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Linfield College (School of Nursing)




The nursing major is a transfer-only program located on the Portland Campus in vibrant Northwest Portland. Students apply to the nursing program after completing pre-requisites at Linfield College-McMinnville Campus, other 4-year colleges and universities, or community colleges. Successful completion of coursework with a cumulative BSN GPA of 2.5 or higher guarantees progression to the next academic level in the nursing program.

Nursing school is challenging, but the small student to faculty ratio in your classrooms and clinicals and the availability of nursing advisors ensures personal contact and supports each student’s academic success.

Linfield College nursing students experience an integrated community-focused curriculum that combines clinical nursing experience balanced with courses in the humanities, laboratory sciences and social and behavioral sciences.

Students complete nearly 1000 hours of clinical experience in diverse settings. In addition to clinical rotations with direct faculty supervision, students work with RN preceptors in a variety of clinical sites throughout the curriculum. Precepted clinical experiences include a senior practicum in an area of interest during the last semester of the program.

Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

PHILOSOPHY

Professional nurses are leaders among health care professionals in promoting health, preventing disease, and healing illness among persons and populations; to these ends, nurses act as stewards for health care within local, national, and global communities. Nurses are unified by their commitment to caring, and an approach to those cared for that is holistic and honors human diversity. Based on core professional values, nurses integrate theory, clinical experience, and research to make decisions and provide quality care within the varied contexts of health care.

Learning is a complex, life long process. A liberal arts education provides learners with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge base and the ability to access and utilize information, think and communicate effectively, and practice skillfully. Learning is best achieved within a supportive community that facilitates intellectual curiosity, an ethical perspective, and respect for diverse viewpoints. Praxis is a key educational modality within the nursing curriculum that supports these liberal arts values and goals and strengthens the development of the professional nursing worldview and nursing roles.

HISTORY

Portland was a city of 70,000 when Emily Loveridge arrived, fresh from Bellevue Hospital's School of Nursing in New York City. Good Samaritan Hospital was a two-story building with 50 beds. But it was there that Emily Loveridge found her life's work and was a major force in bringing nursing to professional status in the West. She had determination, spirit and the willingness to work hard. As one of only three graduate nurses in Portland, she recognized the need for qualified nurses and on June 1, 1890, with five students enrolled, opened the first school of nursing in the Northwest. She established a tradition of excellence in nursing that remains as the foundation of Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing today.

old photo of graduating nurse
In 1982, in response to the national trend in nursing education to place the education of nurses in institutions of higher learning, Emily Loveridge's Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing became the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing under the auspices of Linfield College, a strong, liberal arts college. Today's graduates receive a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree.

Whether the School was responding to the need for nurses to help victims of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake or providing medical care during World Wars I and II, nurses trained at Good Samaritan Hospital have responded to health care needs throughout the region, the country and the world. That tradition continues today with the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. Graduates work not only in the Northwest, but throughout the world. The tradition of excellence in nursing education continues.



School name:Linfield CollegeSchool of Nursing
Address:2215 NW Northrup Street, Peterson Hall
Zip & city:OR 97210-2952 Oregon
Phone:1-503-413-8080
Web:http://www.linfield.edu/portland/nursing/
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ASSISTANTS IN RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
An opportunity to assist researchers in carrying out health related research.

CREATIVE STRESS MANAGEMENT
Education in simple, specialized techniques for mind calming and body relaxation; assessment of individual and environmental stressors; problem-solving strategies that foster analytical, critical, and creative thinking as well as intuitive processes; stress manaagement skills in the clinical setting.

HEALTH CARE TERMINOLOGY
Introduction to the principles of health care terminology.

DOSAGE CALCULATIONS
Focus on critical thinking in relation to dosage calculation. Practice with conversions between metric, apothecary, and household measurements. Oral, parenteral, and intravenous dosages for both the adult and the pediatric client.

TESTING SKILLS FOR THE NCLEX-RN EXAM
Preparation for Senior Review Course. Assessment of baseline English, math, and/or test taking abilities. Individualized remediation.

COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Community service activity focused on assisting agencies that provide health services necessary for the well-being of the community.

COMPUTER SKILLS IN NURSING
Introductory skills in the use of computers, with applications useful to the practice of nursing.

SOCIALIZATION INTO NURSING: FOUNDATIONS FOR REFLECTIVE NURSING PRACTICE
Preparation for reflective nursing practice by increasing student self-awareness and examining nursing contexts, professional values, ways of being, and basic concepts.

SOCIALIZATION INTO NURSING: HELPING ROLE OF THE NURSE
Introduction of holistic nursing interventions basic to implementation of the helping role with people across the life span. Application of these skills in lab and a variety of clinical settings. Focus on the theoretical basis for interventions and related nursing concepts.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Exploration of substance abuse issues with individuals and their families. Emphasis on the role of the health care professional as part of an interdisciplinary team.

