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Jacksonville University (Deparment of Nursing)




The philosophy of the School of Nursing (SON) is derived from the faculty’s beliefs regarding the person, environment, health and illness, professional nursing, baccalaureate nursing education, graduate education, and teaching learning. The philosophy reflects the mission statements of Jacksonville University and the School of Nursing.

People are unique in their capacity for self-awareness, rational thinking, creativity, response to illness, and deliberate action to resolve problems and meet valued goals. Each person evolves from a diverse background and has innate and acquired internal resources to meet multidimensional needs. People interact continuously with the environment and are the essence of a dynamic global community.

Environment is any facet of the community and culture external to the person. The interaction between the person and environment may affect the persons’ health, illness and access to services. Nursing and health care delivery will be responsive to the person and environment. People become clients of nursing when they actively seek or participate in any sector of health care services. Nursing forms partnerships in collaboration with the community resources to shape health policy and effect change in health care delivery systems.

Health is the expression of physical, psychological, spiritual, and social well being manifested and determined by the adaptive abilities of persons. Perceptions and levels of health vary among people throughout the life span. Health is affected by personal initiative, interaction between health care providers and persons as they access the health care delivery system. Nursing has a major role in being culturally sensitive to the needs of increasingly diverse populations and in helping people access health care services.

Professional nursing is an art and science, which facilitates health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, management of disease and illness in individuals, families and communities. Critical thinking, application of theory and incorporation of research are inherent in the professional nursing role and provide the basis for judicious decision-making, problem solving and health planning. Professional nurses embrace values, behaviors, and recognized standards that are the foundation for ethical and legal practice. Professional nurses advocate for clients in providing compassionate, culturally sensitive care.

Nurses use critical thinking and problem solving to assess, design, manage and evaluate care in collaboration with clients and health professionals. Professional nurses assume many roles in the provision of direct and indirect care to individuals, families, and communities in a variety of settings. The professional nurse is accountable for the delivery of competent, cost-effective care that will result in expected outcomes.

The goal of baccalaureate nursing education is to prepare self-assured, competent professional nurses who think critically, communicate effectively, and intervene therapeutically. The curricular progression fosters professional socialization for future roles and responsibilities within the global community. As students learn and mature in nursing knowledge and ability, they practice as professional nurses and use information and health care technology, provide leadership, and are qualified to pursue advanced studies.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares graduates who are able to assume leadership roles in a global society and think critically, communicate effectively, and negotiate advanced practice roles. Graduates are able to evaluate health issues of clients and institutions and work toward positive outcomes. Graduates of the MSN program are responsible citizens who promote health, advance nursing knowledge, impact health policy, and commit to life-long learning in the communities in which they practice.

Learning is viewed as a life-long process facilitated by creative thinking and creative inquiry. Faculty view teaching as a process that actively engages the student. Clearly defined learning objectives are accomplished through expert blending of a variety of interactive, experiential methods and traditional classroom approaches. Students are responsible for their own learning and achievement of outcomes. Faculty serve as role models, mentors, and are responsible for creating an environment conducive for learning. A supportive environment is fostered through close interaction among students, faculty, and staff. Collaborative relationships with health care systems and organizations are encouraged. Students and faculty share responsibility in contributing to the development and support of persons associated with the Jacksonville University School of Nursing community.



School name:Jacksonville UniversityDeparment of Nursing
Address:2800 University Blvd North
Zip & city:FL 32211 Florida
Phone:904-256-7286
Web:http://www.ju.edu/depts/nursing/
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FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Introduces the philosophy of the School of Nursing. Emphasis is placed on concepts foundational for professional nursing practice. Provides the opportunity to use beginning critical thinking skills as students explore professional values, health care delivery systems, nursing process and the professional nursing role.

NURSING TECHNIQUES
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: Permission of nursing faculty. Concepts related to assessment of individual clients presented. Emphasis is placed on review of body systems, physical examination techniques, and commu nication skills necessary to perform a nursing assessment of clients across the life span. Level of functioning and health risk data are analyzed and interpreted. Opportunities are provided to apply and practice skills presented in class.

