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Wesley College (Department of Nursing)




1967 – December 2004 Associate in Science in Nursing

Wesley College Department of Nursing has a long tradition of providing innovative nursing education. Wesley College began the first Associate Degree Nursing Program in Delaware in 1967. We were accredited by the National League for Nurses Accrediting Commission with our first graduating class in 1969, and maintained the accredited status for the ADN program until December 2004 when the final class of associate degree students graduated. Thirty-seven years of Associate Degree Nursing Education contributed valuable nurse leaders to the profession of nursing!

1994 Master of Science in Nursing

To meet the needs of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) graduate who wanted further education, Wesley College Department of Nursing developed the Masters of Science in Nursing to carry a student from the ADN to MSN in five semesters plus a summer.

This career mobility model prepares the graduate to function as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Health Promotion and Wellness. The MSN program is fully accredited by the National League for Nurses Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

2003 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

In response to the increased demand for nurses and the growing emphasis on community-based care, requiring a nurse armed with higher levels of independence and critical thinking, Wesley College Department of Nursing now offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The Department of Nursing has its own computer laboratory. A clinical skills laboratory equipped to simulate various health care settings. Both labs are designed to assist the nursing student in learning new skills and develop critical thinking and decision-making.

PHILOSOPHY

The Department of Nursing embraces the beliefs of Wesley College. These beliefs philosophically underpin all program development and design within the Department of Nursing. Further beliefs are stated in terms of nursing education, nursing practice, and health, as nursing has a distinct body of knowledge which guides nursing practice.

Beliefs fundamental to the Department of Nursing are expressed within the core value of community, and the building of community capacity within the framework of nursing education and nursing practice. Nursing education should serve the individual nurse, the profession and the community. Nursing education is a dynamic process that upholds the principles of life-long learning and respects previous knowledge the individual brings to the educational environment. Nursing education provides a unique, holistic base of theoretic knowledge that prepares the individual to practice in ways that facilitate and promote the health of individuals, families, and communities.

Health is defined as an integrated method of functioning. It is developing and interacting in meaningful ways with the social and physical environment with the goal of maximizing one’s potential (capacity).

The practice of nursing is fundamentally client based, and requires a broad and holistic view of health within the context of community. Nursing practice is collaborative in nature, and requires independent critical thought, a broad theory base, and a scholarly approach to problem solving as well as health promotion.

MISSION STATEMEN

The Department of Nursing mission embraces the Wesley College mission. Basic principles of holism, community, lifelong learning and critical thinking are incorporated into the curriculum design furthering excellence in teaching, clinical practice and scholarship.

STATEMENT OF VISION

The faculty and students of Wesley College Department of Nursing envision being recognized nurse leaders in health promotion and wellness throughout the Delmarva

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing prepares the graduate for beginning practice as a professional nurse. Students begin clinical experiences in the first semester of study and utilize a broad liberal arts and science base to provide nursing interventions in a variety of clinical settings across the curricular experience. The final senior semester provides an opportunity for the students to select a specialized area of practice for in depth study. Selected seniors (based on academic achievement and interest) may take 3 credit of graduate study in the final semester.

Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is complete for its purpose to prepare graduates to take the NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN), to assume a role within the totality of nursing clients who need information information or support to maintain health, who are in need of medical diagnostic evaluation and/or are experiencing acute or chronic illness. It is directed toward client's responses to common, well-defined health problems in which nursing diagnoses are established. The practice of the BSN graduate encompasses the roles of a provider of care, a manager of care, and a member within the discipline of nursing. The BSN graduate is able to demonstrate critical thinking, clinical competence, and a commitment to the value of client-oriented nursing care. Through collaborative, accountable, organized practice, the BSN Graduate is an advocate for the client and respects other health care workers and their contributions to client care. The BSN graduate practices within the ethical and legal framework of nursing, appreciates the value of research, and demonstrates commitment to self-development, professional growth, and life long learning.



School name:Wesley CollegeDepartment of Nursing
Address:120 North State Street
Zip & city:DE 19901 Delaware
Phone:302.736.2550
Web:http://www.wesley.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=academics.nursing
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INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Introduces concepts and roles of professional nursing and the Wesley College conceptual framework for the nursing curriculum. Nursing process, introductory communication skills, and basic techniques of care are emphasized. Two class hours and three clinical hours.

