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Rhode Island College (School of Nursing)




The School of Nursing at Rhode Island College has the largest baccalaureate nursing program in the state. The nursing program is highly regarded for the high quality nursing education it provides. The pass rate of RIC graduates on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination is consistently above state and national averages. In the Fall of 2003, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education awarded the program full accreditation.

Located in the Providence metropolitan area, the college campus is convenient for students and is within 5 miles of the major health care institutions of the State. The program partners with all the major health care agencies in the state to offer clinical education.

Our students reflect the social, ethnic and economic diversity of the state and encourage a cooperative, collegial learning environment that benefits all. The nursing faculty is extremely well-qualified and experienced in their areas of practice and committed to fostering the personal and intellectual growth of students.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

BASIC BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM

The Basic Baccalaureate Program integrates knowledge of the arts and sciences with nursing theory to provide a framework for professional practice. The program is designed to be completed in four years. The three major elements of the nursing curriculum are general education, cognate and required nursing courses.

BASIC BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM FOR SECOND DEGREE CANDIDATES (ACCELERATED OPTION)

The BSN program for second degree candidates builds on the first baccalaureate degree and includes cognate and required nursing courses. Individualized plans of study are prepared upon application to the College. Second Degree Candidates are admitted to the College intending to major in nursing and apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the BSN program according to established admission criteria.

RN TO BSN PROGRAM

The RN to BSN Program is designed for Registered Nurse (RN) students. RN students apply to the College as transfer students. RN students are granted 37 credits for their basic nursing program and additional credit for other academic work. The RN to BSN program includes general education requirements and required nursing courses. The program responds to the needs of the RN student population by offering credit for prior learning, flexible course scheduling, individualized learning experiences, and career development advising. RN students are admitted to the College intending to major in nursing and apply to the School of Nursing according to established criteria.
MISSION

The mission of the undergraduate program in Nursing is to prepare entry-level professional nurses to provide high-quality and equitable health care for all people. To accomplish our mission we offer a basic baccalaureate program and an RN to BSN program for Registered Nurses. The baccalaureate nursing program combines the liberal arts and nursing education to help students develop knowledge and perspectives that promote professional advancement and responsible citizenship. Nursing faculty foster the intellectual development and personal growth of students through a commitment to excellence in teaching and by working with students to attain program objectives. Embracing the richness of the educational experience and advantages to the profession and society that accrue from a diverse student population, the School of Nursing welcomes and responds to students who vary with respect to age, gender, ethnicity, race, and socio-economic status. Faculty and students contribute to the improvement of health care through practice, service, and scholarship activities that extend to populations, agencies and institutions throughout the city of Providence, state of Rhode Island, and the surrounding community.



School name:Rhode Island CollegeSchool of Nursing
Address:600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Zip & city:RI 02908-1991 Rhode Island
Phone:(401) 456-8013
Web:http://www.ric.edu/nursing/
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FOUNDATIONS OF THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS
Concepts of nutrition, pharmacology, and pathophysiology are introduced as foundations for therapeutic intervention in nursing practice.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING I
The profession of nursing is introduced, including the history and practice of nursing, the health illness continuum, the health care system, the nursing process, and the demographic and economic changes that affect the nursing practice.

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING PRACTICE
Cognitive and psychomotor skills are applied through guided experiences in simulated and clinical situations. Emphasis is on skills essential for the nursing practice.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Basic health assessment skills are introduced. Emphasis is on normal findings. Assessment skills acquired through theory and laboratory experiences provide the basis for nursing practice.

PSYCHIATRIC / MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Psychiatric / mental health theory, practice, and the professional role are introduced, with emphasis on the adult client. Common psychiatric disorders across the lifespan are introduced.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING I
Focus is on the promotion of health and the management of illness in the adult client. Students learn to manage client care in various settings and develop professional behaviors through learning activities and practice situations.

MATERNAL NEWBORN NURSING
Nursing theory and application is introduced in the practicum setting related to the comprehensive and continuing care of expectant and newly expanded family systems.

NURSING OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
The nursing care of children is examined within the context of the individual, family, and community. Principles of growth and development, health promotion, and therapeutic interventions are analyzed and applied.

PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Principles of public health and nursing are synthesized and applied to the care of families and populations in theory and in practice. Ethnographic, epidemiological, and public policy approaches are used to understand public health issues.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING II
Focus continues on the promotion of health and the management of illness in adult clients. Students expand their knowledge and nursing practice in various settings. Professional behaviors are also developed.

CONTEMPORARY PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Major topics pertinent to professional development and practice are analyzed in depth. Leadership and management theories, contemporary nursing issues, and factors facilitating professional achievements are also presented.

TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
Professional values, roles, and issues, as well as client population-focused issues are discussed in seminar and applied in practicum. Students select a clinical setting in which the transition from student to professional nurse is fostered.

COGNATES

HUMAN ANATOMY
By using a systematic approach, study is made of the human organism with respect to the histological and gross anatomy. Lecture and laboratory

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
Basic principles of physiology are introduced, with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms. Attention is given to the functions of organ systems and coordination in the whole human organism.

MICROBIOLOGY
Microbial structure and metabolism, dynamics of microbial populations

GENERAL, ORGANIC, AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY II
Topics include alcohols, carbonyl compounds, amines, amides, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, bioenergetics, catabolism, biosynthesis, nucleic acids, hormones, and neurotransmitters. Lecture and laboratory.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
This is a survey of life span development. Included are major theories and contemporary information relating to learning and development in physical, social, emotional, and cognitive realms.

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