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Clarkson College (Division of Nursing)




The Clarkson College Division of Nursing offers a variety of nursing programs including Practical Nursing, Baccalaureate Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Post-Master's certificates.

Completion of the Practical Nursing program will lead to a diploma in practical nursing and eligibility to write the practical nursing licensure exam (NCLEX-PN). The Practical Nursing program is scheduled on a part-time basis only, which supports the needs of individuals who are actively em­ployed.

The Baccalaureate Nursing program can be completed as a: traditional student (four-year traditional college schedule), fast track student (for transfer students who have all non-nursing courses completed except pathophysiology prior to entry into the nursing program), LPN to BSN student (for individuals who are currently licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse), or as a RN to BSN student (for individuals who are currently licensed as a Registered Nurse and have either an Associate De­gree in Nursing or a three-year nursing diploma).

The Master of Science in Nursing program provides four options for graduate students including: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Education or Nursing Health Care Leadership. For those nursing professionals who already have earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing, each of these graduate options can be completed as a Post-Master's certificate. The RN to MSN program is designed for individuals who are currently licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) and have either an Associate de­gree in Nursing or a three-year nursing diploma.

MISSION

The mission of Clarkson College's Division of Nursing is to prepare nurses to provide high-quality, ethical and compassionate health care to patients, their families and their communities. This is accomplished by operationalizing the College values of: Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence, within a nursing division organizing framework based on nurse caring.




School name:Clarkson CollegeDivision of Nursing
Address:101 S. 42nd Street
Zip & city:NE 68131 Nebraska
Phone:402.552.3100
Web:http://www.clarksoncollege.edu/Programs/Division_of_Nursing/
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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

WORLD OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
The profession of nursing is introduced as a discipline. The expanse of roles within and outside of traditional health care delivery systems is explored. Students are introduced to the foundations of nursing practice, professional requirements and the attributes needed to practice competently. Through a combination of classroom and observational experiences, students explore the profession from a variety of viewpoints. Students begin a professional portfolio which will demon­strate achievement in meeting the program objectives over their course of study.

BASIC NURSING SKILLS: THEORY
Basic skills and techniques used by nurses are explored. Knowledge from physi­cal and behavioral sciences provides the rationale for various learned skills. Medical terminology is integrated into this course.

BASIC NURSING SKILLS: CLINICAL APPLICATION
This course provides the opportunity for students to develop proficiency in the performance of basic nursing skills needed for safe, client-centered care. Labo­ratory simulation precedes actual contact with clients in a variety of settings.

DRUG CALCULATIONS AND MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION
This course is designed to provide the student with the requisite skills for safe administration of medications and parenteral solutions. Knowledge of systems of measurement, conversion within and between systems and dosage calculations are included. Students are introduced to understanding physician orders, the "six rights of medication administration" and methods of administering medications via selected routes. Legal implications of documentation and scope of practice are discussed.

PHARMACOLOGY
This course provides a theoretical basis in understanding drug classifications, pharmacoki­netic and pharmacodynamic properties, and therapeutic outcomes related to medication administration.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING SEMINAR I
This course is the first of three professional nurse seminars to provide students the opportunity to correlate the integral components of the curriculum to clinical practice. A series of structured exercises, followed by discussion, will allow students to explore various professional issues inherent in each clinical course. Concepts of caring and their application and the demands of today's health care environments will be explored. Students will be assisted in the process of developing the professional portfolio in light of their clinical experiences and personal learning goals.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT: THEORY
Holistic assessment of children and adults using effective interviewing skills and advanced technology is emphasized within the context of today's changing health care environment.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT: CLINICAL APPLICATION
Application of holistic assessment techniques will be performed by first working with a laboratory partner to practice and demonstrate assessment skills, and later by conducting assessments of individuals in a variety of settings.

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING: SKILLS AND ASSESSMENT FOR THE FAST TRACK STUDENT: THEORY
This course is designed to meet the learning needs of the Fast Track Nursing Student at Clarkson College. The profession of nursing is introduced as a discipline. Through a combination of classroom and observational experiences, students will explore the profession from a variety of viewpoints. Basic skills and techniques used by nurses in deliv­ering professional nurse caring are explored. Knowledge from physical and behavioral sciences provides the rationale for various learned skills. Assessment of adults and children using effective interviewing skills and advanced technology is introduced. Medical terminology is integrated into this course. Students begin a portfolio that will demonstrate achievement in meeting the program objectives over their course of study.

