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Winona State University (Department of Nursing)




Welcome to the intellectually stimulating, exciting, caring profession of nursing where you have the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives. The Department of Nursing here at Winona State University has been providing high quality nursing education in southeast Minnesota for over 35 years. We are currently located on two campuses, Winona and Rochester. If you want to grow as a nurse, apply for one of our undergraduate or graduate programs and then join the ranks of WSU alumni who are bettering society by providing expert nursing care.

Winona State University (WSU) was founded in 1860 as the first teacher preparation institution west of the Mississippi River. WSU is a two-campus university with the main campus located in Winona, Minnesota; a city of approximately 28,000 located 120 miles southeast of Minneapolis. A second campus is located 47 miles west in Rochester, Minnesota, a city of approximately 76,000. The Winona campus (with over 8,000 students) delivers more than 80 academic programs including a B.S. in nursing. The Rochester campus (with over 800 students) offers upper-division level undergraduate courses, including the generic and RN-Option baccalaureate nursing, and four graduate programs, including the Master of Science in nursing. WSU offers a residential college program on the Winona campus, and participates with other state universities in offering programs at the Minnesota State University campus in Akita, Japan. As a regional university, WSU has a mission to serve the broad educational needs of the people of southeastern Minnesota as well as drawing students from Minneapolis/St. Paul and throughout Minnesota and the neighboring states of Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, and Illinois. Currently (2007) about 300 international students from about 40 countries are enrolled at WSU.

MISSION

The mission of th WSU Department of Nursing is to educate ethical, creative and responsible nurses who care for individuals, families, groups and communities in a complex global society. This mission is based on the beliefs that:

* teaching students to care for others must take place in a caring, culturally diverse, respectful community;
* faculty and students are accountable for maintaining ethical and professional standards;
* learning is a lifelong, interactive, flexible process that fosters creativity, risk-taking and responsible decision-making;
* individuals have different ways of knowing and learning about the world;
* students will value the unique characteristics and holistic nature of people in a global society; and
* the department must create an academic environment that fosters ongoing growth of faculty and students as learners, professional practitioners and researchers.

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the Department of Nursing states that:

* Nursing is caring in the human health experience in an environment of change. Nurses collaborate with clients and other professionals and are accountable for their own judgments and actions. Nursing as a profession responds to and seeks to influence emerging health care needs in an environment of change within a complex global community. The roles of nurses change based on health care needs; such roles include provider of care, teacher, advocate, manager, leader, research participant, scholar and change agent. Education for professional nursing occurs at the baccalaureate level and for advanced practice nursing at the master’s level.
* Each person is viewed from a holistic perspective. People grow, develop, learn and change. People have both rights and responsibilities for their health. Persons have characteristic patterns of behavior and join together or are grouped together in aggregates as families, groups and communities. A person or group becomes a client of nursing when there is an actual or perceived need for nursing.
* Health is a dynamic human condition inclusive of wellness, illness and dying that is affected by the environment and capable of being influenced by nursing care. The goal of nursing is to enhance the client’s health and ability to care for self, to help the client develop systems of support and to maintain or alter the environment to facilitate wellness efforts and a sense of well being. Nurses as ethical decision-makers use critical thinking, communication, therapeutic interventions and technology to influence health.
* The environment consists of interaction of multiple systems, internal and external, to persons and aggregates. Nursing is part of this environment upon providing care. Nursing, as part of health care delivery, exists within a changing practice environment.
* Change is a natural process involving multiple systems within the internal and external environments. The "environment of change" is the presence of growth or alteration within and constant evolution in systems that impact persons and their health. Evolving health care systems are part of the environment of change in which nurses practice. Nursing inherently responds to the health needs of persons and aggregates within the environment of change.

The undergraduate and graduate curriculums are based on a common mission and philosophy. The concepts of caring, change, nursing, person, health and environment form the organizing framework for our philosophy, and give direction to our course objectives, learning experiences and program outcomes.

