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Gustavus Adolphus College - Nursing Program




The Minnesota Intercollegiate Nursing Consortium (MINC), the nursing program at Gustavus Adolphus College working in cooperation with that of St. Olaf College, offers students the opportunity to enjoy a Gustavus education, earn a Gustavus degree, enroll in nursing courses with students outside the major and from another college, enjoy courses taught by professors from two colleges, and have clinical learning experiences in a variety of rural and Twin Cities health-care and community facilities. The program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing (MBN), spans four academic years. During the first and second years, students complete prerequisites and general education courses. In the junior and senior years, they continue taking liberal arts courses and complete the nursing courses.

By combining the values of the individual and a liberal arts background with the acquisition of professional knowledge and nursing skills, the program integrates development of the whole person, a commitment to lifelong learning, and service to others with a holistic approach to the practice of professional nursing.

The program, through an innovative design that integrates theory with practice and partners educators with professionals in practice, prepares graduates to provide and coordinate nursing to individuals, families, and communities within standards of professional practice utilizing the Neuman Systems Model. Students learn to think critically, communicate effectively and implement therapeutic nursing interventions within the socio-cultural, spiritual, and developmental context of patient situations.

Students must apply for admission to the Nursing major during the fall of the sophomore year. Application information is available from the department chair. Admission criteria include cumulative grade point average, grades in prerequisite courses, essay, interview, and student status. Students will be notified of their conditional acceptance into the major by a letter from the department chair before the spring semester of the sophomore year. Nursing courses begin in the fall of the junior year.

Students are awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Nursing by Gustavus Adolphus College upon successful completion of all requirements of the program. Students are eligible to apply for initial licensure by examination for registered nurses offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and, upon licensure, can apply for certification as a public health nurse in Minnesota.



School name:Gustavus Adolphus College - Nursing Program
Address:800 West College Avenue
Zip & city:MN 56082 Minnesota
Phone:507/933-7317
Web:http://gustavus.edu/academics/nursing/
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PARENTING
This course examines contemporary parenting and is intended as an introduction for students’ preparation for or examination of parenthood. Topics include the stages of pregnancy including fetal growth and development, preparation for labor and birth, parent-infant attachment, and stages of childhood development. Discussion of historic and current parenting roles, parenting skills, parenting styles, gender issues, cultural variations in parenting, discipline, effective communication and a variety of contemporary challenges relating to the parenting role will be included. SOSCI, Spring semester.

RESEARCH FOR WELLBEING
This course is designed to give students who are interested in human wellbeing/health care the knowledge and opportunity to design, implement, analyze, and disseminate the findings of a research study. Students will learn about and become engaged in the research process beginning with a review of the literature in order to refine a research question. After writing a research prospectus, students will obtain approval from the institutional review board prior to data collection. Following data collection and analysis, students will submit an abstract to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research to present their findings. Fall Semester.

WELLBEING RESEARCH
This course is designed to give students interested in human wellbeing/health care the knowledge and opportunity to design, implement, analyze, and disseminate the findings of a research study. Students will engage in the research process beginning with a review of the literature in order to refine a research question. After writing a research prospectus, students will obtain approval from the institutional review board prior to data collection. Following data collection and analysis, students will submit an abstract to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research to present their findings. Students can register for an additional .5 course to prepare and submit a manuscript for publication of their research. Fall semester

HEALTH CARE ISSUES
This course focuses on critical issues in contemporary health care. Topics include principles of wellness, health promotion, interpersonal communication, cultural competency, and ethical, legal, political and economic aspects of the health care system in the United States. Students have the opportunity to explore health care issues, such as interpersonal violence, genomics, bioterrorism, and global health problems.

NURSING CONCEPTS
This course explores the foundational and philosophical concepts of the discipline of nursing. Topics include the history and image of nursing, scope of practice and professional roles, research and lifelong learning. Students will develop the ability to assess an individual’s state of health from a holistic perspective, using the Neuman System Model as a theoretical framework. Emphasis is on the use of critical thinking and evidenced-based practice.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Classroom and laboratory experiences in nursing and health assessment skills develop the student’s ability to provide nursing care. Opportunities to apply knowledge from the liberal arts and nursing theory to simulated patient care situations are provided. Individual practice sessions in the nursing laboratory are expected. Performance testing determines readiness for the role of caregiver in a variety of clinical settings.

ADULT HEALTH I
This course focuses on principles of pharmacology and care of the hospitalized adult. Topics include pain management, sleep and rest, and sensory perceptual alterations. Students will apply the nursing process to the care of adults, with emphasis on the elderly. Using a holistic perspective, students will collect and analyze information related to an individual’s health status. Students will begin to develop the professional role of caregiver and patient advocate.

ADULT HEALTH II
This course explores health problems in adults requiring medical or surgical care. Students will utilize the roles of caregiver, patient advocate, educator, and collaborator in the care of individuals. Classes integrate patho-physiology, pharmacology, and knowledge of acute and chronic health problems in the adult population. Experiences will be provided in a variety of settings serving adult and elderly populations.

CHILD HEALTH
This course explores health problems of children requiring medical or surgical care. Students integrate knowledge of developmental, transcultural and communication theories in the care of children from infancy through adolescence. Trends and issues related to family-centered health care will be explored. Students further develop the roles of educator, collaborator, advocate, and caregiver. A variety of pediatric clinical settings will be utilized.

PERINATAL HEALTH
This course explores the childbearing process in healthy and high-risk families. Clinical experiences are provided with families during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and following birth. Clinical settings include hospital birth centers, clinics, and home care agencies. Students develop the role of educator by working with parents to integrate and care for a new member of the family system.

COMMUNITY HEALTH
This course emphasizes the health of communities and populations. Topics include population-based health issues such as environmental health, epidemiology, and communicable disease. Students will assess and screen individuals and families within communities, address identified needs and educate populations across the lifespan, collaborate with other health care professionals, make referrals, and participate in health promotion clinics. Clinical experiences occur in rural public health agencies and community-based programs.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Independent investigation of a selected nursing topic. Open only to junior or senior Nursing majors by special permission of the department.

MENTAL HEALTH
Students will explore issues related to the care of individuals suffering from acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. The course will include topics such as major mental illnesses, substance abuse, depression and anxiety disorders. Students develop the roles of counselor and collaborator by working with an interdisciplinary team in providing care to patients in psychiatric settings. Clinical experiences emphasize the use of therapeutic communication, psychiatric assessment, and interpersonal relationship skills.

NURSING LEADERSHIP
This course explores the theories of leadership, management and organizations and the process of managing personnel and work. Concepts of change, conflict negotiation and preparation for professional practice are examined. Professional communication is emphasized through writing and conducting a teaching conference for personnel. The roles of leader, manager, and coordinator are emphasized. Clinical experiences focus on providing nursing care to groups of adults with complex health problems.

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