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Saint Joseph's College of Maine (Deparment of Nursing)

We are part of a vital learning community, located in a scenic woodland along beautiful Lake Sebago. As a Catholic college sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, we maintain a strong foundation supporting those of all faiths in higher learning, and our search for truth.

Here you will find highly skilled and accomplished professors who enjoy spending time with students inside and outside of classrooms. We are eager to get to know you and assist you along your path of learning. We provide a strong curriculum and offer programs that prepare students in the liberal arts, professional life, and service. Our classes are small, providing for ample student and professor interaction. We promote positive goals and values, and are dedicated to students as they are transformed to live more meaningful and productive lives.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program goals are to:
• prepare a generalist to practice professional nursing in a variety of settings
• provide each graduate with a foundation for continuing education and graduate study

Four major concepts of nursing theory comprise the framework of the curriculum: human beings, health-illness, nursing and environment. All nursing courses are organized around the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing, which emphasizes stress and adaptation within every system.


Application of Roy’s theory ensures implementation of the philosophy and objectives of the Department, which are in accord with the philosophy and objectives of Christian humanism as set forth in Saint Joseph’s mission statement. Humans are viewed as holistic adaptive beings endowed by God with dignity and free will. Health is viewed as the harmonious interrelationship of body-mind-soul and the environment. Nursing is viewed as an art and a science that facilitates the mobilization of external and internal resources available to individuals, families and communities, so health is achieved, promoted, and/or maintained.

The professional nurse is deemed accountable to society and uses the processes of teaching-learning, communication, research, and leadership by applying the nursing process to meet needs of clients in all settings. The faculty supports the baccalaureate degree as the minimal educational preparation for the professional nurse and believes learning best occurs in an environment where mutual respect exists between teacher and learner. Students in the Nursing major must attain a “C” grade or better in professional courses and a “C-” or better in science.

The Nursing program enrolls a limited number of students each year. Admission is selective. The admission committee reviews applicants’ high school curriculum, grades, and SAT scores. A college preparatory curriculum is required with grades of “C” or better in biology and chemistry courses with laboratory components.

Transfer students are not considered for admission to the program. Students who enroll at the College in the Liberal Studies program for undecided majors and students admitted for study in another major area are not eligible to enroll in the Nursing program, unless an appeal is granted by the Nursing Department.

School name:Saint Joseph's College of MaineDeparment of Nursing
Address:278 Whites Bridge Road
Zip & city:ME 04084-5263 Maine

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This course introduces the student to the philosophy, conceptual framework, and curriculum of the Nursing Department and to the profession of nursing. The Roy Adaptation Model is introduced, and students explore its major related concepts. Social influences such demographics, war, economics, politics and Christianity are examined in relation to their influences on the development of the profession. Through exploration of the literature, students are introduced to selected nursing leaders and their legacies to nursing. Students engage in critical thinking exercises and share their perceptions of nursing as a profession of service and as an intellectual endeavor. Students engage in a Problem-Based Service-Learning project to practice their therapeutic communication skills and to meet the identified needs of community-residing older adults.

Introduces the student to the processes used in the practice of professional nursing. Through class discussion and experiential learning through the nursing lab and clinical experiences, the student begins to develop abilities to perform theory-based nursing interventions including psychomotor and psychosocial therapeutics directed at individuals. Topics addressed include teaching-learning, therapeutic communication, and nursing process using the Roy Adaptation Model. Activities that encourage critical thinking are integrated throughout the course.

Guides and assists the student in the application of the nursing process to help individuals met basic human needs using the Roy Adaptation Model. Focuses on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of threats to basic safety using the four Roy modes. Basic care and communication skills are developed and practiced in the Nursing Laboratory, then applied with adults in the clinical practicum.

Guides the student in developing the basic skills for health assessment of the adult client and introduces the concepts and techniques of interviewing, history taking and physical assessment using the Roy Adaptation Model as a framework. Emphasis on the recognition of normal psychosocial and physical findings and the recording of data in an organized format.

Guides the student in the application of the nursing process using the Roy Model to meet the needs of the healthy childbearing and childrearing family. The focus is on the normal maternity cycle and on growth and development from birth to adolescence. Clinical experiences take place in day care centers, schools, prenatal, and well-child clinics, and hospital maternity units.

Guides and assists the student in the application of the nursing process using the Roy Adaptation Model. The student responds to actual or potential health problems in the holistic nursing care of chronically ill adults and their families and assists them in effective adaptation to promote, maintain, and restore optimal health. Interventions directed at meeting rehabilitation needs and overcoming powerlessness are stressed.

Applies the nursing process and the Roy Adaptation Model to meet the mental health needs of individuals, families and groups. A degree of self-awareness is expected to be achieved as students explore the nurse-client relationship. Therapeutic adaptation in the self concept and interdependent modes is emphasized as clients deal with stress associated with situational, maturational, emotional crises and psychopathology. Students collaborate with members of the mental health team in individual, family and group therapy with adolescent, adult and aged clients.

Focuses on the pathophysiologic adaptations to illness and the pharmacologic interventions utilized to promote, maintain, and restore health. Major drug classifications are examined as they relate to body systems and disease processes. Nursing implications of pharmacologic administration are emphasized.

Guides the student in the application of the nursing process using the Roy Model to meet the needs of high-risk childbearing and the childrearing families. The focus is on high-risk conditions occurring during the maternity cycle and on children who are responding to acute and chronic health problems. Clinical experiences take place in community settings for clients with special needs, health care providers’ offices, outpatient clinics, and hospital pediatric units.

The focus of this course is to introduce the student to research as it relates to the growing body of scientific nursing knowledge, nursing practice, and consequent improvement in health care. Emphasis is placed on developing skill in information searching and analysis of research design and data collection. The research process is compared to the nursing process, and the role of the professional nurse as researcher is examined throughout the course.

Expands on concepts presented in Nursing of the Adult I. Focuses on the individual as a holistic person and as a member of a family. Students use the Roy Adaptation Model with the nursing process to promote adaptation for hospitalized adults responding to multiple stimuli. Critical decision-making, priority-setting, and negotiation are stressed as the foundation of professional nursing care.

Develops knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of nursing in the community. Students apply public health theory while working with groups, communities and families. Students complete a community assessment and health promotion project, visit families in home care setting and participate in occupational or school nursing.

Facilitates student synthesis of curricula and Roy Adaptation Model concepts into a framework for professional nursing. Leadership and management theory provides the student with focus from which to explore professional issues and concerns. Students demonstrate integration and synthesis of knowledge from the sciences, humanities and nursing in classroom discussions and clinical settings with emphasis on moral, ethical, legal and political implications for nursing practice. Clinical experiences provide opportunities to practice basic management skills and leadership behaviors.

This Nursing elective focuses on further development, critical examination, and the synthesis of nursing care of individuals with life-threatening illness and their families. Previous nursing knowledge and skills are built upon with emphasis on the implementation of the nursing process utilizing the Roy Adaptation Model, problem-solving, organizing and setting priorities in an intensive care unit. Students assume responsibility for their own learning under the guidance of a staff nurse preceptor and faculty instructor.

This internship affords senior Nursing students the opportunity to refine the roles and incorporate the functions of the professional staff nurse on a daily basis. This experience is designed to increase self confidence, and increase level of nursing competencies and professional accountability.

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