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Midland Lutheran College - Nursing Major




The program of studies for the nursing major is consistent with the college goal of providing a liberal education for students in a Christian context. The curriculum provides an approximate balance in general and professional education. Liberal arts courses related to aesthetic sensitivity, American heritage, Christianity, contemporary issues, moral responsibility, personal wellness, scientific literacy, societal structures, and world community provide a foundation for the professional nursing courses. The professional nursing courses prepare the student for professional practice in various settings, provide a foundation for graduate study in nursing, and promote life-long learning and student growth toward maturity as individuals, professional persons and citizens. The curriculum for the nursing major is designed to produce a Midland

Nursing Major who:
- Demonstrates the critical thinking skills of reasoning, analysis, research and decision making in nursing practice by:
* applying the nursing process to assist clients to meet basic human needs (physiological, emotional, environmental, cultural and spiritual), and to support and promote adaptation of clients as individuals, families, groups and communities;
* using decision making in providing client care;
* applying ethical principles and practices to nursing situations;
* using research findings in the practice environment.
- communicates therapeutically with clients and co-workers to facilitate nursing care delivery;
- performs theory-based therapeutic nursing interventions to assist clients in meeting basic human needs and to support and promote adaptation of clients in any of a variety of settings;
- demonstrates professional attitudes, values and skills when fulfilling various nurse roles in promoting client adaptation by:
* accepting individual responsibility and accountability for one's nursing practice;
* displaying respect for the uniqueness, worth and dignity of clients, selected groups and the community in nursing practice;
* complying with professional standards of the American Nurses' Association;
* evaluating the effectiveness of teaching and learning concepts provided to clients and coworkers;
* demonstrating leadership in a variety of settings;
* implementing planned change in providing client care.

The nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commision and is approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to complete the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for state licensure as registered nurses. They are prepared for entry level positions in the health care system.



School name:Midland Lutheran College - Nursing Major
Address:900 N. Clarkson
Zip & city:NE 68025 Nebraska
Phone:(800) 642-8382
Web:http://www.mlc.edu/midlandlutheran.aspx?pgID=1030
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INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
This course provides the student with specific information related to the nursing profession, assisting the student in determining if nursing is the appropriate choice for them as a major. The course provides an introduction to the legal and ethical responsibilities of a nurse. In addition, content related to terminology, communication, culture, change theory, teaching/learning and research is included. Introductory content on the subject of end of life is also discussed.

HEALTH MINISTRY FOR THE CARING PROFESSION
This course will discuss the use of health ministry within congregations and the community. The course will introduce means of utilizing resources within congregations to provide the faith community with non-invasive health screening, education and resources in a spiritually supportive environment. The course will introduce the concept of parish nursing. Faith and health will be integrated to create a successful health ministry in a congregational setting.

PERSONAL WELLNESS
This personal well-being course introduces the students to principles, theories and practices of a healthy lifestyle. Students develop a holistic view of health which emphasizes personal responsibility for their quality of life and personal wellness. Health encompasses the interrelatedness of physical, psychological, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental factors. These holistic health factors are reflected in a lifestyle with includes physical exercise, balanced nutrition and stress management. This course is an elective for nursing majors.

NURSING TRANSITION
This course is the introductory nursing course for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses enrolled in the B.E.N.D. or L.P.N. Connection. The student integrates knowledge gained from the applied fields of humanities, the behavioral, natural and health sciences as well as their previous nursing courses. The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for synthesis of the concept of health and the organizing threads and theories for subsequent nursing courses. The course provides an orientation to the philosophy and conceptual framework of the Nursing Department, including content on nursing process, research, physical assessment and the aging process. Emphasis is placed on the baccalaureate approach to nursing education.

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF NURSING AND HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course will be taught in the fall semester of the sophomore year and is the first in a series of six clinical nursing courses. The student will be expected to incorporate knowledge gained from prerequisite and concurrent supportive courses in the humanities, the behavioral, natural and health sciences and from information obtained from NUR 100. Basic human needs and geriatric nursing serve as the framework used to integrate nursing principles and health and physical assessment in this course. Students are introduced to psychomotor, cognitive and affective nursing and health assessment principles, concepts and skills. Students learn to use health assessment, nursing skills and the nursing process while caring for adults in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on the collection of pertinent health assessment data, development of appropriate nursing diagnoses and implementation of the nursing process to help elderly adult clients meet their basic human needs. A well-elderly experience is also provided in a community based setting which promotes assessment of client’s history, physical and cultural/heritage aspects.

MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING
This course is offered the spring semester of the sophomore year and is the second clinical course offered to nursing students. The student will continue to apply the theories and concepts of the curriculum in this course and will build upon the psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills acquired in previous nursing and support course.
This course affords the student the opportunity to apply theoretical content regarding pathophysiology, diagnostic tests, treatment and therapeutic nursing intervention. The student performs physical assessment, analyzes the data, plans, implements and evaluates therapeutic nursing interventions for adult clients. Clinical experiences are provided for the students in medical, surgical and perioperative areas in acute care settings. Observational experiences are utilized in a variety of settings to provide the students with some expanded and continually changing roles of professional nurses. A functional health and an environmental assessment provide the basis for a health promotion teaching learning plan implemented throughout the semester on a well-elder client in a community based setting.

PARENT/CHILD NURSING
This course applies critical thinking skills utilizing both written and oral nursing processes for individuals and families during the childbearing and childrearing years. Students perform assessments, analyze the data and plan, implement and evaluate research-based therapeutic nursing interventions. Course content focuses on theories of growth and development, adapting therapeutic nursing interventions to childbearing/childrearing clients’ physiological, emotional, environmental, cultural and spiritual needs. Physical assessment skills are expanded in this course to incorporate infants and children. Students apply course content through client care in an acute pediatric setting, ambulatory care settings and community based child care centers. Parent/newborn content is applied in family centered maternity units. Community based family experiences are also provided.

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Critical thinking is used within this course through application of the nursing process with clients having mental health problems or psychiatric illnesses. Utilizing the nursing process, students define client nursing care problems, analyze data and plan, implement and evaluate therapeutic nursing care interventions for individuals and families. Content begins with personal self-awareness. Utilizing mental health principles, students develop interpersonal relationships and therapeutic communication skills in an acute psychiatric care setting with both adults and child-adolescent inpatient/outpatient treatment, community based treatment and chemical dependency. Emphasis is placed on assisting clients to recognize their own actual or potential problems and to take action to promote the client’s physical, emotional, environmental, spiritual and cultural health.

NURSING RESEARCH
Nursing Research is a course presented concurrently with (or prior to) Parent/Child Nursing or Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Emphasis is on content common to the upper division nursing courses. The course will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts of nursing research. The present status of nursing research will be presented with an emphasis on the future trends for nursing research. The steps of the research process as well as key research terms will be discussed with application to nursing research studies. An overview of research design will be presented. The student will develop an ability to communicate using the research process in writing as well as orally in the practice setting.

NURSING MANAGEMENT
This course explores the role of the nursing manager. The student will examine the management processes of planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling.

INDEPENDENT STUDY

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
This course applies the nursing process to families and aggregate populations in the community and serves as a departmental “W” course with formal written work. Knowledge from previous nursing and support courses is integrated with principles of public health science. Students visit a variety of families with health problems in the home setting. In addition, an aggregate population in a circumscribed community is visited to promote and protect the population’s health through screening, health maintenance and health promotion activities. Students submit two papers reflecting application of the nursing process for an aggregate population. The first paper includes the assessment, identification of the health needs and a literature review. The second paper includes the planning, implementing and evaluating of the interventions. Each paper is a minimum of six pages and is evaluated for style, form and content.

TRENDS AND ISSUES IN NURSING
The course is offered concurrently with Community Health Nursing or Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing the senior year. The dimensions, current dilemmas, professional responsibilities and privileges of nursing from the perspective of the past, present and future are presented. Students participate in activities which assist them in making the transition from the status to that of the professional nurse.

ADVANCED MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING
This course engages the students in critical thinking skills as they apply the nursing process to the care of individuals undergoing complex life-threatening or life-changing alterations, in a variety of settings, including the intensive care unit, emergency department and medical-surgical units. Ethical issues of life support and terminal care are also addressed. The courses also exposes students to leadership concepts, with opportunities to coordinate nursing care for multiple clients in the hospital setting. This course serves as a departmental “C” course.

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