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Southern Arkansas University (Department of Nursing)




Welcome to Southern Arkansas University’s Nursing Program. We, the faculty, feel you have selected the most challenging, rewarding and versatile career available today.

We believe that a Nurse is one who possesses considerable knowledge of the basic physical, biological, behavioral, and medical sciences, plus the ability and skill to apply this knowledge in caring for patients with common nursing problems. This requires decision-making ability and sound judgment.

We dedicate our time and effort to offer you those experiences that will assist you in reaching this goal. The learning experiences will be available; it is your responsibility to take advantage of them.

SAU provides equal educational opportunities for all and this policy is fully implemented in all programs according to University guidelines.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Department of Nursing at Southern Arkansas University supports the mission statement, goals and objectives of the University. The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide students with opportunities for intellectual growth, cultivation of skills for critical thinking and communication and skill development for career preparation in a global environment. The Department of Nursing is committed to meeting regional health care needs by preparing graduates who demonstrate competency as health care practitioners.

PHILOSOPHY
The Department of Nursing clearly differentiates two types of nursing programs. They are:
• Associate degree nursing education prepares the graduate to function as an entry level registered nurse providing direct care to persons as individuals and members of a family/groups in a structured and unstructured health care setting.
• Baccalaureate nursing education prepares the graduate for entry into professional practice as a generalist who cares for persons as individuals, members of a family/groups, and as communities in both structured and unstructured health care settings.



School name:Southern Arkansas UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:100 E. University, 117 Wharton
Zip & city:AR 71754-9406 Arkansas
Phone:(870) 235-4365
Web:http://www.saumag.edu/academics/science_and_technology/nursing/
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CLINICAL CALCULATIONS
Introduces drug calculation methods (ratio & proportion, basic formula, fractional equation, and dimensional analysis) and basic skills needed to accurately and effectively calculate drug dosages. Fall, spring semester.

CARE OF THE NON-ACUTE INDIVIDUAL
Focuses on the human needs of the individual throughout the life span using the nursing process. Beginning nursing students are in the clinical area providing care for patients in hospitals and nursing homes in the area, using clinical skills and knowledge gained in the classroom setting.

WOMEN’S HEALTH
Focuses on women’s health throughout the child-bearing cycle in relation to individuals and families using the nursing process

LPN TO RN NURSING TRANSITION
Facilitates the entry of licensed practical nurses into the second level of the Associate Degree Nursing curriculum by incorporating concepts from Care of the Non-Acute Individual and Women’s Health.

MEDICAL/SURGICAL I
Relates to nursing care of adult individuals treated primarily by medical/surgical intervention using the nursing process.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Integrates concepts and skills from a variety of nursing topics to build a broader foundation for the nursing program. Enrollment must be preapproved by Department Chair.

CARE OF THE CHILD
Emphasizes a family-centered approach to the care of the child using the nursing process.

MEDICAL/SURGICAL II
Relates to nursing care of adult individuals treated primarily by medical/surgical intervention using the nursing process.

CARE OF THE INDIVIDUAL’S MENTAL HEALTH
Focuses on the communication and care of individuals using the nursing process. Emphasizes psychiatric disorders impacting an individual’s ability to function in personal life, family, and society.

PHARMACOLOGY I
Focuses on health promotion through medication monitoring and patient education.

PHARMACOLOGY II
Focuses on health promotion through medication monitoring and patient education. Fall, spring semesters.

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
Validates previous assessment skills obtained at the Associate Degree level as well as builds a broader foundation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to perform a thorough, accurate, and professional client assessment.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Designed to provide a theoretical basis for community health nursing and public health practice with individuals, families, and communities.

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH
Introduces the student to basic knowledge of the research in nursing; major focus involves the review and critique of published nursing research.

THE BUSINESS OF HEALTH CARE
Focuses on the business aspects of the health care delivery systems.

GLOBAL HEALTH CARE
To provide individuals seeking a position in the health care industry a better understanding of global health care.

NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Explores the role of the baccalaureate nurse in using leadership and management theories, and organizational structure as frameworks for managing the delivery of nursing care for individuals and families/groups.

ADVANCED ADULT HEALTH NURSING
Implementation of the baccalaureate role in diverse health care settings with emphasis on providing evidence-based, accessible, collaborative, affordable, and personalized care using the nursing/research process.

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