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Pacific Union College (Nursing Department)




The faculty of the Department of Nursing is committed to providing a broad, liberal and professional education to a diverse population of traditional and adult nursing students in multiple settings. This task is undertaken in a climate of Christian service, dedicated to the development of the whole person, and designed to serve the health needs of individuals, families, and the community at large. The curriculum and activities of the nursing program are planned in harmony with the mission of the College and of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which it represents.

The department offers both Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing may be completed in one of two ways. Students who do not hold a nursing license attain their degree through a two-year, traditional format curriculum taught on the Angwin campus. Students already working as licensed vocational nurses may attain their degree through an eighteen-month non-traditional format LVN to RN Associate Degree taught at the Travis Air Force Base campus in Fairfield, CA, and at Hanford Community Hospital in Hanford, CA. LVN's may also apply for advanced placement within the traditional program on the Angwin campus.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING

The professional registered nurse faces increasing challenges in the ever-expanding field of nursing. PUC has responded by designing a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) program to accommodate the working professional. The purpose of this degree completion program is to provide necessary skills for expanded nursing practice, opportunities for professional advancement, and preparation for graduate school.

The classroom hours, concentrated into core weeks, allow for continuing work responsibilities and encourage independent learning. The one-year plan includes three academic quarters of full-time nursing courses; the two-year plan allows for a reduced course load. The reduced plan is the preferred route for students with a heavy work schedule or who have not yet met their general education (GE) requirements.

There are two classroom locations in northern California:

* PUC campus, Angwin – for full-time and half-time students
* North bay program at Vacaville – for half-time students only

The BSN students plan their own clinical schedules and participate in their mentor selection, thereby creating clinical experiences that enhance their professional goals. Clinical sites may be arranged with local hospitals and agencies in the students’ home town.

The admission criteria for acceptance into the BSN program include:

* ADN with current RN licensure
* Chemistry 101 (co-requisite)
* Completion of GE for full-time status



School name:Pacific Union CollegeNursing Department
Address:One Angwin Avenue, 116 Davidian Hall
Zip & city:CA 94508 California
Phone:707-965-7606
Web:http://www.puc.edu/PUC/academics/Academic_Departments/Nursing_Dept/
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INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
An overview of the profession of nursing, introducing participants to the philosophy and conceptual framework of the Department of Nursing at Pacific Union College. Addresses the nature of nursing, historical and contemporary influences on nursing, guidelines for nursing practice, health practices and beliefs, and the scope of nursing within the healthcare system. A goal of the course is to provide participants with sufficient understanding of the nature and scope of nursing in order to better evaluate its fit with their goals and aptitudes. Required for applicants to the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing.

PHARMACOLOGY I
Application of mathematics in dosage and calculations and administration of medications. Concepts basic to understanding
pharmacological principles, beginning study of drug categories used in all health-care settings.

NURSING I
Basic nursing theory, with a focus on concepts of wholeness. The nursing process as a framework for meeting needs of patients and their families. The concept of functional health patterns. Opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and nursing skills in both simulated and clinical settings. Four theory units (40 clock hours) and three clinical units (90 clock hours).

NURSING II
Application of the nursing process and the concept of wholeness to care for patients
with variations in functional health patterns. Concepts focus on age-related changes that affect the functioning and quality of life of older adults. Clinical experiences include acute medical-surgical and skilled-nursing patient care. Four theory units (40 clock hours) and three clinical units (60 clock hours).

NURSING III
Application of the nursing process and the concept of wholeness to caring for adult clients with acute alterations of functional health patterns. Opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and skills in acute care and community settings. Four theory units (40 clock hours) and three clinical units (90 clock hours).

PHARMACOLOGY II
Pharmacotherapeutics, Pharmacokinetics, indications, drug interactions, contra-indications of major drug categories. Nursing assessments and legal responsibilities in medication administration.