The "We Believe" statements associated with our department mission reflect our basic beliefs and give direction to an educational process focused on the creation of a caring and respectful learning environment; valuing diversity and the uniqueness of individuals; promoting the value of life-long learning; and facilitating a collaborative learning environment. These components are reflected in the undergraduate and graduate programs.



School name:Winona State UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:303 Stark Hall, P.O. Box 5838
Zip & city:MN 55987 Minnesota
Phone:(507) 457-5120
Web:http://www.winona.edu/colleges/index.asp
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Department of Nursing Courses


INTRODUCTION TO THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Examines the practice and politics of the health and health-related disciplines within the U.S. health care system. Explores entering the health care professions and also how to be an astute consumer of health care.

WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
A study of contemporary issues in women's health focusing on historical aspects, current significance and future trends of each issue. Focus is on preparing students to make their own health care decisions.

CARING SKILLS I
Develops the knowledge and skills for meeting physiologic needs of clients and providing a safe environment as part of a team in professional nursing practice. Lab course.

CARING SKILLS II
Develops the knowledge and skills for integrating selected therapeutic nursing interventions into nursing care of individuals, families and communities in professional nursing practice.

CNAT: CARE OF THE ADULT CLIENT
Demonstration of knowledge through an exam focusing on the nursing care of clients in a variety of settings and at various stages of the wellness-illness continuum. Items also assess nursing skills in meeting physiologic and psychosocial needs of clients with stable conditions. The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is required for RNs who are graduates of diploma programs and A.D.N. programs that are not accredited by NLNAC. P/NC only.

CNAT: CARE OF CLIENT DURING CHILDBEARING
Demonstration of knowledge through an exam focusing on nursing care during the antepartal, intrapartal and neonatal periods. Emphasis is on the normal, with some common complications. The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is required for RNs who are graduates of diploma programs and A.D.N. programs that are not accredited by NLNAC.

CNAT: CARE OF THE CHILD
Demonstration of knowledge through an exam concerned with nursing care of children of all ages at various stages of health and illness. The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is required for RNs who are graduates of diploma programs and A.D.N. programs that are not accredited by NLNAC. P/NC only.

CNAT: CARE OF THE CLIENT WITH A MENTAL DISORDER
Demonstration of knowledge through an exam addressing the broad spectrum of psychological wellness-illness. The content includes psychosocial assessment and intervention strategies to support the client's strengths. The Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Test (CNAT) is required for RNs who are graduates of diploma programs and A.D.N. programs that are not accredited by NLNAC. P/NC only.

CLINICAL DECISIONS: ADULT HEALTH I
Introduces students to beginning clinical-decision making and the application of therapeutic nursing inverventions for adult clients and their families. Students will be expected to apply theory and scientific principles as well as begin analyzing client responses to nursing and medical interventions.

CARING CONCEPTS I
Introduces the profession of nursing in the context of the changing health care delivery system. Caring concepts, ethical decision-making, therapeutic use of self and professional roles of caregiver, scholar, and advocate are emphasized. Prerequisite: admission to the major. Grade only.

CARING CONCEPTS II
Focuses on health promotion for self, individuals and groups, and builds on professional nursing role development as caregiver, advocate, scholar, and teacher. Primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention related to major health problems are included.

INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH
This course is designed to introduce concepts of public health appropriate for students in health care fields. These concepts will be applied to present health care delivery systems, health and disease of population groups, and community planning. The influence of political, economic, and social aspects are considered. P/NC Option.

ROLE DEVELOPMENT I
Beginning integration of ethical decision-making, communication, health assessment, and therapeutic nursing interventions into the professional nursing roles of provider of care, scholar, and advocate. Includes Care Group activities. This course is a flagged course for University Studies and is designed to meet 3 S.H. of the requirement for writing as it applies to the field of nursing. Ninety hours practicum for semester.

