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Widener University (School of Nursing)




We offer academic excellence in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Direct entry into the full-time undergraduate program offers students the opportunity to begin nursing course in their first year at Widener. Our evening/weekend and RN/BSN programs offer flexibiity to meet the demands of working students while allowing them to complete their BSN.

Our graduate programs offer a variety of clinical specialties as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or a Nurse Practitioner. Our Doctor of Nursing Science program prepares nurse educators and researchers to meet the ever-growing demand for doctorally prepared nursing faculty.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

We offer a full-time baccalaureate program with direct admission into the School of Nursing as a freshman. Students may complete the nursing program on either a full-time or part-time basis. The opportunity for evening classes and evening and/or weekend options are available. We also offer RN completion programs and RN to MSN programs.

The strengths of our undergraduate program include:
* A strong clinical focus in nursing courses.
* Full integration into the broad University community.
* Doctorally prepared, clinically expert faculty.
* Diverse clinical experiences in world renowned facilities.
* Faculty/student ratio of 1:8 in clinical settings.
* A Dedicated Nursing Resource Learning Center (Sim-Man Included).
* An opportunity to take up to two graduate courses if eligible.
* An opportunity to participate in Nursing Honors PrograPartner in Nursing Education with US Army ROTC.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

We offer graduate programs at both the Masters and Doctoral levels including:
* Clinical Nurse Specialist programs include the following specialities: Adult Health, Community-Based Nursing, Emergency-Critical Care Nursing, Psych-Mental Health Nursing, and Nurse Educator.
* Family Nurse Practitioner program.
* Certificate programs in Adult Health Nursing, Community-Based Nursing, Emergency-Critical Care Nursing, and Psych-Menatl Health Nursing.
* The Doctor of Nursing Science program (DNSc) focuses on the preparation of nurse educators. A major strength of the program is the strong nursing knowledge component with an emphasis in scholarly inquiry. Faculty serve as highly qualified mentors for students.

VISION

Widener University School of Nursing aspires to be a preeminent school of nursing in a metropolitan university, recognized for developing clinically prepared, scientifically oriented, technologically proficient, professional nurses who provide leadership as clinicians, educators, scholars, and researchers to transform the health and quality of life in diverse communities in a global society.

MISSION

As a leading comprehensive School of Nursing, we achieve our mission by creating a learning environment where curricula are connected to societal health issues through diverse community engagement. We lead by providing a unique professional nursing education in a challenging, scholarly, and supportive learning community.

We engage our students though interactive teaching, professional role modeling, active scholarship, and experiential learning. We inspire our students to be professionals who demonstrate leadership in nursing practice, education, scholarship, and research throughout the global community. We contribute to the health and well-being of the communities we serve.

UNDERGRADUATE NURSING

Our nursing undergraduate program has continued to receive accreditation from the American Academy National League for Nursing and from the State Board of Pennsylvania since its inception in 1966. We are proud of our program and faculty, and especially pleased with our students who are very active participants in their education. Students may complete the nursing program on either a full-time or part-time basis. The opportunity for evening classes and evening and/or weekend options are available.



School name:Widener UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:One University Place
Zip & city:PA 19013 Pennsylvania
Phone:610-499-4210
Web:http://www.widener.edu/son/default.asp
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INTRODUCTION TO NURSING
This course is designed to introduce the student to the discipline of nursing in society. The course will be an overview of nursing history, nursing theories, ethics, and legal influences, with an opportunity to examine attitudes and beliefs about nursing. This course is designated as a Writing-Enriched Course. 2 semester hours

DRUG ABUSE, THE HUMAN BODY, AND SOCIETY
This elective course is designed to provide students from all disciplines with a general understanding of the potential use and abuse of prescription, over-the-counter, and street drugs. Topics include basic definitions, concepts, theories, laws, and procedures common to a variety of drugs. Using case studies, selected categories of drugs are discussed. The impacts of drug abuse on individuals and on society as a whole are considered. Related health promotion behaviors are integrated.

