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College of Staten Island (Department of Nursing)

The Staten Island Community College (SICC), of the City University of New York (CUNY), began offering an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) with a major in nursing in 1965. The AAS nursing program was located at the original SICC campus on Bay Street in Staten Island, New York. National League for Nursing (NLN) accreditation was sought upon graduation of the first class of students. Full accreditation was received and has continued throughout the progress of the program. The College moved to the new and modern Sunnyside Campus at 750 Ocean Terrace in 1967. At that time, the Nursing Department was the recipient of "state of the art" laboratories and equipment.

The 70's: New Growth

The merger of SICC and Richmond College in 1976 formed a senior college--The College of Staten Island (CSI). The faculty of the nursing department began to explore the possibility of offering a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The addition of this degree would enable graduates of AAS and diploma programs in the area to continue their education in the borough of Staten Island. A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing was initiated at CSI in 1982. National League for Nursing (NLN) accreditation was sought upon graduation of the first class of students. Full accreditation was received and has continued throughout the progress of the program.

The 90's: Scholarly Visions

Once CSI became a BS degree-granting program, the Department was able to apply for membership in Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. A new Chapter, Mu Upsilon, was established and chartered in April 1992. Chapter activities have brought many honors to the College and the Department.

With establishment of the new CSI Willowbrook Campus, the Department of Nursing moved in Fall 1993 to Marcus Hall, Building 5 South, 2800 Victory Boulevard. Since then, there have been steady improvements at the CSI campus and the Department of Nursing. The main office of the Department is located in Room 213 of Building 5 South. Faculty offices are on the first and second floors of the same building. The building has several practice laboratories and learning resource areas. Additional information can be found on Bulletin Boards posted on the walls of the second floor of the building, outside of Room 213.

2000: A New Century; New Growth in Excellence, Scholarship and Leadership

The year 2000 marked another milestone for the Department of Nursing. A Master of Science in Adult Health Nursing was initiated, providing for Clinical Nurse Specialist preparation in Adult Health. The new program admitted its first students in Spring 2000. The program received a Federal grant of $637,000 to provide resources for meeting program goals. In 2002, a Masters in Gerontological Nursing, with preparation in the role of Geronatolical Clinical Nurse Specialist was added. In 2003, the program expanded to offer additional options: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nursing Practitioner (CNS/NP), each in Adult Health or Gerontologic Nursing. Post-graduate programs offered for nurses holding master's degrees include the Advanced Certificate in Adult Health Nursing and the Advanced Certificate in Gerontological Nursing. Candidates in these programs are prepared to meet the requirements for certification as adult or gerontological nurse practitioners by New York State and additional national credentialing organizations. Click on the link below back to the CSI Nursing Department Home Page for more information about these varied and exciting opportunities.

The Department is also proud of the contributions of its faculty. The faculty have a rich tradition of accomplishments. They publish texts and articles, conduct research, speak at local, national and international conferences, and receive a variety of grants that benefit the Department and its students. In addition, one of our own, Dr. Phyllis Collins (who is also an alumna) is a recent Past-President of The New York State Nurses Association.

Recognizing the importance of collaboration and partnership, the Department has formed an Advisory Board consisting of alumni, students, friends, and colleagues from the community who work with faculty to help chart the course of nursing programs into the new century. The Board meets annually to discuss issues of importance and to help identify the needs of our community.

We have "come a long way" from those early days on Bay Street to our present home in Marcus Hall. Our reputation for having quality programs is strong within the College, the community and the City University of New York. Our graduates are employed in a variety of institutions and agencies throughout the city, state, and other parts of the country. Our graduates bring honor to the College.

School name:College of Staten IslandDepartment of Nursing
Address:2800 Victory Boulevard
Zip & city:NY 10314 New York

