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Stony Brook University (School of Nursing)




The School of Nursing is one of five professional schools at the University's Health Sciences Center. The school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and offers full- and part-time educational opportunities in preparation for professional nursing practice.

The school offers two degree programs. A Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree for nurses to continue their education by preparing for advanced practice as nurse practitioners or Nurse Midwives. Post Masters Certificate and Masters Completion options are available. Clinical experiences are currently offered in approximately three hundred sites throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. These include our own Stony Brook University Medical Center .

MISSION

The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide accessible high quality undergraduate, graduate, and related nursing education to geographically dispersed students through innovative programs that reflect current trends and promote professional growth.
PHILOSOPHY

Nursing education is based on a commitment to meet the health care needs of a complex and culturally diverse society. Such education begins with a comprehensive understanding of human interaction with the environment through a synthesis of the arts, sciences, humanities, and life experience. Faculty believe that education is a shared undertaking wherein the faculty are facilitators and the learners are active participants in knowledge development. Ongoing data collection, evaluation, and change based on sound rationale are inherent components of the educational program.

Faculty believe that nurses must be able to facilitate change in the world's evolving health care environment through communication, negotiation, and leadership. Graduates are prepared to provide patient care, recognizing its contextual nature and to adapt evidence-based guidelines to novel circumstances through analytical skills. Faculty believe that professional nursing practice involves a systematic process of data collection, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, evaluation, and ethical sensitivity based upon a sound body of knowledge. The role of the professional nurse is multifaceted and innovative, requiring competencies in primary, secondary, and tertiary care for participation in a wide variety of settings. Cultural competence and scientific competence are integrated in nursing action.

The philosophy that guides baccalaureate education also guides graduate education. Faculty believe that nurses must be prepared for complex roles in which they function as direct providers of health care and participate as managers, consultants, educators, and researchers. Relationships among faculty, other clinical experts, preceptors and students facilitate the integration of theory, research and clinical application in the curriculum. Nursing education at Stony Brook reflects the reality of practice while preparing students with the knowledge to provide, reform and direct healthcare across a variety of settings.

GOALS

* Educate a diverse population of students for professional nursing practice in a variety of settings.
* Provide educational access to geographically dispersed students through innovative programs and evolving technologies.
* Contribute to the scholarly development of the profession through integration of theory, research, and clinical practice.
* Provide an educational foundation to promote cultural competence, ethical sensitivity, leadership and life-long learning.
* Prepare for global improvement of health care through individual, collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts.
* Provide an environment and infrastructure that supports faculty teaching, scholarship, service and practice.
* Provide a mechanism for continuous program assessment, evaluation, and improvement.

BASIC BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM

The nursing curriculum concentrated in the upper division years, leads to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. Students enter the program having completed two years of general education, either at the State University of New York at Stony Brook or another comparable institution.

The upper division nursing major draws on the lower-division prerequisite courses from the humanities and the natural and social sciences as a means of assisting the student to gain comprehensive knowledge of individuals and their responses to actual or potential health problems. Students are provided learning experiences focused on individuals, families, groups and communities. In addition, students are exposed to various models of professional nursing and health care. Stony Brook University Hospital is utilized as a clinical site along with various other settings.



School name:Stony Brook UniversitySchool of Nursing
Zip & city:NY 11794-8240 New York
Phone:(631) 444-3200
Web:http://sonce1.nursing.sunysb.edu/nursingweb.nsf/Main?OpenForm
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LOWER-DIVISION ELECTIVE COURSES
INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
Introduces nursing to those planning a career in nursing, but who are not yet enrolled in the School of Nursing.

MATHEMATICS FOR HEALTH CARE
Emphasizes conversion, math and metric values used in nursing and healthcare.

PERSPECTIVES IN NURSING EDUCATION AND NURSING PRACTICE
Historical, social, economic and political perspectives on the development of nursing education and practice in the United States. Examines social and legal forces influencing the development of nursing and scope of practice.

