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Northwestern State University of Louisiana (College of Nursing)




The Northwestern State University College of Nursing has a proud history of educating nurses. Over the past six decades, more than seven thousand students have received degrees in Nursing from NSU, making it the oldest state supported nursing program in Louisiana.

Currently the College offers four degree programs including the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences. Over 1200 students attend classes in the Nursing Education Center located in Shreveport, Louisiana. However, students may take nursing courses on the main NSU campus in Natchitoches, as well as, in Alexandria, Leesville, Bunkie, Ferriday and Winnfield, Louisiana.

The College of Nursing also maintains clinical affiliations with all of the major health care facilities located in the cities listed above.

The number of students in the nursing program, over two thousand, makes up one fifth of NSU’s total enrollment. Many of these individuals choose to work in Louisiana after graduation.

Our undergraduates continue to excel on the licensure exams and our master’s students rank in the top percentile on national certification examinations. Furthermore, NSU Nursing Alumni exert their leadership influence through their positions in professional nursing associations, on state boards, as nursing administrators and as nursing educators.

Why are our College of Nursing alumni outstanding? The answer is our outstanding College of Nursing faculty! Our faculty work everyday to uphold the mission of the College of Nursing and Northwestern State University. They strive “to improve the health of people in Louisiana and advance the mission of NSU through excellence in accessible undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs designed to assist individuals in achieving their professional goals as responsible and contributing members of a chosen profession and of society.”

As a public institution, the College of Nursing receives funding from the State of Louisiana. That support ensures survival but not excellence. The College of Nursing must raise private support for faculty and students to stay abreast of advances in health care and higher education.

It is no secret that Louisiana along with the rest of the United States faces a critical nursing shortage. As the number of students graduating with nursing degrees declines, so does the number of nurses who are qualified and willing to teach.

The challenges ahead make it imperative that the NSU College of Nursing provide the highest possible quality of education to attract and retain the best and the brightest students and faculty.
Private gifts will help us rise to the meet the challenges of the future and guarantee the continued excellence and greatness of the NSU College of Nursing. Excellence is not expensive, it is priceless.

HISTORY
Northwestern State University admitted their first baccalaureate Nursing students in 1949. Over the past six decades, more than seven thousand students have received degrees from the NSU College of Nursing, making it the oldest state supported nursing program in Louisiana.

In the mid 1940’s the visionary nursing community in Shreveport recognized the need for a collegiate-based nursing program. Following the recommendations of a national consultant, five hospitals agreed to phase out their diploma programs opening the door for Northwestern State University to create a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

During the early years of the NSU College of Nursing, students were given two options. They could exit the program at the end of three years of study with a diploma, or complete a fourth year and earn a baccalaureate degree. The diploma option was phased out in the late 1950’s.

Dedicated to fulfilling a statewide need for academic opportunities in nursing, NSU established major clinical nursing campus sites in Alexandria-Pineville, Baton Rouge, Monroe and Shreveport. Beginning in the late 1950’s, Northwestern also offered registered nurses the chance to earn a baccalaureate degree through a special program (RN to BSN).

Following many successful years of offering nursing courses over a large geographic area, the College of Nursing consolidated its clinical campuses to Shreveport in 1970. Two years later the College of Nursing initiated two new programs, the Associate Degree and the Master’s of Science in Nursing.

In 1968, the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology (BSRT) program was implemented in the Department of Life Sciences. This program was placed in the College of Nursing in 1994 and is one of only twenty-seven programs in the country. The Radiologic Sciences is offered on both the Shreveport Campus and the Alexandria Rapides Hospital Campus. The Radiologic Technology was changed to the Radiologic Sciences Degree Program in 2008.

The RN to BSN and master’s programs continue course offerings in the Alexandria area. Recently, the NSU College of Nursing established learning sites in Bunkie, Ferriday, Leesville and Winnfield through compressed video technology. In fall 1999, RN to BSN course offerings were initiated via the Internet for those diploma and associate degree graduates who are interested in seeking a baccalaureate degree.

Beta Chi, the first chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International in Louisiana, was chartered in 1976 at Northwestern State University.

VISION
An innovator and pacesetter in the educational preparation of individuals in nursing and radiologic sciences professions.

MISSION
NSU College of Nursing improves the health of people in Louisiana and advances the mission of NSU through excellence in accessible undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs designed to assist individuals in achieving their professional goal as responsible and contributing members of a chosen profession and of society.



