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Viterbo University (School of Nursing)




We are proud of our legacy of excellence and envision a strong future as a premier professional program founded on a liberal arts tradition and rooted in Franciscan values.

We have been committed to provide the very best in nursing education for forty years and have graduated over 3000 students. The faculty are all experienced nurses with graduate education in clinical specialty areas of nursing and in education. Five of our faculty have been honored as Viterbo University "Teachers of the Year" and several have been named in "Who's Who in American Education" and in "Who's Who in American Nursing."

Nursing as a profession involves using scientific knowledge to facilitate healing. Therefore, we strive to create a learning environment that fosters the development of competent and caring professionals. Within our curriculum, we emphasize health promotion and disease prevention as well as the use of advanced technology to minimize the effects of disease and disability. In our increasingly global and diverse community, we focus on nursing care within the context of family, culture and community. Professional practice is based on scholarship and research and we incorporate these skills into the curriculum.

One unique component of our programs is emphasis on ethical decision making. Every course in the nursing curriculum includes both theory and application of ethical principles to insure that nursing graduates can address the complex ethical issues that will confront them in their professional careers and in their daily lives. This values based education is the hallmark of a Viterbo University graduate.

MISSION STATEMENT

The School of Nursing, while supporting the mission of Viterbo University, educates students to be professionals who will advance the high standards of nursing practice. Further, its faculty seeks to create an educational experience that embraces the pursuit of wisdom and the values of caring, integrity, and commitment as preparation for leadership and service in a dynamic health care environment.

VISION

The School of Nursing will develop nursing leaders whose competence, caring, and commitment to excellence will empower individuals and communities to achieve the highest level of health and well-being.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) program is designed to prepare beginning generalist nurses who can provide professional nursing care in a variety of settings. Graduates are prepared to provide health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration to diverse individuals, families and communities. Most students follow a four year plan of study; a five year option is available also.



School name:Viterbo UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:900 Viterbo Drive
Zip & city:WI 54601 Wisconsin
Phone:1-608-796-3088
Web:http://www.viterbo.edu/son.aspx?id=1030
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INFORMATICS MANAGEMENT
BSN completion students are introduced to concepts and skills used in information management, emphasizing the importance of computer literacy in nursing. An understanding of information technology will be obtained using a variety of computer resources and programs. Students are provided with a refresher of college-level writing skills and expectations. A familiarization with the American Psychological Association (APA) writing style and various styles of professional presentation will also be established.

GERONTOLOGY NURSING: CONCEPTS AND CLINICAL APPLICATION
This course provides knowledge of the older adult and related nursing skills. It introduces age related changes, their impact on the functional health patterns and issues concerning the older adult population. Clinical experience takes place in long-term care facilities and in the community with older adults. Immunization and health record must be complete and on file in the university health services office.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFE CYCLE
Designed to teach students the skills required to collect health history data and to perform a systematic physical examination. Developmental and transcultural considerations are addressed. Emphasis is placed on integrating the components of the nursing health assessment.

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN NURSING
This course focuses on basic communication skills essential for working with clients of various ages and with health care professionals. Content includes interpersonal communications and group dynamics. Students will practice communication skills with individuals and within groups.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Courses on topics of interest to nursing students offered on the basis of need, interest, or timeliness.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Independent reading and/or research under the guidance of a faculty member. Refer to the academic policy section for independent study policy. Independent study contract is required.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS
The course is an introduction to the art and science of nursing. The Viterbo University School of Nursing conceptual framework is introduced with focus on professionalism, nursing process, critical thinking and values/ethics. Basic concepts related to the research process are presented.

PARISH NURSE MINISTRY
Focuses on the seven roles of the nurse: health educator, integrator of faith and health, personal health counselor, referral agent, health advocate, volunteer coordinator, and support program developer. This course is endorsed by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center and prepares the RN to practice as a parish nurse.

DEATH AND DYING
Students examine the behaviors, attitudes and practices related to dying, death, and bereavement. Focus is twofold: personal in surveying one’s own attitudes about death and dying and professional in identifying the needs of others during the grieving process.

HEALTH CARE ISSUES OF OLDER ADULTS
Focus is on current issues relevant to promoting and maintaining health in older adults. Discussion will include the major concepts and theories while exploring the aging process as it relates to the health care continuum. A third credit may be earned through an additional project related to the older adult. Restricted to students with junior standing or higher.

