Nursing

2019-2020 Catalogue

The Nursing Program. The Wesleyan College Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree offers qualified students a two year rigorous liberal arts foundation, followed by a unique two-year nursing curriculum that focuses on holistic nursing with an emphasis on women's health. This includes a variety of clinical practice experiences designed to prepare graduates for successful careers in nursing. Courses will show evidence of multiple teaching strategies and varied clinical practice opportunities throughout the program.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a four-year traditional degree program that prepares a nurse generalist for practice and leadership in the role of professional nurse in a variety of health care settings and specialties. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses for entry into practice in any state. This broad-based program is built upon courses in the humanities, fine arts, mathematics, sciences, and social and behavioral studies. The program conforms to standards set by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the CCNE. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter a master's program of study in nursing.

Students who intend to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program should express their interest to the nursing division prior to matriculation at Wesleyan College or as soon as possible thereafter so that they can be advised to take appropriate pre-nursing courses.

Students who have questions or who seek clarification concerning policies and/or procedures should contact the nursing division in the Munroe Science Center.

Program Goals/Learning Outcomes. The program prepares the successful graduate to:

I. Synthesize knowledge and content from the prerequisite core of science, mathematics, the liberal arts (humanities, fine arts, modern foreign language and the social sciences) to the practice of professional nursing.
II. Provide holistic care to clients of all ages in a variety of settings.
III. Integrate evidenced-based practice (EBP) as the foundation for nursing interventions and care delivery.
IV. Analyze issues that impact nursing, health and the global community.
V. Synthesize concepts of leadership and management into the practice of nursing.

VI. Integrate the role of the professional nurse with an awareness of self and a commitment to lifelong learning.

The following courses support each learning outcome:

I. NUR 300, 301, 302, 305, 306, 315, 403, 405, 414
II. NUR 301, 302, 304, 314, 315, 404, 405, 414, 415
III. NUR 300, 301, 302, 304, 305, 306, 314, 403, 404, 405, 414, 415
IV. NUR 300, 301, 302, 305, 306, 403, 404, 413, 414
V. NUR 301, 403, 413, 415
VI. NUR 300, 301, 304, 314, 315, 405, 415
 

Required Nursing (NUR) Courses: 60 hours

Note: These courses are open only to those students admitted to the BSN degree program. The student will take these courses in the 3rd (junior) and 4th (senior) years of the program.

1st semester: Junior Year (3rd year) - 15 hours
NUR 300 Foundations of Professional Nursing 3 hours
NUR 301 Physical Assessment & Health Promotion 4 hours
NUR 302 Holistic Nursing I: Fundamental Principles and Skills 5 hours
NUR 305 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I 3 hours
 
2nd semester: Junior Year - 16 hours
NUR 304 Evidenced-Based Practice 2 hours
NUR 306 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II 3 hours
NUR 314 Holistic Nursing II: Intro to Care of the Client 5 hours
NUR 315 Holistic Nursing III: Basic Care of the Inpatient Client 6 hours
 
3rd semester: Senior Year (4th year) - 15 hours
NUR 403 Holistic Nursing IV: Advanced Care of the Inpatient Client 6 hours
NUR 404 Holistic Nursing V: Mental Health Nursing 4 hours
NUR 405 Holistic Nursing VI: Women's Health 5 hours
 
4th semester: Senior Year - 14 hours
NUR 413 Leadership & Management in Nursing 4 hours
NUR 414 Holistic Nursing VII: Care of Client in the Community 4 hours
NUR 415 Holistic Nursing VIII: Capstone Nursing Practicum 6 hours
 

Professional Development: To experience how the liberal arts education provides a foundation for future professional success, establish academic, personal, and personal, and professional goals, and develop and demonstrate tools and strategies for personal and professional growth (learning objective #7), each student will participate in a Professional Development Experience (PDE) during NUR 415 Holistic Nursing VIII- Capstone Nursing Practicum. Each student will also create and ePortfolio to document and reflect upon her learning experiences as they relate to career and professional goals. The ePortfolio will include several required learning modules, in addition to any other items the student may want to incorporate. Students will share the completed ePortfolio with her faculty advisor prior to graduation.

