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South Dakota State University (College of Nursing)




The College of Nursing has a well-earned reputation in South Dakota and across the nation for high quality education, cutting edge nursing expertise, leadership, and service.

A strong emphasis in liberal studies provides the foundation for your nursing education. The emphasis upon liberal education also provides opportunities to study with students from a variety of other disciplines.

MISSION

The mission of the College of Nursing is the education of nurses and other health care professionals who influence the health and quality of life in the state, region and nation. This mission is accomplished through:
* recruitment and retention of students that reflect a qualified, diverse student body.
* preparation of graduates who are internationally competitive, globally informed, communication-able, change -able and socially responsible.
* research to improve nursing and health care.
* provision of expertise to consumers, providers and health systems.

PHILOSOPHY

The College of Nursing, an integral component of South Dakota State University, contributes significantly to the tripartite mission of the University through faculty commitment to education through teaching/advising, research/creative activity and service.

UNDERGRADUATE NURSING

The Undergraduate Nursing Program at South Dakota State University is a four year nursing program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Nursing. Any student accepted for study by SDSU is eligible to enroll in the pre-nursing program.

Pre-nursing requirements are usually completed in three semesters followed by five semesters of nursing courses. Although some students graduate after eight semesters of full-time study, others may choose to take longer to complete the program because of other responsibilities that make it difficult for them to be full-time students.

In 1998, a new undergraduate nursing curriculum was instituted. It was designed to meet the challenging health care opportunities and to provide students with experience in a wider diversity of practice settings.

The new nursing curriculum better prepares SDSU nursing students for the future of health care. Together with a strong nursing curriculum and qualified faculty, the graduates of SDSU will continue to have exceptional employment opportunities throughout the next decade.

The College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). SDSU graduates continue to score above the national average on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). As a result, regional and national demand for our baccalaureate prepared nurses continues to be strong.

At the Main Campus in Brookings, South Dakota, all pre-nursing courses are offered at South Dakota State University. Students are admitted to the nursing program when they have successfully completed the pre-nursing program requirements. Admission into the nursing program on the Main Campus occurs in the Spring and Fall.



