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Presentation College (Department of Nursing)




Presentation College is an independent Catholic educational institution, conducted by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was founded in Mitchell, South Dakota, in 1922 when the Right Reverend Monsignor J. Brady, Pastor of Holy Family Church, established Notre Dame Junior College, a parochial junior college. The college remained in Mitchell until 1951 when Monsignor Brady gave sponsorship of the school to the Presentation Sisters who had staffed Notre Dame Junior College since its beginning.

The name was changed to Presentation Junior College, and it was moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota, where for three years (1951-54) it was housed in Butler Hall on the premises of Presentation Convent. In May 1954 the college was transferred to the present 100 acre campus in northern Aberdeen.

The title Presentation Junior College was used until March 30, 1965, when the title was simplified and the college was incorporated as Presentation College. In 1968 it became co-educational. The college conferred a diploma to its graduates until 1966 when the college began granting associate degrees in arts and in science. The associate in arts degree or the associate in science degree is conferred on students who complete the necessary two year educational, pre-professional, or technical programs. Presentation College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools at the associate and baccalaureate degree levels.

In the fall of 1979 a satellite associate degree nursing program was established at the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota funded by a federal grant and Presentation College. The program now offers Native American and other students in frontier counties of central South Dakota an opportunity to complete their degree in an educational setting close to their families. The associate degree nursing program is offered at Presentation College Lakota Campus on a cyclic basis. Clinical experiences may be in Eagle Butte, Pierre, Mobridge, Aberdeen, Yankton and other sites.

In 1990 the college admitted its first class to complete baccalaureate degrees in nursing (RN-BSN). In Fall of 1995, the traditional BSN program was initiated on main campus. Presentation College confers both an associate degree and bachelor of science degrees in nursing. Baccalaureate degrees are also available through programs offered in the Department of Allied Health, Arts/Science, Business, and Social Work.

Beginning in 1997, distance education technology has been used to offer baccalaureate degree completion courses to registered nurses in Sioux Falls and associate degree practical nurses (LPNs) in Wahpeton, North Dakota.

In June 2004, the Minnesota Board of Nursing approved the Presentation College Department of Nursing to offer the traditional BSN program at Fairmont Campus in Minnesota.

The Department of Nursing has faculty and staff located on three campuses. The main campus is located in Aberdeen with additional campuses located in Eagle Butte, SD and Fairmont, MN. Contact information for each campus is listed as well as web pages for each person.



School name:Presentation CollegeDepartment of Nursing
Address:1500 North Main Street
Zip & city:SD 57401 South Dakota
Phone:800-437-6060
Web:http://www.presentation.edu/nursing/
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Department of Nursing Courses


INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This beginning course introduces the student to the nursing profession, the Department of Nursing’s philosophy, conceptual framework, program outcomes, and the nursing process. The caring philosophy, historical, spiritual and cultural considerations, nursing theories, and legal/ethical aspects of safe nursing practice are introduced. A variety of teaching strategies are used to introduce the student to the primary themes of the program: ENVIRONMENT, HUMANITY, HEALTH, and NURSING. Effective communication techniques, teaching/learning principles, and math skills are studied and practiced.

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING AND CARE OF THE OLDER ADULT
This course provides the theoretical and practical basis for fundamental nursing skills. Basic needs of the individual, with focus on the older adult, are examined. The nursing process is used to identify and address the bio-psycho-social, developmental, cultural, and spiritual needs of individuals. The impact of the primary themes of ENVIRONMENT, HUMANITY, HEALTH, and NURSING care of individuals is expanded as a basis of nursing care. Ethical and legal aspects of safe nursing practice are explored. Students apply the theory of this course through clinical experiences in long-term care.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course is an introduction to holistic physical assessment of individuals across the lifespan. It builds on the scientific knowledge acquired from the natural sciences. The functional patterns will be the framework for documenting the health history and physical assessment of systems. Inherent in this course is the integration of ENVIRONMENT and HEALTH within the assessment of HUMANITY. Assessment is the foundation upon which NURSING practices. Data analysis and critical thinking are an integral part of this course. Discussion of lab/diagnostic testing is integrated.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This foundation course focuses on adaptive and maladaptive human responses to disruptions in normal physiology. The primary themes of ENVIRONMENT, HUMANITY, HEALTH, and NURSING are integrated throughout this course. The student will use knowledge of anatomy/physiology, chemistry, and microbiology as a basis for exploring and expanding how alterations in structure and function disrupt human body adaptation (maladaptation). Pathophysiology of disease is studied with emphasis on developing scientific rationale for nursing practice.

THERAPEUTIC NUTRITION
This course will provide the student with an overview of medical nutritional therapy for diabetes, cardiac, renal, cancer, and gastrointestinal disorders. Practical applications and treatment of nutrition-related pathologies will be emphasized.

APPLIED DRUG THERAPY
This course will focus on the relationship between drug therapy and its impact on ENVIRONMENT, HUMANITY, HEALTH, and NURSING. The nursing process is the framework from which various classifications of drugs are discussed. Pharmacokinetics, side effects, drug interactions, client response, and nursing implications for each drug classification are explored. The impact of environmental forces is identified. This course will enable the student to make therapeutic assessments and appropriate nursing judgments regarding drug therapy in client care. The nurse’s collaborative role in pharmacology is discussed.

