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George Mason University (School of Nursing)




Welcome to the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University! We hope that our website helps you to find the answers to your questions about our programs.

Nursing programs at Mason began over 30 years ago. Our first students were registered nurses (R.N.s) looking to complete their bachelor’s degree in nursing. Since the 1970s, our offerings have grown to include our outstanding traditional pathway to the BSN, accelerated BSN pathways for RNs, LPNs and second degree students, as well as master’s and doctoral programs in nursing.

Our undergraduate curriculum prepares our students for success on the NCLEX, the computer-assisted test necessary for licensure as a registered nurse in the United States. Our master’s program begins with a foundational core of coursework before branching into the various tracks: Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Clinical, or Nursing Administration. We are very pleased to announce our two newest tracks in the MSN program: the Clinical Nurse Leader and the Nurse Educator tracks.

At the doctoral level, we have been educating some of the region’s leading nursing executives for many years. Recently we have added opportunities for doctoral studies in nursing education and individualized studies at the doctoral level.

Nursing is a practice discipline, so our students engage in a combination of didactic, seminar and clinical or practicum courses to learn the full range of skills needed to practice nursing in our complex health care system. We work with our partners in long term care, acute care, community-based and public health agencies to provide a rich array of learning opportunities for our students at each educational level.

Our undergraduate and masters students have access to our recently renovated Simulation Laboratory facilities throughout their programs. Our new state-of-the-art simulation models provide opportunities for students to practice nursing technologies in a controlled environment before attempting them in the real world of patient care. Our students hone their critical thinking skills under the supervision of an instructor.

We are very proud of our students. They come from all over the world, speak many languages and are of all ages. What they have in common is a strong desire to be part of the health care system. They bring a rich diversity of life, work and educational experiences that they share with each other as they collaborate in their learning activities.

We also have an outstanding faculty. Our faculty members have many years of experience in nursing. Many are nurse practitioners or are certified in their specialty area. Many are engaged in answering research questions through collaboration with others.

If you would like to begin your studies in one of our programs, you can find the information specific to your needs on our website. You’ll probably want to begin by seeing what is required in the application process for the program of interest. Our Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management also has a website that might be of interest to you. Advisors are available (by appointment) to answer your specific questions.



School name:George Mason UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:Robinson A 391 - 4400 University Drive
Zip & city:VA 22030-4444 Virginia
Phone:703-993-1901
Web:http://chhs.gmu.edu/nsg/index.html
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APPLICATION OF BASIC NURSING TECHNOLOGIES
To be taken fall semester of accelerated second degree program. Introduces basic nursing technologies, and provides opportunities to apply these skills in simulated technology lab.

INTRODUCTION TO BASIC NURSING CARE
Introduces basic fundamentals of nursing care across the life span. Emphasis on nursing process, critical thinking, and foundational technologies and skills required to practice in the healthcare setting.

APPLICATION OF BASIC NURSING CARE
Application of basic nursing care in acute care settings utilizing the nursing process.

INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCED BASED PRACTICE
Introduces current knowledge, theory, and research. Emphasizes acquiring skills to access and utilize nursing and other health care research.

CONCEPTS OF HEALTH, GROUPS, AND FAMILY
Focuses on small groups and families as participants in healthcare. Cultural and religious differences and family crises are discussed. Legal and ethical dimensions of nursing practice are also introduced.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS FOR NURSING CARE OF INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS
Focuses on pathophysiological, psychological, sociocultural, and risk-reduction factors related to nursing care for clients with psychiatric conditions, as well as for child-bearing women, infants, children, and adolescents with acute healthcare needs.

APPLICATION OF NURSING CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS II
Seven weeks of clinical with focus on obstetric and family nursing, and seven weeks of pediatric nursing. Students may also follow selected clients in clinics or home situations. Clinical consists of two full days at acute care clinical agencies.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS FOR NURSING CARE OF INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS II
Focuses on pathophysiological, psychological, sociocultural, and risk-reduction factors related to nursing care of adult clients experiencing acute and chronic medical or surgical conditions.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS OF NURSING CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS I
Focuses on pathophysiological, psychological, sociocultural, and risk-reduction factors related to nursing care for clients with acute medical-surgical and psychopathological conditions.

APPLICATION OF NURSING CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS
Enrollment restricted to second-degree international students only. Clinical consists of two full days in clinical areas. Prior to onset, selected technologies presented in campus labs. Students may also have the opportunity to follow clients into the clinic or home environment. Course divided into three, five-week clinical areas: maternity and women’s health, pediatrics, and psychiatric nursing.

NURSING FUNDAMENTALS AND HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Introduces nursing process and communication skills as the foundation for beginning health assessment and fundamental nursing care for culturally diverse individuals throughout the life span.

NURSING AS A PROCESS FOR HEALTH PRACTICUM
Opportunity to practice health assessment and fundamental nursing technologies while using communication skills with culturally diverse and vulnerable populations in a variety of settings. Includes agency and campus labs.

CONCEPTS OF HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION THROUGHOUT THE LIFESPAN
Introduces epidemiology, health promotion, and disease prevention; and the impact on health status of culturally diverse and vulnerable individuals, families, small groups, and communities. Focuses on health problems and potential interventions throughout life span, and incorporates principles of teaching, learning as they apply to nursing.

