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University of Southern Maine (College of Nursing and Health Professions )




Ideally located in the southern end of the beautiful State of Maine, the University of Southern Maine (USM) College of Nursing and Health Professions boasts excellent faculty and programs, with unique and rich community partnerships. The College's 32 full-time faculty are committed to providing exemplary educational programs, scholarship, and community and professional service which is responsive to the needs of the citizens of Maine and in the global community.

The School of Nursing is committed to providing exemplary educational programs, scholarship, and community and professional service which is responsive to the needs of the citizens of Maine and in the global community. The dean's office for the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the School of Nursing are located in Portland.

The College also offers nursing degree programs at USM's Lewiston-Auburn campus . The Department of Nursing at Lewiston-Auburn offers a regular BS in nursing and a RN-BS completion program.

HISTORY

Initially, the University of Maine School of Nursing was a five-year program consisting of three years of liberal arts education and two years in one of three diploma schools of nursing. The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine granted a Bachelor of Arts Degree to the students upon completion of the program. In 1958, a four-year baccalaureate nursing program was established, made possible by a gift of $93,000 by Frances Payne Bolton. The School of Nursing was relocated in 1969 from the Orono campus to the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham campus. The University's name was changed to the University of Southern Maine in 1978.

In response to a long-standing need for baccalaureate nursing education at more than one campus site, nursing programs were established at Fort Kent and Orono in 1983. The USM School of Nursing was designated as the lead campus with administrative and academic control. By selecting this approach, USM was able to provide immediate access to nursing education programs at three sites while at the same time utilizing the curriculum and resources of an accredited program.

A master's program in nursing was initiated at USM in 1982 following a major study conducted by the Nursing Education Task Team. The master's program was designed to meet present and emerging health care needs of the region and to provide an opportunity for advanced study and clinical training to prepare nurse educators, managers, and advanced clinicians.

In 1986 following NLN consultation and a study exploring a variety of models for multi-campus administration, the lead campus/extension site model was dissolved allowing the Fort Kent and Orono campuses to seek independent accreditation.

The Recreation and Leisure Studies Program joined the School of Nursing in 1983 with faculty from both programs joining to develop a Health Studies Minor in 1986. A completion degree program offering a Bachelor of Science in Health Science was added in Fall 1996, the Department of Exercise, Health, and Sports Sciences, with majors in Athletic Training, Health Fitness and Exercise Physiology was instituted in Fall 1997 and, in Fall 2000, a completion degree program offering a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy became available.

In 1989 the RN to Baccalaureate degree program was extended to Lewiston Auburn College and in 1999 the nursing 4-year baccalaureate degree program was also extended to Lewiston Auburn College.

Reflecting the expanded programmatic offerings, the name of the college was changed to the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Fall 1999.

CURRENT PROGRAMS

The College of Nursing and Health Professions offers a baccalaureate program leading to a BS, and a graduate program leading to a MS. Special RN to BS and RN to MS options are available for RN students, as well as an Accelerated Baccalaureate and a Master of Science Option for Non-Nurses with a Baccalaureate Degree in another field. The graduate program also includes an accelerated master's degree for Advanced Practice Nurses and a post-master's certificate of advance study in psychiatric, adult or family health nursing. A baccalaureate program leading to a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation is available through the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department. The Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences Program offers a BS in Sports Medicine with three majors: Athletic Training, Health Fitness, and Exercise Physiology. The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences provides a completion degree for students holding an Associate Degree in a technical health field. The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy provides a completion degree for students holding an Associate Degree in Radiation Therapy. The College also offers minors in Holistic and Integrative Health, Recreation Leadership, and Nature Tourism.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

The BS program in nursing is designed to prepare a beginning professional nurse for practice in a variety of settings. It provides a foundation for advanced study in nursing. The nursing curriculum is based on prerequisite courses in the liberal arts, physical sciences, social sciences and on electives. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education(CCNE). It offers traditional and innovative clinical experiences to prepare graduates for the changing health care environment. The College of Nursing and Health Professions (CONHP) also offers this program on the Lewiston-Auburn campus.



School name:University of Southern MaineCollege of Nursing and Health Professions
Address:96 Falmouth Street, PO Box 9300
Zip & city:ME 04104-9300  Maine
Phone:(207) 780-4505
Web:http://www.usm.maine.edu/~son/
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INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course orients students to the expectations of a baccalaureate education in nursing. Academic communication and critical thinking skills within the context of professional nursing are emphasized. Issues of ethical and professional accountability related to the role(s) of the nurse are explored. Historical and contemporary perspectives on the nature and scope of nursing practice are examined.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course provides knowledge and skills essential to conduct in-depth bio-psycho-social-cultural health assessment of well individuals throughout the life span. Emphasis is placed on data collection through effective communication and physical skills followed by data analysis and identification of nursing diagnostics.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT PRACTICUM
The course provides knowledge and skills essential to conduct an in-depth bio-psycho-social-cultural, holistic health assessment of well individuals through the life span. Emphasis is placed on data collection through development of communication and physical examination skills. Data will then be analyzed and nursing diagnoses developed.

NURSING ARTS AND SCIENCE
This course introduces the student to concepts and skills basic to the art and science of nursing. The nursing process is introduced as a problem-solving tool, and is used along with scientific principles in the teaching of foundational nursing therapeutics used in most practice settings.

FUNDAMENTALS IN NURSING LAB I
This course focuses on the cognitive basis, scientific principles, and manipulative component of psychomotor skills used when implementing foundational nursing therapeutics, which promote, maintain, and restore the health of the client.

REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL HEALTH NURSING
This course focuses on the theory and research in reproductive and sexual health care. While emphasis is placed on holistic nursing care of diverse healthy families from preconception through the childbearing process, high risk conditions, including end of life care for neonates, and the interventions necessary for successful adaptation are also discussed. Male and female reproductive health issues and nursing care across the lifespan will be presented.

REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL HEALTH NURSING LAB
This course offers students experience in providing holistic nursing care to individuals and families engaged in childbirth experiences. Emphasis is placed on health needs and alterations during the childbearing process, as well as promotion and maintenance of health before, during, and after childbirth.

CHILD HEALTH NURSING
In this course, students examine family-centered nursing care in the health promotion and health care of children. Class discussions focus on theories, research, and literature related to health needs and common health problems of children. Family, heredity, environment, and socioeconomics are among the factors examined in discussions of nursing in child health.

CHILD HEALTH NURSING LAB
Child health lab provides an opportunity for the student in various health care settings to apply the theoretical concepts of health promotion, maintenance, and restoration with children and their families who are at risk or may be experiencing alterations in health.

ADULT/OLDER ADULT HEALTH NURSING
During this course, students will explore evidence-based nursing therapeutics which support both the adult and the older adult client experiencing health problems. The course considers major health problems in the United States, focusing on nursing knowledge needed for care of adults and older adults experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health in a variety of care settings. This course will encourage students to develop and practice critical thinking skills necessary for delivery of family-centered care in today's complex health care system. The roles of collaboration, advocacy, and teaching are introduced as the student nurse interacts with clients and their support systems across the continuum of care.

ADULT/OLDER ADULT HEALTH NURSING LAB
Students will intervene therapeutically with adults and older adults experiencing health problems. Students will practice problem-solving skills and critical thinking as they perform nursing roles in acute care settings.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
This course examines the theory and practice of psychiatric/mental health nursing. Assessment of clients and intervention strategies are explored. Interdisciplinary aspects of mental health care delivery and current issues in mental health nursing are discussed.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING LAB
This course offers students an opportunity to focus nursing practice on promotion, maintenance, and restoration of mental health. Clinical experience is provided in a mental health/psychiatric nursing setting. The emphasis is on application of concepts of mental health/psychiatric nursing.

NURSING CARE OF THE OLDER ADULT IN THE COMMUNITY
The focus of this course is the family-centered care of older individuals in the community. Emphasis is on nursing assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions with individuals and families coping with chronic illnesses. Health promotion/risk reduction strategies are applied. The roles of the nurse in interdisciplinary community settings are explored. Ethical issues unique to community settings are analyzed.

COMMUNITY NURSING PARTNERSHIPS I
This is the first in a two- or three-course series (NUR 339, NUR 341, and NUR 439). Over the course of two, 3-credit or three, 2-credit semesters, students will engage in partnership with a specific community. This sequence of courses incorporates the concepts of partnership building, risk identification, and health promotion within a community-based context. Students will collaborate with community partners to develop an understanding of both short- and long-term needs of the community. Problem posing and problem solving will come from the community. Students will engage in ongoing community assessment, support communities in developing long term interventions/approaches, and engage in evaluation of community level practice. Students will identify individuals and families within their communities who would benefit from individual and family-based nursing assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation. Students will work with health care providers in these communities to assess the need for and to augment the services available. Students will engage in both formative and summative evaluation over the course of their interaction with the community. Students will consider issues of continuation and termination as they work with individuals, families, fellow students, and community partners.

COMMUNITY NURSING PARTNERSHIPS II
This is the second in a two- or three-course series.

CONCEPTS IN COMMUNITY HEALTH
This course introduces the concepts and principles basic to the development and maintenance of the community's health. The epidemiological process guides the survey of current major health issues. The course focuses on the health issues of groups in the community at local, state, national, and global levels.

ADVANCED NURSING SKILLS LAB
This course builds on the theory, scientific principles, and psychomotor skills introduced in Nursing Arts and Sciences/ Fundamentals Lab to promote role development in the core competencies of nursing practice.

MANAGEMENT OF THE CRITICALLY ILL ADULT/OLDER ADULT
During the course, students will examine evidence-based therapeutic nursing interventions which support adult and older adult clients experiencing complex health problems. This course will encourage students to practice critical thinking skills necessary for delivery of ethical care to individuals and families experiencing high acuity illnesses. The roles of leader, collaborator, and coordinator are discussed as the nurse interacts with clients who are viewed as holistic beings.

MANAGEMENT OF THE CRITICALLY ILL ADULT/OLDER ADULT LAB
Students will intervene therapeutically with adults and older adults experiencing complex health problems. Students practice problem-solving skills and critical thinking as they perform nursing roles in acute care settings.

LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, AND ETHICS
Students explore professional and ethical issues that affect delivery of health care as well as the complexity of the nurse case management role using theories related to complex systems, leadership, and change. This course also provides an overview of the management and leadership roles in nursing practice with a major focus on organizational analysis, leadership and change theories, and quality improvement. Must be taken the last semester in the curriculum unless permission is granted by the director of nursing.

PRACTICUM/CARE MANAGEMENT
This practicum provides a culminating intensive clinical experience that provides students with an opportunity to refine their clinical practice. The course emphasizes the integration of the multiple roles of nursing and serves as a vehicle for enhancing critical thinking and communication. The primary purpose of the course is to develop competency in nursing care, including organizational, prioritization, and decision-making skills. End of life issues and professional ethics as applicable to a wide range of settings will be explored. To the degree possible, students select a practicum site consistent with their area of special interest with seminar sharing of the issues of diverse roles, clients, settings, and philosophies of practice. All students will present orally and demonstrate competency utilizing technical presentation applications.

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