Nursing

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Lisa M. Rebeschi
CHAIRPERSON
Nursing 101
(203) 392-7129 – Fax (203) 392-6493
rebeschil1@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary: (203) 392-6475

Barbara Aronson, Professor
Christine Denhup, Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Ercolano, Associate Professor
Mary Ann Glendon, Associate Professor
Cheryl Green, Assistant Professor
Maria Krol, Assistant Professor
Kimberly Lacey, Assistant Professor
Mary Pat Lamberti, Assistant Professor
Bernadette Madara, Professor
Elaine Martin, Assistant Professor
Cynthia O'Sullivan, Associate Professor
Kimberly Petrovic, Assistant Professor
Lisa Rebeschi, Associate Professor
Cheryl Resha, Associate Professor
Antoinette Towle, Assistant Professor
Susan Westrick, Professor

BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM IN NURSING

The successful completion of this four-year, program fulfills the requirements of the Department of Nursing and the University. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards examination in nursing (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as registered nurses. Application for licensure must be approved by the Connecticut State Department of Health Services.The State Department of Health Services may deny the application if it is determined that the applicant has committed or been found guilty of committing acts which are contrary to public health and safety. The baccalaureate program at SCSU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Upon completion of the program graduates are prepared to: 1) use theoretical bases to guide nursing practice, 2) evaluate qualitative and quantitative research as a foundation for evidence based nursing practice, 3) provide culturally sensitive nursing care that reflects the worth, dignity, and uniqueness of individuals and groups, 4) use interpersonal and technological communication effectively, 5) apply leadership and management principles to facilitate change in health care practice, 6) provide nursing care that reflects analysis of diverse environmental factors that influence local, national, and global health care, 7) demonstrate behaviors that incorporate clients' rights, legal and ethical accountability, and professional codes and standards, 8) collaborate in providing care to clients, families, and groups in a variety of health care environments, and 9) use self-evaluation to promote professional growth and lifelong learning.

NURSING ADMISSION

Students interested in majoring in nursing must complete a dual admission process. Initially, students must be accepted into the University by the Admissions Office. Then, application is made for admission to the Department of Nursing at the beginning of the spring semester of the sophomore year. Applications are available once a year on November 1 on the Nursing Department website. All application materials are due no later than February 1. Admission is competitive with a GPA of 3.0 being the minimum considered for acceptance. Historically, students accepted into the program in recent years have had a GPA that has exceeded the minimum requirements. Qualified students may not be accepted because of a limit on the number of clinical placements and limited Department of Nursing resources. Typically, the number of students admitted in recent years has been limited to 60-85.

GPA, evaluation of overall academic record (i.e. number of course withdrawals, prerequisite course failures, and academic success at other colleges and universities), and entry admission testing are used in evaluating students for acceptance into the nursing program. Student performance on entrance testing may be a deciding factor in admission decisions. Consistent with SCSU admission requirements, preference is given to those candidates who, in the judgment of Department of Nursing admission members, present through academic and personal qualifications the greatest potential for program success.

Students are ineligible to apply for admission to the SCSU nursing program if:

--They have been dismissed for academic or clinical reasons from another nursing program.

--They have failed to meet benchmark scores on assessment testing in another nursing program.

During the freshman and sophomore years, students take Liberal Education Program requirements and course prerequisites to the major. During the junior and senior years, students take nursing courses and electives as needed. Throughout the program, students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 and receive a grade of "C+" or better in all nursing and prerequisite courses.

Students interested in the nursing major who have completed, or are close to completing, specified coursework for the first two years of the program should submit an application to the Department of Nursing by February 1. The application should be accompanied by the official transcript for all college credit being applied to the nursing degree. At least 7 of the 11 prerequisite courses must be completed at the time of application.  These include BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 120, CHE 120, CHE 125, PHY 103, ENG 112, PSY 100, PSY 219, MAT 107, and MAT 108.

Students newly accepted into the program must submit the following information regarding Health Policies to begin classes:

--Submit by June 15: current health form; results of either PPD skin test or chest x-ray for TB completed within previous 12 months; evidence of rubella, rubeola, mumps, and varicella vaccination and antibody titre; evidence of measles vaccination; and evidence of Hepatitis B vaccination and Hepatitis B titre or signed declination to receive vaccine; TD vaccine within 10 years.