MATERNAL-CHILD NURSING
This course focuses on the promotion and maintenance of health for individuals of childbearing and childrearing families. The themes of ENVIRONMENT, HUMANITY, HEALTH, and NURSING are incorporated into holistic client care. The principles of growth, development, and mental health are integrated. Nursing care of at-risk families and children with special needs is introduced. Clinical experiences assist in application of the nursing process in the care of the childbearing/childrearing client.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
This course examines the development and changing focus of mental health nursing throughout the lifespan. The course is focused on the concepts of HEALTH, NURSING, ENVIRONMENT, and HUMANITY in providing mental health nursing care to clients along the continuum of mental health. Nursing theory, DSM-IV-TR multiaxial evaluation system, psychobiology, psychopharmacology, the causations of mental illness, and the mind/body/spirit connection will be emphasized. Care for individuals with psychiatric disorders will be addressed through the nursing process and Watson’s Theory of Transpersonal Caring. Students are challenged to examine their roles as baccalaureate level nurses in the ongoing challenges of providing healthcare services across the continuum with persons affected by mental illness. The clinical experiences include practice in acute adult, acute adolescent, psychiatric rehabilitation, chemical dependency, and community outpatient settings. Students may have the opportunity to observe electroconvulsive therapy, mental illness commitment hearings, and treatment groups. All students will design, implement, and evaluate a therapeutic group activity during clinical.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING I
This medical-surgical course expands the fundamental principles of nursing. The themes of ENVIRONMENT, HUMANITY, HEALTH, and NURSING are incorporated into holistic care of clients with acute and chronic alterations in health. Clinical experiences assist in application of the nursing process in the care of individuals and families.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING I-LPN
Designed for the LPN diploma completion student, this course is designed to expand the fundamental principles of nursing. This course expands the principles of health promotion and introduces principles of health maintenance for individuals and families. The themes of ENVIRONMENT, HUMANITY, HEALTH and NURSING are incorporated into holistic care of clients with acute and chronic alterations in health. Clinical experiences assist in application of the nursing process in the care of individuals and families.

VARIABLE TOPICS IN NURSING
These elective courses are designed to acquaint the nursing student with current practices in health care.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Concepts basic to meeting the health needs of individuals, families, and groups with diverse cultural and social backgrounds in a community and rural setting are presented. The impact of the environment upon the community as the client, and the interrelationship of the health status of the individual and that of the community are explored. Promotion, prevention, maintenance and restoration of optimal levels of health and wellness, the fundamentals of epidemiology, and the implications of social policy upon the health of communities are addressed. A variety of teaching strategies are used to illustrate the impact of ENVIRONMENT, HUMANITY, HEALTH, and NURSING upon the care of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Clinical experiences, in a variety of community settings, provide opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts.

INTERNSHIP
This course will focus on application of theoretical and practical nursing skills in a hospital setting. The nursing process is utilized to identify and address the bio-psycho-social developmental, cultural, and spiritual needs of individuals and families. The impact of the primary themes of ENVIRONMENT, HUMANITY, HEALTH, and NURSING care of individuals and families are incorporated into nursing care. Ethical and legal aspects of safe nursing practice are implemented. ANA's Code of Ethics, Nursing Social Policy Statement, and Scope and Standards of Practice will be utilized to provide quality, competent nursing care.

LEADERSHIP ROLES IN MANAGING CLIENT CARE
This course studies the leadership character and management roles of the baccalaureate nurse. The NURSING process is the basis for discussion of holistic care of individuals, families, groups, and communities (HUMANITY) in a variety of HEALTH care systems and organizations (ENVIRONMENTS). The leadership role of the nurse includes discussion of the management of staff and care for groups of clients. Critical analysis of the nursing literature is incorporated to examine legal, ethical, and moral aspects of professional nursing practice. Both theory and clinical experiences provide opportunities for the student to examine leadership/management skills, incorporating the attitudes, knowledge, and critical thinking of the baccalaureate nurse. Preparation for NCLEX is highlighted. Clinical experiences will be with mentors who have roles in leadership/management of staff and/or clients. Synthesis of these roles will be in preparation for graduation and graduate study.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING II
Students in this course study the care of clients with complex, multi-system alterations in health, both physiological and psycho-social. The NURSING process is the basis for discussion of holistic care of individuals, families, groups, and communities (HUMANITY) in a variety of HEALTH care systems and organizations (ENVIRONMENT). Both theory and clinical experiences provide opportunities for the student to examine complex care concepts incorporating the attitudes, knowledge, and critical thinking of the baccalaureate nurse.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
This course provides the student with an understanding of nursing research and its role in contemporary nursing practice. The student acquires the skills of critical appraisal to become a knowledgeable research consumer. Through the acquisition of knowledge of the research process and positive attitudes toward nursing research, the student incorporates nursing research findings in practice as they relate to ENVIRONMENT, HUMANITY, HEALTH, and NURSING.

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