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D’Youville College (Nursing Department )




The four-year bachelor of science degree (BSN) prepares graduates for the state board examination and entry-level practice. This program has a strong liberal arts foundation correlated with professional nursing courses. Students begin clinical courses in the sophomore year and complete a variety of clinical experiences before graduation.

A special curriculum designed for licensed RNs who wish to complete their BSN capitalizes on their knowledge and experience.

Three graduate nursing programs that lead to a master of science (MS) degree are: the Family Nurse Practitioner program, Choice of Clinical Focus, or Clinical Nurse Specialist in Community Health.

All programs offered by the Nursing department are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and registered by the New York State Education Department.

MISSION AND VISION

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to educate competent, compassionate, knowledgeable professional nurses who provide patient directed health care to a culturally and spiritually diverse population in a variety of settings. Graduates will be responsible, ethical, and accountable members of the nursing profession, committed to the pursuit of excellence in practice, communication, innovation, research, and lifelong learning.

The Department of Nursing will be a leader in educating nurses who will be advocates for change within the health care system, promote a healthier society, improve nursing practice, and preserve and enhance human dignity and self-determination.

Planning for the Future: With a strong foundation in the Liberal Arts, DYC nursing graduates are critical thinkers in the increasingly demanding and complex health health care arena, ensuring a higher level of patient safety. A worldwide shortage means unlimited opportunities for qualified nurses.





School name:D’Youville CollegeNursing Department
Address:320 Porter Ave.
Zip & city:NY 14201-9985 New York
Phone:(716) 829-7613
Web:http://www.dyc.edu/academics/nursing/
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INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This first course of the nursing curriculum establishes the foundation for understanding nursing as a profession. The student will begin to develop a personal philosophy of nursing through an exploration of historical and contemporary perspectives of the profession as well as the personal responsibilities, commitments and requirements of pursuing this course of study. This exploration will focus upon an examination of the nursing metaparadigm: humans, health, environment and nursing. The student will be encouraged to develop an appreciation of the importance of lifelong learning, critical thinking and nursing research. Emphasis will be placed on D’Youville College’s philosophy of nursing, curriculum and the characteristics of a liberally educated baccalaureate nursing graduate. Distant learning format for nursing majors only. Classroom format open to all students.

WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES
This course focuses on health issues unique to women. Current approaches and research are discussed in the light of emotional and sociological needs of this group. The responsibility of women for self-examination and monitoring of their health and the impact of being a woman in today’s world are stressed. The role of the professional nurse as a health care provider, advocate and health teacher in collaboration with other members of the health care team (social workers, teachers, etc.) will be explored.

TRANSCULTURAL NURSING
This course will focus on developing cultural awareness in individuals who practice in the health-related professions. Ethnocentrism, ethnic practices, cultural diversity, workplace cultural behavior and intercultural problems as they relate to health care are presented.

CARE OF PERSONS WITH HIV/AIDS
This course will focus on preparing health care workers to provide holistic care to persons living with HIV/AIDS, their families and significant others, in community or institutional settings. By increasing the student’s knowledge and awareness of the complex related epidemiological, pathological, social and political issues, students will be challenged to an increased awareness of their own values and beliefs that could interfere with giving optimal care to this population. Perspectives of persons living with the illness, health needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and appropriate nursing interventions will be discussed.

WIP PROFESSIONAL NURSING II
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse as a direct care provider in terms of assessing the health status of individuals across the life span. Strong emphasis is placed on the development of interviewing skills to elicit a health history and on the development of skill in the use of physical assessment techniques, namely inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation. The process of analyzing assessment findings to identify the health needs of individuals in relation to health promotion is described. The focus is on developing basic skills of assessing health status and guiding the health practices of individuals from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds and who can assume self-responsibility and be a partner in their own care. Students are introduced to the role of consumer of research as it applies to health assessment and health promotion.

CLINICAL NURSING II
In this course, students will assess the health status and needs of individuals from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds across the life span. Students will perform health assessments that emphasize the use of interviewing skills to elicit health histories and the use of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation to perform physical examinations. Health assessment findings will be analyzed by the students to identify the health needs of the individuals assessed and plans will be developed to guide health promoting activities.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR THE RN
This course is designed for the RN student and focuses on the role of the professional nurse as a direct care provider in terms of assessing the health status of individuals across the life span. Strong emphasis is placed on the refinement of interviewing skills and physical assessment techniques for the purpose of eliciting a detailed health history and complete physical examination. Students will focus on analyzing assessment findings in order to identify the health needs and problems of individuals from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds. Opportunities to practice health assessment and documentation skills will be provided in an on-campus laboratory setting. Open to nursing students only.

HUMAN SEXUALITY
This course is designed to provide students with a multidimensional overview of human sexuality and opportunity to clarify their own sexual value systems. Human sexuality will be considered from biological, cultural, psychosocial, developmental, behavioral and clinical perspectives.

NURSING RESEARCH
This is a course that introduces the student to formal research methodology. The course includes discussion of research designs, components of a research study and appropriate documentation of the research report. Emphasis is placed on problem identification, hypothesis formation, assumptions, limitations, sampling concepts, use of human subjects, methodology, statistical selections and conclusions. Concepts are illustrated with current nursing research studies.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING III
The focus of this course is on health promotion, maintenance and restoration of individuals and families, particularly the underserved, responding to childbearing, childrearing and selected women’s health problems. The content relates to complex nursing activities, in hospital and outpatient settings, for health needs and problems of individuals and families responding to childbearing, childrearing and selected women’s health problems. The nursing role is that of direct care provider who recognizes the value of research findings when planning care in an interdisciplinary environment. The continued emphasis is on patient responsibility and empowerment and the nurse’s sensitivity to diverse cultural values and the role of advocate. Included is an analysis of changes in the health care system and their effect on patients.