School name:Northwestern State University of LouisianaCollege of Nursing
Address:1800 Line Avenue, Shreveport Campus
Zip & city:LA 71101 Louisiana
Phone:(318) 677-3100
Web:http://www.nsula.edu/nursing/
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HISTORY, ISSUES, AND TRENDS IN NURSING
A non-clinical course designed to introduce students to nursing; discusses historical and current issues in nursing and their effect on nursing practice. Topics included provide the basis for understanding the practice of nursing.

TECHNICAL NURSING TRANSITION
This course provides a framework for assisting transition from an LPN (LVN) to an associate degree nurse.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
Provides the foundation upon which all subsequent nursing courses are developed. The nurse's role in meeting man's basic needs, including an introduction to the nursing process and the concepts of comfort, rest, and sleep.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING SKILLS
Provides the foundation upon which subsequent technical skills are developed. Acquisition of competency in nursing skills in a supervised laboratory setting. Limited clinical laboratory practice will be arranged in selected health care agencies.

NURSING CONCEPTS I
The nursing process in assisting clients to meet the basic needs of elimination, mobility, and nutrition.

APPLICATION OF THE NURSING PROCESS I
Application of the nursing process in the care of selected clients with threats to elimination, mobility, and nutrition needs. Clinical laboratory practice in health care agencies will be arranged.

NURSING CONCEPTS II
The nursing process in assisting clients to meet the basic needs of safety and sexuality.

APPLICATION OF THE NURSING PROCESS II
Application of the nursing process in the formulation and organization of care of selected clients with threats to the basic needs of safety and sexuality. Clinical laboratory practice in health care agencies will be arranged.

CULTURAL AND ETHICAL INFLUENCES ON HEALTH CARE
To provide a foundation for the provision of ethical, culturally sensitive health care. Professional values, cultural, and ethical influences on professional practice will be discussed. Prerequisite: Completion of the first two semesters of the B.S.N. or consent of the Dean of the College of Nursing. Enrollment in this course does not guarantee admission to clinical nursing courses.

METHODS OF MEDICATION DOSAGE CALCULATION
Application of mathematical methods to calculate medication dosages prescribed for clients across the lifespan. Prerequisite: Completion of the first two semesters of the B.S.N. curriculum pattern or consent of the Dean of the College of Nursing. Enrollment in this course does not guarantee admission to clinical nursing courses.

NURSING CONCEPTS III
The nursing process in assisting clients to meet the basic needs of oxygenation and circulation.

APPLICATION OF THE NURSING PROCESS III
Application of the nursing process in the formulation, organization, and evaluation of care for selected groups of clients with threats to oxygenation/circulation and other threats to basic needs. Principles of client management will be included.

HUMANISTIC NURSING CARE
Designed to sensitize students to the psychosocial and cultural implications of humanistic nursing care and to provide a study in communication skills.

NURSING AS A PROFESSION
Introduction to professional nursing within the health care system. Nursing process, critical thinking, communication, and teaching-learning processes of nursing are introduced.

BASIC NURSING SKILLS LAB
Supervised performance of basic nursing activities in a laboratory setting. Prerequisite: Completion of the first three semesters of the B.S.N. curriculum, admission to B.S.N. clinical component or consent of the Dean of the College of Nursing.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING
Basic concepts essential to administration of safe and effective nursing care to individuals. Prerequisite: Completion of first three semesters of the B.S.N. curriculum pattern, admission to B.S.N. clinical components or consent of the Dean of the College of Nursing.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICUM
Supervised performance of basic nursing activities in health care settings. The focus of care is the individual. Clinical practice is planned to provide students with opportunities to apply the nursing process, communication skills, and psychomotor skills to perform basic nursing activities.

CONCEPTS OF ALTERED HEALTH STATES
Provides the nursing student with foundational knowledge of selected alterations in body functions which result in changes in health status. Prototype pathophysiologic processes are introduced.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
The knowledge and techniques related to physical assessment of clients across the lifespan with an emphasis on expected findings.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN LAB
Supervised performance of techniques related to physical assessment of clients across the lifespan in a laboratory setting.

TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
A non-clinical course. This course provides the framework for assisting the transition from technical nurse to professional nurse. Credit not allowed for more than one course from 3100 and 3070.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR RN'S
Concepts of pathophysiology and manifestations of diseases and how the body adapts. Provides a foundation for critical thinking and decision making related to health care.

INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR REGISTERED NURSES
Supervised self-directed study to explore selected issues affecting professional nursing practice. Prerequisites: Limited to registered nurses that have completed the first semester of the curriculum pattern or consent of the Dean.

HEALTH CARE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
Introduction to health information systems and health care technologies utilized by nurses to enhance nursing care provided to individuals, families, and communities.

DIMENSIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Professional, socioeconomic, ethical, legal, and legislative issues influencing professional nursing practice.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING
Explores the application of the nursing process to adults experiencing surgical, immune, nutritional, hepatic, endocrine, oxygenation, cardiovascular, urinary elimination, mobility, and sensory-perceptual problems.

NURSING SKILLS LAB II
Supervised performance of complex nursing procedures in a laboratory setting.

INFORMATICS FOR RN'S
Concepts of nursing informatics and healthcare information management. The application of these concepts and technologies as they apply to the practice of nursing.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM
Application of the nursing process in acute care and community-based environments to care for adults with surgical, immune, nutritional, hepatic, endocrine, oxygenation, cardiovascular, urinary elimination, mobility, and sensory-perceptual problems.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING
An overview of the basic principles of pharmacology for the registered nurse. A review of major drug classifications will include an emphasis on nursing implications.

EXPERIENCES IN CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE
This course is designed to expand current clinical knowledge and skills through one-on-one nurse-student interactions within the patient care setting. Clinical experiences will focus on enhancing clinical skills, implementing the nursing process, and developing the professional role. The student will increase clinical competency by experiencing pragmatic nursing practice.

CHILD HEALTH NURSING
Child health promotion, assessment, and nursing management from infancy through adolescence. To include developmental considerations, family theories, sociocultural factors, age-related risks to health, and common childhood health problems. Emphasis on the nurse advocacy role in individual, family based, and societal issues of child health.

CHILD HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM
Application of the nursing process to the care of children and families in acute care and community based settings.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR REGISTERED NURSES
Theoretical foundations and clinical skills related to biophysical, psychological, spiritual, sociocultural and risk assessment of individuals across the lifespan.

INTRODUCTION NURSING RESEARCH FOR REGISTERED NURSES
The research process and its application to evidenced- based practice are examined. Current research studies are critiqued and research findings are evaluated and utilized in clinical practice.

EDUCATIONAL IMPLICATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Basic principles of teaching and learning; characteristics of the learner, learning needs assessment, and techniques/strategies for planning, implementing, and evaluating patient and staff educational activities.

CARE OF WOMEN AND THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Explores theories, concepts, knowledge, and skills for comprehensive nursing care of women throughout the lifespan and the childbearing family. Application of the nursing process, incorporating critical-thinking, communication skills, and therapeutic nursing interventions are emphasized when caring for women through the lifespan and families adapting to childbearing.

CARE OF WOMEN AND THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY PRACTICUM
Application of the nursing process, incorporating critical-thinking, communication skills, and therapeutic nursing interventions are emphasized when caring for women through the lifespan and families adapting to childbearing

RESEARCH IN HEALTHCARE
Foundations of research in healthcare, including its definition and characteristics, purposes, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, ethical considerations, and relationship to the health care of individuals, families, groups, and communities.

COMPLEX NURSING CARE
Nursing care of the individual with acute/complex health problems. Application of the nursing process is directed towards assisting individuals and families cope with acute, complex health crisis.

COMPLEX NURSING CARE PRACTICUM
Nursing care of the individual with acute/complex health problems. Application of the nursing process is directed towards assisting individuals and families cope with acute health crisis.

PSYCH-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Application of the nursing process to assist individuals and families cope with mental health problems.

PSYCH-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM
Application of the nursing process in acute care and community based settings to assist individuals and families cope with mental health problems.

COMMUNITY BASED NURSING FOR REGISTERED NURSES
Theoretical basis for the comprehensive nursing care to individuals, families, and communities. Emphasis is on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and health care management across the life-span in community based settings.

COMMUNITY BASED NURSING PRACTICUM FOR REGISTERED NURSES
Clinical course with emphasis on providing comprehensive nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities. Emphasis is on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and health care management across the life-span in community based settings.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Explores theories, concepts, knowledge, and skills for nursing care of aggregates and communities. Application of the nursing process, incorporating critical-thinking, communication skills, and therapeutic nursing interventions are emphasized when caring for aggregates and communities.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM
Application of the nursing process, incorporating critical-thinking, communication skills, and therapeutic nursing interventions are emphasized when caring for aggregates and communities.

HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
An introduction to application of theories of leadership, change, and management to promote effective healthcare to individuals, families, groups, and communities.

NURSING MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM
Application of theories of leadership, change, and management to provide effective nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT FOR REGISTERED NURSES
Theories and principles of leadership and management as applied to the delivery of health care to individuals, families, groups, and communities.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM FOR REGISTERED NURSES
Application of leadership and management theories and principles to the delivery of health care to individuals, families, groups, and communities.

NURSING ELECTIVE
Supervised self-directed study to increase knowledge and skills in planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
Supervised self-directed study to increase theoretical knowledge in planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.

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