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Roberts Wesleyan College (Division of Nursing)




Nursing is one of the essential health professions designed to serve people without regard to color, race, creed, or economic status. Nurses serve in places of residence or work, community settings, institutions, or agencies. Men and women with Christian ideals and values, prepared in a balanced program of liberal arts and professional education, are well equipped to contribute meaningfully to the health of individuals, groups, and communities.

The Division of Nursing has a reputation for excellence in nursing education and our alumni are respected and sought-after in the health care community. These alumni have graduated from one of the programs offered by the Division of Nursing:
* The Traditional Program for those who do not have any previous nursing education
* The Modular RN to BS Program for working RNs with an associate's degree who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
* The Masters of Science in Nursing for those with a bachelor's degree in nursing who want to earn a master's degree in Nursing.

WHY NURSING?

Many nursing students come to Roberts saying they want to help people. We believe that nursing is one of the best ways to be an effective helper and a caring person. Understanding people with all their many facets and how those facets are integrated into a whole are primary goals of the nursing profession. Nurses learn about the physical body, psychological development, social systems, spiritual and emotional needs, and much more. This base of knowledge is then used to build skills in a wide variety of nursing interventions. Having this broad base of knowledge and skills enables nurses to help many different populations of people in a variety settings.

CARING, WHOLENESS, COMMITMENT

At Roberts Wesleyan College, preparation of adults for effective service to society has its foundation in liberal studies and is rooted in ethical behavior. The purposes of the Division of Nursing as an integral part of the College are in agreement with those of the College. The Division views caring and the nurse-client interaction as central to nursing, which has the goals of enabling the client to progress toward wholeness.

Commitment on the part of the student entering the study of nursing at Roberts is essential. The Faculty view the learning process as a partnership with students. Faculty provide a supportive, caring environment in which professionalism is fostered through mutual goal setting, synthesis of knowledge, development of skills, and examination and integration of personal and professional values.

UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE ROBERTS WESLEYAN NURSING PROGRAM

* Individual Attention: Dedicated nursing faculty, who remain active in the field through community and professional organizations, work closely with the nursing students. The low faculty-student ratio allows for a significant amount of individual attention.
* Wholistic Approach: The College views students as wholistic unique beings having bio-psycho-social-spiritual components. The Division of Nursing teaches nursing students to assess and deal with clients in a wholistic manner.
* Christian Environment: Historically, the College has fostered the integration of academic learning with a Christian world view. The College continues to support students in their spiritual values as it emphasizes lifelong learning and service to God and society.
* Transcultural Study Opportunity: There are ongoing opportunities to study transcultural nursing and missionary nursing. These opportunities include travel to foreign countries and interaction with health care providers from other cultures.
* Pursuit of Special Interests: Through the senior practicum and the nursing elective, nursing students are able to study an area of nursing that is of particular interest to them. Some of these areas are advanced cardiopulmonary nursing, women’s health nursing, parish nursing, or preoperative nursing.



School name:Roberts Wesleyan CollegeDivision of Nursing
Address:2301 Westside Drive
Zip & city:NY 14624 New York
Phone:(585) 594-6330
Web:http://www.roberts.edu/academics/divisions/nursing/
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INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
The primary objective of this course is to introduce the student to the profession of nursing. The course provides an introduction to basic nursing skills, a brief overview of the history of the profession, contributions of selected nursing leaders, and the influence of social change on the development and image of the profession. The diversity of today's nursing roles and practice settings is presented. Ethical, legal, and political considerations related to the profession are explored. The student is oriented to the Roberts Wesleyan College nursing curriculum and its unique concepts of caring and wholeness. Field trips, guest speakers, and teaching of selected basic patient care skills supplement the traditional methods of instruction.

THE COMMUNITY: PROMOTING WHOLENESS
The student is introduced to the health care delivery system and to wholeness promotion in the community. The course explores the Roberts Wesleyan community, local, and world health systems. There is an emphasis on the concepts of wholeness in individuals, families, and communities. Special populations and facts important to the wholeness of a community including its environment, spiritual and mental health, cultural diversity, and nutrition are examined. The course includes a field experience. It is open to all students and is required for nursing majors.

PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION
This course is designed to help students learn the basic facts and concepts of nutrition, to formulate principles to guide in food selection and meal planning and to achieve wholeness by maintaining optimal nutritional health. The physiologic functions, food sources, requirements, and metabolism of the known nutrients are emphasized. The nutritional demands and eating patterns in various stages of the life cycle are discussed. Areas of application include weight control, food fads, vegetarianism, food additives, economical meal planning, and nutritional assessment. It is open to all students and is required for nursing majors.

