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Lynchburg College (School of Nursing)




The educational program for professional nursing is based on an integration of liberal arts and sciences, nursing knowledge, and clinical practice which prepares the professional nurse to practice from a caring, holistic, and scientific foundation and to adhere to the American Nurses’ Association Standards of Practice. Professional nurses become prepared to maximize the quality of nursing care through the application of theory and research to practice and to function in a variety of roles to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities to attain, maintain, and restore health. Faculty emphasize the importance of self-assessment, as well as self-directed lifelong learning. The faculty’s dedication to excellence in teaching, to individual teacher/learner encounters, to the use of technology, and to role modeling of professional behaviors contributes to a broad range of individual and group learning experiences which establish a solid foundation for beginning nursing practice and graduate study.



School name:Lynchburg CollegeSchool of Nursing
Address:1501 Lakeside Drive
Zip & city:VA 24501 Virginia
Phone:(434) 544-8100
Web:http://www.lynchburg.edu/nursing.xml
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PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
This course is designed to assist in the transition of the student to the role of the B.S.N. prepared professional nurse. Emphasis is placed on nursing as a professional practice discipline that is both an art and a science. As a foundation for subsequent nursing courses, the following are explored: personal and professional values, legal and ethical dimensions of professional nursing practice, nursing roles, selected nursing theories, and the evolution of nursing’s knowledge base.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course has both theory and practicum components. The emphasis of the course is on providing the student with tools of assessment to appraise the health of individuals. Knowledge from the biological sciences is used within the context of the nursing process to develop skill in systematic assessment of clients in all phases of the life cycle.

NURSING LEADERSHIP THEORY
Emphasis is on the leadership role of the nurse in professional nursing practice. The principles and concepts of the essential components of the leadership/management process are incorporated including change, decision-making, advanced communication, authority and power, bureaucratic structures, and modes of organizing care. Focus is on the nursing role of leader/manager in a variety of health care settings.

NURSING RESEARCH THEORY
This course is an introduction to nursing research. Emphasis is placed on understanding quantitative and qualitative approaches to the research process and on critiquing nursing research articles for the purpose of evaluating applicability to nursing practice.

HEALTH PROMOTION THEORY
This course focuses on the nursing role in health promotion and disease prevention as it impacts the entire life cycle. Analysis of the family unit is explored as it relates to the individual’s health, as well as the development of health beliefs and health behaviors. Health education techniques and strategies for behavioral change are explored.

ADVANCED TOPICS IN NURSING PRACTICE
This course focuses on practice issues in areas of students’ special interest (e.g., nursing of children, maternity nursing, school health, primary care nursing, self-care nursing).

COMMUNITY HEALTH
This course focuses on community health care services with emphasis on community health assessment. Emphasis will be placed on the nurse’s role in improving the health of communities. Nursing care of individuals, families, groups and aggregates, and the services of home health care are addressed within the conceptual framework of the community.

COMPREHENSIVE INTEGRATED PRACTICUM
This practicum course integrates professional nursing practice concepts and skills needed to address health problems within a specific aggregate. Health promotion, risk reduction, and illness and disease management strategies are emphasized. Leadership and project management skills are incorporated with a focus on cost effectiveness and quality outcomes.

NURSING AS A CAREER
In this course, students explore nursing as a career. Nursing is examined from contemporary and historical perspectives. The contributions of nursing leaders from the past and the present are explored as a basis for understanding the roles of nurses in the health care system. A variety of self-assessment tools are used to help students identify personal strengths and potential career interests.

CONTEMPORARY PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
This course introduces the student to concepts, theories, and standards of nursing practice in today’s evolving health care systems. Critical thinking is examined as a basis for decision-making in nursing and emphasis is placed on developing therapeutic nursing interventions and communication skills. Laboratory learning activities provide the student opportunities to practice and demonstrate skill proficiency in a simulated setting.

CONTEMPORARY PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE LAB
Three-hour skills laboratory which must be taken concurrently with Contemporary Professional Nursing Practice.

NURSINGOFTHE OLDER ADULT
Nine hours designated as NRSG prerequisites. In this course, students use the nursing process to examine normal developmental changes in older adults. Students will provide nursing care to healthy older adults and those with alterations in health.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
In this course students are introduced to a comprehensive, systematic approach to health assessment. Students learn the components of a complete health history, including interviewing and documentation. In addition, students are introduced to the techniques of physical assessment and practice in a laboratory setting.

NURSING RESEARCH
In this course, students are introduced to the research process in nursing. Content focuses on problem identification, research design and sampling, data collection and analysis, and interpretation of findings. Selected examples of nursing research are critiqued and evaluated for application to clinical settings. Students develop the beginning skills needed to be a consumer of research.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS EXPERIENCING ACUTE ILLNESS
This course focuses on care of the adult individual who is experiencing an acute illness. Students integrate the nursing process as preparation for care of individuals in acute care settings. The student functions in a variety of roles and partners with health team members to provide appropriate care to assigned clients.

NURSING CARE OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS
This course focuses on care of individuals and families with alterations in health. Students explore the impact of illness on individuals and families in home health and community-based settings. In addition, students examine the influence of political, economic, and social factors on the delivery of home health care.


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