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Liberty University (Department of Nursing)




The Department of Nursing currently offers a generic B.S.N. program, the RN to B.S.N. track and the Master's program.

Students in the generic B.S.N. program enter the nursing major in their first semester of the sophomore year and progress through three years of nursing and general education courses prior to graduation. In the nursing program, our students are encouraged to seek out challenging new experiences as they gradually progress from the role of novice to independent practitioner. The nursing curriculum focuses heavily on clinical practice, placing students in the hospital setting once a week in the sophomore year and two or three days a week in the junior year. During senior rotations, students are encouraged to enhance their career goals by selecting clinical areas of interest to them in the Preceptorship and Leadership courses. Many graduates enter the profession with approximately 200 hours of nursing experience in their chosen specialty area.

The RN to B.S.N. track builds on the knowledge and experience of nurses who wish to complete their degrees. The program is tailored to the needs of the working professional, in that classes are offered in a web-based format in addition to videotaped courses that are completed at home whenever convenient. Only one week-long intensive, taught in the nursing department's state-of-the-art lab, is required.

Graduates of the nursing program are employed in major health care institutions such as Duke University Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, Hershey Medical Center, Baylor Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Liberty nursing students enjoy 99% job placement once they graduate. These Liberty Alumni are employed in every specialty and work in a variety of fields such as organ transplant units, neonatal intensive care, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiac intensive care, emergency care and on the mission fields throughout the world.

The Master's degree program, approved by the State Council for Higher Education and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Registered nurses are prepared for practice as clinical nurse specialists with concentrations in acute care and community health. Students may also choose to focus on the role of nursing educator within either specialty area.



School name:Liberty UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:1971 University Boulevard
Zip & city:VI 24502 Virginia
Phone:(434) 582-2519
Web:http://www.liberty.edu/academics/arts-sciences/nursing/
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Department of Nursing Courses


CRITICAL THINKING IN NURSING
This course will assist in the development of critical thinking and test taking skills for selected nursing students. It is designed to help students achieve greater success on the licensure examination.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
This course focuses on an introduction to nursing education, nursing process, principles of teaching and learning, the current roles of nurses in health care delivery systems as well as historical, ethical, political, social and legal aspects of nursing. This information is related to the curriculum requirements and career opportunities in nursing. Content also includes an introduction to nursing theory and theorists (with emphasis on Roy, Benner, and Gordon) as well as theories of adaptation, caring, systems, communication, health-illness, and caring as a ministry. Presentations include discussion of professional ethics and factors which motivate and influence nurses.

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Provides basic understanding of medical terms and abbreviations. Includes study of prefixes, suffixes, word stems, and technical terms with emphasis on proper spelling, pronunciation and applications. Elementary aspects of the nursing process with special emphasis on assessment are incorporated.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course focuses on the development of a body systems approach to health assessment of individuals emphasizing normal growth and developmental responses across the lifespan. Content includes an introduction to the knowledge and skills of health assessment through a variety of methodologies in the classroom, opportunities to practice skills in the nursing laboratory and experiences in the clinical settings. Students apply communication techniques in eliciting comprehensive health histories and perform physical examinations in evaluating health status.

SCIENCES IN NURSING
The focus of this course is on physiological changes resulting from imbalances in the man-environment interaction throughout the life span. The emphasis is on application of general concepts of adaptation and homeostatis to each of the body’s systems and on relationship of these concepts to the practice of clinical nursing. The course provides the student with a scientific knowledge base applicable to the more advanced clinical practice of nursing.

FUNDAMENTALS IN NURSING
This course focuses on the provision of safe and effective care related to common nursing technologies and the basic time and self-management as well as concepts regarding the establishment of effective communication skills, adaptation techniques, patient teaching techniques and specific age related considerations in the provision of nursing care are also discussed. The nursing laboratory, acute and long-term care settings provide the opportunity for the development of basic skills including medications.