ROLE DEVELOPMENT II
Integrates professional nursing roles of provider of care, advocate, scholar, teacher, and researcher in nursing care of individuals, families and a community. There is a focus on health promotion as related to health needs and risk appraisal. Includes Care Group activities. Ninety hours practicum for semester.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT I
Develops the knowledge and skills necessary for holistic assessment of the child and adult, includes physical assessment skills and determination of nursing diagnoses. Lecture and lab course. Prerequisite: admission to the major or instructor's permission. Lecture and lab course. Grade only.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT II
Develops the knowledge and skills necessary for assessment of the family and the community including determination of nursing diagnoses for specific groups. Lecture and lab course.

PHARMACOLOGY
An introduction to general principles of drug therapies in self-care and in nursing practice.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Covers the human pathologic processes and common treatment modalities for frequently occurring health problems. Nursing prerequisite: completion of anatomy & physiology sequence or instructor's permission.

NURSING RESEARCH, THEORY AND TECHNOLOGY
Develops the ability to analyze, critique and interpret research findings and data based on nursing theory and practice needs. Includes use of selected software and technological modalities. This course is flagged for University Studies and designed to meet 3 S.H. of the Critical Analysis requirement. Prerequisite or corequisite: statistics course or instructor's permission. Grade only.

CARDIAC RISK PREVENTION
Lecture course designed to identify risk factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease. The major risk factors will be analyzed and strategies for modifying each will be developed. Health information sources and their reliability for health promotion information also will be discussed. New technology in diagnosing and treating cardiac conditions included. Prerequisite or corequisite: anatomy & physiology course. P/NC option.

SKILLS FOR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS
This course will help the student learn what he/she needs to know to live a successful and harmonious life as a person working in a professional career. The coursework will focus in three areas critical to career success: (1) how to develop the self-confidence and self-esteem essential for personal and professional well-being; (2) how to relate with others in a professional and confident manner to make work more vital, effective, and satisfying every day; (3) how to determine one's desired professional career path, make career decisions comfortably and efficiently, and achieve professional goals. P/NC option.

EMERGING HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
Explores American and global nursing care within the health care delivery systems including consideration of issues and trends in organization/ management, quality, financing, political, legal, and ethical.

SPIRITUALITY IN NURSING
The purpose of this course is to assist students in their understanding of spirituality and spiritual development, and to identify ways of incorporating the essence of spirituality in their nursing practice. Eastern and Western spirituality and practices affecting health are explored. Students examine how society as well as their own biases have affected their ability to respond to spiritual concerns and needs. Spiritual assessment as well as specific spiritual interventions are discussed. Students are challenged to explore their own spiritual nature and its impact in their personal and professional lives. P/NC option.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
This course includes principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics as a foundation for the use of medications in the clinical management of diseases. Major classes of drugs will be discussed in terms of actions; therapeutic and other effects; adverse, allergic and idiosyncratic reactions; indications and contraindications. The importance of sound diagnostic reasoning in the selection of pharmacological interventions with attention to safety, cost, simplicity, acceptability and efficacy will be stressed. The responsibilities related to prescribing medications will be emphasized.

ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Advanced physiology and pathophysiology at the cellular, organic and systemic level, will be explored as a basis for clinical assessment and management by the advanced practice nurses. Integration of function among organ systems will be emphasized. The effect of psychosocial variables on physiologic function will be explored.

PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS IN FAMILY CARE
This course explores the role of the advanced practice nurse in addressing the psychosocial needs of the client and family. Focus will be on the development of counseling skills for advanced psychosocial assessment and on providing culturally sensitive guidance in caring for the client and family during health crisis, and acute and chronic illness.

ADVANCED ROLE SEMINAR
This course will provide a forum for the explorations of advanced practice role behaviors including collaboration and leadership. Selected theories and frameworks relevant to the various roles will be evaluated. Ethics and diversity issues in nursing and health care will be discussed.

THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND RESEARCH FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE
The goal of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to critically analyze existing nursing theories and articulate a personal philosophy of nursing. Students will do an in-depth analysis of a concept. The students will analyze methods and techniques of research and interpret their usefulness for application in clinical practice. Theory and practice will be used to define nursing problems and develop a research proposal.

NURSING OF ADULTS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Studies the theoretical basis of nursing care for adult clients and their families in well-being and illness.

CRITICAL CARE NURSING
This course is designed to introduce the student to care for critically ill persons. Emphasis is on rapid assessment, setting priorities, rapid decision-making and nursing interventions for the critically ill. The 2-credit option has theory only. The 3-credit option has theory and a clinical laboratory experience.

NURSING OF FAMILIES EXPERIENCING MENTAL ILLNESS
Studies the theoretical basis of nursing care of individuals, families and groups with emotional concerns or mental illnesses and explores nursing in the psychiatric/mental health setting.

HEALTH CARE POLICY AND FINANCE
This course provides a base for nurse leaders and advanced practice nurses to enter and effectively shape health care policy in the workplace, organizations, community, and government at the state and federal level. Students will develop an understanding of health care financing in the delivery of health care.

HOLISTIC CARING
This course introduces the WSU nursing curriculum and organizing framework to the RN student. Holistic caring is related to critical thinking, teaching-learning, role development and nursing practice.

ISSUES IN GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
This course is a series of three consecutive modules of content related to common issues in gerontology and geriatrics. A student may take one, two, or all three modules, and each has the preceding module as a prerequisite. The course focuses on normal aging, theories of aging, social gerontology, and societal effects of an increasing population of older people. The geriatric content will focus on major geriatric syndromes such as immobility, incontinence, instability, iatrogenic illness and intellectual impairment. Emphasis will be placed on assessment and maintenance of individual competency, independence and physiological function across clinical settings.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES
A guided study review of the basic components of physical assessment and an opportunity for performance evaluation at completion of course. Content relative to obtaining a complete health history and performing a physical examination, with appropriate documentation of each. Designed to ensure readiness for Advanced Practice Health Assessment.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN NURSING
This course is designed to provide knowledge of technological modalities presently used to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, planning and monitoring of care, management of information, and data analysis. The application of nursing informatics in nursing research, administration, education, and practice will be explored. Emphasis in this course is on extensive hands-on experience in Windows 98, word processing, spreadsheet and database applications, presentation software, the internet, and other computer-related applications.

ADVANCED HEALTH PROMOTION
Concepts related to health promotion and maintenance are analyzed from theoretical- and research-based perspectives. Using principles of epidemiology, advanced practice nurses identify risk factors for specific populations and examine variables that influence wellness. Interventions for promotion of optimal health are designed with particular consideration for age and cultural differences. A community-based practicum allows the student to explore possibilities for enacting the advanced practice role outside traditional biomedical settings and within the context of families and communities. (2 S.H. seminar; 1 S.H. clinical).

NURSING OF CHILDBEARING FAMILIES
Studies the theoretical basis of nursing care dealing with sexuality, reproductive health promotion and prenatal through postpartum health promotion.

NURSING OF CHILDREARING FAMILIES
Studies the theoretical basis of nursing care for families with children.

ROLE DEVELOPMENT III
Focuses on the development of the professional nursing roles in restoring, maintaining, and promoting the health of individuals and families. Students care for selected populations (mothers, children, adults, those with mental illness) in various settings.

TRANSCULTURAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE
Explores the importance of transcultural concepts that are present in health care delivery systems. It is designed to assist learners to increase awareness of all types of human diversity, understand the importance of these diverse differences, and incorporate ways of utilizing this knowledge to deliver culturally competent health care in all settings within the global community.

PRINCIPLES OF OR NURSING
Students will learn the nurse's role during the intraoperative phase of patient care. Experiences include circulating and scrub nurse roles. Course includes a clinical laboratory experience.

