Nursing

Professor Paulette Thabault (Director);

Associate Professor Kate Healy; Assistant Professors, Llynne Kiernan, and Jessica Wood; Lecturers Sarah Manacek, and Lorraine Pitcher.

The School of Nursing offers a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The first year of the BSN program is dedicated to courses in the Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences and two foundation courses in Nursing. The clinical experience begins in the spring of the sophomore year and continues through the remainder of the program. By graduation students will have practiced in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community/home health agencies, schools and clinics. Well equipped, modern, simulation laboratories provide on-campus learning labs for skill acquisition and health assessment practice. Morning, evening, and weekend hours are utilized for the clinical experience. Students will take a pre-NCLEX exam in their senior year to determine readiness for NCLEX exams. Students are required to purchase student uniforms. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical agencies. Nursing majors must have current “American Heart Association Health Care Provider” certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) upon entering the sophomore year and through all subsequent nursing courses. All immunizations must be up to date and tuberculosis skin test done annually.

The School of Nursing also offers an accelerated track for students with a previous degree and who have met the accelerated track pre-requisites. Students in this track begin in the summer prior to the junior level courses and join the junior cohort in the fall.

Goals:
  • Integrate knowledge derived from nursing science, health related sciences, and humanities when designing and providing patient-centered care.
  • Provide patient centered care in which the dignity, spirituality, and rights of the individual family and community are respected.
  • Promote the profession’s obligation to legal, ethical and moral standards.
  • Lead based on the values of commitment, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
  • Employ informatics to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  • Communicate effectively in a manner that fosters respectful and collaborative decision making, thus enhancing patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
  • Integrate political awareness, critical thinking, social justice and participation in the policy process with professional role behavior.
  • Use the best current evidence coupled with clinical reasoning to minimize risk and improve quality and safety of patient care.
  • Value the pursuit of practice excellence, lifelong learning, and professional engagement to foster professional growth and development.

Outcomes:
  • Ethical behavior and clinical reasoning, promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership in the patient care setting
  • Professional accountability for nursing practice with emphasis on patient safety
  • Evidence Based Practice skills with the ability to conduct basic research
  • Patient centeredness with emphasis on families and communities.
  • Connectedness, with strong peer advocacy in the work place environment

Accreditation:

The B.S. in Nursing major is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202)-887-8476 and approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing, Office of Professional Regulations, 89 Main Street 3rd Floor, Montpelier, VT 05520-2482, (802) 828-2396.

Philosophy:

Nursing at Norwich University is grounded in core essentials of baccalaureate education and predicated on the profession’s ideals to meet the needs of a complex, dynamic healthcare environment. Inherent in professional practice are the emerging trends in population health, patient care technology, and cultural diversity. The Faculty believes that through direct patient care and simulated clinical experience students will acquire the knowledge base to ensure optimum health outcomes for our patients, families and communities.

The Faculty further believes that teaching and learning evolves, through a seamless progression, in competency based nursing practice. Graduates become proficient in patient centered care with emphasis on quality improvement methods and patient safety. The responsibility of the professional nurse is complex, requiring expertise in leadership, communication and teamwork.

Admission standards:

In addition to the university General Admission Requirements, nursing applicants must:

  • Meet or exceed the SAT requirement of 1050 for Math and Reading combined
  • Complete 4 years of high school (HS) math including Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Complete 3 years of HS science including Biology and Chemistry
  • Transfer college level science courses current within 5 years
  • Online science courses are not transferable
  • College level GPA must be at a minimum of 3.0
  • Transfer students must submit a letter of reference from the Chairperson/Dean of the transferring school prior to acceptance.
  • Background screening is a requirement for admission and condition of both acceptance and progression in nursing
  • Students must also submit to intermittent background screening as required by clinical agencies. A criminal record deemed to be of consequence or the habitual intemperate use or addiction to habit forming substances precludes enrollment in the Program.