HEALTH PROMOTION THEORY
Theories and concepts related to basic health needs and nursing care are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Focuses on the promotion and maintenance of physiological and psychological health, with particular emphasis on the aging adult. Beginning critical thinking skills are used to examine delivery of basic nursing care and selected health alterations common to the normal aging adult.

HEALTH PROMOTION PRACTICE
Provides the opportunity to apply concepts presented in NUR 224. Uses the nursing process framework to promote health and support adaptation of individuals and their families, with emphasis on the normal aging adult. Focuses on therapeutic communication, assessment of individuals and families and case management in a variety of settings. Opportunities for application of basic nursing and rehabilitation skills will be provided.

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING: ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Faculty guidance and course assignments are designed to validate and enhance prior knowledge and clinical skills.

PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING THEORY
Theories and concepts related to human behavior and promotion, maintenance and restoration of mental health of individuals and families are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Critical thinking, communication, self-awareness and therapeutic use of self are emphasized as students explore issues in acute psychiatric nursing. Legal and ethical dilemmas are addressed, especially in relation to acute psychopathology.

PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING PRACTICE
Self-awareness and therapeutic communication are provided through clinical assignments and faculty guidance. Emphasis is placed on professional nursing role and use of nursing process in care of clients with acute alterations in mental health in hospital and community settings.

ADULT HEALTH THEORY
Theories and concepts related to common alterations in health of individuals and families are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Critical thinking is emphasized as students explore is sues in adult health nursing. Focuses on adult clients experiencing alterations in sensory and perceptual function, immunological response, oxygenation, and cardiovascular function.

ADULT HEALTH PRACTICE
Nursing process is used to formulate plans of care for adult clients with common alterations. Emphasis is placed on using communication skills, organizing care, and implementing therapeutic nursing interventions in acute care settings.

PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
Concepts related to pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are discussed as a basis for medication administration and evaluation of client response. Emphasis is placed on the Principles of Neuropharmacology, federal regulations, and legal implications for nursing practice. Nursing implications and responsibilities related to medication use, administration, and patient education across the life span are discussed within the framework of the nursing process.

NURSING RESEARCH
Examines the role of the professional nurse in the generation and utilization of research. Explores research as it relates to health care and clinical nursing practice. The basic research process is used to critique current research and develop a focused integrated literature review.

NURSING RESEARCH – HONORS
Examines the role of the professional nurse in the generation and utilization of research. Explores research as it relates to health care and clinical nursing practice. The basic research process is used to critique current research and develop a research proposal.

ADVANCED ADULT HEALTH THEORY
Concepts related to major alterations of health of individuals and their families are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Critical thinking is developed through interpretation of nursing diagnostic data and identification of therapeutic nursing interventions. Management of adult clients with major body system dysfunctions, and acute and chronic illness are emphasized.

ADVANCED ADULT HEALTH PRACTICE
Nursing process is used to provide therapeutic nursing interventions to adult clients with major body system dysfunctions, chronic illness, and rehabilitation needs. Communication and professional nursing roles are emphasized in the management of small groups of clients in acute care and rehabilitation settings.

CHILD-REARING FAMILY THEORY
Focuses on family systems, growth and development, and major health alterations in children and adolescents. Critical thinking is used to examine current issues in nursing care and levels of prevention for children and their families. Includes introduction to theories and concepts related to child-bearing families.

CHILD-REARING FAMILY PRACTICE
Provides the opportunity to apply concepts presented in NUR 328. Nursing process is used to promote health and support adaptation of children and adolescents and their families. Communication, assessment, and pharmacotherapeutic skills are emphasized. Focuses on clinical judgment in the implementation of therapeutic nursing interventions for clients in a variety of settings. Includes orientation to labor and delivery, post-partum and nursery units.