--Submit by June 15 current CPR certification for professional rescuers. CPR certification must be renewed annually.

Students entering the senior year in the program must provide by August 1: results of either PPD skin test or chest x-ray for TB completed within previous 12 months and annual flu vaccination.

Students without documentation of health requirements and/or CPR certification will not be allowed to participate in clinical experiences.

Program Progression

--Continuation in the program is dependent upon satisfactory academic and clinical performance.

--Students must achieve a grade of "C+" or better in all nursing and prerequisite courses.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

All students accepted into the nursing program are required to take the Medication Test during the summer before entering the program. Students must pass the Medication Test with a grade of 100. Students are given three opportunities to achieve the passing standard. The Medication Test is offered prior to start of fall classes. All students are required to take this test at the initial offering. Students who fail to achieve 100 percent by the third Medication Test will not be able to enroll in clinical courses or laboratory courses in the fall or spring semester and must begin as a part-time nursing student. The exam may be repeated the following summer. Failure to meet the passing standard after three additional attempts will result in dismissal from the program. Information regarding this mandatory test is sent with the acceptance packet to students admitted to the program.

All students are required to take a comprehensive nursing exam and achieve the benchmark score of 850 set by the Department of Nursing to successfully complete program requirements. If students have not met the benchmark during the testing period, students are required to submit evidence of registration in a formal NCLEX-RN review course.

Accelerated Program

The Department of Nursing offers an Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) option for individuals who hold bachelor's degrees in other fields and wish to pursue a nursing career.

Students interested in the ACE program must complete a dual admission process. Initially, students must apply to the University. Applications become available on April 1 and are accepted by the Admissions Office.Then, application is made for ACE admission to the Department of Nursing; applications are available once a year on November 1 on the Department of Nursing website. All application materials are due by January 15. Admission is competitive with a GPA of 3.0 being the minimum considered for acceptance. Historically, students accepted into the ACE program in recent years have had a GPA that has exceeded the minimum requirements. Qualified students may not be accepted because of a limit on the number of clinical placements and limited Department of Nursing resources. Typically, the number of ACE students admitted in recent years has been limited to 24–30. The ACE program is a rigorous and intensive academic program that requires a full-time commitment. Individuals who are accepted into the program are strongly encouraged not to be employed during the course of the program.

GPA, evaluation of overall academic record (i.e. number of course withdrawals, prerequisite course failures, and academic success at other colleges and universities), and two letters of recommendation will be used as a way of evaluating students for acceptance into the ACE program. An interview may be required following the initial screening of applicants. Consistent with SCSU admission requirements, preference is given to those candidates who, in the judg- ment of Department of Nursing admission members, present through academic and personal qualifications the greatest potential for program success.

The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C+" or better prior to entering the ACE program: BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 120 or 233, CHE 120, MAT 107, MAT 108, PSY 100, and PSY 219. At the time of application due date (January 15) no more than 4 course prerequisites can be outstanding. All prerequisites must be completed and reported by June 30.

Students accepted must submit the following information by June: current health form, results of PPD or chest x-ray for TB completed within previous 12 months, evidence of rubella, rubeola, mumps, and varicella vaccination and titre, evidence of measles vaccination, and evidence of Hep B vaccination and titre or signed declination, and TD vaccine within 10 years. Additionally, evidence of current CPR certification must be submitted to the Department of Nursing by June 15. Students without documentation of health requirements and/or CPR certification will not be allowed to participate in clinical experiences.

All students accepted into the ACE program are required to pass the Medication Test with a score of 100 percent prior to entering the program. Students are given five testing opportunities to achieve the passing standard. Students who fail to achieve 100 percent by the fifth opportunity will be unable to commence the ACE program. Information regarding this requirement is sent with the acceptance packet to students admitted to the program.

All students are required to take a comprehensive nursing exam and achieve a benchmark score of 850 set by the Department of Nursing to successfully complete program requirements. If students have not met the benchmark during the testing period, students are required to submit evidence of registration in a formal NCLEX-RN review course.

