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Sacred Heart University (Department of Nursing)

Nursing at Sacred Heart University consists of undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing leading to a BSN or MSN degree. These programs are designed to advance nursing careers to best meet the healthcare needs of our communities. Nursing at Sacred Heart University is characterized by the following:

* Comprehensive philosophy embracing spirituality, ethics, diversity and community, within the Catholic intellectual tradition
* Demonstrated quality of and satisfaction with our signature program: RN to BSN
* State-of-the-art distance learning programs, including the RN-BSN on the WEB and MSN Focus on service learning and campus-community partnerships.
* Experience with corporate educational partnerships and contemporary adult learning practices. Individualized student counseling with low student to faculty ratios.
* Quality of Nursing Faculty with a history of successful change and innovation.
* The Sacred Heart Nursing Program was one of four colleges of nursing in the country recognized in 2000 by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing for implementation of an innovative curriculum in geriatrics.
* All the programs enjoy approval from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


The Nursing program at Sacred Heart University, fully accredited by the National League for Nursing, prepares women and men for the professional practice of nursing in a variety of settings such as hospitals, home care agencies and community-based health care facilities. Personal attention and interaction between the faculty and student is a major focus in the department. The majority of the Nursing faculty holds doctoral degrees or are certified nurse practitioners in Nursing and are active professionals with state and national recognition. The faculty acts as advisors to students throughout the four-year program, beginning with the Freshman Seminar course during the first semester of study. Throughout the four years of study students are assisted in developing critical thinking skills and professional knowledge, skills and attitudes. At the conclusion of four years of study, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and are eligible to take the Registered Nurses licensure examination, as well as apply to any Master of Science in Nursing program throughout the country including the programs at Sacred Heart University.


All programs of study leading to undergraduate or graduate degrees (including online programs) are fully accredited and approved by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education Board of Governors.

School name:Sacred Heart UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:5151 Park Avenue, Curtis Hall
Zip & city:CT 06825 Connecticut

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This course is designed as a bridge course to the Nursing major and as a forum to facilitate comparison between the scope of practice of the RN and the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. Exploration of the framework of this program occurs. Role behaviors of the baccalaureate practitioner are analyzed and applied. Critical thinking when communicating both verbally and in writing is emphasized.

This course introduces the student to the profession of nursing. The student builds upon foundational knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences and humanities and applies this to the content and process of nursing. The metaparadigm of nursing is presented in conjunction with the University's mission and organizing framework. Students are introduced to the concepts of health and effective communication and demonstration of the teaching/learning process. Theories for nursing practice are introduced. Laboratory and clinical experiences are coordinated to offer the student practical experience with selected clients in providing basic nursing care in a professional, caring manner. Students will also incorporate principles of nutritional and pharmacological therapies, including medication administration and documentation, while providing supervised clinical care. Students will demonstrate effective use of available technologies to assess, monitor and evaluate patient care.

Introduces assessment parameters including interviewing, history taking, physical examination and functional assessment. Students formulate nursing diagnoses based on the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association nomenclature. Adequate data collection and careful analysis for diagnostic and planning purposes are stressed.

Builds on the historical perspective of women's health issues to address current needs and options in the present health care delivery system. Discussions focus on issues pertinent to a woman's physical, moral and emotional life cycle. Special emphasis is on feminist ideologies.

Explores the various elements of culture and ethnicity that impact the provision of health care and the eventual acceptance of this care by individuals, families and communities. Issues such as time, communication, health beliefs, gender and values are discussed and compared to the beliefs and practices of American culture and the current method of delivering health care.

This course focuses on the development of the RN to BSN student in the role of leader/manager of a clinical practice discipline. The purpose is to provide the student with the basic concepts and theories needed for effective management of client care. These include management theory; human resource management; leadership; and the managerial role of planning, organizing, leading and evaluation. Application of theory to practice occurs through written and verbal evaluation methods.

The first of two adult nursing courses, this course emphasizes the nursing roles in health promotion, health restoration and health maintenance. Classroom and clinical learning experiences focus on integration of knowledge from previous course work. Consistent with the organizing framework of the Nursing program, this course incorporates aspects of critical thinking into classroom and clinical learning experiences. Students have the opportunity to provide nursing care to clients with common health problems from young adulthood to older adults. Course content focuses on the common health problems of the population of clients, which include: urinary, intestinal, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders; problems of metabolism, sensation and perception; and preoperative nursing care.

Examines the U.S. legal system and the law's impact on the practice of nursing and the provision of health care in the United States. Topics include the legal basis of nursing practice, theories of professional liability, confidentiality and informed consent.

This nursing elective course will examine recent changes in the healthcare system that have led to dramatic changes in how and where care may be provided. The impact on patients and families, nurses and other health providers, and healthcare organizations will be explored in the context of the following key concepts: the evolving continuum of care, care/case management principles and practice, multidisciplinary evidence-based practice protocols, outcomes assessment and performance improvement, medical errors and patient safety, financing and reimbursement.

Designated new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the department's permanent course offerings. Prerequisites are established by the department as appropriate for the specific course. Course title is shown on the student's transcript.

Introduces students to the practice of mental health nursing for individuals, families and groups with commonly occurring mental health disorders. Course content stresses the interpersonal process, nurse self-understanding and current mental health practice. Commonly occurring mental health disorders such as addictive behaviors, personality disorders, schizophrenia and mood disorders are presented. Stresses critical thinking in relation to the provision of care to clients with mental health needs.

Focuses on comprehensive health assessment for RN students. Adequate data collection and analysis for diagnostic and nursing plans are stressed. Students use the diagnostic reasoning process to formulate nursing diagnoses based on the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association nomenclature.

Focuses on the application of the elements of critical thinking to the care of women, children and families in their childbearing and child-rearing experiences. Incorporating content from the liberal arts, sciences and humanities, students explore the roles of the nurse in relation to current research, issues, concepts and trends in family and child health. Culturally sensitive nursing practice embodies the care of women, children and families who range from healthy to at-risk states along the continuum of their growth and development. Nursing interventions are supportive, restorative and promotive in nature, and include principles of effective communication and teaching. Clinical experiences provide students with opportunities to apply their critical thinking and knowledge base from family and child nursing to a variety of healthy to at-risk situations, and across a variety of settings.

This course seeks to synthesize the philosophy and organizational themes of the Nursing program through reading, reflective writings and discussion on individual goal-directed experiences focused on clinical leadership. Areas covered include the skills of leadership, system of care and practices of leadership. Focus is on case management and the leadership activities and interventions required to be effective in the clinical environment of the new millennium. The skills of leadership are interrelated with practice and require a positive sense of self in conjunction with judgment based on experience and research.

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