CLINICAL NURSING III
Clinical experiences are in a variety of hospital and outpatient settings as direct care providers with an emphasis on managing complex nursing activities as members of an interdisciplinary team to promote the health of individuals and families responding to childbearing, childrearing and selected women’s health problems, using research findings with guidance to influence care.

NURSING IMPLICATIONS OF PHARMACOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS
This course focuses on the nursing implications of major classifications of pharmacological interventions. Emphasis will be given to patient responses across the life span to therapeutic actions, side effects, toxic effects and interactions of pharmacologic agents. The role of the nurse in administering medications, monitoring patient responses and health teaching will be contrasted with the roles of the physician and the pharmacist.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
This course provides students an opportunity to study a selected topic in nursing with a small group of students; topics may evolve from either student or faculty interest. A one-credit, eight-week summer clinical experience is available to eligible students between their junior and senior years. This is subject to availability from the health care facilities located in Western New York.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING IV
This course involves health promotion, maintenance and restoration of individuals and families who are ill. The focus is on management of patient care and collaboration using research findings in a variety of settings. Included is an identification of a health care agency’s process for discharge planning and outcomes measurement.

CLINICAL NURSING IV
Clinical experiences are in a variety of acute care settings, such as hospitals, ambulatory care, short stay and outpatient clinics, etc. Increased emphasis is placed on collaboration, focusing on accountability.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING V
This course focuses on individuals, families and groups responding to self care deficits/variances in wellness in relation to health promotion, restoration and maintenance. The role of the professional nurse as a manager who collaborates with the multidisciplinary team is examined. There is an increased emphasis on identifying problems that need to be addressed through research and on cultural, environmental, political and economic factors influencing the health care system. Included is the analysis of a health care agency to identify specific problems that need to be addressed.

CLINICAL NURSING V
Clinical experiences are shared with diverse and underserved individuals, families and groups responding to self-care deficits/variances in wellness. Settings include hospice, group homes, hospitals, clinics, outpatient facilities, long-term care facilities and homes. Case management and leadership activities will be emphasized.

RN* WIP PROFESSIONAL NURSING V RN
This course is the first of two modular courses for students who are already registered nurses. The focus is on enhancing the student’s knowledge and skills in using nursing theories, utilizing information technology, applying family and group dynamics, integrating complementary therapies and working with interdisciplinary managed care in the health care system when planning care for individuals, families and groups across the life span. The roles of the nurse in health promotion, restoration and maintenance and as a manager who collaborates with the multidisciplinary team are examined. There is emphasis on identifying problems, that need to be addressed through research and on examining cultural, environmental, political and economical factors influencing the health care system.

CLINICAL NURSING V RN
This course is the first of two clinical courses for students who are already registered nurses. The focus is on providing students opportunities to practice using nursing theories, utilizing information technology, applying family and group dynamics, integrating complementary therapies and understanding the concept of interdisciplinary managed care when promoting partnerships to enhance the health of individuals, families and groups across the life span. These issues are addressed through six learning modules. Clinical assignments include a variety of independent experiences where students will develop materials within their portfolio to validate their accomplishment of the course outcomes.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING VI
This course focuses on the health needs of individuals and families with a major focus on population based care for groups and communities. The focus is on the role of the professional nurse as leader, primary care provider, gatekeeper and collaborator within an interdisciplinary health team. Research is emphasized to evaluate health care in relation to outcomes and cost effectiveness. Included is a focus on developing solutions to problems identified in the analysis of the impact of changes on a health care system’s strengths and weaknesses in providing quality, cost-effective care.

CLINICAL NURSING VI
Clinical experiences are undertaken in a variety of settings to provide students with the opportunity to provide population-focused nursing care and for patients experiencing problems related to trauma, especially related to violence and/or addictions. Experiences in community health, adult health and addictions are included.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING VI RN
This course is the second of two courses for students who are already R.N.s. The course focuses on the health needs of individuals, families and groups with a major focus on population based care of communities. These needs are primarily addressed by studying three learning modules of community health and the issues related to addictions, violence, trauma and complex mental illness. The roles of the professional nurse as manager, primary care provider, gatekeeper and collaborator within an interdisciplinary health team are emphasized. Research findings are analyzed to evaluate healthcare in relation to outcomes and cost effectiveness. Included is a focus on developing solutions to problems identified in the analysis of the impact of changes on a health care system’s or department’s strengths and weaknesses in providing quality, cost effective care.

RNL CLINICAL NURSING VI RN
This course is the second of two clinical courses for students who are already R.N.s. Clinical experiences are in a variety of settings to provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skill in practicing populationfocused nursing care. Experiences in three clinical rotations, community health, mental illness within the community (addictions, violence, trauma) and management/leadership in the community are included. Gerontological issues in nursing are incorporated into each of the three rotations. Clinical assignments include a variety of independent experiences as validated by the student’s portfolio and/or supervised by course faculty.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
This course provides an opportunity for the student to investigate, with advisement, a topic of special interest. This study may or may not include a clinical practicum. Students must secure faculty approval for this course.

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