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Shenandoah University (Division of Nursing)




Since the 1960s, Shenandoah University has played an integral role in the education of nurses in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This rich tradition includes the provision of baccalaureate, and master degree nursing programs.

Students selecting SU, will find themselves in an innovative, community and clinically-based curriculum that will facilitate their professional development as practitioners.

Many faculty are currently practicing as nurses in their chosen specialty areas, making them particularly suited to give the student the most current and practical education available. In addition, the low student-to-faculty ratio allows faculty to spend valuable time with students, facilitating a personal touch lacking in so many larger schools of nursing.

The BSN and the MSN programs are accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

TRADITIONAL 4-YEAR PROGRAM

This is a traditional four-year program with nursing courses incorporated from the first semester. It was developed primarily for the student interested in a college experience, living on campus and fully participating in campus life. There also is an accelerated program for students who have completed general education requirements that can be completed in five semesters of full-time study.

The Division of Nursing offers an innovative approach toward obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The curriculum focuses on nursing in the first semester; allowing students to grasp the foundations of the profession early. The bio-psychosocial sciences are offered throughout the first and second years. A course in the art of nursing allows students the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of nursing to their developing new role. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum via interactive software. The program can be completed traditionally in four years with opportunities to work in health care during summers. This approach prepares the students for the State Board Licensing Examination and for entry level professional nurse positions.




School name:Shenandoah UniversityDivision of Nursing
Address:1775 North Sector Court
Zip & city:VA 22601 Virginia
Phone:540-678-4374
Web:http://www.su.edu/nursing/
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CAREER AND READINESS EXPERIENCES
This course is designed to provide the BSN and BSN transfer student a guide to skills and strategies essential for developing competence in professional nursing practice.

HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: HEALTH PROMOTION
This didactic course, offered in the classroom or online, introduces the student to the concepts basic to the promotion of health and wellness in individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan and continuum of care.The course focuses on self-knowledge, personal responsibility and appropriate use of resources to promote health and wellness in diverse populations. Special emphasis is on essential knowledge of the relationship of food, nutrition and health throughout the life span including sources of nutrients, functions, and utilization of food.

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING PRACTICE
This course introduces the student to nursing as a profession and the roles of the nurse as provider of care, coordinator of care and member of the profession. Students reflect on what attracted them to nursing, review the history of nursing and begin to understand the role of the nurse as a provider of care and a member of the health care team. Basic concepts of caring, health, the lived experience, humanity and human beings are addressed as well as the nurse’s role in wellness, illness and health care.The clinical component provides the student the opportunity to learn fundamental skills in the campus learning lab and to provide direct nursing care to individuals in selected health care settings.Three hours lecture plus three hours clinical per week.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course provides knowledge and skills necessary for performing a comprehensive health assessment. The course uses a multidimensional approach to assessing physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural aspects of well-being.The course provides the student with a foundation from which to build nursing assessment competencies and skills.

LPN TO BSN TRANSITION COURSE
This course assists the student in making the transition from the role of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to a professional Registered Nurse (RN) with a baccalaureate degree.The student is introduced to the knowledge skills, values and meanings associated with health promotion, individuals’ responses to common lived experiences associated with professional nursing. Emphasis is placed on nursing process, critical thinking, professionalism and pharmacology. Competence in basic conversions, dosage calculation and the clinical skills of vital signs, medication administration, sterile technique and Foley catheterization is assured in order to successfully complete this course.

HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
This didactic and clinical course assists the student to integrate and apply essential knowledge from biopsychosocial sciences associated with the individual’s emotional and behavioral responses to common lived experiences across the continuum of care throughout life. Common mental health lifespan issues along with psychiatric mental health disorders will be addressed.A major focus will be the nursing care that fosters a higher level of mental health function and enhanced life quality. Clinical sites will include hospital and community.

COMPETENCIES FOR NURSING PRACTICE
This course introduces the accelerated track nursing student to basic and intermediate competencies in nursing.These competencies are essential to providing direct nursing care to individuals across the lifespan with a variety of lived experiences.The course offers the student a classroom component that provides the theoretical basis for competencies and the opportunity to learn and demonstrate selected basic and intermediate competencies in the laboratory.

HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: ADULTS 1
The intent of this course is to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences in order to provide comprehensive nursing care of diverse patients with complex problems in fluid and electrolyte balance, oncology, pulmonary and cardiovascular function.

COMPETENCIES FOR NURSING PRACTICE I
This laboratory-based course builds upon basic skills learned in N 107 and introduces the student to intermediate competencies used in providing direct nursing care to individuals across the lifespan.

THEORY, REASONING AND RESEARCH IN NURSING
This course is designed to assist the student in developing knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experiences associated with theory, reasoning, and research utilization in nursing practice. Students will explore the relationships between language, meanings, and structure of theory, reasoning, and research. Also emphasized is the systematic and scientific investigation of speculative and established theory, which is essential to nursing knowledge development. Students will learn how to critically review and utilize evidence based theory and research in nursing practice.

HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
This course is designed to assist the student in the application of child health nursing knowledge, skills, values, and meanings in caring for infants, children and adolescents in the context of their families in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed on the use of the nursing process and critical thinking skills to provide individualized care congruent with age, stage of growth and development, health status, and professional standards.

HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: FAMILIES
This course prepares the student to design and deliver comprehensive nursing care to families across the lifespan and in varied settings. Emphasis is placed on issues relevant to the lived experiences of families.

HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: ADULTS II
This course facilitates the development of knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences in comprehensive nursing. Students will learn about and provide care for diverse patients with complex alterations in health. Systems covered include digestive and gastrointestinal function, metabolic and endocrine function, urinary tract infection and reproductive function.

HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: ADULTS III
The intent of this course is to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences in order to provide comprehensive nursing care for diverse patients with complex alterations in neurological, sensory, musculoskeletal, immunological and infectious alterations with health.

PALLIATIVE AND END OF LIFE CARE
This course introduces the student to the basic principles and concepts involved in palliative and end of life care.The role of the nurse is explored with emphasis on holistic care.The student will be prepared to provide symptom management, and pain control to the patient. Students will address ethical issues surrounding end of life care and various cultural issues for a diverse population. Students will gain knowledge, skills, values and meanings related to the chronically ill and/or dying patient.

SPIRITUALITY IN NURSING
This course will explore the relationship between spirituality and the practice of nursing.The course includes a historical perspective on spirituality and the healing arts as well as contemporary theological and spiritual approaches to the spirituality of nursing care. Students will study nursing theory and research related to concepts in spirituality and how to apply this to their nursing practice.The role of Parish Nursing will also be examined.The nurse’s own spiritual needs will be explored and potential spiritual support mechanisms will be identified. Although spirituality will be examined broadly, according to a variety of theologies, the primary orientation of the course content is derived from the Judaeo-Christian tradition.

COMPETENCIES FOR NURSING PRACTICE II
This course builds upon the previously learned basic nursing skills, including medication administration. The student continues to learn intermediate competencies in order to provide direct nursing care to individuals across the lifespan with a variety of lived experiences.

COMPETENCIES FOR NURSING PRACTICE III
This course builds upon the previously learned basic and intermediate nursing competencies. The student is introduced to advanced nursing competencies in order to provide direct nursing care to individuals across the lifespan with a variety of lived experiences.

ISSUES OF AGING
This course is designed to provide an in depth look at the knowledge, skills, values, and meanings associated with nursing of the elderly in a variety of settings.The impact of increasing numbers of elderly on health care delivery and other relevant issues will be discussed.

NURSING AND THE LAW
This course is designed to enhance knowledge, skills, values, and meanings associated with the legal system and improve nursing practice within legal boundaries. Emphasis is placed on the application of: legal parameters governing nursing practice, legal rights of patients/clients and legal components of interaction between nurse and patient/client, and related issues affecting nursing practice. Other topics to be discussed include medico-legal ethics, legal problem solving methods, and the legislative process.The course is structured in a manner that provides various teaching-learning methods to meet diverse student needs.

LIVING WITH GRIEF AND DEATH
This course is designed to explore values and meanings associated with death traditions of selected populations in America and the world. It will focus on an in-depth analysis of the psychosocial behaviors of persons experiencing dying or those interacting with someone who is dying.The stages of grieving will be analyzed. Attitudes and skills helpful in assisting the dying or those interacting with the dying will be explored with the hope that it will facilitate individual growth and acceptance of the grieving process.

