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Harding University (College of Nursing)




The nursing program, founded in 1975, holds a legacy of preparing quality nurses. Our graduates are in demand. They work not only in Arkansas, but throughout the United States and the world.

Our uniqueness will interest the person who likes a challenging and exciting profession and endless career opportunities.

MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY

The College of Nursing’s mission statement is “Developing Nurses as Christian Servants.”

UNDERGRADUATE NURSING PROGRAM

The College of Nursing offers multiple curriculum tracks to prepare baccalaureate nurses for the challenges and rewards of professional nursing. The undergraduate nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) and has continuing full approval of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN).

The College of Nursing has adopted the Arkansas articulation plan, which serves to facilitate the advanced placement of licensed nurses (LPN and RN) within degree completion curriculum tracks. Graduates of the undergraduate program in nursing are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in any state, are qualified for generalist positions in professional nursing practice, and are qualified for graduate study in nursing.

The undergraduate program offers currículo tracks to meet the individualized needs of students including: (a) a four-year, full time Traditional Track which culminates with the awarding of the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree (part-time options are available); and (b) an Advanced Placement Track APT) which is available to students who hold a current unencumbered Arkansas nursing license (registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and licensed psychiatric technical nurses). An individualized degree completion plan is collaboratively designed with the APT student; this culminates in the awarding of a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree (full or parttime options are available).




School name:Harding UniversityCollege of Nursing
Address:915 E. Market Ave.
Zip & city:AR 72143 Arkansas
Phone:501-279-4475
Web:http://www.harding.edu/nursing/
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INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with nursing from a historical perspective, national nursing trends, other health care disciplines, and changing national and global health care systems. The relationship of nursing to Christian service is also explored. Developing supportive personal and professional relationships and lifelong health habits are encouraged. The course is required of students prior to admission into the nursing program. A grade of “C” or higher is required.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Using the nursing process, students learn to assess the client’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions as a foundation to nursing care. The skills of interviewing, documentation, inspection, percussion, palpation, and auscultation are refined to make clinical judgments and promote healthy client outcomes. Skills are adjusted according to the client’s developmental level. The course is required of students prior to admission into the nursing program. A grade of “C” or higher is required. Open to non-nursing students with prior approval. Two lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours per week.

SKILLS FOR HEALTH MISSIONS
A basic health mission’s skills course designed to prepare an individual to function in a third world mission health care setting. Concepts of organization, management, teaching/learning, nutrition, health care assessment nd universal precautions are emphasized. Skills taught include first-aid, health history assessment, vital signs, sterile technique and pharmacological principles. Includes weekly laboratory experiences. Non-nursing students frequently request assistance in learning useful information and skills to be of service on health care mission trips.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING
An introductory course that provides foundational nursing knowledge, skills and practice interventions. The course incorporates principles from the sciences and humanities and emphasizes entry-level nursing practice based on the nursing process. Content focuses on safe practice using curriculum strands of critical thinking, Christian principles, leadership, teaching-learning, communication, research, global perspective and the nursing process. A grade of “C” or higher is required. Three lecture hours per week and 6 laboratory or clinical hours per week.

CULTURE OF POVERTY
A contemporary cross-cultural multidisciplinary course focusing on holistic ministry with individuals, groups and communities experiencing poverty in urban/rural domestic and international settings. Emphasizing human and community development to break the poverty cycle through application of health care and Christian principles. Includes a field experience commensurate with course objectives.

NURSING TRANSITION
A bridge course for licensed nurses pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing, transfer students who have had nursing courses, or anyone who has been out of nursing courses five years or longer. The course incorporates principles from the sciences and humanities and focuses on nursing theories, ethical and legal issues, health care changes, professionalism, clinical decision-making, and all curriculum strands. RN students will successfully complete NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam II RN-BSN and must have a current, unencumbered Arkansas RN license. The course is required of students prior to taking other upper-division nursing courses. Three lecture hours per week and 96 laboratory/clinical hours are required to validate clinical knowledge base and skills.

PHARMACOLOGY AND NURSING
An introductory course to specific drug classifications, pharmacokinetic properties, and expected therapeutic outcomes. Associated nursing assessments, analysis, planning, therapeutic nursing interventions and evaluations are discussed relative to clients’ developmental levels and lifelong health habits. Responsibility and accountability for nursing actions, including client teaching-learning related to pharmacology are emphasized. Two lecture hours per week.

HEALTH CARE MISSIONS PRACTICUM
An elective course which focuses on application of the nursing process in global health care mission settings. As a Christian servant, the student facilitates clients of various cultures and developmental levels to achieve optimum well-being. Nursing interventions and communication are studied relative to cultural norms, values, roles and practice. Individual responsibility for health and client teaching-learning are encouraged along with resource conservation.

PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Research-based theories, concepts and the nursing process are emphasized using critical thinking skills to provide holistic nursing care. In tertiary and community-based settings, students use standards of ethical professional nursing practice to assist adult clients with mental health and psychiatric concerns to restore, maintain and promote health, or attain optimum well-being. Responsibility and accountability for nursing care, collaboration, resource conservation and use, respect for human worth and dignity, national and global concerns, and a commitment to a servant-leadership lifestyle are foundational to effective clinical judgments and client outcomes.

NURSING ADULTS WITH CHRONIC HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CONCERNS
Research-based theories, concepts and the nursing process are emphasized using critical-thinking skills to provide holistic nursing care. In tertiary care, rehabilitation and community-based settings, students use standards of ethical professional nursing practice to assist adult clients with chronic health and rehabilitation concerns to restore, maintain and promote health, attain optimum well-being, or to die with dignity. Responsibility and accountability for nursing care, collaboration, resource conservation and use, respect for human worth and dignity, national and global concerns, and a commitment to a servant-leadership lifestyle are foundational to effective clinical judgments and client outcomes.

NURSING ADULTS WITH ACUTE HEALTH CONCERNS
Research-based theories, concepts, and the nursing process are emphasized using critical-thinking skills to provide holistic nursing care. In tertiary care settings, students use standards of ethical professional nursing practice to assist adult clients with acute health concerns to restore, maintain, and promote health, attain optimum well-being, or to die with dignity. Responsibility and accountability for nursing care, collaboration, resource conservation and use, respect for human worth and dignity, national and global concerns, and a commitment to a servant-leadership lifestyle are foundational to effective clinical judgments and client outcomes.

GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
Concepts, knowledge and cultural information essential to holistic nursing care of older adults are explored using the nursing process. Community resources are identified and interdisciplinary collaboration encouraged in secondary and community-based care settings to assist elders in adapting to the aging process, maintaining wellness and achieving optimum well-being. Prevention and management of common acute and chronic health problems are emphasized while exploring nursing interventions to assist older clients to restore, maintain and promote health; attain optimum well-being or to die with dignity.

NURSING PRACTICE INTERVENTIONS
The theoretical base for applying advanced professional nursing skills and interventions using current standards of nursing practice are studied. Christian principles of stewardship and resource use and conservation are stressed while utilizing the nursing process as a framework for making safe and effective clinical judgments which foster restoring health and preventing illness. One hour lecture or 3 hours laboratory per week.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR NURSING PRACTICE
Alterations in physiological well-being across the lifespan are studied from national and global nursing perspectives as pathological responses to disease, stress and environmental changes. Critical thinking, research findings and scientific knowledge are applied to analyze clinical nursing implications and client outcomes. Two lecture hours per week.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PRACTICUM
An elective course designed to meet individualized student learning needs utilizing various clinical settings. Student-initiated objectives relative to curriculum strands are matched with the clinical setting; arrangements are coordinated through the dean of the College of Nursing. The experience is to augment clinical application of the student’s achieved learning level with guidance from the faculty and clinical mentor. May be taken with Level I or II standing. Three to 12 clinical hours per week. Refer to Cooperative Education Program section of catalog.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
Using critical thinking, critical reading and critiquing processes, basic research concepts with application to professional nursing practice are introduced. Based upon Christian principles and professional ethics, research findings and utilization are explored and related to client outcomes. Written and oral communication skills are emphasized.

HEALTH CARE MISSIONS
An elective course which acquaints learners with the delivery of quality health care and evangelism in developing countries. Christian ideals are explored in a cultural and global context. Being a servant-leader, developing supportive relationships and effective communication skills, and achieving optimum individual and community well-being are emphasized.

PEDIATRIC AND CHILD HEALTH NURSING
Research-based theories, concepts, and the nursing process are emphasized using critical-thinking skills to provide holistic care relative to children and their families. In tertiary and community-based settings, students use standards of ethical professional nursing practice to assist pediatric clients with acute and chronic health concerns and their families to restore, maintain, and promote health, attain optimum well-being, or to die with dignity. Nursing process is emphasized in class and clinical learning experiences related to health needs, developmental tasks, and responses to health concerns for children through late adolescence. Responsibility and accountability for nursing care, collaboration, resource conservation and use, respect for human worth and dignity, national and global concerns, and a commitment to a servant-leadership lifestyle are foundational to effective clinical judgments and client outcomes.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Offered on sufficient demand. With faculty guidance, the learner develops course objectives relative to the topic under study and a plan to achieve the course objectives. The course may be experiential or a directed reading, study or research. Curriculum strands guide the learning experiences. May be repeated. Hours are to be collaboratively developed between student and faculty.


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