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Valparaiso University (College of Nursing)




We demand scholarship but we also emphasize service and excellence in teaching first and foremost. For over 35 years, Valparaiso University's College of Nursing has remained at the forefront of the nation's finest nursing programs. Valpo offers the benefits of a small, first-rate program and the advantages of a comprehensive university. The curriculum's blend of liberal arts with professional programs is indeed what makes Valpo graduates preparation exceptional.

The College of Nursing is made up of highly qualified faculty who demonstrate a commitment and passion for teaching and their profession. They are clinically experienced nurses who are leaders in their field. More than 60 percent of the faculty hold doctoral degrees in nursing. The College of Nursing offers several innovative options for undergraduate students: four-year BSN curriculum, Accelerated BSN option, RN-BSN and RN-MSN options. In addition, we offer the Masters of Science in Nursing degree, a Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Program, and a joint MSN/MBA program.

Professional nurses are in high demand and face an exciting future. Dynamic career possibilities exist for those who care about humanity and want to help others. The curriculum at Valpo provides graduates with a deeper understanding of their clients and a greater ability to holistically manage care. The program is designed to develop critical thinking skills that are invaluable in making decisions as a professional nurse.

HISTORY

Dorothy P. Smith, Dean from 1967 to 1982. Dr. Smith was the first Dean of the College of Nursing.

At the opening convocation of the 1968-69 academic year President Albert G. Huegli proclaimed the official opening of the College of Nursing. That proclamation marked the culmination of the vision and labors of many members and supporters of Valparaiso University who recognized the harmony of professional nursing education with the University's goals.

The first administrator of the College, Dorothy Paulsen Smith, Ph.D., assumed the deanship in the fall of 1967, before the college was a reality, and served as dean for 15 years. Sharing the University's goal of providing the highest level of nursing education, Dean Smith helped to bring the College of Nursing into existence.

The College of Nursing opened in the fall of 1968 with an enrollment of 55 freshmen and a new freshman class was added each year. In the spring of 1972, the first class was graduated with a B.S.N. In the interim the College moved into its newly constructed building, LeBien Hall.

The Bachelors program in nursing (B.S.N.) was initially accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nurses' Registration and Nursing Education in 1969, and by the National League for Nursing in 1974. The Masters program graduated its first class in 1991 under the leadership of Freda Scales who served as dean from 1982 - 2000. The Masters program in nursing (M.S.N.) was accredited by the National League for Nursing in 1993. The College instituted a Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner program in 1994. Both the graduate and undergraduate programs were accredited by the Committee for Collegiate Nursing Education in 2000. Janet Brown was named Dean of the College of Nursing in July 2000.

Throughout its history the College of Nursing has maintained high academic and professional standards that guide its ongoing response to the changing educational requirements of a the nursing profession. It has translated the trust of the founders of the College into a quest for excellence that has resulted in wide respect for the college and for the ability of its graduates.

MISSION

The College of Nursing prepares critically inquiring, competent professional nurses and advanced practice nurses who embrace truth and learning and who respect Christian values while promoting health for persons in dynamic health care environments. As an integral part of Valparaiso University, the College of Nursing shares the University's mission. Graduates are not only competent professionals, but also are responsible citizens who reflect the spirit of the University's Lutheran heritage and Christian tradition in their quests for excellence.

PHILOSOPHY

Valparaiso University provides community-based nursing education. Learning opportunities immerse students in a rapidly changing health care environment where they gain an appreciation for the factors that influence health. Utilizing critical thinking, nursing students promote the health of persons where they live, work, play, and worship. The College of Nursing and community partners engage in ongoing collaborative relationships, building on the needs and capacities of both entities to positively impact the community. The philosophy of the College of Nursing incorporates the concepts of person, environment, health, and nursing.

OBJECTIVES

1. Enter the profession as a critically inquiring competent professional nurse who uses the processes of critical thinking, communication, and lifelong learning.
2. Engage in the role of components of provider of care, teacher, manager, and research consumer wherever persons live, work, play, and/or worship.
3. Appreciate how the environmental influences of culture, economics, ethics, law, politics, and technology impact a person's health.
4. Promote the health of persons in dynamic health care environments using primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

The College offers a four year curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In accordance with the philosophy of Valparaiso University, the faculty of the College believes its responsibility is to foster intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth of the student as an educated person and as a competent professional nurse. The curriculum therefore, includes a wide variety of foundation courses in the natural and social sciences and the liberal arts as well as courses related to the principles and practice of nursing.



School name:Valparaiso UniversityCollege of Nursing
Address:LeBien Hall 103
Zip & city:IN 46383 Indiana
Phone:219.464.5011
Web:http://www.valpo.edu/nursing/
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PROFESSIONAL ROLE IN NURSING.
An overview of professional nursing practice, analyzing the concepts of person, health, nursing, and environment. Explores the expanding role of the professional nurse including provider of care, teacher, manager, and research consumer. Students develop communication skills used in professional nursing.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Clinical practice in assessment skills of persons across the life-span. Emphasis is placed on those communication and psychomotor techniques that are fundamental for an organized and comprehensive health assessment relating to the nursing process.

THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL NURSE
An introduction to the concepts and principles of therapeutic and pharmacological interventions applied by the professional nurse in a dynamic health care environment.

