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Salve Regina University (Department of Nursing)




The Department of Nursing was established at Salve Regina University in September 1948. This was one year after the University had first opened its doors, admitting the first freshman class in September 1947. True to the tradition of their foundress, Catherine McAuley, who inspired her followers to service of the poor, sick and uneducated, the Sisters of Mercy were scholarly women of vision, dedicated to the study of the liberal arts and sciences. At the same time, they were also committed to providing opportunities for students to become prepared for beginning professional careers and continuing responsible service to society.

Nine members of the freshman class, in 1948, chose Nursing as their major field of concentration. By September 1978, approximately 100 students were choosing Nursing as their major. Department faculty grew from one Sister of Mercy in 1948, to 9 full-time faculty and 15 adjunct faculty.

From its opening in 1948, the Department of Nursing has maintained full approval of the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education. In 1960, Salve Regina University became the first educational institution in the State of Rhode Island to achieve the national recognition of attaining the National League for Nursing (NLN) accreditation for its baccalaureate program in Nursing.

MISSION

The Salve Regina University Department of Nursing, echoing the University’s mission and the tradition of Mercy, seeks to create a supportive learning community for students from all backgrounds and beliefs. The Department of Nursing endeavors to develop professional nurses who are liberally educated, ethically reflective, clinically competent, and committed to human service and social justice. The Department of Nursing facilitates students’ capacity to care for others as they advocate and provide for wholeness and healing through service to humankind.

Building upon a broad base of liberal arts and the sciences and the art of caring and healing, faculty use a discrete body of knowledge, theory, and research to assist students to develop professional nursing skills and engage in life-long learning. The curriculum affords opportunities for students to share their concern for others regardless of race, ethnicity or religion and to learn the art of collaboration as they work to promote the health and well-being of a multicultural society.

With the expectation of evidence-based clinical decision making in nursing practice and the development of information management and leadership skills, the faculty seeks to prepare professional nurses who can partner with health care providers across settings to facilitate access and provision of appropriate health care services. Nursing students learn to employ appropriate professional nursing roles to meet the complex health care needs of the patients they serve and to work in health care partnerships as they strive to enhance today’s health care delivery system.

Acknowledging the direction of the American Nursing Association (ANA) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Department introduces students to the essential knowledge, values, and competencies in order to think critically and make sound judgments, communicate effectively, assess and intervene therapeutically as professional nurses. The graduates of the program are ready to provide care at a novice level, and anticipate that they will continue to develop personally and professionally as health care providers and members of the global health partnership.

PHILOSOPHY

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations. (ANA, 2003, p. 6) Nursing is a learned profession built upon a core body of knowledge reflective of its dual components of science and art. Nursing requires judgment and skill based upon principals of the biological, physical, behavioral, and social sciences. Nursing is a scientific discipline as well as a profession. (ANA, 2004, p. 10).

Faculty respect human diversity as reflected in the design of the program.



School name:Salve Regina UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:100 Ochre Point Avenue
Zip & city:RI 02840-4192 Rhode Island
Phone:401-847-6650
Web:http://www.salve.edu/departments/nur/
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NURSING FUNDAMENTALS
CLINICAL: NURSING FUNDAMENTALS
This introductory course seeks to provide evidence-based concepts, skills, and techniques to beginning professional nursing students. Educational methods emphasize professional nursing skills practiced in the laboratory and nursing care plans for their application in primary, acute and restorative health care settings offering a broad range of health care services. These fundamental abilities, when taught according to professional standards and scope of practice, prepare novice learners to become critical thinkers, patient advocates, clinical decision-makers and educators who successfully engage in lifelong learning and collaborate in the contemporary and future global health care arena.

NURSING ASSESSMENT
This course introduces the beginning nursing student to the parameters, procedures, and skills required to perform and document a holistic assessment of clients in all age groups. Included are communication and interview techniques in compiling a health history and technical skills in performing a physical exam. Critical thinking is used to formulate nursing diagnoses based on the subjective and objective data collected. Normal findings and common deviations for each age group are emphasized. Clients’ cultural differences, developmental stages, family structure, economic situation and health behaviors are considered when evaluating health status. The lab experience focuses on the assessment phase of the nursing process. Students work to develop health assessment skills, including client health-history taking and physical examination skills.

NURSING OF ADULTS WITH SIMPLE ALTERATIONS
CLINICAL: NURSING OF ADULTS WITH SIMPLE ALTERATIONS
This course focuses on the care of the adult patient in the acute care setting. Building on knowledge gained from prior nursing courses, the sciences and liberal arts, the student utilizes the nursing process in developing an individualized plan of care that respects a culturally and ethnically diverse patient population. Students in Nursing 215 are afforded the opportunity to grow in their development as professional nurses as they explore the human response to acute or chronic illness, diagnostic testing, pharmacologic treatment, and therapeutic nursing interventions. Clinical skills are refined and further developed in the lab setting as well as in the acute care setting. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills and utilization of current nursing research as a basis for nursing practice.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY/PHARMACOLOGY I
This course provides the opportunity for the student to explore major pathophysiologic concepts through a body systems approach to the current scientific literature. Theories of causation that relate etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations facilitate discussion in the classroom. Pathophysiology will be correlated with a study of pharmacology therapy and its applications for culturally congruent professional nursing practice. A thorough investigation of the drug classifications and their application to altered body systems for health promotion and disease prevention is presented. Knowledge regarding drugs, their dosage, mechanism of action, method of administration, and side effects is provided. The student will explore the nurse’s professional role and responsibilities in administering, assessing and evaluating the therapeutic applications of medications for clients across the life span.

