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East Central University (Department of Nursing)




The East Central University, Department of Nursing is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program requirements include submission of an application for licensure with a criminal history records search and successfully passing the licensure examination. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to reside in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). The Board has the right to deny a license to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on another health-related license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8]. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony charges. An individual with a felony conviction or who had sentencing terms imposed by the court related to a deferred sentence for a felony office cannot apply for licensure for at least five years after completion of all sentencing terms, including probation and suspended sentences, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon is received

The ECU Department of Nursing on the Ada Campus, is located in Science Hall and occupies most of the third floor of the building. The Department Chair’s office is in room 302 B. Nursing faculty offices, classrooms, nursing skills laboratories, nursing computer laboratory, and conference/study rooms are on the third floor.

The ECU @ SOSU branch of the Department of Nursing on the Durant Campus, is located in the Science Building on the third floor of the building. The Program Coordinator’s office is in 306. Nursing faculty offices, classrooms, nursing skills laboratories, nursing computer laboratory, and conference/study rooms are on the south end of the third floor.

The ECU @ Ardmore branch of the Department of Nursing is currently located at the Ardmore Higher Education Center. When facilities are renovated, it will be located in down town Ardmore. Most nursing faculty have an open-door policy when they are on campus and students are encouraged to visit with faculty whenever they have questions or problems related to the program. Students should make appointments with their assigned advisor a week prior to early enrollment periods in March and October.

MISSION STATEMENT - EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
East Central University’s mission is to foster a learning environment in which students, faculty, staff, and community interact to educate students for life in a rapidly changing and culturally diverse society. Within its service area, East Central University provides leadership for economic development and cultural enhancement.

MISSION STATEMENT - DEPARTMENT OF NURSING
The mission of the ECU Department of Nursing is to prepare students for the practice of professional nursing in a variety of settings and areas

PURPOSE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NURSING
The purpose of the ECU Department of Nursing is to offer a high quality baccalaureate nursing program that provides south central and southeast Oklahoma with accessible, professionally delivered nursing care. This program prepares graduates to practice professional nursing in a variety of settings in rural, as well as urban, Oklahoma. Major program stakeholders include currently enrolled students, program graduates, and major employers.

PHILOSOPHY OF NURSING

Nursing is a health care profession whose practitioners use specialized knowledge and skills for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of successful adaptation. Successful adaptation is defined as behaviors which contribute to the survival, growth, reproduction, and/or environmental mastery of the person or entity. Nursing care is needed when assessment reveals an actual or potential decline in successful adaptation. The nurse uses the nursing process as the vehicle through which to deliver care, thereby enhancing the ability of the recipient of nursing care to achieve successful adaptation. Care is delivered by the nurse in the roles of care giver, coordinator of care, and professional person.

The recipient of nursing care (person, family, group, or community) is an adaptive system composed of interdependent subsystems which interact with the environment. The recipient has the right and responsibility to seek self-determined adaptational goals. The level of adaptation achieved is influenced by internal or external environmental stimuli which may or may not be identifiable or alterable. As the recipient responds to stimuli, behaviors are expressed in the physiologic, role function, self-concept, and interdependent modes. The rapid changes in the health care delivery system mandate that the professional nurse provide services based upon principles from the biophysical and psychosocial sciences, and the liberal arts. The professional nurse is sensitive to the learning needs of the recipient of care and implements teaching-learning principles to meet identified needs in structured and unstructured care settings. As a care giver, the nurse needs the knowledge and skills required to administer therapeutic interventions in a variety of clinical settings and to clients across the life span. The professional nurse uses critical thinking skills and applies current research when coordinating care.

Leadership and management principles are applied when the nurse collaborates with other health care workers and appropriately delegates carerelated tasks. In supervising the delivery of care and evaluating outcomes the nurse assumes accountability for direct interventions and for delegated tasks. The professional nurse incorporates knowledge of professional, legal, and ethical parameters to care for peoples of various cultures. The recipients of nursing care are located in both urban and rural environments. Characteristics of the environment exert a major influence on the need for nursing care and on the resources available to deliver nursing care. Nursing education in rural settings requires that faculty operationalize and communicate professional nursing roles to students and to the wider community.

As educators, nursing faculty are responsible for determining the content of the curriculum, choosing the manner in which the content is presented, and for guiding the student in the learning process. The student, as an active participant in the teachinglearning process, assumes responsibility for life-long learning and is responsible for seeking opportunities to learn. Effective utilization and conservation of resources enables rural nursing programs to prepare graduates able to assume entry level responsibility in rural or urban health care facilities.



School name:East Central UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:1100 E. 14th Street
Zip & city:OK 74820 Oklahoma
Phone:(580) 559-5434
Web:http://www.ecok.edu/nursing/index.htm
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INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Orientation to nursing as a profession and as a component of the health care system. Open to other majors. Travel required. Classroom 2 hours.