NURSING AS A HEALTH PROFESSION AND DISCIPLINE
Introduces nursing as a dynamic and caring health profession, the impact of epidemiology, health promotion, and disease prevention on health status of culturally diverse and vulnerable individuals, families, small groups, and communities throughout life span. Incorporates nursing and critical thinking processes as they apply to the art and science of nursing. Historical perspectives on ethical, legal, political, and social issues are included.

MENTAL HEALTH AND MATERNAL/NEWBORN NURSING
Focuses on the nursing care, pathophysiological and psychological, social-cultural, and risk reduction implications of health problems in mental health and obstetrics.

APPLIED NURSING FUNDAMENTALS AND HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Opportunity to practice health assessment and fundamental nursing technologies while using communication skills with culturally diverse and vulnerable populations in a variety of settings.

THE NURSING PROCESS THROUGH CASE STUDIES
Provides opportunities to use nursing process while examining health conditions of clients in geriatric, maternal and infant, pediatric, or medical and surgical settings. Particular attention to assessing health needs of clients and their families through using case studies.

NURSING CARE OF CLIENTS WITH PATHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS I
Introduces changing health needs of culturally diverse and vulnerable populations throughout the life span. Focuses on nursing care, pathophysiological, psychological, sociocultural, and risk-reduction implications of frequently experienced health problems.

APPLIED HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Opportunity to provide collaborative nursing care to culturally diverse and vulnerable populations experiencing frequently occurring physiological, psychological, and social health problems in a variety of settings throughout the life span. s

CASE STUDIES IN HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION
Opportunity to integrate nursing care with healthcare needs of culturally diverse and vulnerable populations throughout the life span.

PHARMACOLOGY
Covers principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmadynamics of selected drug classifications, and nursing responsibilities related to drug administration to individuals throughout life span.

INTERMEDIATE NURSING TECHNOLOGIES
Laboratory course to assist students in acquiring therapeutic nursing interventions. Technologies presented are asepsis and wound care, administration of medications including dosage calculations, and management of intravenous therapy.

NURSING OF CLIENTS IN AN ACUTE CARE SETTING
Concentrated clinical course in an acute care setting. Opportunity to provide collaborative nursing care to culturally diverse adults experiencing acute or chronic health problems.

CASE STUDIES IN MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING
Explores in-depth nursing care related to culturally diverse adults experiencing acute and chronic health problems. Uses case presentations dealing with adult family members with health problems.

ADULT PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND NURSING CARE
Introduces changing health needs of culturally diverse and vulnerable populations. Focuses on nursing care; and pathophysiological, psychological, sociocultural, and risk-reduction implications of frequently experienced health problems in the adult population.

MATERNAL-NEWBORN PHYSIOLOGY, PATHOPHYSIOLOGY, AND NURSING CARE
Introduces normal and abnormal processes with maternal-infant clients including cultural diversity and vulnerable populations. Focuses on normal physiological, pathophysiological, psychological, sociocultural, risk reduction, and nursing care of these clients.

PEDIATRIC PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND NURSING CARE
Focuses onchanging health needs of culturally diverse and vulnerable populations. Includes nursing care, pathophysiological, psychological, sociocultural, and risk-reduction implications of frequently experienced health problems in pediatric population.

APPLICATION OF NURSING CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS
Includes five weeks of clinical experience in each specialty area, with focus on obstetric and family nursing, pediatric, and psychiatric mental heath nursing. Students may also follow selected clients in clinics or home situations. Clinical consists of two full days per week in acute-care agencies.

APPLICATION OF INTERMEDIATE NURSING TECHNOLOGIES
Introduces intermediate nursing technologies, and provides opportunities to apply these skills in simulated technology lab.

CONTEMPORARY HEALTH
Looks at a variety of health and healthcare issues. Explores the biology and medical implications of diseases, and examines who is making decisions on allocation of research funds and prevention of diseases.

CLINICAL NURSING ELECTIVE
Allows students to synthesize previously learned knowledge and skills, acquire additional clinical experience, and observe and participate in nursing practice.

NURSING CARE OF CLIENTS WITH PATHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS II
Encompasses complex health problems of culturally diverse and vulnerable populations throughout the life span. Focuses on nursing care needs and pathophysiological, psychological, and sociocultural implications of complicated health problems. f

PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS FOR NURSING CARE OF INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS II
Enrollment restricted to second degree students only. Focuses on pathophysiological, psychological, sociocultural, and risk-reduction factors related to nursing care of child-bearing women, infants, children, and adolescents experiencing acute healthcare problems.

NUTRITION AND CHRONIC ILLNESS
Examines nutrient needs related to specific chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Focuses on principles of nutritional therapy and prevention.

COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Open only to RNs and LPNs. Introduces systematic health assessment across the life span, and expands that knowledge base to include knowledge and skills necessary to perform comprehensive health assessments with culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE ACCELERATED PATHWAY
Advanced technology course developing knowledge base related to acquisition of advanced skills in nursing practice. Refinement of assessment skills associated with selected advanced technologies integrated into this laboratory course.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICAL FOR THE ACCELERATED PATHWAY
Clinical experience with a focus on collaborative nursing care with individuals, families, and large groups in the community. Emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention for well populations, and community-based care for individuals and families with acute and chronic illness.

PRECEPTORSHIP FOR THE ACCELERATED PATHWAY
Opportunity to deliver collaborative nursing care to culturally diverse and vulnerable populations. Concentrated clinical experiences available in selected institutional settings.


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