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North Georgia College & State University (Department of Nursing)




The Department of Nursing was established in 1974 with the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program. The nursing department has continued to expand with the addition of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing program on the main campus, ASN Satellite Programs in Acworth, Cumming, and Gainesville, Georgia, and an LPN / RN Bridge Program . Our Master of Science / Family Nurse Practitioner Program. was establishednin 1998 and our neweste program is the Master of Science in Nursing Education (2006).

The North Georgia College and State University is a senior military institution and the Corps of Cadets and military tradition play an integral role in campus life. Under a recent agreement with the U.S. Army, the Department of Nursing is proud of our designation as a Partner in Nursing Education with the U.S. Army. We are also proud to welcome a number of Corps of Cadets to our Nursing Programs.

In 2002 NGCSU received the designation of Leadership Institution and fully implemented a leadership initiative across campus. Through this initiative students in all programs of study are afforded opportunities to complete a minor in Leadership either associated with their Military program of study or their chosen major, and participate in leadership projects on campus. In addition, students and faculty may apply for grant funding to assist them in their education through the leadership initiative program.

The practice of nursing has changed dramatically in the last several years. Nurses who participate and guide these changes must reflect a sound commitment to the profession and rigorous preparation. We, the nursing Faculty and Staff, have much to offer our nursing students as they pursue their personal, educational, and career goals. All programs of study are designed to develop proficiency in technical and professional skills through which caring will flourish, to stimulate scientific inquiry, to promote use of self enrichment activities, to prepare for immediate employment, and to encourage understanding for different viewpoints while respecting the rights of all individuals.

The purpose of NGCSU's baccalaureate nursing program is to assist the diploma nurse and/or the associate degree nurse to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The program prepares the professional nurse generalist to perform five interrelated roles: clinician, leader, educator, researcher and professional. Building upon competencies held by the student, the program extends her/his knowledge base and scope of practice to allow increased career opportunities, personal and professional satisfaction, and a sound base for graduate education. The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing.

The B.S.N. program is designed to coordinate upper division general academic and nursing courses. A total of 57 semester hours of college credit beyond the associate's degree is required. Academic and nursing courses are offered on the North Georgia College & State University campus. Daytime classes are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, sequenced so that students can complete the nursing courses in 3 semesters. Evening classes are also available , sequenced over two academic years (4 semesters) . The length of time required to complete the baccalaureate nursing program, depends on previous course credits, student preference and availability of faculty. All graduates of the major must pass the clinical component of Nursing 3510, 4410, 4520, and 4600 as well as the Nursing 3330 performance exam.

A variety of clinical experiences are selected by the baccalaureate nursing faculty in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings. These experiences assist the professional nursing student to provide quality care to a variety of clients. Baccalaureate nursing students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from campus and the clinical setting.

Those baccalaureate nursing students seeking an Army commission must meet the requirements of the military science courses of the Senior Division Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program established by the Department of the Army. Completion of ROTC basic course, advanced course and advanced camp is required. Students should refer to the Department of Military Science section for courses and requirements.



School name:North Georgia College & State UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:82 College Circle
Zip & city:GA 30597 Georgia
Phone:706.864.1400
Web:http://www.ngcsu.edu/Academic/Sciences/Nursing/index.shtml
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PRE-NURSING STRATEGIES
This Course is designed for pre-nursing students who have an interest in exploring and preparing for a course of study in the profession of nursing. The course will focus on academic preparation for nursing curriculum, exploration of the history of nursing, and current job trends in the field of nursing. Emphasis will also be placed on the transition to becoming a member of the profession.

BASIC CONCEPTS ESSENTIAL TO NURSING PRACTICE
This course provides an introduction to the roles of the associate degree nurse and entry into the health care system. The student is introduced to basic concepts essential to the practice of nursing. These concepts include: wellness/illness, communication and telecommunication, theories of human behavior and selected nursing theories, critical thinking and problem solving, human adaptations and responses to stress/anxiety, the loss/grief process, and values and ethics within the community of health care. Students will participate in simulation lab experiences, as well as, the provision of client care in acute care and community practice settings.

FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS/INTEGRATED NURSING SKILLS
This course is designed to assist the novice-nursing student to learn and apply selected skills utilized in nursing practice. Students will participate in simulation lab experiences, as well as, the provision of client care in acute care and community settings. Practice settings are rural and urban with multicultural clients across the lifespan.

PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION AND NUTRITION THERAPY
This course introduces the student to the principles of the science of nutrition support. The student will apply learned materials to developing skill in assessing, teaching, and counseling individuals, families, and other community groups and health, illness, and enhancing health seeking behaviors. Emphasis is on the biochemistry of normal nutrition, introducing elements related to and common alterations across the lifespan as well as the nurses's role in therapeutic nutrition practices (modifications made to the normal diet to meet a person's nutritional needs during illness).