CLIENT ASSESSMENT FOR HEALTH PROMOTION
Teaches the concepts and skills of physical and mental assessment to identify an individual’s health status. Health promotion concepts and strategies are identified and used to guide the development of a plan for assisting the client to maximize his or her health potential.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING
Focuses on fundamental nursing interventions and assisting clients to fulfill basic human needs. Nursing roles as caregiver, communicator, problem solver and member of the health care team are developed in structured settings.

NUTRITION AND PHARMACOLOGY
Focuses on the principles and concepts of normal/clinical nutrition and pharmacology and their nursing implications. The nursing process is used to explore the therapeutic effects, side effects and adverse reactions that may occur in clients as a result of these therapies. Patient education concepts are emphasized.

HEALTH MAINTENANCE AND RESTORATION I
Examines physiologic, phychosocial, and community concepts as they apply to care of adult clients across the life span in a variety Of clinical settings. Selected concepts and theories related to restoring and maintaining optimal health of clients experiencing common acute and/or chronic health problems are examined.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Presents structural and functional changes within the tissues and organ systems, which result in clinical manifestations of disease. Provides basis for understanding the principles of diagnosis, treatment and management of specific diseases affecting individual patients. Provides the rationale needed to provide adequate patient care of individuals with these diseases and disorders.

NURSING CARE AT THE END-OF-LIFE
Provides essential concepts and the best practices for quality of care at the end of life. It combines holistic, humanistic caring with comprehensive palliative interventions to manage pain and other symptoms that occur at the end of life. The course includes interventions and concepts appropriate across the lifespan.

CHILD CARE HEALTH CONSULTANT TRAINING
Provides health professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge and the skills to provide consultation, training and technical assistance to childcare providers in the State of Delaware.

HEALTH MAINTENANCE AND RESTORATION II
This course expands upon the concepts of Health Maintenance and Restoration I, and focuses on issues related to patients with multi-system conditions and complex clinical needs.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
Explores principles or nursing research and the conceptual models and theories utilized in the development of research studies. Emphasis on developing ability in critiquing and evaluating research findings as they apply to nursing practice.

HEALTH MAINTENANCE AND RESTORATION III
Examines physiological, psychological, psychosocial, and community concepts as they apply to the care of adults with degenerative, debilitating diseases. Emphasis on comprehensive rehabilitative nursing care to facilitate optimal client health capacity. Addresses concepts of disaster nursing and emergency preparedness.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Introduces organizational theory and structure of nursing care delivery systems and components of leadership behavior. The course focuses on role of nurse leadership in multiple roles of organizing, teaching, decision making, evaluating, and managing conflict.

PERIOPERATIVE NURSING CLINICAL PRACTICUM
Nursing process and Maslow's hierarchy of human needs are the basis for the comprehensive exploration of Perioperative nursing. The major concepts of this course will be the principles of surgical asepsis, maintaining a safe care environment, and the advanced technology utilized in the surgical and post anesthesia settings.

MATERNAL/CHILD NURSING
Applies concepts of the art and science of nursing care of the family throughout the life cycle. The course addresses family needs across the health/illness continuum.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Explores concepts and principles of caring for clients in community settings and client as community. Diverse nursing roles and interventions are examined. In depth community assessment employing epidemiological principles and data collection strategies are emphasized. The course discusses the determinants and operations of the of the health care system from a broad political, economic, social and legal perspective.

CRITICAL THINKING TO ENHANCE PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
Involves the student in cognitive (thinking) and attitude (feeling) exercises. Students apply the basic core nursing knowledge and draw on knowledge from other fields to respond to client situations that enhance positive outcomes for clients.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Applies concepts/principles of providing care to individuals, groups, and families to restore and maintain optimal health of clients experiencing psychopathology.

SENIOR PRACTICUM
In-depth study of student-selected specialty area of nursing. Leadership and research concepts are integrated. Culminates in focused senior capstone.

TRANSITIONS TO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Explores issues that influence nursing. Political, ethical, legal principles as they relate to health care delivery system. Health care policy, scope of professional nursing practice and transition from student to professional nursing role.

FIELD STUDY IN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH
Explores the sociocultural dimension of health/illness and systems in a selected country. Visits to health resources are a major component. Completion of level three courses or permission from instructor.

THEORY BASE OF NURSING PRACTICE
Introduces the RN to the conceptual, philosophical, scientific and ethical bases for professional nursing practice. Models are analyzed and discussed from an economic, political, practice, power and legal point of view. Nursing process is applied to case scenarios that depict a variety of models.

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