School name:South Dakota State UniversityCollege of Nursing
Address:Box 2275
Zip & city:SD 57007 South Dakota
Phone:(605) 688-4098
Web:http://www3.sdstate.edu/Academics/CollegeOfNursing/
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MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY Study of definition and use of medical terms common to many health-related disciplines. Enrollment limited to freshmen and sophomores, or with permission of the instructor. PROFESSIONAL NURSING Introduction to the profession of nursing within the context of a changing healthcare system. The professional nursing values of human dignity, altruism, integrity, autonomy, and social justice are explained with emphasis on human dignity. The professional nursing roles of provider of care, TRANSITION TO BS IN NURSING Introduces the RN student to the nature of baccalaureate nursing education. Students participate in self-assessment of strengths within the various professional nursing roles. Includes an overview of the curriculum concepts as applied to RN education as well as an overview of The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice document with related values and concepts. Includes an introduction to nursing informatics as a tool for lifelong learning. HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTIONS Introduces health assessment skills and selected nursing interventions at the novice nursing student level. Emphasis is on the role of nurse as provider of care and a member of the profession. PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION Focus is on communication skills essential to the profession of nursing. Emphasis is placed on professional communication of the nurse with clients and colleagues. HEALTH PROMOTION Focus on health with an emphasis on the role of the nurse in health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention. PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES II This course is a continuation of professional role development with emphasis on the role of member of a profession. The professional value of integrity or acting in accordance within an appropriate code of ethics and accepted standards of practice is the value central to the course. The concepts of role socialization and ethics are explored. INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND POPULATION-BASED NURSING Focuses on an introduction to public health and population-based nursing care. Public health principles are applied to the health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention needs of clients. Clinical application occurs with children and adults in community settings. INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY This course covers topics which will provide a current understanding of the major disease processes across the lifespan. The course will lay the foundation for the study of pharmacological mechanisms of action of drugs and their rational clinical use. Of interest will be the linkage of relevant modern biology to the different disease states, attention to gender differences, especially regarding epidemiology and pathological changes, and the integration of health promotion and disease prevention, by emphasizing risk factors, nutritional requirements, and other relevant therapeutic practices. BEGINNING NURSING CARE OF THE CLIENT WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS Focuses on nursing core knowledge and core competencies to provide beginning nursing care to clients with health problems. Clinical application occurs with adult and older adult clients experiencing health problems. FAMILY HEALTH ENVIRONMENTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN Focuses on the application of nursing knowledge and competencies in the nursing care of clients with predictable outcomes in a variety of environments. NURSING IN THE COMMUNITY Community aspects of planning for health needs. Designed for non-credit or variable assignment of credits. May include some practice. Professional Perspectives III This course is a continuation of professional role development with emphasis on the role of provider of care. The professional value of autonomy or a patient’s right to self-determination is the value central to this course. Nursing informatics and legal considerations of practice are explored. Quantitative nursing research is emphasized. NURSING CARE OF THE CLIENT WITH MEDICAL-SURGICAL HEALTH PROBLEMS Focuses on the application of nursing knowledge and competencies to provide nursing care to clients experiencing health problems. FAMILY AS CLIENT: EMERGING AND DEVELOPING Focuses on the application of nursing knowledge and competencies regarding childbearing and family health to provide nursing care to individuals and families. FAMILY AND COMMUNICATION This course focuses on communication as an intervention with family as client. The student will be exposed to major family and communication theories. Emphasis is on holistic family assessment and interventions. The professional value of “Autonomy” or the patient’s right to self-determination is the value-based behavior central to this course. HEALTH ASSESSMENT, CLINICAL DECISION-MAKING AND NURSING INTERVENTIONS This course concentrates on the deliberative process utilized by the baccalaureate prepared nurse. The course will build upon the assessment intervention skills acquired in the student’s previous education and will emphasize clinical decision making and use of research based interventions. Includes a practicum component in which the nursing process is applied to families and clients across the age continuum in the home setting. The professional value of “Human Dignity” or respect for the inherent worth and uniqueness of individuals and populations is value-based behavior central to this course. PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES IV This course is a continuation of professional role development with emphasis on the role of designer/manager/coordinator of care. The professional value of altruism or concern for the welfare and well being of others is the value central to this course. The concepts of case management, managed care, critical paths and variance analysis are emphasized. Quantitative nursing research methodology is further explored. ADVANCED NURSING CARE OF THE CLIENT WITH MEDICAL-SURGICAL HEALTH PROBLEMS Expands on previous nursing knowledge and competencies to provide advanced nursing care to clients with complex health problems. COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING Introduces the RN to the concept of community as client by examining community health issues and the role of nursing in providing care to populations. Emphasis is on community assessment, health education, program planning and evaluation. Practice experiences will include rural and/or urban community settings. The professional value of “Altruism” or concern for the welfare and well being of others is the value-based behavior central to this course. NURSING CARE OF THE CLIENT WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS Focuses on the application of nursing knowledge and competencies to provide nursing care to clients experiencing mental health problems LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT This course focuses on three areas: management theory, leadership theory and political and economic issues within professional nursing practice. Resource management, change theory, organization and other group behavior will be discussed. Conflict resolution, negotiation, and group process skills are also addressed. The professional value of “Social Justice” or upholding moral, legal, and humanistic principles is the value-based behavior central to this course. PREPARATION FOR RN LICENSURE This course is designed to assist nursing students with preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEXRN) Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). Students will answer test questions and discuss rationale for the answers using a cooperative learning group approach to prepare for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES V This course prepares the student for entry into professional nursing practice. Professional role development continues with emphasis on role synthesis. The professional value of social justice or upholding moral, legal and humanistic principles is the value central to this course. The concepts of leadership and delegation are emphasized. Qualitative nursing research is explored. Barriers and facilitators to nursing research utilization are analyzed. NURSING RESEARCH AND NURSING THEORY Prepares the baccalaureate nurse to analyze, critique, and apply nursing research in a practice environment and to utilize selected nursing theories. Various models of research utilization will also be presented and discussed. The professional value of “Integrity” or acting in accordance with an appropriate code of ethics and accepted standards of practice is the valuebased behavior central to this course. COMMUNITY AS CLIENT Focuses on application of the nursing process to the community as client. Clinical experiences occur with groups, communities, aggregates and populations. COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN HEALTH CARE Capabilities and limitations of computers; basic concepts and principles of system organization and operation; application of computer programs in health diagnosis, treatment and facilities operations; teaching, continuing education and research. Open to upper division undergraduate students.



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