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University of Arkansas - Monticello (Division of Nursing )




HISTORY

The Division of Nursing at UAM was initiated to meet the demand for registered nurses in Southeast Arkansas. The first program, established in 1968, was the Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN). This program remained accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN) until it's closure in 1992. The program was reexamined and a change was clearly needed to respond to the health needs of the community in the 21st century and to prepare nurses to:
1) deliver comprehensive nursing care in diverse settings,
2) collaborate effectively in the health care environment, and
3) pursue graduate study.

Therefore, in 1992, the ADN Program was closed and the baccalaureate (BSN) program was established to satisfy the new mission of the Division of Nursing and to meet the demands of healthcare reform regionally as well as nationally. The baccalaureate nursing program has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission since 1997.

In the summer 2002, the RN to BSN Advanced Placement Program was initiated to offer advanced placement for registered nurses who hold the Associate Degree of Applied Science in Nursing or a diploma in nursing from a hospital based RN program while they complete the BSN degree. After completion of prerequisite general education and nursing support courses, the program can be completed in one year with class attendance of only one day per week in the fall and spring semesters. Clinical experiences are completed with a preceptor in select clinical sites at times convenient to the student and preceptor. The flexibility of this program should prove to be attractive to registered nurses who wish to keep working while completing the BSN degree.

To meet the needs for LPN to RN Assoicate Degree prepared Registered Nurses, an 18 month program was started in summer 2001. In the summer 2002, the LPN to RN Program leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree (AASN) was changed from an 18 month to a 12 month fast track program. After completion of prerequisite general education and nursing support courses, the LPN can complete the fast track program in one year. This change in the program was designed to make the program more desirable for the working LPN, to meet the needs of area health care agencies for registered nurses prepared at the associate degree entry level, and to make it more equitable to similar successful programs being offered nation wide.

All of the programs offered in the Division of Nursing are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nurse Examiners. Upon graduation, the student is qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.

MISSION

The overall mission of the Division of Nursing is to strive for excellence in the preparation of professional nurse generalists. This mission is accomplished through the following goals:
* the preparation of graduates to provide nursing care for individuals, families, and communities within a variety of health care settings.
* the encouragement of critical thinking to guide nursing interventions which promote, maintain, and restore health.
* the development of accountability through a commitment to professional nursing practice and lifelong learning.



School name:University of Arkansas - MonticelloDivision of Nursing
Address:PO Box 3468, 110 Wells Hall
Zip & city:AR 71656 Arkansas
Phone:(870) 460-1069
Web:http://www.uamont.edu/Nursing/
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PRINCIPLES OF NURSING CARE I
Focuses on the client=s personal self aspect of the self-concept mode and psychosocial adaptation with an emphasis on application of the nursing process when providing nursing care to clients with mental illness in the hospital and community setting. Offered: Summer II.

LPN-RN TRANSITION
This course is designed to introduce the LPN to RN practice, focusing on socialization into the roles of the RN. Emphasis is placed on nursing ethics and professionalism, nursing process, formulating nursing care plans, and nursing care of individuals in families with a focus on client adaptation within the physiological and interdependence modes. The physiological needs of activity and rest and sensation are included as well.

PRINCIPLES OF NURSING CARE II
Clinical application of the nursing process to individuals and families with a focus on client adaptation within the physiological and self-concept modes. Emphasis is placed on the physiological needs of endocrine (including reproduction), nutrition, fluid and electrolytes, protection and the physical self of the self-concept mode.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING CONCEPTS AND ROLES
NOTE: This course is offered in Summer I only and provides foundations for modern nursing practice. It focuses on nursing history and trends, the nursing process, and nursing roles.

BASIC SKILLS CHECK OFF
NOTE: This course is offered in Summer only.
Basic nursing skills are demonstrated by the student and modified, if needed, to enhance safe practice. The school laboratory will be used.

PRINCIPLES OF NURSING CARE III
Clinical application of the nursing process to individuals, families, and families in communities with a focus on client adaptation within the physiological mode. Emphasis is placed on the physiological needs of elimination, endocrine, oxygenation, and neurologic. Concepts relevant to management of client care are included as well as preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

HEALTHY AGING
Designed to explore the normal process of aging and factors influencing the needs of older adults. Emphasis is placed on the role and function of the professional nurse in promoting healthy aging in older clients and supporting families and communities throughout the aging process.

ROLE TRANSITION
Designed to increase awareness of professional nursing practice including nursing history, theories, and trends. Focuses on professional socialization, health care delivery systems, and critical thinking.

NURSING SKILLS
Development of basic, intermediate, and advanced nursing skills. Campus laboratories are used for student practice and demonstration of skills.

CONCEPTS IN NURSING CARE I
Application of the nursing process to individuals in families and communities. The focus is client adaptation within physiological and interdependence modes.

CONCEPTS IN NURSING CARE II
Application of the nursing process to individuals and families in communities. The focus is client adaptation within physiological and self-concept modes.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Comprehensive health assessment of individuals. Offered: Summer only.

HEALTH PROMOTION
Designed to explore a variety of health care settings and the role and function of the professional nurse in promoting, maintaining, and restoring health to individuals, families, and communities through the middle adult years.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING LEADERSHIP
Analyzes concepts and theories related to leadership in a rapidly changing health care environment. Emphasis is placed on research findings, professional role responsibilities, and critical thinking in exploring leadership skills.

COMMUNITY HEALTH
Focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach relevant to epidemiological processes and health promotion within communities.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Theoretical basis for community health nursing. The nursing process is used to perform a community assessment based on a conceptual model.

CONCEPTS IN NURSING CARE III
Application of the nursing process to individuals, families, and communities. The focus is client adaptation within physiological and role function modes.

NURSING RESEARCH
Introduction to the research process and critique of research literature. Discussion includes application of findings to nursing practice and identification of clinical problems for study.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Provides an in-depth view of nursing leadership and management in a changing health care environment. Emphasis is placed on development of management skills for the delivery of quality client care within an organization. Preparation for the NCLEX-RN is included as a pre-requisite for successful course completion.

CONCEPTS IN NURSING CARE IV
Application of the nursing process to individuals, families, and communities. The focus is client adaptation within physiological and self-concept modes.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING
Consult the Independent Study Courses subheading in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog for prerequisites and description.

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