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William Carey University (Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing)




DEAN'S WELCOME

Thank you for your interest in our exceptional programs for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. After visiting our site, I hope you will plan to talk with one of our nursing advisors about your future at William Carey University.

Central to our mission in the School of Nursing is the importance of relationships. We partner with healthcare agencies in the Pine Belt, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, New Orleans, and surrounding areas to assure good learning opportunities for our students and to provide exceptional nursing service to our communities. We have a growing tradition of collaboration to meet the needs for high quality nursing care.

Relationships within the William Carey University community are also very strong. Nursing faculty members take key roles in the activities of the university. Students, faculty, and administration work together to plan and navigate the future of nursing education – within the college and beyond. Moreover, the commitment of the nursing faculty to high quality, academic programs is unmatched. These nursing leaders are innovative, bright, and extremely dedicated. Most importantly, the nursing faculty love to teach, and they do it very well.

The relationship between faculty and student is paramount at the Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing. The reason William Carey University is known for having outstanding nursing graduates is because we focus on this relationship. Faculty are available for students for guidance, encouragement, and often just to be present and listen. This kind of commitment is rare. Without sacrificing academic integrity, we go the extra mile to meet students and help them accomplish their educational goals.

HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING

In 1968 William Carey University merged with the Mather School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana. This well-known New Orleans institution had operated for many years at Southern Baptist Hospital. The School of Nursing was first approved by the Board of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning in March 1969 to offer classes for the RN to BSN program with classes being taught in Hattiesburg and New Orleans.

The National League for Nursing (NLN) granted initial accreditation in 1971. The entire major was offered to registered nurses in Gulfport and Hattiesburg beginning in 1976. In the fall of 1992, a self study was presented to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for the purpose of scheduling a site visit and gaining official approval to operate in that State. Conditional approval was granted in February 1993. At the time of the last NLN visit (1999), both an RN to BSN program and a generic program were available on all three campuses – Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Gulfport, Mississippi; and New Orleans, Louisiana. This practice has continued.

The School of Nursing continues to operate in two states, with the Mississippi Campuses being fully accredited by the Institutions of Higher Learning and the Louisiana Campus being fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

In 2003, approval was granted to offer the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. In the fall of that year, the first MSN class was admitted with a clinical focus in adult health and role focus in nursing education. Twenty students completed the program of study and graduated in August 2004. The MSN program received full accreditation by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning in 2004.

Currently, all nursing programs are strong and growing. The RN-BSN program is now offered in an web-enhanced format and can be completed within 12 months. The MSN program can also be completed in 12 months. Classes for both of these programs are offered web-enhanced on an every-other-weekend rotation to accommodate practicing nurses as they pursue higher education.

MISSION

On behalf of the William Carey University administration, the nursing faculty, staff, and students on all three campuses, we are glad you have chosen to look closely at the Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing at William Carey University.

As an integral part of William Carey University, the School of Nursing shares the overall purpose and objectives of the University.

At the undergraduate level, we seek to prepare individuals for self-directed practice and continuing growth in professional nursing; for formal graduate study; and for service to people as an expression of the Christian life and commitment.

In the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, we seek to build on and advance the knowledge acquired at the undergraduate level to produce an expert in the areas of adult health and nursing education.

As a School of Nursing, our commitment is to promote the health of all individuals by preparing competent and caring individuals for nursing service.

NEW ORLEANS CAMPUS

New Orleans is one of the sites of the School of Nursing. The school is housed in the William Carey University building on the campus of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. “America’s most unusual city,” historic New Orleans offers the student a rich mosaic of culture and tradition. The nursing program is also offered on the other two Carey campuses.



School name:William Carey UniversityJoseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing
Address:3939 Gentilly Blvd. Box 308
Zip & city:LA 70126 Louisiana
Phone:(601) 318-6478
Web:http://www.wmcarey.edu/Academics/Nursing/213/JosephandNancyFailSc.shtm
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Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing Courses


JUNIOR ENRICHMENT SEMINAR
This course is designed to provide junior level, at-risk nursing students the opportunity to improve study, test-taking, and criticalthinking skills in order to facilitate successful completion of the nursing school curriculum. Based on identified strengths and weaknesses, a course of study is developed that includes a variety of teaching-learning strategies to meet individual student needs.