TRANSITIONAL CONCEPTS
This course reviews fundamental nursing concepts to enable the Licensed Practical Nurse to matriculate into the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Content is designed to foster role transition and adaptation. Clinical nursing skills are validated as the student is introduced to the roles of the ASN nurse in caring for persons as unique, dynamic, bio-psycho-socio-spiritual beings in a complex multicultural community. Health promotion and illness prevention as well as the response of the person to illness, within the context of their environment, are emphasized.

PROFESSIONALISM IN NURSING
Corequisite: Enrollment in ASN program. This course will provide ASN students with an introduction to concepts of nursing leadership as viewed by the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) and the National Student Nurse Association (NSNA). Students will have the opportunity to participate/practice in group work, leadership roles, self-governance, advocacy for the rights of patients, the legislative process, and other activities that broaden their vision of the nursing profession.

PROFESSIONALISM IN NURSING II
This course will provide ASN students with an opportunity to utilize concepts of nursing leadership as viewed by the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) and the National Student Nurse Association (NSNA). Students will have the opportunity to participate /practice in group work, leadership roles, self-governance, advocacy for the rights of patients, the legislative process, and other activities that broaden their vision of the nursing practice.

PROFESSIONALISM IN NURSING III
This course will provide 2nd year ASN students with further exploration of concepts of nursing leadership as viewed by the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) and the National Student Nurse Association (NSNA). Students will have the opportunity to participate/practice in group work, leadership roles, self-governance, advocacy for the rights of patients, the legislative process and other activities that broaden their vision of the nursing profession.

PROFESSIONALISM IN NURSING IV
This course will provide 2nd year ASN students with further exploration of concepts of nursing leadership as viewed by the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) and the National Student Nurse Association (NSNA). Students will have the opportunity to participate/practice in group work, leadership roles, self-governance, advocacy for the rights of patients, the legislative process and other activities that broaden their vision of the nursing profession as they relate to preparation for graduation and future employment as an RN.

PHARMACOLOGY-PSYCH/MEDICAL SURGICAL
A Web Based, independent study course, using computer instruction designed to help students identify commonly used medications in diverse medical-surgical and psychiatric clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on the nurse’s role in administration of and evaluation of pharmacological treatment.

CARE OF THE PSYCHIATRIC / MENTAL HEALTH CLIENT
This course focuses on the role of the Associate degree nurse in providing care for the adult, geriatric, and pediatric client encountered in psychiatric settings. Actual and potential alterations in the mental health along with mental health promotion needs of this client population will be addressed in both community-based and acute inpatient settings. Students will be required to further develop nursing skills in their role as provider of care while applying the principles of holism, caring, ethical nursing practice, and cultural competence. Students will also demonstrate mastery in the roles of the therapeutic communicator and teacher. In additional, students will be expected to acquire skills in the role of manager of care and develop identity as a member within the nursing profession. Student clinical performance will be evaluated relative to the sequence of progression in the program of study.

PHARMACOLOGY PRINCIPLES FOR THE MATERNAL/CHILD CLIENT
A web based course using computer instruction designed to help students identify commonly used medications in maternal/child clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on the nurse's role in pharmacologic and parenteral therapies as it relates to the physiological integrity of the maternal and child client.

CARE OF THE MATERNAL / CHILD CLIENT
This course focuses on the role of the Associate degree nurse in providing care for the family during the childbearing stage and for the newborn client. Health promotion needs, and alterations in health, of the childbearing family will be addressed in both community-based and acute inpatient settings. Students will be required to provide nursing care for this client population applying the principles of holism, caring, ethical nursing practice, and cultural competence. Student clinical performance will be evaluated relative to their level in the program of study*.

CARE OF THE PEDIATRIC CLIENT
This course focuses on the role of the Associate degree nurse in providing care for pediatric clients from one month through adolescence. Health promotion needs, and alterations in health, of the pediatric client will be addressed in both community-based and acute inpatient settings. Students will be required to provide nursing care for this client population applying the principles of holism, caring, ethical nursing practice, and cultural competence. Student clinical performance will be evaluated relative to their level in the program of study*.

CARE OF THE ADULT / GERONTOLOGIC CLIENT
This course focuses on the role of the Associate degree nurse in providing care for the adult/gerontologic client population. Actual and potential alterations in health along with health promotion needs of this client population will be addressed in both community-based and acute inpatient settings. Students will be required to further develop technical nursing skills in their role as provider of nursing care while applying the principles of holism, caring, ethical nursing practice, and cultural competence. Students will also demonstrate increasing skill mastery in the roles of communicator and teacher. In addition, students will be expected to acquire skills in the role of manager of client care and to develop identity as a member within the nursing profession. Student clinical performance will be evaluated relative to the sequence of progression in the program of study*.