NURSING FOR WHOLENESS: INTRODUCTION TO BASIC HUMAN NEEDS
The course emphasizes development of caring behaviors and use of the nursing process as essential components in the maintenance of wholeness of individuals. Students are expected to achieve a beginning level of proficiency in the areas of communication, legal and ethical considerations, select psychomotor skills, and assessment of basic health needs. Students have an opportunity to apply classroom theory and practice nursing skills in simulated laboratory situations before progressing to clinical practice with clients.

GROUP PROCESS: THEORY AND APPLICATION
This course is designed to help students learn about individuals as they work in groups. Ways in which groups of healthy individuals form, grow, function, and change are investigated. Students study various theories related to group process and apply these principles. Various ethical problems related to the wholeness needs of individuals are explored within the context of group process. This course is open to all students and required of all nursing majors.

PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS FOR WHOLENESS
Principles of pharmacology are applied to the therapeutic use of drugs in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wholeness throughout the life span. Classes of therapeutic agents are discussed in relation to their pharmacokinetics, effects on body systems, and mechanisms of action. Nursing responsibilities regarding safe administration of medications are included. This course builds upon the student's understanding of normal physiology and basic mathematics. It is open to RNs and is required of all Nursing majors.

ASSESSMENT OF INDIVIDUAL FOR WHOLENESS
This course introduces the student to comprehensive assessment of individuals related to wholeness. Students utilize the nursing history and physical examination as well as the developmental, sexual, mental, cultural, and spiritual assessment. Basic skills of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation are learned. The relationship of communication, documentation, and data collection, including laboratory studies, is emphasized as part of the nursing process. Students have opportunity to practice these skills in simulated laboratory situations and in concurrent clinical practice with individuals of different developmental and cultural backgrounds. It is open to RNs and is required of all Nursing majors.

NURSING FOR WHOLENESS: ADULTS
This course assists students in applying principles from nursing, basic sciences, and liberal arts as they provide care to adult clients through use of the nursing process. Caring behaviors are practiced as the student promotes and maintains adaption/wholeness of clients with more complex needs, including disturbance in nutrition, oxygenation, metabolism, and loss of body integrity. The clinical component provides laboratory and client care experiences in institutional settings where students utilize their assessment and advanced psychomotor skills. As participation in management of client care increases, the student is expected to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships, to begin educating and advocating for clients, and to collaborate with other members of the health care team.

PHILOSOPHICAL ORIENTATION TO BACCALAUREATE NURSING
This course is designed to assist the RN and other transfer students in making the transition into the program and to cover content missed in lower level and junior nursing courses that may have been replaced by transfer credit. The individual student's needs are considered in designing course content.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course introduces the student to wholistic health assessment of clients. Students complete a nursing history and physical assessment in a simulated laboratory situation. Basic skills of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation are learned. The course includes the DDST for children and normal aging changes.

NURSING FOR WHOLENESS: THE CHILDBEARING CYCLE
This course provides a theoretical basis for the application of the nursing process to families in the childbearing cycle including families experiencing altered responses. Emphasis is placed on caring, promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wholeness through examination of families' antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal experience. Care of the newborn is included. Selected women's health care issues are also addressed. Clinical application takes place in outpatient settings and birthing centers.

NURSING FOR WHOLENESS: THE CHILD
This course examines the application of developmental theory to the promotion and maintenance of wholeness of children from infancy through adolescence. Emphasis is on the use of the nursing process in caring for families as they respond to well and ill children. It is designed to enhance the knowledge base of students in pediatric nursing and to provide them with opportunities to deliver comprehensive nursing care to children and their families. Clinical application occurs in a variety of community and institutional settings.

NURSING FOR WHOLENESS: MENTAL HEALTH
This course focuses on the use of nursing process in the application of psychiatric/mental health principles. Caring relationships are demonstrated through the student's therapeutic use of self in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wholeness in individuals. Students are exposed to a variety of therapies and nursing roles in the care of clients with alterations in mental health. Clinical application takes place in a variety of community and institutional mental health settings.

APPLICATION OF NURSING RESEARCH
This course explores the art and science of nursing within a scientific problem-solving framework as the student learns to evaluate and apply nursing research to meet the wholeness needs of clients. Students are assisted in further development of critical thinking skills as they critique select research studies and participate in small group exercises and a class research project.

PERIOPERATIVE PRACTICUM
This 40 hour perioperative practicum with classes and experiences in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases of a client's surgical experiences includes concepts of asepsis, roles of the surgical team members, interviewing techniques, recovery room, and anesthesia within a wholistic nursing care framework. Meets the requirement for nursing elective.

WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
This course is designed to examine women's health and the politics surrounding some of the issues in women's health. A wholistic approach will be reflected in the course content, permitting the student to learn about issues related to the physical, emotional, spiritual, psychosocial, and cultural aspects of women's health. Health policy and research will also be explored as they relate to gender and the politics of health.