Progression and Graduation:

A minimum grade of C+ is required in all Nursing courses. C + grades are required in BI 215, BI 216, BI 220, CH 101 , CH 102 , MA 232 and MA 235 to progress within the program. Only one failed nursing course may be repeated during the program. A student must receive a grade of C+ or higher in the repeated nursing course in order to progress in the program. In nursing courses  with both theory and clinical components, the clinical component of the course is graded as a letter grade. Because the clinical component of the course is an integral component to the course,  the student must successfully complete the clinical component of the course in order to pass the course. If the student does not successfully complete the clinical portion of the course, a grade of F will be recorded for the course and the clinical. Students must pass both the theory and clinical components of a nursing course in order to pass the course. If the students fails one component and passes the other, the course is failed.  In order to progress, students must meet the criteria for academic progression as stated in the Norwich University 2012 Academic Regulations. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is awarded the Bachelor of Science Nursing degree.

Each state’s Board of Nursing has the sole authority to grant graduates the privilege of taking the NCLEX-RN examination; therefore, students are directed to refer to the state in which they plan to practice for specific legal requirements. An applicant may be required to submit additional documentation and could be denied the privilege of sitting for the NCLEX-RN examination subject to the particular state’s regulation

Clinical Warning/Suspension:

In all nursing courses, with a clinical component, a written clinical warning may be given to students who clinical performance is unsafe/unsatisfactory.  When a student has, in the professional judgement of a clinical instructor, performed so as to endanger a client or is unsafe/inappropriate to provide clinical care, the clinical instructor will immediately remove the student from the clinical setting.  See the School of Nursing BSN Student Handbook for further information.

Dismissal from the Nursing program:

Students will be dismissed from the School of Nursing for any of the following:

  • Earning a grade less than C+ in two Nursing courses during the student's enrollment in the Nursing program.
  • Failure to achieve a minimum grade of C+ in any repeated Nursing course.
  • Failure to maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Unsafe laboratory/clinical practice as defined by the School of Nursing
  • Unprofessional behavior, as defined by the ANA Code of Ethics and ANA Standards of Practice
  • Failure to earn a grade of C+ on a second attempt of  BI 215, BI 216BI 220 ,CH 102 CH 101, MA 232 and MA 235

B.S. in Nursing - Curriculum Map 2018-2019 Catalog

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New PlanGrids
Freshman
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
BI 215 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (General Education Lab Science) C+4BI 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II C+4
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3CH 101 Introduction to General Chemistry C+4
NR 104 Focus on Nursing C+3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
PY 211 Introduction to Psychology (General Education Social Science)3MA 232 Elementary Statistics (General Education Math) C+3
General Education History3 NR 105 Nutrition and Health Promotion C+3
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 17
Sophomore
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
CH 102 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (General Eucation Lab Science) C+4BI 220 Introductory Microbiology C+4
NR 206 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan C+3NR 215 Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems C+3
NR 232 Technology and Informatics in Healthcare C+3NR 215L Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems C+ *2
PY 220 Developmental Psychology3NR 217 Simulation for Nursing Practice C+4
General Education Math3 NR 225 Research For Evidence-Based Practice C+3
General Education Social Science3    
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 19Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
Junior
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
NR 316 Care of the Adult 1 C+3NR 321 Nursing Leadership (General Education Leadership) C+3
NR 316L Care of the Adult 1 Practicum C+ *3NR 331 Care of Women and Childbearing Family C+3
NR 365 Pathopharmacology for Nurses C+4NR 331L Care of Women-Childbearing Family Prac C+ *2
General Education Ethics3 NR 341 Care of Children&Child Rearing C+3
SO Elective3 NR 341L Care of Children&Child Rearing C+ *2
   General Education Literature3 
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
Senior
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
MG Elective3 NR 421 Coordinator of Care C+3
NR 416 Care of the Adult II C+4NR 421L Coordinator of Care Practicum C+ *4
NR 416L Care of Adult II C+ *4NR 431 Promoting Health in Communities C+3
NR 420 Care at End of Life C+2NR 431L Promoting Health in Communities: Clinical Practicum C+ *2
General Education Arts & Humanities3 NR 441 Nursing Capstone C+4
      
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
TOTAL CREDITS FOR THIS MAJOR: 132

B.S. in Nursing (Accelerated) - Curriculum Map 2018-2019 Catalog

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Pre-reqs required for the Accelerated Nursing BSN are listed below. 

