Lee University Catalog 2014-2015 
    
    Dec 07, 2019  
Lee University Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog]

School of Nursing


Sara L. Campbell, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Dean and Professor

 

The Mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare nurses who view professional practice through the lens of a caring, Christian worldview and who demonstrate transformational servant leadership that is intentional, bold, infused with Christ-centered confidence, and radically compassionate in caring for others in an increasingly diverse, global, complex and changing world.

The primary tenets of the Christian worldview are that God created the world and all that is in it, and that nursing practice focuses on holistic understanding and care of others. The School of Nursing seeks to prepare professional nurses who provide holistic care to meet healthcare needs.

It is believed that development of Transformational servant leadership abilities in the professional nurse will function as a catalyst for significant change in the health of self and others. Through relationship centered care and responsible Christian living, the nurse can best function as an advocate for those in need. This leadership is intentional, whether at the patient bedside, in the community, or on the mission field. The School of Nursing has a special affinity for providing a “voice” for those who are disadvantaged, frail and vulnerable and identifying them as Christ sees them, special and worthy of quality care.

The School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. There are two tracks for students; Traditional/Generic BSN Track and RN-to-BSN Completion Track. The RN-to-BSN Completion Track is for students who have already graduated from an accredited associate degree or diploma program and who are seeking to obtain the BSN.

 

Jump to:  Policies and Procedures-Admission, Transfer, Progression for the BSN Traditional Track

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Undergraduate Programs of Study

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The program objectives/goals of the BSN program are:

  1. Provide baccalaureate nursing education within a liberal arts framework that is quality driven and that provides opportunity for holistic development.
  2. Prepare the graduate for entry into professional nursing as a generalist in the provision of care.
  3. Provide baccalaureate nurse preparation that serves as a foundation for graduate level nursing education.

General Admission Criteria for the School of Nursing

In the event that a student is unable to fulfill the following admission and progression standards with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into, or allowed to progress through the program.

The School of Nursing program is a very rigorous mental, emotional and physical program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. One objective of the School of Nursing is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings, and these settings require a broad array of mental and physical demands on the nurse. The following “Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression of Nursing Students” must be met by all students admitted to the School of Nursing.

The standards listed below define the cognitive, psychomotor and affective abilities that are necessary to the completion of this program and to safely perform as a competent nurse.

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression of Nursing Students

Cognitive Learning Abilities

The student must demonstrate cognitive abilities necessary and sufficient for the provision of safe and effective nursing care. Examples of required cognitive abilities are listed below. This list is not all-inclusive. The student must demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Receive and interpret information in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains of learning. The student must be able to remember information, reproduce it, and use it to solve problems, evaluate work and develop new ways of processing and categorizing information as stated in course objectives.
  2. Perform physical assessments of clients and make sound, responsible, evidence-based decisions related to nursing action within given time constraints.
  3. Appropriately and effectively synthesize data from various persons, charts, reports and medical histories and observe the status of the client to intentionally recommend or maintain interventions.
  4. Resolve practical problems and address a variety of variables in conditions where there is limited standardization.
  5. Differentiate and prioritize nursing care among multiple clients and situations simultaneously
  6. Accurately assess clients using monitors and equipment (including cardiac monitors, electronic infusion devices, suction devices, glucometers, etc.).
  7. Apply the scientific process and methods of measurement (including calculation, analysis, reasoning, and synthesis).
  8. Interpret instructions that come from a variety of sources, and in varying communication patterns such as oral, written and diagrammed.
  9. Use critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills to make decisions in a timely manner.
  10. Learn large volumes of complex and technically detailed information to engage in clinical problem-solving.
  11. Record examination and diagnostic results accurately, clearly, and communicate them efficiently and effectively to the client and other healthcare team members.

Psychomotor Abilities

The student must demonstrate psychomotor abilities necessary and sufficient for the provision of safe and effective nursing care. Examples of required psychomotor abilities are listed below. This list is not all-inclusive.

