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Grand Valley State University (Kirkhof College of Nursing )




The Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) at Grand Valley is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and recognized for outstanding teaching, scholarship, service, and research. The Kirkhof College of Nursing is located in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Kirkhof College of Nursing offers admission to qualified undergraduate students through its traditional prenursing, freshman, transfer, second degree, and RN to BSN entry points. Admission to the undergraduate nursing major is selective and highly competitive.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, B.S.N.; B.S.N. completion with an option for a B.S.N./M.S.N. articulated program for Registered Nurses and an M.S.N. option for Registered Nurses with degrees in other disciplines; a B.S.N. with a B.S.N./M.S.N. articulated option for students with degrees in other disciplines; Master of Science in Nursing, M.S.N.; and a combined Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration, M.S.N./M.B.A.

The Kirkhof College of Nursing offers educational opportunities to men and women who wish to prepare themselves for the responsibilities of professional nursing practice in a dynamic and changing health care system. Continuing education courses and workshops are also offered to assist nurses in updating their knowledge and in learning new roles and functions.

MISSION

The mission of the Kirkhof College of Nursing is to provide quality nursing education to a diverse population of students. Kirkhof College of Nursing strives to improve the well-being of people through leadership in nursing education, professional practice and scholarship.




School name:Grand Valley State UniversityKirkhof College of Nursing
Address:301 Michigan St. NE
Zip & city:MI 49503-3314 Michigan
Phone:616.331.3558
Web:http://gvsu.edu/kcon/index.cfm?id=D18DCFD6-A8F7-2DD7-90FAF3446866BA9F
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Kirkhof College of Nursing Courses


EXPLORATIONS IN NURSING
An introduction to the discipline of professional nursing, including historical, educational, and theoretical development. Designed for both nursing majors and those considering nursing as a career. Opportunities for nurses in the changing health care system will be explored.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
Readings, lecture, discussion, or lab in specific nursing topics.

SELF-HEALTH AND WELLNESS
A course that emphasizes interdisciplinary theories and models of health and wellness. The student is introduced to concepts of how to change behaviors for health. Self-directed activities to assess and promote personal health will be incorporated.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
Readings, lecture, discussion, or lab in specific nursing topics.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING SEMINAR
Nurses returning to school for the baccalaureate degree will explore issues related to academic preparation for professional practice. The focus will be on intellectual development and the objectives for higher education in nursing curricula. Students will be provided information about university programs and resources. Meets for three sessions.

NURSING HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Designed for beginning nursing students to develop skills in obtaining health histories and performing physical assessments. Emphasis is on expected normal findings in healthy individuals with use of appropriate communication skills and beginning therapeutic communication skills.

THEORETICAL NURSING I
Preliminary study of the professional nursing roles of provider of care and coordinator of care and member of the discipline with emphasis on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and coping with minor limitations in functional capacity. Legal, ethical, sociocultural, spiritual, environmental, research, and professional issues are included.

CLINICAL PRACTICE I
Knowledge from core courses, liberal arts, and nursing is used to formulate clinical judgments about individuals and families. In cooperation with health care team members, students apply abilities in critical thinking, assessment, nursing interventions, communication, and clinical skills.

THEORETICAL NURSING II
Continued discussion of professional nursing roles. Continued emphasis on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention for individuals and families with emphasis on illness and disease management. Legal, ethical, sociocultural, spiritual, environmental, research, and professional issues included.

CLINICAL PRACTICE II
Knowledge from core courses, liberal arts, and nursing is used to formulate clinical judgments about individuals and families. Students collaborate with health care team members to further refine abilities in critical thinking, nursing interventions, communication, assessment, and clinical skills.

AN OVERVIEW OF END OF LIFE CARE
This course is intended for persons interested in exploring issues surrounding death and dying. Emphasis is placed on providing the student who is a consumer with critical knowledge that will assist in improving end-of-life care.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
Readings, lecture, discussion, or lab in specific nursing topics.

READINGS IN NURSING
Independent supervised readings on selected topics. Credits and topic must be prearranged with faculty sponsor(s).

HEALTH ASSESSMENT SKILLS FOR NURSES
Designed to help the nurse develop beginning skills in taking health histories and performing physical assessment. The complete health history and physical assessment related to a chief complaint or specific problem will be addressed. Emphasis is on expected normal findings.

PROFESSIONAL ROLE TRANSITION
Assists RN students in their transition to the professional nurse roles of provider and coordinator of care and member of a profession. Through clinical experiences, students attain cognitive, communication, and teaching skills required for critical thinking in health promotion and disease prevention.

THEORETICAL NURSING III
Expanded discussion of the professional nursing roles of provider of care, coordinator of care, and member of a discipline. Emphasis is on restoration, maintenance, and promotion of health in individuals and families with long term limitations. Legal, ethical, sociocultural, spiritual, environmental, research, and professional issues are included.

CLINICAL PRACTICE III
Knowledge from core courses, liberal arts, and nursing is used to formulate clinical judgments about individuals, families, and groups. Students collaborate with health team members to further refine skills in critical thinking, nursing interventions, and communication through seminars, laboratory practice, and experiences in hospitals, clinics, and community settings.

