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DeSales University (Department of Nursing & Health)




TRADITIONAL UNDERGRADUATE

The nursing major prepares the graduate for practice at a beginning professional level in all areas of nursing, provides a knowledge base for graduate study, and fosters an awareness of the need for lifelong learning. Students in the baccalaureate program begin taking nursing courses in the first semester of their sophomore year. Extensive clinical and laboratory experience is an important part of the curriculum, with students practicing at local hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinical facilities. Students are guaranteed quality clinical placement in all subspecialties, including medical-surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, acute care, and community health. The senior year culminates in a capstone clinical and classroom experience that requires students to manage a patient caseload under the supervision of a preceptor and present case studies for peer critique.

The Department of Nursing and Health was established in 1974. At that time, there was no institution of higher learning within the Lehigh Valley area that granted baccalaureate degrees in nursing. Community needs assessments verified that this type of program would be of value in serving the health care needs of people within the Lehigh Valley. The College first offered a major in Nursing in 1974, and graduated its first class of undergraduate nursing majors in 1978, granting them Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. This baccalaureate nursing education is based in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as Salesian teachings, and as such encourages students to realize their human potential in becoming nurses and caregivers.

Undergraduate seniors who carry a 3.0 grade point average or better are eligible to enroll in one graduate course per semester. Select high school applicants to the nursing major may be eligible for the Nurse Scholars Program. Students enrolled in this rigorous program accelerate their studies so that they graduate with both a BSN degree and an MSN degree within 5 calendar years. More than 800 students have graduated with BSN degrees since 1978. Many of these alumni have assumed positions of leadership in hospitals, health care agencies, and academia.

MISSION

The mission of DeSales University is to provide men and women with quality higher education according to the philosophy of Christian humanism as developed by Saint Francis de Sales and his spiritual heirs. The University imparts knowledge about and develops talents for personal, familial, and societal living. DeSales University enriches the human community and enhances the dignity of the individual through its educational endeavors. In its work, the University fosters a vital and respectful dialogue between Roman Catholic faith and human culture.

PHILOSOPHY

For DeSales University, Christian humanism means that every aspect of human experience is capable of enlightenment by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Gospel brings light to each dimension of personal existence (physical, intellectual, social, moral, aesthetic, and religious) and every environment domain (natural world, social institutions, cultural achievements, historical periods, and religious societies). The encounter between the Word of God and the concrete world of the human person makes a fully meaningful existence possible. DeSales University strives to teach the student what it means to be Christian in a Salesian way, what it means to embrace one’s own life, and what it means to bring this Good News to the human family. DeSales University is firmly and publicly committed to the principles of Roman Catholic doctrine and morality. It also fully recognizes that the search for truth requires an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and that love demands an openness to all that is good. DeSales University distinguishes carefully between the free pursuit of truth, which it guarantees every member of the campus community, and its own commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church.



School name:DeSales UniversityDepartment of Nursing & Health
Address:2755 Station Avenue
Zip & city:PA 18034-9568 Pennsylvania
Phone:610 282-1100, 1271
Web:http://www.desales.edu/default.aspx?pageid=311
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FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING
Basic foundational nursing course which introduces students to foundational concepts of person, health environment, and nursing. The course focuses on the nursing process, basic nursing care, therapeutic communication skills, and the role of the nurse as a member of the health care team.

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
Provides students with methods of comprehensive health assessment for well persons across the life span. The course includes history-taking, interview and physical examination techniques, in addition to relevant screening tests and procedures for each body system.

PHARMACOLOGY
Provides basic pharmacological information and the nursing process application to drug therapy. Specific groups of drugs that exhibit common effects and their mecha nisms of action are explored. Developmental differences are discussed for select populations. Students integrate the knowledge of drugs, physiology, pathophysiology, and disease with patient profiles in order to make clinical decisions and apply the mechanisms of pharmacotherapeutics.

THERAPEUTIC NURSING INTERVENTIONS
Provides students with theoretical and clinical experience. The focus is on nursing skills requisite to competent practice in simple clinical situations in the health care setting by building on concepts in Fundamentals of Nursing. Students learn to integrate theory with psychomotor skills in order to provide a solid foundation for nursing practice in a variety of health care settings.

CONCEPTS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
An introduction to professional nursing concepts for the RN student that is grounded in Salesian Christian Humanism. The course examines nursing theories and history of nursing practice and also explores key facets of contemporary practice, including role development, critical thinking, organizational structure, and professional ethics. Limited to RN students. (Offered every other fall; odd years)

HEALTH RISK MODELS AND RESEARCH
Integrates the concepts of person, health, environment, and nursing as defined in health theories and models with nursing practice and research. Principles of health risk reduction will be introduced, with emphasis on strategies that can promote the health of individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and populations through research development and utilization.

NURSING OF THE OLDER AND CHRONICALLY ILL ADULT
Focus on adults and older adult development related to health, wellness, and chronic illness. The primary emphasis is on health promotion, maintenance and palliation.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Introduces concepts, principles, and processes of mental health nursing. Students integrate therapeutic communication and mental status assessment to mentally or behaviorally challenged adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. Students are introduced to typical human responses to perceived and actual threats to well-being that cross developmental levels and settings.

NURSING OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Focuses on family development during times of transition and change such as childbearing, viewing health and illness as family-centered experiences. The course applies the nursing process to care of mothers and newborns of diverse backgrounds from pre-conception to postpartum.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN
Designed to provide theoretical foundations and clinical experience for students to develop their concept of nursing care needs of pediatric clients and their families. Students focus on learning developmentally appropriate care of children and families in both wellness and illness settings.

NURSING OF THE ACUTELY ILL ADULT
Nursing care of adults over the life span experiencing acute and complex illnesses with alterations in multiple body systems. The focus is on critical thinking and collaboration with interdisciplinary health care professionals to foster restoration and rehabilitation.

COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING
A course which examines public health and community health nursing concepts. Students learn to plan aggregate-level care to promote health. The course includes application of basic epidemiological principles and methods, and population-focused management of communicable diseases.

RN SENIOR INTEGRATING SEMINAR
Advanced integration of clinical concepts and leadership theories that facilitate full human development potential of individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and populations utilizing a case study approach. Students critically examine significant technological and sociological developments that affect delivery of health care services. This is a capstone course for RNs.

SENIOR INTEGRATING SEMINAR
Advanced integration of clinical concepts and leadership theories that facilitate full human development potential of individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and populations utilizing a case study approach. Students critically examine significant technological and sociological developments that affect delivery of health care services. Includes preparatory guidance for the State Board examination.

CLINICAL NURSING INTERNSHIP
Advanced integration and application of clinical knowledge through focused precepted clinical nursing practice. This is a capstone clinical practice experience that can only be taken after completion of all other clinical practicum rotations and must be taken concurrently with Senior Integrating Seminar.

CREATING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: VALUES SEMINAR
Provides students with an opportunity to explore their own and others’ motivations affecting health practices. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to examine the formation of individual values and choices.

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