NUTRITION IN HEALTH CARE
This course is designed to increase the student’s knowledge of the basic principles of nutrition. The course content focuses on the normal nutritional needs of humans throughout the life cycle and the application of nutrition principles to promote health. The course assists students in assessing nutritional status and initiating nursing interventions to improve or maintain nutritional status and to promote wellness.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE
This course emphasizes the role of the professional nurse, which begins with an understanding of basic principles and clinical skills of the professional nurse. The course provides for the development of beginning professional accountability and management skills. These principles and skills provide the student with the opportunity to form a body of knowledge that includes the biopsychosocial and cultural needs of people. The nursing process is introduced and applied. Supervised opportunities are provided in selected health care settings. Course includes 28 hours in campus lab.

CALCULATING WITH CONFIDENCE
The purpose of this course is to assist students to achieve an understanding of the processes that are the basis for the mathematical applications necessary to determine correct medication and fluid administration in nursing practice. Students will be guided toward developing their own style of problem solving that promotes personal understanding of the underlying concepts that are the basis of medication/fluid calculations. Sessions are highly interactive with students discovering the steps necessary for successful solutions as they work on progressively more complex problems.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Individual investigation and analysis of a nursing topic in an area of special interst is undertaken. Reading, research, consultation and discussion are required. Credit, scope, topic, and prerequisites are arranged individually. Open to freshmen and sophomore students.

CARE OF THE ADULT
This first clinical course introduces the student to care of the hospitalized adult in various states of illness. Utilizing the nursing process and functional health patterns as organizers, the health needs of individual clients are considered. Mental health concepts, therapeutic communication, developmental stages, gerontological considerations, and nutritional aspects are integrated both in theory and in clinical situations. The course provides the student with opportunities to learn and demonstrate the nurse’s care giver roles (provider of care, teacher, advocate, change agent, and communicator). Course includes 168 clinical hours.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge and develop skills of health assessment. The nurse’s role in health assessment is presented from a holistic perspective. Health assessment concepts and physical examination techniques are emphasized. Learning activities are designed to facilitate the learner’s acquisition of the theory and skills necessary to do a health assessment of the normal adult. Disease conditions are included as necessary for understanding the concepts of examination. The course includes didactic presentation and laboratory practice. Students are expected to participate in laboratory sessions as examiners and examinees.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY
This course focuses on selected physical (physiological) alterations of the human body that are pathologic in nature. Possible causes of the alterations and physical (physiological) changes will be discussed along with the physical (physiological) effects and responses. Basic pharmacology and appropriate pharmacological interventions will be reviewed for each pathophysiological change discussed.

CARE OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
This course focuses on the needs of the woman and her family system during the reproductive health cycle, and the health care of the neonate from conception through the neonatal period. Included in the course are current issues and trends in maternity-newborn health care and women’s health. Consideration is also given to legal, ethical, and cultural aspects of related health issues. Emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse as a caregiver in the hospital and community settings. The roles of the nurse as a member of a profession and as a beginning utilizer of research are included. Course includes 84 clinical hours.

CARE OF THE CHILDREARING FAMILY
This course focuses upon the child, infancy through adolescence, within a family system. Content is presented to provide the student with the knowledge and skills needed to apply the nursing process in activities directed toward assisting in the health promotion and health restoration of children and adolescents. Students will provide care to children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including hospitals, and primary care centers. Course includes 84 clinical hours.

RESEARCH IN NURSING PRACTICE
This course is designed to promote in students a knowledgeable and enthusiastic interest in nursing research and to provide a foundation for their use of research findings as a basis for practice. It prepares the student to understand the language of science; the steps of the scientific research method; and to read, interpret, and evaluate selected nursing studies and appropriately determine the clinical relevance of study findings and their implications for nursing practice. This course is designated as a Writing Enriched course.

