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Our Lady of Holy Cross College - Department of Nursing


Our Lady of Holy Cross College is renowned for producing some of the best nurses in the region. In fact, almost every one of our Department of Nursing students has a job waiting on them upon graduation where they immediately find themselves making a difference in the community. The Department offers a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Nursing degree (BSN) and our graduates are qualified to take NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). To date, over 94% of our graduates pass the exam on their first try.

Why our nurses get hired
The healthcare industry is eager to hire our graduates because our graduates are unique. We combine a quality education and intensive clinical experience with our Marianite beliefs, which teach students compassion and healing in the Catholic tradition of Jesus and Mary, His Mother. This means our students graduate with not only a high skill level, but also a deep sense of dedication and caring born out of the OLHCC mission.

The Department is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

During the freshman year of the nursing program, students are expected to complete many of the core courses. Students may be admitted to the nursing clinical sequence in the fall semester of the sophomore year. During this semester the students enroll in two non-clinical nursing courses and complete the core and science courses that are the foundation of the nursing program. Nursing courses are serial and are concentrated at the junior and senior level of the program. A practicum is required in each clinical nursing course.

There is a residency requirement for nursing majors that at least one quarter of the total number of credit hours for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree be completed at Our Lady of Holy Cross College.

The purposes of the nursing program are to:
1. provide a professional nursing program which transmits the ethical and human values of the Gospel and the values of the founders of the Marianites of Holy Cross to its students to enrich their own lives and to enable them to bring compassion and healing in the Catholic tradition of Jesus and Mary, His Mother, to those committed to their care;
2. prepare a professional nurse-generalist for beginning practice who values the worth and dignity of the person in a multicultural, changing society;
3. provide a professional nursing program based on a strong liberal arts foundation;
4. prepare graduates to successfully complete the licensing examination for registered nurses;
5. provide a foundation for graduate study;
6. prepare the graduates to assume the responsibility for lifelong learning.

Upon successful completion of the program in nursing the graduate will:
1. practice professional nursing within the scope of a multicultural, changing society;
2. synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from psychological, sociological, and biological sciences, humanities, and nursing;
3. assess health status and health potential, utilizing the nursing process for nursing care of individuals, families, and communities;
4. demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking, decision-making, and independent judgment;
5. evaluate research in nursing and related disciplines for its applicability to nursing theory and nursing practice;
6. practice leadership skills in collaboration with members of the health care team in promoting the health and welfare of the client;
7. evaluate the impact of nursing as it relates to assisting the client to achieve the optimum level of health;
8. demonstrate the advocacy role within the Christian perspective of respect for the uniqueness, dignity, and worth of the client and others;
9. accept individual responsibility and accountability for nursing decisions, actions, and their outcomes;
10. exemplify responsibility and accountability for personal and professional growth;
11. formulate strategies for the improvement of health care and enhancement of nursing as a practice discipline;
12. contribute to affecting change in the health care delivery system through actions as a nurse and as a citizen.

The faculty view the person from both a holistic perspective and a Christian perspective. They believe that the person, created by God and capable of self-direction, is a bio-psycho-socio-cultural, spiritual, cognitive being who possesses dignity and worth. The nursing faculty further conceptualize persons as individuals, as members of families, as groups and as communities, with the right to health, to safety, to belonging, and to self-actualization. The person, within the limits of his/her abilities, has inherent rights and a corresponding responsibility to participate actively in matters which affect health and welfare.

Society consists of structures, values, beliefs, and morals which influence perceptions, expectations, behaviors, and judgments. It is dynamic, and its members use their power and authority to design and to develop the social, political, and economic structures that govern their lives and determine whether health care services are acceptable, accessible, affordable, and available.

Health is a dynamic state which encompasses all the dimensions of human existence. Health occurs on a continuum where there are varying levels of equilibrium, disequilibrium, and ultimate death. It is within the capacity of the person to adapt to forces in the internal and external environment to achieve the maximum potential for daily living. The person-environment relationship is reciprocal in nature.

Nursing is a practice discipline rooted in a strong liberal arts and science foundation. Nursing, as a scientifically based discipline, assists the person to the optimal level of health. It is an interactive and a deliberative decision-making process. The faculty acknowledge the roles of advocate, leader, researcher, care-provider, counselor, and learner appropriate for the professional nurse. Within these roles, the professional nurse engages in activities of health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration.

Teaching enhances the experiences that the learners bring to the teaching/learning process which enables and provides new experiences to promote the acquisition of new knowledge, skills, and insights.

Learning is a change in attitude, behavior or capability of the learner. It includes applying concepts, principles, generalizations, and theories to tasks similar to those originally learned. Faculty believe the benefits of learning continue throughout life, and learning "how to learn" is an essential condition for the future.

Teaching-learning is an interactive process between the teacher and the learner. The teacher facilitates learning activities to advance learning and to evaluate the change of the learner's behavior. The learner originates activities or participates in activities that lead to desired change in behavior.

The tenets in the teachings of the Marianites of Holy Cross provided impetus for a curriculum designed to facilitate the development of individuals who are capable of critical thinking, decision-making, independent judgment, and self-directed inquiry. The graduates of the program shall be generalists prepared for beginning positions in all areas of professional nursing.

School name:Our Lady of Holy Cross College - Department of Nursing
Address:4123 Woodland Drive
Zip & city:LA 70131-7399 Louisiana
Phone:(504) 398-2175

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An introduction to the basic concepts of nursing such as nursing process, critical thinking, research, and leadership. Additionally, a variety of topics including health promotion, theory, adaptation, and teaching-learning are addressed.

Focuses on promoting the pharmacological principles of therapeutic agents including classifications and mechanism of action. Provides knowledge of administration, adverse effects of drugs, and clinical implications.

Focuses on the interrelationship of basic human needs and health promotion. Provides an introduction to the nursing process and selected psychomotor skills in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting. Emphasizes the interactions of basic human needs and health. 4 hours lecture and 12 hours clinical per week.

Focuses on the theory and practice of health assessment. Emphasizes systematic appraisal of the client’s health status. 2 hours lecture and 4 hours laboratory per week.

Focuses on health needs of childbearing women, infants, children and their families, in a multicultural changing society, as well as alterations in physiological and psychosocial needs. 5 hours lecture and 12 hours clinical per week.

Focuses on the altered physiology resulting from deviations in health and wellness. Emphasis is placed on disease processes in various age groups.

Focuses on the research process as a means of improving patient care. The social, political, ethical, and professional factors that influence nursing research are addressed.

Focuses on the utilization of the nursing process emphasizing health promotion in the care of the adult individual and family experiencing acute and chronic alterations in physiological and psychosocial needs. 4 hours lecture and 12 hours clinical per week.

Focuses on the utilization of the nursing process emphasizing health promotion in the care of the adult individual and family experiencing acute and chronic alterations in physiological and psychosocial needs. 4 hours lecture and 16 hours clinical per week.

Focuses on exploration of the content and context of leadership and management in health care delivery systems.

Focuses on the economic, legal, ethical, political, historical, technological, and educational issues and trends of nursing and healthcare delivery. Facilitates the role transition from student nurse to professional nurse.

Focuses on individuals, families, groups, and communities within the multicultural changing society. Emphasizes health promotion, illness prevention, and epidemiology across the life span. 4 hours lecture and 12 hours clinical per week.

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