SPIRITUALITY OF HEALTH AND HEALING
This course will promote an understanding of the influence that spirituality, beliefs, and values have on human health and healing. Utilizing theories from nursing and theology and revisiting theories from the physical and social sciences, the student will be guided to explore a personal definition of spirituality and its application in professional nursing practice. This course will facilitate a personal holistic approach in the care of self, patients, families, and communities. Students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with persons from various spiritual traditions.

MATERNAL-NEWBORN NURSING: CONCEPTS AND CLINICAL APPLICATION
The course provides a holistic approach to the study of maternal-newborn nursing concepts including normal and high-risk childbearing women and their neonates with a family context. Current research and ethical/legal principles are presented and applied in clinical. Maternal-newborn concepts are applied during the clinical experience in the hospital maternity unit and the community.

CHILD HEALTH NURSING: CONCEPTS AND CLINICAL APPLICATION
A family centered approach to health promotion and health alterations in children from birth through adolescence is used. Well-child and child health nursing concepts are applied in the school laboratory as well as in a variety of pediatric clinical and community settings. Emphasis is placed on application of developmental theory when providing nursing care to this population.

TRANSITIONS
BSN completion students are introduced to the conceptual framework used in the School of Nursing. The concepts of the framework are explored from a professional standpoint.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Concepts of disease/illness in the person’s biological system are introduced. Focuses on understanding the development of the disease process, associated physiologic responses and clinical manifestations, as well as the diagnosis and common treatment of selected health alterations.

NURSING RESEARCH
The research process as related to qualitative and quantitative methods will be explored. Comparison of respective purposes, methods, data collection and analysis will be included. Theory development, ethical issues in nursing research, critiquing and nursing research utilization will be discussed.

PHARMACOLOGY
This course covers the general principles of drug therapy including absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of the agent. Also included are biochemical and physiological effects and how the agent is used in treatment of disease. Critical thinking in the application of the nursing process to drug therapy in individuals across the life span is stressed.

WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES
Designed to examine women’s health issues from a feminist perspective. The historical role of women as providers and consumers of health care as well as the relationship of women to the health care system are explored. Women’s health issues and concerns across the life span are discussed from a holistic model. A half day workshop on domestic violence and sexual assault is held on a Saturday. The third credit is earned through independent work on an action project affecting women’s health and presentation of the work in class.

NURSING RESEARCH: METHODS AND APPLICATION
Nursing students in this course will examine a variety of quantitative, qualitative as well as evidence based research methodologies useful in their role as care provider and member of the nursing profession. Each step of the quantitative research process will be reviewed and critiqued utilizing a variety of research studies. Students will present a critique of a qualitative nursing research study to peers and faculty. Additionally, ethical principles and values important to the conduct of research will be explored.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING: CONCEPTS
This course incorporates the nursing process theory related to care of adults needing restorative and maintenance care. The general concepts of pain, cancer, and the perioperative experience are discussed. In addition, a holistic approach will be emphasized in studying the following systems: musculoskeletal, respiratory, neurological, sensory, cardiovascular, endocrine/matabolic, gastroinestinal, reproductive, hematologic, immunologic, and genitourinary.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING: CLINICAL APPLICATION
Application of the nursing process to a diverse adult population needing restoration and maintenance care relating to the concepts and systems included in Adult Health Nursing: Concepts.

MIND BODY THERAPIES: APPLICATIONS TO HEALTH AND ILLNESS
Current scientific research in the emerging field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) and the implications of this research in maintaining health and preventing illness are presented. Demonstration and supervised practice of a variety of mind-body therapies provide opportunities for hands on experience.

HUMOR IN HEALTH CARE
A critical look at the nature of humor. An interactive course exploring the effect of humor on health and on health care practitioners with the cultivation of the use of humor in health care practice.

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT FOR NURSES
This course focuses on theory, issues, and applications relevant to nursing leadership and management. Skills necessary to manage organizational resources and programs are examined such as information and fiscal management, grant writing, facilitating change, marketing strategies, conflict resolution, and team building. Professional skills relevant to nursing management and leadership are emphasized.

ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE
Ethical theory and ethical decision-making are presented initially. A major portion of the course consists of group discussions in which critical case analysis is utilized to explore ethical dilemmas and the complex relationships between the moral, legal and religious aspects of health care across the life span. Other issues relevant to the health care professions are also explored.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING: ADVANCED CONCEPTS AND CLINICAL APPLICATION
This course continues adult health nursing theory and clinical application process related to the care of adults needing complex restorative and maintenance health interventions. The following areas are covered: cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, endocrine, neurologic, and renal systems.

