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Spalding University (School of Nursing)




HISTORY

Established in 1933 as the first baccalaureate program in nursing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the School of Nursing at Spalding University remains a leader in assuring excellence in nursing practice through innovation in nursing education. The rich heritage of seven decades of nursing education coupled with high educational standards and a commitment to learning and service with others has positioned its more that 2,500 graduates for serving the well and the sick in hospitals, special care facilities, schools, community agencies and the military, to name just a few. The School of Nursing has placed graduates as managers and leaders in health care, health care ethics, public policy, and health care systems, as well as advanced practice nurses, throughout the state of Kentucky, across the United States and abroad.

MISSION STATEMENT

The School of Nursing embraces the mission statement of Spalding University. Building on liberal education competencies, the mission of the School is the following:
To prepare graduates to competently appraise wellness-illness and apply the concept of change in nursing practice;

To prepare graduates who demonstrate competence in leadership, communication, critical thinking, research, cultural
competence, teaching/learning, and health care management for persons in a variety of health care settings;

To foster caring as a characteristic of graduates; To promote professionalism and ethical behavior as an individual responsibility of the graduate.




School name:Spalding UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:851 South Fourth Street
Zip & city:KY 40203 Kentucky
Phone:502-585-9911
Web:http://www.spalding.edu/content.aspx?id=2084&cid=162
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School of Nursing Courses


NURSING SUCCESS
This course focuses on strategies to facilitate students' success in the undergraduate nursing program. Concepts on effective study skills, critical thinking and test-taking skills are introduced. Instructions in basic calculations of oral and intramuscular dosages are also introduced.

FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Focuses on the basic principles and concepts of professional nursing practice. The philosophy of nursing at Spalding University and the components of the curriculum are introduced and applied to nursing practice. Clinical practicum is provided in on-campus laboratories and/or selected community agencies.

RESEARCH IN HEALTH SCIENCES
Students will develop skills related to becoming consumers of research as applicable to practice in the health sciences. The course is designed to assist consumers of research in evaluating the adequacy of research findings in terms of their scientific merit and potential for utilization. Emphasizes developing abilities to interpret research reports and assist in scientific investigations. A thorough and comprehensive critique of research reports will be included.

RESEARCH FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
Students will develop skills related to becoming consumers of research as applicable to practice in the health sciences. The course is designed to assist consumers of nursing research in evaluating the adequacy of research findings in terms of their scientific merit and potential for utilization. Emphasizes developing abilities to interpret research reports and assist in scientific investigations. A thorough and comprehensive critique of a research reports will be included.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Focuses on the assessment phase of the nursing process. The student develops history taking and physical assessment skills to evaluate individuals across the lifespan. Clinical practicum is provided in on-campus laboratories and/or selected community agencies.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Focuses on the assessment phase of the nursing process. The student develops history taking and physical assessment skills to evaluate individuals across the lifespan. Clinical practicum is provided in on-campus laboratories and/or selected community agencies.

NUTRITION ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
Studies the interrelationships among nutrients, food, and the human body throughout the life cycle. Emphasis is placed on the application of this knowledge to both personal and professional life and in the management of care of clients from infancy through old-age. Required of students in the baccalaureate programs in nursing.

HEALTH PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and the wellness continuum across the lifespan. After an exploration of overall concepts, the effects of stress, nutrition, exercise and holistic therapies on health are studied. The course concludes with an intensive look at the health promotion and development needs of the infant, toddler, preschooler, school-aged, adolescent, young adult, middle adult and older adult populations.

ADULT HEALTH I
Utilizes the nursing process, nursing intervention classification, and nursing outcome competencies to examine selected alterations in health. The student is prepared to care for clients with basic and common health problems in diverse health care settings. The clinical practicum is conducted in campus laboratories and selected community agencies.

MATERNAL-NEWBORN NURSING
Emphasizes family-centered nursing care of the childbearing family. Through a combination of preventative, maintenance, and restorative nursing measures, the needs of the childbearing family are met. The student is provided with an array of opportunities to implement nursing care to childbearing families and to look at developmental, family, applicable research findings. Viewing the family as part of the community is incorporated throughout the course and practicum.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN
Emphasizes family-centered nursing care of the childrearing family through a combination of preventative, maintenance, and restorative nursing measures. The student is provided with multiple opportunities to implement nursing care to childrearing families and to look at developmental, family, and applicable research findings.

