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The Catholic University of America (School of Nursing)

Welcome to the School of Nursing. Established in 1932, our academic programs have long provided outstanding nursing education that clearly emphasizes the role of ethics, values and spirituality in health care.

The School of Nursing offers undergraduate, graduate master's and doctoral programs. Students in CUA’s nursing programs gain clinical experience in 100 of the Washington Metropolitan area's premier health care facilities often with alumni preceptors. Our research-intensive doctoral program is located within easy access of premier research and health facilities, including the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine.

Our academic programs consistently receive national recognition for excellence attesting to the strength of our programs and faculty. Our alumni hold prominent positions in nursing practice, education and research and have made significant contributions to national and international healthcare.

The Catholic University of America School of Nursing is an integral component of its parent institution and, therefore, is committed to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the values of the Christian faith. The School of Nursing conducts its academic affairs in accordance with the university's aims and policies, the standards of the academic community and of the nursing profession. Its philosophy and mission focus on education, scientific inquiry and service within the scope of nursing knowledge and practice. The faculty subscribes to the following belief statements applicable to all programs of study as reflecting a unifying philosophy.

We believe in the integrity and worth of the human person; that the values of respect, dignity, and justice undergird the delivery of nursing care; that health care is a basic human right; and that all persons are unique and capable of change and of participating in decision making related to their health needs. These beliefs are enacted through caring responses to the needs of all human beings, with consideration for their gender, age, color, creed, lifestyle, and cultural background. We have special obligations as Christians and as professional nurses for the nursing care of clients who are poor and/or disadvantaged and to prepare multinational nurses to transmit these values to their people throughout the world.

We believe that professional nursing, steeped in a rich tradition of caring, is ever mindful of the health needs of contemporary and future societies in rapidly changing and complex environments throughout the world. Society and human beings are viewed holistically. Human persons are perceived to be continually adapting to their environment in order to meet their biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. The goal of professional nursing is to foster adaptation and to promote, maintain, and restore optimum health in individuals, families, groups, and communities throughout the life span. A systematic approach utilizing intellectual, interpersonal, and technical competencies frames the delivery of nursing care to clients. Through the roles of clinician, teacher, consultant, manager, and advocate, the professional nurse is able to provide care in a variety of settings.

The goal of education within the School of Nursing is to promote the growth of persons toward their full personal and professional potential. Faculty members view education as a continuous interactive process. Faculty members believe that nursing knowledge, as well as relevant knowledge from the arts and sciences, is foundational for professional nursing. The courses of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are designed and implemented in ways that include, yet go beyond, what is currently descriptive in nursing practice. An awareness of ethical and spiritual values is an essential component of our educational efforts. Faculty recognize and strive toward meeting their responsibility to add to the existing body of nursing knowledge.


We believe that nurses prepared at the graduate level build on these basic competencies, engage in explanatory and critical thinking about clinical practice issues in all settings, delineate nursing knowledge embedded in clinical practice through research activities, and are skillful in applying frameworks, models of care, concepts, and rationales for practice.

Finally, we believe that the school's faculty is accountable for the quality of the educational programs and for the promotion of safe and effective nursing through teaching, service, research, and collaboration with other professionals and consumers of care.

Strengthened by a rich heritage of Catholic teachings and Christian values, the mission of the School of Nursing is (a) to prepare professionally educated nurses who are capable of the moral, intellectual, and professional leadership needed to provide continuing quality in clinical nursing care, in nursing education, and in nursing service, and (b) to advance nursing knowledge and skill through scientific inquiry and other scholarly activity.

School name:The Catholic University of AmericaSchool of Nursing
Address:620 Michigan Ave NE
Zip & city:DC 20064 District of Columbia