ROLE DEVELOPMENT III SEMINAR
Seminar course that integrates major concepts and professional roles through presentations and discussion of clinical exemplars, nursing research, and nursing literature. Includes Care Group activities.

HOLISTIC ASSESSMENT
This course teaches the student to assess the client and family in a holistic manner. Traditional physical history and assessment of the individual is expanded to include multiple variables.

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
This course explores the management and leadership roles of the professional nurse, analyzing current nursing practices as well as applying the change process to a nursing situation.

CONTINUITY OF CARE
This course explores selected professional nursing situations or populations involving continuity of care issues: complex acute/chronic care issues; loss; the elderly; and other cultures. Teaching-learning theory and skills are applied to the adult learner.

NURSING ROLES AND HEALTH PROMOTION
Focuses on the professional nursing roles of provider of care, advocate, teacher, case manager, change agent and researcher of individuals and families in a variety of situations. Students will apply communication skills in various interpersonal situations. Sixty hours of site-based experiences.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE
Explores the historical roots of public health care and addresses public health issues for vulnerable populations and ways nursing deals with chronic needs.

LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
Explores leadership and management theories, attributes and behaviors within the culture of nursing.

ROLE DEVELOPMENT IV
Focuses on professional role development with special emphasis on the leadership role in caring for groups of selected populations (mothers, children, adults, those with mental illness) in various settings.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on the nursing roles and functions of the community health nurse in maintaining and restoring health of individuals, families and groups in a variety of situations and settings.

HOLISTIC APPROACHES TO HEALTH
This course examines the relationship of the body, mind and spirit within the field of health, healing and nursing. Holism, the view that an integrated whole has a reality independent of and greater than the sum of its parts, forms the framework for this inquiry. The concepts of healing, psychophysiology, the transpersonal, the transpersonal self, body-mind-spirit and the nurse as healer will be discussed.

ROLE DEVELOPMENT IV SEMINAR
Seminar course that integrates major concepts and professional roles, especially the leadership role, through group activities and application of nursing research. Includes Care Group activities.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING
Offers an opportunity for nursing students to do independent study or research in nursing in an area of special interest.

CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE IN ROLE SYNTHESIS
Intense site-based experiences of student's choice; designed to encapsulate the essence of baccalaureate-level professional role development.

JAMAICA STUDIES: HEALTH CARE IN AN EMERGING COUNTRY
This international course will focus on the health care delivery system in Jamaica and the factors which influence the effectiveness of the system. The specific focus will be on the nursing aspects of the system. Students will be exposed to both public and private aspects of nursing. Expert Jamaicans will present on a variety of topics which influence health care including economics, politics, culture and society. Prerequisite: admission to major and instructor's permission.

THE PATIENT'S VOICE: EXPERIENCES OF ILLNESS
This course is designed to introduce students to contemporary autobiographical accounts of illness, both physical and psychiatric. The content can be applied to the practice of nursing.

CONTEMPORARY FILM: UNDERSTANDING THE PATIENT'S EXPERIENCE
Utilizing contemporary film, this course explores the experiences of patients experiencing both physiological and psychiatric illness, and assists students to utilize this information in developing a caring nursing practice.

SEMINAR/WORKSHOP IN NURSING
Subject matter of current interest arranged by the Department. Course may be repeated when offered with different content and title.

FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES IN NURSING
This seminar explores the relationship of the feminist movement, feminist theory and gender issues for nursing history and practice.

NURSING CARE OF THE AGED
The focus of this course is the bio-psycho-social-spiritual and holistic care of the elderly, given within the nursing process framework. The uniqueness of the aged person is considered as students plan the care and management of altered health states including chronic and high-risk pathophysiological conditions. The course is designed to increase students' awareness and understanding of the aging process. The strengths and life experience of the aged client are recognized and reinforced to encourage their maximal coping abilities. Course includes a clinical laboratory experience.

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