CARE OF CLIENTS WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS
Professional nurse roles of provider, coordinator of care, and member of a profession are examined. Emphasizes health maintenance and coping with long-term limitations in functional capacity across the lifespan. Refines skills in critical thinking, nursing interventions, and communication through classroom/clinical experiences with individuals and families dealing with chronic conditions

HEALTH IN DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
Examines role of the professional nurse in addressing health promotion and disease prevention in populations across the lifespan. Health in diverse communities will be explored. Role of the nurse as provider and coordinator of care, and member of a profession in community settings with diverse populations will be emphasized

RESEARCH APPLICATION IN NURSING PRACTICE
Assists students in acquiring the competence necessary to be intelligent consumers of research. Critical reading and understanding of research reports will be emphasized to provide students with the skills necessary to evaluate research findings for applicability to nursing practice.

THEORETICAL NURSING IV (CAPSTONE)
Professional nursing roles of provider and coordinator of care and a member of a discipline are refined. Focus on community health, management, collaboration, leadership, teaching, research utilization, standard setting, evaluation, and advancement of the profession is provided. Legal, ethical, sociocultural, spiritual, environmental, and professional issues are included.

CLINICAL PRACTICE IV
Knowledge and skills from core courses, liberal arts, and nursing are used to formulate clinical judgments about groups of all ages in a variety of settings. Ability in critical thinking, communication, and technical skills are applied to coordination of care in collaboration with health team members. This course is aimed at providing the student with a broad and comprehensive perspective on the fundamental assumptions, issues, and problems of the nursing discipline.

LEADERSHIP AND NURSING CARE MANAGEMENT (CAPSTONE)
This capstone course examines the role of the professional nurse in the leadership and management of nursing care delivery systems. Issues that impact health care delivery are explored. The clinical experience emphasizes the role of the nurse as coordinator of care and member of a profession.

CRITICAL CARE NURSING
This course is designed to assist the critical care nurse in preparation for the AACN nursing certification examination. The focus is on the nursing process as it relates to care of the acutely ill client. Emphasis is placed on psychosocial and behavioral responses and legal and ethical ramifications.

REHABILITATION NURSING
Rehabilitation nursing as a specialty practice. Pathology, particularly of the nervous system, is reviewed as it relates to a variety of rehabilitation patients. Content is designed to provide a deeper understanding of rehabilitation nursing. Emphasis is on preparation for the rehabilitation nursing certification examination.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Readings, lecture, labs, or discussions (or any combination) in specific nursing topics. Prerequisites dependent upon topic selected. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Graded CR/NC.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
Independent supervised research in special areas of nursing. Credits and topics must be prearranged with faculty sponsor(s).

THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES IN NURSING I
Exploration of various frameworks for nursing practice. This course focuses on concept and theory development.

THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES OF NURSING II
Exploration of various frameworks for the discipline of nursing. This course focuses on critique and utilization of theory in practice and research.

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, POLICY, AND FINANCE
Analysis of U.S. health care system, related social policy and pertinent political processes. Emphasis is on understanding components of the health care system including structure and organization, cost factors, provider-consumer roles, and cultural/economic impact on health care delivery. Policy and decision making procedures are explored.

ADVANCED NURSING STRATEGIES
Using selected theoretical frameworks to guide decision-making, students develop advanced nursing care strategies for promotion of health and disease prevention throughout the lifespan. Clinical component includes faculty-directed experiences.

PROFESSIONAL ROLE DEVELOPMENT
Provides the forum for examination of the characteristics, values, and expectations of advanced nursing roles to enhance the outcomes of professional nursing practice and promote the profession.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
Readings, lecture, discussion, or lab in specific nursing topics.

CLINICAL TEACHING IN NURSING
This course is designed for baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses who want to learn the art of clinical nursing education. It is an introductory course and practicum covering methods for teaching and evaluating students in the clinical setting.

ADVANCED ASSESSMENT
The student will demonstrate the ability to use advanced health assessment skills to elicit a comprehensive history and holistic assessment to improve ability to detect and differentiate abnormal findings and potential diagnoses. Didactic content is based on case study analysis. Laboratory hours involve preempted demonstration and use of the Model Patient Program.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
Explores pharmacological categories of drugs used by practitioners with a variety of patient groups. Selected drugs within categories are presented and compared on parameters such as indications, therapeutic and/or adverse effects, monitoring, doses, and common drug interactions.

ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY I
This course is the first in a two-course series that describes the scientific concepts in understanding the biology of disease processes. Content areas to be addressed include cellular injury, inflammation, immunity, genetics, tumor biology, altered fluid and pH balance, and endocrine and cardiovascular disease processes.

ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY II
This course is the second in a two-course series that describes the scientific concepts in understanding the biology of disease processes. Content areas to be addressed include disease processes in the following systems: hematology, respiratory, renal, nervous, gastrointestinal, central nervous system, and reproductive.

NURSING THERAPEUTICS: MENTAL HEALTH
Provides a framework to study the pathophysiology and the therapeutic use of medications in the management of the health care of commonly occurring mental problems.

DEVELOPMENTAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT: CHILD
Exploration of theoretical concepts and advanced nursing strategies related to health of infants, children, adolescents and families. Provides theoretical base for pediatric advanced practice nursing.

NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Principles of development with application to construction and revision of nursing programs in schools and health care institutions. Includes educational philosophies, patterns of organization, certification and accreditation requirements, and social and political influences.


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