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MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING I Principles and concepts basic to the practice of nursing. Emphasis is on the maintenance and meeting of the basic needs of the adult patient. Introduces the student to alterations in human basic needs as a result of simple health problems. Clinical experience in a general hospital. MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING II Focus is on the identification of alterations in human basic needs resulting from common health problems and nursing intervention to restore and/or maintain optimal health. Clinical experience in a general hospital. NURSING INFORMATICS - COMPUTERS IN NURSING Introduction to the basic concepts and skills necessary for the student to interact with a computer. Emphasis is on nursing informatics, computers related to clinical practice, nurse-patient education, basic administrative and research applications. MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING III Focus is on the nursing problems of a patient with catastrophic illness. Short- and long-term goals of care will be included and the many ramifications that these illnesses have upon the patient, family, society, and the nurse. Clinical experience in general hospital and community agencies. PSYCHIATRIC NURSING The development of concepts and skills in psychiatric nursing. Special emphasis is placed on developing increased understanding of the nurse's own behavior and the role she/he plays in interpersonal relationships. The student learns to recognize the components of mental health and the impact of mental illness upon the patient, the patient's family, and the community. Laboratory experiences in clinical settings and community agencies. FAMILY-CENTERED MATERNITY NURSING Development of principles and skills in identifying and meeting the needs of the expectant family. The family structure and changing roles are emphasized throughout the pregnancy and birth cycle. Laboratory experiences in clinical settings and community agencies. CHILD HEALTH NURSING Basic needs and primary care of the well and ill child as a member of the family and community. Encompasses nursing assessment and intervention in the promotion, maintenance, and restorative aspects of childcare. Psycho-social aspects of growth and development are emphasized. Laboratory experiences in general hospital and community agencies. PERSPECTIVES AND ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING An exploration of current topics and issues that influence the practice of professional nursing. Content includes legal, ethical, cultural, managerial, and economic issues as they affect the practice of nursing. SEMINAR IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT This course consists of seminar-based discussions of nursing as a profession and a science. The theory and research-based aspects of professional practice are explored. The history of nursing provides a foundation for growth as professionals. A model for health promotion is introduced as a foundation for community-based nursing care. Theories of critical thinking are applied through the use of case studies. INTERPERSONAL DYNAMICS FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSES Theories and research related to verbal, nonverbal, written, and computer-based communication are explored. Students increase proficiency in the use of a broad range of communication strategies with people from culturally diverse backgrounds. NURSING IN THE INFORMATION AGE This online course provides an overview of the significance of the nursing role of integrating the data, information, and knowledge required for nursing practice, administration, education, and research. Topics will focus on the role of the nurse in managing the collection and handling of sensitive client data, including ensuring accuracy in collection, confidentiality, and security. Nursing documentation to accurately reflect client assessment, nursing interventions, planning, nurse resource use, and client outcomes will be examined. The nursing role in system change, selection, and evaluation of clinical health information systems will be explored. Ethical, legal, and social issues and trends relative to information technology and the electronic health record will be discussed. HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION The skills and techniques to perform a comprehensive health assessment and physical examination for generalist-nursing practice are refined. Nursing assessments of normal health parameters serve to differentiate the health patterns of culturally diverse individuals across the life span. Data from interviews, health histories, and case studies will be critically analyzed. Standardized nursing classification systems are used throughout the course. INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN NURSING Introduction to steps of the research process and to strategies for critically appraising nursing research. Research utilization, applications for clinical nursing practice, the use of the computer in nursing research, and future directions of nursing research will be discussed. Students will read and critique a selection of current, published nursing research articles. Emphasis will be on clinical nursing research, including both qualitative and quantitative designs. HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF VULNERABLE POPULATIONS This course explores the concept of vulnerability and its effect on health care needs. Factors that predispose people to vulnerability are discussed. Specific populations are identified and interventions to break the cycle of vulnerability are presented. COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING Nursing and public health theories and research are integrated to provide students with knowledge and competencies for holistic nursing care of individuals, families, and communities from culturally diverse backgrounds. Theories and research related to health promotion, health protection, disease and illness management are applied. Nursing care of “at risk” populations are emphasized. Skills in mutual collaboration with consumers and interdisciplinary teams are developed. LEADERSHIP IN MANAGEMENT OF PATIENT CARE In this course, nursing, transcultural, organizational, management, motivation, change and conflict management theories are examined in relation to application to the practice setting. Emphasis is placed on professional communication skills, as well as principles, and practices of health care management. Conceptual themes of critical thinking, decision making, and therapeutic nursing interventions as they apply to the management of patient care and quality improvement initiatives are integrated throughout the course. Evidence-based practice and research findings are examined for their relevance in refining and extending the role of leader in professional nursing practice. NURSING IN CRITICAL ILLNESS This course focuses on the roles of professional nurses in the specialty of critical care nursing. It explores advances in nursing in a rapidly changing health care system, where critically ill patients are in a variety of settings. Emphasis is on nursing research and evidence-based practice, as well as technological developments. ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE AND PROFESSIONAL NURSING Current issues in health care and nursing are discussed and analyzed. Pro and con positions are addressed through discussions and presentations. Political strategies to negotiate and effect change are outlined and demonstrated. This course should be taken in the student's last semester of the BS degree program in Nursing.

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