ADULT HEALTH II
Focuses on the nursing care of the adult with special emphasis on chronic illness. Nursing diagnosis, nursing intervention classification, and nursing outcome competencies are utilized in the identification, assessment, intervention, and evaluation of problems/needs. Through a combination of preventative, maintenance, and restorative nursing measures, the needs of adults and their families are met. The clinical practicum will be conducted in acute, chronic, and home healthcare settings.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING
Addresses the physiologic actions of major classes of drugs, therapeutic, and nursing implications of pharmaco-therapeutics. This course is structured to be an in-depth study of nursing pharmacology and is taken within the junior year of the nursing program. Must be successfully completed prior to senior level courses. Sophomore and visiting students may enroll on a space available basis.

HUMAN DISORDERS
This course is a comprehensive examination of abnormal physiological conditions experienced by individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the physiological changes that occur with the onset of illness, including risk factors, contributing causes for these changes, and methods used to correct or prevent these changes. The knowledge within this course supports content from other nursing courses and serves as a basis for the practice of professional nursing.

NURSING CAPSTONE: PORTFOLIO
This course is designed to develop in nursing students an opportunity to learn by experience while performing services within the community. By selecting service activities that influence the health of the community, students are able to transfer knowledge obtained in the classroom to real social needs.

LEADERSHIP DIMENSIONS IN HEALTHCARE (RNS ONLY)
Theoretically prepares the student to function within a leadership/ management role. Current theories of leadership, management, and change are examined with respect to nursing practice.

LEADERSHIP DIMENSIONS IN HEALTHCARE: CLINICAL (RNS ONLY)
Provides a clinical component that focuses on the development and application of innovative and creative approaches to nursing practice. Students will be expected to conceive and carry out a leadership project in a selected healthcare setting.

ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING : CAPSTONE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE (RNS ONLY)
Consists of a culminating clinical course that focuses on the application of the concepts of family and family systems. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to function independently in a self-selected healthcare setting. The student will work collaboratively with the faculty to design a learning experience that will enhance their professional growth.

CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING IN NURSING
This course serves as a capstone experience for pre-licensure students in the final session of the Nursing Program. During this course, students will complete the National Council of State Board of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) On-line Review Course. Students along with the course facilitator will develop and implement a personalized study plan for academic success. Results from standardized diagnostic tests will be used to further guide the implementation of the study plan. This is a pass/fail course.

ADULT HEALTH III
Designed to introduce the student to the complex health needs of the adult. Nursing diagnosis, nursing intervention classification, and nursing outcome competencies are utilized within the clinical area. Clinical experiences are conducted within emergent, acute, secondary, and tertiary care settings across the community. The clinical experience is designed to allow the student to select an individual specialized track. Students care for clients in acute and home healthcare situations in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to provide teaching and case management.

ADULT HEALTH IV
Designed to introduce the student to the complex health needs of the adult. Nursing diagnosis, nursing intervention classification, and nursing outcome competencies are utilized within the clinical area. Clinical experiences are conducted within emergent, acute, secondary, and tertiary care settings across the community. The clinical experience is designed to allow the student to select an individual specialized track. Students care for clients in acute and home healthcare situations in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to provide teaching and case management.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and the health maintenance needs of aggregates in populations. Emphasis is placed on application of nursing process, case management, and health teaching for groups of clients in a variety of community agencies. A major focus of the course will be to participate in community assessments and establishment of statistical databases to promote analysis and development of interventions to achieve positive outcomes for change. Analysis of the acceptability, availability, and accessibility of needed services to improve the health status of aggregates and to identify barriers to healthcare will be studied.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and the health maintenance needs of aggregates in populations. Emphasis is placed on application of nursing process, case management, and health teaching for groups of clients in a variety of community agencies. A major focus of the course will be to participate in community assessments and establishment of statistical databases to promote analysis and development of interventions to achieve positive outcomes for change. Analysis of the acceptability, availability, and accessibility of needed services to improve the health status of aggregates and to identify barriers to healthcare will be studied.

DIMENSIONS OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Provides an overview of selected theories of human behavior which guide the nursing care of people across the lifespan who are on various points of the mental health-mental illness continuum. Emphasis is placed on the therapeutic use of self in the application of the nursing process. The student has opportunities to participate as a member of the interdisciplinary mental health team and to provide nursing care to individuals who have acute and/or severely disabling mental disorders. Clinical experience is provided in both public and private, acute and community mental health facilities.

SEMINAR IN HEALTHCARE ISSUES
This theory course identifies current trends and issues impacting the profession of nursing and the overall healthcare environment. Topics will specifically concentrate on the legal, ethical, economic, and political issues impacting the delivery of healthcare. Students will critically analyze selected issues and their effects on nursing and healthcare.

ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
This course is designed for students to explore the role of the nurse in the health care delivery system, to apply leadership and management skills in the clinical setting and to analyze contemporary issues affecting nursing practice. Students apply critical thinking skills in the synthesis of knowledge from sciences, humanities, religious studies, nursing and related fields to begin to develop their own professional and career vision and goals.

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