NURSING PROCESS
Application of the nursing process in the acquisition of basic cognitive and psychomotor skills required for the practice of professional nursing. Classroom 4 hours, laboratory/clinical 3 hours.

PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
Skills and techniques of assessment of the adaptational level of adults and children. Emphasis is on obtaining health histories and performing physical assessments. Classroom 2.3 hours, laboratory/clinical 2 hours.

SPECIAL STUDIES IN NURSING (SUBJECT NAMED IN TITLE LISTING)
Directed group study on special subject or problem. Classroom and clinical TBA.

CHILD-ADULT NURSING I
Application of the nursing process in clinical nursing practice with emphasis on wellness promotion, maintenance, and restoration among individuals of all ages who experience specified adaptational problems. Travel required. Classroom 6 hours, laboratory/clinical 8 hours.

THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES
Concepts and principles of therapeutic modalities including modifications of diet and the use of drugs in disruptions of health status of children and adults. Classroom 2 hours.

CHILD-ADULT NURSING II
Advanced concepts related to health promotion, maintenance and restoration among individuals of all ages who experience specified adaptational problems. Current research related to major adaptational deficits of children and adults is applied. Travel required. Classroom 6 hours, laboratory/clinical 8 hours.

CONTEMPORARY PROFESSIONAL NURSING
The course focuses on the application of nursing theory to the development of nursing diagnoses and utilization of the nursing process. Roy’s Adaptation Theory of nursing is examined as it guides nursing practice. Classroom 3 hours.

NURSING RESEARCH
Concepts, principles, and applications of the research process to nursing, including the use of research findings in guiding nursing practice. Classroom 3 hours.

NURSING--CHILDBEARING FAMILY
A comprehensive approach to family nursing with emphasis on the nursing knowledge and skills necessary to care for the childbearing family, including the family centered application of the nursing process. Travel required. Classroom 3.5 hours, laboratory/clinical 6 hours.

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND THE SUPERVISORY PROCESS
Principles and practice of community health nursing and of nursing leadership. The nursing process is applied to the health needs of individuals, families, and communities in various settings. Travel required. Classroom 4 hours, clinical 8 hours, including integrated preceptorship.

PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
The course focuses on behavioral and psychodynamic concepts and theories, together with their applications, and the therapeutic use of self in the nursing process for modifying emotional and/or psychiatric disequilibrium and the promotion of mental health in the individual, the family and the community. Travel required. Classroom 2.5 hours, laboratory 6 hours.

ADAPTATION IN AGING
The role of the nurse in promoting adaptation of healthy aging persons, identifying those at risk for developing adaptational deficits, and assisting those experiencing acute and/ or chronic health problems within historical, social and political contexts. Classroom 3.25 hours, laboratory 3 hours.

COMPREHENSIVE CLINICAL NURSING
Synthesis and application of the practice of professional nursing in the clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on implementation of the nursing process for patients in the hospital setting with multiple, complex health care problems, and continued development of decision-skills in relation to the care of individuals and groups of patients. Classroom 3 hours, clinical 12 hours, including integrated preceptorship.

ADVANCED NURSING CONCEPTS I
The course focuses on the process and problems of aging within an adaptational framework. The course explores the role of the nurse in promoting adaptation of healthy aging persons, identifying those at risk for developing adaptational deficits, and assisting those experiencing acute and/or chronic health problems within historical, social and political contexts. The nursing process is applied based upon the principles and practices of community health nursing to health needs of individuals, families and communities. Classroom lecture on OneNet, web assignments, clinical labs. Classroom 5 hours, laboratory 4 hours.

ADVANCED NURSING CONCEPTS II
The course synthesizes and applies the practice of professional nursing in the clinical setting with implementation of the nursing process to the adaptational needs of clients with multiple, complex health care problems primarily in the acute care setting. In achieving the goals of the course, the student will be synthesizing knowledge gained in previous courses as they master new knowledge. Emphasis will be placed on the clinical application of theoretical learning, critical thinking, the decision making process in the application of the principles and practices of leadership and management as it relates to the supervision of health care personnel and the promotion of the adaptation of individuals and groups of clients. Classroom lecture, web assignments, clinical labs. Classroom 6 hours, laboratory 6 hours.

UTILIZATION OF THE NURSING PROCESS
Concepts and principles to advance the socialization of the student into the role of the professional nurse and to facilitate the student’s application of the nursing process in professional practice. Classroom 2 hours.

SEMINAR IN NURSING
Directed group study of special topics or problems pertinent to nursing. Classroom and clinical hours TBA.

INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN NURSING
Directed individual study of a special nursing subject or problem. Open only to selected undergraduates. Classroom and clinical hours TBA.

SEMINAR IN NURSING
Directed intensive study on selected problem or special topic.

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