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Wagner College (Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing)


Emphasizing leadership and decision making, Wagner’s Nursing Program blends liberal arts and intensive course work in nursing to prepare upper division graduate nurses for the intellectual and technical challenges of the profession. Students are offered a variety of field experiences in selected health care agencies. Wagner’s nursing programs are accredited by the New York State Education Department and the National League for Nursing. The department is affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Graduates are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN examinations and may work in a variety of health care settings.


A complete program for students majoring in nursing meets the general requirements for graduation from the College, inclusive of courses and clinical experiences for admission to the nursing profession. The program is available to qualified individuals who are capable of performing the essential functions of learning associated with the profession of nursing.

The Nursing Program is an upper division major which nursing students do not enter until the junior year. In the first two years at the College, prospective nursing majors take required cognate courses for the major plus courses for their general education requirement. The nursing major is made up of four modules to be taken in the last four semesters at the College. There are 16 units of major courses and 5 units of related cognate courses required of nursing majors.

Clinical experiences are an integral component of the nursing courses. Selected health care agencies in the boroughs of New York City are available for clinical experiences. Standardized exams are required to be successfully passed after each course with a clinical experience.

Graduates from the program receive the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing. These graduates are then eligible to sit for State Board of Nursing examinations for Registered Professional Nurses (NCLEX).


The mission of the undergraduate nursing program at Wagner College is designed to prepare students to become professional nurses who will be able to promote, restore, and maintain the health of individuals and groups within society. This program is based on a core of knowledge, capitalizing on liberal arts and the sciences to foster learning about nursing theory and practice, health, the individual, sociocultural systems, learning, and the environment. These foundations are the organizing framework for the nursing curriculum. Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to assume the responsibility of working as a generalist in a variety of institutional and community health care settings, utilizing the abilities of inquiry and critical analysis. The program provides a thorough base for continued professional growth at the graduate level in order to meet the demands and challenges of the changing nursing care system.


In order to meet the program’s mission, achievement of the following specific program objectives is necessary. At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

1. evaluate the impact of the bio-psychological and sociocultural stressors on an individual’s state of health as he/she interacts with the environment;
2. demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge of diverse cultures in providing health care to individuals, families, and groups;
3. utilize the nursing process to promote, restore, and maintain the optimum health of individuals;
4. synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines as a source for making decisions in nursing practice;
5. educate individuals, families. and groups in order to optimize their states of health;
6. use the research process to expand their own nursing knowledge and practice;
7. demonstrate the leadership role of the professional nurse as a beginning practitioner in a variety of settings; and
8. demonstrate the responsibility and accountability of a professional nurse.

School name:Wagner CollegeEvelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing
Address:One Campus Road, Campus Hall Room 316
Zip & city:NY 10301 New York

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Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing Courses

