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Mississippi University for Women (Departments of Nursing)




The Departments of Nursing offer educational programs designed to meet the diverse lifestyles and demands of today's students. Three distinguished departments of nursing lead to Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, or Master of Science degrees.

BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM IN NURSING

The Baccalaureate Program in Nursing is designed to prepare a nurse generalist who exercises leadership in the prevention of illness and promotion of health as a member of the community and professional nursing and as an agent of change who helps to bring about modifications of nursing practice to meet emerging health needs. This is consistent with the belief that the professional nurse will be prepared to function as a generalist, a leader, and a change agent. Graduates of this program will have the educational foundation to pursue advanced study such as the master's degree.

The faculty recognize the role of the professional nurse is changing and expanding with emphasis placed on the prevention of illness, maintenance of health, and an increasing responsibility in the management of long-term and terminal disruptions to health. The professional nurse is assuming more responsibility for interdependent practice based upon a broader theoretical foundation in all areas of health care. Research is used to enhance the quality of client care and to evaluate the effectiveness of nursing practice. There is an increased demand for the nurse to assume a more active role as change agent in the development of legislation relevant to practice and the health of the community. The nurse serves as a client advocate providing nursing care through collaborative interactions with the client and other members of the health care team. The faculty believe that the practice of nursing will continue to be influenced by the evolution of new knowledge and the alteration of social structure.




School name:Mississippi University for WomenDepartments of Nursing
Address:1100 College St - MUW 910
Zip & city:MS 39701-5800 Mississippi
Phone:(662) 329-7299
Web:http://www.muw.edu/nursing/
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COMPUTERS IN HEALTHCARE
This course is designed to enhance the students knowledge of word processing and the World Wide Web specific to health care professionals.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN HEALTH CARE
This course is designed to broaden the students perception and understanding of transcultural concepts related to health care.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING
This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in using pharmacological agents. Content is organized around broad classifications of drugs with emphasis placed on mechanism of action, uses, routes, side effects, significant adverse reactions, contraindications, drug interactions, and nursing implications.

INTRODUCTION TO BASIC NURSING SKILLS
This course introduces the beginning nursing student to the skills and knowledge necessary to assist clients in performing basic activities of daily living.

NURSING RETENTION
Students who have received below a “C” grade in any required nursing course and are eligible for readmission must take this course prior to re-entry into the nursing program. It is designed to remediate deficiencies in order to continue with the clinical work.

CONCEPTS UTILIZED IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING I
This course focuses on the concepts and issues relevant to professionalism in nursing, communication, and the holistic realm of nursing practice.

NURSING THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
The purpose of this course is to provide the novice nursing student with the beginning skills necessary for performing and documenting a client-appropriate integrated health assessment

NURSING THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: CARE OF INDIVIDUALS
This course provides students with the knowledge to promote and maintain health of culturally diverse individuals in clinical settings.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM FOR NURSING THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: CARE OF INDIVIDUALS
This course provides students with the opportunities to promote and maintain health of culturally diverse individuals in a clinical setting.

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills related to the care of individuals and families with chronic health problems.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM FOR NURSING THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: CARE OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES EXPERIENCING CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS
This course provides opportunities for the student to care for individuals and families with chronic health problems.

NURSING THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: CONCEPTS OF CARE CONCERNING WOMEN AND CHILDREN: DEVELOPING FAMILIES.
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills related to family-centered care of women, infants, and children.

NURSE EXTERNSHIP
This course is designed to enhance the clinical development of students. Students are enrolled in the course of study and may participate as either an employee or a non-employee in a Mississippi Hospital. This experience provides the student the opportunity to practice learned skills repetitively, enhance interpersonal skills, and develop organizational skills. The student receives guidance, supervision and evaluation from a registered nurse preceptor in conjunction with nursing faculty.

SOCIOCULTURAL RESPONSIBILITY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY
This course assists students with expanding their knowledge base regarding diversity of cultures and religion in a global society focusing on application to nursing practice.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM FOR SOCIOCULTURAL RESPONSIBILITY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY
This course provides students with opportunities to provide family-centered care for women, infants, and children.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT FOR THE PROFESSIONAL NURSE II
This course introduces the leadership/management concepts of planning and organizing.

PROFESSIONAL TRANSITION
This course is designed for the registered nurse as a transition into the baccalaureate curriculum. It integrates principles and concepts from the baccalaureate nursing courses taught at the sophomore and junior level and serves as a basis for entry into the senior year of the curriculum.

THEORY AND RESEARCH I
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for the discussion of theories pertaining to the discipline of nursing and to teach the reason and structure for nursing research.