RN Admission

The University offers a flexible admission policy for RN's who hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing and seek to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. While RN students must meet the same graduation requirements as basic nursing students, the program takes into account RN's rich background in nursing. Once accepted by the University, RN students should submit a separate application for the B.S. degree program obtained from the Department of Nursing. Students must have at least a GPA of 2.7 for admission to the program. Applications are available throughout the year.

Admission into the professional nursing component of the program requires successful completion of selected prerequisite courses or their equivalent. Credits for prerequisites may be obtained through completion of the course, transfer credit, or examination (College Level Examination Proficiency). Additional information on RN transfer credit can be obtained by contacting the Nursing Department. The University accepts CLEP subject examination results within a specific score range. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and a grade of "C+" or better is required for the prerequisite and nursing courses.

Southern Connecticut State University participates in the Connecticut Articulation Model for Nurse Educational Mobility. Inquiries regarding this agreement should be directed to the RN coordinator in the Department of Nursing. Students must earn at least 30 credits from Southern Connecticut State University to be awarded a degree from the University.

At the time of admission to the Department of Nursing, each RN student must submit evidence of current CPR certification and current Connecticut license. In addition, at the time of admission to the nursing program, each RN student must provide a current health form with evidence of results of either a PPD skin test or chest x-ray for TB completed within the previous 12 months; evidence of rubella, rubeola, mumps, and varicella vaccinations and titres; evidence of Hepatitis B vaccination, a Hepatitis B titer or signed declination to receiving the vaccine; TD vaccine within 10 years.

RN students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree should contact the Department of Nursing and request an appointment with the RN program coordinator. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. RN-to-BS nursing courses are offered online.

Nursing Student Transportation

Students are responsible for their own individual transportation to and from all clinical agencies. Student learning experiences may be scheduled any time between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. during weekdays or on weekends.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK

Clinical practice experiences in healthcare and other agencies are a required component of program completion and graduation with a pre-licensure credential or baccalaureate nursing degree. Students must meet all standards and requirements necessary to complete required clinical placements. Failure to do so will result in an inability to complete the program.

Many agencies providing clinical practice experiences are requiring that students undergo a criminal background check before commencing the clinical practice experience. The Connecticut League for Nursing (CLN) has engaged an outside contractor to perform criminal background checks on students pursuing clinical practice experiences. The results of the background check will be released to the agencies where clinical experiences are planned. Students must apply directly to CLN and pay all costs associated with the background check. CLN's contact information, as well as the costs associated with the criminal background check, can be found in the department's student policies.

It is important to understand that the results of a student's criminal background check may prevent a student from commencing or completing a clinical placement. Failure to complete all required clinical placements will prevent a student from graduating from the Department of Nursing.

The following is a partial list of crimes and offenses that may negatively impact a student's ability to complete required clinical placements: any sexual crime, any crime of violence, any drug crime, any weapons crime, property crimes, theft, robbery, burglary, embezzlement or fraud, public intoxication or substance abuse, and other felonies and serious offenses which would not be appropriate in a healthcare/patient care environment.

NUR 340 - Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing

Designed as an introduction to selected concepts that contribute to the foundation of professional nursing. This foundation encompasses various philosophies, theories and frameworks that allow nurses to engage in quality nursing practice.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the nursing program.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 341 - Health Assessment

Concepts of wellness and growth and development throughout the life cycle provide the basis for the study of health assessment. Emphasizes data collection of physiologic and psychosocial parameters for obtaining nursing diagnoses. Clinical experiences for integration of theory and skill mastery are utilized.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of all prerequisites for the nursing major and acceptance into the nursing program.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 342 - Evidence-Based Nursing Interventions

Provides theory and lab practice in performing therapeutic nursing interventions. Exposure to a variety of skills which lay the foundation for professional nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on current research and evidence bases for skills, psychomotor skills acquisition, patient responses, and professional responsibilities including documentations and delegation.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the nursing program.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 343 - Integrated Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I

Focuses on the body system’s responses to changes in the internal and external environments. Manifestations of selected health problems are presented with consideration given to their physiological basis. Application of concepts to the nursing process is emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the nursing program.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 344 - Gerontological Nursing

Identifies the unique body of knowledge necessary to provide holistic and comprehensive nursing care to the older adult. The nursing process as applied to the adaptive experience of the older adult will draw upon research relevant to nursing intervention and evaluation of outcome.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the nursing program.

