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Millikin University (School of Nursing)




Millikin University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through June 2008. The program in nursing is also approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The School of Nursing is a member of the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

SCHOOL OF NURSING MISSION
The baccalaureate nursing curriculum at Millikin University fosters the development of a community of life-long learners who are able to envision and shape the future of health care and compose a personal life of meaning and value. Professional nursing education at Millikin University accurately reflects James Millikin's vision of the University as "an institution where the scientific, the practical, and the industrial shall have a place of equal importance, side by side, with the literary and the classical." Nursing is a profession recognized for its intentional blend of the rigorous application of scientific knowledge with the art of caring.

The hallmarks of a Millikin University education are exemplified in the mission of the School of Nursing.
* The Baccalaureate nursing curriculum is founded on the integrated learning that connects liberal and professional education and life experiences. Professional nursing practice is based on the ability to synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the humanities and the natural, social, and nursing sciences to enhance the delivery of holistic care. The faculty of the School of Nursing seek to develop within students a commitment to professional excellence through the integration of these multidisciplinary perspectives.
* Experiential learning that connects theory, practice, and reflection is central to nursing education. Millikin nursing students manage the nursing care of individuals, families, groups, and communities through the application of theory to clinical practice.
* Collaborative learning is accomplished through classroom and clinical experiences, close faculty-student mentoring relationships, and extensive community-wide connections. This process further extends to collaboration with colleagues and consumers in the provision of evidence-based care to improve the quality of health care and advance nursing as a profession.
* An engaged learning philosophy increases the student's self-awareness and connects students to each another, the campus community, and the larger world community. Nursing students are prepared to appreciate and exert influence on the profession within a global perspective and environmental realities.

Democratic citizenship and professional success is nurtured by the challenge to blend knowledge, skill, and values in the delivery of health care to diverse, multicultural populations within a dynamic global environment. The framework for the nursing curriculum at Millikin University incorporates the school's mission, goals, and outcomes under the core concepts of person, nursing, environment, and health.

PROGRAM GOALS
To develop within students a commitment to professional nursing excellence
To prepare nurses who synthesize knowledge, skills, and values for professional practice in a global community
To foster a community of life-long learners who are able to envision and shape the future of nursing and health care.

SCHOOL OF NURSING OUTCOMES
Graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program at Millikin University are able to:
1. Demonstrate the core knowledge, competencies and values of professional nursing
2. Integrate theoretical knowledge and investigation as the basis for critical thinking and decision making in the planning and provision of evidence-based nursing practice for diverse populations
3. Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development through formal and informal experiences



School name:Millikin UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:1184 West Main Street
Zip & city:IL 62522 Illinois
Phone:(217) 424-6348
Web:http://www.millikin.edu/nursing/
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THE PROFESSIONAL NURSE
A nursing elective designed for freshman nursing majors. This course introduces concepts of the art and science of nursing to help students explore the effects of illness on an individual, and to understand this experience from the patient’s perspective. Through case studies, discussion, group work, first-person essays, and reflective logs, students will investigate patient scenarios and nursing roles, clarify personal values, question assumptions, and begin to utilize the nursing process to analyze patient care decisions. Emphasis is on the development of communication and critical thinking skills, respect for human dignity and differences, commitment to professional excellence, and a compassionate ethical professional personality.

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Medical terminology provides an approach to learning health-related terms. The course introduces students to the background, context, and basic concepts which underlie medical terminology. Technical vocabulary in areas of physiology, pathology, and medical procedures are presented along with prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms derived from Greek and Latin - an important foundation for medical terminology. This course will assist students in understanding and using the medical terminology necessary in a growing number of professional areas. In addition to students of nursing, pre-med, and physical therapy, others who would benefit from this course include students in occupational therapy, sports medicine, physical education, teacher education, and pre-law.

