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Dillard University (Division of Nursing)




The Division of Nursing was established in 1942 and became the fifth academic division of Dillard University. The Division of Nursing has the distinction of being the first National League for Nursing accredited program in the state of Louisiana. The nursing program has maintained national accreditation since 1952 and completed a site visit by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission in November 1992.

MISSION

The mission of the Division of Nursing is consistent with the mission of Dillard University. It is based on the belief that the profession of nursing is a primary force in the improvement of the human condition. The faculty accepts the responsibility to create and maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and growth through the achievement of academic excellence within the framework of a liberal arts education. The faculty believes that broadly educated individuals apply knowledge through critical inquiry and critical appraisal, adapt to change, and are culturally competent. Graduates are therefore, able to meet the competitive demands of their profession. The assessment and shaping of values is a vital part of the educational process. It increases acceptance of responsibility and accountability and promotes individual contributions to the profession and society. Preparation for practice must include opportunities that allow the individual to perform, compete, and thrive in a multidimensional professional environment.

GOALS

The programs of the Division of Nursing are designed to achieve the following goals:
1. Provide a nursing program with a strong liberal arts background that will serve as a basis for continuing education and graduate study.
2. Prepare entry level professional nurses who are able to deliver comprehensive nursing care in a variety of settings.
3. Prepare entry-level professional nurses who will improve the quality of health care delivery through personal and professional contributions to society.
4. Provide learning experiences that will enable graduates to effectively respond to the changing health care environment.



School name:Dillard UniversityDivision of Nursing
Address:2601 Gentilly Boulevard
Zip & city:70122 Louisiana
Phone:504.816.4718
Web:http://www.dillard.edu/academic/nursing.htm
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PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Designed to offer students intense immersion in the pathophysiological functioning of the body in relation to nursing concepts.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
Enhances appreciation of nursing science and promotes development of professional values.The organizing framework and philosophy of the division of nursing is introduced. Concepts explored include; health-illness, basic human needs, essential life functions, health promotion, nursing process. Core competencies include critical thinking, communication, technical skills and principles of medication administration.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING I: BIO-PSYCHO-SOCIAL ASPECTS
Apply knowledge of common management modalities to adult clients experiencing selected prototypes. The nursing process is applied in clinical settings to enhance essential life functions and to maintain and promote health. . Core competencies include nursing process, critical thinking and medication administration.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT IN NURSING PRACTICE
Focuses on health assessment across the life span. Performance of related psychomotor activities is emphasized.

RESOURCE STUDIES IN NURSING
Additional study related to support skills needed for success in the nursing curriculum. Students assist in determining their learning needs.The course faculty facilitates the learning process through guided individualized study.A variety of instructional strategies are used to enhance the student’s knowledge base.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDBEARING FAMILIES
Provides theoretical perspectives, scientific based knowledge and principles to coordinate and manage care to meet the special needs of women, neonates and families prior to during and after the childbearing period.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREARING FAMILIES
Focuses on health maintenance, health promotion and health restoration of children and their families. Content is developed around essential life functions as human beings move through different phases of growth and development, health maintenance, health promotion, health restoration and disease prevention.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING II
Holistic nursing management of adults experiencing bio-psycho-social alterations in essential life functions. . Emphasis is on restoring and optimizing levels of functioning during illness. Clinical experiences occur in acute care settings.

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
The implementation of psychiatric mental health concepts and theories in the application of the nursing process for clients experiencing psychosocial needs across the life span.

RESOURCE STUDIES IN NURSING II
Additional study related to support skills needed for success in the nursing curriculum. Students assist in determining their learning needs.The course faculty facilitates the learning process through guided individualized study.A variety of instructional strategies are used to enhance the student’s knowledge base.

CONCEPTUALIZATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
The emphasis of this course is theory and practice of group counseling strategies with clients needs require strategy utilization for health promotion and/or adap tations to alteration of life function.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
A comprehensive examination of community and public health nursing as applied to selected aggregates and communities.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Application of leadership and management concepts. Students are provided with the opportunity to manage care of individuals, teams and the care of groups of patients/clients in a variety of clinical settings.

NURSING RESEARCH
Includes the historical development of research within the nursing profession, its current status, and its relationship to the practice of professional nursing. Basic research concepts, the research process, research design, methodology sampling, data analysis, and significance of research findings are introduced.

SEMINAR IN NURSING I
Formulation and development of personal goals for professional development. Includes study of contemporary nursing theories and special topics related to health care with emphasis on human development, health promotion, maintenance, and therapeutic intervention.

SEMINAR IN NURSING II
Integration of the division of nursing framework into an upper division learning experience such as: a research design or service related program, portfolio or proposal.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING III: NURSING CARE OF ADULTS WITH COMPLEX HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS
Theoretical and clinical approaches to providing care to clients experiencing acute and/or chronic problems in the essential life functions that may lead to multi-system failure.The course of treatment and recovery through the rehabilitative phases of illness are included.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING
In-depth learning experience in a specialized discipline of nursing. It must meet university specifications for a three-hour course.

DIRECTED STUDY IN NURSING
A non-credit course for students who need additional preparation for the comprehensive examination.The student, and his/her advisor, will design the course in an on campus laboratory format, based on the student’s need.

MANAGEMENT OF HIGH RISK CLIENTS
Designed to give the nursing student the opportunity to care for high acuity adults with critical or life threatening health conditions.The student will follow through with appropriate nursing diagnosis and therapeutic nursing interventions to manage high risk clients in a variety of clinical settings.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING KNOWLEDGE
Students must pass this examination in order to complete the requirements for the nursing major and for graduation.

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