2 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 350 - Therapeutic Nutrition

Nutritional therapy as a basis for nursing intervention of major health problems is the focus. The role of nutrition in maintaining and restoring health and in preventing illness is discussed.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the nursing program.

2 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

NUR 351 - Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses

Provides the foundation to prepare the baccalaureate nursing student to promote evidence-based practice in nursing, identify evidence-based practice issues, appraise the quality and integrity of research, and integrate evidence into practice to enhance patient care and outcomes. Evidence-based practice models and the process for the evaluation and application of scientific evidence in relatioq to nursing practice are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): C+ or better in NUR 340.

2 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 352 - Adult Health Nursing

Holistic approach to the care of adults with moderate bio-psychosocial health problems.The clinical practicum focuses on the care of clients with ineffective behaviors and stimuli related to selected biopsychosocial alterations.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in NUR 340, NUR 341, NUR 342, NUR 343, and NUR 344.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

NUR 353 - Integrated Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II

A continuation of Nursing 343. Utilizes a body systems approach in addressing selected health problems and associated pharmacological interventions. Major concepts related to pathophysiology and pharmacology are interwoven. Application of concepts to nursing process across the life span is emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in NUR 343.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

NUR 354 - Mental Health Nursing

Issues of mental health nursing, including adaptive and ineffective behaviors, major psychiatric illnesses and high risk populations, are addressed in this course. The student applies theoretical knowledge in a clinical practicum.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in NUR 340, NUR 341, NUR 342, NUR 343, and NUR 344.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

NUR 422 - Interpersonal Violence and the Critical Role of the Nurse

This course addresses the nursing role with survivors of violence. The major focus of the course is assessment, intervention, and analysis of specific situations within the dysfunctional family. Specific nursing strategies are discussed and evaluated.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status in Nursing program or departmental permission.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter Session 2016

NUR 423 - Transcultural Issues in Nursing

Provides nursing students with a broadened understanding of multicultural and multiethnic concerns in providing comprehensive nursing care to clients.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status in Nursing program or departmental permission.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 425 - Palliative and End-of-Life Care Colloquium

Development of knowledge in the specialized field of palliative and end-of-life nursing care for patients across the lifespan and their families. Physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families are explored, using the end-of-life nursing education consortium (ELNEC) modules as a conceptual framework.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status in the Nursing program.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 426 - The Mind’s Role in Illnesses: Application to Nursing Practice

The role of the mind in maintaining health and preventing illness is explored. Specific illnesses for which research has evaluated the effectiveness of mind/body approaches are presented including techniques widely used by health care professionals.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status in Nursing program or departmental permission.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 428 - Legal Issues in Nursing

Legal issues in areas of employment and nursing practice are examined. Legal processes and case examples involving nurses are explored and provided a basis for analysis and decision making.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status in Nursing program or departmental permission.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 430 - The Childbearing Family

Emphasis on the childbearing experience and the impact on the family. The content includes clients who are at risk for potential physical, emotional and developmental health problems. Clinical experiences provide students the opportunity to apply theory to patients/families during all phases of the childbearing experience.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in NUR 340, NUR 341, NUR 342, NUR 343, NUR 344, NUR 350, NUR 351, NUR 352, NUR 353, and NUR 354.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 431 - The Childrearing Family (Pediatrics)

Focus is on the nursing care of children and their families. The framework facilitates students' mastery of health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration of children within their families and in their communities. Emphasis is on safety, injury prevention, healthy development, and common health problems during childhood, from infancy through adolescence. Utilizing a variety of clinical settings to enhance experiential learning, the course reflects current trends in child health and will arm students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide safe, quality, and evidence-based nursing care for children and their families.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in NUR 340, NUR 341, NUR 342, NUR 343, NUR 344, NUR 350, NUR 351, NUR 352, NUR 353, and NUR 354.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 432 - Adult Responses to Complex Stressors

Holistic approach to the nursing of adults with complex biopsychosocial health needs. Clinical practicum in nursing enables students to apply advanced theoretical knowledge to complex illness situations.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in NUR 340, NUR 341, NUR 342, NUR 343, NUR 344, NUR 350, NUR 351, NUR 352, NUR 353 and NUR 354.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 433 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice with Families Across the Lifespan