  • Earned Bachelor's degree or Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Arts & Sciences (AA&S) are required.
  • The 21 Elective credits are accepted in transfer from one of the transfer degrees listed above. These 21 credits equate to all remaining General Education requirements not listed below. 
  • Biology, Chemistry and Math courses must have been completed within five years from the year admitted to the major
BI 215Human Anatomy & Physiology I C+4
BI 216Human Anatomy & Physiology II C+4
BI 220Introductory Microbiology C+4
CH 101Introduction to General Chemistry (General Education Lab Science) C+4
CH 102Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (General Education Lab Science) C+4
MA 232Elementary Statistics (General Education Math) C+3
PY 220Developmental Psychology (General Education Sociology) C+3
SO Elective C+3
Electives21
Total Credits (includes 82 cr. below)
Total Cr.132

Accelerated Nursing Major Requirements

New PlanGrids
First Year
Semester 1 Cr. Comp. Semester 2 Cr. Comp.
NR 104 Focus on Nursing C+3   
NR 105 Nutrition and Health Promotion C+3   
NR 206 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan C+3   
NR 217 Simulation for Nursing Practice C+4   
NR 225 Research For Evidence-Based Practice C+3   
      
Semester 1 Semester Total Cr.: 16Semester 2 Semester Total Cr.:
Second Year
Semester 1 Cr. Comp. Semester 2 Cr. Comp.
NR 232 Technology and Informatics in Healthcare C+3NR 215 Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems C+3
NR 316 Care of the Adult 1 C+3NR 215L Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems C+2
NR 316L Care of the Adult 1 Practicum C+3NR 321 Nursing Leadership (General Education Leadership) C+3
NR 365 Pathopharmacology for Nurses C+4NR 331 Care of Women and Childbearing Family C+3
PH Elective3 NR 331L Care of Women-Childbearing Family Prac C+2
   NR 341 Care of Children&Child Rearing C+3
   NR 341L Care of Children&Child Rearing C+2
      
Semester 1 Semester Total Cr.: 16Semester 2 Semester Total Cr.: 18
Third Year
Semester 1 Cr. Comp. Semester 2 Cr. Comp.
NR 416 Care of the Adult II C+4NR 421 Coordinator of Care C+3
NR 416L Care of Adult II C+4NR 421L Coordinator of Care Practicum C+4
NR 420 Care at End of Life C+2NR 431 Promoting Health in Communities C+3
MG Elective3 NR 431L Promoting Health in Communities: Clinical Practicum C+2
SO Elective3 NR 441 Nursing Capstone (General Education Capstone) C+4
      
Semester 1 Semester Total Cr.: 16Semester 2 Semester Total Cr.: 16
TOTAL CREDITS FOR THIS MAJOR: 82

Courses

NR 104 Focus on Nursing 3 Cr.

This survey course introduces the profession of nursing and offers insight into career options, roles and opportunities open to the baccalaureate nurse. This course encourages the student to think broadly about nursing while it provides an introduction to the foundations of the profession. Nursing major only.

NR 105 Nutrition and Health Promotion 3 Cr.

This course focuses on the use of basic concepts from nursing, nutrition, integrative therapies and biophysical sciences, as well as Healthy People 2020 to explore the determinates of health, wellness, and illness of individuals. Environmental, and sociocultural economic and lifestyle factors that influence health will be discussed. This course provides the beginning foundation for an understanding of the relationship of nutrition to physiological and pathophysiological functions. Evaluation of health information as relevant and reliable will be incorporated as a foundation for health promotion. Prerequisite: NR 104 (C+), BI 215 (C+). Nursing Majors only.

