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Youngstown State University (Department of Nursing)




The Department of Nursing, as part of the Dominic A. and Helen M. Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, maintains the highest standards and is proud of its record of preparing well-qualified professional nurses. The Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The BSN Program is approved by The Ohio Board of Nursing, (OBON), 17 S. High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43125, phone: 614-466-3947. The BSN and MSN are accredited from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), 61 Broadway, New York, New York, 10006, phone: 1-800-669-9656, ext. 153. In addition, the Nurse Anesthetist option is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA).

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers a generic and RN completion track. The generic BSN program leads to a four year baccalaureate degree. This program prepares nurses to function as generalists with professional and technological competence in a variety of settings. Graduates of the BSN Program are eligible to sit for the State NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination. The BSN-RN completion program is offered for students currently licensed as registered nurses who are returning to YSU to complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree.

The Master of Science in Nursing Program offers three areas of specialization. Students may choose chronic illness care, nurse anesthesia, or school nursing. The program prepares nurses to implement essential characteristics and core competencies for nursing practice in the selected areas. Graduates of the MSN program are eligible to sit for the advanced practice certification and advanced practice licensure.

HISTORY

Youngstown State University’s Department of Nursing began in 1967, with a two year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program. The Department of Nursing was part of the new Technical and Community College (T&CC) within the University, which had recently changed from private to a state-supported institution. The first nursing class graduated in 1969 and received an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees. The program was accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN) in 1973. The last Associate Degree class was accepted in 1987 and graduated in 1989.

In 1971, an RN-Completion Program was initiated and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) with a major in nursing was awarded. With the initiation of this and other bachelor degree programs, the T&CC became the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST). The Department of Nursing began reconstructing the completion program in 1978, and authorization was received from the Ohio Board of Regents to grant a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in 1979. A grant from the Department of Health and Human Services provided supplemental funds to develop a freestanding BSN completion program. This program graduated its first class in 1981, and received an eight-year NLN accreditation in 1982.

Following a thorough study of community nursing needs by the Mahoning Shenango Area Health Education Network (now the Eastern Ohio Area Health Education Center), the Department developed a four-year BSN Program and submitted an in-depth change of program report to the NLN in 1984. The first four-year generic BSN class graduated in 1988. The BSN program received an eight-year re-accreditation in 1990. In 1993, CAST became the College of Health and Human Services. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), which is now the accreditation arm of NLN, reevaluated the program and granted continuing accreditation for another eight years in 1997.

Work began on development of a Master of Science in Nursing Program in 1988. In 1990, a proposal was submitted to the Ohio Board of Regents (OBOR). The program received favorable OBOR approval in 1996 and accepted its first class in September, 1997. The first MSN class graduated in the spring of 2000. This Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Program in Chronic Illness program received initial accreditation by the NLNAC in July 2001. A Nurse Anesthetist Program, in conjunction with St. Elizabeth Health Center School of Nurse Anesthetist, Incorporated, was added in 2001. The charter class of 12 students was admitted in August, 2001, with 11 graduating in August, 2003. Graduates are eligible to sit for the certification exam to become a certified CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) respectfully. Graduates from both the CNS and CRNA tracks are required to obtain a Certificate of Authority to practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse in the State of Ohio.

In spring of 1998, the Ohio Board of Education approved a School Nurse Licensure program offered through the Department of Nursing in conjunction with the College of Education. The curriculum can be taken by nurses as undergraduate or graduate credit. In 2005, a third option, school nursing, was added to the MSN program.

MISSION

The Department of Nursing supports the missions of Youngstown State University and the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services. The Department of Nursing provides high quality baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs that are responsive to the health care needs of society. The Department of Nursing values high standards of professional ethics; cultural, racial and ethnic diversity; and student-faculty relations that foster excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and public service.

The purpose of the undergraduate program is to prepare nurses at the baccalaureate level. The program offers both a four year generic track for new or transfer students who do not have a diploma or degree in nursing and a completion track for Registered Nurses with a diploma or associate degree. The curriculum is designed to include a broad base in general education and a strong nursing foundation. Graduates are prepared to function as generalists with professional and technological competence in a variety of settings.

The purpose of the graduate program is to prepare nurses at the masters level for advanced practice. The program provides a strong graduate nursing education in three clinical options that build on baccalaureate nursing foundation. Students choose a specialization in chronic illness care, nurse anesthesia, or school nursing. The core curriculum centers on professional nursing issues, nursing science, and research methods for building nursing knowledge. The program prepares nurses to implement essential characteristics and core competencies for nursing practice in the selected specialty areas.

