School of Nursing
112 Moore Building
Lynne G. Pearcey, Professor and Dean
Virginia B. Karb, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Professors Bartol, Chamings, Selby-Harrington; Associate Professors H. Brown, Dick, Hargett, E. Kohlenberg, Reed, Richardson, R. Saunders; Visiting Associate Professor Evans; Assistant Professors Barba, Beeson, Cookman, Courts, Kennedy-Malone, Krowchuk, R. Parrish, R. Taylor, Tesh, Werstlein; Visiting Assistant Professors J. Jones, J. Lutz, Maree, Ouellette; Lecturers Bartlett, Boland, Cowen, Eakes, Hancock, Helfers, Ivey, Lehman, Lester, Mayo, McNeal, Sandoval, Shields, VonCannon, Watters, L. Wheeler
Adjunct Faculty: Adjunct Associate Professors Hollerich, Mims, Schrull; Adjunct Assistant Professors Beach, Bokun, Collins, Crowe, Dickson, Donley, Hardin, Hayes, Heyneker, Higgerson, Jarrett-Pulliam, Liner, Lundrigan, Mooth, B. Smith, Staab, Winchester; Adjunct Instructors Barbee, Beard, Bensky, Bernhardt, Brockschmidt, Calhoun, Campbell, Garrison, Geddie, Hubbart, P. Johnson, Koontz, Krissak, Longenecker, Louie, Moon, Nudelman, Quarles, Ricker, Ripley
The School of Nursing offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The first two years of study are in general education, basic sciences, humanities, and basic nursing. The majority of work in the junior and senior years is in nursing.
The School of Nursing also offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree to prepare persons for a leadership role in nursing education, administration, and clinical practice. This program has a strong research emphasis and is founded on specialization in clinical practice.
The program offered by the School of Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing. The School of Nursing is an agency member of the National League for Nursing in the NLN Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs.
The faculty believes that people, existing as individuals, families, groups, and communities, are holistic, complex biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual beings. Each person is unique and possesses inherent dignity, worth, and the right to self-determination. While human responses are individualized, many can be generalized and predicted. Throughout the life span, people have potential for growth and development.
A person dynamically interacts with the environment, and each is affected by the other. The environment is the sum total of all those conditions and circumstances that have an impact on the existence of an individual. The environment constantly changes and influences a person's health.
Health is a relative state of being which is characterized by wellness, illness, disease, or dysfunction. Any view of health must consider both developmental and environmental influences. A person uses both internal and external resources to achieve the desired level of health. Nursing is one of the external resources available.
Nurses use knowledge and skill in working with people to promote, maintain, and restore the balance between them and their environment, and when necessary, to support a dignified death. Professional nursing has both theoretical and practice components. Nursing's body of knowledge incorporates biological, behavioral, and humanistic principles. The practice component is characterized by critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and effective interpersonal and psychomotor skills. Nurses function independently and interdependently in a variety of roles and are ethically and legally accountable for the quality of nursing care they provide.
The faculty believes that professional nursing education, built upon a foundation of liberal arts and the biological and social sciences, guides the learner to attain competencies required to practice professional nursing. Baccalaureate education prepares nurses to function as generalists, while education at the master's level prepares nurses as specialists in nursing practice. Nursing education respects the uniqueness of the learner and encourages commitment, accountability, leadership, self-awareness, and continued professional development.
Admission for Basic Students
Students must be formally admitted to the School of Nursing which is an upper division major. Only students who have formal, written acceptance into the School will be permitted to register in advanced nursing courses and complete work for the major. Admission should normally be sought during the sophomore year. The application deadline is February 1 of each year. Applications are obtained from the Advising Center in the School of Nursing.
Criteria for Admission:
Students may not enroll in nursing courses beyond the foundation level courses cited above without being admitted to the School. Application for admission is possible while students are still completing the prerequisite courses, but unconditional admission cannot be granted until admission criteria have been successfully completed.
Admission to the University does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing major. Various health care agencies in Piedmont North Carolina cooperate with the School of Nursing in providing clinical learning experiences for students. The size of each incoming junior class is determined by the availability of these clinical resources. Therefore, it is impossible to assure space for every student who meets the criteria.
RN's interested in completing the BSN degree need to meet the University's requirements for admission. A registered nurse who brings advanced placement may build a minor in order to complete the 122 hours required for graduation. The Registered Nurse who has completed the prerequisite academic work and is ready to enter the professional major may earn up to 30 semester hours of credit for selected courses by special examination. Applications for special examinations are available in the Advising Center of the School of Nursing. Registered nurse students must make a "C" (2.0) or better in NUR 370 and 371 and a passing rate for the special examinations to be admitted into the 400-level nursing courses. Registered nurse students must provide evidence of graduation from a basic nursing program prior to enrolling in NUR 370 and 371, and current, active, unrestricted N.C. licensure prior to admission to the 400-level courses. The length of time required to complete the program varies with each individual.