STRATEGIES FOR ADULT HEALTH CARE I
In-depth exploration of bodily system dysfunction throughout the adult lifespan provides the focus of this course. Principles of pre-, intra-, and post-operative management, infection and wound management will be discussed. Discussions of dysfunctions of the respiratory, cardiac, vascular, hematologic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and endocrine systems will also be included in the course content. With each topic covered, principles of care designed to most effectively maintain or restore homeostatic mechanism are addressed. Aspects of patient teaching and discharge planning are incorporated into each system. Assessment, analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation are emphasized as the nursing process is applied to the clinical learning experience in the acute care setting. Legal, ethical, political and economical issues are addressed in the theoretical and clinical component of this course. The student will be responsible for the management of self and one client in the clinical setting.

STRATEGIES FOR ADULT HEALTH CARE II
Continued in-depth exploration of bodily system dysfunction throughout the adult lifespan provides the focus of this course. Discussion of the musculoskeletal system, eye and ear, hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems, male and female reproductive systems, and neurological systems are included in the course. Cancer and therapeutic treatment of cancer, death and dying, and gerontology are also addressed in the course content. Principles of care designed to most effectively maintain or restore homeostatic mechanisms are discussed. Family involvement, coping and education are discussed with each system. Assessment, analysis, planning implementation and evaluation are emphasized as the nursing process is applied to the clinical learning experience in the acute care setting. Legal, ethical, political and economical issues are addressed in the theoretical and clinical components of the course. The student will be responsible for the management of the total patient/family needs of one or more patients each week in the clinical setting.

PHARMACOLOGY
Introduction to clinical drug therapy with emphasis on the knowledge and interventions needed to maximize therapeutic effects and prevent or minimize adverse effects of drugs. Major content areas include basic concepts of pharmacology, groups of therapeutic drugs, prototypes of drug groups, commonly prescribed individual drugs, drug effects on body tissue, human responses to drug therapy, and applying nursing process in relation to prescribed drug therapy regimens.

PHARMACOLOGY II
Continued exploration of clinical drug therapy with emphasis on the knowledge and interventions needed to maximize therapeutic effects and prevent or minimize adverse effects of drugs. Major areas of study include groups of therapeutic drugs, their application in diseaseprocess management, and their effects. Legal and professional issues surrounding the safe administration of medications are discussed. Human responses to drug therapy and application of the nursing process in relation to prescribed drug therapy regimens are discussed.

NURSING CONCEPTS
This course is designed to assist the registered nurse student through the transition between basic nursing preparation and a more advanced level of nursing practice. Focus is on concepts and issues related to the professional nurse, the nature and scope of professional nursing and selected theoretical models for nursing practice.

ADVANCED NURSING COMMUNICATION
It is essential that professional nurses have communication skills that are effective in promoting optimal interaction with others in a variety of situations. This course focuses on developing expert communications skills when communicating with other health care providers and patients and when communicating professional information through writing and speaking.

CARING FOR THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY I
The pregnant family through early infancy will be the unit of study. Discussion of political, economic, social, religious and health care influences on reproduction and family life and the counter influences of pregnancy and the birth of children in communities and societal systems will be included. The course focuses on the pregnant family’s interaction with the environment. The stages of pregnancy, fetal development and adaptation of the newborn to extrauterine life are the major topics of discussion. Normal and minor disruptions of the physiological and psychological functioning of the mother, the newborn and various family members will be emphasized through theory and practice.

CARING FOR THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY II
This course provides a comprehensive overview of child health problems from infancy to adolescence. Discussion of political, economic, social, religious and health care influences on child rearing families will be included. Study of the needs of the ill child and the hospitalized child and the resulting affects on the child’s family will be emphasized through theory and practice.

CROSS-CULTURAL NURSING
The student utilizes the nursing process while gaining an understanding of the delivery of health care in a culture outside the United States or a subculture within the United States. The experience provides the student with an opportunity to examine personal values and beliefs as they are related to health practices of people from other cultures. It provides opportunity to experience the stress resulting from linguistic differences and the adaptation required to adjust professional and personal practices to a different cultural environment. Issues and view of health and illness are included in the student’s analysis of the relationship between cultural considerations and personal and health behavior. Students develop and practice communication skills and caring as a ministry with individual and family members of another culture.