NURSING RESEARCH FOR THE EXPERIENCED NURSE
Provides the experienced nurse with the opportunity to examine the role of the nurse in the generation and utilization of research. Explores research as it relates to health care and clinical nursing practice. The basic research process is used to critique current research and develop a research focused integrated literature review.

NURSING RESEARCH FOR THE EXPERIENCED NURSE – HONORS
Examines the role of the professional nurse in the generation and utilization of research. Explores research as it relates to health care and clinical nursing practice. The basic research process is used to critique current research and develop a research proposal. Provides the opportunity for students to complete a research-based project for nursing departmental honors by submitting their research proposals for institutional approval and completing the research by graduation.

CELEBRATING LIFE: THE PROCESS OF DEATH, DYING, & GRIEVING
This course is designed to acquaint students with various facets of the process of death, dying, and grief throughout the life span. Ethical, cultural, and religious aspects are examined using a multidimensional approach.

MASTERY OF LIFELONG LEARNING SKILLS FOR NURSING
Three hours per week; includes laboratory component. Prerequisite: Permission of nursing faculty. An elective theory course which offers opportunity for personal and professional growth in skills that are required for successful academic and clinical performance in nursing. The course is based on the model for Lifelong Learning for Nursing and Self-Appraisal tool. Content includes beliefs and values, study and learning skills, test and performance skills, and life management skills. Process includes a variety of creative and nontraditional methods of self discovery, esteem building and other personal growth skills that influence development of the student in nursing art as well as science.

RE-ENTRY IN NURSING THEORY & PRACTICE
Required of all nursing majors who seek reentry after an absence of one or more semesters in the program. Course must be taken the term preceding reentry into required program sequence. Experiences involve class and/or clinical instruction as prescribed by nursing faculty.

DIMENSIONS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Examines the role of the professional nurse and the evolution of nursing as a profession. Focuses on nursing theory and process, and issues related to current professional nursing practice. Course assignments provide experienced nurses an opportunity to strengthen critical thinking skills and develop a philosophy of professional nursing.

NURSING ASSESSMENT FOR THE EXPERIENCED NURSE
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to concepts related to assessment of individual clients. Emphasis is placed on review of body systems, physical examination techniques, and the communication skills necessary to perform a nursing assessment of clients across the life span. Level of functioning and health risk data are analyzed and interpreted. Opportunities are provided for practicing health care providers to apply skills presented in class.

HEALTH PROMOTION & REHABILITATION NURSING THEORY
Theories and concepts related to health promotion and rehabilitation nursing are presented and discussed. Provides experienced nurses with opportunities to enhance critical thinking and communication skills in examining issues related to wellness, health promotion, and adaptation of clients with altered functional ability and lifestyle.

NURSING RESEARCH SEMINAR: ANALYSES, INTERPRETATION & PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH DATA
The course focuses on methods of statistical analyses of research data, accurate interpretation of research results, and oral and written presentations of a research project. Faculty committees will guide students through the completion of their research-based projects. All projects that will be considered for departmental honors in nursing will be completed by the end of the course.

CRITICAL CARE NURSING THEORY
Theories and concepts related to acute, complex physiological health alterations are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Effective decision-making and communication are emphasized in the adaptation of clients to life-threatening and acute health alterations within a rapidly changing health care environment. Legal and ethical dilemmas are examined as students explore the professional nursing role in critical care.

CRITICAL CARE NURSING PRACTICE
Provides opportunity to apply concepts pres ented in NUR 410. Nursing process is used to provide care of clients with complex, life-threatening alterations in health. Emphasis on judicious decision-making is reflected in the interpretation and analysis of assessment findings and selection of appropriate therapeutic nursing interventions. Effective communication is used with clients and members of the health care team in critical care settings.

PHYSIOLOGICAL ADAPTATION TO ILLNESS
Theories and concepts related to pathophysiological responses and adaptation of the body to an insult are presented. Analysis of pathological alterations in health at the cellular and systems level and implications for nursing are emphasized. Student assignments focus on multisystem interaction of the body to an illness or injury and multidisciplinary therapeutic modalities that enhance healing. Assignments are used to demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills.