REFORMING APPROACHES TO PATIENT EDUCATION: EXPLORING NEW SKILLS AND STRATEGIES
In nursing practice patient education is a core and critical responsibility. Competing demands and diverse patient populations in nursing practice make it increasingly challenging for nurses to provide effective patient education. This course focuses on interpretive teaching methodologies that provide the BSN completion student with approaches to patient education that are responsive to the complexity of providing patient education in contemporary health care settings.

PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: CONCEPTS AND CLINICAL APPLICATION
This course focuses on a broad-based understanding and clinical application of mental health concepts and behavioral aberrations that occur in mental illness. Nursing students analyze the nursing process with a critical view towards the individual, family, ethical aspects, and resources for the mentally ill.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Current issues and trends in nursing are explored along with the theoretical foundations of the profession. A theme of cohesiveness within the nursing profession is interwoven throughout. The process of professional portfolio development is also included.
COMMUNITY NURSING
Public health theory and the nursing process are utilized as they apply to diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities across the life span in a variety of community settings. Health care systems, policies, politics, and economics are explored. Must be taken concurrently with 451.

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING: CLINICAL APPLICATION
Public health theory and the nursing process is explored in relation to individuals, families, groups, and communities. Clinical experiences include principles of epidemiology, environmental health, communicable disease, and self-care. The role of the public health nurse: care provider, teacher, manager, researcher, and member of the nursing discipline is examined in a variety of selected community settings.

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING: CONCEPTS AND CLINICAL APPLICATIONS
Public health theory, health promotion, and the nursing process are studied and applied to individuals, families, groups, and communities across the life span in a variety of settings. Environmental health, epidemiology, health care systems, policy development, economics, and disaster nursing are studied. The roles of the public health nurse: care provider, educator, manager, patient advocate, researcher, and member of the nursing profession are discussed and incorporated into a variety of clinical experiences and settings.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING LEADERSHIP
General concepts of nursing leadership and management are explored including delegation, change theory, motivation, fiscal management, legal issues, and problem-solving of selected management issues.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PERSPECTIVES
This course explores the major issues and trends facing the nursing profession and addresses these issues as opportunities instead of problems. Historical, philosophical, and social development are studied through which nursing can increase its value to itself and to society. Prerequisites: 322, 332, 365, 372, 382, 460.

LEADERSHIP CONCEPTS
The concepts of leadership and management will be explored from a nursing perspective. Organizational behaviors and the financial issues of health care will also be discussed.

TRANSCULTURAL NURSING
This course is designed to provide the professional nurse with beginning knowledge of individuals and families from different cultures, ethnic groups, and diverse ways of being in the world that the nurse may encounter in the ever-expanding nursing practice arena. Included in the course content will be explorations of how one’s culture/ethnicity influence communication practices, space, time orientation, social interactions, health beliefs/practices, and use of alternative therapies and folk remedies. After explorations of similarities and differences in these dimensions, the nurses will reflect on how these dimensions influence nursing care for individuals from different cultures/ethnicities and diverse lifestyles.

CLINICAL SYNTHESIS PORTFOLIO
All graduates of the Viterbo University School of Nursing are expected to fulfill the program outcomes known as the Assessment Outcomes (AO). Acknowledging the varied backgrounds of the BSN completion students and recognizing their uniqueness, the ability of the RNs to meet the AOs will be validated with the Clinical Synthesis Portfolio portfolio. Integration of the concepts, skills, and values acquired through the humanities, liberal arts, and other nursing courses will be evaluated through the use of the synthesis paper.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING: CLINICAL SYNTHESIS
This clinical course provides an opportunity for the practice of leadership and management skills, utilization of the conceptual framework, and the development of a personal philosophy of nursing in the clinical setting as well as through written work including journals, a professional manuscript, and a quality improvement paper.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Courses on topics of interest to nursing students offered on the basis of need, interest, or timeliness.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Independent reading and/or research under the guidance of a faculty member. Refer to the academic policy section for independent study policy. Independent study contract is required.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Assists the BSN completion student in collecting appropriate subjective and objective data related to obtaining a nursing history and performing a health assessment. The emphasis is on understanding normal findings and normal variations in children, adults, and elderly persons.

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