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Mercy College (Division of Health Professions)




Mercy College boasts one of the most comprehensive and innovative Divisions of Health Professions in the nation. Twenty-first century practitioners must integrate an unprecedented amount of information--not only from their own disciplines, but from other cultures and practices around the globe. Keeping abreast of it all is nearly impossible so developing relationships with experts in related fields is essential. Your teachers at Mercy College will include clinicians engaged in current professional practice and seasoned teachers, researchers and professional leaders.

Mercy College's Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing is designed exclusively for working Registered Nurses with diplomas or Associate Degrees in Nursing. If you are already an RN and your nursing knowledge, skills, and clinical experience put you in a class of your own! At Mercy, we've designed a program that recognizes your significant accomplishments. Your classmates are all working RNs and your teachers focus on the learning needs of registered nurses.



School name:Mercy CollegeDivision of Health Professions
Address:555 Broadway
Zip & city:NY 10522 New York
Phone:914-674-7867
Web:http://www.mercy.edu/acadivisions/healthprofessions/nursing.cfm
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CONTEMPORARY CONCEPTS IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING:
This course is designed to assist the practicing RN transition to the role of baccalaureate nursing student. Issues relevant to professional development and contemporary nursing practice are covered including: professional values, role development, ethical decision making, legal and regulatory processes, entry into practice, and historical perspectives. Students develop proficiencies in academic essentials required for success in nursing education including: information literacy, critical thinking, organized writing and delivering oral presentations.

TRANSCULTURAL NURSING:
This course examines cultural aspects of healthcare. Transcultural issues include (but are not limited to) culture, religion, socio-economic status, gender and sexual orientation. Examination of cultures includes the understanding that each encounter includes at least 3 cultures: that of nursing, the institution, and that of the client. An emphasis is placed on recognizing contemporary challenges and developing skills needed for the practice of professional nursing. Students develop the knowledge needed to provide culturally appropriate care.

NURSING RESEARCH FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PROFESSIONAL NURSING:
This course focuses on the research process in nursing as a component of evidence- based nursing practice. Students explore the research process and critique research studies for quality and application to professional nursing practice.

NURSING INFORMATICS:
This course examines information management and technological advances for practice of professional nursing care. The history of nursing informatics, health care information systems, patient privacy, and financial considerations are examined. This course explores future directions in computerized integrated health care delivery system for the future.

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH POLICY:
This course provides an overview of health policy and health economics. The legislative process and its impact on the development of policy at the local, state and national level will be discussed. Health economics are explored through discussions of financing. Students examine public and private payers both for profit and not for profit. Uninsured and underinsured as well as impact of social class and culture as examined. International health policy and economics are discussed as a point of comparison and contrast. Key health policy issues are explored.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT:
This course examines leadership concepts in the health care delivery system. Theories regarding leadership, management, power, chaos, change, influence, delegation, communication and empowerment are analyzed. Strategies for effective multidisciplinary collaboration are explored. Learning activities are directed toward the professional nurse’s development in developing their power and expanding one’s sphere of influence.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND CLINICAL REASONING FOR NURSING:
Basic principles and processes are introduced early in the course, including descriptions of cellular biology; genes and genetic diseases; forms of cell injuries; fluids and electrolytes and acids and bases; immunity; and tumor biology. Knowledge of these processes is applied to the pathophysiology of common diseases. The presentation of each disease/disorder entity includes relevant risk factors, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and a brief review of treatment. Clinical reasoning will be augmented by applying models for nursing clinical judgment to clinical case studies.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH PROMOTION:
This course focuses on health assessment and health promotion. Students will develop the health assessment skills necessary for professional nursing practice. Weekly readings allow the student to synthesize theory and practice. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies are analyzed for use with various populations. Barriers to health communication are explored and students examine the issues that affect health behaviors

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE:
This course addresses issues of health at local, national and international levels. Global health trends and patterns in health are discussed. Health problems and health promotion for various aggregate groups at the local, national and international level are explored.

CAPSTONE PROJECT IN NURSING AND HEALTH CARE:
Students have the opportunity to pursue an area of interest under the mentorship of nursing faculty. The student’s area of interest must be related to nursing and /or health care. The student is responsible for establishing goals, planning, designing, implementing and evaluating this project. The student documents this plan and a timeline for activities into a written contract which along with a resource list must be reviewed and approved by nursing faculty. Examples of project areas the student explores include, but are not limited to, health policy, local, state or national politics, health promotion, community health, Healthy People 2010, nursing advocacy, interning in a clinical specialty, conducting a pilot study or writing an article for publication. Prerequisite: All undergraduate nursing courses.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING:
This course allows students to pursue an area of research or clinical practice. Permission of Program Director or designee required.

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