NURSING IV
Application of the nursing process to adult clients experiencing acute/chronic alteration in functional health patterns. Clinical practicum includes acute care and outpatient settings. Four theory units (40 clock hours) and three clinical units (90 clock hours).

NURSING V
Applications of the nursing process with adult clients with increasingly acute and chronic alterations in functional health patterns. Clinical practicum includes acute care and outpatient settings. Three theory units (30 clock hours) and four clinical units (120 clock hours).

MATERNAL-NEWBORN NURSING
Application of the nursing process to the childbearing family with normal and variations in functional health patterns. Experiences in acute and community settings. Three theory units (30 clock hours) and two clinical units (60 clock hours).

PEDIATRIC NURSING
Nursing’s concepts of functional health patterns applied to the child with normal, acute, and chronic needs from one month through adolescence. Emphasis on meeting the needs of the child within the family unit. Clinical practicum includes inpatient and community settings. Three theory units (30 clock hours) and two clinical units (60 clock hours).

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Nursing care of patients with psychiatric disorders. Theory and clinical application with geropsychiatric patients and in inpatient psychiatric units of an acute-care medical center. Three theory units (30 clock hours) and two clinical units (60 clock hours).

NURSING VI
Builds on basic concepts and introduces new concepts to enable direct management of care for a group of patients by a nurse in a beginning staff position. Focuses on self-management and leadership skills necessary in the R.N. role. Preceptorship experience in selected units in an acute-care medical center. Three theory units (30 clock hours) and five clinical units (150 clock hours).

FIELD EXPERIENCE
A work-study course offered through the Department of Nursing in cooperation with selected clinical agencies. Students apply previously learned theory and clinical skills in assigned patient-care settings under direct supervision of selected RN preceptors. One quarter unit of academic credit requires 75 clinical hours. Maximum credit available is 8 quarter units.

UPPER-DIVISION COURSES:

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Enhancement of health assessment skills and history-taking techniques by theory and practice. Complete health history and integrated physical examination. Includes laboratory.

PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN NURSING
Issues in development of the nursing profession: historical influences, theory development, changing professional roles, evolution of expanded practice.

NURSING AND EPIDEMIOLOGY IN VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES
Vaccine-preventable diseases, recommended immunization practices, and the Childhood Immunization Initiative. Integration and application of concepts of immunity, pathogenesis, and levels of prevention.

END OF LIFE ISSUES
The philosophy of Hospice, theories of grief, and issues related to death. The interdisciplinary team; physical/emotional issues related to terminal illness and death.

TRANSCULTURAL NURSING
Models and issues in assessing, planning and implementing nursing care of clients and families from diverse cultures.

HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS
National health-care issues and the impact of health-care systems on the delivery of health services and on nursing practice. Emphasis on the nurse’s role in national health-care issues.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF HUMAN RESPONSES
Responses to actual and potential health problems across the life span. Builds on the biophysical and psyco- social sciences and on the content of previous nursing courses. Emphasis on nursing interventions that address human responses related to acute and chronic illness.

HEALTH EDUCATION, PROMOTION, AND SELF-CARE
Health education as a major strategy in nursing for health promotion and self-care. Learning theories and models of client education.

HEALTH EDUCATION, PROMOTION, AND SELF-CARE PRACTICUM

SOCIAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE
Exploration of current social issues that have implications for health-care professionals. Includes the origins, assessment and interventions associated with problems that affect the individual, the family, and society. Emphasis on the relationship between health care and related sciences and cultural-societal issues.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Nursing roles in applying community health concepts in promoting and maintaining health and in preventing illness in individuals, families, and communities.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM

HEALTH-CARE MANAGEMENT
Theories of leadership and management related to the organization and delivery of nursing care in a variety of settings.

HEALTH-CARE MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM
Applies leadership and management theories and concepts in selected clinical settings.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH
Introduction to the concepts and process of research and its implications for nursing. Designed to help students become consumers of nursing research by developing basic skills for interpreting and using nursing research.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
An individual research course for advanced students with adequate background in appropriate nursing studies. Three hours maximum.

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