TRANSCULTURAL EXPERIENCE
This course is designed to introduce students to the culture, health care needs, and the health care system of a developing country. Students will have the opportunity to compare missionary nursing with community health and institutional nursing in the United States. Making use of available resources, students develop learning objectives with guidance from the instructor. The course encourages personal and spiritual growth through integration of faith and learning. Students wishing to receive college credit will do collateral reading, write journals or papers, and attend preparatory classes held during the semester. Meets the requirement for nursing elective.

TELEPHONE NURSING PRACTICE
Telephone nursing practice, using the nursing process to provide care for individual patients or defined populations over the telephone, occurs in many different settings and has been identified as an exciting subspecialty in nursing. This course will prepare the nurse for health care delivery that is uniquely responsive to the needs of patients seeking care on an intermittent basis, which may continue over time and include multiple disciplines. Meets the requirement for nursing elective.

NURSING FOR WHOLENESS: RESTORATION
This course focuses on restoration in clients experiencing loss of wholeness due to chronic health problems. In addition to utilizing the nursing process, the student collaborates with multidisciplinary health team members in applying the principles of rehabilitation to meet the needs of clients and their families. A wholistic approach including physical, psychological, social, and spiritual restoration is emphasized as the student cares for clients in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings.

NURSING SEMINAR: UNDERSTANDING THE PROFESSION & THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
This course is designed to present nursing as a dynamic profession in which nurses are leaders and change agents in the health care delivery system. The student will have the opportunity to identify and examine economic trends and issues in nursing and the health care delivery system, as well as the ethical, political, and legal roles of nurses. Students will have the opportunity to examine their personal philosophy of nursing, lobby an issue of concern, and attend a professional meeting.

NURSING SEMINAR: TRENDS & ISSUES IN THE PROFESSION
This course is designed to help the student prepare for the transition into professional nursing practice and examine career development by exploring various topics such as reality shock, conditions of employment, and future opportunities in nursing practice. The student will have the opportunity to identify and examine current trends and issues in nursing and the health care delivery system through a seminar format. Students will apply communication, learning, and group process theory as they assume leadership of a seminar and participate in the peer review process. The goal of the course is the preparation of a professional nurse with a wholistic view of the nursing profession within the health care delivery system.

NURSING FOR WHOLENESS: COMMUNITY HEALTH
This course emphasizes the theory and practice of community health nursing with a focus on meeting the wholeness needs of families, groups, and communities. The nursing process is applied to select problems in the community and the needs of select population groups. Students participate in family and community assessment and provide wholistic care for these client groups in community settings and client homes.

NURSING FOR WHOLENESS: ACUTE CARE
This course focuses on caring for clients and families across the life span who are experiencing major and life-threatening disturbances in wholeness. Application of crisis theory, adaptation theory, and principles of critical care are explored within the context of the nursing process. The clinical component includes direct care to clients with complex wholeness needs and observational experiences in a variety of settings.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT OF ELDERLY
This course focuses on theories and concepts of aging, the unique health needs of the elderly and the role of the nurse in wholistic health assessment. This course will build on the student's basic skills in wholistic assessment and the nursing process and will expand this knowledge through consideration of the normal changes of aging and the special health assessment needs of this population.

NURSING LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT FOR WHOLENESS
In this course, the nurse's role as leader and manager in client care, the nursing care delivery system, and the health care system are explored. Theories, principles, and skills of leadership, delegation, supervision and management are examined, including decision-making, conflict resolution, change strategies, and time management. Students are expected to assess their own philosophies of leadership and nursing care management.

WHOLENESS PRACTICUM
The clinical practicum is designed to assist the student in the transition from the role of student to entry level professional nurse. Students are expected to integrate their total knowledge and skills from nursing, the liberal arts, and sciences in the delivery of wholistic nursing care to a client population chosen by the student in conjuction with the faculty facilitator. Students apply the principles of leadership and management to the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wholeness of clients and in the identification of needed change. Students develop their own learning experience in collaboration with College faculty and a preceptor at the chosen institution. In addition to working a variety of days and shifts, students are expected to manage the care of a large number of clients and present a client care conference.

ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR/PULMONARY NURSING
This course will expand the student's knowledge about the care of patients with alterations in the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Students will more extensively examine hemodynamic monitoring, cardiac arrhythmias, and other related cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. Methods of instruction will involve student participation in laboratory experiences and field trips in addition to classroom instruction.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING
Students have opportunity to pursue advanced topics in nursing not covered in detail in the regular curriculum.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Students conduct laboratory research in nursing under supervision of a faculty member. Permission of instructor is required. Guidelines for Independent Study apply. A written report is required.

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