NR 206 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 Cr.

Students study age specific approaches to assessment of human health. Focusing on evaluation of health and function of individuals, students acquire knowledge of health assessment and promotion in relation to comprehensive nursing care. The concepts are presented within the context of human growth and development, culture, and environment. Students learn to perform a comprehensive and holistic assessment of the patient including: systematic collection, analysis, and synthesis of health data from patients and secondary sources. Successful students will demonstrate a physical examination on a laboratory partner at the end of the course. 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab. Prerequisites: BI 216(C+), PY 211, NR 105 (C+), CH 101(C+). Nursing majors only.

NR 215 Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems 3 Cr.

In this course students are introduced to current theory and research about contemporary practices in mental health nursing. Students develop their use of self as a therapeutic tool and focus on a holistic approach to assessment and care of persons with psychological issues and selected psychiatric disorders and conditions. Students will provide care to patients with mental health and social health problems and their families as part of the interdisciplinary health care team. Prerequisites CH 102 (C+), NR 206 (C+), NR 232 (C+), PY 220. Co-requisite NR 215L. Nursing majors only.

NR 215L Client, Psychological/Mental Health Problems 2 Cr.

This immersion course teaches students how to apply current theory and research about contemporary practices in care of patients with mental health and social health problems. Students demonstrate the use of self as a therapeutic tool and focus on a holist approach to assessment and care of persons with psychological issues and selected psychiatric disorders and conditions. Students will provide care to patients with mental health and social health problems and their families as part of the interdisciplinary health care team. Clinical failure will result in overall NR 215 failure regardless of course theory grade. Prerequisites: NR 232 (C+).Corequisite: NR 215. Nursing majors only.

NR 217 Simulation for Nursing Practice 4 Cr.

Students learn fundamental cognitive, psychomotor, and behavioral practices of professional nursing. Essential nursing skills, process, and diagnoses are addressed through concept based learning. Simulations foster critical thinking about patients, families, and related nursing interventions that promote beginning competence prior to entering acute care facilities. 3 lecture hours and 2 hours of lab. Pre-reqs: NR 206 (C+), NR 232 (C+), CH 102 (C+), PY 220. Restriction: Nursing majors. Offered: Spring, Summer.

NR 225 Research For Evidence-Based Practice 3 Cr.

Introduces clinical based nursing information technology. Nurses are expected to provide safe, competent, and compassionate care in an increasingly technical and digital environment. A major theme in healthcare environment is the increase of information systems and technologies to improve the quality and safety of patient care. This course provides foundational informatics competencies that all nurses should possess to meet the standards of providing safe, quality, and competent care. Prerequisites: NR 232 (C+), NR 206 (C+), CH 102 (C+), PY 220. Nursing majors only.

NR 232 Technology and Informatics in Healthcare 3 Cr.

This course stresses the ethical and legal issues, including privacy and security, related to electronic systems in healthcare. It is designed to provide students with an introduction to and an initial experience of accessing information from a variety of sources, including information systems and technologies as the foundation for evidence-based practice, clinical-decision support tools, the electronic health record (EHR) and quality improvement systems. While Nursing Informatics is a highly specialized field, this course provides foundational informatics competencies that all practicing nurses and graduating nursing students should possess to meet the standards of providing safe, quality, and competent care. Pre-requisite: NR 105 (C+), NR 206 (C+), CH 102 (C+). Nursing Majors only.

NR 316 Care of the Adult 1 3 Cr.

In this course students integrate the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of adults as they study nursing care during wellness and illness. Focus is on the musculoskeletal, endocrine, immune, integumentary, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. Students learn the professional nursing role in planning care of the adult client. 3 Lecture hours per week. Pre-requisites: NR 215 (C+), NR 217 (C+). Co-Requisite NR 316L. Nursing major only.