CRITICAL CARE NURSING
This is a didactic course which prepares the undergraduate nursing student to begin practicing in the critical care environment. This type of nursing requires sophisticated, intensive, and humanistic care. This course blends theoretical concepts with pathophysiology, internal and external environmental interactions within the framework of the nursing process. The content includes the major organ systems including the nervous, endocrine, renal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, immune, and hematologic systems. The focus of this nursing elective is the clinician role of the professional nurse in secondary or tertiary care settings.

THE TRANSFORMATION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
A survey course designed to increase the RN student’s awareness and understanding of the changes occurring in professional nursing practice and concepts that influence delivery of nursing care. The philosophy and conceptual framework of the Nursing Curriculum at North Georgia College & State University which is based on Benner provide the structure for the course content. Course content focuses on socialization into the five roles of the professional nurse, written and oral communication and problem solving, decision making, ethics, and the concept of caring. Critical thinking is used to examine nursing theorists/theories and health care delivery systems. Ethical decision making is used within the five professional roles to plan care for individuals, families, groups and communities.

TEACHING ADULTS IN NURSING PRACTICE
A course designed to examine several theories of adult learning and recommended methods of facilitating adult learning. Theorists include: Brookfield, Cross, Friere, Knowles, and Mezirow. Application of a theory of adult learning in a patient education and/or staff development setting will be explored.

CULTURAL & HEALTH ASSESSMENT
The course prepares the A.S.N./B.S.N. student to conduct culturally sensitive comprehensive health assessments of diverse populations. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data collected from clients of diverse ages and cultures. Diagnostic reasoning skills are developed with consideration of client's cultural/ethnic background. The impact of health beliefs, values, heredity, and environmental factors on the acceptability of health care practices is analyzed. Laboratory experiences will focus on the physical examination of selected clients.

ANALYSIS & REASONING IN NURSING
This course is designed to provide a foundation for the significance of analysis and reasoning in nursing, and their applicability to nursing practice and health care delivery. Students will be prepared to become knowledgeable nursing research consumers and to understand, evaluate, and apply the research process.

HEALTHY AGING
Healthy aging introduces the RN student to factors that influence the healthy aging process. The holistic approach to health care guides the content and clinical experiences. Caring is addressed as it applies to elderly individuals, families, and communities. Students integrate a variety of strategies to understand prevention as intervention, provide health promotion and prevention strategies for the elderly client and family. Students enact the BSN roles of leader, clinician, researcher, educator, and professional in community-based settings. The clinical experiences provide an opportunity to identify health requirements in the older adult population. Students will participate in the coordination / provision of care to meet identified needs and maximize client growth and development and adaptation within the aging process.

TRANSCULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN NURSING
A course designed to help the student acquire the communication skills necessary to provide quality care in today's multicultural health care system. Classroom activities will focus on improving the student's ability to recognize and overcome cultural biases, learning about different styles of communication, and developing transcultural communication skills.

INDEPENDENT STUDY OF NURSING
A course designed to enable nurses to pursue more detailed study of the content of another course or to analyze a topic not currently covered in the nursing curriculum. The focus of the independent study must be approved by the supervising faculty member.

NURSING RESEARCH PRACTICUM
This course offers the student an opportunity for active participation in a nursing research project with the approval of the supervising faculty member(s). This course allows students to apply their beginning research skills to selected areas of focus.

NURSING IN THE COMMUNITY
This course is designed to assist the novice, as well as the more advanced community health nurse, meet the challenges of nursing in the community. Students will experience the integration of the multidisciplinary approach to caring for individuals, families, groups, and communities. Emphasis in the classroom, as well as in the clinical area, is on a holistic approach to health care, health promotion, and prevention techniques. The ethics of community health care and contemporary community health issues will also be examined.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING LEADERSHIP
This course introduces the student to concepts related to leading and managing in a complex, rapidly changing health care environment. It emphasizes the practical application of nursing management and leadership concepts and skills in relation to contemporary nursing issues. Discussion of research findings and relevant theoretical formulations relative to real world problems are a significant part of the course.

SYNTHESIS IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
This course focuses on the clinical application of the principles of professional nursing practice. Students will enact the five roles of the professional nurse with emphasis on the incorporation of caring behaviors and ethical decision-making. The purpose of the course is to assist students to identify their current level of nursing skill acquisition and facilitate their development of expertise while providing culturally competent care to individuals, families, and communities.

A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE IN THE ART OF HEALING
This course is designed to explore health care in the Navajo Nation. Nursing students will have the unique opportunity to observe how modern and traditional medicine work together to benefit the client in a variety of clinical settings. Students will also have the privilege of meeting many health care providers and Navajo people as well as explore Arizona's desert and mountain regions.


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