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Pacific Lutheran University (School of Nursing)




DEAN'S WELCOME

Thank you for providing me with this opportunity to introduce you to one of the best nursing schools and small liberal arts based universities in the United States. Whereas we demand scholarship, we emphasize service and excellence in teaching first and foremost. Our mission is to promote and facilitate the individual's development as a professional nurse for lifelong learning and human service.

What we offer you depends upon your goals, experience and educational background. We admit two classes of undergraduates per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Our undergraduate programs are tailored to the generic baccalaureate student pursuing the BSN, the LPN pursuing the BSN, and the RN pursuing the MSN, but who does not have a BSN degree. The distinctiveness of each of these three groups is recognized and supported equitably and appropriately.

Our graduate program culminates with the student earning the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree through one of two concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or the Care and Outcomes Manager (COM). Classes for our basic MSN program are designed for BSN-prepared RNs, who can study part-time or full-time with convenient class schedules. In 2003 we enrolled our first class in the specialized Entry-Level MSN program, which allows students with a non-nursing Bachelor's degree to gain RN licensure in 15 months and go on to complete the MSN in 36 months of study.

Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, you are recognized as an individual learner who comes with a contextual background relevant to your learning and career development.

We recognize there are many ways that you can pursue nursing education. We also know that cost, convenience and quality are three critical variables influencing your decision-making. I encourage you to access all the information linked with Pacific Lutheran University and especially the School of Nursing. We want any decision you make in relation to us to be well informed and up-to-date.

Small class size and variety of instruction by doctoral prepared faculty having strong, active clinical backgrounds, enhance the quality of our programs. Our faculty and staff work as team to facilitate your learning in all of our programs. Interdisciplinary learning is characteristic of many of our course offerings. We continuously update and strive to improve our curricula. Our faculty is committed to staying current in their specialty and many maintain active practices in addition to scholarly production.

ramstad There is a myth that small private universities are only for the rich and that diversity is not supported. Over 80 percent of our students at Pacific Lutheran University receive significant financial assistance through scholarships, traineeships, work-study, and/or financial aid. Many of our nursing students work while attending college. Subsequently we schedule classes to best meet the learning needs of our students and offer programs both on and off campus. Instead of chalk and talk or just throwing a course on the web, we involve our students in active learning projects and encourage their involvement in activities that will help them succeed as a nurse and as a productive member of society as a whole.

Our students, faculty and staff come from diverse backgrounds and we strongly support open intellectual inquiry and civil discourse as essential to one's professional development. We encourage service learning and have our own Wellness Center: a nurse-managed center that provides direct health care services to predominantly lower socioeconomic groups.

We also provide excellent continuing education for nurses and other interested health care professionals. I encourage you to check out our offerings frequently on this web site, recognizing that they are updated each term. Many of our students choose to have an "international experience" which means they spend a January term studying abroad.

Our campus is not only located on 126 beautiful acres, housing wonderful facilities, it is also close to both major fresh and salt water bodies and some of the finest hiking, skiing, and camping terrain in the world. Three major metropolitan areas are available to you as a student with the PLU School of Nursing located in Tacoma, 40 minutes from Seattle and two hours from Portland. Being in or near these cities insures the best and latest clinical facilities for our student learning and faculty development. The historic state capitol of Olympia is also just thirty minutes away.

I encourage you to write, call or write us with specific questions or for further information. We believe in serving our students to the best of our ability and take our responsibility to respond to your inquiries very seriously. After all, you could become a PLU alumnus, if you are not one already.

MISSION STATEMENT

The School of Nursing at Pacific Lutheran University integrates the liberal arts and professional education, and is committed to three areas of responsibility for nursing education: (1) the preparation of baccalaureate nurse generalists for the roles of provider of direct and indirect care, designer, manager and coordinator of that care, and a member of a profession; (2) graduate preparation of professional nurses for the roles of advanced practitioner, leader, and scholar and as a foundation for doctoral studies; and (3) professional development of nurses through continuing educational opportunities.

