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Rivier College (Division of Nursing)




For well over a decade, the Rivier College Division of Nursing has prepared students to meet the rapidly changing demands of the healthcare environment. Rivier continually builds on its strengths, offering programs that provide students with individual attention, quality education, and numerous opportunities for practical experience.

Rivier offers two- and four-year nursing degrees that prepare you to enter this exciting and challenging profession. The hallmark of all of Rivier's nursing programs is the faculty-supervised clinical experience in hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the greater Boston and central New England regions. Rivier’s highly regarded nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Our undergraduate and graduate nursing programs prepare students to become licensed registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse educators throughout the United States.

On the undergraduate level, the College offers a full or part-time associate of science degree; a full-time, four-year professional track baccalaureate degree, and a flexible RN to BS program for registered nurses. Rivier has affiliation agreements with Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH and at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Rivier’s graduate nursing programs prepare professionals for positions in advanced practice nursing and/or to teach in schools of nursing or other healthcare settings. Students in the program develop state-of-the art skills that prepare them to excel in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Rivier’s Nursing Department, located in Sylvia Trottier Hall, offers a number of resources for hands-on training. The Department has physical assessment laboratories, fully-equipped with examining instruments, mannequins, opthalmoscopes, IV pumps, and more. Graduate students also have opportunities to practice their skills in airway management and advanced cardiac assessment, using state-of-the art equipment.



School name:Rivier CollegeDivision of Nursing
Address:420 South Main Street, Sylvia Trottier Hall
Zip & city:NH 03060 New Hampshire
Phone:(603) 897-8530
Web:http://www.rivier.edu/academics/departments/nursing.aspx
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NURSING FUNDAMENTALS
Introduces the concepts and skills that are essential to the practice of professional nursing in varied settings. This course incorporates concepts that affect individuals throughout the lifespan, including caring, wellness, health promotion, teaching, communication skills and basic physical and psychosocial needs. Guided classroom and clinical laboratory learning opportunities aid students in developing the humanistic values central to cultural, spiritual, psychosocial, legal and ethical nursing practice. The nursing process organizes and frames class content with emphasis on development of effective nurse/patient relationships, basic clinical assessment skills and critical thinking skills.

CARE OF THE ADULT I
Introduces the student to nursing interventions that communicate human caring for adults of all ages and their families. Students develop knowledge, understanding and sensitivity to the physical, mental, and spiritual components of the healthcare continuum. The nursing process provides the framework for the delivery of competent nursing care.

TRANSITION
Is required for licensed practical nurses (LPN’s) who have been accepted to the Associate of Science Degree Program with advanced placement standing. Transition guides students as they transition from the role of practical to registered nurse. Overviews of nursing theories, caring, change theory, and ethical/legal issues affecting nursing practice provide a foundation for the presentation of the philosophy, organizing framework, and program objectives of the Department of Nursing. Students utilize the nursing process as they study techniques of assessing the health status of adults.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Presents the concepts used in psychiatric mental health nursing. Emphasis is placed on the therapeutic use of self and on nursing interventions which promote health and harmony. Students are introduced to a variety of treatment modalities and are guided in clinical experiences as they develop beginning competence in caring for clients suffering from psychiatric illnesses.

CARE OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Provides the evidence-based knowledge necessary to meet the comprehensive and continuing health care needs of the childbearing family. A holistic and mutually agreeable approach to the plan of care is emphasized, believing that pregnancy and childbirth are normal life processes. The student will apply the nursing process, develop competence, think critically, and remain sensitive to the various changes experienced by the family during the childbearing cycle.

CARE OF THE ADULT II
Builds upon knowledge obtained in all previous courses while maintaining a focus on the nursing care of the adult. Emphasis is placed on promoting competence and confidence throughout the healthcare continuum as students continue to develop therapeutic relationships with adults of all ages and their families. The clinical laboratory experience is designed to promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Selected clinical experiences are provided to prepare students for the transition from nursing school to entry-level practice. (Five-credit Theory; five-credit Laboratory)

TRENDS AND ISSUES IN NURSING
Enhances students’ awareness of current issues and their impact on the nursing profession. Current issues include the changes in the health care delivery system, nursing education, disaster nursing, and bioterrorism. The focus of leadership theories and skills will be directed toward the role of the Associate of Science Degree Nurse. Legal issues discussed will focus on the Nurse Practice Act. Students will be guided in preparation for the NCLEX, career opportunities, and professional growth.

