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Olivet Nazarene University (Nursing Program)




WELCOME to Olivet Nazarene University Department of Nursing. We are pleased that you are considering healthcare as a career option. The nursing profession is challenged to respond to a global nursing shortage. Should you choose nursing you will have made the choice to enter one of the most respected professions in our society and one from which you will gain a lifetime of satisfaction. You will have endless opportunities to discover multiple stimulating career pathways, and also contribute to the well being of the global community.

The Department of Nursing invites you to pursue your interest through ONU. Our faculty members are highly qualified to guide you in your academic journey. Their rich educational and experiential backgrounds multiply your opportunities to learn and mature throughout your stay at ONU. The faculty and staff will be your guides for the duration of your educational stay and are committed to making your nursing education a positive enriching experience.

During the 2006-07 academic year, the University will celebrate its 100 th year anniversary. We are proud of Olivet’s commitment to academic excellence and invite you to look further at our programs. We are fully accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and have three programs; traditional undergraduate baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN), non-traditional degree completion track for RN adult learners (RN-BSN track) and the master’s of science in nursing (MSN).

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide Christian nursing education designed to prepare each graduate for a life of service to God and humanity. In this endeavor, students integrate faith and learning as they investigate concepts inherent in personal, professional and spiritual growth.

Our graduates are prepared to enter the profession of nursing as contributing members of the discipline, to promote, maintain, and restore the health of clients in a variety of settings. The outcome characteristics of ONU nursing graduates are best exemplified in their ethical, moral and spiritual practice, commitment to life long learning, leadership, service to God and humanity, demonstrated in constructive changes around the world.

Olivet’s nursing department is committed to preparing excellent and compassionate nursing graduates for a life of service to God and humanity. Local facilities provide outstanding clinical experiences in obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatric, medical, surgical, critical care, and community health nursing. Formal leadership experience can be gained by serving as a Nursing Student in Action officer or representative. Students are encouraged to apply their nursing knowledge and seek service and leadership experiences in international ministry trips, local civic and service projects, church work, and campus ministries. If desired, students may participate in peer mentoring and may receive mentoring from local members of ONU’s Kappa Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society. Alumni of ONU’s nursing program are well-prepared to move into a beginning leadership role and/or to immediately pursue graduate education, and are currently serving around the world as representatives of Jesus Christ and Olivet.



School name:Olivet Nazarene UniversityNursing Program
Address:One University Avenue
Zip & city:IL 60914-2345 Illinois
Phone:(800) 648-1463
Web:http://web.olivet.edu/nursing/
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INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS
In this course the dynamic health care delivery system is explored in relationship to the practice of nursing. The nursing process will be introduced as a framework for decision making. Medical terminology is introduced as the basis for health care communication. Test-taking skills and study habits are reinforced. Demonstration of math competency will be required in the course. Application may be made at the end of this course for formal admission into the upper-division nursing courses. Must be taken immediately prior to Level I nursing courses.

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING I
Foundational nursing knowledge and interventions are introduced in the classroom, practiced in the laboratory, and utilized in the clinical setting. The nursing process and its application to a plan of care will be initiated. Health assessment skills will be utilized in combination with beginning nursing skills in the practicum setting.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course will build on the knowledge attained in the foundational science courses with emphasis on the well individual. Content includes assessment of major body systems across the life span. Time will be spent in the Learning Resource Center perfecting assessment skills. The course will culminate with the student performing a complete history and physical.

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING II
This course will build on the content presented in Fundamentals of Nursing I. Clinical skills are expanded and refined in the Learning Resource Center along with an off-campus clinical site. A plan of care will be developed for selected individuals utilizing beginning clinical judgment and the nursing process.

PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSES
This course provides a foundation of pharmacological concepts and principles for the beginning nursing student. Topics to be discussed include principles of drug actions and interactions, drug categories, and drug considerations through the life span. The nursing process is utilized as students learn to assess, implement, and evaluate pharmacotherapeutics.

