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Tennessee State University (Department of Nursing)




The School of Nursing contributes to the health and welfare of the citizens of Tennessee by preparing registered nurses who have the knowledge and skill to provide quality nursing care in many different settings. The School of Nursing offers two undergraduate degrees; an associate of applied science degree (two year program) and a baccalaureate degree (four year program). Both programs are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The NLNAC is a resource for information about tuition, fees, and length of programs. For specific information contact the NLNAC at 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006, 1-800-669-1656. Graduates of both programs are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination.

BACCALAUREATE NURSING DEGREE PROGRAM

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, the graduate will be able to:
1. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the natural and behavioral sciences, the humanities and nursing as a basis for making practice decisions.
2. Evaluate the nursing process as a critical thinking tool to promote, maintain, and restore health to individuals, families, and communities by providing therapeutic nursing interventions, management of care, health promotion, disease prevention instruction, counseling and health and illness screening.
3. Value the leadership role in nursing by upholding bio-socio-cultural-ethical-legal and professional practice standards which affect nursing by acting as a change agent in accordance with these principles.
4. Collaborate with multi-disciplinary health team members, individuals, families and/or communities to improve the health care delivery system.
5. Appraise involvement in activities related to SERVICE, continuing education and graduate education in order to maintain professional competence.
6. Critically evaluate research findings for use in the practice setting.




School name:Tennessee State UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:3500 John A. Merritt Boulevard, Humphries Hall, Room 118 on the Main Campus
Zip & city:TN 37209 Tennessee
Phone:615-963-5273
Web:http://www.tnstate.edu/interior.asp?mid=288&ptid=1
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Department of Nursing Courses


NURSING ORIENTATION
The course orients the student to the University and the School of Nursing resources, academic life polices and procedures, and the nursing major.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING PRACTICE
The course focuses on introduction to the profession of nursing, specifically, critical thinking, test-taking skills and selected nursing theory. An overview of the nursing process and health assessment will be presented. Discussion of concepts related to cultural issues will be included. Skills basic to nursing practice theory and application will be introduced. Selected laboratory experiences will provide opportunities for mastery of basic clinical nursing skills. This course is open to all majors in the university.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Student or faculty generated course. Scope of subject matter is determined by students/instructor with approval of the Program Director. Minimum of 8 students is needed to offer a course.

WELLNESS IN NURSING
This course is an introduction to the nurse’s role in health promotion and health education for self-care. Selected theories related to wellness are explored and applied to individual group and community situations, (RN-BSN students).

FAMILY HEALTH NURSING CONCEPTS
Identification and discussion of different concepts of family interaction, impact of culture, communication across the life span, and implications for nursing intervention, (RN-BSN students).

MANAGEMENT OF CLIENTS WITH HEALTH ALTERATIONS I
The course focuses on knowledge and mastery of skills germane to the profession of nursing. Application of the nursing process in various settings will be presented. Selected nursing theories, current trends and issues, and social policy issues related to nursing will be discussed. Laboratory and clinical experiences will provide opportunities for application to nursing practice.

CONCEPTS OF PATHOPHYSIOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
The course is designed to introduce the student to the study of the physiological and biological manifestations of disease. Pathophysiology is the study of disordered and altered functions affecting the body’s dynamic homeostasis. The effects of stressors throughout the lifespan on various dysfunctions of organs and organ systems are examined.

BASIC CONCEPTS OF CHRONIC CARE NURSING
Selected concepts of health and illness as they relate to bio-psycho-social and cultural needs through the life cycle are presented. Focus is on the delivery of care to individuals and families with common chronic health problems. There is a special emphasis on the health and nursing care of the aging population.
HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Basic physical and health assessment techniques are taught. The focus is on the adult client with emphasis on expected findings. Appropriate modifications for different age-groups and selected unexpected findings are discussed. Relevance and application of findings to client needs and clinical decision-making are presented.

PROFESSIONALISM IN NURSING
Identification and discussion of professional and leadership processes as they relate to the emerging and changing roles of nurses. Selected legal, ethical, social policy and research issues related the practice of professional nursing are explored.

NURSING MANAGEMENT
Introduction to the management process and the nurse’s role in managing client care and supervising other health care workers. Selected legal, fiscal, ethical, and professional issues related nursing management are explored.

GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING CONCEPTS
Selected concepts related to psychosocial, cultural, legal, ethical, social policy, and research issues of the aging population and their families are explored. The role of the nurse in meeting the needs of this population is stressed.

MATERNAL-CHILD NURSING
A family centered approach to maternal-child nursing, using the nursing process is presented. The focus is on the normal maternity client and clients with common health alterations from pre-conception through the post-partum period. Care and management the normal newborn, well children, and those with selected problems are explored.

ACUTE CRISIS NURSING
The course concentrates on application of the nursing process in a variety of settings requiring nursing intervention for acute problems of adult patients in acute care settings. Concepts of leadership and management are integrated into clinical experiences. Students do comprehensive health assessments, provide care, and evaluate the care given to clients and families.

NURSING RESEARCH
Introduction to the research process and the nurse’s role in applying research to nursing practice and client care. Selected legal, ethical, and social policy issues related to research are explored.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Focus is on the application of the nursing process in the delivery of care to clients and families with commonly occurring psychiatric health problems. Emphasis is on environmental factors and the application of developmental systems and stress theories as they relate to the care of young middle and older age adults.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
The course provides a theoretical and practical background for the practice of community health nursing. The course is based on the synthesis of nursing theory and the public health sciences. Emphasis is on health promotion, health maintenance, and disease prevention among population groups. The course assists students to recognize and analyze the interrelationships between individuals, families, population groups, and communities in determining the health status of each. The impact of political, economic, social, environmental, and cultural concerns, on the health of populations, is examined.

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