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Clarke College (Nursing Department)




The need for nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level has never been greater. Job opportunities abound for entry-level nurses with critical-thinking skills, clinical experience and the ability to function as team players. The nursing program at Clarke College is designed to help students develop and utilize these skills in the context of compassionate nursing care.

Graduates of Clarke's bachelor of science in nursing program are in high demand in health maintenance organizations; hospitals; clinics; sub-acute, long-term and outpatient care facilities; and community health agencies. Indeed, 100 percent of Clarke’s nursing graduates are placed in nursing positions within three months of graduation.

Nursing students are guided by faculty mentors who are excellent teachers with both educational preparation and practical experience in the major areas of nursing. Among our nursing professors are individuals certified as a medical-surgical nurse, death educator, grief counselor, gerontology nurse and maternal/newborn nursing specialist.

MISSION

The nursing and health department faculty, students, staff and alumni are a caring, learning community committed to the development of nursing professionals for entry-level and advanced-practice positions in the variety of settings in which nursing is practiced. The baccalaureate program prepares men and women to function as generalists and provides the foundation for graduate study. The master’s program prepares nurses for advanced practice in a selected specialty area and for doctoral study.




School name:Clarke CollegeNursing Department
Address:1550 Clarke Drive
Zip & city:IA 52001 Iowa
Phone:800-383-2345
Web:http://www.clarke.edu/department.aspx?id=2406
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Nursing Department Courses


PERSPECTIVES ON NURSING
Introduces basic principles of nursing and addresses issues such as entry into practice, nursing employment opportunities and nursing roles. The role of the professional nurse and nurse theorist will be examined. This course is an introduction to nursing.

FUNDAMENTALS OF GERIATRIC NURSING CARE
A beginning appreciation of the complexity of the holistic person with focus on the elderly. Content includes foundations for beginning professional nursing studies as the student explores the elements of the nursing process with emphasis on building nursing skills. Clinical emphasis is on the elderly adult client.

LIVING WITH LOSS
Assists individuals in examining their personal philosophy of life and death. Losses throughout life and methods of coping and caring provide the focus of the course. The course provides the basis for helping others by responding in a caring manner at times of loss and grief. Specific focus on death and dying is included.

CARE OF THE ADULT I
Builds on Fundamentals of Geriatric Nursing Care. Nursing process utilization is focused on data collection skills, beginning nursing diagnostic ability, and planning appropriate nursing interventions to support adaptation of the adult client. Development of psychomotor skills, therapeutic communication techniques and application of nursing theory are integrated into the care of the adult client.

NURSING RESEARCH
Provides an overview of the research process. Components of both quantitative and qualitative research studies are discussed. Emphasis is on understanding of basic processes and strategies utilized in nursing research and on becoming a critical consumer of research.

CARE OF THE ADULT II
Provides the opportunity for the student to use the caring process to assist adult clients throughout the health-illness continuum. Students will focus on health issues of clients using the nursing process. Students will formulate appropriate nursing diagnoses and nursing interventions using therapeutic communication skills for clients in the acute hospital and community setting.

CARE OF COMPLEX CLIENTS
Application of the nursing care process to the adult client with multi-system medical surgical pathologies. Included are critical care concepts with related nursing interventions to promote adaptation, restore homeostasis and promote rehabilitation while emphasizing prevention through client education. Professional nursing practice is emphasized as students enhance critical thinking skills and practice clinical decision making.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Examines the continuum of mental health through the life cycle. The concepts of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention provide the framework for discussing mental health nursing practice. This course provides the opportunity for students to apply the nursing process to clients with mental illness.

TOPICS IN NURSING
Provides for study of nursing care related to a particular client population, a particular client problem, or particular issues.

INDEPENDENT STUDY CV
Provides a student opportunity, under faculty supervision, to investigate an area of interest in the fi eld of nursing.

