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Simmons College (School for Health Studies )




The coeducational School for Health Studies was established in July 1989, underscoring Simmons’s commitment to the preparation of students for positions of leadership in health care. The School brings together the College’s health-related programs in health care administration, nutrition, physical therapy, and primary health care nursing, in addition to the post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship Program in nutrition. In 2001, the School was realigned to include the undergraduate programs in nursing, physical therapy and nutrition. In 2002, the name was changed to the School for Health Studies to reflect the inclusion of undergraduate and graduate teaching. Further information about these undergraduate programs is available at www.simmons.edu. The School’s goal is to prepare individuals for clinical and administrative leadership positions in a rapidly changing health care environment. Its programs are committed to educating students to be sensitive to human needs in terms of access and quality of health care, and to also understand the organizational, institutional, and policy constraints that dominate the health care system. Because it incorporates both clinical and administrative programs in one organization, the School is uniquely positioned to respond to the critical need for well-prepared health care professionals, to enhance the opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation, and to expand the resources available to faculty, graduate students, and the health care community.

SHS students benefit from the College’s location in Boston. The city is one of the world’s largest medical centers, with more than seventy hospitals, dozens of health centers, and hundreds of other health care-related organizations. These countless resources, combined with Boston’s equally distinguished high technology and research institutions, provide excellent learning experiences and career opportunities for students in health-related programs. At 300 The Fenway, Simmons is located in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area, neighbor to the Harvard medical, dental, and public health schools and in close proximity to noted medical institutions such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital.

MISSION

The Simmons College Nursing program supports the college mission by educating professional nurses to assume roles in clinical practice, leadership, advocacy, scholarship and health care policy. Simmons College graduate nurses provide expert, compassionate care adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards to client populations in all health care settings.

PHILOSOPHY

The faculty of the Nursing Program believes that a liberal education is essential for the development of professional nursing practice in a culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse community. The quality of this practice is enhanced by and dependent on knowledge acquired from the liberal arts and sciences. The process as well as the content of the liberal education is fundamental to the development of critical thinking, decision-making and communication skills, as well as facilitating the individual student's development of an appreciation of the global society. The faculty believes that learning is a unique lifelong process, moving from the simple to the more complex, and encompassing the domains which the learner integrates and utilizes in her/his growth as a professional nurse. Growth is evidenced as the learner gains an understanding of the profession of nursing by acquiring knowledge in each of these domains.



School name:Simmons CollegeSchool for Health Studies
Address:300 The Fenway
Zip & city:MA 02115-5898 Massachusetts
Phone:617-521-2605
Web:http://www.simmons.edu/shs/academics/nursing/
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NURSING PROCESS AND SKILLS
Introduces the art and science of nursing in both the classroom and the nursing skills laboratory. Teaches fundamental nursing process theory, skills, and techniques to provide the student with the foundations for nursing practice. Examines the nursing process as an organizing framework for professional nursing practice using the case study method.

VARIANCES IN HEALTH PATTERNS OF ADULTS AND ELDERS I
Introduces the concepts of functional health patterns that optimize health of individuals, families, and communities. Utilizes the nursing process in the identification of all functional health patterns of clients who as individuals and aggregates are vulnerable and at risk for variance. Provides opportunities to implement fundamental nursing care in subacute care and community settings.

INTEGRATION OF PHARMACOLOGY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY: PERSPECTIVES FOR NURSES
Focuses on the pharmacological and pathophysiological applications necessary for individual patient needs. Uses a systems approach to cover topics including specific drugs, classifications, side effects, and interactions with other therapies.

VARIANCES IN HEALTH PATTERNS OF ADULTS AND ELDERS II
Applies the concepts of the bio-psycho-social-cultural- developmental-spiritual sciences in developing, implementing, and evaluating nursing interventions for the adult and geriatric client experiencing variances in functional health patterns. Emphasizes health management and metabolic patterns. Provides opportunities within a systems framework to deliver nursing care with increased depth, complexity, and independence to adult and elderly clients in acute care settings.