STATISTICAL METHODS FOR HEALTH CARE RESEARCH
This introductory statistics course provides a basic understanding of statistical principles and their application to research underpinning evidence-based practice in health care. The course places an emphasis on practical application of data management, probability testing, statistics and statistical terminology as used to answer research questions and test hypotheses. A variety of case studies are used to allow introductory application of statistics to simple salient and researchable health care problems.

ECOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK FOR NURSING PRACTICE
Studies the relationship of people to environmental factors affecting health status and functioning. Explores wellness, health and illness as expressions of life processes in interaction with the environment.

NUTRITION
Introduces the basic elements of nutrition and normal and therapeutic diets. Assesses nutritional needs and problems of individuals, families, and communities across the life cycle. Emphasizes preventive teaching. Explores selected sociological and ecological implications.

FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF NURSING PRACTICE
Introduces the role of the nurse as a healthcare provider. Explores critical thinking and decision making in the nursing process. Includes concepts, principles, research findings and current knowledge in the psychological, social, behavioral and physical sciences, and the humanities, to build a conceptual base for professional practice. Focuses on client/ environment interactions throughout the life cycle and the fundamental skills necessary to provide therapeutic nursing interventions in a clinical setting.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Emphasizes clinical decision making in assessing psychological and physiological health status of individuals throughout the life cycle. Culture, development, environment and support systems are assessed through interviewing, history taking, data collection and physical examination to derive nursing diagnoses, determine priorities and plan therapeutic nursing interventions.

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Focus is on psychosocial nursing as a continuum of care during the development of children, adults and families in the psychiatric/mental health environment. Theoretical knowledge and clinical practice from the bio/psycho/social cultural model, nursing theories and current research findings are used to assist the student in establishing help as an integral aspect of the nurse-client environment relationship. Case studies and experiential based learning activities are provided to enhance analytical thinking and encourage independent decision-making.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Focus is on developing skills in handling health problems of children, adults and families in community environments. Theoretical knowledge and clinical practice from the bio/ psycho/social cultural model, nursing theories and current research findings are used to assist the student in establishing help as an integral aspect of the nurse-client environment relationship. Case studies and experiential based learning activities are provided to enhance analytical thinking and encourage independent decision-making.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
Introduces the language and process of scientific inquiry with a focus on nursing practice. Critical analysis of nursing research methods and application of findings.

PARENT/CHILD HEALTH NURSING I (OBSTETRICS)
Introduces the theoretical and clinical practice of nursing with multi-cultural parenting families. Builds on related disciplines in the sciences and the humanities and focuses the nursing process in the context of client/environment interaction.

PARENT/CHILD HEALTH NURSING II (PEDIATRICS)
Introduces the theoretical and clinical practice of nursing with multi-cultural parenting families. Builds on related disciplines in the sciences and the humanities and focuses the nursing process in the context of client/environment interaction.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING
Assessment, interventions in and evaluation of human responses to complex health problems of individuals in middle and late adulthood.

CAPSTONE NURSING PRACTICUM
Theory and research findings are integrated in an intensive clinical practicum with the opportunity to actualize the professional nurse generalist role.

PROFESSIONAL, MANAGERIAL, LEGAL AND ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE
Analyzes legal, economic and political issues confronting the nurse manager in contemporary healthcare. Focuses on theory and principles of leadership.

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHARMACOLOGY I
Covers the basic principles that underlie the action of drugs on physiological processes. The particular application to drugs acting on the autonomic nervous system are discussed in detail.

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHARMACOLOGY II
A continuation of Fundamentals of Pharmacology I. Covers the action of drugs on individual systems as well as drug-drug interactions emphasizing the mechanisms of action. Surveys therapeutic applications and adverse reactions.

PATHOLOGY
Studies the basic mechanisms of disease and the pathophysiology of the important illnesses of man. Primarily for Health Sciences students, others admitted with special permission.

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