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Wheeling Jesuit University (Department of Nursing)




Welcome to the Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) Department of Nursing. We are excited to have you visit WJU, where the Department of Nursing has been a vital program since its inception in 1976. The first nurses graduated with a BSN in 1980, and since then we have produced a remarkable cadre of nurses.

1. BSN Program
This baccalaureate program prepares graduates to apply to take the examination to license them as registered nurses. The program also lays the foundation for graduate school so that graduates, if they choose, may continue their education to become nurse practitioners, educators, researchers and other specialists. Employers actively seek our graduates, many of whom work in intensive care units and other specialty care areas after graduation. One reason that makes our graduates attractive to employers is that many of them elect to become certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) as students. Another reason is that the program has achieved high pass rates on recent national licensing exams. Twice in the past decade, 100 percent of WJU graduates have passed the exam on the first attempt.

2. RN-BSN Program
Especially designed for the motivated adult learner and working registered nurse, this program is available through a distance format. Upon completion, this program awards the nurse the baccalaureate degree and thus the opportunity for advancement in nursing. The courses are available online with students traveling to campus an average of once or twice a semester.

3. RN-MSN Programs
At the completion of this program, the graduate achieves both the BSN degree and the MSN degree. The student may elect any of the three MSN tracks listed below.

4. MSN Programs
A. Nursing Administration
This MSN program is designed to enhance the graduate’s knowledge in both nursing and administration since many management positions expect the nurse to be both a clinician and a manager. This program is offered in a distance format.

B. Nursing Education Specialist
This MSN program is for nurses interested in teaching in an academic setting or in a health care agency. Offered through a distance format, this program is designed to enhance both nursing and education knowledge and skills.

C. Family Nurse Practitioner
The graduate of this MSN program is prepared to apply to take a national certifying examination in the area of family nurse practitioner. Courses are offered in a distance format. Clinical is arranged on campus and in primary care sites and clinics. 668 clinical hours are required.

MISSION

The Department of Nursing, an integral part of Wheeling Jesuit University, seeks to fulfill the Jesuit tradition of educational excellence and service to others. The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide baccalaureate and graduate nursing education and service to the community. Through an integrated program of classroom and clinical practice, the graduate is prepared as a professional nurse to promote health/wellness in a variety of settings.

GOALS

To provide the following educational programs:

* A baccalaureate program which prepares graduates to enter professional nursing and fnction competently at the entry level. A baccalaurate program which is accessible to registered nurses n the community and builds upon their knowledge.
* A graduate program which enhances the graduate's skills and ability to contribute to nursing knowledge.
* To serve the campus community, the local community, and the nursing community.



School name:Wheeling Jesuit UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:316 Washington Avenue, Donahue Hall
Zip & city:WV 26003 West Virginia
Phone:(304) 243 - 2215
Web:http://www.wju.edu/academics/nur/
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Department of Nursing Courses


HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course introduces the concept of physical assessment throughout the life span.

CLINICAL NUTRITION
Study of clinical nutrition as related to the nurse’s role in promoting health.

BASIC CARE
A study and practice of basic patient care.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING CARE
This course examines the foundational principles of the delivery of nursing care. Health care issues are explored and students are introduced to basic nursing concepts. 4 credit hours of clinical experiences afford the opportunity to provide nursing care to select clients.

ACUTE CARE NURSING I
This course focuses on the care of clients with acute health care needs as well as clients who require adaptation across the life span with special emphasis on the maternal, child and psychiatric client.

ACUTE CARE NURSING II
This course focuses on the care of clients with acute health care needs as well as clients who require adaptation across the life span with special emphasis on the adult client. One (1) credit of clinical experiences emphasize nursing care relevant to short-term health needs and health maintenance issues.

INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Examines disruptions of normal physiology and related signs, symptoms, physical and laboratory findings.

PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
Major emphasis placed on pathology of mental health problems.

ELEMENTS OF RESEARCH IN NURSING
Critical review and analysis of research in nursing. Specific guided reviews of research reports are conducted.

PHARMACOLOGY
Study of the principles of pharmacology as related to the nurse’s role in monitoring the client’s status and promoting health.

SYSTEMS CONCEPTS
This course examines the interaction of the nurse with various systems, including the family, community and the profession.

MULTISYSTEM CARE NURSING I
This course examines the care of patients with multisystem needs throughout the lifespan.The primary focus is on the needs of adult clients. Lifelong care and prevention of complications are emphasized.

MULTISYSTEM CARE NURSING II
This course examines the care of patients with multisystem needs throughout the lifespan.The primary focus is on the needs of clients within the pediatric and psychiatric populations. Lifelong care and prevention of complicaitons are emphasized.

CRITICAL THINKING
Critical thinking and problem solving skills are applied to patient situations involving complications.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Continuation of the study of disrupted physiology and related signs, symptoms and findings.

COMPLEX NURSING CARE I
This course examines care of the client with complex needs. Emphasis is placed on setting priorities in acute crisis as well as long term health to prioritize and make decisions while delivering complex care in varied settings.

COMPLEX NURSING CARE II
This course examines care of the client with complex needs. Emphasis is placed on decision making in complex situations and on making the transition from student to practitioner of nursing.

ACLS (ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT)
This course is designed to prepare the student for the ACLS certification exam.Through the use of critical thinking, the student will develop an understanding of the treatment of a client in an arrest state.

NURSING TRENDS AND ISSUES
Analysis of the evolution and significance of current trends and issues in nursing.

BASIC EKG
This course focuses on the identification of cardiac dysrhythmias, benign and lethal, including causes and symptoms accompanying each dysrhythmia.Through the use of practice telemetry strips, students will then apply interpretation skills in a clinical setting.

NURSING EXTERNSHIP
A clinical nursing elective which enables rising senior nursing students to integrate a summer externship into their program of studies.

SENIOR SEMINAR I
Beginning review of nursing knowledge for the NCLEX-RN exam. Test-taking strategies are refined and specific content areas are emphasized.

SENIOR SEMINAR II
Continuing review of nursing knowledge for the NCLEX-RN exam. Emphasis on decision-making in specific areas of nursing.

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