CARE OF THE CHILD
Focuses on the unique experiences of children and their families as they cope with issues of health and illness in a variety of situations. The course is based on a philosophy of child care that respects children as individuals and yet views them as part of families and the world. Nursing 205 follows the child and family from the neonatal period through adolescence. The nursing process provides the means through which students learn to collect, organize, and analyze information as they work to develop therapeutic relationships with children and their families.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
A consideration of metabolic states altered by a variety of disease processes in the major systems of the human body. Designed for BS nursing students.

POLICY, POLITICS AND THE NURSING PROFESSION
Prepares the student to act as an advocate on behalf of clients, families, communities, and the nursing profession as a whole. This course offers students the opportunity to explore health care policies, political processes and health related issues from a nursing perspective using seminar and lecture format. Students will attend selected organizational meetings to observe the process through which health policy is determined.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Introduces the student to history taking with physical examination techniques of the client throughout the life cycle. The course focus is on the analysis of physical examination data so that the client’s response to actual or potential health problems can be determined. Practice will be provided under the guidance of an instructor in the class-room.

FAMILIES AND HEALTH IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Assists the student in gaining knowledge and skills necessary for professional nursing with families across the life span in a multicultural society. Students apply a holistic approach to family assessment using conceptual frameworks of family nursing and transcultural nursing. Goals of family nursing with the three levels of prevention are explored. Cultural variations in families are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on providing effective, culturally competent, family-centered care. Community agencies providing service to culturally diverse families throughout the life span will be identified.

RESEARCH METHODS
Focuses on the research process, critical review of research, and the role of research in the development of health care disciplines. Students participate in a simulated research process. Students identify a clinical practice problem and conduct a brief review of research literature after identifying an appropriate theoretical framework. Students also suggest changes in practice based on research findings and discuss how to evaluate client and provider outcomes.

JYS: HEALTH AND WELLNESS
This junior year seminar course encourages students to think about the world around them and make ethical decisions in relation to global health care issues. Students will have the opportunity to explore the social responsibility aspects of health and wellness within a culturally diverse global community. Students will be encouraged to dialogue about selected basic human issues of health and wellness facing society (locally, nationally, and internationally), especially the plight of the poor and powerless.

PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS AND NUTRITION
Focuses on the major concepts of pharmacotherapeutics and nutrition therapy as it relates to the paradigm of health. Content is organized into two sections. Section one will provide the student with a theoretical basis for pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and ethnopharmacology. Drug therapy will be discussed using a body systems approach. Section two will focus on the role of nutrition and health promotion. The function of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals in promoting and maintaining health will be explored. Diets in health and disease, current research and regulations regarding labeling and use of food additives and pesticides will be addressed.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE
Focuses on the role of the professional nurse and health care manager focuses on organizational behavior theories and interpersonal skills. Emphasis is placed on management of human and fiscal resources in a variety of health care settings. Ethical and legal principles of leadership will be integrated throughout the course.

PRINCIPLES OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Provides the student with an understanding of the scope and context of community health nursing. Students are introduced to the structure of the U.S. health care system, including legal, economic, and cultural factors influencing community health nursing practice. Course content focuses on the community from the family perspective. Applying principles and theories of epidemiology and public health nursing, students are introduced to the process of community health assessment, diagnosis, evaluation and planning.

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN COMMUNITY HEALTH
Provides the student with an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the community health nurse. The course content emphasizes health promotion as well as primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in families, aggregates and communities. The community health nurse’s involvement with contemporary public health problems such as communicable disease, violence and environmental issues is explored in selected field experiences in a number of diverse settings. The course also focuses on the health of special populations including children, the elderly and those with chronic illness, and/or disabilities. Health objectives for the nation as a whole are integrated into the course content.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING CAPSTONE
Is designed to integrate class-room learning, theory, and evidence-based practice within the complex environments of health care today. The theoretical component of the course (two hours per week) focuses on exploring conceptual linkages between ideas presented in previous classes. The course emphasizes integrative relationships between research and theory applied to evidence-based practice; theories of health promotion and levels of prevention applied to client aggregates in various settings; and ethical theory, economics, and public policy applied to nursing leadership. In a precepted clinical experience (135 hours total) students examine individualized learning experiences in specific areas of interest. Critical incidents are explored in the research literature enhancing reflective journaling and findings are shared with the clinical site. The course also offers an opportunity for students to develop professional networking and advocacy that helps craft future career goals.

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