NURSING RESEARCH
This course focuses on the nurse as a consumer of research and is designed to introduce the student to a basic understanding of research. Emphasis is placed on the ability to seek, find, utilize, and evaluate resources related to nursing’s scientific knowledge base, culminating in an integrative review of the literature for selected nursing and health-related topics. Research topic selection and problem identification, theoretical and conceptual frameworks, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, data analysis, evaluation and utilization of research findings, and ethical aspects of nursing research are included. In addition, the use of computer applications in nursing and the impact of computer technology on patient care and other nursing activities are explored.

NURSING OF CHILDBEARING FAMILIES
CLINICAL: NURSING OF CHILDBEARING FAMILIES
Based upon an eclectic theoretical approach and building upon knowledge from nursing and the sciences, nursing students will apply the nursing process to the care of families in the childbearing phase of development. Emphasis is on the concepts and principles related to normal changes, as well as alterations in these phases. The clinical practicum in diverse health care settings promotes critical thinking, open communication and application of the theoretical content in their therapeutic nursing interventions.

NURSING OF CHILD REARING FAMILIES
CLINICAL: NURSING OF CHILD REARING FAMILIES
This course provides students an opportunity to apply the nursing process to the care of families in the child rearing phase of development. Emphasis is on biopsychological, spiritual, ethical, legal, and evidence-based practices which form the basis for studying the normal growth and development of children and their families. Students will apply this knowledge to provide culturally and ethically sensitive care to children and their families in their professional nursing practice. The clinical practicum in diverse health care settings promotes critical thinking, effective communication, and application of the theoretical content in their therapeutic nursing interventions.

NURSING OF ADULTS WITH COMPLEX ALTERATIONS
CLINICAL: NURSING OF ADULTS WITH COMPLEX ALTERATIONS
This course introduces nursing students to the multiple health care needs of adult clients across the life span. Nursing students will be able to synthesize previous information and apply new nursing knowledge to evidence-based patient care. The clinical component is composed of a variety of structured medical-surgical settings in which students will develop and refine skills necessary for clinical practice. Human responses to pathophysiology, diagnostic testing, pharmacological treatment, and therapeutic interventions are addressed within a nursing framework.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY/PHARMACOLOGY II
This course is a continuation of Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I which provides the opportunity for the student to further explore the major pathophysiologic concepts of selected disease processes in conjunction with associated treatment modalities. Theories of causation that relate etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations facilitate discussion in the classroom. Pathophysiology is correlated with a study of current therapies and their applications for age appropriate, culturally and ethnically sensitive professional nursing practice. Patient education regarding health promotion and disease prevention strategies is emphasized. A thorough investigation of selected drug classifications and their application to altered body systems for health promotion and disease prevention is presented. Information regarding drugs, pharmacokinetics and potential adverse effects is provided. The student has the opportunity to develop insight into the nurse’s professional role and responsibilities as they apply to medication administration, patient assessment and evaluation of response to treatment.

NURSING OF COMMUNITIES
CLINICAL: NURSING OF COMMUNITIES
This course introduces the student to concepts of community and public health nursing through the lens of health promotion and disease prevention. Nursing care is provided to individuals, families, groups, and aggregates within the context of the community. Emphasis is on the promotion of the health of communities through multiple levels of prevention and intervention.

NURSING OF PATIENTS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ALTERATIONS
CLINICAL: NURSING OF PATIENTS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ALTERATIONS
This course provides students with an opportunity to apply the nursing process in partnering with patients, families, and groups as they experience concerns with health and safety; care and preventative self-care processes; emotional and spiritual discomfort; adaptation to psychopathological processes; meanings ascribed to their experiences of growth and development, roles, relationships, and change processes. Social health policy, health care system and access to such are included from a global and local health perspective. Clinical learning experiences introduce students to a collaborative of psychiatric nursing roles and responsibilities within acute and community-based settings.

NURSING LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT
Nursing leadership and management principles are discussed with emphasis on delegation and organization of care, directing the work force and models of care delivery. Emphasis is on preparing the student for entry into professional practice through examination of cultural competent leadership, communication, team building, change management, quality improvement and risk management. Health policy, financial implications of care delivery and career development are included.

NURSING SYNTHESIS: TRANSITION INTO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
CLINICAL: NURSING SYNTHESIS: TRANSITION INTO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Utilizing an eclectic theoretical approach and synthesizing knowledge from nursing, the sciences and liberal arts, students have the opportunity to implement the nursing process for individuals and families. Nursing students construct plans of care addressing the uniqueness of the patient and family by openly communicating, critically analyzing, and subsequently implementing evidence-based plans of care which are sensitive to the spiritual, cultural, ethical, and legal factors in practice.

PREPARATION FOR PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE I
This seminar provides students with the information and test-taking strategies required to prepare for computer testing for licensure.

PREPARATION FOR PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE II
This seminar continues preparation for computer testing licensure.

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