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Salisbury University (Richard A. Henson)




Nursing programs at Salisbury University are a vital component of the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology. Endowed in 1988, the Henson School includes the departments of:

* Biological Sciences
* Chemistry
* Physics
* Mathematics and Computer Science
* Geography and Geosciences
* Health Sciences
* Nursing

The school provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to function as professionals within their disciplines and as informed citizens on issues of science and technology.

Students in the Henson School work closely with their advisors on course selection, program planning and career development. University-wide, students are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research programs, internships and cooperative learning experiences. Henson School graduates typically begin careers in science, technology and public education or enter graduate or professional schools.

NURSING PROGRAMS

The SU Department of Nursing offers bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing, as well as a post-master's family nurse practitioner certification. The baccalaureate and master's programs are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). These stamps of approval are a validation of the quality of the curriculum, faculty and resources of Salisbury University's Department of Nursing.

The department reaches across and beyond the campus, participating in community service projects such as the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The faculty lend their expertise to community health organizations and advisory boards such as the Alzheimer's Association of the Eastern Shore, Coastal Hospice, Planned Parenthood, the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council, and the Delaware and Maryland Boards of Nursing.

TRADITIONAL BS

The first two years of the nursing curriculum focus on the General Education and supporting courses that provide the foundation for the nursing major. These courses are offered by other departments within the University, or may be transferable from other educational institutions.

The nursing component is an additional four semesters in length. Theoretical courses introduce clinical areas such as medical/surgical, maternity, child health, psychiatric and community health nursing. Accompanying field work enables students to provide direct care to people in a variety of settings under faculty supervision. In addition, there are courses in health assessment and nursing research.

The last semester of the program includes a senior seminar on leadership, management, political, economic and professional issues related to the health care system. Through an internship experience in the final year, students bridge the gap between the role of student and registered nurse as they integrate knowledge, values and skill in caring for groups of clients. Following successful completion of the B.S. in Nursing at SU, students are eligible to take the registered nurse licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) in any state.




School name:Salisbury UniversityRichard A. Henson
Address:1101 Camden Ave., Devilbiss Hall 235
Zip & city:MD 21801 Maryland
Phone:410-543-6401
Web:http://www.salisbury.edu/nursing/
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Richard A. Henson Courses


NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I
Theory related to nursing care of adults with common health problems who need to maintain or regain optimal levels of functioning. Emphasizes problem solving through use of a variety of resources; examines trends and issues relevant to health care in rural communities. Intended for students admitted to undergraduate nursing program.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I CLINICAL
Application of beginning health assessment skills, nursing knowledge and concepts from the biological and behavioral sciences. Students provide nursing care to adults with common health alterations in acute and long-term care settings and examine trends in gerontological nursing. Intended for students admitted to undergraduate nursing program.

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
Introduces students to professional nursing practice including history, legal, ethical, economic, cultural issues and nursing process. Discussion of roles and responsibilities in communication, documentation and use of clinical technologies with the application through Web, campus-based and selected field experiences.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Functional health assessment of individuals from adolescence through older adulthood. Students practice health assessment skills in clinical settings with people of varied ages, social, cultural and economic backgrounds. Intended for students admitted to undergraduate nursing program.

LIFE AND DEATH ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE: THE ETHICAL PERSPECTIVE
Identification, analysis and evaluation of contemporary problems that have resulted from new breakthroughs in biomedicine. Topics include physician-patient relationship, euthanasia, social control, experimentation, genetic engineering, the health care system. Emphasis on developing an ethical framework to deal with these and future biomedical issues.

RESEARCH METHODS IN NURSING
Provides an understanding of the research process with opportunities to develop critical analysis skills in reading current nursing research and opportunities for conducting limited clinical research projects at a beginning level. Intended for students admitted to a nursing program.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS II
Advanced study of the theory necessary for providing nursing care to seriously ill adults from illness through rehabilitation and recovery. Examines trends in provision of critical and rehabilitative care in rural settings and selected issues related to women’s health.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS II CLINICAL
Advanced clinical course in caring for adults as they progress from serious illness through rehabilitation and recovery. Clinical sites include acute care, specialty rotations (ICU, per, CCU), home health agencies and rehabilitation settings.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS: A FAMILY CENTERED APPROACH
Study of theory related to nursing care of children and adolescents with acute and chronic disorders. Integrates concepts from previous courses in the natural, behavioral and nursing sciences and introduces theories of structure, development and function of families.

CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS CLINICAL
Prepares beginning practitioners to provide nursing care to children, adolescents and their families in a variety of rural health settings. Clinical practice will be guided by the objectives of Healthy People 2010.

MATERNAL NEWBORN NURSING: A FAMILY CENTERED APPROACH
Study of theory related to nursing care of childbearing families in rural communities. Explores social and health care issues related to changing needs of women across the life span.

MATERNAL NEWBORN NURSING CLINICAL
Provides nursing care to the childbearing family in primary and acute care settings. Applies selected theories related to structure, development and function of families. Clinical practice will be guided by the objectives of Healthy People 2000.

PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH
PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH CLINICAL
Clinical application of nursing theory and process focused on the prevention and nursing care of psychosocial problems in individuals and families. Focus on therapeutic communication with clients in a psychiatric hospital and clients with psychosocial needs in the community.

NURSING EXTERN SEMINAR
Supervised practicum to assist students in applying the nursing process. Explores concerns of the beginning practitioner including role conflict and role transition, clarification of values and reality shock. Students refine skills in assertiveness, clinical decision making, application of change theory and conflict resolution, and participate in activities of employed registered nurses. Placement in a health care agency with one-to-one RN preceptorship and clinical contact of 30 hours per week.

COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO HEALTH PROMOTION
An introductory overview of complimentary modalities to the promotion of wellness through a holistic approach. The dynamic interplay between each person’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual elements will be discussed. Opportunities for experiential learning and practice of selected modalities during designated class time will be provided. Additional exploration of individual areas of interest will be encouraged, culminating in a final project presentation to class participants. Students may not receive credit for both

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
Study of a selected area of nursing. Topics may vary semester to semester. Provides an opportunity for curriculum innovation or meeting the special needs or interests of undergraduate and graduate students. May be repeated for credit under different subtitles. One to three hours lecture, zero to two hours laboratory per week.

NURSING OF CHILDBEARING AND CHILDREARING FAMILIES
Focus on nursing care to childbearing and childrearing families, and exploration of current, applicable research. Self-care and participation of family members emphasized. Topics include conditions that place the client at risk and selected acute and chronic childhood disorders.

NURSING OF CHILDBEARING AND CHILDREARING FAMILIES CLINICAL
3 hours credit
Focus on use of nursing process with childbearing and childrearing families in rural community settings and in acute care settings, both rural and urban. Emphasis on assisting clients in promoting, maintaining and/or regaining health. Students focus on clinical practice as they develop knowledge, psychomotor skills and professional values. Developmental and family theories stressed.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING: A RURAL PERSPECTIVE
Focus on the theory of health of families, aggregated and communities with complex needs. Explores political, ethical, legal and sociocultural climates and theory related to the health care needs of an aging population.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM: A RURAL PERSPECTIVE
Prepares beginning practitioners to work with families, aggregates and communities in rural settings. Clinical practice guided by the objectives of Healthy People 2000 and the use of critical thinking skills.

SENIOR SEMINAR
Provides a conceptual understanding of leadership and management processes in the health care system. Explores past, present and emerging roles of the professional nurse including political, economic and professional issues.

INTERNSHIP
Precepted practicum emphasizing integration of knowledge, skills and values needed to care for groups of clients. Opportunities to develop beginning understanding of unit management issues within the context of a health care organization. Fosters increased independence in providing care to clients facilitating the transition to the role of graduate nurse.

NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Explores roles in nursing within the health care system with particular emphasis on leadership and management functions. Provides students with a conceptual understanding of the social, political, legislative and economic forces shaping the U.S. health care system and its impact on the rural environment.

NURSING LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM
Emphasizes integration of nursing knowledge, values and skills in caring for groups of clients. Students experience various professional nursing roles and apply leadership and management strategies.

