2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
    Jul 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Nursing, A.S.N.


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The two-year nursing program prepares individuals for nursing careers involving the delivery of direct client care in settings such as hospitals, physician offices, clinics, extended care facilities, and the client’s home. The curriculum includes a balance of nursing and non-nursing courses.  Students must obtain a “C” grade or better in all required general studies and nursing courses.  Nursing courses are designed to provide learning opportunities for acquiring the necessary nursing knowledge and skills to practice nursing at the associate degree level. The focus is holistic health promotion and wellness.  All support courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the curriculum course sequence as listed in the catalog. Once accepted into the program all nursing (NURS) coursework must be completed within a three (3) year period for the associate degree and two (2) year period for the Accelerated LPN-RN.

Mission Statement

To provide an affordable, quality educational program in a nurturing environment to the graduate nurse with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for success as a registered professional nurse.

Philosophy

The Bluefield State University AS Nursing department embraces the Bluefield State University’s mission statement by providing an affordable, quality educational program in a nurturing environment. The philosophy of the nursing program is based on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Inherent in the QSEN competencies are the NLN core values, integrated concepts and competencies for graduates of Associate Degree programs including human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity and spirit of inquiry (NLN, 2010). The four major categories of client need on the NCLEX-RN test plan are also integrated into the curriculum. These include safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity and physiological integrity.

The profession of nursing involves the art and science of caring. It encompasses the provision and promotion of safe, patient-centered care in the community and throughout the lifespan. Nursing care is provided in collaboration with the patient, family and members of the interdisciplinary team while incorporating informatics into contemporary healthcare settings. The nursing process is the organizing framework that integrates the identification of human needs and provides therapeutic interventions based on clinical reasoning, nursing judgement and evidence based practice. The nurse monitors patient outcomes for quality and safety improvements of health care systems.

The goal of the faculty is to reflect QSEN pre-licensure knowledge, skills and attitudes in their teaching, learning activities and ongoing curriculum development. This process assists in the preparation of students for successful entry-level practice of the Associate Degree prepared registered nurse. Additionally, a commitment to life-long learning to expand personal and professional growth is encouraged.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are derived from the program’s philosophy and the organizing framework. The philosophy of the nursing program is based on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Inherent in the QSEN competencies are the NLN core values, integrated concepts and competencies for graduates of Associate Degree programs including human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity and spirit of inquiry (NLN, 2010). The four major categories of client needs on the NCLEX-RN test plan are also integrated into the curriculum. These include safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity and physiological integrity.

At the completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize evidenced based nursing interventions to assist the individual, family, and community in health promotion and physiological and psychosocial adaptation across the lifespan by utilizing the nursing process.
  2. Support a caring environment that respects the diversity of the individual, family, and community’s values, customs, spiritual beliefs and culture.
  3. Collaborates and communicates effectively within nursing and multidisciplinary teams to achieve safe and quality client care in diverse environments.
  4. Manage patient care technology and utilize information management systems while delivering nursing care across the lifespan.
  5. Utilize the principles of quality improvement to monitor psychological and psychosocial outcomes of client care.

 

Eligibility requirements for admission to the associate degree-nursing program include:

1. Meet general admission requirements.

2. Eligibility to enter  Math 101 or Math 109..

3. An overall high school grade point average of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale, or a score of 45 on each of the GED exams.

4. Have completed with a “C” or better one unit of high school algebra, one unit of high school biology and one unit of high school chemistry (ACT/SAT equivalent score of 19 in mathematics will substitute for the algebra course).

Or

Be enrolled at Bluefield State University or another accredited institution of higher learning prior to application, having completed a minimum of 12 credit hours** and achieving a 2.8 or better grade point average. A “C” grade or better is required in each of the following: one mathematics course, one biology course and one introductory chemistry course

5. Complete the ATI TEAS Admission test with a proficient or higher overall score. Completion of ATI TEAS does not meet all requirements for admissions to the program. ATI TEAS can be taken September 1 - February 1 each year. ATI TEAS can be taken twice. Score on the ATI TEAS are valid for two academic years.

6. Completion of Health 100, with a “C” or better, prior to admission to the program is highly recommended.

7. Applicants exceeding these academic standards and course requirements will be given first priority.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA, 30326, telephone (404) 975-5000  ).

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Associate of Science in Nursing program.

Upon successful completion of the associate degree program in nursing, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam - RN (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of this examination allows the graduate to apply for licensure as a registered nurse.

Transfer Students

It is the policy of the Bluefield State University Department of Nursing that students transferring from nursing programs at other accredited institutions of higher education must, at a minimum, complete nineteen (19) credit hours of nursing courses at Bluefield State University. The nursing faculty regards the acquisition of clinical skills, as well as the ability to utilize and implement nursing process, as essential parts of the nursing student’s education. It is believed that these standards may be met in this way.

Applicants who wish to transfer from nursing programs at other accredited institutions of higher education must meet the requirements for admission into Bluefield State University’s nursing program. Students seeking transfer will be required to submit official transcripts, course descriptions and course syllabi for any nursing courses being considered for credit in the nursing program. Only nursing courses completed with a grade of “C” or better and completed within the last year will be considered. Transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis and must satisfactorily complete the lab competency examinations. Students desiring transfer should contact the Director of Associate Degree Nursing in the School of Nursing and Allied Health.

Academic Plan of Study


The courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing are listed in the following recommended sequence. The pre- requisites and co-requisites are listed with the course descriptions found elsewhere in the catalog. All support courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the curriculum course sequence as listed in the catalog. Once accepted into the program all nursing (NURS) coursework must be completed within a three (3) year period. This plan is for students entering directly into the program with no prior college courses.

Total Credit Hours: 16


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Total Credit Hours: 17


Total Credit Hours: 17


Total Credit Hours: 66


Note:


The curriculum may be amended by the nursing faculty.

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