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Northwestern State University (Natchitoches College of Nursing)




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 Technology is offered on both the Shreveport Campus and the Alexandria Rapides Hospital Campus.

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 technology 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 UniversityNatchitoches College of Nursing
Address:second floor of South Hall on the NSU Campus
Zip & city:LA 71497 Louisiana
Phone:(318) 357-6776
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. Prerequisites: successful completion of first semester of Associate Degree Nursing curriculum; fulfillment of Associate Degree Nursing Program admission criteria.

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.

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,

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