HEALTH EDUCATION OF CLIENTS
Theoretical content and practical application of the principles and methodologies of effective health education of individuals, families and groups. Emphasis on use of the teachinglearning process in assisting client adaptation and promoting quality health care. Through use of a micro-teaching laboratory the student can demonstrate and analyze a variety of teaching skills. Development of teaching plans, behavioral objectives and evaluation tools also stressed. Three hours per week.

PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS
Nursing interventions relating to application of pharmacotherapeutic principles in assisting client adaptation in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings. Special emphasis on drug interactions, drug dependence, toxicology. Three hours per week.

CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR NURSING
A basis for application of concepts, theories and methodologies from transcultural nursing to the practice of the health professional. Particular emphasis on the influence of culture on human response to health and illness. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Two hours per week.

SCHOOL HEALTH
Current issues relevant to the health of school-age children and adolescents. Topics include roles of teachers and health professionals, current health problems and approaches to specific health problems. Intended for students in education and health-related professions.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Intensive study in a specific area of nursing agreed upon by the student and faculty member. Open to senior and graduate students. May be taken twice under different course subtitles.

COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO HEALTH PROMOTION: APPLICATIONS
Explores the application of complementary modalities to the promotion of wellness through a holistic approach. The dynamic interplay between each person’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual elements will be discussed. Opportunities for experiential learning and practice of selected modalities during designated class time will be provided. Additional exploration of individual areas of interest will be encouraged, culminating in final project presentation to class participants. Students will also integrate research findings reported in the literature.

ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONERS
Provides learning for a comprehensive physical, psychosocial, developmental, occupational and cultural assessment as foundational to advanced nursing practice. Application of history taking and interviewing skills essential for a comprehensive examination are demonstrated. Physical assessment skills focus on distinguishing normal findings form abnormal findings. Analyzes history, physical examination and laboratory data to formulate an accurate assessment of clients’ status and establish priorities of care. Prerequisite: Admission to the master’s program or permission of instructor.

ISSUES IN ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING
Focuses on transition into the advanced practice nurse role including ethical issues, standards of care and the delivery of health care in rural settings. The organization of health care delivery systems, health care policy and the economic implications of health care are explored. Students develop their roles as advocates for change in the health care delivery system. Clinical practice guidelines, protocols and/or collaborative agreements are developed for the advanced practice nurse. Information technology is used where appropriate in an advanced practice role. Three hours per week.

EPIDEMIOLOGY
Focuses on epidemiology as the basic science of disease prevention and the role of epidemiology in public health clinical practice and the evaluation of public policy. Provides an introduction to epidemiology and the epidemiologic approach to problems of health and disease. The basic principles and methods of epidemiology are presented together with its applications to public health and clinical medicine.

FAMILY NURSING
Explores theory and research relevant to family nursing assessment and intervention. Family health, illness and the impact of stressful events on the family system are examined. Clinical situations with families are analyzed based on classic family theory, developing theory and published research. Students develop strategies for serving as advocates for families as they explore beginning role requirements of advanced practice nurses. Three hours lecture, six hours clinical practice per week, for a total of 90 hours.

PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS
Provides advanced-practice nurses with knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics for acute and chronic conditions. Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary to assess, diagnose and manage common health problems. Legal, socioeconomic and client-safety considerations are discussed. Client-education factors and salient aspects of research are incorporated. Critical thinking is employed in the analysis and determination of pharmacological regimens.

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Explores the structure and functions of the health care system and the legal, ethical and economic forces that impact it. Special attention is given to health insurance and managed care, the formulation and impact of health policy and the context in which policy decisions are made.

HEALTH CARE INFORMATICS
Introduces the student to the field of health care informatics via a Web-based instructional format. History of health care informatics, interrelated concepts such as classification systems and languages and ethical and confidentiality concerns are explored. Informatics applications in clinical practice, education and administration are discussed.

