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Kansas Wesleyan University (Department of Nursing)

The Division of Nursing Education at KWU initiated Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) completion program in 1990 and was successful in obtaining accreditation by the National League for Nursing in 1991. Fall 2000 the Accelerated BSN Program for Registered Nurses was initiated and the courses were developed by KWU nursing faculty. Registered Nurses who had a diploma or an associate degree in nursing then had the opportunity to pursue their BSN one evening per week for 16 months and still work full time. A one-week break between courses helped students prepare for the next course. A unique approach to the clinical aspect of the program was the Applied Learning Projects (ALPs). By June 2004 the last Accelerated RN to BSN group graduated. A generic BSN degree program was approved by the NLNAC, in 2004 and began its first course developed by the KWU nursing faculty in fall 2004. All full-time nursing faculty members at Kansas Wesleyan University hold advanced degrees.

Nursing students at Kansas Wesleyan University receive clinical instruction in a variety of health care facilities. Salina Regional Health Center provides the majority of clinical experiences. Other opportunities are provided in long term care settings, physicians’ offices and community service agencies.

Kansas Wesleyan University believes that when a student finances an education at KWU he or she is making a worthwhile, lifetime investment. In order to help students make this investment KWU has developed an impressive financial assistance program, which makes it possible for most people to attend KWU. Any KWU student may apply for financial assistance to help to pay for attendance. The basic premise of financial assistance is that the family, both parent or spouse and student share the primary responsibility of paying for the cost of education. The purpose of financial assistance is to bridge the gap between the family resources and cost of attending KWU.

Students apply annually for federal, state, and institutional financial assistance (scholarships, grants, student loans, and campus employment) by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Normally, application is made in the first months of a calendar year for assistance to be received for the following fall and spring. Early application assures the student of the most assistance for which he or she may be eligible. Most financial assistance programs, as outlined in the brochure, “A Private University . . . An Affordable Cost,” require full-time enrollment. Part-time students may be eligible for Pell Grants and student loans to cover at least a portion of the tuition and other costs. Full-time enrollment generally results in less out-of-pocket cost to the student.

Traditionally, 100% of the full-time students at KWU receive financial assistance. Full-time nursing students received an average of nearly $19,578 in financial assistance from all sources for the 2007-2008 academic year. Nursing students are particularly encouraged to apply for the State of Kansas Nursing Scholarship. This $3,500 annual, renewable scholarship requires that the applicant be accepted into the nursing program, enrolls full-time, is a Kansas resident and meets other criteria outlined in the financial assistance application, and locates and agrees to work for a healthcare facility/sponsor after graduation for one year for each year of scholarship. A number of local organizations outside the University provide small scholarships on an intermittent basis. Information and application procedures for these scholarships are posted on the bulletin board outside the Enrollment and Financial Services Office. There also is a 2-drawer file cabinet in the hallway next to the bench with scholarship information in the top drawer of the cabinet in the Nursing Education Department.

A graduate of the Kansas Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program is eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as a registered nurse.

1. Integrate knowledge and theoretical concepts from diverse disciplines into nursing practice decisions.
2. Utilize the nursing process in a collaborative manner to perform therapeutic nursing interventions with clients, families, aggregates, communities, and society in multicultural settings within and outside the health care delivery system.
3. Utilize the research process as a basis for improving the quality of care and making decisions about nursing practice.
4. Promote and maintain optimum biopsychosocial spiritual health of clients, families, aggregates, communities, and society.
5. Analyze the role of the professional nurse in relation to trends in health care and consumer demands.
6. Communicate effectively with emphasis on health promotion and teaching, collaboration, and maintaining continuity of care.
7. Exhibit leadership and management principles in assessing, planning, providing, directing, controlling, and evaluating health care.
8. Practice professional nursing within a framework of safe, ethical, legal, and professional standards and a caring environment.
9. Function effectively through self-motivation, self-direction, and self-evaluation as life-long learners who reflect critical thinking skills.
10. Assume accountability for professional development

School name:Kansas Wesleyan UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:100 East Claflin Avenue, Room 311, Peters Science Hall
Zip & city:KS 67401 Kansas

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A study of nutrients, including functions, factor affecting utilization, food sources, dietary allowances, food habits, special needs in the life cycle and current issues in nutrition. Open to non-nursing students.

This course provides an introduction to the nature of professional nursing—the roles of the nurse in the health care system, the historical development of modern nursing, public images of nursing, ethical and legal parameters of nursing practice, and theoretical models of nursing practice. The nursing process as a tool for decision-making is examined. The nature and importance of research to the nursing profession is explored.

This course is an introduction to nursing informatics and health care information systems. Content relevant to understanding the use, significance, and impact of nursing information systems is presented. Applications used in this course include word processing, spreadsheet, database searches, graphics, electronic communications, and learning management systems. Ethical and legal issues in relation to informatics are also discussed. The student is expected to have the ability to use the Windows operating systems, word processing, e-mail, and a www browser such as Netscape. Open to non-nursing students.