TRANSCULTURAL FAMILY NURSING
Transcultural Family Nursing focuses on developing insights into the healthy family in a diverse cultural venue. An emphasis is on transcultural nursing and its contribution to holistic healthcare for the family. Theories related to both the family and transcultural nursing will be explored with emphasis on family structure, roles, and functioning due to developmental and situational stressors including illness. The nursing process is applied for healthy and culturally diverse families.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
This course presents the theoretical and clinical foundation of ethical and professional nursing care to individuals and small groups experiencing acute and chronic behavioral problems. The needs of individuals with mental illness as they impact the family and the community will be discussed. Students will apply the principals of therapeutic communication and the nursing process in this diverse setting. Selected therapeutic groups will be observed and group assignments completed.

CHILDBEARING FAMILY HEALTH
The theoretical foundation of nursing care for the childbearing family during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, intrapartum, postpartum, and neonatal periods is the focus of this course. Women's health issues and genetic considerations are addressed as they relate to the childbearing family. Community resources appropriate for the childbearing family are explored. Nursing research, cultural, sociopolitical, and legal aspects applicable to the childbearing family are studied. Students will spend time in the clinical setting observing and providing care for the childbearing family.

GERONTOLOGY AND PALLIATIVE CARE
This course will focus on nursing care of the geriatric patient. Current theories of aging, health promotion, and maintenance for geriatric patients, and management of common geriatric health problems will be emphasized. Palliative care across the lifespan will also be studies, including ethical, legal, and sociocultural concerns. The role of the professional nurse will be explored.

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY HEALTH
The theoretical foundation of the nurses' role in the health and well-being of the local community is the focus for this course. Health promotion, health prevention, and health maintenance of local communities are assessed and evaluated in relation to sociopolitical forces and the health care delivery system. Students will apply theory during weekly service learning requirements.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING
The theoretical foundation of nursing care to adults with acute and chronic illnesses and the application of that theory are the focus of this course. Medical, surgical, nutritional, and alternative treatment modalities are explored. Students use the nursing process as they provide care to clients in health care facilities, such as medical and surgical hospital units, surgery, and post-anesthesia. Students are encouraged to exhibit ethical, moral, spiritual, and professional behaviors.

CHILD HEALTH NURSING
The theoretical foundation of nursing care of children and adolescents is the focus of this course. The family is addressed as the central unit for providing nursing care of the acute and chronically ill child and adolescent. Health and wellness as related to the developmental levels is explored. Students will apply the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in the care of children and adolescents. Development of clinical reasoning is emphasized in this course.

BASIC PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE
The nurses' role in the health and well-being of the nation is the focus for this course. National health concerns will be assessed and evaluated in relation to sociopolitical forces of the national health care delivery system. The effects of the environment of health are analyzed and modification of risk factors in aggregates is explored, along with principles of epidemiology. Students will apply theory during weekly practicums.

ADVANCED ADULT HEALTH
The theoretical foundation of nursing care to individuals who are experiencing complex multi-system dysfunction is the focus of this capstone course. The weekly practicum will apply the nursing process to co-morbid, high-risk, or critically ill patients. An emphasis upon professional role development and providing comprehensive care for a patient group is made in final preparation for entry into professional nursing. Prerequisites: all Level III nursing courses.
THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY
This course presents the role of the nurse in preserving and promoting health in diverse Global communities. Students will discuss health promotion, health prevention, and health maintenance of the global communities. Populations are assessed and evaluated in relation to health care access and sociopolitical forces. The effects of the global environment of health are analyzed and modification of risk factors in aggregates is explored, along with principles of epidemiology. Students will apply theory during a practicum.

LEADERSHIP IN NURSING
This course studies leadership theory, organizational structure of present health care systems, and the requisite professional nurse leadership behaviors and knowledge base. NCLEX preparation for entry into practice is guided through an online review of nursing theory. Successful completion of the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) predictor test is required for graduation approval.

NURSING RESEARCH
This course focuses on research as a team process. Students will discuss the ethical, moral, legal, and professional concerns pertinent to the research process. Emphasis is on the importance of life-long learning as a foundation for evidence-based nursing practice and research utilization. Students will critique selected research articles.

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