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING: SKILLS AND ASSESSMENT FOR THE FAST TRACK STUDENT: CLINICAL
This clinical course is designed to meet the learning needs of the Fast Track Nursing Student at Clarkson College. This course provides the opportunity for students to develop proficiency in the perfor­mance of basic nursing skills and holistic health assessment techniques needed for safe, client-centered care. Laboratory simulation of basic nursing skills and health assessment techniques precedes actual contact with clients in a variety of settings.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING WITH ADULTS I: THEORY
This course integrates concepts learned in basic/applied sciences and general education foundational courses with concepts of Professional Nurse Caring. Specific focus will be on adults with circulatory, respiratory, fluid and electrolyte, renal and endocrine problems.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING WITH ADULTS I:
Data collection skills, identification of client problems and planning appropriate nursing interventions are emphasized in the delivery of care in institutional set­tings. Proficiency in psychomotor skill performance, use of therapeutic communi­cation skills and application of nursing theory are integrated into the care of the adult patient.

SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION IN HEALTH CARE
This course focuses on scientific investigation as an integral component of health care. Explores and analyzes the processes utilized in planning, conducting, and com­municating the various methods of inquiry, and modes of communication em­ployed in health care investigation. Knowledge and skills necessary for analysis of theoretical and technical aspects of scientific investigation are analyzed.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING SEMINAR II
The second of three professional nurse seminars will provide students the oppor­tunity to correlate conceptual components of the nursing curriculum to nursing practice. Students will explore the critical issues facing nursing: social, cultural, environmental and ethical concerns, while identifying the advocacy role of the nurse in the health care system. Historical aspects are analyzed for their impact on current practice. A series of structured exercises, followed by student-led panel discussions, will emphasize verbal and written critical analyses of issues related to the profession of nursing. This will facilitate students' understanding of the integration of professionalism and clinical nursing practice. The professional portfolio will be expanded to include a focus of professional nurse caring behav­iors with structured clinical experiences organized to reflect the student's per­sonal and professional growth and competencies.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING-MENTAL HEALTH: THEORY
Theories and concepts used to provide nursing care for persons with psychiatric/ mental health concerns within institutional and community-based settings are the focus of this course. Emphasis is placed on the integration of psychopathological processes with psychosocial assessment, therapeutic communication and nursing interventions.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING-MENTAL HEALTH: CLINICAL APPLICATION
Emphasis is placed on the student's ability to assess and assist both individuals and families of diverse backgrounds in coping with acute/chronic mental health conditions in a variety of institutional and community settings. Group process issues will be explored. This course stresses personal growth through self-reflection.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING WITH ADULTS II: THEORY
Professional nurse caring behaviors will be integrated throughout the course with the provision of holistic nursing care of adults with health problems in various acute settings. Critical thinking and therapeutic nursing intervention strategies for individuals experiencing high risk, unstable and critical conditions are empha­sized. Standards of care are followed with prioritization of client health needs. The implications of legal and ethical issues are presented.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING WITH ADULTS II: CLINICAL APPLICATION
Professional nurse caring will be integrated into holistic nursing care of adults with health problems in various acute care settings. Emphasis is on the individual's and family's response to critical conditions. Therapeutic nursing interventions are aimed at promotion, maintenance and restoration health.

EXPANDING HEALTHCARE EDUCATION
This course provides a framework for transition into higher education within the field of health care and serves as a foundation for the RN to BSN, MSN and Health Care Business Leadership programs at Clarkson College. This course is provided over a 3-day period at the beginning of the semester on the Clarkson College campus. Students will learn how to effectively write scholarly papers, both in terms of format and APA style, and discuss the students' role and personal challenges of pursuing an advanced degree. Students will formulate a personal plan for achievement of their professional goals. This course also serves as an overview of the Clarkson College online classroom delivery platform. It includes a look at the instructional methods, format of the course and other features within the Clarkson College online classroom delivery platform.

NURSING SCIENCE, PRACTICE AND PORTFOLIO
This course examines professional, educational and developmental transitions experienced by nurses at different points along their career paths. The effects of history, nursing theory and nursing frameworks on the structure of nursing practice are studied. Arenas in which professional nursing is practiced are explored in relation to positions and roles open to nurses in contemporary society. Professional practice standards and role expectations of baccalaureate level nursing are explored relative to their applications of evidenced-based practice.

