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Keuka College (Nursing Division)

Keuka College is a private four-year liberal arts college located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. It was founded in 1890 as Keuka Institute, a coeducational preparatory college, by Reverend George W. Ball, a Baptist minister. In 1915 the college temporarily suspended operations because of financial difficulties. Five years later it reopened as a college for women. During the next three years, Keuka College grew rapidly in size and reputation, partly because of the service its students, faculty, and graduates provided for rural citizens in the area. Throughout the depression years, this tradition of active service to the community became even more evident. During the 1940's, Keuka College continued to expand, and the Field Period was established as an integral part of the curriculum, linking classroom education with practical experience.

The Nursing Division opened in 1943 as a result of the establishment of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps and was registered with the New York State Education Department in 1944. Student nurses spent the first year on campus and the next two years at hospital and community-based clinical affiliations. Cadet nurses who successfully completed three years of study received a diploma and were qualified to take the New York State licensing examination. Graduates were expected to work in "essential nursing positions" until the end of the war. Cadet nurses were permitted to return to the Keuka College campus within eighteen months following the war, to complete liberal arts requirements for the Bachelor Science in Nursing degree. Only two members of the first class were able to do this, because of marriage and distant job assignments.

The Keuka College RN to BS program addresses the needs of Registered Nurses to strengthen their academic credentials, without sacrificing personal, family and work commitments. This accelerated format is delivered in a collaborative environment where learners solve problems, develop critical thinking skills, and build on previous nursing education and experience.

School name:Keuka CollegeNursing Division
Address:132 Central Ave
Zip & city:NY 14478 New York

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This course provides theory and laboratory practice of basic health assessment skills for individuals across the lifespan. The student uses the nursing process as a framework to develop interviewing, health history assessment, and documentation skills to conduct a systematic, comprehensive health assessment.

This course presents basic epidemiological concepts and methods with emphasis on the health status and health needs of a population, on the levels of prevention, and on the promotion of health strategies. General methods introduced include epidemiological measures, measures of effect, sources of data, descriptive components, study designs and strategies for screening, and surveillance in the community. Practical applications for health care providers are emphasized.

The focus of this course is the family as client. The framework for investigation combines family systems theory with a developmental life-cycle approach, tracing the growth of many types of family systems as they evolve over time. Through a systematic approach to family assessment, students analyze the cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, and socio-economic variables that strongly influence family life in this rural community. Consideration is also given to the appropriateness and utilization of community resources that can enhance family functioning.

This course provides the nurse of the future with a basic understanding of the principles of human genetics. Major content areas include the human genome project, cross-cultural issues in human genetics, and genetic conditions across the lifespan. Students begin to evaluate the inherent ethical dilemmas that this expanding knowledge will pose for modern health care providers.

This course is an introduction to the principles of scientific inquiry in nursing. Students are guided in the development of critical appraisal skills in the evaluation of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and in the application of research findings to nursing practice. Resources, including nursing infomatics, appropriate for nurse researchers, are explored with the opportunity to define a research problem and to initiate a literature search.

This course introduces the rich history of nursing, beginning with early civilizations. Knowledge of nursing’s history, within the context of each period, provides insight into the relationships between nursing and society. The impact on modern nursing of historical figures such as Florence Nightingale, Lavinia Dock and Lillian Wald is investigated, as are the changing roles of nurses over time.

This course encourages the student to explore the ethical and legal requirements for safe, effective, compassionate professional nursing practice. Characteristics of a profession are considered and applied to nursing. Philosophical and legal definitions of nursing are examined related to the work of prominent nursing theorists. Students study the American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, the ethical basis of nursing practice. Students also study New York state licensing law, which provides the foundation for the legal parameters of nursing practice.

This course provides students in the health care professions with basic business and entrepreneurial skills. Topics covered include: costing, budgeting, and marketing. Students cover basic business theory, making case study applications. Emphasis is placed on quantitative and qualitative decision-making. The course also examines current business trends within the healthcare industry including deregulation, reimbursement systems, fee-for-service providers, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

This course focuses on the theory and practice of community health nursing. Community health nursing is a blend of two components: public health science, with its roots in epidemiology, and the art and science of nursing. While students work with individuals and families, emphasis is placed on “community-as-client” to critically examine a population-focused practice of nursing in a rural community. In partnership with the community, students analyze current assessment data to develop a proposal to meet an identified community need.

This course focuses on the nurse’s leadership roles in the rapidly changing global health care environment. Course content includes group theory and development, models of leadership, organizational theory and development, change theory, and conflict management. Managed care concepts, quality improvement, and the evaluation of patient care outcomes are also highlighted. Seminar discussions enhance understanding of business processes and of the political, legal, and ethical ramifications of core topics.

In this capstone senior seminar, students are encouraged to critically analyze societal trends and health issues that influence professional nursing practice. Students provide leadership for selecting, planning, implementing, and evaluating seminars. Knowledge and skills from other nursing courses are integrated as the student is challenged to explore current employment opportunities and to make projections for the changing roles of the nurse into the next millennium. Individual student portfolios are completed during this course.

Nursing-focused experiential education for the individual student or student group. This experience builds upon previous experience, demonstrating growth and an enhanced ability to think critically. Out of classroom experiences highlight personal and professional development and can also involve the areas of service-learning, working with diverse populations, and working with other disciplines. Includes a minimum of 140 clock hours.

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