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Pittsburg State University (Department of Nursing)




Pittsburg State University is one of six institutions of higher education directed by the Board of Regents. The University is a major academic institution serving approximately 6500 students and the citizens of southeast Kansas.

Pittsburg State University was originally organized as the Auxiliary Manual Training School in 1903. It became a four year college in 1913 and was renamed in 1923 as the Kansas State Teacher's College. The Kansas Legislature changed the name of the college to Pittsburg State University in 1977. The University has continued to flourish and now offers numerous baccalaureate and graduate degrees.

The baccalaureate program in nursing was established in 1970, and 35 students were admitted in the fall of 1971. Approximately 150 students are currently enrolled in the undergraduate nursing major. In addition, pre-nursing students are advised by the departmental faculty. The Master of Science in Nursing degree was established in the fall of 1993 and prepares family nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. The focus for the graduate program is Family Health. The Department of Nursing is one of fourteen departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the nursing curricula is to prepare graduates to demonstrate excellence in practice, to meet regulatory requirements for practice, to assume leadership roles and to recognize learning as a lifelong process.

The baccalaureate and graduate programs of the Department of Nursing reflect the university's mission of teaching, scholarship and service, with teaching as the primary focus.

Members of the department engage in a wide range of scholarly, professional, practice and community service activities to meet local, regional and national needs for nursing and healthcare.

Recognizing the unique characteristics and needs of our diverse rural setting, the programs of the Department of Nursing prepare graduates to provide nursing care to individuals, families, and populations in a variety of settings.

The baccalaureate nursing curricula builds upon a foundation of the arts, sciences and humanities. The Master's curriculum builds upon the competencies of baccalaureate graduates and focuses on advanced nursing roles.

BACCALAUREATE NURSING PROGRAM

The baccalaureate program in nursing at Pittsburg State University prepares individuals for careers in professional nursing. The program leads to the degree, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with an upper division major in nursing. In addition, graduates have a sound academic foundation for graduate study.

Experience in health agencies and with families is an integral part of clinical nursing courses. Hospitals, home health agencies, county health departments, physician's offices, adult care homes, nursery schools, private homes and the public schools are examples of settings used for clinical learning.



School name:Pittsburg State UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:101 Mc Pherson Hall
Zip & city:KS 66762-7514 Kansas
Phone:620-235-4431
Web:http://www.pittstate.edu/nurs/
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LEVEL ONE

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE
Concepts, knowledge and skills essential for implementation of the nursing process in structured settings.

TRANSITION INTO BACCALAUREATE NURSING PRACTICE
The conceptual and theoretical basis of nursing practice and the utilization of knowledge and skills essential for the implementation of the nursing process.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
The nurse's role in performing health assessments across the life span. Theory and practicum will focus on interviewing skills to obtain health history data and on physical assessment techniques.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGIC BASES OF NURSING
Study of disruptions of physiology in the human organism as a basis for nursing intervention. Include inflammatory process, immune response, Neoplasia, trauma, fluid and electrolyte and acid-base imbalances.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING
The nurse's role in pharmacological therapy of individuals at various positions on the wellness-illness continuum. The nursing process will be utilized to examine responses to drug therapy.

LEVEL TWO

NURSING THE ADULT MEDICAL SURGICAL CLIENT
Uses the nursing process to facilitate adaptive responses of clients to chronic and acute physiological problems. Emphasis on adults at various positions on the wellness-illness continuum in hospital and community settings.

NURSING THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Nursing process utilized to facilitate bio-psycho-social adaptation in families during childbearing years.

NURSING THE CHILD AND FAMILY
Utilizes the nursing process to facilitate adaptive responses in the child and family. Focus is on infancy through adolescence as related to normal growth and development.

NURSING THE PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH CLIENT
Nursing process utilized to facilitate adaptive responses in individuals/groups within institutions and community settings during periods of Psycho-Social Maladaptation.

TRENDS AND ISSUES IN NURSING
Historical development, contemporary trends and current issues in nursing practice, nursing education and the health care delivery system. Current and future roles of the nurse and the profession as a force in meeting health needs.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
Introduction to research methods as a basis for investigation of nursing problems. Presents basic steps of the research process and includes critical evaluation of nursing studies.

LEVEL THREE

COMMUNITY NURSING
Concepts of nursing and public health applied to promoting health of families and other population aggregates, and assessing health states and resources available to specific populations. Includes facilitation of adaptive responses of persons and families experiencing situations of varying complexity throughout the life cycle, in community settings.

LEADERSHIP IN NURSING
Leadership theory and strategies applied to nursing practice. Emphasis on development of personal, interpersonal, organizational power in leader role.

ADVANCED MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT CLIENT
Focuses on the nursing process to facilitate adaptive human responses of adults with complex/multiple medical-surgical problems in a variety of settings.

UPPER DIVISION NURSING ELECTIVES

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
Nursing elective. Intensive study of nursing or health problem, trend, or issue. Specific topic will be designated each time course is offered. May be repeated if different course content.

READINGS IN NURSING
Directed individual reading in selected topics in nursing. Offered by appointment to registered nurses desiring to update and increase knowledge in specified areas and for generic students wishing additional elective credit in nursing.

HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN
An overview of health care needs and common health concerns of women throughout the life cycle, emphasis will be placed on preventive measures and use of available community resources.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Development of a project under direct supervision of appropriate faculty member. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I nursing courses or permission of instructor.

SCHOOL NURSE COURSES

NURSING THE SCHOOL AGE CHILD
Nursing process utilized to facilitate adaptive responses in the school age child. Physical and psycho-social problems associated with growth years. Role of the school nurse in health promotion and maintenance. Laboratory practice in physical and psycho-social assessment.

PRACTICUM IN SCHOOL NURSING
Supervised experience in area elementary and secondary schools. Physical and psych-social assessment of the school age child, health teaching, and health counseling with students, parents and teachers.

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