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Fairfield University (School of Nursing)

The field of nursing has changed immeasurably since Florence Nightingale's leadership turned caring for the wounded and sick into a profession. Likewise, the education of nurses has changed dramatically. Students are entering the School of Nursing at a point in time when we are focusing on preparing students for a rapidly changing world of health care. Our goal is to establish a caring, diverse academic learning environment that provides one of the world's highest standards of nursing education.

The Fairfield University School of Nursing curriculum prepares future nurses at the baccalaureate and master's level in an exciting environment that not only includes classroom and clinical laboratory learning experiences on campus, but also opportunities to care for patients at numerous clinical sites. These sites are located in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and community agencies. Additionally, students are prepared for leadership roles in all health care settings.

Other key aspects of the learning that take place in the School of Nursing are the close relationship to clinical sites that offer internship programs for students during the summer months, the opportunity to interact with national nursing leaders who are present in the school at key points in time, and the study abroad programs which add to the value of a nursing education.

The achievements of the School of Nursing at Fairfield are best represented by the fact that students have the opportunity to be part of the Mu Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nursing. Increasingly, students continue their education at the master's and doctoral levels.

The faculty believes that the School of Nursing offers a tremendous opportunity for undergraduate and graduate nursing education in a unique academic and professional environment. We invite you to study nursing with us at Fairfield.

School name:Fairfield UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:1073 North Benson Road
Zip & city:CT 06824 Connecticut
Phone:(203) 254-4000

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This course serves as a foundation to the development of the nurse as a professional person. Central to this is the awareness and acceptance of self. The course introduces the process of critical thinking/judgment as an approach to the planning and delivery of nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities. Discussion of nursing’s history and accomplishments serves as the cornerstone for the advancement of professional behaviors including scholarship, communication, collaboration, personal responsibility/ accountability, integration of research and practice, and peer and self-evaluation.

This course explores the healthcare delivery system in the United States through issues relating to conceptual, historical, economic, political, and technological developments. The course emphasizes ethical and legal aspects of the current system that remain unresolved, such as access to care, type of services to provide, and roles within the system and discusses consumer use of traditional, alternative, and experimental therapies. This course gives an interdisciplinary perspective to students interested in healthcare from any field of study. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement.

This course orients the registered nurse to baccalaureate nursing education to facilitate re-entry into a new educational system. The course articulates the scope and aims of professional nursing practice in the study of concepts and issues of multiple aspects of healthcare delivery and education. Students examine the School of Nursing philosophy and conceptual framework.

This course provides the registered nurse student with knowledge and skills of health assessment of clients throughout the life span, with consideration of cultural and ethnic variations. Critical thinking and communication are essential components of health assessment and are incorporated in this course. This is a Web enhanced course that also uses lecture, discussion, demonstration, supervised and individual practice, and opportunities to develop self-evaluation skills. Students organize and prioritize data, and record assessment data on designated forms.

This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills of client health assessment throughout the life span, with consideration of cultural and ethnic variations. Critical thinking and communication are essential components of health assessment. The course uses lecture, discussion, demonstration, supervised and individual practice to help students expand their skills in interviewing, taking a health history, and completing a physical examination. Students organize and prioritize data using functional health patterns and record assessment data on designated forms. This course also includes a separate one-credit laboratory module designed to complement physical assessment skills. Students use the School of Nursing Learning Resource Center to develop skills pertaining to infection control, body mechanics, and client hygiene.

This course focuses on nursing care of older adults living in a long-term care setting. Normal physiological changes of aging and related assessment skills are incorporated and evaluated. Management of common geriatric care problems is emphasized. Instruction in Medicare/Medicaid, insurance reimbursement systems, political focus of older adult care, the minimum data set framework, and policies and procedures as they relate to long term care are offered

This course explores factors that influence the degree of health and wellness experienced by individuals across the life span. Epidemiology provides a frame- work for the assessment of risk and the management of common health problems. Students have opportunities to promote wellness through clinical experiences with healthy children and adults. The course examines how people make health-related decisions, what risks threaten their health, and reasons they give for adopting particular lifestyles, and addresses spirituality and culture, with particular attention devoted to assessment techniques and intervention strategies. Students learn traditional and (alternative) complementary therapeutic techniques to enhance health.