NR 316L Care of the Adult 1 Practicum 3 Cr.

This course asks students to apply knowledge of the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of adults as they study nursing care during wellness and illness. Students learn the professional nursing role in planning care of the adult client through clinical experiences at external agencies. Acquisition of communication and psychomotor skills is critical to providing nursing care. Co-requisite: NR 316. Nursing majors only.

NR 321 Nursing Leadership 3 Cr.

In this course students focus on theoretical foundations and conceptual principles of nursing leadership and the skills necessary to practice leadership competently in healthcare environments. The course is designed to enhance leadership self-awareness and to encourage students to fashion personal perspectives on how to lead professionally. Analyzing trends and issues in the current healthcare system has implications for exercising leadership and will help students determine the way they can make a difference. 3 lecture hour Prerequisites: NR 316 (C+), NR 316L (C+), NR 365 (C+), or permission of the instructor. Nursing majors only.

NR 331 Care of Women and Childbearing Family 3 Cr.

In this course students are introduced to current evidence based knowledge, theory and skills of the practice of maternal/newborn and women’s health nursing building on knowledge from preceding courses in the social and physical sciences, and nursing courses, to help the student further develop the professional role behavior. Covered topics may include health promotion, disease prevention, genetics, social justice, issues of access and gender in healthcare. The continuity of care delivery from practitioner’s office to hospital to home is stressed enabling the emerging clinician to see the interdisciplinary team at work in the care of women and childbearing families. Prerequisites: NR 232 (C+), NR 316 (C+), NR 365 (C+). Co-requisites: NR 331L. Nursing majors only.

NR 331L Care of Women-Childbearing Family Prac 2 Cr.

In the clinical practicum of Nursing Care of Women and Childbearing Families students apply current knowledge, research and skills in contemporary practice of maternal/newborn and women’s health nursing to the care of selected clients. Client selection will be based on availability and will include newborns, postpartal mothers, antepartal mothers and families, and intrapartal mothers and families. The emphasis will be on safe, evidence based care for this vulnerable patient population. Prerequisites: NR 232 Co-requisite: NR 331. Nursing Majors only.

NR 341 Care of Children&Child Rearing 3 Cr.

In this course students focus on the nursing care of children, adolescents and families dealing with health and developmental challenges of childhood and explore health promotion needs of child-rearing families. This course employs a developmental perspective through which major causes of morbidity and mortality are examined while it challenges students to develop critical and creative reasoning skills and utilize empathetically appropriate communication skills as the basis for care. 3 lecture hours per week. Prerequisites NR 232. Co-Requisite NR 341L. Nursing majors only.

NR 341L Care of Children&Child Rearing 2 Cr.

In this course students apply knowledge of the causes of childhood and adolescent illness in context with the relevant developmental challenges specific to the patient. Health promotion needs of the child and family in illness are stressed. Critical thinking and empathetically appropriate communication serve as the context for care. Prerequisites: NR 232. Co-Requisite NR 341. Nursing majors only.

NR 365 Pathopharmacology for Nurses 4 Cr.

This course builds upon the student’s prerequisite biological/chemical science courses. Students begin a comprehensive study of human pathophysiology and the application of pharmacotherapies commonly encountered with each of these disease processes. Epidemiology, disease state presentation with common clinical evaluations, mortality and morbidity will be addressed. At the conclusion, students demonstrate cumulative knowledge of the pathophysiologic and pharmacologic processes utilized in the care of and promotion of health and wellness across the lifespan. Evidence based practice for use, cost, ease of administration, compliance and efficacy will be discussed. Pre-requisite: BI 220 (C+), CH 102 (C+), NR 215 (C+), NR 217 (C+), NR 225 (C+), Nursing Majors only.

NR 416 Care of the Adult II 4 Cr.