PHILOSOPHY

The Philosophy of the School of Nursing is guided by the mission and goals of Pacific Lutheran University and the mission of the School of Nursing. The university’s mission is to develop knowledgeable individuals with an understanding of the human condition, an awareness of humane and spiritual values, and an ability to formulate and express ideas clearly and effectively. The university strives to empower its students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care for persons, the community, and the Earth. The School of Nursing faculty fully embraces these concepts and further hold beliefs about nursing, persons, environment, and health which direct the development of programs and guide the educational process.




School name:Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing
Address:Ramstad Building #214
Zip & city:WA 98447-0029 Washington
Phone:(253) 535-7672
Web:http://www.plu.edu/~nurs/
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MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Provides sound basis for individuals in health care to learn important words, their origins, derivatives, and abbreviations. Focuses on utilization of terms as applied to anatomical, physiological, and pharmacological topics. Pronunciation of terms emphasized. Knowledge from this course can be applied to any health care profession. Open to non-nursing majors, required for Health Services minor.

COMPETENCIES I
Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies of therapeutic communication, and technical skills associated with health management. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing.

PROFESSIONAL FOUNDATIONS I
Focuses on nursing as a profession and discipline. The nursing process is introduced as a framework for critical thinking and caring. Open to non-nursing students with permission of instructor.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND PROMOTION
Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to perform health assessments and promote health across the life span.

HUMAN PATHOLOGICAL PROCESSES
Focuses on human responses to major forms of pathophysiology.

PERIOPERATIVE NURSING
Focuses on the theory and practice related to pre-surgical, surgical, and post-surgical nursing care as well as the role of the perioperative surgical nurse.

COMPETENCIES II
Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies of advanced technical skills associated with health management.

PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES FOR NURSING
Focuses on pharmacological principles of major drug classifications, therapeutic modalities, and alternatives to pharmacological interventions.

NURSING SITUATIONS WITH INDIVIDUALS: ADULT HEALTH I
Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with individuals experiencing selected alterations in health.

NURSING SITUATIONS WITH INDIVIDUALS: MENTAL HEALTH
Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with individuals experiencing mental health issues.

NURSING RESEARCH AND INFORMATICS
Examines principles of nursing and health care research, technologies, and databases that support evidence-based nursing practice.

CULTURALLY CONGRUENT HEALTH CARE – A
Focuses on core knowledge and competencies necessary to give culturally congruent care to people from diverse populations. Compares beliefs, values, and practices pertaining to health, care expressions, and well-being. Open to non-nursing students with instructor permission.

NURSING SITUATIONS WITH FAMILIES: CHILDBEARING
Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with childbearing families.

NURSING SITUATIONS WITH FAMILIES: CHILDREARING
Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with infants, children, adolescents and their families.

NURSING PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP
Portfolio writing designated to prepare registered nurses to complete a portfolio documenting prior experiential learning acquired in nursing practice. Open to ADN to BSN students only.

INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
Focuses on core knowledge and competencies related to beginning leadership and resource management skills.

NURSING SITUATIONS WITH COMMUNITIES
Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with the community as client.

NURSING SITUATIONS WITH INDIVIDUALS: ADULT HEALTH II
Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with individuals experiencing complex alterations in health.

SENIOR SEMINAR
Exploration and integration of core knowledge and competencies related to complex alterations in the health of individuals experiencing complex alterations in health.

HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND POLICY
Analysis of the social, political, legal, and economic factors that influence health care including trends in health policy and ethical issues relevant to health care delivery. Open to non-nursing students with permission of the instructor.

ELECTIVE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
An exploration and application of nursing knowledge and roles in a selected clinical environment. Pass/fail option. Open to students who have completed their junior-level nursing courses or permission of the faculty.

PROFESSIONAL FOUNDATIONS II
Critical evaluation of role transition into professional nursing.

INDEPENDENT STUDIES

CAPSTONE: NURSING SYNTHESIS
Synthesis of core knowledge, competencies, professional values, and leadership skills in nursing situations mentored by a professional nurse preceptor.

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