PHILOSOPHY

The following is the Department’s beliefs about humanity, environment, health, professional nursing practice and learning. The human being is an interwoven unity influenced by cultural, biological, psychosocial and spiritual elements. Human functioning is a unique integration of these elements. Humans possess motivation, creativity, intellect and individual perceptions when functioning and interacting with the world around them. The individual should be considered an integrated whole that is unique and deserves respect.

The human being and environment form an integrated system. The environment that influences human function consists of internal and external components that affect individuals, families, groups and communities. The environment includes economic, political, social, spiritual and physical surroundings. Human beings can creatively change components of the environment that may increase their ability to achieve a desired level of human functioning.

The individual and society share the responsibility for one’s health. Health is a state of wholeness or integrity of individuals. Health is a result of diverse cultural, biological, psychosocial, spiritual and environmental elements that exist on a continuum across the life span. Health demands are met by assisting individuals to participate in activities necessary to meet optimal health outcomes.

Nursing is a caring profession that exists to meet society’s healthcare needs by assisting individuals, families, groups, and communities to identify and achieve their health goals throughout the life cycle. Nursing is an art that creatively uses knowledge from the sciences and humanities to plan and provide therapeutic interventions to meet the unique healthcare needs of society. Nursing is an evolving science that synthesizes concepts and theories through research and critical inquiry to develop an understanding of human responses to health needs. Nursing process is the basis of professional practice. Nursing assumes leadership roles in healthcare, legislation and public service to identify and implement changes in the delivery of healthcare.

Learning in the undergraduate and graduate nursing education programs is a continuous process involving cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills. Personal growth and self-discovery in the learning process are enhanced in an environment that encourages collegial relationships that stimulate a curious examination of the world. The results of the educational experience are the development of communication processes, critical thinking, analytic inquiry, creativity and professional judgment that prepares the student for future challenges in nursing practice.

Faculty serves as motivators and facilitators of learning. Faculty seeks to inspire an appreciation and desire in each student for new knowledge and life-long learning. Graduates of undergraduate and graduate programs will be an integral part of the continued development of our profession. The graduates will participate in endeavors to discover new knowledge and methods to meet the health needs of all individuals.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (BSN)

There are two tracks available for students wishing to pursue the BSN degree. The generic track is for new or transfer students entering YSU without a previous degree or diploma in nursing. These students complete admission requirements as a pre-nursing major before formal admission to the BSN program. The RN to BSN Completion Track is available for students who are currently licensed as registered nurses and are returning to YSU to complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree. These students are admitted directly to the BSN program on an individual basis.

The generic BSN program consists of 127 total semester hours; 71 semester hours are in the nursing major and includes 135 on-campus lab hours and 930 clinical contact hours. Students are responsible for adhering to the prescribed BSN curriculum sequence including, but not limited to, course prerequisites and mandated sequencing of nursing courses. It is also the students’ responsibility to see that all graduation requirements for the BSN degree are satisfied. This program can be completed in eight semester hours if students average 16-17 hours per semester. After admission to the program, a grade of “C” or better is mandatory for all nursing courses; required non-nursing support courses; and required elective hours. Only one nursing or one non-nursing support course may be repeated (excluding required elective courses). A repeated course must be successfully completed with a grade of “A,” “B,” or “C” and all incompletes must be removed before progressing in the nursing curriculum. Grades of less than “C” in a second nursing or required non-nursing course will result in permanent dismissal from the nursing program.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will be granted to the student who has completed all the required baccalaureate nursing curriculum with a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

Admission to the University, meeting minimal program admission requirements, and completion of core pre-nursing courses does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. Pre-nursing students are encouraged to seek advisement on a regular basis from the pre-nursing advisor in the Dr. Dominic A. and Helen M. Bitonte College of Health and Human Services.

The Department of Nursing reserves the right to remove a student from the program when that student’s performance in any nursing course is deemed to be unsafe as characterized by dangerous, inappropriate, irresponsible or unethical behavior. The department reserves the right to dismiss a student who for legal, academic, emotional, or physical reasons cannot be advised to continue in the program. Current immunizations and CPR for Health Care Professionals certification are required of all nursing students. Students must adhere to a dress code which includes the wearing of specific nurse’s uniform for nursing clinical courses.



School name:Youngstown State UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:One University Plaza, Office: Cushwa 2044
Zip & city:OH 44555 Ohio
Phone:330-941-1799
Web:http://bchhs.ysu.edu/dn/dn.html
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LOWER-DIVISION COURSES

FAMILY CONCEPTS FOR PROVIDERS
Interdisciplinary study of family theories, dynamics, roles, and cultural considerations across the lifespan related to issues of concern for providers of health and human services. Open to nursing and non-nursing majors.

