experiencing complex health problems. Risk factors for illness and injury are identified and strategies for health promotion are explored in the area of neonatal- and pediatric-care nursing, emergency nursing and intensive/coronary-care nursing.

INDEPENDENT PRACTICUM
The focus of this course is to allow the student to gain increased clinical experience in an area of choice. Experience is dependent upon nursing faculty approval, availability of clinical sites and preceptors..

SCHOOL NURSE CERTIFICATION COURSES

METHODOLOGY IN SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse within the school setting. The epidemiological prevention process model is used to explore health services, health education and the school environment. Emphasis is placed on the use of the nursing process to promote the health of members of the school community.

SCHOOL NURSE PRACTICUM
Focusing on the practice of school nursing, this course provides students with the opportunity for clinical practice within the school setting under the direct supervision of a school nurse preceptor. Students meet weekly to explore the philosophy, goals, and practice of the school health system.

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