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James Madison University (Department of Nursing)




James Madison University Department of Nursing offers an RN-BSN program of study with the option to proceed to the MSN program once additional admission criteria have been satisfied. The RN-BSN option equips nurses with clinical knowledge, technological skills, critical thinking and humanistic skills to facilitate in depth clinical decision-making. Graduates of the program are prepared to become leaders in the profession of nursing and in their respective communities. The thirty credit hour RN-BSN program focuses on leadership, research, as well as community and rural health. An alternative track is also available for the nurse who would like to specialize in school nursing. This is a federally funded program preparing nurses to function in school systems (Pre K-12) to meet the needs of students with low-incidence disabilities. Three courses in the RN-BSN program are also required at the MSN level. These courses will be waived at the Master’s level in order to streamline progress through the MSN program of study.
Full- or part-time enrollment in the program is available. Students will proceed through the program as part of a cohort of adult learners. Courses will be taught one day a week to facilitate the schedule of working nurses and will also be web-enhanced.
MISSION

The primary mission of the nursing department is to provide quality, professional undergraduate and graduate nursing education that prepares nursing leaders to influence a changing profession, society, health care system, and global health needs.

PHILOSOPHY

The JMU Nursing faculty is committed to nursing education that is rooted in a strong liberal arts and science foundation and that meets professional standards for nursing education and practice. The faculty seeks to prepare professional nurses who are capable of independent and collaborative problem-solving, decision-making, and the delivery and coordination of care to meet a wide range of client health care needs in a changing health care delivery system and a diverse society.



School name:James Madison UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:821 S. Main St., MSC 4305
Zip & city:VA 22807 Virginia
Phone:540-568-6314
Web:http://www.nursing.jmu.edu/
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Department of Nursing Courses


HEALTH ASSESSMENT
The first health assessment course is designed to develop knowledge and skills necessary to gather, organize and present relevant health data. Emphasis is placed on systematic strategies, frameworks and skills used to conduct both comprehensive and need-specific health assessments for individuals in the context of their family and community.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY
This course, offered for RN-BSN program students, provides an examination of complex physiologic responses and clinical sequel in major body systems in relation to pathologic processes. Emphasis is place upon physiologic compensation and defense response. Pharmacologic management of pathology is investigated.

ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY NURSING PRACTICE
This course, offered for RN-BSN program students, examines issues and trends of greatest concern to professional nursing practice today. Historical, societal, political and economic influences and future trends will be explored. Legal and ethical dimensions of nursing will be discussed. A seminar format will be used emphasizing professional presentation of issues.

PROFESSIONAL ROLE TRANSITION
This course, for RN-BSN students, provides an expansion of concepts/theories from the student’s initial education into the BSN program. Nursing as a profession, including professional socialization, historical review, nursing theory, leadership and management roles as well as coping strategies for role stress will be explored. Seminar format will be used.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH
This course, designed for RN-BSN students, will focus on the study of research methods that generate quantitative and qualitative data. Students will examine the research process with an emphasis on critique of research methodologies and application of research findings to nursing practice.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM ELECTIVE
This course facilitates the RN student’s transition into a professional nursing role through a BSN/faculty mentored clinical practicum experience in a student selected clinical specialty area. The student will articulate individual objectives. An individual plan to meet the course and student’s objectives will be developed by the student and approved by the faculty.

COMMUNITY CLINICAL PRACTICUM
This practicum, for RN-BSN students, transitions practice into the BSN role through mentored clinical experiences at selected community sites. Emphasis is on collaborative nursing care with individuals, families, and groups within the community. Experiences include concepts of health promotion and disease prevention and management of acute or chronic illness.

CARING FOR THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH: COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
This web-enhanced course provides RN to BSN students a perspective of professional nursing at the community level of practice. Course content will provide an overview of specific issues and societal concerns that affect community health nursing practice including historical impact of public health, epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention, vulnerable populations; communicable disease risk and prevention; and the diversity of the role of the community health nurse.

HEALTH INFORMATICS FOR THE ADVANCED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
This course focuses on the nature and functions of present and future applications of health care informatics. Emphasis is on preparing advanced practice professionals to plan, design and utilize informatics for effective health care delivery, health organizational management and improved client outcomes.

CONCEPTS IN AGING
Examines the physiological, psychosocial, cognitive, legal and ethical aspects of aging within a care coordination context. A focus is on the issues that surround the concepts of aging and how the ethical aspects of care relate to the utilization of resources.

HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT
This is a survey course examining the U.S. health care system, federal and state health policy, and public and private providers. Comparisons of the U.S. system will be made with other systems in the industrialized world.


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