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College of Notre Dame of Maryland




For over 25 years, the nursing department provided an opportunity for RNs to earn their BSN degree through part-time study in the Weekend College. Building on our expertise in adult education, the department redesigned the program to better fit the needs of today’s RNs by offering a completely accelerated RN to BSN degree starting in fall of 2003. And, new for fall 2007, the College offers two options for an accelerated Masters of Science in Nursing: Leadership in Nursing Administration and Leadership in Nursing Administration.

ACCELERATED RN TO BSN COMPLETION PROGRAM FOR REGISTERED NURSES
Notre Dame’s Nursing Program is a truly accelerated RN-BSN program, offering most RNs the opportunity to take every class they need, including the sciences and the liberal arts, in an accelerated format. Students begin their program of study with an upper-level nursing course designed to hone the skills that are essential to academic success. The remaining seven nursing courses are spaced throughout the two-and-half year baccalaureate program.

Nursing majors must complete a minimum of 120 credits and all College and nursing department requirements to earn the Bachelor of Science degree. The required credits include 24 general education credits, 8 elective credits, 28 credits of department requirements, 30 upper-level nursing credits per the Maryland RN-BSN Articulation Agreement, and 30 upper-level nursing credits earned at Notre Dame.

SOME ASPECTS OF THIS INNOVATIVE PROGRAM ARE:
* completing all bachelor's degree requirements beyond the associate degree in two-and-a-half years
* studying one day a week for four hours throughout the calendar year, with breaks around major holidays
* taking classes on the same day, at the same time, throughout the entire degree program
* learning with a cohort of RN colleagues
* totally redesigned, dynamic curriculum features clinical experiences with older adults, families and community-based settings
* curriculum designed to assist RNs to make successful transitions back to an academic setting
* students begin upper-level nursing courses immediately upon entry into program
* service-learning experiences enhance class and clinical education/learning
* emphasis on contemporary issues facing nursing care delivery in today's challenging health care environment
* clinical courses designed for experienced RNs that enhance and expand
* evidenced based knowledge and practice for different populations
* One to two week Study Abroad options that can be taken in lieu of one clinical course
* final, "Capstone" course promotes leadership and examines the transition from the program into future career opportunities, including graduate education and life-long learning
* working with faculty in collegial relationships where students' clinical knowledge and skills are highly valued
* a partially accelerated option is also available



School name:College of Notre Dame of Maryland
Address:4701 North Charles Street
Zip & city:MD 21210 Maryland
Phone:410-532-5500
Web:http://www.ndm.edu/academics/undergraduatemajors/nursing/index.cfm
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TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
Introduces students to skills that are essential for the successful transition to professional nursing practice and baccalaureate education. Includes an overview of the Notre Dame Nursing Program and an examination of: Transition Theory, the reciprocal relationship of theory and research, and critical events in nursing history. Students will explore the most recent advances in information retrieval, the essential components of professional writing and presentations, and skills that will enhance critical thinking.

CONTEMPORARY NURSING TRENDS AND THEORY
Focuses on the use of nursing theory and contemporary challenges of providing and ensuring quality nursing and health care. Nursing process is reviewed with emphasis on evidence based practice and health care today including current professional, legal and ethical standards.

NURSING RESEARCH
Introduces students to knowledge and skills that are essential for a consumer of nursing research. Examines use of the research process as a method to enhance scientific inquiry and to develop a knowledge base for nursing practice. Critical appraisal of both qualitative and quantitative methods in published nursing research is emphasized. Includes interpretation of basic descriptive and inferential statistics in published studies and evaluation of studies for nursing practice.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
Assists the RN student to develop the cognitive, interpersonal and psychomotor skills necessary to assess physical integrity in clients across the life span. Lab experience facilitates student performance and interpretation of a complete health history and physical examination, excluding internal exams.

NURSING CARE MANAGEMENT OF OLDER ADULTS
Prepares nurses to effectively coordinate care for an older adult. Emphasis is given to client system assessment, interdisciplinary collaboration, and use of appropriate community resources. Contextual issues that affect nursing care management of older adults are examined. Theories and research related to nurse-client interaction, human aging processes, health education, and chronic disease management are applied.

FAMILY NURSING ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION
Provides the theoretical foundation for family nursing assessment and intervention, with emphasis on family health promotion and health risk reduction. A variety of family assessment frameworks derived from nursing theories, social sciences, and family therapy are examined. Students analyze the effects of demographic and social change on family health. Family assessment and intervention skills are refined through partnerships with selected families in the community.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Analyzes selected public health and nursing models for community health nursing practice. Students explore specific issues and societal concerns that affect public health, including health care needs of populations at risk. Using assigned service-learning settings, students will assess community health needs and implement strategies, as appropriate, to support health system integrity. Community health nurses’ contributions to the health of populations and their role in governmental-legislative activities will be examined.

NURSING LEADERSHIP IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Integrates previously learned nursing knowledge and skills with contemporary leadership and management theories, enabling students to more clearly define their roles as baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Students analyze the transition process to professional nursing practice, opportunities for continued professional development, and leadership/management challenges created by increasingly complex health care environments.

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