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Marymount University (School of Health Professions)




Nurses work in hospitals, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, schools, worksites, and in community health. They not only provide health care to people of all ages but educate patients and their families in preventive care. Nursing specialty areas include surgery, emergency, pediatrics, psychiatric/mental health, school, public health, and nurse-midwifery.

Marymount University offers the Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N), the M.S.N. (two areas of specialization), and two graduate certificate programs. An accelerated B.S.N degree program is available for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. In addition, an online B.S.N. is available for registered nurses.



School name:Marymount UniversitySchool of Health Professions
Address:2807 N. Glebe Road - Butler Hall, Main Campus
Zip & city:VA 22207-4299 Virginia
Phone:(703) 284-1500
Web:http://www.marymount.edu/academic/healthprof/nursing/
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ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS
The nursing process provides the framework for this course, which focuses on the delivery of drug therapy for clients. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse in calculating accurate dosages for oral and parenteral drugs. The legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse as caregiver and teacher are presented.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN
Focuses on using the nursing process in caring for infants, toddlers, preschool, school age, and adolescent children and youth. Core concepts are healthy development, prevention of disease and accidental injury, common health problems, chronic illness, and impaired function as a result of organ failure. Family-centered care is defined and used throughout the course. A one-day-per-week clinical experience will be provided in diverse settings.

MATERNAL NEWBORN NURSING
Focuses on the nursing care of families during the childbearing phase of the life cycle from preconception through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Content progresses from normal to high-risk information within each phase of the childbearing period. Standards of nursing practice are utilized within the framework of the A.A.S. curriculum. A one-day-per-week clinical experience will be provided in diverse settings.

MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING III
Assists A.A.S. students in applying the nursing process to adult patients experiencing chronic and multisystem complex medical-surgical disorders. A one-day-per-week clinical experience will be provided in diverse settings.

PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on the nursing care of patients with identified psychiatric/mental health problems. Predisposing factors and symptomatology are explored, and current neurobiological theories of psychiatric illness are identified. The course emphasizes use of the nursing process, the nurse-patient relationship, and therapeutic communication skills in caring for individuals and their families across the life span. A one-day-per-week clinical experience will be provided in diverse settings.

SENIOR SEMINAR
Focuses on personal growth and preparation for assuming the role of the associate-degree nurse. Provides students in the last semester of the A.A.S. program with an opportunity to develop strategies for making the transition from student to graduate nurse, a strong foundation for future growth in education and practice, and preparation to take the nursing licensing exam. Prerequisite: student must be in the final semester of A.A.S. Nursing courses to register.

THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Explores the development of the professional nursing role. Serves as a foundation for future B.S.N. Nursing courses by presenting historical perspectives, selected nursing theories, the nursing process, the role of the nurse and client within the health care system, and standards of nursing practice. Also examines concepts of health and illness as influenced by physiological, psychosocial, sociocultural, and spiritual factors.

PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF NURSING TECHNOLOGIES
Prepares students to utilize the nursing process in implementing nursing skills and nursing technologies when caring for clients across the life span and representing a wide variety of health care concerns. Students will develop skills through discussion, observation, and practice in the laboratory setting.

HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
Introduces the beginning student to the professional nursing role in promoting wellness of individuals of all ages and their families. Emphasizes interviewing techniques, therapeutic communication, teaching-learning, and nursing process.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Prepares the student to perform a comprehensive health assessment of physiological, psychological, spiritual, sociocultural, and developmental variables of individual clients across the life span. History-taking and physical-assessment skills are developed.

TRANSCULTURAL CONCEPTS IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS
Provides an introduction to transcultural theories, concepts, and principles that help to explain the health care needs and responses of individuals and groups within the context of their cultures and subcultures. An emphasis is placed on the conduct of culturally competent assessments.

ALTERNATIVE/COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE
Introduces learners to various modalities of alternative/complementary/integrative medicine. Course content will provide learners with the ability to critically analyze and evaluate these approaches for application in their personal lives and professional practices. Learners participate in experiential exercises in various alternative/complementary/integrative techniques including, but not limited to, imagery, movement, biofeedback, music, and hypnosis. This course fulfills the Liberal Arts Core requirement for a health and wellness course.

THE NURSE, THE CLIENT, AND THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
This online course explains the philosophy and structure of the program, and creates a foundation for future Nursing courses and contemporary nursing practice. Beliefs about man, society, health, and nursing are explored so that students can examine the relationship among these factors. Issues in the delivery of health care and the roles of the nurse and client within the health care system are investigated.

