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Touro University Nevada (School of Nursing)




The faculty and staff at Touro University Nevada School of Nursing welcome you! We're delighted that you are considering TUN and invite you to explore the exciting opportunities that await you.

At TUN you will find quality programs that are an integral part of a vibrant health professions campus. The School of Nursing, part of the College of Health and Human Services, is committed to your success as a practitioner, healthcare expert, and nursing leader. Our on-campus and on-line/on-campus blended educational programs are designed to meet your needs throughout your professional nursing career. You will find entry level options if you are pursuing a new career in nursing, as well as Master's and Doctoral level programs for practicing nurses that wish to continue their education. In fact, we are extremely proud to offer the first Doctor of Nursing Practice program in the state of Nevada, and one of the first on the Pacific Coast!

As leaders in education and healthcare, the faculty and staff, in collaboration with our exceptional clinical partners, are committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the community we serve. As a student at TUN School of Nursing, you will be exposed to a vast network of clinical resources, community and educational leaders, and experts in their field of study.

HISTORY

A regional needs assessment indicated a looming crisis in the availability of nurses to provide care in Southern Nevada for the burgeoning population, many of whom were of retirement age. A strategic plan was implemented to provide Clark County with a nursing school that would provide graduate level education for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in another discipline or for registered nurses seeking to further their education in the functional areas of nursing administration or nursing education. Efforts were begun in January 2005 to initiate the School of Nursing by hiring the school’s director and by beginning the WASC accreditation process as well as the Nevada State Board of Nursing approval process. Space designated for the School of Nursing included a 3600 sq ft. skills lab, classrooms, seminar rooms, physical assessment rooms, faculty offices, and work stations. This project was completed in November of 2005.

MISSION STATEMENT

Characterized by scholarship and community service, the School of Nursing prepares highly competent, qualified, and caring nurses who meet the health care needs and expectations of individuals, families, communities, and the profession.

PHILOSOPHY

The School of Nursing, as a constituent of Touro University Nevada, accepts responsibility for promoting the University's general purposes of teaching, research, and service. The School’s philosophy builds upon concepts regarding humans, society, health, nursing, and learning.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Touro University Nevada School of Nursing curricula is designed to provide nursing education for two distinct cohorts: for talented students who have earned a nonnursing baccalaureate degree and wish to enter the nursing profession (ELM) and for experienced registered nurses seeking to advance their professional role at the Master’s level. This program allows students to complete a BSN and an MSN in an abbreviated time frame, thus building on previously awarded degrees.

Students attend classes full-time throughout their course of study. The student is expected to complete the undergraduate degree requirements in four semesters. Nonnurses will receive a BSN and will become eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) to be licensed as a registered nurse.

The curriculum currently offers functional concentrations in nursing education and nursing administration. The curriculum integrates theoretical knowledge and practical skills while exploring the issues and forces within the health care delivery system and educational system that affect the roles of the advanced practice nurse. Students have opportunities to work with advanced practice nurses, nurse educators, and other health professionals in a variety of clinical settings.

The ELM curriculum has been revised effective Fall 2006 to focus on a more generalist preparation at the graduate level. The opportunity for in-depth role preparation as an educator is available for BS-MS students or post-MS for the ELM student.

The curriculum is designed to offer the student an opportunity to become an educationally prepared professional who is responsible, accountable, and has the leadership qualities that are necessary for success in present and future health care and education systems.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

The pre-licensure BSN program builds upon students’ knowledge in the sciences, humanities, and liberal arts to become generalists in clinical nursing practice. Educational experiences are designed to promote scientific inquiry, creative thinking, and personal development. Students obtain a solid foundation of nursing knowledge through a combination of didactic, laboratory, and clinical setting instruction. This provides the basis to pursue graduate education at the master’s and doctoral levels. Students completing 60 credits over four semesters are eligible to sit for the National Council License Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).