NURSING THEORIES
Examines the nature of concepts, models and theories in the context of scientific development and the historical development of nursing knowledge. A comparative analysis of evolving nursing theories will be made in regard to meeting criteria for theory building; major concepts used; theoretical perspective used; testability and practicality for application with the nursing process in clinical practice, teaching and research.

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN HEALTH CARE
Focuses on the importance of the theoretical foundations of research and on qualitative methods of scientific inquiry. Emphasis is placed on the accumulation of scientific evidence in health care and on the critical analysis and communication of evidence related to a specific topic.

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH IN HEALTH CARE
Focuses on quantitative research methods as a foundation for evidence-based health care. Includes problem identification, formulation of hypotheses, research design, sampling analyses and interpretation of quantitative data. Provides practice using a statistical package as a tool to analyze quantitative research data. Research findings are communicated both orally and in writing to health professionals using current technology.

CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR NURSING
A basis for application of concepts, theories and methodologies from transcultural nursing to the practice of the health professional. Particular emphasis on the influence of culture on human response to health and illness.

ADULT HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT
Focuses on primary care of adult clients including health promotion and disease prevention within the context of the family. Incorporates critical thinking and clinical reasoning to establish diagnoses for and provide therapeutic management of adult clients with common short-term and chronic stable health problems. Emphasizes quality and cost-effective care of diverse populations in a wide variety of settings.

WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT
Focuses on primary care of women and children including health promotion and disease prevention within the context of the family. Incorporates critical thinking and clinical reasoning to establish diagnoses for and provide therapeutic management of women and children with common short-term and chronic stable health problems. Includes care of women during normal pregnancy and the postpartum period. Emphasizes quality and cost-effective care of diverse populations in a wide variety of settings.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Focused study on a specific area of advanced practice nursing agreed upon by the student and the faculty. May include preliminary work directed toward a thesis/capstone area of interest, a specialized area of study, or clinical practice. May be taken more than once under different course subtitles for a maximum of six hours credit. Prerequisite: Written permission of the faculty who will direct the study. One to three hours per week.

HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
Organized around major management functions, this course focuses on development of theoretical and practical knowledge to prepare students for advanced management responsibilities in diverse health care settings. Explores professional and organizational dynamics, including an overview of management theories, organizational behavior, marketing of health care services, resource analysis and allocation, conflict management, performance improvement, quality management and implementing planned change.

HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM
Focuses on the development of a personal style of management with requisite knowledge, skills and abilities. Uses the mentor concept as a framework for management learning experiences in varied health care organizations.

HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Builds upon a management focus and makes the distinction between management and leadership models with emphasis on the evolution of leadership concepts and their application in health care organizations. Through examinations of the characteristics of great leaders, the course explores strategies for the identification and development of leadership skill in one’s self and others. Power and legitimacy are explored as are ethical dilemmas and their resolution. Methods of productive interpersonal communication are stressed.

HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM
Focuses on the development of a personal leadership style with requisite knowledge, skill and abilities. Includes mentored experiences in health care organizations and the practice of leadership with a team.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
Intensive study of a selected topic relevant to nursing in rural areas. May be taken twice under different course subtitles.

SCHOOL HEALTH
Current issues relevant to the health of school-age children and adolescents. Topics include roles of teachers and health professionals, current health problems and approaches to specific health problems. Intended for students in education and health-related professions.

THESIS
Provides an opportunity for the master’s level student to conduct formal research related to nursing. Reflects a culminating research study as an independent project under the direction of a thesis chair and committee. Incorporates knowledge from research methodology and analysis learned throughout the program. Requires that the student demonstrate critical thinking, a proficiency in oral and written communication, and use of appropriate information technology. Traditional defense of thesis required. May be repeated; no limit to the difnumber of repeats.

CAPSTONE PROJECT
Provides an opportunity for the master’s level student to pursue a scholarly study of a clinical case, a topic or an issue relevant to the student’s advanced practice role. Reflects a culminating synthesis of knowledge from graduate courses as an independent project under the direction of a project chair and committee. Requires that the student demonstrate critical thinking, a proficiency in oral and written communication, and use of appropriate information technology. May be repeated; no limit to the number of repeats.

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