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING
A course designed to familiarize the student with the nature of nursing and the nurse's role in health care. Emphasis is placed upon critical thinking, nursing process, study and practice of basic techniques and skills of nursing care and the application of appropriate scientific principles.

ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH PROMOTION
A study of basic concepts and the development of skills to assess the health status of the individual adult client, including the older adult. Emphasis is placed on obtaining health history, physical examination techniques for the different body systems as well as communication and documentation. Health promotion concepts are introduced.

DOSAGE CALCULATION
Includes systems of measurements for drugs and calculation of dosages and solutions.

NURSING OF THE ADULT I
Organized around the nursing process, this course provides theory and clinical application in the bio-psycho-social-spiritual adaptation of body systems in the adult. It covers a broad range of common conditions experienced by adults.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
A study of the disturbances of normal physiology, the mechanisms producing these disturbances and the ways in which they are expressed symptomatically.

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
An overview of professional nursing with emphasis on health care delivery, health promotion, nursing theory, and regulatory requirements.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Exploration of the theories of mental health/illness and clinical applications using the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions to promote mental health with the individual, family, group, and community. Chemical dependency and child, adolescent, and geropsychiatric nursing are also included.

CONCEPTS OF BACCALAUREATE NURSING
A bridge course to assist the RN in making the transition to baccalaureate nursing. Basic clinical skills are assessed and emphasis is placed on the current issues of health care, health care delivery and the changing roles of health care givers. Roles and opportunities for baccalaureate nurses are explored.

NURSING OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Emphasis is on the role of the nurse in the management of families experiencing childbirth. The birth process from preconception to post partum is explored.

NURSING OF THE CHILDREARING FAMILY
Focuses on the needs of the childrearing family utilizing the stages of human growth and development as the foundation for formulating nursing care; fosters the integration of concepts and the use of the nursing process with children and their families from infancy through adolescence.

NURSING OF THE ADULT II
Organized around the nursing process, this course provides theory for clinical application of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual application. It covers a broad range of common conditions experienced by adults, building on concepts learned in Nursing of the Adult I.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
This course is designed to allow students to give service to individuals/groups in the surrounding community through existing community agencies. The student will choose the type of service desired from a group of agencies agreeing to participate with William Carey University’s School of Nursing for this elective experience. This course may be repeated a maximum of three times.

SENIOR ENRICHMENT SEMINAR
This course is designed to provide senior level, at-risk students the opportunity to improve nursing knowledge and skills to facilitate successful completion of the nursing school curriculum. Based on identified strengths and weaknesses, a course of study is developed that includes a variety of teaching-learning strategies to meet individual student needs.

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH
A course studying various nursing theorists and the role of the professional nurse in research. An understanding of research design is utilized in critiquing current nursing research. The basic steps to developing a proposal for a nursing problem in a selected population will be learned. Applies toward the writing intensive course requirement.

WRITING AND REPORTING RESEARCH
The writing, oral presentation and evaluation of the research proposals begun in Introduction to Research will be done in this course.

COMPLEX HEALTH PROBLEMS
The nursing needs of individuals experiencing complex health problems with unpredictable outcomes are studied. The concepts of humankind, society, health, and nursing with their subconcepts and theories are built upon and expanded. A broad range of complex biophysical and psychosocial disorders are discussed, building upon the content of previous courses. The nursing process is used as a model for nursing care, and students are encouraged to explore creative approaches of meeting the changing health needs of society. Selected clinical and laboratory experiences with emphasis on critical care areas are utilized to meet course objectives.

MANAGING HEALTH CARE
The study of basic leadership theories and skills, models for health care delivery and the political, socioeconomic and professional issues of the workplace.

MANAGING HEALTH CARE FOR RNS
The study of basic leadership theories and skills, models for health care delivery and the political, socioeconomic, and professional issues of the workplace.

COMMUNITY NURSING
Underscores the utilization of the nursing process outside the acute care setting. Community nursing theory is taught and implemented. Man, nursing, health, and environment are analyzed as to their effect on community health.

COMMUNITY NURSING FOR RNS
Focuses on the nursing process outside the acute care setting. Man, nursing, health, and environment are analyzed as to their effect on community health.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRECEPTORSHIP
An opportunity at the end of the program for the student to begin to synthesize and utilize previously acquired knowledge and experience. This assists in the exploration of career options and the transition to the workplace setting.

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