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St. Ambrose University (Nursing Department)

The national demand for nurses in all areas is surpassing the number of professionals available. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that by the year 2010, there will be a need for 656,000 more nurses in the workforce then will be available.

Continuing the university's tradition of responding to the needs of the Quad City community and beyond, the St. Ambrose Nursing Department is pleased to offer an undergraduate program of study for a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) with a minor in biology and a master of science in nursing administration (MSN).

School name:St. Ambrose UniversityNursing Department
Address:518 W. Locust Street
Zip & city:IA 52803 Iowa

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Provides an introduction to topics baccalaureatenursing students will use as they progress through the nursing major. Prerequisite: Department approval required for non-majors. NURS 160. Nursing Interventions I 2 credits Introduces the entry-level student to basic concepts and interventions related to the practice of nursing. Legal/ethical considerations are explored in each content area. Allow 2 hours per week of lab time for practice.

Nursing Interventions II builds on and continues to develop the theory and skills related to nursing interventions. Observational experience for this course includes: medication administration by an RN, and a perioperative experience. Allow 2 hours per week of lab time for practice.

Provides a theoretical basis and assists the student to develop beginning skills in the performance of health and physical assessment. Utilizing nurses’ holistic approach, the student learns data collection techniques that include physical examination, interviewing, and obtaining a health history and cultural assessment. By the end of the course the student will be able to perform physical examination of the respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological and musculoskeletal systems. Focused head and neck and abdominal examination will be included. Additionally, the student will be able to teach breast and testicular self-examination. Allow 2 hours per week of lab time for practice.

Provides students with basic information about pathophysiologic mechanisms, manifestations of disease, treatment for specific diseases, and the body’s response to those treatments. The general organization of each alteration includes risk fac tors and epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and selected review of treatment.

Introduces the student to the physiological and psychosocial changes that occur in women and families during the childbearing period. Concepts related to the normal antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and care of the newborn will be addressed. Learning to be advocates for the woman and her family during the childbearing period will be important as students explore cultural, financial, ethical, legal, and political issues.

Applies growth and development principles with family systems theory to the assessment, intervention, and evaluation of outcomes in the pediatric patient across the continuum of care. Basic to the care of the pediatric patient, fundamental differences in the physiological and psychosocial aspects of the pediatric patient will be covered based on age, developmental norms, and disease processes. Learning to be advocates for the pediatric patient and the related family unit will be essential as students explore the familial, cultural, ethical, political and legal forces that impact children’s health.

Focuses on the theoretical and psychomotor skills related to nursing interventions that complement the content contained in the beginning family and developing family courses. Allow 2 hours per week of lab time for practice.

Utilizes a body systems approach and emphasizes critical thinking to identify nursing management of the adult experiencing various diseases and disorders. Focuses on the use of the nursing process in providing health promotion; and nursing management for acute and chronic illness in the adult population. Cultural and ethnic considerations, ethical and legal dilemmas, research and professional standards of practice are integrated throughout the course.

Nursing Interventions IV is a continuation of concepts and interventions related to the practice of nursing and focuses on more complex technical and communication skills. Allow 2 hours per week of lab time for practice.

Theoretical and practice-based overview of psychiatric/ mental health nursing. Employing a holistic foundation of nursing principles, a contextual overview is applied that includes neurobiological, socio-cultural, family ethical and legal perspectives. Examines the role of the nurse in varied settings throughout the community to include hospital and community based care. Examine principles used in the development of a therapeutic nurse-patient relationship. The student will be expected to use Internet sources for meeting course objectives.

Reviews and extends the study of the contributions of nurse theorists begun in Professional Role Development. Provides an overview of classification systems and taxonomic structures used to communicate the phenomena of concern for the discipline of nursing. Students explore current literature and practice related to the identification, development, and validation of: nursing diagnoses; nursing intervention and nursing outcome classifications; and nursing intervention and nursing outcome taxonomic structures. Other related topics include Nursing Diagnosis Extension Classification and Nursing Management Minimum Data Set.

An independent nursing project with permission of department chairperson to broaden the foundation of knowledge within the field of nursing. Supervision is assigned to a faculty member with expertise in an area of requested study. Student with an interest in any aspect of nursing can integrate information from several fields within nursing and focus on the question to be investigated.

Provides opportunities to apply the knowledge, skills, and values previously learned in nursing and general curricula to the care of adults in acute care settings. Students identify actual or potential alterations in health patterns and implement appropriate therapeutic nursing interventions that promote, maintain, and restore health of adults. Students apply critical thinking skills to plan, implement, and evaluate care and collaborate with multidisciplinary colleagues. Faculty provides 240 hours of clinical supervision in acute care and ambulatory settings. By course end students are expected to provide nursing care for a group of 3 to 5 adults with actual or potential health alterations.

Provides a foundational knowledge base for community- oriented nursing practice. The importance of a health promotion and disease prevention orientation is emphasized.

Designed to build on previous learning about the basic components of the research process. Analyzes the research process and focuses on critique and utilization of nursing research. Use of critical thinking skills enable the student to read, analyze, critique, and apply nursing research findings to clinical practice. Health services research, collaborative inquiry, and outcomes research also explored.

A comprehensive overview of issues related to older adults. Throughout the course there is emphasis on nursing diagnoses and interventions that are age and culturally appropriate. Interventions at all levels of prevention are presented to emphasize the importance of wellness and health promotion, as well as detection and treatment of disease, in the care of older adults.

National and International Nursing is designed to broaden the student’s view about nurses, nursing and health issues. Explores the role, function and impact of major national and international nursing organizations on the development of nursing. The relationship of the respective local and state nursing organizations to their parent organizations also will be explored. Selected issues that impact health at the national and international levels are identified. Students will develop a project that utilizes knowledge of political realities and cultural competence.

A culminating clinical experience that provides students with opportunities to synthesize knowl edge, skills, and values previously learned in nursing and general curricula in caring for individuals and families across the life span and in a variety of settings. In this clinical experience, students give evidence of mastering the skills related to: communication; critical thinking; decisionmaking; and management to plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive nursing care for individuals and families. In addition, students’ clinical performances reflect accountability, responsibility, and evidence of one’s value system for nursing practice and life-long learning. Faculty provide 480 hours of clinical supervision.

Built on the assumption that leading and managing is an integral part of professional nursing practice, either at the point of care or in a management position. Provides an overview of concepts relevant to contemporary leadership and management practices as well as principles related to managing the healthcare organization, its resources, the people comprising the nursing team, consumer relationships, and professional and personal resources.

The final course in the baccalaureate-nursing curriculum, stimulates students to analyze and evaluate a variety of trends and issues related to concepts and topics introduced in previous courses and to study the impact of these trends and issues on contemporary nursing practice. Concepts, topics, trends, and issues related to economic, political, social, cultural and professional aspects of health care delivery as well as history and development of nursing as a profession, legal and ethical accountability, and roles in developing a career in nursing and growing professionally will be studied.

Introduces to the student the important role of nutrition in health. Discusses the essential nutrients, their food sources, and the processes by which they are used by the body. Will explore varying nutrient needs and challenges throughout the life cycle and in altered states of health.

Introduces pharmacologic principles; drug classifications with examples of drugs within each classification; and nursing implications for drug actions, adverse effects, and selected interventions. Pharmacology and nursing management in a traditional body systems/drug function framework will be used. For each selected drug group, covers: mechanism of action; drug effects; therapeutic uses; side effects and adverse effects; toxicity and management of overdose; interactions; dosages; and nursing implications.

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