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Medical College of Georgia (School of Nursing)




Our past, present and future focus has been and continues to be preparing nurses as outstanding health care leaders for the State of Georgia and beyond. Our excellent School of Nursing faculty is dedicated to the integration of teaching, research, and practice, ensuring that every graduate is prepared to reach the farthest ends of his or her career goals. You will find a variety of highest quality, innovative educational programs to meet your needs.

The Medical College of Georgia is the state’s health science university. The MCG Administrative Team has had the wisdom, creativity, and commitment to an atmosphere where students and faculty can collaborate and transcend the confines of a single health care discipline. Furthermore, partnerships across the Georgia educational institutions provide unlimited learning opportunities for MCG students.

In concert with the vision to increase and advance the nursing workforce, the School of Nursing faculty and administrators are devoted to academic excellence and to a supportive learning environment. In our innovative nursing faculty practice, clinician-teachers role model exemplary advanced nursing practice for students in community and acute care settings. In our Center for Nursing Research, faculty investigators enthusiastically mentor students who are conducting their research and are serving on existing research teams. In our simulation centers, students practice new skills on state of the art, computerized human simulators in a “virtual hospital” before entering the actual health care setting. These are just a few examples of our student-centered approach to nursing education.

MISSION STATEMENT

To improve health & wellness in individuals, families, and communities through the discovery and dissemination of nursing knowledge and the translation of science into practice.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDY IN NURSING

Nursing is one of the oldest and best-known health professions. One of the most exciting aspects of nursing is the variety of career opportunities available. The registered nurse gives and supervises bedside nursing care, provides education and support for patients and their families, teaches nursing personnel, assists in operations, plans community health services and administers programs inside and outside of a hospital or institutional setting. Students in this field must have the ability to make rational decisions, use good judgment, organize and plan, have good physical and mental stamina, work well with people and be empathetic.



School name:Medical College of GeorgiaSchool of Nursing
Address:419 College Drive
Zip & city:GA 30204 Georgia
Phone:(770) 358-5304
Web:http://www.mcg.edu/son/index.html
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PRINCIPLES OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
This is an introductory course in health assessment and beginning principles of nursing care. Didactic classes and lab experiences provide a foundation on which students can build their professional nursing knowledge and practice. Strategies for health assessment, promotion, and basic provision of nursing care will be emphasized.

FOUNDATIONS I: BEGINNING LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
The purpose of this course is to introduce the entry level professional nurse to leadership and issues in professional nursing practice. Concepts will be introduced to familiarize the novice nurse with practice concerns as well as values and norms inherent in socialization to the role of professional. Nurses' professional roles, professional values, and standards will be presented. The historical development of the nursing profession will be reviewed. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making models, technology in health care and the contribution of theory to nursing practice. Professional communication skills and group dynamics will be examined. The role of professional nurse leader in professional associations will be emphasized.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY
This course introduces the pathophysiological basis of illness and the basic principles of clinical pharmacology. The focus of this course is on compromises in the body's ability to meet its physiological needs integrated with nursing-based pharmacologic interventions in response to these compromises.

LIFESPAN I: NURSING CARE OF THE BEGINNING FAMILY
Examination of the health and wellness activities of individuals and their families from birth to age 20. Emphasizes theories regarding beginning families and child-rearing, well-child assessment, and common health problems in children and adolescents. Explores compromises to physical, social and mental health common during these ages and the impact of these compromises on the individual and family are explored. Professional nursing activities that promote and restore optimal health/wellness are the focal points for didactic and clinical experiences. Through the use of various problem-solving methods, students can apply didactic information in actual patient situations and will be guided in bridging nursing theory and practice and in making decisions regarding nursing care. Clinical activities occur in a myriad of nursing practice settings which are both hospital and community-based.

LIFESPAN II: NURSING CARE OF THE YOUNG FAMILY
Examines the health and wellness activities of individuals and their families from age 20 to 45. Lifespan relevant issues such as childbearing, parenting roles, family theory, individual development and common health problems in young adulthood. Explores compromises to physical, social and mental health common during these ages and the impact of these compromises on the individual and family. Professional nursing activities that promote and restore optimal health/wellness are the focal points for didactic and clinical experiences. Through the use of various problem-solving methods, students can apply didactic information in actual patient situations and will be guided in bridging nursing theory and practice and in making decisions regarding nursing care. Clinical activities occur in a myriad of nursing practice settings which are both hospital- and community-based.

FOUNDATIONS II: LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH PROMOTION AND HEALTH POLICY
The focus of this course is on promoting health in the community and health care delivery system, through policy making and health education. The concepts of professional responsibility, leadership, advocacy, and community-focused practice, within the greater community, are introduced. Critical thinking is utilized to analyze past and present factors influencing healthcare, the health belief model, and the various roles of nurses relative to health decisions, health promotion and policy making. Students participate in learning opportunities, which build on principles of ethics and leadership, through communicating with diverse, public entities and influencing change by active involvement in professional organizations.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY II
This course continues to introduce the pathophysiological basis of illness and the basic principles of clinical pharmacology. The focus of this course is on compromises in the body's ability to meet its physiological needs integrated with nursing-based pharmacologic interventions in response to these compromises.

LIFESPAN III: NURSING CARE OF THE MIDDLE FAMILY
Examines the health promotion and wellness activities of those age 45-65. Explores compromises to physical, social and mental health common during this age period and the impact on the individual and family. Professional nursing activities that promote and restore optimal health/wellness are focal points for didactic and clinical experiences. Clinical activities occur in a myriad of nursing practice settings, which are both hospital- and community-based.

LIFESPAN IV: NURSING CARE OF THE MATURE FAMILY
Examines the health promotion and wellness activities of individuals and their families age 65 and older. Explores compromises to physical, social and mental health common during this age period and the impact on the individual and family. Focuses on lifespan-relevant issues such as loss, grief, caregiver roles and community resources. Professional nursing activities that promote and restore optimal health/wellness are focal points for didactic and clinical experiences. Clinical activities occur in a myriad of nursing practice settings, including hospital, extended care, home and community settings.

FOUNDATIONS III: LEADERSHIP IN NURSING RESEARCH AND LEGAL/ETHICAL
The focus of this course is to provide students with opportunities to explore issues related to research, ethics and law in nursing practice. The research process and the inherent need for scientific inquiry as part of professional practice are examined. Emphasis is placed on knowledge and application of the legal and ethical foundations of nursing practice. The role of the BSN nurse as a leader in the utilization of nursing research and the application of ethical / legal principles is explored.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING MANAGEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES EXPERIENCING COMPLEX HEALTH PROBLEMS
This course focuses on health promotion, restoration and rehabilitation through application of principles of nursing practice with individuals and families experiencing complex health problems. Emphasis is on continuity of care, collaboration with the health care team and mobilization of resources for individuals and families with complex physical, mental and social health problems. Clinical experiences occur in a variety of settings.

FOUNDATIONS IV: LEADERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course builds on leadership concepts from prior course work emphasizing the role of the professional nurse as a leader. The focus is on the student's development of an identity as a leader in the nursing profession. Students integrate leadership concepts in affecting change in community settings. Through assessment and analysis of the health status of a chosen population, students intervene to influence change and promote health. Emphasis is placed on professional nursing judgment and empowerment of populations in improving health.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
This course focuses on the principles of professional nursing practice and provides the student the opportunities to synthesize and integrate previous learning experiences. The purpose of this course is to provide comprehensive clinical experiences for the student to assist in the transition from student to professional nurse.

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