CONTEMPORARY NURSING
Concepts related to professional nursing practice including nursing as a developing profession; educational perspectives and patterns; legal and ethical accountability; economic and political aspects; health care delivery systems; and nursing management and leadership roles.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Development of communication and assessment skills for obtaining health data from various age groups, as well as reporting and recording findings.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING 1
Applications of the nursing process for the care of clients with emphasis on health assessment, health promotion, and psychosocial and psychomotor skills.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Concepts related to pathophysiologic mechanisms of illness. Emphasis on application to nursing using the nursing process.

PHARMACOLOGY
Concepts of pharmacology applies to major drug classes. Emphasis on application of nursing process to drug therapy across the lifespan.

UPPER-DIVISION COURSES

NURSING IN THE COMMUNITY
Nursing in the community including families in health and illness needs; culturally competent health care; teaching and learning aspects; psychosocial concepts, spirituality, and home health concepts and skills.

CONTEMPORARY NURSING FOR RNS
Concepts related to professional nursing practice for graduates of ADN and diploma programs.

CHILD BEARING, FAMILY, AND WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSING
Family-centered nursing concentrating on health promotion and illness prevention, acute and chronic healthcare needs for parent(s) during the reproductive expanding phase of the family cycle and for women from adolescence through old age.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING 2
Principles and practices of health promotion and rehabilitation of clients with acute and chronic health needs.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING 3
Advanced principles and practices of health promotion and rehabilitation of patients with acute and chronic health needs.

NURSING RESEARCH
Process of research using reasoning and scientific rigor in critical analysis of nursing research.

LEGAL NURSE CONSULTING
Theory and practical components of legal nurse consulting are explained. This course fulfills requirements to sit for the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultant’s Certification examination.

DEVELOPING FAMILY & CHILD NURSING II
Family-centered nursing concentrating on acute and chronic healthcare needs for parent(s) during the reproductive/expanding phase of the family life cycle and for children from conception through adolescence.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Family-centered nursing concentrating on health promotion/illness and prevention and acute/chronic health care needs of the developing child and family.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT PRACTICES FOR RNS
Knowledge and application necessary for registered nurses to conduct a comprehensive health history and physical assessment.

COMPLEX CARE
High acuity, restorative, and health promoting care of clients with complex health problems.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Mental health theories and strategies as the foundation in the management of individuals, families, and groups experiencing acute and chronic mental illness. Emphasis on the promotion of optimal level functioning and mental wellness.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Synthesis of nursing and public health sciences with emphasis on promotion and maintenance of healthy communities through the assessment and analysis of at-risk population groups. Includes nursing role in health care policy.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING FOR RNS
Synthesis of nursing and public health sciences with emphasis on promotion and maintenance of healthy communities through assessment and analysis.

COMPREHENSIVE NURSING SUMMARY
Identifies individual strength and weaknesses with emphasis on improving students’ ability to demonstrate understanding of essential nursing knowledge.

SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR
Provides students with opportunities to integrate and synthesize nursing knowledge through research, writing, and presentations on current topics and issues.

NURSING TRANSITIONS
Analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of care delivered by the healthcare team with emphasis on development of leadership and research roles.

NURSING TRANSITIONS FOR REGISTERED NURSES
Analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of care delivered by the healthcare team with emphasis on development of leadership and research roles for the registered nurse. Four hours lecture per week and 90 hours clinical experience in a variety of settings per term.

COMPREHENSIVE NURSING SUMMARY
Identifies individual strengths and weaknesses with emphasis on improving students' understanding and demonstration of essential nursing knowledge.

GERIATRIC HEALTH NURSING
An in-depth view of the aging person with implications for determining systems of nursing care and for interpreting the impact of current theories of aging upon current nursing practices.

INDIVIDUAL STUDIES
The study of special problems or a review of the literature relating to specific problems or issues. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 s.h. with different problems.

CHILD HEALTH NURSING
Current trends, issues, and approaches in nursing practices with children from a wellness perspective. Emphasis on prevention of developmental self-care deficits. Nursing roles in child health specialities.

HOME HEALTH NURSING
Current trends, issues, and approaches related to caring for clients in the home environment. Emphasis on the nursing role in client transition from the acute care setting to home.

SCHOOL NURSE ROLE DEVELOPMENT
Contemporary topics related to the professional school nurse role, including standards of practice, certification, ethical, legal, and practice issues.

HEALTH PROBLEMS OF SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN
Concepts related to specialized skills for conducting comprehensive assessments of children in a school setting, with special attention to children with disabilities. School nurse responsibilities in management of common health problems.

SCHOOL NURSE PRACTICUM
Supervised clinical experience in school settings for RN students participating in the delivery of school health services.

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