PROMOTING HEALTHY CHOICES: SOCIETY AND MENTAL HEALTH
Developing nursing practices effective with clients across the life span in a variety of mental health settings. Exploring societal concerns related to staying healthy, adapting to illness, developing and maintaining human relationships, and addressing mental health problems.

THERAPEUTIC COMMUNICATION IN HEALTH CARE
Interdisciplinary approach to the study of therapeutic communication as applicalble to the health sciences. Introduction to specific therapeutic interviewing techniques for improving interviewing skills, promoting understanding of human suffering, and enhancing listening sensitivity.

PROMOTING FAMILY HEALTH
Exploring the nurse's role in fostering family health within a community. Understanding the interplay of individuals within a family. Using health care resources to promote wellness and work through family health and crises.

NURSING CARE OF CLIENTS IN THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY
Professional nursing care of Hispanic population. Focus on topics such as religion, access, communication, economics, and politics in relation to health. Application in a local Hispanic community setting. Enrollment limited by practicum space.

BRAIN, MIND, AND SOCIETY
Developing nursing practices effective with clients across the life span in a variety of mental health settings. Exploring societal concerns related to staying healthy, adapting to illness, developing and maintaining human relationships, and addressing mental health problems.

EVOLUTION OF NURSING
Exploration of selected aspects of nursing history, including the contributions of religious orders and culturally and ethically diverse nurses, and their effects on contemporary nursing.

CRITICAL THINKING IN HEALTH CARE: BECOMING A REFLECTIVE SKEPTIC
Meaning and application of critical thinking in personal and professional life. Emphasis on becoming critical thinkers, recognizing errors in thinking, and evaluating ideas, using critical incidents.

HEALTHCARE IN AUSTRALIA
Examination of the health care system in Australia with emphasis on delivery of care in various settings. Impact of history, economy, policies, culture, and religion on health care. Study of nursing and other health care disciplines in selected health care agencies.

HOLISTIC NRSG:PRACTICING HLTHY LVNG
Theories and concepts necessary for understanding holistic principles. Recognition that holism is a way of being. Application of hoistic principles in students' personal and professional roles.

TRADITIONAL & MODERN HEALTH CARE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Examination of traditional and modern health care in Southeast Asia. Impact of history, economy, politics, culture, and religion on health care. Role of nursing and other health care disciplines in Southeast Asian health care.

TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
A transition to baccalaureate nursing education for the Registered Nurse student. Examination of professional nursing, baccalaureate education and concepts from Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing curriculum.

CLINICAL NURSING SKILLS
Laboratory course focused on teaching and learning assessment as well as technical skills required for nursing care in a variety of settings.

FEMINIST ETHICS IN HEALTH CARE
Exploration of issues and methods in health care ethics that have arisen from the influence and perspectives of women. Includes overview of feminist ideology and examination of the foundations of bioethics in relation to gender and power.

ILLNESS EXP: ADAPTING TO HLTH CHLLNGS
Discussion of nursing concepts related to chronic health challenges across the life span and in a variety of clinical settings. Includes nursing care, nutrition, pathophysiology, pharmacology, the meaning of illness and healing related to such concepts as chronicity, rehabilitation, comfort, wound healing, mobility, and elimination.

RESEARCH METHODS
Methods used in formulating and conducting research on problems arising within health care.

ILLNESS EXP:LIFE THRTNG HLTH CHLLNGS
Discussion of nursing concepts related to life threatening crises and chronic health challenges across the life span and in a variety of clinical settings. Includes nursing care, nutrition, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and meaning of illness and healing related to selected concepts such as acuity, homeostasis, oxygenation, immunity, alteration in consciousness.

PERINATAL NURSING
Professional nursing care of low-and high-risk perinatal families during the prenatal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal period.

MATERNAL-CHILD HLTH CHLLLNGS
Theory and practice of maternal-child nursing in a hospital setting. Includes the study of concepts of development, safety, communication, pain, fever, oxygenation, homeostasis, loss, and ethics as they relate to maternal-child health.

ADVANCED NURSING OF CHILDREN
Theory and practice in the provision of family centered care of children experiencing complex chronic health problems.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN NURSING & HEALTH CARE
Methods of assessment and interventions designed to foster the delivery of culturally congruent nursing and health care. Development of cultural sensitivity to and theoretical understanding of lifestyles, values, and beliefs that differ from those of the students. Examination of values, beliefs, and practices related to health, illness, and health care of selected ethnic and cultural groups.

SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVES OF NURSING
Study of various religious orientations in relation to health, illness, and nursing care. Nursing as a means of addressing clients' spiritual needs in relation to pain, suffering, and death.

PALLIATIVE CARE OF CHILDREN
Issues regarding holistic palliative care of children and their famalies. role of the nurse in the interdisciplinary palliative care team.

GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
In-depth gerontological nursing theory. Students explore knowledge from nursing and other scientific and humanistic disciplines in providing nursing care for the older adult client in the context of family, group, and community. Lab optional.

GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING LAB
Clinical experience in gerontological nursing. Enrollment limited by clinical space.

ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Advanced health assessment of persons across the lifespan. Builds on basic nursing assessment skills. Lab experience with health assessment. Enrollment limited by lab space.

NURSING CARE OF THE PERI-OPERATIVE PATIENT
Developing clinical judgement to provide holistic nursing care across the lifespan. Focus on the pre, intra, and post-operative nursing care of the surgical patient including patient assessment and teaching; instrumentation; intraoperative complications and safety hazards; post-surgical care and patient education. Enrollment limited by clinical space.

NURSING CARE OF THE PERI-OPERATIVE PATIENT (LAB)
Utilizing clinical judgement to provide holistic nursing care across the lifespan. Focus on the pre, intra, and post-operative nursing care of the surgical patient including patient assessment and teaching; instrumentation; intraoperative complications and safety hazards; post-surgical care and patient education.

FAMILY VIOLENCE & NURSE'S ROLE
Family violence as a multifaceted problem within the broader social context, with focus on theories, research, and nursing practice. The nurse's role in working with those involved in partner, child, and elder abuse.

FAMILY VIOLENCY & THE NURSE'S ROLE (LAB)
Clinical experience with those for whom family violence is a health problem. Enrollment limited by clinical space.

CLINICAL ETHICS
Critical thinking about current ethical problems within the context of clinical practice. Addresses issues across the lifespan and within a variety of cultures.

CARDIOPULMONARY REHABILITATION NURSING
Concepts related to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. Integrated theory, research and practice.

CARDIOPULMONARY REHAB LAB
Clinical experiences within the context of a hospital or community-based cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program. Enrollment limited by clinical space.

PEOPLE-ANIMAL PARTNERSHIPS IN HEALTH CARE
Examination of the developing field of animal assisted therapy (AAT) as currently practiced. Exploration and evaluation of different programs. Site visitations and field trips to facilities in Oregon and Washington that use AAT prosthetically, or in rehabilitation, or that involve training for AAT.

STEWARDSHIP OF THE COMMUNITY
Theory and application of principles of professionalism, ethics, leadership and management, health care policy, and health care finance in the care and service aggregate population(s). Includes the study and practice of activism within the profession.

RFLCTV PRCTCE/GLBL SCTY:SR PRRCTCM
Reflective practice in an area of nursing selected by the student with an emphasis on synthesis of concepts integrated throughout the nursing curriculum. Focus on clinical decision-making with a global perspective. Includes weekly praxis seminars.

ONCOLOGY NURSING
Application of the nursing process to adult clients with cancer and with their familias

ONCOLOGY NURSING (LAB)
Clinical experience in oncology nursing. Enrollment limited by clinical space.

TOPICS IN FAMILY NURSING
Selected maternal-child conditions and nursing care.

ADVANCED CLINICAL IN MATERNAL-CHILD NURSING (LAB)
Clinical experience focusing on the complex nursing care of clients and their families with selected maternal-child conditions. Enrollment limited by clinical space.

NURSING CARE IN SUDDEN ILLNESS & TRAUMA
Application of the nursing process to individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing trauma or sudden illness.

NURSING CARE IN SUDDEN ILLNESS & TRAUMA (LAB)
Clinical experience in providing complex nursing care to individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing trauma or sudden illness. Enrollment limited by clinical space.

CLINICAL ETHICS-LAB
Critical thinking about current ethical problems within the context of clinical practice. Includes issues across the lifespan and within a variety of cultures.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
For students with advanced standing who want to continue to investigate topics of interest developed in required nursing courses or to study material not specifically addressed in other nursing courses.

RN FIRST ASSISTANT
Preparation for experienced perioperative RN nurses to utilize nursing clinical judgement in the role of surgical first assistant. Required for clinical preceptorship (separate non-college credit course) and nursing certification as a Surgical First Assistant (by passing a separate national certification exam)

INTRO TO PARISH NURSING
Examination of the components of effective parish nursing. Strategies for health management and wellness promotion based on interrelationship of spiritual, emotional, and physical health. Designed to provide experienced RNs with an overview of practice issues within a faith community.

CASE ANALYSIS
Intensive analysis of a case selected from clinical experience in 461. Application of previous work in Health Care Ethics to a single case which raises important ethical issues.

ADULT CRITICAL CARE NURSING
Development of clinical judgement to care for adults within a critical care environment. Focus on the care of clients with multiple life-threatening health problems requiring continuous management.

CRITICAL CARE NURSING
Nursing for adults within a critical care environment. Application to clients with multiple life-threatening health problems requiring continuous nursing management.

CRITICAL CARE NURSING (LAB)
Clinical experience in critical care nursing. Enrollment limited by clinical space.

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