NURSING SCIENCE AND PRACTICE
This course examines professional, educational and developmental transitions experienced by nurses at different points along their career paths. The effects of history, nursing theory and nursing frameworks on the structure of nursing practice are studied. Arenas in which professional nursing is practiced are explored in relation to positions and roles open to nurses in contemporary society. Professional practice standards and role expectations of baccalaureate level nursing are explored relative to their application of evidence-based practice.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This unique transition course helps practicing RNs or PNs verify competence, validate areas of expertise and further develop clinical assessment and critical thinking skills. At the beginning of the course, students demonstrate their competence in historical data collection and psychological and physical assessment skills that emphasize curiosity, holism, cultural and contextual sensitivity, and evidence based practice. Four steps of critical thinking are emphasized: recognizing ethical and clinical problems, developing a management plan, providing rationale for actions and prioritizing actions.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING SEMINAR III
This seminar will provide students the opportunity to correlate conceptual components of the nursing curriculum to nursing practice. Students will explore political, legal and economic concerns relating to the man­agement and leadership role of the nurse in today's rapidly changing health care system. A series of structured exercises, followed by student-led forums, will emphasize scholarship and excellence. This will facilitate students' understanding of the identification of professional nurse caring behaviors in the delivery of holistic health care. Evidence-based practice is used in the process of critical thinking as applied to health care issues. The professional portfolio will be completed, dem­onstrating the integration of program competencies and professional practice.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING WITH FAMILIES: THEORY
Students are introduced to the concept of family-focused nursing care throughout the lifespan. Students develop a theoretical base in models of family health promotion, process and role structure, family development, sociocultural assess­ment, communication patterns, coping processes and cultural diversity among families. Family diagnosis and interventions are emphasized. Issues related to health care for people of all ages in home, school, occupational and community settings are explored. The home care system, role of the home care nurse and case management are examined in the managed care environment.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING WITH FAMILIES: CLINICAL APPLICATION
This course focuses on the role of the home care nurse in applying the theories of family-focused care throughout the lifespan. Students will experience the clinical roles related to family health promotion and chronic disease management in the home setting. Case management and analysis of the models in home care systems will be explored.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING WITH MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH: THEORY
The childbearing/child rearing family is the focal point of this course, including the normal progression of pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care. Theories and concepts used to provide nursing care for infants, children, adolescents and their families within institutional and community settings are also included. Women's health issues are discussed within the context of the family and community.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING WITH MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH: CLINICAL APPLICATION
The focus of this course is the application of theories and concepts related to the care of the childbearing/child rearing family. Care of families in a variety of clinical settings, including clinics and home care, is emphasized.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING IN PUBLIC HEALTH: THEORY
Students are introduced to the concepts of public health science aimed at promoting, preserving and protecting the health of populations as a whole. Stu­dents develop a theoretical base in community health diagnosis, epidemiology, bio-statistics, communicable and non-communicable disease control, environ­mental health, social and behavioral health determinants, group process, health education, public health program planning and evaluation, ethics and public health policy. Students will examine the use of politics, legislation and professional organizations as appropriate public health nursing interventions aimed at resolv­ing the special health needs of population aggregates.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING IN PUBLIC HEALTH: CLINICAL APPLICATION
This course focuses on the nurses' role in disease prevention and health promo­tion related to population aggregates and the community as a whole. Students will experience clinical roles related to public health nursing, epidemiology, environ­mental health, community organizations, legislative activity in the American Nurses Association, utilization of community resources, community health care policy, program planning and evaluation.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE CARING IN PEOPLE WITH MULTI-SYSTEM DISORDERS: THEORY
The student will analyze the effectiveness of his/her own professional nurse caring behaviors in provision of holistic health care to adults. Various health care sys­tems and health problems of individuals, families, groups and communities of diverse cultures will be evaluated. The focus will be collaboration with profes­sional multidisciplinary health teams. The effectiveness of therapeutic nursing interventions will be evaluated. Application of critical thinking skills to the nursing process will enable the student to act as a change agent in various complex clinical situations.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT: THEORY
Professional nurse leadership and management theories will be explored. Leader­ship styles and their impact on health care delivery will be examined. The various functions of management will be reviewed. In the role of manager/leader, the student will devise strategies that plan, direct, delegate, evaluate and implement. The focus is on scholarly activities to emphasize increased understanding of the influence of professional nurse caring behaviors within an organizational struc­ture. The promotion of evidence-based practice using interpersonal and therapeu­tic communication skills will enhance the articulation of global health care issues.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT OF PEOPLE WITH MULTI-SYSTEM DISORDERS: CLINICAL APPLICATION
Professional nurse leadership and management of people with multi-system disorders will facilitate the integration of organizational theories to clinical practice. Analysis of complex needs of diverse peoples in various environments and cultures will be critiqued. The focus is the independent performance of profes­sional competencies under the guidance of a clinical preceptor in multiple settings in the transition from student to professional practitioner. This course is considered the clinical capstone of the nursing program.

PROFESSIONAL NURSE LEADERSHIP MANAGEMENT: CLINICAL APPLICATION
In this clinical course, the RN to BSN student applies management and leadership theories in actual health care situations, enacting the nurse manager/leader role using different managerial and leadership strategies to experience the advantages and disadvantages of each.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Study directed by a faculty person on a topic of the student's interest and the faculty's expertise. Approval of Program Director required.


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