NURSING THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: DIMENSIONS OF COMMUNITY PRACTICE I: CARE OF GROUPS, AGGREGATES AND COMMUNITIES
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to care for groups, aggregates and communities. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention, and systems interrelatedness with the environment.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM FOR NURSING THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: DIMENSIONS OF COMMUNITY PRACTICE I: CARE OF GROUPS, AGGREGATES AND COMMUNITIES
This course provides opportunities to develop skills in prevention in community settings and to improve skills in secondary and tertiary settings.

NURSING THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: CARE OF INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING ACUTE HEALTH ALTERATIONS
The focus of this course is on the knowledge and skills needed to care for clients experiencing acute health alterations.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM FOR NURSING THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: CARE OF INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING ACUTE HEALTH ALTERATIONS
Students will collaborate with other health care providers in a variety of settings to care for culturally diverse clients experiencing acute health alterations.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT FOR THE PROFESSIONAL NURSE II
This course introduces the student to the principles of staffing, scheduling, directing, time management, delegation, supervision, group communication, and conflict management.

THEORY AND RESEARCH II
This course offers theoretical content on those theories pertinent to the current clinical content. The areas of research covered will be collection, analysis, and discussion of the research data.

DEATH, DYING AND BEREAVEMENT
This course is designed as an elective study of death, dying, bereavement and related issues. The course is designed for anyone who desires to think and feel deeply about the meaning of life in its many relationships. The primary purpose of death education is to enrich life through the maturing of values. After confronting death imaginatively though lectures, reading, thinking, discussions and group projects, students can be more comfortable when dealing with the dying and their families. Students can learn to face and accept death as a natural fact of life and thereby be more supportive when explaining death to children and more sensitive to the complex ethical issues related to death and dying. Open to everyone.

NURSING THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: CARE OF INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERATIONS
This course focuses on the theory necessary to care for clients experiencing complex health alterations.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM FOR NURSING THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: CARE OF INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERATIONS
Students will provide care and collaborate with other professionals in caring for clients with complex health alterations.

NCLEX TOOLS AND MEASUREMENT
This course helps provide skills necessary for successful completion of the NCLEX exam.

SKILLS FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING TRANSITION
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to synthesize and utilize knowledge gained in their educational setting in a clinical setting.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
The student has the opportunity to choose an area of interest in nursing. Study is pursued independently, utilizing guidelines developed under the guidance, supervision and evaluation of the faculty.

CARE OF THE DYING
This course is designed to explore a variety of issues related to the professional care of dying clients. It is designed to provide students with a solid knowledge base in this aspect of clinical Thanatology. Through class exercises and assignments, students will explore their own reactions to situations related to dying clients and then apply their knowledge to problem solving.

PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES: DIMENSIONS OF COMMUNITY NURSING PRACTICE
This courses is designed to provide students with opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills related to partnering with families, aggregates, and communities that are experiencing a multiplicity of actual or potential stressors. Emphasis is placed on measures that promote health and prevent disease, the role of the nurse, the inter-relatedness of health care systems with the environment, life-style factors, and the process of effecting change for the purpose of health care improvements through partnerships developed in the community. Experiences are designed to enhance skills in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies.

PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES: LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
This course builds on the Professional Transition planning function of management content and introduces the student to the management functions of organizing, directing and controlling functions of management. The content for this course includes concepts related to: organizational structure; organizational, political and personal power; modes of organizing patient care; staffing; team building; scheduling; motivation; communication; delegation; conflict management; quality control; performance appraisal; discipline; employees with special needs; and employment issues in labor and management. In addition, this course builds on the fiscal planning content from NU 359 and explores the basic concepts of Care Management (case management) to include: relating care management to the nursing process, organizational considerations in a managed care environment, and the impact of care management on health care.

PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES: COMPLEX HEALTH ALTERATIONS AND THREATS TO HEALTH
This course is offered the last semester of the senior year. The focus in this course is on the application of nursing concepts to complex client situations in a variety of health care settings. Learning activities provide students with opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge in the nursing roles of provider, collaborator, and manager of care, as well as those of change agent and patient advocate. Successful completion of this course serves as validation for a total of 1 credit hour (NU 455).

LEGAL ISSUES IN NURSING
This course is designed as an elective study of the legal issues facing nursing. It is designed for those who desire to assess litigation risks in the clinical setting, apply risk management principles, and review legal case studies relative to the health care delivery system. Through lectures, group discussions, case presentations and formal papers, the student will become even more aware of legal responsibility and accountability of nurses in all clinical settings. Strategies to address litigation risks on the primary, secondary, and tertiary level will be emphasized.


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