School name:Touro University Nevada School of Nursing
Address:874 American Pacific Drive
Zip & city:NV 89014  Nevada
Phone:702-777-4748
Web:http://www.tu.edu/departments.php?id=68&page=194
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FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING CARE
This course introduces basic nursing concepts, skills, and principles for the beginning nursing student. Emphasis is on the application of the nursing process as the framework for the students to develop the cognitive, psychomotor, assessment, and communication skills to meet the biophysiological and psychosocial needs of adult clients. Using beginning critical thinking skills students have the opportunity in the clinical/lab component of the course to apply theory to nursing practice and to develop beginning proficiency in basic nursing skills.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE
This course introduces the essentials of pharmacotherapeutics, major drug classifications, and the implications of medication administration in preparation for application in clinical practice.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course prepares students to conduct comprehensive and holistic health assessments. Concepts and techniques necessary for gathering, analyzing, and documenting data about the physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual aspects of a patient’s state of wellness are emphasized.

INFORMATICS AND HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGIES
Issues related to the impact of information technology on healthcare practitioners and consumers of all ages. Students will learn about and gain experience with practical applications of information technology, such as handheld devices, telehealth, and Internet resources, which can improve the quality of healthcare communication and delivery, and facilitate healthcare research.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING
Focuses on development of skills for professional writing. APA formatting will be included in the course content.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING CARE 1
This course focuses on the needs of the adult experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health. Emphasis is on using the nursing process as the framework for providing and managing care of the adult client. Clinical experiences and laboratory simulations will provide the student the opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking as well as practicing the role of the nurse in providing and coordinating health care in a medical/surgical setting.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING CARE
This course focuses on the nursing care needs of persons experiencing alterations in social and psychological functioning. Emphasis is on the role of the professional nurse in psychiatric-mental health nursing and the application of the nursing process as a framework for providing and managing nursing care. Clinical experiences and laboratory simulations will provide the student the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, therapeutic nursing interventions, and effective interpersonal skills as they relate to care of persons with mental health needs.

THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS IN NURSING
Selected theoretical and conceptual models and their application to nursing practice, research, and education are discussed.

FOUNDATIONS OF RESEARCH IN NURSING PRACTICE
This course introduces research design, methodology, and analysis for the professional nurse. Students explore researchable problems, develop a theoretical basis for a research study, and critique completed research. The course provides a basic understanding of nursing research, principles, and concepts.

MATERNAL HEALTH NURSING CARE
This course focuses on nursing care and health promotion for the childbearing family. Principles of the process of normal childbirth as well as the identification and care of high- risk child bearing are emphasized using the nursing process. Clinical / laboratory experiences provide the opportunity for students to develop critical thinking skills to promote, restore, and maintain the health of women, the newborn, and the extended family of diverse cultures.

CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH NURSING CARE
This course focuses on nursing care of the child-rearing family. Course content includes care of the child from infancy through adolescence, who are both acutely ill and chronically ill. Clinical / laboratory experiences provide the opportunity for students to continue to develop critical thinking skills while providing care for the child and family with common stressors throughout the development. The nursing process is used to develop strategies for health promotion and maintenance for the child and family of diverse cultures

LEADERSHIP IN NURSING PRACTICE
This course assists the student in developing as a professional nurse by investigating leadership, management, and supervision theories and principles. The four concepts of health, person, nursing, and environment provide the framework for examining the challenges of leadership in the healthcare setting. The students apply leadership, management, and supervision theories to clinical practice in various healthcare settings.

PROFESSIONAL TRENDS IN NURSING
This course is designed to increase awareness of current issues and trends affecting the nursing profession.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING CARE II
This course focuses on the needs of the adult client experiencing acute and critical illness. Students apply the nursing process as the basis for caring for a client with complex problems requiring multiple dimensions of nursing care. Simulations in laboratory and the experiences in critical care areas will enable the student to continue to develop proficiency and self- direction in client care situations.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING CARE
This course focuses on care of the community with emphasis on preventative health needs of populations at risk and other community groups in various community settings. Students explore current public health problems, epidemiology, and community resources to identify strategies to improve the quality of life through health promotion and disease prevention. Students analyze the sociocultural, political, economic, ethical, and environmental factors that influence community health. Clinical experiences will enable students to understand and enhance the factors that affect health and health care delivery

NURSING CAPSTONE
This course integrates theory and practice to prepare the student for entry into professional nursing practice. NCLEX preparation and clinical and professional issues are explored and experienced.

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