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National American University (School of Nursing)




On behalf of the faculty and staff of NAU School of Nursing, we would welcome you to explore the current nursing programs at various campuses. We are excited about expanding in regions and are committed to student preparation to be competent and successful nurse candidates.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare competent nursing graduates by providing a caring, diverse, and student-centered environment that fosters critical thinking and enhances holistic health care across the life span.

GOALS AND PURPOSES

1. Prepare learners to influence the delivery of health care services through clinical judgment.
2. Promote and facilitate (student-centered) life-long learning opportunities responsive to the needs of students, graduates, faculty, community, and profession.
3. Commit to the advancement of nursing knowledge and application to health care by collaborating with faculty within and external to the university and with professionals in health care and community agencies.
4. Promote scholarship and research among students and faculty.
5. Promote faculty development.
6. Support and participate in activities that interpret and promote the role of the nurse, influence nursing practice and the concept of caring.
7. Support efforts to recruit and retain students with diverse skills, experiences, and learning preferences who demonstrate potential for excellence in nursing.
8. Incorporate a holistic approach to culturally congruent care throughout the life span.

PHILOSOPHY

The School of Nursing derives its philosophy and purposes from the mission statement of the university. The School of Nursing conceptual model is based on the learning paradigms of Benner and Leininger. In accordance with these paradigms, the faculty believes that education is predicated on the following constructs:

1. Experiential: student-centered & life-long learning (Benner and Leininger)
2. Caring (Benner and Leininger)
3. Clinical Judgment: qualitative distinction, evolves over time, integrative/dynamic (Benner)
4. Holistic Health/Illness/Death (Leininger)



School name:National American UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:5301 S. Highway 16, Suite 200
Zip & city:SD 57701 South Dakota
Phone:605 721-5278
Web:http://www.national.edu/nursing/index.html
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CONCEPTS AND CHALLENGES IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course is designed to facilitate role understanding and socializations into professional nursing. This course introduces concepts to be explored in further depth in the program including social context for nursing, nursing roles in the health care delivery system, nurses and political action, and nursing’s future challenges.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY IN PRACTICE
This course will focus on the mechanisms and clinical manifestations of high volume and high-risk diseases common across the variety of nurse practice settings. The course includes pathophysiology of emerging diseases and updated treatment recommendations.

ISSUES IN TRANSCULTURAL NURSING
This course is designed to assist professional registered nurses to explore and analyze cultural beliefs, attitudes, and values of themselves, clients, and other members of the community. Students will describe the health care practices of various populations. They will learn transcultural communication principles and techniques that will assist them in development of a nursing care plan that meets the holistic needs of the client and family.

NURSING AND HEALTH CARE DELIVERY MODELS
This course explores philosophies and theories of nursing, health care, and related fields as a foundation to the practice of professional nursing. The concepts of person, health, and environment will be integrated with the four functions of theory (description, explanation, prediction, and control) to develop students’ ability to work in diverse care environments.

ETHICS AND ISSUES IN NURSING
This course explores the theories, models, and principles that serve as guides for ethically sound behavior within a nursing context. The course addresses the complexities created by science and technological advances, the variety of setting where nurses practice, and emphasizes the importance of principled behavior in personal and professional situations.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
This course is designed to facilitate the student's understanding and appreciation for the significance of nursing research as the basis for nursing practice. The influence of quantitative and qualitative research as well as evidence-based practice in nursing will be discussed.

COMMUNITY AS CLIENT
This course introduces the student to the concept of community as client by examining community health issues and the role of nursing in providing care to populations. Emphasis is on community assessment, health education, program planning and evaluation. Additional concepts include environmental and biological hazards, mass casualty response, and unified incident command.

CARING FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
This course focuses on commonalities of vulnerable populations and strategies for improving their health and wellness. The course explores the interface between U.S. and international political structure and health policy and their impact on barriers experienced by vulnerable populations when accessing health care.

NURSING FINANCE
This course provides students with a basic understanding of nursing unit and hospital financial management. Core concepts include operational and capital budget, chargemaster functions, coding for reimbursement, and required documentation to avoid fraud and abuse charges. Private and federal grant program applications, accounting, and reporting is discussed.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
This course introduces students to nursing management and the concept of leadership as a lifelong learning process. Students will gain understanding of organizational theories, key skills in nursing and human resource management, strategic planning, participatory thinking, and shared vision.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN NURSING AND HEALTH
This course provides students with knowledge about IT systems used in hospitals and health care agencies and applications to improve nursing delivery. Concepts include a survey of the types of systems currently in use and in development, environmental assessment to determine system needs, implementation and staff education strategies, system cost-benefit determination, and system evaluation.

EVIDENCE BASED NURSING PRACTICE
This course is designed for the registered nurse to focus on utilizing research evidence to develop nursing interventions for selected clinical problems. This course will synthesize the best of research evidence and how it applies to clinical expertise and client values to direct practice decisions for the best health outcomes.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN NURSING AND HEALTH CARE
This course provides an interdisciplinary approach to quality management. The student will gain an understanding of historical and theoretical underpinnings of quality management, national and international quality standards, and methods for collecting and managing quality data.

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