Nursing (NUR) Course Descriptions

200: Introduction to Professional Nursing.
Content: This course is designed to familiarize the potential nursing student with the roles of the professional nurse and her interface with the health care system. An examination of nursing practice settings, career opportunities as well as legal and ethical decisions encountered by nurses will be examined. The scope of nursing practice in Georgia will be examined. Shadowing experiences will be planned for each student to offer exposure to "real life nursing practice" in a variety of settings. In addition, an overview of the nursing program, expectations and learning strategies will be discussed. A service learning project will be an integral part of the course experience enabling students to focus on a critical health care need.
Prerequisite: None; this course may be taken prior to entering the nursing program.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 2 hours.
 
300: Foundations of Professional Nursing.
Content: Socialization to the profession of nursing is begun in this course. An overview of the history, theory and practice of professional nursing, as well as professional standards, the code of ethics and legal issues are discussed. The nurse's role in the health care setting is discussed. The importance of the Nursing Process as a problem-solving and care- planning tool is provided with an emphasis on the ability of the nurse to think critically and to examine issues in nursing.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Nursing Program.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Credit: 3 hours.
 
301: Physical Assessment and Health Promotion.
Content: Head to toe health assessment is taught using a focused system approach, including health history and physical examination skills, as well as health promotion, restoration, and maintenance activities related to caring for diverse clients. Students are expected to master basic assessment sequencing, techniques and skill mastery related to assessment for adult, children and geriatric clients.
Cultural variations, developmental tasks and health promotion, restoration, and maintenance activities related to physical and psychosocial changes across the life span are reemphasized. Outcome strategies to address identified health problems are provided during each system discussion.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Nursing Program.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Credit: 4 hours (3 class hours; 3 clinical hours).
 
302: Holistic Nursing Care I: Fundamental Principles and Skills.
Content: The nurse's role as clinician is the foundation for this course. Use of the nursing process, therapeutic communication, skill mastery and application of concepts of assessment are integrated in the clinical laboratory and select community settings. A holistic framework provides the structure for practice, enabling the student to recognize the uniqueness of each client and the importance of continuity of care. Beginning technical competency for clinical skills is expected with an emphasis on the comprehensive care plan for the individual healthy adult, child or older person.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Nursing Program.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Credit: 5 hours (3 class hours, 6 clinical hours).
 
304: Evidence-Based Practice.
Content: Evidence-based practice is the foundation of professional practice enabling the nurse to plan and evaluate interventions using scientific rationale. The ability to critique and apply research studies and methodology to patient care is the focus. Qualitative and quantitative methodologies are explored.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Credit: 2 hours (2 class hours).
 
305: Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I.
Content: This combined course provides an introduction to the study of underlying changes in primary physiologic regulatory mechanisms and the pharmacotherapies utilized as treatment for identified alterations and disease states across the lifespan. Successful students will acquire the foundational understanding of pathophysiology, principles of pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics of identified medications for health promotion, treatment and symptom management. The nurse’s role in minimizing risk to patients and promoting a culture of safety will be emphasized and other variables impacting pharmacology such as age, gender, culture, genetics/genomics. This is the first semester of the two-semester sequence.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Credit: 3 hours (3 class hours).
 
306: Pathophysiology/ Pharmacology II.
Content: This combined course is a continuation of the study of underlying changes in primary physiologic regulatory mechanisms and the pharmacotherapies utilized as treatment for identified alterations and disease states across the lifespan. This course builds on the learning objectives from Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I to expand the foundational knowledge of pathophysiology, principles of pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics of identified medication for health promotion, treatment and symptom management. The nurse’s role in minimizing risk to patients and promoting a culture of safety will be reinforced and other variables impacting pharmacology such as age, gender, culture, genetics/genomics. This is the second semester of the two-semester sequence.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Credit: 3 hours (3 class hours).
 
314: Holistic Nursing Care II: Intro to Care of the Client.
Content: Utilizing a holistic framework, students will be introduced to the biophysical care and safety of the client across the life span. Priority setting, delegation and critique of nursing interventions are introduced.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Credit: 5 hours (3 class hours, 6 clinical hours).
 