This course focuses on the responses of families and family members to health and illness. The nursing role in health promotion across the lifespan is emphasized. The nurse’s role with individual and family adaptation responses is identified as the foundation of the nursing process.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in NUR 340, NUR 341, NUR 342, NUR 343, NUR 344, NUR 350, NUR 351, NUR 352, NUR 353, and NUR 354.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 442 - Community Health Nursing

Community health nursing presents a synthesis of nursing theory applied to promoting and preserving health of populations. The clinical focus of this course is on the community as a whole with nursing care of individuals, families and groups.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in NUR 340, NUR 341, NUR 342, NUR 343, NUR 344, NUR 350, NUR 351, NUR 352, NUR 353, and NUR 354.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 443 - Nursing Capstone

The focus of this senior level capstone courses is holistic, professional nursing practice through synthesis, analysis, and application of knowledge. An increase in clinical competence is gained through integration of theoretical knowledge, clinical, and cognitive skills, and professional values and behaviors from previous liberal arts and nursing courses. During this course, the student provides comprehensive nursing care to patients, families, groups of patients, and the community. This course is designed to prepare students for the role of graduate registered nurse.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in NUR 340, NUR 341, NUR 342, NUR 343, NUR 344, NUR 350, NUR 351, NUR 352, NUR 353, NUR 354, NUR 431, NUR 432, NUR 433, and NUR 442.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

NUR 444 - Leadership, Management and Health Care Issues in Nursing

During this seminar course students explore the principles of nursing leadership and management related to current workplace and health care issues affecting regional, national, and global populations. Issues are investigated from various perspectives including the patient/client, nurse, health care team, health care organization, and society.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in NUR 340, NUR 341, NUR 342, NUR 343, NUR 344, NUR 350, NUR 351, NUR 352, NUR 353, NUR 354, NUR 430, NUR 432, and NUR 433.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

NUR 457 - Advanced Clinical Concepts: Selected Health Issues for Practice

Selected national health priorities identified in the document “Healthy People” are used as the organizing framework for this course. National goals and initiatives to achieve them along with evidence based interventions the nurse can use are discussed for application across the lifespan. Pharmacological and other interventions are correlated with the underlying pathological processes responsible for each health pattern.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to RN/BS program.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 459 - Leadership and Management in Contemporary Nursing Practice

Principles of leadership, management, and health care policy. Focusing on concepts of effective leadership and management, organizational structure, and policy factors which influence decision-making. The quality and fiscal management concepts related to professional nursing practice are also studied.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to RN/BS Program.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 460 - Advanced Concepts in Nursing I

Focuses on the essential elements of professional nursing practice and on issues related to nursing as an evolving profession. Topics such as leadership, autonomy, change theory, adult learning, research and communication are discussed and related to nursing practice. Nursing theories/models and their application to practice will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into RN/BS Program and completion of all prerequisites to nursing.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

NUR 462 - Health Assessment for RN-BSN Students

This nursing assessment course is designed to prepare the Registered Nurse student with the theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to perform a comprehensive health assessment. Focuses on history taking, interviewing, and assessment techniques with respect to both health and illness needs of clients. Students have the opportunity for laboratory practice as well as the opportunity to apply these skills in the community setting.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the RN/BS program and completion of all prerequisites to nursing.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

NUR 463 - Concepts of Community Health Nursing

This course focuses on community health nursing practice. It includes discussion of individuals, families, and communities. The nursing process focuses on health promotion, health teaching, leadership, nursing theory, and the implications of nursing research.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in either NUR 341 or NUR 426.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

NUR 467 - Care Across the Continuum for Special Populations

Vulnerable populations are those with increased risk to develop poor health outcomes such as those experiencing homelessness, violence, or compromised medical conditions. Exploration of the role of the nurse as advocate, educator, case manager, collaborator, and health care partner to achieve mutually satisfactory outcomes for vulnerable clients.

Prerequisite(s): 'C+' or better in NUR 460.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

NUR 498 - Advanced Special Topics in Health Care

Advanced exploration of current developments, issues, and trends in the field of health care.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the NUR major.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

NUR 499 - Independent Study

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2012