CARE OF THE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED CLIENT
This course builds upon mental health concepts integrated in N350. Content includes patterns of behavior related to coping/stress and alterations in cognition, sensory perceptions, and thought. Concepts of group process, family process, cultural/spiritual variations, and psychological theories are introduced. Clinical practice emphasizes the application of therapeutic communication. Course includes 56 clinical hours.

CLINICAL ELECTIVE
This undergraduate 3-credit elective provides a concentrated experience for nursing students to apply theoretical, conceptual, and skill learning in a structured clinical medical and/or surgical inpatient environment and under the supervisor of clinical faculty. The objectives of the course are achieved through the patient care assignments which students will assume and implement. Course includes 80 clinical hours.

CARE OF THE COMMUNITY
This course expands the student’s view of the community as client and teaches concepts and principles necessary to apply the nursing process to improve and maintain community health. Sociocultural, environmental, political and economic factors influencing health and the delivery of health care are included, particularly as they impact on the developing family. The health of the community is viewed from the context of systems theory. The role of the nurse as change agent in the promotion of health is emphasized. An opportunity is provided to apply the concepts of community nursing practice in developing and presenting a health promotion program to a selected population.

CONCEPTS AND ROLES IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course requires students to synthesize experience and new knowledge of nursing roles and issues to develop professional nursing attitudes and values, which will prepare them to function effectively in the health care delivery system. Leadership and management roles and theories are differentiated, and related research is applied to professional nursing practice. Leadership content focuses on change process, legislative action, and legal and ethical issues. The management component places emphasis on planning, priority setting, human resource management, and budgeting. Concepts of personal, professional, and staff development are discussed and applied. The tools of technology and management systems are integrated throughout. This course is designated as a Writing Enriched course.

HOME-HEALTH CARE
Within the context of community health, this course focuses on the nurse’s roles as advocate, teacher and as coordinator of care of the patient and family coping with the illness experience at home. Using a systems approach for the analysis of family needs, adult complex care problems such as the nursing management of incontinence, immobility, intellectual impairment, dying/death, and family burden are emphasized at all levels of prevention. In addition, socio-cultural, ethical, environmental, economic, and political factors influencing the delivery of home health care are addressed.

CARE OF THE ADULT WITH COMPLEX PROBLEMS
The course provides the student with opportunities to increase nursing knowledge, refine skills and utilize the nursing process in providing care to adult clients with complex acute and long-term health care needs. Primary clinical focus is on problems that involve individuals and groups of patients in acute care settings.

CRITICAL THINKING AND CLINICAL DECISION MAKING I
This course is designed to develop clinical problem solving and decision- making skills in nursing students. Factors that influence clinical problem solving will be examined. Application of problem solving and critical thinking approaches will be facilitated through the use of simulated clinical situations and practice in standardized test taking.

CRITICAL THINKING AND CLINICAL DECISION MAKING II
This course continues to develop clinical problem solving and decision- making skills in nursing students. Factors that influence clinical problem solving are examined. Application of problem solving and critical thinking approaches continue to be facilitated through the use of simulated clinical situations and practice in standardized test taking.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING
Particular topics such as health viewed through films, wellness workshops, women’s health issues, and health care technology. Courses are nursing electives open to all university students. 3 semester hours

NURSING PRACTICUM
This intensive clinical experience provides an opportunity for students to gain knowledge, as well as apply and refine skills in the application of the nursing process to a selected patient population. Nurse preceptors from a variety of clinical agencies and faculty collaborate to assist students to gain confidence through direct patient care opportunities and clinical conferences as they approach the transition to professional practitioner. Students are encouraged to be creative in writing personal objectives and with the help of preceptor, develop experiences which will assist them in exploring career options available in professional nursing. Course includes 96 clinical hours.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Individual investigation and analysis of a nursing problem in an area of special interest is undertaken. Reading, research, consultation, and discussion as required. May be taken more than one semester. Credit, scope, topic, and prerequisites are arranged individually.

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