NURSING CARE OF THE CHILD-BEARING FAMILY THEORY
Theories and concepts related to childbearing families are presented within the framework of the nursing process. Emphasis is on the professional nursing role with the family experiencing pregnancy, delivery, and neonatal care. Conditions related to the high-risk, child-bearing family are explored. Critically examines issues and controversies associated with the child-bearing family.
NURSING CARE OF THE CHILD-BEARING FAMILY PRACTICE
Nursing process is used to provide health and adaptation of the childbearing family. Emphasis is placed on judicious decision-making, effective communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions in support of the family experiencing the child-bearing process in a variety of settings.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING THEORY
Theories and concepts from nursing, liberal arts and sciences and public health are presented within the framework of nursing process. Focuses on the professional nursing role in health promotion and disease prevention for select populations. Explores the influence of culture on health care practices. Critical thinking and collaborative are demonstrated through community assessment.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING PRACTICE
Provides the opportunity to apply concepts presented in NUR 420. Nursing process is used to provide care for individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan in home and community settings. Focuses on primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. Emphasis is on judicious decision-making and collaboration in the diverse role of the community health nurse.

NURSING LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
Theories and concepts related to leadership and management are discussed. Focuses on contemporary professional and societal issues that influence nursing in a continuously changing health care environment. Analyzes techniques of problem solving, conflict resolution, and delegation as related to clinical practice. Nursing care delivery systems are examined.

NURSING SYNTHESIS
Provides the opportunity to demonstrate and non-nursing required achievement of program outcomes. Emphasis is placed on self-directed learning and evaluation in selected clinical areas under the supervision of nursing faculty and clinical nurse preceptors.

SELECTED TOPICS IN NURSING
Focus may be on area relevant to the profession of nursing. Content will depend on student demand and faculty interest. May be repeated for different topics.

CRITICAL CARE NURSING THEORY FOR THE EXPERIENCED NURSE
Theories and concepts related to acute, complex physiological health alterations are presented and discussed. Effective decision-making and communication are emphasized in the adaptation of clients to life -threatening and acute health alterations within a rapidly changing health care environment. Legal and ethical dilemmas are examined as experienced nurses explore the professional nursing role in critical care.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING THEORY FOR THE EXPERIENCED NURSE Theories and concepts from nursing, liberal arts and sciences, and public health are presented and discussed. Focuses on the professional nursing role in health promotion and disease prevention for select populations. Explores the influence of culture on health care practices. Provides the experienced nurse the opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking and collaborative communication through community assessment.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING PRACTICE FOR THE EXPERIENCED NURSE Provides opportunities for experienced nurses to apply concepts presented in Community Health Nursing Theory for the Experienced Nurse in providing care for individuals, families, and groups across the life span in home and community settings. Focuses on primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. Emphasis is on judicious decision-making and collaboration in the diverse role of the community health nurse.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING SYNTHESIS FOR THE EXPERIENCED NURSE
Provides the opportunity for experienced nurses to demonstrate fulfillment of program outcomes. Emphasis is placed on self-directed learning and evaluation in selected clinical areas under the supervision of nursing faculty and clinical nurse preceptors.

NURSING LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Theories and concepts related to leadership and management skills are applied to the role of the professional nurse in a continuously changing health care environment. Focuses on contemporary professional and societal issues that influence nursing practice. Analyzes techniques of problem-solving, conflict resolution, and delegation as related to clinical practice. Nursing care delivery systems are explored.

NURSING RESEARCH SEMINAR: IMPLEMENTATION OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
Course focus is on applying and implementing research methods. Students critically analyze their proposed research design and methods including sampling procedures, data collection methods, and data analysis plan in order to begin the implementation phase of the research process. Faculty guide students through the research process. Data collection and preparation for analysis will be completed by semester end.

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