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Samuel Merritt College (School of Nursing)




Students who are interested in entering the program as Freshmen may apply directly to one of our partnership programs for pre-nursing at Holy Names University, Mills College (women only) or Saint Mary's College of California.

Samuel Merritt College will also admit transfer students on a direct entry basis from Community Colleges and other colleges and universities on a limited basis in fall and spring. The admission is as a first semester junior and it will take 4 semesters to complete the program.

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is an intensive, 12-month program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field.

MISSION

Characterized by scholarship and community service, the School of Nursing prepares highly competent, qualified, and caring nurses who meet the health care needs and expectations of individuals, families, communities, and the profession.

PHILOSOPHY

Nursing is a dynamic, evolving discipline based on knowledge of human health derived from the integration of research, theory, and practice. The consistent orientation of nursing is to provide care that promotes well-being in the people served (ANA, 1995, p.6). The ultimate goal of nursing is to assist individuals, families, and communities to achieve optimal health within the parameters of applicable social, cultural, and environmental systems. The professional nurse consults with other health professionals, forms independent clinical judgments, and makes autonomous decisions based on a systematic problem solving approach. Students and faculty are committed to principles of shared responsibilities for continuous learning, self-assessment, and practice improvement.



School name:Samuel Merritt CollegeSchool of Nursing
Address:3100 Summit Street, 3rd Floor
Zip & city:CA 94609 California
Phone:510.869.6511
Web:http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/nursing
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LOWER DIVISION

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course is an introduction to nursing, the healthcare system, and the basic concepts of the curriculum. The learner will develop an appreciation of how culture influences the expectations, rights, and responsibilities of people in the healthcare system. This course introduces the students to critical thinking and bioethics.

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING AND THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM
Introduction to the healthcare system, nursing as a profession, and the concepts of health, illness and environment. Cultural sensitivity, patients rights and responsibilities, critical thinking, and ethical foundations are discussed. Students examine nursing’s history, paradigm ethical cases, nursing as a caring science, holistic and allopathic approaches to healing, and values and ethical decision making models.

HUMAN ANATOMY FOR NURSES
A preparatory course in anatomy for undergraduates, in which structure/function relationships and relevant physiological mechanisms are interwoven in a detailed study of the human body. Both systemic and regional anatomy will be examined using pre-dissected human cadavers. Special emphasis is given to positional relationships of musculoskeletal structures and neurovascular elements, their corresponding functional roles in human activity, and the clinical implications of anatomical dysfunction. Major physiological mechanisms will be examined that relate to the functions of musculoskeletal and neural tissues, and to the control of cardiovascular, respiratory, gastro-intestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems.

UPPER DIVISION

IMAGES OF PEOPLE OF COLOR IN FILM
This course uses film as a way to better understand representations, experiences, perspectives, and cultural expression of people of color. The course will develop abilities to recognize how film representations resist, reify, and/or complicate misrepresentations and oversimplifications of ethnicity. We will compare and contrast dimensions of ethnicity in both independent and mainstream films primarily by and about Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans. We will analyze filmic representations of ethnicities as political contestations of Otherness within socio-historical contexts of unequal power relations. We will examine how ethnic stereotypes operate, are subverted, and resisted in film. Divergent interpretations will be considered. The format of the class will include discussion and review of films and readings.

FOUNDATIONS OF DEATH, DYING AND BEREAVEMENT
This general education course will provide a broad, interdiscip- linary introduction to the essential topics and core knowledge– both classical and contemporary – that underlie death-related counseling and education. It will provide a basis for the student’s personal growth and responsible social participation. It is intended to enhance the students’ awareness of their life goals and priorities. Further the course will contribute to the education of those who through their professional career choice will be closely associated with people who are in the dying process. There will be an emphasis on developing cultural sensitivity related to the topics discussed. The students will examine and assess the following topics: infant deaths, childhood deaths, suicide, homicide, end-of-life legal issues, ethical issues, the funeral industry, bereavement and family considerations.

NURSING RESEARCH
The major focus of this course is to provide students with an overview of nursing research. Students will have the opportunity to read, interpret, and evaluate research as a means to increase their consumer research abilities. Special emphasis is placed on learning how to critically analyze research. The key concepts of nursing will be used to relate research findings to nursing practice.

PHARMACOLOGY
This course introduces the student to essential concepts in pharmacology for nursing practice. The course will focus on drug administration, legal issues, the major pharmacologic drug classes, practical information used in assessing patient response, medication side effects, and key patient education components.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
In this course the student explores the continuum of health from wellness to death. Emphasis is placed on the mechanisms by which disease occurs and/or body systems fail. Students will examine pathophysiologic phenomena occurring in diverse populations across the life span.

MANAGING CARE OF ADULTS AND CLINICAL INTEGRATION SEMINAR
Focuses upon caring for and about adult clients in the acute care setting. Utilizing the nursing process, students integrate theory with practice: promoting each individual client’s achievement of optimal health and comfort. Emphasis on concept of wholeness, referring to the constant interactions of an individual’s biophysical, emotional, sociocultural, spiritual, and environmental dimensions. Basic course in basic clinical interventions used by the professional nurse including medication administration, client safety and mobility, pain assessment and management, wound care, measures to support gastrointestinal function, and urinary catheterization and care.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT, HEALTH PROMOTION AND TEACHING
Using principles of effective communication and the concepts of nursing, environment, person, and health, the student develops skill in performing heath assessment of well individuals throughout the lifespan from infancy to older adults. The course introduces the student to the nursing process, communication and interviewing techniques, health assessment, data collection for the nursing history, and accurate and concise documentation of findings.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT II
Introducing principles of health promotion and health teaching and building upon principles of basic health assessment, the student will continue to develop health assessment techniques on individuals within a continuum of health care settings.