INTRODUCTORY PRACTICUM IN NURSING
Introduces students to the nursing profession with consideration of legal, social, economic, ethical, political and historical concerns. Nursing theory, nursing process and research are introduced as foundational concepts in the profession. Laboratory experiences focus on development of communication skills, nursing assessment and core knowledge and skills in fundamental medical/surgical nursing principles. Includes four hours of clinical laboratory per week.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Presents the theory and skills necessary to collect a comprehensive health history and a physical examination. Emphasis is placed on differentiation between normal and abnormal findings and recognition of common health problems in infants, children, adults and childbearing clients. Supervised student practice occurs in skills laboratories and clinical settings.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGIC CONCEPTS FOR NURSING
Designed to provide nursing students with a sound basis in the common pathophysiologic conditions of the human body. Emphasis is placed on processes within the body that result in signs and symptoms of disease rather than on treatment modalities. A firm foundation is built for the core nursing courses which are geared to designing nursing care for patients. Although the focus of the course is physiologic, the holistic nature of mind-body-spirit connections is also addressed.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Independent Study in a topic chosen jointly by the student and faculty, with approval of the School of Nursing Dean. A maximum of six independent study credits may be earned in the School of Nursing.

PARENT-CHILD NURSING
Clinical course to provide core content in normal pregnancy, childbirth, child development, and childrearing. Students design nursing care for normal infants, children and families as well as those with health deviations. Effects of historical, economic, ethical, legal, social, and cultural events on past and present roles are emphasized as students develop critical-thinking skills and identify problems for nursing research. Includes 9 hours of clinical laboratory per week in prenatal, labor and delivery, nursery, postpartum, post-surgical or pediatric units, and various community agencies.

MENTAL HEALTH-MENTAL ILLNESS NURSING
Introduces students to design of nursing care for adolescents, adults and families experiencing emotional health-care challenges. Effects of contemporary, historical, ethical, social, political, economic and legal concepts on mental health nursing are used to develop decision-making skills and identify research problems in clinical practice. Students develop leadership skills through use of group process with clients and collaboration with the health-care team. Includes 9 hours of clinical practice per week in community mental health agencies.

MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING
Clinical course emphasizing application of the nursing process, critical thinking, nursing theory, and research for adults whose health alterations are associated with pathophysiology. Students use the nursing process to provide outcome-based care for individuals and families with complex health problems. Concepts include health promotion, risk reduction, health maintenance, and restoration of self-care. Leadership and management experiences are provided as well as exploration of a variety of professional nursing roles in the health care system. Includes 9 hours of clinical laboratory per week in hospitals, specifically on medical-surgical units, same-day surgery, critical care, rehabilitation, outpatient oncology and student-selected specialized sites.

ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN NURSING
Transition course for registered nurses. Concepts include family theory/dynamics, teaching, aging, chronicity, cultural-spiritual requisites, sexuality, leadership and collaboration. Nursing process, nursing theory and contemporary issues of concern to professional practice are explored. Students select self-directed clinical experiences to expand knowledge of current professional roles. Includes four hours of clinical laboratory per week in hospitals, mental health centers and student-selected sites.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Application of nursing process and nursing research for individuals, families and groups in the community. Concepts include prevention approaches, ecology, epidemiology, multicultural society, infectious diseases, collaboration, and interagency coordination. Students identify current or potential needs of individuals, aggregates and/or communities, and then design complex nursing systems for promotion, maintenance or restoration of health. Ethical, social, political, and legal influences on the American health- care system are included. Management and leadership skills are developed through case management. Includes 9 hours of clinical laboratory per week in community, ambulatory primary care, home health and/or county health agencies as well as public school, industrial, and governmental sites.

TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course provides a structured framework for individual preparation for the examination leading to the transition from student nurse to registered nurse. It is not intended to be a comprehensive review of nursing content, but rather designed to assist the student in development of critical thinking and test-taking skills specific to the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN).

PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP IN NURSING
Elective internship opportunity for students to explore professional roles in nursing. Designed jointly by student and faculty to utilize nursing knowledge and skills in selected clinical sites. Course objectives, activities, and evaluation criteria are individualized for each student.

ISSUES IN NURSING RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT
Provides framework for utilization of research in nursing theory development, formulation of nursing research questions, and critical evaluation of research. The research process is presented as basis for independent decision-making and judgment in practice. Legal, ethical, social, and political factors influencing current and future roles in nursing are analyzed. Leader- ship and management theory is integrated throughout to prepare students for the complex practice roles in today’s health care system. Students develop strategies for continued personal and professional development.

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