GERIATRICS/GERONTOLOGY IN THE COMMUNITY
Includes concepts in normal aging, issues related to the aging client in the community and health care issues confronted by these clients. Classroom instruction will be supported by clinical practice with elderly clients and client groups in a variety of community settings.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE
Theory, concepts and practice of community-health nursing are presented. Emphasis is on promotion of health for individuals, families and communities. The planning and application of the nursing process for the family in the context of the community are integral parts of the course.

FAMILY HEALTH CARE
The childbearing/childrearing family is a focal point of this course, including pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care. Care of children, primarily in community settings, is included. Nursing assessment and management of normal and high-risk families is stressed in hospital and community settings.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
The entry-level professional nurse is expected to function in positions that require leadership and management skills. In this course, leadership theory and management concepts are studied, evaluated and applied. Case management, delegation and program planning are explored as are other historical and emerging issues in nursing leadership and management.

THEORIES, ISSUES AND ROLES IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Introduction to a variety of nursing theories and applications of these theoretical approaches to nursing practice are discussed. Implications for practice, research, education and administration of nursing services are included in the discussion as currently evolving nursing roles and issues in health care are emphasized.

NURSING SYNTHESIS
This course is designed to enhance transition to professional nursing positions. A major focus is on strengthening critical-thinking skills in the application of nursing knowledge. During a 120-hour clinical experience, the student works with a professional nurse preceptor in an area of interest. The N-CLEX RN examination and application for licensure are discussed.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
A professional nurse is expected to exercise management skills and demonstrate leadership ability. In this course, leadership theory and management concepts are studied, evaluated and applied in classroom and clinical settings.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING AND NURSING ISSUES
This Capstone course provides a focal point for and closure to a liberal arts education within the context of the nursing major. As a departmental offering, this course focuses on specifi c topics in nursing and expands to include breadth of knowledge and synthesis. Interdisciplinary integration is emphasized. General education and nursing outcomes are integral to course assessment. This course encompasses discussion and examination of current issues affecting nursing as a profession and nurses personally. The ethical and legal issues that nurses face are examined. Such issues as euthanasia, abortion, AIDS, living wills and many more pertinent topics will be inspected. Preparation for understanding of and transition to the role of professional nurse will be included.

HEALTH COURSES

BASIC FIRST AID/CPR
Instruction and demonstration in the principles of fi rst aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation through standards established by the American Red Cross are
the basis for this course.

INTRODUCTION TO NUTRITION
Introductory course that presents the basic nutrients, current dietary recommendations and guides to diet planning. Emphasis is placed on the metabolic functions of nutrients in relation to the normal health needs of individuals in all phases of life. A brief overview of the relation between nutrition and illness is included.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
The basic principles and skills of health assessment of individuals are taught along the continuum of age. This course uses a holistic approach with attention to cultural diversity. History taking, physical assessment, interview processes, and patient-teaching skills are learned and practiced. Laboratory experience is included in this course.

PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY
Classifications, specifi c medications and principles of drug actions are discussed. Skills related to mathematical calculations and administration of medications are taught and practiced. Discussion of the role of drugs in restoring health, preventing illness and enhancing life provides exposure to pharmacologic and nursing concepts while building a foundation for decision making necessary to integrate drug management into health care plans for clients.

TRANSCULTURAL HEALTH CARE
The theory, concepts, and beliefs about health and illness of a variety of health care populations are presented. Emphasis is on gaining knowledge of various cultures, their health care beliefs, practices, values, and family dynamics. The course is applicable across several disciplines such as religion, psychology, sociology, nursing, medicine, and anthropology, by providing not only a health care perspective but also a historical and biotechnological approach for transcultural health care. Laboratory/clinical experience is included in this course.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Pathophysiology studies the dynamic aspects of bodily adaptation to disruptions of normal physiology. As part of the physiological adaptive mode, these bodily responses are manifested as physiologic coping. The etiologic link to disruptions and these responses is essential to understanding the rationale for clinical therapy and provide a foundation for related nursing diagnosis.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Builds on basic health assessment skills of RNs. Uses a holistic, caring approach to assessment along the continuum of age with attention to cultural diversity. History taking, physical assessment, interview processes and patient-teaching skills are expanded and practiced. Laboratory experience is included in this course.


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