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INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING Designed to assist freshman students in establishing their identity with the nursing profession. Lecture/discussion format addresses the following topics: history of nursing, nursing roles, current ideas and trends in nursing and the health care delivery system, ethics, and professionalism. SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE Introduction to the evolution of nursing science. Focuses on scientific concepts and frameworks underlying professional nursing practice. Considers ethics of nursing science, caring as a professional knowledge base, and nurse as inquirer and teacher. Emphasis on relationship between knowledge and practice through the use of appropriate technology. COMMUNICATION FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS Examines the role and impact of communication in health care. Uses a comprehensive approach which exposes students to ideas, emotional understandings, strategies, professional perspectives, and current technology that enhance effective communication in nursing practice. NUTRITION AND HEALTH Focuses on the physiological, social, economic, and life style factors that influence nutritional status, food choices, and specific life stage concerns. The purpose of this course is to provide the foundation for an understanding of the relationship of diet to physiological and pathophysiological functions. HEALTH PROMOTION Focuses on theories, concepts, and the appropriate technology related to health, and health promotion. Concentrates on factors that influence health, and strategies that enhance the care of individuals, communities, and the Nation through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment. NURSING APPLICATIONS Focuses on developing the ability to apply foundational and theoretical knowledge, appropriate technology, and professional nursing care in health maintenance and restoration across the life span. Considers ethical issues and spiritual concerns related to health. NURSING PERFORMANCE I Provides opportunities for the development of professional nursing skills. Emphasis on appropriate technology for health protection and restoration of adult clients in subacute and acute settings. Requires forty-five hours of supervised clinical practice. Offered second semester. PHARMACOLOGY Emphasis on the relationship of drugs and their physiological effects. Exploration of the nursing role in drug management, with consideration to social, economic, and technological changes. Requires three clock hours of class per week. Open to students in other schools, with permission of instructor. Offered second semester and summer sessions. NUTRITION FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE Directed Study.The course focuses on the physiologic, social, economic, and life style factors that influence nutritional status, food choices, and specific life stage concerns. The course provides the foundation for an understanding of the relationship of diet to physiological functions. It examines issues of consumerism, maintaining fitness for life, nutrition on the Internet, and current controversies in nutrition research. COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL NURSING Uses a multisectoral approach to study contemporary environmental forces that impact on health promotion, protection, and restoration of communities. Introduces epidemiological and economic concepts and models. Attention to the involvement of the professional nurse in ethical issues and health policy focusing on vulnerable populations. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY Designed to assist students in applying knowledge from human anatomy and physiology to the study of adaptive and maladaptive responses to alterations in health. Requires four clock hours of class per week. NURSING WITH MIDLIFE AND OLDER ADULTS Focuses on professional nursing principles for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health for adults in midlife and later years. Studies contemporary health issues. Emphasis on developmental stages, health promotion practices, impact of illness, spiritual dimensions, and cultural diversity. Uses a multisectoral approach to study the socioeconomic, ethical, and legal issues impacting the health of midlife and older adults. Requires three clock hours of class per week. NURSING WITH ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS Focuses on the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health for adolescents and young adults. Emphasis on contemporary health issues and behavioral factors of persons in these developmental stages. Examines social, cultural, environmental, and spiritual influences. Requires three clock hours of class per week. MENTAL HEALTH NURSING Focuses on the role of the professional nurse in the application of mental health principles for the maintenance and restoration of individuals and families experiencing limitations in psychosocial functioning. Self awareness, personal growth, sociocultural sensitivity, and professional development are vital components. Uses a multisectoral approach to address contemporary mental health issues and their sequelae. NURSING PERFORMANCE II Provides opportunities for the implementation of professional nursing care to facilitate health protection and restoration of adolescent and adult clients in subacute and acute settings. Requires ninety hours of supervised clinical practice. Offered first semester and summer sessions. NURSING PERFORMANCE IIIA Provides opportunities for the implementation of professional nursing care to facilitate health promotion, protection, and restoration of individuals, groups, families, and communities. Requires 180 hours of supervised clinical practice in mental health and community settings. Offered second semester. NURSING PERFORMANCE IIIB Provides opportunities for the implementation of professional nursing care to facilitate health promotion, protection, and restoration of individuals, groups, families, and communities. Requires 180 hours of supervised clinical practice in pediatric and maternal-child settings. Offered summer sessions. CONCEPTS FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING Focuses on concepts of systems and adaptation as related to individuals, families, groups, and communities. Application to nursing process and nursing diagnosis. For R.N. students only. DIRECTED STUDY FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICAL Focuses on improving critical thinking, problem-solving techniques in examining and resolving problems in clinical nursing. An NCLEX-RN review book is used to review content based on practice situations. Students will answer questions, participate in group discussions regarding questions, identify areas of knowledge which need strengthening, and determine strategies to overcome deficits. HEALTH PROMOTION APPLICATIONS This course provides an opportunity for students to apply health promotion theory to a selected population and for service learning. The course uses a planning framework for designing a health promotion program which will be implemented with a target population. Students will meet as a group for approximately half of the semester, while other meetings will take place on-line. Program planning and implementation will be done in small groups. Implementation of a group project is required for successful completion of the course. INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH Focuses on the research process, the role of research within the nursing profession, and the evaluation of research projects. Offered both semesters and summer sessions. Requires three clock hours of class per week.

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