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University of Akron, The (College of Nursing)




The College of Nursing, located in Mary E. Gladwin Hall, provides professional nursing education at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. The College is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate and master’s program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The College has a Student Affairs Office which provides academic advising services to prospective and prenursing students.

The College contains a state-of-the-art Learning Resource Center, including a computer laboratory exclusively for nursing students. The Center for Nursing within the College is closely linked to the Akron community and is used by faculty and students for community service, practice, education and research. The College of Nursing also has a Center for Gerontological Health Nursing and Advocacy whose primary goal is to improve the health care and quality of life for elders.

The baccalaureate curriculum is a six-semester clinical sequence after completion of University and college prerequisite courses. Students have practice experiences in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation agencies, long-tern care facilities, community health agencies, mental health agencies, pediatric agencies and home care settings.

The LPN/BSN sequence is designed for licensed practical nurses who wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The program itself, after completion of the prerequisites, is 2-1/2 years in length, full-time. A part-time option is available. The RN Advancement option offers two career pathways to meet the needs of registered nurses. The RN/BSN sequence is designed for nurses who wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The RN/MSN sequence is designed for the experienced nurse who wishes to go on to graduate study to prepare for advanced nursing practice roles. Students wishing to begin work on their master’s degree (RN/MSN option) may do so while meeting the baccalaureate requirements. Additional admission requirements and a graduate nursing research class (Inquiry I) are part of the RN/MSN option. Continuation in the graduate program is predicated on meeting graduate program requirements and acceptance into the graduate nursing program. The RN Advancement option is offered on the Akron campus as well as the campuses of Lorain County Community College and Wayne College in Orville.

The Master’s Program includes advanced practice options as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, or nurse anesthetist and an advanced role option in nursing service administration. Advanced Role Preparation in Nursing Educator Role and Nursing Management and Business Certificate Programs are also available. Advanced practice specialties include adult/gerontological health nursing, behavioral health nursing, child and adolescent health nursing and nurse anesthesia. Postmasters certificate programs include adult/gerontological health nursing, behavioral health nursing, and child and adolescent health nursing and nurse anesthesia. Core courses in the Master of Science in nursing program are offered via distance learning from the Akron campus to the Lorain County Community College (LCCC) campus.

The Doctoral Program in nursing is a joint Ph.D. program with Kent State University. It is the first Joint Doctoral Program in Nursing in the state of Ohio. The curriculum focuses on the development and testing of theories and models of nursing science and nursing practice, the consideration of the social, political, legal and economic implications of health care policies and practices, and the dissemination of knowledge.



School name:University of Akron, TheCollege of Nursing
Address:209 Carroll Street, Mary E. Gladwin Hall
Zip & city:OH 44325-3703 Ohio
Phone:972-7465
Web:http://www3.uakron.edu/nursing/
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FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE I
This course focuses on basic concepts and skills needed by novice nursing students in order to care for clients (Nurse-client relationships, communication, nursing process, psychomotor skills, beginning pharmacology). Clinical experiences will reflect these concepts and skills, and be in a variety of settings. Offered fall semester only.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE II
Focus is on theories, concepts, and skills that promote holistic well-being across the life span. Students will practice with children and adults. Offered spring semester only. This is a 15 week course with 2 hours lecture and 9 hours practicum per week.

PROFESSIONAL ROLE DEVELOPMENT
History of nursing, issues and concerns in nursing, professional values, norms, perceptions of the discipline of nursing, caring behaviors, values, clarification, ethics and legal implications, major nurse theorists, research in nursing, decisionmaking, and critical thinking, Benner’s domains of nursing practice and concepts of novice, advanced beginner, and competent. Offered fall semester only.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Two hours lecture and 2 hours in LRC per week. Focus on holistic assessment across the life span. Includes assessment of body systems, taking health histories, and application of interviewing skills. Offered fall and spring semesters.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR NURSES

CULTURAL DIMENSIONS IN NURSING

NURSING PHARMACOLOGY

NURSING OF CHILDBEARING FAMILIES
Practicum settings in birthing rooms, newborn nursery, postpartum, childbirth preparation classes, maternal-child clinics. Offered fall and spring.

Nursing of Adults
Seven and a half weeks in length. Four hours lecture, 14 hours practicum, and 2 hours LRC per week. Practicum settings in acute care hospitals. Offered fall and spring.

NURSING OF OLDER ADULTS
Seven and a half weeks in length. Four hours lecture, 14 hours practicum, and 2 hours LRC per week. Practicum settings in acute care hospitals. Offered fall and spring.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Seven and a half weeks in length. Four hours lecture, 14 hours practicum, and 2 hours seminar per week. Practicum settings in hospitals, clinics, outpatient, community settings with individuals experiencing varied coping abilities. Seminar time is used for conferences, field trips, observation, and communication practice labs. Offered fall and spring.

NURSING OF FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
Seven and a half weeks in length. Four hours lecture, 14 hours practicum, and 2 hours LRC per week. Practicum experiences include hospital and community settings. Skills specific to caring for children include medication administration, IV calculation and administration, feeding, play, safety. Growth and development applied to care of children. Offered fall and spring. Must be taken in the fall if Senior Practicum is in Nursing of Children.

NURSING IN COMPLEX AND CRITICAL SITUATIONS
Seven and a half weeks in length. Three hours class/seminar and 14 hours practicum/LRC per week. Practicum includes students working 1:1 with RN staff in the critical care setting. Offered fall and spring. Written assignments in this course will be used to meet requirements for the University Writing Portfolio Assessment Project.

NURSING RESEARCH
Two hours lecture per week. Focus on research process as applied to nursing practice. Focuses on becoming a knowledgeable consumer of nursing research. Offered summer, fall, and spring.

NURSING OF COMMUNITIES
Seven and a half weeks in length. Four hours lecture and 16 hours practicum per week, with special projects. Practicum in clinics, health departments, home care agencies, schools, homeless agencies. Special projects include community assessments, conferences, and field trips. Offered fall and spring. Must be taken in the fall if Senior Practicum is in Community Nursing. Written assignments in this course will be used to meet requirements for the University Writing Portfolio Assessment Project.

SENIOR PRACTICUM
Seven and a half weeks in length. Four hours of lecture and 15 hours practicum per week. Leadership principles used in nursing practice. Practicum includes a contracting arrangement with clinical preceptor in area of student’s choice. Study a clinical area in depth in preparation for new graduate role. Offered fall and spring. Students can only select practicum experiences that follow satisfactory completion of course work in the selected area.

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