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East Tennessee State University (College of Nursing)




Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers one can pursue. It not only provides intellectual challenge, flexibility and job security, but as a nurse you have the opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of people each and every day.

MISSION

The mission of the College of Nursing is to facilitate the health of the community through excellence and innovation in nursing education, leadership, research, scholarship and practice.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

The traditional BSN program consists of five semesters in the major after you have completed your university core requirements. You can become a BSN major by enrolling at ETSU as a pre-nursing major, changing majors, or transferring to ETSU from another university. You can also obtain the BSN after completing another college degree.

Upon successful completion of all nursing course work, you will receive a BSN degree and will be qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse.




School name:East Tennessee State UniversityCollege of Nursing
Address:310 Roy S. Nicks Hall
Zip & city:TN 37614-0617 Tennessee
Phone:(423) 439-7199
Web:http://www.etsu.edu/nursing/
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BACCALAUREATE NURSING PROGRAM

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BASICS OF PATIENT CARE
This course is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of Certified Nursing Assistants and introduce them to a professional nursing program.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course examines the pathophysiology of disease processes throughout the life span that cause alterations at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ levels.

DOSAGE CALCULATIONS
The course focuses on the necessary steps involved in solving clinically oriented calculations. A basic math review includes number systems, conversion of systems, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, and percentage. Methods of dosage calculation are included as a prerequisite to solving practical calculation problems for oral, injectable and intravenous medications.

PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSING
This course focuses on concepts required by nurses to make sound decisions about the administration of pharmacotherapeutic agents. The nursing process is used to discuss pharmacotherapeutic agents in relation to disease prevention and health promotion, health protection, and maintenance.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY: CONCEPTS OF DISEASE PROCESS
This course examines the pathophysiology of disease processes throughout the life span. Alterations in the mechanisms of inflammation, immunity, patency, sensory-motor, regulatory, and cellular development that result in disease are presented.

FOUNDATION OF NURSING SKILLS
This course introduces the foundations for nursing care of clients' human needs. Emphasis is placed on independent and interdependent nursing interventions that aid adult clients and families in meeting their needs related to hygiene, mobility, safety, oxygenation, comfort, rest, sleep and elimination.

ADULT AND FAMILY CARE I
This course focuses on the development of nursing skills. Students use the concepts of caring, nursing process, critical thinking, and communication to provide nursing care for adults with diverse health needs.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE
This course introduces the foundations of nursing care of clients' human needs. Emphasis is placed on independent and interdependent nursing interventions that aid adult clients and families in meeting their needs related to hygiene, mobility, safety, oxygenation, comfort, rest, sleep and elimination.

FOUNDATIONS PRACTICUM
This course focuses on the development of nursing skills. Students use the concepts of caring, nursing process, critical thinking, and communication to provide nursing care for adults with diverse health needs.

TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE FOR LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES
This course is designed as a transition course for the Licensed Practical Nurse pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The course focuses on validation and enhancement of previously learned skills as well as development of new knowledge and skills for the practice of professional nursing in the 21st century.

CARE OF MIDDLE-AGED ADULTS
Content of this course covers the care of the adult between the ages of 30 and 65 with emphasis on commonly occurring acute and chronic health problems. Nursing interventions to reduce risk, to promote and restore health, and to assist clients in adapting to chronic conditions are explored in varied environments.

HONORS MENTORSHIP IN NURSING
An individualized course in which the student collaborates with a mentor to create a program of learning that supports academic and professional goals. May be taken twice for credit.

GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
Provides additional study of delivery of nursing care to both the healthy and ill older client. Includes discussion of nursing implications of theories of aging, psychosocial and physiological changes in aging, and health issues relevant to elder care. Emphasis on increasing repertoire of critical thinking and nursing interventions to maximize functional health status of the aging client.

NURSING HONORS THESIS
An independent course for the senior-level honors student to complete a thesis suitable for presentation. The written paper will demonstrate scholarship, basic understanding of the research process, and relevance to professional trends and issues.

CARE OF OLDER ADULTS
Content of this course focuses on the care of the older adult as an individual, a family member, and a member of the community. The course emphasizes the promotion of health in the elder, restoration and rehabilitation for the ill elder, and palliative measures for the dying client.

ADULT AND FAMILY CARE III
This course focuses on the care of middle-aged and older adults with complex health problems. Diverse practice settings are used to plan, evaluate, and manage complex nursing care.

CARE OF THE ADULT
Content of this course covers the nursing care of adults with emphasis on commonly occurring acute health problems.

CARE OF THE ADULT PRACTICUM
This practicum focuses on the care of a cross section of adults with common and acute health problems emphasizing planning, evaluating and managing nursing care.

CARE OF OLDER ADULTS
Content of this course focuses on the care of the older adult emphasizing (a) the promotion of health in the elder; (b) restoration and rehabilitation for the ill elder; (c) chronicity and the elder; and (d) palliative measures for the dying client.

CARE OF THE OLDER ADULT PRACTICUM
This practicum will focus on the nursing care of the older adult in long-term and community environments emphasizing planning, evaluating, and managing nursing care.

INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL CARE NURSING
This course presents specific content for care of the critically ill adult, including advanced technology, nursing skills, nursing assessments and nursing interventions.

NURSING MANAGEMENT OF THE CRITICALLY ILL ADULT
Comprehensive, systems based nursing care of the critically ill adult client utilizing the nursing process with emphasis on health maintenance and restoration concepts, client and family psychosocial issues, and ethical-legal issues.

SKILLS VALIDATION
Selected clinical skills will be reviewed and validated specific to the students' particular level in the nursing program. May be repeated.

NURSING INDEPENDENT STUDY


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