Students are introduced to basic nursing concepts and skills that prepare them for acute care nursing. Nursing process, standard precautions and asepsis are basic components that provide for a foundation of the skills included in this course. Pre-requisites: Admission to the nursing major.

Clinical application of skills learned in Nursing Interventions, Assessment in Nursing, and Assessment in Nursing Lab. The student, through utilization of the nursing process, assists in providing bedside care of adults in structured health care settings.

Students will examine factors that influence health and illness in adults and will plan culturally sensitive nursing care for adult clients in a variety of settings. Simple acute conditions and chronic health care problems will be studied. Health teaching and collaboration with other health care disciplines will be emphasized.

The focus of this course is on families and reproductive health for those in the childbearing stage of life with prenatal, perinatal, postpartal, and neonatal needs. Also addressed is the health of women across the lifespan.

For RN’’s only. This course is for Registered Nurses who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The course explores some of the controversies regarding nursing education, nursing theories, nurse leaders, theories of family function, the importance of research to the nursing profession, professional practice standards, ethical standards, concepts of wellness and health promotion.

This course will provide an overview of the characteristics of major drug groups and interactions among these groups. The course will emphasize mechanisms of action and side effects of drugs, as well as factors which influence the activity of drugs.

Current issues in the development and application of health care policy and legislation at the local, state, and national levels are explored. Issues facing the nursing profession and society are considered in relation to: 1) historical influences, 2) ethical dilemmas and challenges, 3) economic pressures, 4) legislative trends, 5) relationships with other health care providers, and 6) emerging consumer needs.

This course examines alterations and disruptions of the body’s adaptive mechanisms which result in disease states or illness. The body’s use of adaptive mechanisms to maintain homeostasis and to prevent disease when confronted by stressors is also considered.

This course provides clinical practice for students enrolled in Adult Heath and Childbearing, Families, and Women’s Health courses. Students work with clients in acute care settings and community settings where adults experience physiological disruptions in health and with women and families experiencing childbearing. Women’s health issues are also examined.

Development of skills in the assessment phase of the nursing process is emphasized. Variations of the assessment to meet the needs of infants, children, adolescents, and geriatric clients will be discussed as well as clients from different cultures. Assessment and discussion of clients in pain will also be covered. Students will be expected to conduct a physical assessment on an adult and develop nursing diagnoses and a plan of care derived from the database to facilitate client needs.

The nursing process is utilized to promote adaptation of multicultural populations consisting of individuals and groups of all ages. Cultural diversity is characterized by a unique ethnic background or an alternative lifestyle. Programs to meet the broader health care needs of the community are emphasized. Community health principles are applied to disease prevention, health promotion, and health maintenance in a variety of community settings.

The focus of this course is on children and their families. Nursing process is utilized to promote the family’s adaptation in situations of health and illness. Emphasis is placed on achieving and maintaining physiological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual integrity of the client and family.

This course presents the theoretical concepts of psychiatric mental health nursing. Principles of communication and interpersonal skills as an intervention in developing therapeutic relationships with clients in psychiatric settings are discussed. Nursing strategies pertaining to the management of illness and symptoms of the psychiatric client are addressed. Ethical, legal, and cultural aspects of psychiatric mental health nursing are also examined.

The course will focus on clinical application of knowledge and skills from Community and Transcultural Health Care and Children’s Health. Students, utilizing the nursing process in a variety of settings, will provide therapeutic nursing interventions with clients, families, aggregates, and communities. Evidence-based practice will serve as a basis for making decisions for improving the quality of care.

For RN’’s only. The course will focus on clinical application of the knowledge and skills from Professional Nursing for the Registered Nurse and Community and Transcultural Health Care. A variety of community health-related settings will provide opportunities to demonstrate newly acquired knowledge and skills.

In this course students will examine the research process as a mode of developing evidence-based nursing practice. Students will learn to formulate researchable questions and hypotheses, choose an appropriate research design, select an appropriate sample, measurement tool, and method of analyzing data. Students will evaluate published nursing research for its rigor and contribution to the nursing discipline and evidence-based nursing practice. Both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies will be examined. Ethical considerations of health care research are examined.

This elective course reviews the anatomy of the heart with emphasis on the conduction system. Dysrhythmias, etiology, and treatment protocols, including cardiac medications are discussed. Nursing implications for various dysrhythmias are also included.

Theories of leadership, management, decision making, and change are examined as tools the nurse uses to adapt to problems in management within the healthcare system. Development of criteria and tools for evaluation purposes is included.

Clinical application of theory gained from Critical Care, Psychiatric Mental Health and Leadership and Management. The student, through utilization of the nursing process, cares for clients in a rotation of specialty areas requiring critical nursing care, and psychiatric mental health care. Students will apply leadership/management roles in a variety of health care settings.

This is a clinical course for Registered Nurse students in which students will apply theories learned in Leadership and Management in a selected setting. Students will examine leadership and management styles, tools used for evaluation of client care, and decision-making models.

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