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Mount St. Mary’s College (Department of Nursing)




Mount St. Mary’s College (MSMC) is a dual campus Catholic college that specializes in a value-based, liberal arts and sciences education. MSMC was the first college in California to provide a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) beginning in 1952 and continues to be a leader in nursing education. Our students are encouraged to explore ideas and define their values to better lead and serve their communities.

MSMC offers four programs: Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.), Traditional and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Each of these programs is growing to meet the needs of the current nursing shortage and continues to have a large number of qualified applicants eager to begin or continue their education.

The Nursing Department recently renovated and expanded our Nursing Skills Labs at both the Chalon and Doheny campuses with the support of UniHealth Grant funding. These labs allow students to learn patient care skills and techniques in a simulated patient care setting that matches the complex technology present in today's hospital environment. The MSMC nursing faculty are outstanding educators and practitioners who are focused on helping each student become the best nurse they can be. Partnering clinical agencies welcome our students during their training and many graduates become employed at these healthcare sites immediately upon graduation. I invite you to explore this website to learn more about our programs and to see what you need to do to begin or continue your nursing education at MSMC.

COLLEGE MISSION STATEMENT

Mount St. Mary’s College is an academic community committed to continuing exploration of relationship to God, other persons, and nature. This exploration takes the form of programs devoted to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and career preparation at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree levels, with a special focus on education of women for participation and leadership in our society and our times. The Catholic tradition of the College offers a value orientation for the student’s personal and professional life, giving the motivation for a Christian commitment that views professional life as service.

The College encourages its students to actualize their gifts and talents, and to develop the intellectual and professional competence necessary for intelligent and concerned citizenship. The purpose of a Mount St. Mary’s education, therefore, encompasses the development of a disciplined and continuing curiosity, a receptivity to new ideas, and the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and values, both personal and communal, necessary to evaluate these ideas and live them in society.

NURSING DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY

Mount St. Mary's College is an academic community committed to continuing exploration of our relationship to God, to other persons, and to nature. This exploration takes the form of programs devoted to excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation with a special focus on educating women for participation and leadership in our society and our time. The Catholic tradition of the college offers a value orientation for the student's personal and professional life, giving the motivation for a Christian commitment that views professional life as service.

Nursing is a service to humanity. It is a profession committed to: the promotion and restoration of health; the prevention of illness of individuals, families, groups, and communities; and support for a dignified death. It is the science whose main concern involves the life processes that positively affect the health status and integrity of persons, families, and groups. These life processes involve physiological, sociological, and spiritual life components. A focus on the interaction of these components delineates nursing science.

The Department of Nursing functions within the philosophy of the college and has developed a curriculum on the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing. The Adaptation Model recognizes that a person is a bio-psycho-social-spiritual being in constant interaction with a dynamic and complex world. Humans possess both innate and acquired mechanisms which, in health, enable coping with the complex internal and external environment. In times of stress, these coping mechanisms may be disrupted. The ability to adapt to the internal and external environment at this time affects the person's position on the health-illness continuum. The promotion of adaptation in the direction of health depends upon an educational program which prepares the student to understand the person as a total being, to recognize and respect human values, and to utilize a scientific process within the framework of the adaptation model.

The goal of nursing is directing, maintaining, and reinforcing the adaptation of person, families, and groups toward optimal health. The process involves:
1. assessing the factors that influence the position on the illness continuum, the factors that influence the position, and the effectiveness of the coping mechanisms.
2. determining the actual or potential health problem(s).
3. establishing mutually acceptable goals.
4. intervening by promoting adaptation through the modification of influencing factors and/or increasing the response in the coping potential.
5. evaluating the position on the health-illness continuum to reaffirm and/or modify interventions.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Welcome to Nursing! The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the California Board of Registered Nursing. Graduates of the BSN nursing program are eligible for certification as public health nurses and for licensure as registered nurses.

The students in the program mirror the diversity of our Los Angeles community. Clinical nursing experiences are provided in collaboration with hospitals and agencies throughout Los Angeles County. Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Both acceptance to and continuation in the nursing major will be determined by the student's preparation and academic performance as assessed by the Department of Nursing Admissions Committee.

The BSN program offers the nursing student a balance of hands-on learning with sound theory. Its an exciting time for nursing! Our nursing graduates have career options that simply didn't exist just a few short years ago. Vast new opportunities are opening up in the field of nursing. Today's graduates are finding fulfillment in such fast-expanding areas as home care, community health, other outpatient sites, long-term care, schools, nursing management as well as hospitals and ambulatory care settings.

* Traditional BSN Program
* Accelerated BSN Program
* RN-to-BSN Program

TRADITIONAL BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM

Welcome to Nursing! The Traditional BSN is a four-year baccalaureate program which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the California Board of Registered Nursing. Graduates of the BSN nursing program are eligible for certification as public health nurses and for licensure as registered nurses.