Criteria for Progression in the Major
Grading in Practicum and Laboratory
A grade of unsatisfactory in lab or clinical practicum in nursing courses will result in a course grade of "F".
Appeal Procedure Related to Progression Policies
Students who fail to meet the progression policies because of extenuating circumstances may petition the Admission and Progression Committee for consideration of their eligibility to continue in the major. Responsibility for initiating the appeal process and presenting evidence of extenuating circumstances lies with the student.
Financial Aid Information
Financial aid application procedures and undergraduate scholarships are described in Chapter 3.
Required: 122 semester hours
All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 semester hours)
All students in this program must meet AULER requirements. Specific area requirements for the Nursing Major are indicated below:
Major and Related Area Requirements
Electives must be sufficient to complete 122 total semester hours required for degree.
NOTE: Requirements listed above, with the exceptions of PHI 119 or 220, STA 108, FNS 213, and electives, should be completed prior to enrolling in 300-level or 400-level nursing courses. Because of the time commitments involved with the 300- and 400-level nursing courses, and the difficulties in scheduling non-nursing courses concurrently with nursing courses, students should try to have most course requirements completed prior to entering the upper division major.
Course Requirements for Special Student Populations
Licensed Practical Nurse Students seeking a BSN:
Same as for the BSN program outlined above, with the following exception:
May earn credit (4 s.h.) for the following course by examination: NUR 210.
Students pursuing the BSN as a second degree:
Registered Nurse Students seeking a BSN:
210 Concepts in Nursing (4:3:3). Pr. sophomore standing; overall GPA over 2.0. Introduction to basic concepts in nursing. Laboratory activities encourage self-awareness and include exercises in values clarification and communication patterns, with practice of basic nursing skills. (FA)
220 Nursing Assessment of Well Individuals (4:3:3). Pr. completion of BIO 271 or 277; overall GPA over 2.0. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in BIO 271 or 277, whichever has not been completed. Introduction to basic nursing assessment of well individuals over the life span. Laboratory activities encourage development of skills in interviewing, physical examination, and documentation of information. (SP)
*310 Nursing Care of Individuals with Psychosocial Problems (5:3:6). Pr. NUR 210, 220. Nursing care of individuals who have mental health or psychosocial problems. Clinical activities in selected mental health settings.
*320 Nursing Care of Adults: Common Physiological Problems (5:3:6). Pr. NUR 210, 220. Nursing care of adults who have common physiological problems. Clinical activities in medical or surgical units within acute care settings.
330 Health of Women (3:3). Women and their health. Incorporating selected health issues, physical and developmental changes in the life cycle, health maintenance, and health problems. Not offered every semester. (Elective credit for nursing majors.) (Same as HEA 333)
*340 Nursing Care of the Developing Family (5:3:6). Pr. NUR 210, 220. Nursing care of growing children in maturing family. Wellness emphasized, with the study of illness, disease, or dysfunction. Clinical activities in agencies where care is provided for children.
345 Basic Health Management of Children (3:3). Pr. HDF 211. Health appraisal and recognition of symptoms of illness in children. Emphasizes needs of children in group settings from infancy through elementary school age.
*360 Nursing Care of the Emerging Family (5:3:6). Pr. NUR 210, 220. Nursing care of families experiencing birth of an infant. Wellness emphasized, with the study of illness, disease, or dysfunction. Clinical activities in agencies where care is provided for parents and newborns.
370 Concepts of Professional Nursing (3:3:0). Study of basic concepts in professional nursing.
371 Nursing Health Assessment (2:1:3). Study of the assessment of individuals over the life span. Laboratory activities promote the develoment of nursing assessment skills.
380 Nursing Skills (2:1:3). Pr. 210 and 220. Introduction and practice of nursing skills necessary for care of clients in clinical settings.
405 Pharmacology in Nursing (3:3). Pr. admission to the School of Nursing or permission of instructor. Study of major drug groups and their action, use, side effects, and nursing care considerations. Emphasis on nursing care and teaching, built upon physiology and basic pharmacology.
*410 Nursing Care of the Community of Older Adults (6:3:9). Pr. NUR 210, 220, 310, 320, 340, 360, or equivalent. Nursing care of older adults: theories of aging, physiological/ psychological functioning, impact of developmental changes, illness, and dysfunction. Clinical activities in agencies where care is provided for older adults.
*420 Nursing Care in the Community (6:3:9). Pr. NUR 210, 220, 310, 320, 340, 360, or equivalent. Nursing care of individuals, families, and groups within the community setting. Exploration of environmental characteristics and resources. Clinical activities in community health agencies.
*430 Nursing in Complex Organizations (6:3:9). Pr. NUR 210, 220, 310, 320, 340, 360, or equivalent. Nursing care of groups in complex acute-care settings. Emphasis on nurse's role in research, team membership, and professional growth. Clinical activities encourage development of basic leadership and organizational skills.