HEALTHY AGING
This course builds on prior learning experiences to facilitate caring for an older adult client. This course will introduce students to the biopsychosocial, cultural, and ethnogeriatric, and political concepts of aging. The student applies knowledge of the nursing process, human development, theories of aging, and environmental factors to promote the client’s achievement of an optimal level of health and functioning across a continuum of health care settings.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Focus is on the application of advanced mental health nursing concepts in the care of clients (individuals, families, communities). Within a therapeutic interactive relationship, the student assesses the client’s mental health needs and provides comprehensive nursing care. Theories of mental health and mental illness will be selectively integrated with concepts of mental health nursing in a variety of settings, from the most restrictive to the least restrictive. This course may coordinate its clinical experiences with Community Health Nursing in order to help the student care for the client as part of a community.

MANAGING CARE OF ADULTS II AND CLINICAL INTEGRATION SEMINAR
Focuses on the nursing interventions directed toward the care of adult clients who have acute and chronic illnesses. Builds on the prior learning experiences and assists students to identify the health care needs of adult clients within the context of their families and communities. Intermediate course of clinical interventions used by professional nurses such as IV therapy, TPN, blood transfusion, central lines, oxygen therapy, wound and ostomy care, and measures supporting mobility. ABSN

MATERNITY NURSING
Students examine and practice the nursing role with ethnically diverse families in all phases of the childbearing process with an emphasis on the changes occurring in the biological, personal and social systems. The health needs of the childbearing family are studied from the perspective of the concepts of health and the teaching learning process. Clinical experiences are provided in hospital and community settings.

NURSING CARE OF INFANTS, CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Exploring the concepts of health and human development and using the nursing process, students will apply the nursing role in providing care to children and their families. Children’s health problems are examined within the context of the family, social and community systems, and interdisciplinary health care systems. Developmental differences in response to health promotion, screening and acute and chronic illness are emphasized.

NURSING LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, AND HEALTH POLICY
Students will focus on the role of the professional nurse as a leader in providing integrated, cost-effective care by coordinating, supervising, managing, and/or collaborating with members of the health care team. The role of the professional nurse as a leader and charge agent shaping policy at all levels is explored.

MANAGING CARE OF ADULTS III AND CLINICAL INTEGRATION SEMINAR
This course focuses on the nursing interventions directed toward the care of people who are crticially ill with life threatening illness. The content builds on the prior learning experiences of the students to assist them identify the biophysical/psycho-social needs of adult patients and their families within the context of life threatening multi-system life illness. Advanced clinical interventions used by professional nurses such as 12 lead EKG, parenteral nutrition, basic life support technologies are included.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Community Health is a synthesis of the practice of two disciplines: public health and nursing. This course focuses on the promotion and maintenance of health in selected settings with the culturally diverse families and the community as the units of analysis.

HOME HEALTH NURSING ELECTIVE
This course will be offered for students who wish to practice within the home health arena. Content and learning experience will be focused on care of ethnically diverse clients within their home, working with the interdisciplinary team and utilization of community resources. Students will be placed with preceptors for their clinical experience.

RURAL HEALTH NURSING ELECTIVE
This course is offered in conjunction with the Rural California Nursing Preceptorship Program. Designed to provide senior students with a planned opportunity to experience clinical nursing in a rural setting. This program coordinates placement of students in hospital and health care facilities and arranges low-cost room and board placement.

BASIC DYSRHYTHMIA ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT ELECTIVE
This course facilitates development of the learner’s knowledge and skills in basic cardiac dysrhythmia interpretation and management. Emphasis is placed on causes and hemodynamic effects of rhythm disorders, clinical assessment parameters, and nursing care of the patient. Concepts are reinforced through specific application to simulated client situations. The simulated situations assist the learner in the development of analytical thinking and synthesis of course content.

SENIOR SYNTHESIS
Course is designed to assist the student in synthesizing nursing theory/knowledge, and nursing therapeutics in a selected area of clinical practice. Using the nursing process, the student will provide culturally sensitive care that is increasingly self-directed, independent, and creative with the guidance and supervision of faculty and clinical nurse preceptors. The student will apply leadership and management principles to the clinical practice setting to further develop understanding of the professional nursing role.

SENIOR SYNTHESIS
This course assists the student in synthesizing nursing theory, knowledge and nursing therapeutics in his/her selected area of clinical practice. The student will provide nursing care that is increasingly self-directed and independent. Application of leadership and management principles will also be incorporated in the clinical setting.

NURSING WORK STUDY ELECTIVE
The work-study option provides the student with an opportunity for guided clinical practice of previously acquired nursing theory and skills in a variety of clinical settings. Working under the direct supervision of an RN preceptor employed by the clinical agency, the student plans, implements, and evaluates nursing care for a selected group of clients. The student works closely with the preceptor and a faculty representative to meet individualized learning objectives.

INTERNATIONAL NURSING ELECTIVE
A course focusing on nursing and health care in the global environment. Content and learning experience may relate to the study of nursing and health care in one or more communities/ countries outside the continental USA. Clinical experiences are designed to increase the student’s knowledge of aggregate health care and nursing problems in foreign countries and to improve the student’s ability to provide care to diverse clients in these settings.

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