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Immaculata University (Department of Nursing)




The faculty of the Department of Nursing welcomes you to Immaculata University and invites you to investigate further the accelerated RN-BSN program and the MSN program we offer.
The accelerated RN-BSN program is offered on the main campus at Immaculata University in Chester County, PA, and at various sites in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania and in the state of Delaware. For more information about when the next cohort begins in a location close to you, please contact CLL at 610-647-4400, extensions 3450 or 3173.
The MSN program is offered on the main campus at Immaculata University in Chester County, PA. If you would like more information about the MSN program, please contact Sandra Rollison, Director of Graduate Admissions at 610-647-4400 X 3215.

MISSION
The Department of Nursing, in accordance with the mission statement of Immaculata University, strives to develop “a truly educated person who is value oriented and committed to truth, justice, service, and peace.” The Department of Nursing of Immaculata University seeks to stimulate the expansion of personal and professional consciousness from a holistic perspective within a Christ centered academic environment.
The RN to BSN program is designed to facilitate the educational mobility of graduates of associate degree and diploma programs of nursing. Building on the liberal arts and sciences, the program promotes the growth of knowledge, professional skill, and intellectual inquiry. The program prepares the students for graduate study and to meet the challenges of a dynamic health care system for a global community.
The MSN program builds on baccalaureate nursing education and prepares nurses for the roles of advanced practice, of educator and of manager/leader and for doctoral study. In a framework of the liberal arts it strives to provide opportunities to integrate knowledge through logical and critical thought, independent study, aesthetic and cultural awareness, and practical experience. The MSN program fosters students in the process of scientific inquiry and the development of research to expand nursing knowledge. The students are challenged to develop as leaders and innovators who impact the nursing profession and the global health care system.

PHILOSOPHY
The nursing faculty believes that education is an intellectual journey that involves critical thinking, intellectual inquiry, problem solving and application to professional practice. In accordance with the beliefs stated in the university’s goals, the nursing faculty believes that "the highest service a university can render its students is to prepare them for life." The faculty believes that an RN-BSN program should build on the strengths of diploma and associate degree nursing programs and on the knowledge, experience, and skills students bring with them and that a masters in nursing program should build on the BSN education.
As a Catholic liberal arts university, Immaculata is an ideal setting in which to educate professionals for a changing society. The preparation of students for service within a Christ centered academic community is an institutional commitment. The faculty values the individual uniqueness of each student and strives to create an atmosphere that promotes the development of the whole person with consideration for the physical, intellectual, social, moral, aesthetic and spiritual nature of humans.
The faculty believes that nursing is an art and a science that incorporates the physical, psychological, and social sciences and the humanities into its practice. As an art, nursing is the use of self in assisting persons to promote, restore, and maintain health, and to die in comfort and with dignity. Nursing necessitates the development of a sense of equity, justice, freedom, dignity, group membership, community and the encompassing environment. The faculty believes that the discipline of nursing has a scientific basis derived from research. Critical thinking is viewed as the basis of all nursing inquiry and therapeutic nursing actions. Nursing is also acknowledged as a legally sanctioned practice defined in the Pennsylvania Nurse Practice Act as the, "diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems, through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling, and provision of care supportive or restorative of life and well being..." (Professional Nursing Law, 1987).
Health is wholeness derived from the harmonious internal interaction of the body, mind, and spirit and the harmonious balance between person and environment. It is an individually perceived and dynamic state.
The faculty embraces a holistic Christian, worldview that views all humans as composed of mind, body, spirit and believes these components are intertwined and inseparable. The faculty also believes that humans are cultural beings who are unique and who have worth and dignity, and who interact continually in a changing environment The environment comprises internal and external systems of which the person is an integral part. The internal systems are the somatic, psychic, spiritual, and cultural nexi which form the individual personhood. External systems are comprised of the social, physical, political and cultural milieus in which the person moves, has being, and through which humanity is expressed. It is believed that person and environment are inseparable. The faculty believes this perspective is essential for understanding the human condition.

HISTORY
Immaculata University has assisted registered nurses (RN) in the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) since 1984. At its inception, the delivery of the BSN program occurred in a traditional semester format. However in 1998, as a response to the national nursing shortage that began in the late 1990's, the University began offering an accelerated format of delivering the BSN which allows students to complete 50 credits in less than two years while still working full-time. The National League of Nurses Accreditation Commission has accredited this program since 1989. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education acredited the BSN program in October 2004.
Also available is the School Nursing Certification, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education since 1990.
After many requests from local nursing employers in Chester and Delaware Counties and graduates of the BSN program, Immaculata University developed a Masters of Science in Nursing. The MSN program received initial approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in August 2003. The first MSN classes began in January 2004.
Through both the BSN and MSN programs, Immaculata University is committed to preparing students to bring vision, leadership, and a service-oriented focus into their nursing practice in the 21st century.