*440 Nursing Practicum (6:1:15). Pr. NUR 410, 420; pr. or concurrent enrollment in NUR 430. A concentrated five-week practicum in a clinical area of the student's choice. Students simulate role of the employed graduate under the guidance of a selected nursing preceptor. (SP)
*470 Community Health Nursing Concepts and Care (5:3:6). Pr. completion of all required 200- and 300-level nursing courses or equivalent. Current unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a Registered Nurse.Nursing care of individuals, families, and groups within the community settings. Focus on implementation of community health nursing services. Clinical activities in a variety of community health agencies.
*471 Nursing Care of the Older Adult (5:3:6). Pr. completion of all required 200- and 300-level nursing courses or equivalent. Current unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a Registered Nurse.Nursing care of older adults considering theories of aging, developmental, physiological/psychological functioning, common health problems, and resources. Clinical experiences in a wide variety of agencies involving older adults.
472 Nursing Research and Leadership (3:3). Pr. completion of all required 200- and 300-level nursing courses or equivalent. Current unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a Registered Nurse.Professional nurse's role in applying principles of research, leadership, and management in health care organizations.
492 Independent Study (1-3:1-3). Pr. approval must be granted by a nursing faculty member prior to registration. Guided readings in nursing as an individual project designed with a focus on the nursing profession and/or nursing practice. Course offering is dependent on faculty availability.
493 Honors Work (3-6). See prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493 (p. 379).
For Advanced Undergraduates
and Graduate Students
505 Computer Applications in Nursing (3:2:3). Pr. Basic understanding of microcomputers or permission of instructor. Not recommended for Nursing Administration majors. An introduction to computer applications in nursing. Practical experience with microcomputers and generic software applicable to patient care and nursing management. Lab assignments will vary to meet specific learning needs.
540 Budget Development and Analysis of Nursing Services (3:3). An introduction to the principles of fiscal management, health care agency accounting practices, and nurse manager's role in the budgeting process.
542 Law and Policy for Nurses (3:3). Legal, regulatory, professional, and ethical dimensions of nursing practice and health care delivery systems.
550 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing (3:3). The physiological changes across the life span and common pathophysiological mechanisms.
562 Advanced Nursing Leadership Role (3:3). Development of the leadership and management roles in specialized areas of advanced nursing practice.
563 The Aged Developmentally Disabled (3:3). Pr. Undergraduate level psychosocial nursing course or special education courses and permission of the instructor.Healthcare needs of older developmentally disabled persons. Holistic model incorporating the belief that developmentally disabled can continue to learn as they age.
564 The Elderly Mentally Ill Client (3:3). Pr. Undergraduate level psychosocial nursing course or equivalent course and practicum.A holistic approach to nursing practice with the elderly mentally ill using theories of psychological functioning, and socio-economic conditions.
580 Psychoneuroimmunological Aspects of Nursing (3:3). Pr. senior or graduate status in nursing or permission of instructor. Emerging mind-brain-body interactions. Information transmission among the mind, neuroendocrine and immune systems related to nursing.
For Graduate Students Only
601 Research Design for Nursing (3:3).
604 Nurse Anesthesia Seminar (1:1).
605 Scientific Foundations in Nurse Anesthesia I (4:4).
606 Scientific Foundations in Nurse Anesthesia II (4:4).
607 Scientific Foundations in Nurse Anesthesia III (4:4).
608 Scientific Foundations in Nurse Anesthesia IV (4:4).
610 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3:3).
614 Information Systems in Nursing Service Administration (3:3).
615 Foundations of Nursing Education (3:3).
616 Educational Process in Nursing (3:3)
620 Issues in Advanced Professional Nursing (3:3).
638 Expanded Roles in Nursing (3:3).
641 Nursing Administration (4:4).
642 Nursing Administration: Theoretical Applications (4:2:6).
643 Nursing Administration Practicum (4:1:9).
651 Advanced Clinical Nursing I (4:2:6).
652 Advanced Clinical Nursing II (4:2:6).
653 Practicum in Nursing Education (4:1:9).
661 Scope of Gerontological Nursing (3:3).
662 Nursing Assessment of the Older Adult (4:3:3).
663 Gerontological Nursing Practicum (5:0:15).
664 Practicum: Psychogeriatric/Developmental Problems of Elders (3:3).
665 Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (4:0:12).
666 Primary Care Management for Older Adults (4:3:3).
667 Gerontological Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners (3:3).
668 Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (6:0:18)
671 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia I (3:0:9).
672 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia II (3:0:9).
673 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia III (6:0:18).
674 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia IV (3:0:9).
675 Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia V (3:0:9).
692 Independent Study (1 to 3).
698 Advanced Nursing Project (1 to 3).
699 Thesis (1 to 3).
800 Graduate Registration (0).