This course focuses on the study of physiological and biological life processes with an emphasis on deviations from normal and a particular emphasis on exemplar cases. The course discusses manifestations of disease and alterations in all body systems including pharmacological kinetics and dynamics as therapeutic strategies for treating alterations in normal life processes.

This course introduces the research process and its application to scholarship in clinical practice. Students learn to be consumers of research through a review of the literature, critique of research, and identification of methods appropriate to study specific practice-related problems. The course emphasizes critical thinking and writing skills and considers ethical, economic, technological, and statistical dimensions. The course applies concepts to clinical research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement.

This course introduces students to illnesses that are most frequently occurring in the adult population. Discussion of these illnesses includes application of the components of the nursing process: assessment, diagnoses, interventions, and evaluation of expected out-comes. The course discusses specific independent and collaborative therapeutic interventions including indications for their use and evaluation of effectiveness. Extensive use of case examples enhances learning. Students achieve competence in the performance of selected skills during this course, which includes a clinical practicum with an acutely ill adult population.

This course provides students with the opportunity to master the knowledge and skills necessary to help families cope with changes in their reproductive needs, reproductive health issues, and gynecological challenges. Reproductive needs include the childbearing cycle: pregnancy; childbirth; postpartum care; care of the healthy newborn; and prenatal, intrapartal, and postpartal complications. Reproductive health issues include: infertility, family planning, menarche, and menopause. Gynecological challenges include breast and reproductive tract surgery. The course integrates ethical and legal aspects of reproductive issues throughout and discusses nursing theories and research findings generally related to reproductive health.

This course immerses students in issues and concepts central to professional nursing. It examines political, social, and legal systems that affect the image of nursing and influence its role definition. Students consider organizational dynamics and theories of leader- ship and management, with case studies and concurrent clinical practica providing the foundation for theory integration. Experiential projects that involve acute care and community-based practice settings facilitate critical reflection and creative planning.

This course focuses on the nursing care of children, adolescents, and families dealing with health and developmental challenges of childhood and explores health promotion needs of childrearing families. Clinical resources reflect the trend toward community-based care, with student experiences in community agencies as well as in acute-care settings. The course employs a developmental perspective through which major causes of morbidity and mortality are examined. Case studies serve as vehicles for the integration of multicultural and multidisciplinary perspectives that introduce health problems. The course challenges students to develop critical and creative reasoning skills in working through the cases, guiding them in the use of developmentally and empathically appropriate communication strategies.

This course integrates knowledge learned in Patterns of Illness I and introduces other patterns of illness. Discussion involves the components of the nursing process: assessment, diagnoses, interventions, and evaluation of outcomes of patients throughout the adult lifespan. The course discusses specific independent and collaborative therapeutic interventions, including indications for their use and evaluation of their effectiveness. The course, which includes a clinical practicum working with high acuity patients across the adult lifespan, frequently uses case studies as a teaching strategy.

This course focuses on the provision of safe and effective care to people living in communities. Students synthesize prior learning with public health theory and public health nursing core functions. Using an ecological model, students address population level concerns such as emergency preparedness (bioterror, disease outbreaks, and natural disasters), disease surveillance, and health promotion/disease prevention services.

This capstone course addresses health promotion, maintenance, and restoration with clients in a variety of healthcare settings. Students are placed in selected healthcare settings in which they can practice under the supervision of a staff nurse preceptor. The course focuses on moving students toward autonomous professional nursing practice within their clinical setting. Functional health patterns provide the framework for giving care. The course explores nursing theories for their relevance and utility to nursing practice, and students apply leadership principles in coordinating care for groups of clients. The course emphasizes decision making, collaboration, autonomy, and outcome evaluation and includes weekly conferences to discuss professional, clinical, and health policy issues.

This course introduces critical care nursing, focusing on nursing diagnosis and management of patients with cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, renal, neurological and multisystem alterations. The course covers frequently used medications and basic EKG interpretation.

This independent study course provides students with the opportunity to study healthcare and professional nursing in an international setting. Qualified students study abroad at a University affiliated program site. The course focuses on historical events that shaped the healthcare system, policy making and implementation, the impact of health services on consumers and providers, factors leading to current reforms, and the changing role of the nurse.

Through individually designed projects or activities, students work with a faculty member to study a specific area in depth.

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