In this course students are required to integrate the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of adults as they study nursing care during wellness and illness. Focus is on the neurological system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, hematology and oncology. Students learn the professional nursing role in planning care of the adult client. 4 lecture hours per week. Prerequisites: NR 321 (C+), NR 331 (C+), NR 341 (C+), NR 365 (C+). Co-Requisite: NR 416L, Nursing majors only.

NR 416L Care of Adult II 4 Cr.

In this course students apply knowledge of the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of adults as they study nursing care during wellness and illness. Students learn the professional nursing role in planning care of the adult client through clinical experiences at external agencies. Acquisition of communication and psychomotor skills is critical to providing nursing care. Co-Requisite: NR 416. Nursing majors only.

NR 420 Care at End of Life 2 Cr.

In this course students will study current theory and research about contemporary practices caring for clients and their families at the end of life. It teaches students effective interaction skills with clients, families and health care providers. Throughout the course, students develop their use of self as a therapeutic tool and focus on a holistic approach to assessment and care of persons with a variety of life-limiting illnesses/diseases. Interventions will be discussed regarding the physical care as well as psychological, social, cultural and spiritual care of clients and their families as they face life’s final journey. Classroom: 2 hours. Prerequisites: NR 321 (C+), NR 331 (C+), NR 365 (C+), NR 341 (C+). Nursing majors only.

NR 421 Coordinator of Care 3 Cr.

In this course students integrate the physiological, psychological, spiritual, developmental and socio-cultural dimensions of adults as they study nursing in the context of uncertain and complex clinical environments. Students will use previous medical surgical nursing knowledge and builds skill sets as they prepare to enter the nursing professions as a new graduate nurse. Students will work one on one with an agency preceptor in a specialty of interest. 3 lecture hours per week Prerequisites: NR 416 (C+), NR 420 (C+), Co-Requisite NR 421L. Nursing majors only.

NR 421L Coordinator of Care Practicum 4 Cr.

In this final undergraduate clinical practicum, students demonstrate achievement of knowledge and skills in nursing practice as they enter into professional practice. Clinical experiences include seven weeks of practice under the guidance of an agency preceptor. Students integrate knowledge and skills from the humanities and basic, behavioral, social leadership and nursing sciences in developing the professional role in selected adult and pediatric health environments. Learning experiences allow students to gain confidence; practice critical thinking, leadership and ethical decision making in clinical situations. 168 hours clinical, 30 Simulation hours ,Co-Requisite NR 421. Nursing majors only.

NR 431 Promoting Health in Communities 3 Cr.

In this course students learn current theory and research about contemporary practices in community/public health nursing. In population-focused nursing, the group, aggregate, community, or population is the unit of care. Epidemiologic studies have shown that lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors are major determinants of population health. Students will work collaboratively with community agencies to address population-focused health issues. Classroom 3 hours Prerequisites: NR 416 (C+), NR 420 (C+). Co-requisite: NR 431L. Nursing majors only.

NR 431L Promoting Health in Communities: Clinical Practicum 2 Cr.

In this course, students will apply concepts of community/public health in providing population-focused care to groups, aggregates, and communities. Clinical experiences are coordinated in a variety of settings and require students to engage with individual agencies and in collaboration with community partners in addressing community/public health issues. Students are encouraged to clarify their own beliefs and values in order to provide nonjudgmental nursing care. . Co-requisite: NR 431. Nursing majors only.

NR 441 Nursing Capstone 4 Cr.

In this course the student begins to transition to the role of graduate nurse and explores issues relevant to contemporary nursing practice including the ethics and regulation of practice. Local, state, national and international policies and initiatives and their influence on health of populations are examined. Students create and implement an approved capstone leadership project which is undertaken with guidance of faculty and clinical partners and reflects integration of all elements of the BSN curriculum. Classroom 2 hours; seminar leadership project 2 hours. Prerequisites: NR 416 (C+), NR 420 (C+). Nursing majors only.