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Eastern Mennonite University (Nursing Department)




Approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, EMU's respected nursing program is known for producing graduates with marketable skills and caring hearts. Teaching faculty are focused on providing students with knowledge as well as compassion and empathy. (EMU is a small Christian liberal arts college dedicated to Anabaptist and Mennonite values of peacebuilding and service.)

Careers in nursing include work in community based health services, primary care settings, education, long term care, mental health, emergency nursing, critical care nursing, medical-surgical nursing, pediatric nursing, obstetrical nursing, occupational health nursing, forensic nursing, home health nursing and international settings.

Looking for an R.N. to B.S.N. program designed specifically for practicing professionals? Learn more about the Adult Degree Completion Program's R.N. to B.S.N. course of study, offered at EMU's main campus as well as EMU at Lancaster.



School name:Eastern Mennonite UniversityNursing Department
Address:1200 Park Road
Zip & city:VA 22802 - 2462 Virginia
Phone:(540) 432-4187
Web:http://www.emu.edu/nursing/
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A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK OF NURSING
Introduces the concepts basic to nursing practice: persons, health, environment and nursing. Incorporating spirituality into nursing practice will be emphasized. Also included in this course will be an introduction to medical terminology. Clinical observational experiences will take place in a variety of settings, according to the student’s individual interests. Taken during the sophomore year or during Level 1.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Includes interviewing, documenting, understanding normal findings on physical examination and geriatic considerations, theory, individual partnership experience and school laboratory practice of physical examination.

THERAPEUTIC COMMUNICATION
This course provides a basic framework for therapeutic relationships using a combination of theoretical and practical skills. Students learn firsthand the dynamics of interpersonal communication through a variety of activities designed to foster an increased awareness of how therapeutic communication works. The importance of therapeutic relationship skills in healthcare professions is emphasized.

BASIC NEEDS I
Introduces the study of human basic needs, including oxygen, regulation, mobility, asepsis, and physical comfort and safety. Clinical experience is with well clients and nursing home residents. Includes oral and topical medications.

BASIC NEEDS II
Continues the study of individual basic human needs such as food, sleep, fluid, aging, elimination and sensory with well and nursing home clients. Includes asepsis and care of persons experiencing surgery in an acute care setting.

PROFESSIONHOOD I
Focuses on the major processes used in nursing such as teaching, decision making, interpersonal relationships, and assessment and care planning.

NURSING CARE OF CLIENTS WITH COMFORT PROBLEMS
Focuses on problems of pain and the administration of parenteral medications and the care of persons receiving parenteral medications. Clinical experiences are in the nursing home and acute care settings.

NURSING CARE OF THE ADULT I
Addresses the needs of clients with problems involving endocrine, regulation, gastrointestinal, fluid balance and immune systems. Clinical experience in hemodialysis.

ADULT HEALTH PRACTICUM I
Clinical experiences are in medical surgical settings where the student applies the nursing process in caring for 1-2 clients. (Clinical experience: 11 days)

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN
Focuses on the nursing care of children in a developmental setting, rehabilitation setting and an acute hospital setting. Explores the transitional and situational crises this brings to the family. (Clinical experience: 6.5 days)

NURSING CARE OF CLIENTS WITH PSYCHOSOCIAL NEEDS
Gives an overview of psychosocial nursing and addresses nursing care of clients with psychosocial illnesses. Application occurs in a state mental hospital. (Clinical experience: 6 days in a psychiatric hospital)

PROFESSIONHOOD II
Emphasis is on integrating knowledge related to basic human needs and exploring a topic of interest to the student. Included is a discussion of professional issues, formulating a teaching plan for a client and applying research in a clinical setting.

NURSING CARE OF THE ADULT II
Addresses the needs of clients with problems involving the cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and sensory systems.

ADULT HEALTH PRACTICUM II
Clinical experiences are in medical surgical settings where the student masters complete care for 2-3 clients. (Clinical experience: 10 days)

NURSING AND THE BEGINNING FAMILY
Focuses on the family during the childbearing cycle. Clinical application occurs in a mother-baby hospital unit, childbirth classes and prenatal settings. (Clinical experience: 7 days)

NURSING AND THE FAMILY IN THE COMMUNITY
Focuses on nursing with the family as a unit in the community system from conception to late adulthood. Clinical application occurs in home visits with families.

LEADERSHIP
Provides a theoretical framework centering on principles of leadership and change for developing effective leadership skills. Students learn to manage care for a group of patients where they focus on care, collaboration, priority setting and decision-making. Students apply the knowledge in specific hospital and community based experiences. (Clinical experience: 13 days)

COMMUNITY HEALTH
Focuses on community health nursing with clinical application to individuals, families and communities. Epidemiology, communicable diseases and health care systems are considered. (Clinical experience: 9 days plus community project)

PROFESSIONHOOD III
Examines professional issues and the role development of the professional nurse. Students present a professional seminar, write an issue analysis paper and participate in various professional activities.

RESEARCH
Guides the student in understanding the research process and becoming a critical consumer of research. Students apply research findings in diverse settings.

CRISIS INTERVENTION
Crisis theory is applied with clients and their families in the acute stages of a health-related situational crisis and in community settings. Clinical experiences occur in the emergency department and critical care units. (Clinical experience: 4 days)

CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK BRIDGE COURSE
Provides an overview of the conceptual framework utilized in the EMU nursing department and reviews certain nursing process skills that include decision making, teaching, research and process recordings. This course is taken by LPN and RN students in the day program.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Includes the content and experiences of NSL1 311/2 and wellness content related to regulation, oxygenation, sensory, nutrition, sleep/rest and aging. This course is taken by LPN and RN students in the day program.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Independent study is an elective and may be taken by arrangement.


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