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY-BASED NURSING AND HEALTH PROMOTION
Focuses on health promotion and the influence of diversity among persons living within the United States. This course is open to all university students with a sophomore standing or above and could be of benefit to students considering careers in theology, psychology, church work, social work, medicine, occupational or physical therapies. A service learning component is included that will provide experiences in interfaith community-based health promotion activities. This course may be used to fulfill the U.S. Diversity component of the General Education Requirements.

TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Concepts relevant to professional nursing are discussed and applied. Explores the expanding role of the professional nurse including provider of care, teacher, manager, and research consumer while emphasizing the process of communication, critical thinking, change, and lifelong learning.

GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES
Provides the student with the opportunity to explore cultural, economic, ethical, political, social, and technological issues in health care from a global perspective. The course will include a comparative analysis of selected health care delivery systems from around the world. This course is open to all university students with sophomore standing or above. May be used to fulfill the Cultural Diversity course component of the General Education requirements.

WOMEN AND THEIR HEALTH
A study of women’s health with a scope beyond childbearing and childrearing that promotes a comprehensive view of the health care needs of women. Health concerns of women are examined both within the medical model and a self-help framework. Emphasis is placed on the promotion and support of women’s involvement in decision making and responsibilities for their health.

NURSING CARE OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
The study and practice of professional nursing with a focus on childbearing women, families, and newborns at all levels of prevention. Emphasis is placed on a family-centered approach in community settings.

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
The application of psychiatric mental health nursing principles in the care of persons who have been impacted by psychiatric disturbances. Using psychobiological and behavioral theories and therapeutic communication skills, emphasis is placed on the promotion of optimal mental health functioning for individuals, families, and communities.

THE AGING PROCESS
An introduction to the theories and various dimensions of aging. Normal biological aging and health issues facing the elderly will be explored. Attitudes and expectations about aging will be discussed. Service learning activities will promote a holistic understanding of the aging process. This course is open to all university students, sophomore standing and above is recommended. Includes a service learning component.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I
Concentrates on the development of professional nursing practice with adults experiencing acute and chronic changes in health. Emphasis is placed on meeting the health needs of these adults and their families in a variety of environments at all levels of prevention.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS II
A continuation of Nursing Care of Adults I. Concentrates on the development of professional nursing practice with adults experiencing acute and chronic changes in health. Emphasis is placed on meeting the health needs of these adults and their families in a variety of environments at all levels of prevention.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION IN NURSING
Application of the concepts of professional nursing in a health care setting. Requires satisfactory work performance for a preselected employer and submission of a final project.

TOPICS IN NURSING AND HEALTH CARE
An open topic course which may cover specialized areas of nursing, current concepts, nursing concerns of delivery of health services. The course may be taken more than once for a maximum of six credit hours provided there is not duplication of topics.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING
Independent study of a selected topic.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH
An overview of scientific research as applied to nursing and the role of the professional nurse as a research consumer. The course includes the study of the research process and implications of findings for evidenced-based nursing practice.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Students explore approaches to healing and health used by various world cultures and considered alternative to traditional Western medicine. Emphasis is placed on the philosophical, theological, and cultural foundations of these healing strategies. Research and health policy issues associated with these approaches are also discussed. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Open to all students. May be used to fulfill the Cultural Diversity course component of the General Education requirements.

NURSING CARE OF THE CHILDREARING FAMILY
The study and practice of professional nursing care of children in a variety of settings. Using a family-centered approach, students engage with children and their families at all levels of prevention.

INTRODUCTION TO CASE MANAGEMENT
An introduction to case management in health care. Content includes the role of the case manager, models of case management, the case management process, standards of practice, and outcome management. A field experience with a case manager in an acute care setting is required (8 hours).

INTEGRATING CASE MANAGEMENT INTO PRACTICE
A study of the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the case manager role along the continuum of care. Community resources, the assessment of client support systems, reimbursement systems, cost analysis, networking knowledge, legislative and policy issues, and certification requirements are addressed. A field experience with a case manager in a non-acute care setting is required (8 hours).

COMPLEX HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF ADULTS
This course focuses on the application of professional nursing interventions necessary to care for adults experiencing complex health needs. Emphasis is placed on meeting the multiple requisites of these adults and their families in rehabilitation and critical care settings.

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on the roles of the public health nurse in providing care at all levels of prevention to individuals, families, and aggregates at home and in other community settings. Emphasis is placed on the synthesis of knowledge in nursing, public health, humanities, and sciences as students apply the nursing process to promote and preserve the health of a community and its members. Students will have the opportunity to explore the role of the public health nurse as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team.

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FOR THE PROFESSIONAL NURSE
An overview of management and leadership theories as applied by professional nurses in health care environments. Organizational, fiscal, and marketing concepts relevant to health care delivery are explored. Synthesis of the role components of the professional nurse and strategies for managing a career are emphasized.

PROFESSIONAL ROLE PRACTICUM
A course which facilitates the transition from student to beginning professional nurse. Within a clinical setting, students integrate knowledge from nursing and the arts and sciences to assist persons to achieve health. Only offered on S/U basis. All degree requirements must be met prior to beginning clinical practicum experience.

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