CLINICAL NURSING I: ADULT HEALTH
Focuses on developing skills in problem solving and clinical judgment to facilitate the planning and provision of appropriate nursing care for adults with major disruptions in health in a variety of settings. Medical-surgical problems of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and hematological systems as well as shock and burns will be addressed. Expands understanding of the nursing process, concepts and principles of nursing, humanities, and physical and behavioral sciences.

CLINICAL NURSING II: ADULT HEALTH
Continuation of NU 331. Covers medical-surgical problems relating to the gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Emphasis is on assisting clients in regaining optimum levels of wellness, meeting rehabilitation requirements, and/or adjusting to terminal illness.

CLINICAL NURSING III: FAMILY HEALTH I
Focuses on nursing care of families during the childbearing phase of the life cycle — from preconception through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Addresses normal and high-risk pregnancy and each phase of the childbearing period.

ADVANCED THERAPEUTICS
Explores the roles of therapeutic nutrition and pharmacological agents in promoting wellness and/or restoring equilibrium for clients whose natural defenses are at risk or disrupted by stressors. The collaborative and teaching roles of the nurse are stressed and specific interventions are identified for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for clients receiving pharmaceutical or nutritional therapy.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Examines the changes associated with physiologic and psychiatric disease states, and relates these changes to signs and symptoms encountered in health assessment. The pathology of disease is differentiated from the developmental changes expected to occur over the course of a life span.

ACUTE CARE NURSING
Provides a theoretical foundation for beginning nursing practice in the care of the acutely ill client in the acute care setting. Opportunities are provided for simulated application of technologies and emergency interventions in the laboratory environment.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Presents public health concepts, principles, standards, theory, and intervention modalities in nursing practice. Clinical experience is provided in distributive settings. Client advocacy is promoted and teaching is emphasized. Transportation is the responsibility of the student.

RESEARCH AND CRITICAL INQUIRY
Introduces the process of systematic investigation for the continued development of new knowledge and to answer complex pragmatic problems. Emphasis is given to the interdependence of the parts of the research process and to analysis and synthesis of the complex body of published research reports. Primary attention is given to the development of research skills.

NURSING LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, AND SOCIOPOLITICAL ADVOCACY
Focuses on the roles of the professional nurse as a leader in the health care environment, manager of health care clients in a variety of settings, and advocate for social and political reform. Students explore theories of leadership, management, and organizational behavior as well as the social, political, and economic forces affecting health care environments. Students examine and apply legal and ethical accountability and decision making to planning, evaluating, and documenting client outcomes.

CLINICAL NURSING IV: PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH
Focuses on promotion of mental health and the care of clients with acute and chronic mental health problems. Current therapies and models of care delivery are explored.

CLINICAL NURSING V: FAMILY HEALTH II
Introduces students to caring for children as they grow and develop within a family system. Discusses commonly occurring physiological disruptions in childhood, from infancy to adolescence.

RESEARCH
A student in this course will conduct collaborative research (scholarly work leading to new knowledge) under the direction of a faculty member.

NURSING INTERNSHIP
Provides an opportunity for students to experience the role of the professional nurse through supervised clinical practice with a preceptor in a selected health care agency. Taken during the final semester of the B.S.N. program.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Students investigate selected topics in nursing under the direction of a faculty advisor and the dean of the School of Health Professions. Independent study enables students to pursue specialized interests and develop skills in critical analysis.

THEORETICAL AND ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE
Focuses on the synthesis and integration of theoretical knowledge and principles from nursing and related disciplines to serve as guides for advanced nursing practice. Curriculum concepts are woven throughout course content. Special attention is given to relevant theories and ethical and legal aspects of practice. Includes analysis and evaluation of nursing theory and application of ethical decision-making frameworks. Relevant research findings will be used to promote development of skills in critical analysis of advanced-practice nursing and health care issues.

ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH SCREENING
Provides the theoretical and clinical foundation for advanced practice in primary care family nursing. It focuses on skills and knowledge necessary for role preparation of the family nurse practitioner who provides care to individuals and families in various communities. Laboratory and clinical experiences provide opportunities for the development of assessment and diagnostic skills.

HEALTH AND CULTURE
Examines culturally based value orientations, communication, and patterns of health care beliefs and practices among clients and health care providers. Emphasis is on provision of culturally competent health care.

NURSING AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Provides an overview of contemporary U.S. nursing and health care systems and organizations, including historical, social, political, economic, organizational, and cultural forces impacting nursing and health care. Examines the roles of research and health care policy, regulation, and law in shaping organizational structure and health care systems.

ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY I
Presents advanced pathophysiology of the head and neck, muscular skeletal, pulmonary, cardiovascular, hematologic, and dermatologic systems. Emphasis is given to the interaction of these systems with other body systems. Students analyze data pertinent to clinical disease states and utilize the information in implementing the nursing process as a clinical nursing expert.


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