EVOLUTION OF THE NURSING PROFESSION
The focus of this course is to review the history of nursing from its beginning to contemporary nursing.The class examines historical nursing leaders and events that influenced nursing and the development of the profession. Understanding nursing’s history helps one to understand the challenges nurses face today.

HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: COMMUNITIES
This course is designed to prepare students for contemporary community/public health nursing practice in a changing health care system. Students will apply the concepts of primary health care to the assessment, planning, and delivery of care to diverse families. Factors influencing the primary health care of communities and the impact of globalization, politics, socioeconomics, and environmental factors on the health vulnerability and resiliency of communities are examined.The concepts of community as partner, empowerment and healing, participatory research, and ecology are explored. Clinical experience will take place in a variety of community settings.

HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: CLINICAL ELECTIVE
This course provides the student with an opportunity to describe, integrate and demonstrate competencies pertaining to an area of practice available to the professional nurse.The didactic and clinical components of this course include advanced knowledge, skills, values and meanings needed to transition into a particular nursing specialty. Students will enroll in the clinical elective section of their choice.

REFLECTIONS ON THE ART OF NURSING
This course is designed to introduce the student to the art of nursing.The major focus will be on the impact of art on the healing process. Emphasis in this course will be on the written, verbal, performing, and visual arts.

NURSING ISSUES AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
This course is designed to synthesize previous knowledge and to prepare the student for entry into the work force as a baccalaureate prepared registered nurse. Activities include preparing for the interview process, completing resumes/professional portfolios, and career planning. Students will discuss contemporary nursing issues and trends and debate a controversial issue with their class peers.

LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
This course introduces the student to professional, ethical, and leadership concepts in nursing.The role of the professional nurse is analyzed with special emphasis on a management/leadership framework.Theory and principles in ethics that relate to nursing knowledge, skills, values, and meanings are introduced. Students will have the opportunity to apply ethical principles in simulated leadership and practice learning experiences.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER NURSING
This course explores and prepares the nurse for response to all types of disaster including natural, environmental, mass casualty, public health emergencies, terrorism, and bioterrorism.The course is designed to provide the nurse with the basic competencies in emergency preparedness and disaster nursing.

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CARE
This course provides students with the opportunity to discuss knowledge, skills, values, and meanings associated with international health care.The focus is on health care problems, health education and health care delivery systems in developing and transitioning countries. Students will identify health care problems and discuss approaches to meeting health needs for various populations in the developing/transitioning world. Students will become familiar with world-wide agencies working to promote health care and how governments are developing policy and providing health care within their political, economic, social and cultural contexts.The role of nursing and health care providers in promoting health and providing health care in the international community will be discussed.This is a seminar course utilizing discussion, inquiry and exploration of international health care and delivery systems. Students will be expected to research selected developing/transitioning countries and global health care problems.

CONCEPTS IN HIGH ACUITY NURSING
Concepts in High Acuity Nursing is designed for students who are interested in exploring advanced theoretical concepts that form the basis of acute care nursing practice. Students will be assisted in obtaining knowledge, skills, values and meanings of these theoretical concepts through a combination of lecture, case study, videos, computer programs, individual oral presentations and working with selected equipment.

INTRODUCTION TO PARISH NURSING
Parish nursing is an interfaith, holistic, independent nursing practice in a church setting. It is the intent of this course to present knowledge, skills, values, and meanings for practice as a parish nurse.Theoretical and practical issues from a nursing and theological perspective will be explored.

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN NURSING
The intent of this course is to explore complementary therapies that can enhance nursing care.The course will explore the historical use of complementary therapies, as wall as related risks, benefits and socialization issues.

COMPUTER APPLICATION IN HEALTH CARE
The focus of this course is on knowledge, skills, values, and meanings associated with application of computer technology within health care systems. Students will explore these applications within the context of communication and health care practice, research, education and administration. Historical, legal and ethical issues and related roles and responsibilities concerning computer technology will be explored.

SELECTED TOPICS IN NURSING
This independent study course is designed to allow students to scientifically explore selected problems or issues in nursing and/or health care under the direction of a nursing faculty member.

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