RN TO BSN PROGRAM
The RN to BSN program at Immaculata University is designed to facilitate the educational mobility of graduates of associate degree or diploma programs of nursing.
Building on the liberal arts and sciences the program seeks to stimulate the expansion of personal and professional consciousness from a holistic perspective within a Christ centered academic environment. The program promotes the growth of knowledge and professional skill, and intellectual inquiry. In addition, the program prepares students for graduate study and to meet the challenges of a dynamic health care system for a global community. The program in accordance with Immaculata's mission strives to develop "a truly educated person: value oriented and committed to seeking truth, promoting justice, and fostering peace."



School name:Immaculata UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:1145 King Road, Loyola Hall 13
Zip & city:PA 19345-0691 Pennsylvania
Phone:610-647-4400, 3497
Web:http://www.immaculata.edu/Academics/Departments/Nursing/index.htm
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PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF BACCALAUREATE NURSING This course is designed as a bridge to baccalaureate nursing education to acquaint the returning professional with skills necessary for academic success while focusing on the unique role of nurses in the changing health system. Content includes role theory, change theory, and political advocacy. The course explores the efforts of nursing to create a health care system that assures access, quality, and services at affordable costs. PORTFOLIO I The purpose of this course is to presents an overview of the mission and philosophy of the Nursing Department and the program goals and learning outcomes of the RN to BSN Program. The course presents the concept of holism as a basis for nursing practice Paul’s theory of critical thinking is introduced as well as personal self –assessment techniques through the creation of a portfolio. PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF RESEARCH This course will focus on theoretical principles and practical applications of library research. Discussion and assignments include forming inquiry questions; locating and evaluating print and electronic sources; and summarizing, paraphrasing, and incorporating source material in written presentations using the APA citation for mat. Oral presentations of selected research assignments serve as the capstone of the course. NURSING AND THE LAW Overview of the current legal structure of the health care system, including informed consent, medical ethics, malpractice, elder and insurance law, nurses and litigation, and health care risk management. ANTHROPOLOGY AND HEALTH Introduces anthropological theories, concepts, and methods used to examine health beliefs and practices of a variety of cultural groups in the United States and throughout the world. Designed to provide the practicing nurse with tools for effective delivery of health care to clients from different cultures. LOGIC AND KNOWLEDGE This course alms at both formal argument analysis and extended argumentation in topics that introduce the student to the different modes of thought employed in various disciplines with some particular attention to philosophic issues. PORTFOLIO II The purpose of this course is to presents an overview of the mission and philosophy of the Nursing Department and the program goals and learning outcomes of the RN to BSN Program. The course presents the concept of holism as a basis for nursing practice Paul’s theory of critical thinking is introduced as well as personal self –assessment techniques through the creation of a portfolio. HEALTH ASSESSMENT Builds on the students’ prior knowledge and experience to develop health and physical assessment skills. The course focuses on the comprehensive collection and analysis of subjective and objective data in the adult client. Physical and health changes across the life span and among racial/ethnic groups will be emphasized. Laboratory practice of assessment skills is included in class time. CONTEMPORARY MEDICAL ETHICS This course applies fundamental moral principles to the medical and health care professions. Emphasis is placed on decision making, social policy, and service related issues of health care. HOLISTIC HEALTH This course focuses on independent health practices. Independent nursing interventions, designed to promote health and augment traditional medicine in a variety of settings, will be explored. In addition, students will examine areas of health promotion and stress. THEORY AND APPLICATION OF CRISIS INTERVENTION IN NURSING Focuses on the role of the nurse in caring for individuals and families in crisis. Theories of adaptation, situational and maturational crisis, as well as leadership theories are analyzed and discussed. Students identify a crisis situation in a self-selected population and - applying leadership skills and appropriate theories - develop nursing intervention strategies to promote, restore and maintain health for their clients. ISSUES IN MANAGEMENT An examination of motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning in work and home situations. Leadership styles related to particular circumstances are analyzed. Negotiation and analysis of productivity will be included, Basic concepts in general issues of managing change in organizations are also considered. METHODS OF RESEARCH AND STATISTICS An introduction to the research design process and its tools. Content includes research design, descriptive and inferential statistics using Microsoft Excel. Students are given the opportunity to critique research studies and discuss managerial decision making. NURSING RESEARCH The course focuses on the baccalaureate competency of “consumer of research”. The research process is examined and the critical reading of research reports is emphasized. Ethical issues of human subject research are integrated throughout the course. Students develop skill in the identification, utilization, and dissemination of research findings. HOLISTIC CARE OF THE CHRONICALLY ILL AND ELDERS This course builds on the knowledge and theories presented in Holistic Health. Learners are guided to develop a holistic framework for the care of elders and the chronically ill. Issues explored include the aging process, role changes, vulnerability, stigma, ethics, advocacy, and end of life and case management. NURSING CARE OF COMMUNITIES Students consider the concepts and implications of community oriented and community based nursing care and investigate the factors that impact public health. Health problems and issues facing vulnerable populations and the various roles of the nurse in promoting community health are explored. Course objectives are achieved through service learning, community assessment, and health promotion programs. The structure of health organizations and the impact of this structure on national and global community health are explored GUIDED FIELD EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. PORTFOLIO III The purpose of this course is for the student to present a completed professional portfolio as a method of documenting the achievement of the program’s learning outcomes.



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