315: Holistic Nursing Care III: Basic Care of the Inpatient Client.
Content: The physiological and psychological changes experienced by the hospitalized client are emphasized. The integration of anatomy and physiology as well as health assessment and psychosocial interventions are utilized to provide safe holistic care to clients across the life span.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 300, 301, 302, 305.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Credit: 6 hours (3 class hours, 9 clinical hours).
 
403: Holistic Nursing Care IV: Advanced Care of the Inpatient Client.
Content: The advanced care of the inpatient client is the focus of the course. The physiological and psychological changes experienced by the adult during illness are emphasized. Integration of anatomy and physiology as well as health assessment, psychosocial interventions and use of the nursing process are critical nutritional, psychosocial and evidence based practice concepts are integrated within the framework of the holistic care model. The evaluation of patient care outcomes and use of creative nursing interventions are stressed in the clinical setting. Beginning concepts of priority setting, delegation and critique of nursing interventions are examined.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 304, 306, 314, 315.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Credit: 6 hours (3 class hours, 9 clinical hours).
 
404: Holistic Nursing Care V: Mental Health Nursing.
Content: Foundational knowledge of mental health and physical care is explored using common psychotic behaviors and their impact on health and disease. Developmental and life cycle models used as underpinnings for exploring the physiological and psychological changes in the human lifespan provide the foundation for care of clients in psychiatric/mental health settings. The nursing process will be applied to psychiatric/mental health clients along the health/illness continuum in a variety of settings. Social and polictical factors that impact the client in psychiatric/mental heath settings will be analyzed.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 304, 306, 314, 315.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Credit: 4 hours (3 class hours, 3 clinical hours).
 
405: Holistic Nursing Care VI: Women's Health Nursing.
Content: The role of the nurse in caring for women across all ages and developmental models is the focus of this course. Using developmental and life cycle models as underpinnings for exploring the physiological and psychological changes occurring to women will be the foundation for care giving. The nursing process will be applied to women of all ages and in a variety of settings. The use of teaching, primary, secondary, and tertiary care concepts will be explored. Social and political factors that impact the health of women are examined. Childbearing, childbearing family, and pediatric clients during health and illness is the framework for the clinical placement in this course.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 304, 306, 314, 315.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Credit: 5 hours (3 class hours, 6 clinical hours).
 
413: Leadership & Management in Nursing.
Content: The nurse's role as leader and manager is the foundation for this course. The emphasis is on priority setting, delegation, communication and clinical application of the principles of professional practice roles in leading and managing staff and groups of patients. Collaboration with other health care providers to improve evidence-based outcomes of patients is emphasized. Completion of this course is under the guidance of a faculty advisor and a clinical preceptor.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 403, 404, 405.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 4 hours (3 class hours, 3 clinical hours).
 
414: Holistic Nursing Care VII: Care of Client in the Community.
Content: This course introduces the concept of community as client. The development of skills related to community assessment and the concepts of epidemiology in examining health practices throughout the global community are explored. The nurse's role in providing health care to clients/aggregates in a variety of culturally diverse communities is the framework for nursing care. The clinical experiences will expose students to a variety of community health environments, health programs and policies and their impact on care. Opportunities to practice health promotion behaviors and critique health care delivery systems will be emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 403, 404, 405.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 4 hours (3 class hours, 3 clinical hours).
 
415: Holistic Nursing Care VIII: Capstone Nursing Practicum.
Content: This course is designed to fully integrate the students into the profession of nursing. Students will focus on management of groups of clients in the acute care setting. The nurse as leader, manager, patient advocate and clinician are emphasized. Clinical skills are honed within the framework of the holistic model as the student continues to develop her role prior to graduation. An examination of strengths and weaknesses of nursing care provide the framework for growth and self-reflection. Focus will be on priority settings, integration of research into clinical practice and evaluating patient care and staff. To that end, the in-class courses will review systems and disease with nursing interventions; provide in-class discussion opportunities utilizing evidence-based research care and holistic treatment in the hospital and acute setting. The clinical immersion experience enables the nurse to fully implement all aspects of the professional nursing role.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 403, 404, 405.
Offered: Spring.
Credit: 6 hours (3 class hours, 9 clinical hours).
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