The students in the program mirror the diversity of our Los Angeles community. Clinical nursing experiences are provided in collaboration with hospitals and agencies throughout Los Angeles County. Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Both acceptance to and continuation in the nursing major will be determined by the student's preparation and academic performance as assessed by the Department of Nursing Admissions Committee.

The Traditional BSN offers the nursing student a balance of hands-on learning with sound theory. It’s an exciting time for nursing! Our nursing graduates have career options that simply didn't exist just a few short years ago. Vast new opportunities are opening up in the field of nursing. Today's graduates are finding fulfillment in such fast-expanding areas as home care, community health, other outpatient sites, long-term care, schools, nursing management as well as hospitals and ambulatory care settings.



School name:Mount St. Mary’s CollegeDepartment of Nursing
Address:12001 Chalon Rd.
Zip & city:CA 90049 California
Phone:310-954-4250
Web:http://www.msmc.la.edu/pages/964.asp
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FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING: THEORY
Introductory course that covers the theories, concepts, principles and procedures that is fundamental to current nursing practice. Provides a knowledge base to understand the practice of professional nursing with a focus on the adult hospitalized patient.

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING: SKILLS
Covers basic nursing measures necessary for safe patient care. The focus is to provide the theoretical basis for selected nursing skills and to develop the student's psychomotor ability in the performance of these skills. Designed to integrate computer assisted learning for an independent approach to learning.

INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Lecture. Common disruptions in the body's structure, function and regulatory mechanisms are presented which include: immune response, inflammation, and temperature control. Nursing and Medical Management will be discussed.

NURSING PRACTICUM: ADULT
Clinical practice of nursing process and skills with application of concepts related to basic nursing skills and to common disruptions in body systems. Focus on common medical-surgical problems affecting adults and older adults, stimuli for illness, nursing diagnoses, nursing interventions, prevention, and teaching in an in-patient setting.

NURSING PRACTICUM: ADULT
Continuation of Nursing Skills and Process with application of concepts related to the physiologic and psychosocial mode of adaptation.

ADAPTATION NURSING THEORY
Introduces the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing with emphasis on the physiological and psychosocial modes as related to adult and older adult behaviors. Introduces concepts of cultural diversity, aging, and sexuality.

HUMAN NUTRITION
A study of different nutrients with emphasis on nutritional requirements for health and prevention of chronic disease which are major causes of death in the United States today. Topics include healthy lifestyle including daily meal planning, weight control and exercise, harmful effects of alcohol and drugs. Special needs during pregnancy and childhood, adulthood, and old age will also be considered

ADAPTATION NURSING:CHILDBEARING FAMILY
The focus is they bio-psycho-social impact of health-illness problems related to Childbearing Families.

PRACTICUM: CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Provides clinical experiences in prenatal delivery, and postnatal care, study of the parenting roles, and the health needs of the emerging family groups.

ADAPTATION NURSING: CHILDREN
The focus is the bio-psycho-social impact of health-illness problems related to children. Taken concurrently with Practicum: Children.

PRACTICUM: CHILDREN
Provides clinical experience in the health-illness problems encountered in the care of children and their families. Growth and development from infancy through adolescence in terms of the Adaptation Theory of Nursing. Taken concurrently with Adaptation Nursing: Children.

ADAPTATION NURSING: ADVANCED MEDICAL/SURGERY
The focus is the bio-psycho-social impact of health-illness problems related to complex episodic medical or surgical disruptions in the adult. Leadership and patient care management included.

PRACTICUM: ADVANCED MEDICAL/SURGERY
Provides clinical experience in health-illness problems of adult patients with more complex medical or surgical disruptions. Leadership and patient care management included.

ADAPTATION NURSING: MENTAL HEALTH
The focus is the bio-psycho-social impact of health-illness problems related to mental health of individuals and groups.

PRACTICUM: MENTAL HEALTH
Provides clinical experience in the application of the principles and concepts related to psycho-social problems in psychiatric settings.

ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
The focus is on the profession of Nursing. Content includes: the History of Nursing, the Nursing Practice Act, Legal Aspects, Liability, and other current issues affecting the Nursing Profession.

ABUSE: CHILD TO ELDER
Child, elder and women's abuse will be covered. Included will be prevention, early detection, and intervention techniques. California reporting requirements for Child Abuse will be covered.

NURSING RESEARCH
Principles of scientific methods, research designs appropriate to nursing, ethical conduct in human subject research, and components of theoretical frameworks are presented. Emphasis on understanding, critiquing, and applying published research findings to clinical practice.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING I
Community Health Nursing presents research, theories and concepts as applied to aggregates in the community. These include environmental health, basic concepts of epidemiology, communicable disease, preventive health and wellness. The theory and management of these issues and others are discussed and related to a variety of community resources.

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