PRECEPTORSHIP IN NURSING
This elective course focuses on the nursing process in the care of adults and children with multiple and complex nursing problems. Secondary and tertiary health care settings will be utilized. Students will be given the opportunity to select an area of concentration and to be associated with preceptors of experience in the field of choice. The course will include 15 hours of classroom time and 90 hours of clinical experience. The clinical experience will be guided by a learning contract, the preceptor and the instructor.

CRISIS NURSING
This course focuses on care of individuals and families in crisis. Theories of adaptation as well as situational and maturational crisis will be discussed and applied through use of the nursing process. Students have opportunities for communication and client teaching in a variety of crisis situations. Secondary and tertiary health centers as well as community support agencies will be utilized as clinical settings.

GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
This course will focus on the nursing care of the elderly, with special emphasis on health and wellness. Issues surrounding the aging process will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to utilize knowledge and skills in a variety of facilities serving older adults.

STRATEGIES FOR END OF LIFE CARE
This course focuses on the physical, emotional, legal and ethical issues that face nurses as they care for patients in their final days of life. Attention is paid to the lived experiences of the dying patient and their significant others. Strategies are discussed for professional intervention on behalf of the patient.

STRATEGIES FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE
This course focuses on the application of the nursing process to a population or community group. Emphasis is placed on community assessment process and the development of nursing strategies to assist multi-problem families, considering health on a continuum, throughout the lifespan. Family systems theory, theories of adaptation and educational needs of various populations will be addressed. The clinical focus is on the development of a broader perspective of the nurse’s role in a variety of clinical and environmental settings. In addition, the nurse’s role on the community health team and an understanding of health care needs of different cultural groups will be studied.

STRATEGIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE
This course focuses on the psychosocial needs of anindividual/ family. Biological, psychological and spiritual systems will be emphasized. Development of nursing knowledge and skill for intervention with social-emotional balances and imbalances in the lifespan will be explored. Stress, adaptation, communication and personality development are emphasized. Behavioral concepts and mental health theories are integrated. In- and out-patient mental health agencies will serve as practice areas.

ADVANCED STRATEGIES FOR ADULT HEALTH CARE
This course focuses on application of the nursing process in highly complex and/or life threatening situations, including the effect of crises on the patient and family systems. Knowledge from previous courses is expanded upon to provide a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology and the advanced health care needed in this highly technological setting. Clinical experiences focus on the management of total patient care of individuals with multi-system dysfunction, in collaboration with the involved nursing staff and physicians. Legal, ethical, political, historical and economic issues are addressed in the theoretical and clinical components of this course.

ADVANCED STRATEGIES FOR THE CRITICALLY ILL
This course focuses on application of the nursing process in highly complex and/or life threatening situations. Content builds upon knowledge gained in previous courses, with an emphasis on the integration of this knowledge in a challenging patient population. A holistic approach is utilized, with psychosocial, legal, and ethical considerations discussed.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the research process including methodology, design and interpretation of findings. It focuses on the acquiring of knowledge and skills essential for critical evaluation of research reports as well as guidance in developing a formal research proposal. Previous learning related to theories of adaptation, nursing, human growth and development, education, health on a continuum, systems, caring and environment are incorporated into the research process with an emphasis on improvement of client care.

LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
Health Care organizations and the leadership/management skills required in various nursing care delivery systems are explored in this course. Emphasis is in the leadership roles of the nurse as an individual and a group member. While caring for groups of patients and individuals, students will explore a variety of nursing roles such as associate nurse, primary nurse, medication administrator and patient caregiver. Students are expected to synthesize previously learned knowledge in complex nursing situations and to expand their abilities to use the problem solving and decision making processes.


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