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College of Saint Scholastica (School of Nursing)




While The College of St. Scholastica was founded in 1912 by a group of pioneering Benedictine Sisters who offered college courses to six young women, the education of professional nurses at the college began in the 1930's with a five year baccalaureate program. The first students graduated in 1935. The nursing program received accreditation by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Nursing that same year and has been continuously accredited since that time.

In 1947 the length of the nursing curriculum became four years with summer sessions. Since 1960 the baccalaureate nursing curriculum has been designed for completion in four academic years.

Until 1973 the nursing department offices and some classrooms were located at Our Lady of Victory Hall, adjacent to St. Mary's Medical Center, a sister Benedictine institution. This building was considered part of the college campus and was a dormitory for many years for students in nursing and other majors. In 1973 the nursing department moved to the Science Center which has been recently expanded to offer a state of the art skills lab for nursing students.

The College of St. Scholastica Campus is located on a ridge overlooking Lake Superior which offers natural beauty. The college also prides itself in the small, friendly atmosphere it offers, and has a history of being recognized for academic excellence and value.

MISSION STATEMENT

As an integral component of The College of St. Scholastica, the School of Nursing embraces Benedictine values, exemplified by the School's commitment to inclusiveness. The mission of the School is to educate students to deliver nursing care to all, particularly to those whose health needs have been traditionally underserved or neglected.

The philosophy of the School of Nursing is in concert with the Mission Statement and philosophy of The College of St. Scholastica which emphasises the Benedictine values of Community, Hospitality, Respect, Stewardship, and Love of Learning. With these values comes expected high standards and accountability to both society and self.

The School of Nursing also believes that learning takes place best when there is an atmosphere of acceptance of individual differences and understanding of various learning styles. Learning increases when the learners are motivated and challenged by the subject matter.

A special emphasis is placed on development of leadership and management skills to meet the needs of the community for the 21st century.

Nursing is a distinct profession which interacts with clients and the environment to promote optimal wellness. Nursing is both an art and science concerned with all variables affecting clients in their environments. While effective nursing practice requires a creative, disciplined, and intellectual approach based on theory, practice, and research, it is based in caring interactions with individuals, families, and communities

UNDERGRADUATE NURSING

The Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program prepares students for entry-level professional nursing practice including the health needs of underserved populations. This level of education is based on core knowledge and clinical competency applied though a unique blend of critical thinking, caring, communication and collaboration. Health promotion, illness management and population-based care are the focus of the traditional undergraduate curriculum. Students are prepared to practice holistically as leaders in healthcare delivery, with an educational foundation grounded in the Benedictine values. Throughout the curriculum simulation, technology and integrative therapies are blended to prepare students as healers of the mind, body and spirit. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge necessary for responsible living and meaning work.

Clinical practice necessitates that students care for a variety of individuals in various settings. These practice experiences are designed so that students have diverse experiences in meeting the health care needs of individuals, families and groups. Clinical experiences occur in the nursing simulation laboratory, acute care, extended care and community health settings beginning in the first semester of the nursing program.

The program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in nursing and qualifies the graduate to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses). Graduates are also eligible to apply for registration as a Minnesotapublic health nurse and have the academic credentials to pursue master’s study in nursing.

Outcomes which students achieve in the program are derived from The College of St. Scholastica’s institutional mission. The ANA’s Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice, ANA’s Code of Ethics, AACN’s Essentials of Baccalaureate Education and the Minnesota Nursing Practice Act form the basis for nursing practice. These documents have been utilized in the development of the curriculum and in the structuring of clinical practice experiences.




School name:College of Saint ScholasticaSchool of Nursing
Address:1200 Kenwood Avenue
Zip & city:MN 55811-4199 Minnesota
Phone:(218) 723-6025
Web:http://www.css.edu/x1576.xml
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FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Emphasizes socialization to the profession, steps of the nursing process and the Neuman Systems Model.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING SKILLS I
Emphasizes nursing psychomotor skill development through theory, demonstration and practice in the simulation laboratory and clinical settings.

CORE CONCEPTS IN NURSING I
Addresses core nursing concepts and their relationship to the nursing process. Course provides students with a foundation for medical/surgical and parent-child/family health nursing.

CORE CONCEPTS IN NURSING II
Emphasizes selected healthcare topics pertinent to nursing practice and health promotion throughout the lifespan.

MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING I
Provides students with a foundation in medical/ surgical concepts. Students perform the role of caregiver/clinician during clinical experiences in acute and ambulatory care settings.

PARENT-CHILD/FAMILY NURSING
Provides students with a foundation in parentchild/family concepts, family health promotion, and common health problems. Study includes clinical experiences in the acute care, school and community settings.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Covers basic principles and techniques for systematic assessment of the client throughout the lifespan. Course includes analysis and interpretation of subjective and objective data in relation to the impact on the client system. Weekly laboratory time focuses on systematic assessment of the adult.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING
Introduces pharmacology with emphasis on the use of the nursing process in the safe administration of medications.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
Emphasizes the role of the nurse as a critical consumer of research findings for the purpose of improving nursing practice. Course includes a comprehensive introduction to the researcher's role and the theories and principles of sound research. Students explore the relationships between nursing research and evidence-based practice.

MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING II
Focuses on care of the adult with complex physiological fluctuations. The student demonstrates independence and critical thinking in providing care to multiple clients in the acute care setting.

PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on application of basic principles of psychiatric/mental health nursing. Essential principles of psychopathology are integrated. Clinical experiences are provided in various settings with clients who have mental health problems.

GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
Relates nursing concepts and issues to normal aging process and common health deviations in the older adult. The maintenance of health and wellness, economics of aging, end of life issues and the ethical and sociopolitical issues in nursing care for the older adult are components of the course. Principles are applied in clinical experiences in community-based settings.

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING
Prepares the student to apply public health principles to nursing practice from an individual, community and system perspective.

PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND NURSING LEADERSHIP I
Principles of leadership and management in the practice of nursing. Students explore trends and issues and their effect on nursing practice.

PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND NURSING LEADERSHIP II
Exploration of trends and issues and principles of leadership and management in nursing. Application of theory and concepts related to leadership and management is the focus of clinical learning experiences.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING 1
Investigation of topics related to professional nursing.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
With faculty approval and advisement, self-directed student planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting of an independent learning experience focused on professional nursing.

NURSING ELECTIVES

CRITICAL CARE NURSING
Exploration of the critical care environment through theory and clinical application. Focuses on concepts related to assessing and providing care to critically ill clients, obtaining and utilizing diagnostic indicators and critical care pharmacotherapy.

HOLISTIC NURSING
Explores holistic nursing theory as a basis for practice. Concepts of holistic health care as reflecting the unity and relatedness of all aspects of living and dying will be considered as a way to awaken the healing potentials within clients and oneself.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Covers basic principles and techniques for systematic assessment of the client throughout the lifespan. Course includes analysis and interpretation of subjective and objective data in relation to the impact on the client system.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
Emphasizes the role of the nurse as a critical consumer of research findings for the purpose of improving nursing practice. Students are provided with a comprehensive introduction to the researcher's role and the theories and principles of sound research. Students explore the relationships between nursing research and evidence-based practice.

DIMENSIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Examination of professional nursing theory and practice focusing on the conceptual framework of the program. Other topics include role transition, historical perspectives, and the impact of social, economic and political factors.

NURSING ISSUES AND ANALYSIS
Analysis of historical and current issues affecting aspects of professional nursing practice, including ethical and legal ramifications. Student formulates a personal philosophy of nursing.

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING
Prepares the RN/BA student to apply public health principles to nursing practice from an individual, community and system perspective.


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