VARIANCES IN HEALTH PATTERNS OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Applies the concepts of the bio-psycho-social-cultural- developmental-spiritual sciences in developing, implementing, and evaluating nursing interventions for the childbearing family experiencing variances in functional health patterns. Emphasizes health management and sexuality/reproduction. Includes clinical experiences encompassing care of the high-risk and acutely and chronically ill young family in both acute and community settings.

VARIANCES IN HEALTH PATTERNS OF THE CHILDREARING FAMILY
Students will apply the concepts of bio-psychosocial- cultural-developmental-spiritual sciences in developing, implementing, and evaluating nursing interventions for children and families. Using the functional health patterns as a framework, this course focuses on application of the nursing process with emphasis on nursing diagnosis and outcomes. The course addresses the integration of family and community as key concepts in health management. Clinical experiences will include care of the acutely and chronically ill child while employing a family-centered approach.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Assessment is an integral skill in nursing care. In this course, students learn the components of a comprehensive health history and interviewing techniques. The approach to physical examination of all body systems will be presented in class. The motor skills necessary to perform a complete physical examination will be demonstrated and practiced in the laboratory. At the end of the semester, students will demonstrate a complete physical examination on laboratory partners.

NURSING CARE OF INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES
Provides an overview of theoretical concepts related to community-based health care and family health. Applies concepts of health, health assessment, and therapeutic communication and interviewing within the context of the family and c o m m u n i t y. Focuses on assisting the student in the development of nursing skills necessary to promote health of families and communities. Gives attention to awareness of diversity, cultural s e n s i t i v i t y, and knowledge to enable the students to provide culturally competent nursing care.

VARIANCES IN HEALTH PATTERNS OF CLIENTS WITH PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL ILLNESS
Uses the concepts of the bio-psycho-social-cultural- developmental-spiritual sciences in developing, implementing, and evaluating nursing interventions for the client experiencing variances in functional health patterns related to psychiatric mental illness. Applies knowledge of functional health patterns that form the basis for the delivery of nursing care to those across the life span. Offers clinical experiences in in-patient and community psychiatric/mental health settings.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Offers an individualized opportunity to study an issue or topic relevant to the theory and/or practice of nursing. Utilizes library research, clinical research, or analysis of advanced clinical practice.

NURSING RESEARCH
Provides an opportunity to integrate knowledge and principles from general education, nursing education, and nursing practice to issues of relevance to the nursing profession. Fa c i l i t a t e s professional role transition through examination of nursing’s history, educational programs, roles, legal issues, ethical concerns, health policy, concepts in research, and the health care delivery system. Stresses independent learning, selfdirection, and understanding of group interaction in the teaching-learning process through problembased learning.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN THE CLINICAL SETTING
Focuses on the leadership and management role of the nurse in a precepted direct clinical experience. Assists students to become effective organizational members assuming professional responsibility in a field-based internship. Encourages self-actualization, independent learning, self-direction, and understanding of group interaction in the teaching- learning process through weekly seminars. Helps students to evolve as nursing professionals as they transition to future employees and future managers. Explores leadership and management t h e o r y, critical thinking, nursing concepts, and personal/ professional development within clinical experience and in a written project. Uses clinical seminars to increase knowledge and understanding of visionary leadership, management, communication, strategies for delegation, conflict resolution, and quality control while in direct clinical practice.

CLINICAL DECISION-MAKING
Focuses on the synthesis of nursing knowledge required to care for the patient and family with complex nursing needs. Centers on nursing care of patients across the life span but emphasizes the adult and geriatric patient. Assimilates previously learned information to add the depth and breadth necessary to provide holistic care for patients and families in challenging health care circumstances. Requires independent preparation and critical thinking for the synthesis and acquisition of new understandings, which will serve as a model for the ongoing professional development of the nurse as a lifelong learner.

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