MODULE I FALL, JUNIOR YEAR DIMENSIONS OF HEALTH PROMOTION IN THE COMMUNITY The focus of this nursing course is to introduce the nursing major to nursing and promotion of health in a variety of settings. Topics such as basic community needs and assessment, culture, wellness, communication and preparation to enter the community health care system are explored. A clinical lab and community experience component is included with this course to introduce students to basic nursing skills and to enhance therapeutic interactions and primary prevention awareness. DIMENSIONS OF HEALTH ASSESSMENT This nursing course prepares the nursing major to become adept at utilizing the nursing process for assessment of the client as well as the importance of accurate and thorough history taking. A clinical laboratory component is included with this course. PHARMACODYNAMICS This course is designed to define and explain the nurse's role in understanding the nursing process for administration of medications in various community settings. A clinical laboratory component is added to apply objectives to accurately calculate and administer medications safely. Classes and actions of drugs are a key part of the content. DIMENSIONS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION CONTROL The nursing process is utilized in discussion and clinical application of epidemiological considerations in the community. Fundamental theory base will be enhaced with this primarily clinically-focused course which contains the mandated infection control components. MODULE II SPRING, JUNIOR YEAR NURSING CARE OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY The nursing process is used to promote and restore the health of the childbearing family. Students examine the bio-psychological and socio-cultural stressors that influence the health states of families throughout the prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn periods. A clinical component is included. NURSING CARE OF THE CHILDREARING FAMILY The nursing process is used to promote and restore the health of the child from infancy through toddlerhood, preschool, school-age adolescent, and the young adult. Students examine the bio-psychological and socio-cultural stressors that influence the health states of children within each developmental stage and within the family. A clinical component is included. NURSING CARE OF THE FAMILY IN ILLNESS I The nursing process is used in the promotion and restoration of health of those individuals who are experiencing an alteration in cellular function and growth, oxygenation, metabolic, and sexual functions. A clinical component is included. MODULE III FALL, SENIOR YEAR TECHNIQUES OF NURSING RESEARCH This course builds on students prior knowledge of select nursing studies. Students discuss and critique qualitative and quantitative nursing studies. The importance of research in nursing to the consumer and practitioner of nursing are examined. PSYCHODYNAMIC DIMENSIONS OF PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH This course presents an overview of psychiatric-mental health care issues prevailing in society. It offers the essential research based content related to nursing care theory and practice. Content includes understanding the nurse's role development within this specialty and developing skills of assessment, intervention, and evaluation of clients exhibiting impaired behavioral responses to stressors in their environments. Legal, ethical, and advocacy considerations are included. This course includes a clinical component. NURSING CARE OF THE FAMILY IN ILLNESS II This course utilizes the nursing process to promote and restore the health of individuals who experience alterations in tissue perfusion, digestion/elimination and motor-sensory function. MODULE IV SPRING, SENIOR YEAR - LEARNING COMMUNITY COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING This course focuses on the community as a continuum of care. The students utilize the nursing process within the community context to promote, restore and maintain the health of individuals, families and groups. A community based clinical component is included. NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT This course introduces the role of the nurse as leader. Leadership styles and management theory will serve as the foundation for the study of supervision, finance, budgeting, delegation, organizational structure, allocation of resources and case management within a multitude of health care settings. The students will enhance their abilities to become independent decision makers through communication and collaboration with health care professionals in various clinical settings. Offered spring semester.* DIMENSIONS OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING IN THE COMMUNITY This course provides information on the nursing management of discrete populations presenting unique challenges. Content includes age related issues associated with the care of children, adolescents, and the elderly. Special needs of clients diagnosed with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, those coping with sexual and gender issues, HIV infection, dual diagnosis and chronic mental illness, violence in the family and acute, chronic, or terminal illness are studied. REFLECTIVE TUTORIAL -SENIOR PRACTICUM This senior capstone course is to be taken in the last semester prior to graduation. The nursing process is used to promote, restore, and maintain the health states of individuals, families, and groups. Students develop independence under the direct guidance of a selected agency preceptor. Students cultivate the development of their professional role by using leadership abilities to become an active member of the healthcare team, a patient advocate, and a coordinator of health care. They reflect upon their experiences in seminar via oral and written communication. OTHER NURSING COURSES: BASIC NURSING SKILLS TUTORIAL This course is available if a student needs clinical and theory remediation in lieu of matriculation continued or leave of absence. HUMAN SEXUALITY: ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN This is a survey course designed to provide the student with a factual background on human sexuality. Historical and research perspectives are integrated throughout the course as well as discussion, and examination of differing view points and current issues. This course may be a applied to the minor of gender studies. NUTRITION AND HEALTH Three hours of lecture weekly. General principles of dietetics, dietary regulatory mechanisms, ecological aspects of nutrition. The world food problem and its implicatons will also be considered. CHALLENGES OF PROFESSIONALISM IN NURSING This course is designed for the registered nurse student. It offers the student the opportunity to confront current professional issues with a focus on identifying future implications for the role of the professional nurse. SPECIAL TOPICS This course allows for discussion and analysis of current issues and/or research in response to student and departmental interest. INDEPENDENT STUDY This course is for qualified seniors who may arrange to investigate a special problem.

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