Gross and Fine Motor Abilities

The student must demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Sit and stand in an upright posture for extended periods of time.
  2. Physically maneuver in laboratory and clinical settings, respond to emergency calls in a rapid manner.
  3. Position and assist clients in and out of bed/chair.
  4. Maintain an object in a steady position for an extended period of time.
  5. Competently perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (C.P.R.) using guidelines issued by the American Heart Association.
  6. Pulling/pushing/rolling efforts to move objects closer or further away.
  7. Use universal precautions with all patients and maintain sterile techniques when required.
  8. Write legibly and complete necessary documentation in laboratory and clinical settings in a timely manner and consistent with the acceptable norms of the setting.
  9. Legibly complete written assignments and tests.
  10. Effectively record communications in written form in charts, reports, and correspondence.
  11. Secure a firm grasp on equipment and related objects as necessary in the provision of care.
  12. Operate a variety of equipment that may require different actions by the nurse (push-button telephone and a computer keyboard).
  13. Effectively perform movements that require precision such as, venipuncture, catheterization, IV fluid administration, injections, and medication administration.
  14. Accurately obtain assessment data from clients via palpation, auscultation and percussion.
  15. Properly manipulate equipment such as a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, and thermometer; insert urethral catheters, IV catheters, nasogastric tubes, and other equipment as needed.
Visual Acuity Ability

The student must demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Perform precise movements.
  2. Identify color changes and coding systems per agency protocols.
  3. Identify and read small markings and inscriptions such as found on medications, syringes, thermometers, IV bags and sphygmomanometers.
  4. Peripheral vision that encompasses clinically significant visual space.
Hearing/Auditory Ability

The student must demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Interpret verbal communication used in lectures, instructions, narratives, questions and answers.
  2. Auscultate and percuss for body sounds such as heart, lung and bowel sounds.
  3. Respond to a variety of machine alarms and sounds in a timely manner.
  4. Effectively work in an environment that is frequently noisy and distracting.
  5. Respond to cries for help.
  6. Respond to verbal commands in an emergency situation.

Communication Ability

The student must demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Effectively communicate with clients and others within the healthcare environment verbally and in written format.
  2. Communicate spontaneously with others to ask questions, explain procedures and conditions and teach safely within a reasonable time frame.
  3. Perceive non-verbal communication and describe important changes in the client/situation.
  4. Develop professional relationships with the client, families, groups and other healthcare team members.

Self-Care Ability

The student must demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Organize and coordinate transportation and living accommodations for off-campus clinical assignments to ensure timely reporting to the clinical areas and classrooms/labs.
  2. Evaluate and maintain general good holistic health and self-care.

Affective Learning Abilities

The student must demonstrate affective learning abilities necessary and sufficient for the provision of safe and effective nursing care. Examples of required affective learning abilities are listed below. This list is not all-inclusive.

The student must demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Tolerate physically, emotionally and intellectually demanding academic and clinical workloads in nursing within set time constraints.
  2. Demonstrate composure of affective behaviors (verbal, physical, emotional) to ensure holistic safety of the client in compliance with ethical standards of the American Nurses Association.
  3. Adapt to rapidly and constantly changing environments, demonstrate flexibility, and function in uncertain situations.
  4. Acknowledge and respect individual values and options to foster working relationships with clients, peers, faculty, and healthcare team members.

*The previous Core Performance Standards and behavior examples are not all inclusive.

Policies and Procedures-Admission, Transfer, Progression for the BSN Traditional Track

Students will be admitted to the BSN traditional track from three student groups: first time freshmen, current Lee students who change their major to nursing, and transfer students. Application to the nursing major will only be considered after the student has been accepted to the University.

Nursing majors will be admitted into one of three admission statuses: Full Acceptance, Provisional Acceptance and Pending Acceptance. The status of admission is based on space and on the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

Factors influencing admission status into the nursing major include:

  • High school and college courses completed, cumulative GPA, ACT or SAT scores, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) entrance exam score (not required for current Lee students or incoming students with ACT score of 26 and above or SAT of 1190 and above), essay, and academic recommendations.

Full Acceptance into the School of Nursing assures the student that they may remain in the major provided they maintain progression requirements.

Provisional Acceptance into the School of Nursing allows the student to be advised by the School of Nursing and to follow the nursing major plan of study for the first year (or first two semesters). At the end of the first year at the Provisional status, the applicant will be reconsidered for Full Acceptance status, but should be aware that meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee Full Acceptance status.

Pending Acceptance is given to students because the application was not competitive within the applicant pool. These students will only be allowed into beginning nursing courses if there is space after the Full and Provisional accepted students have been registered.

If Provisional and Pending status students do not progress to the level of Full Acceptance at the end of the first year (or first two semesters), they will not be permitted to apply again to the nursing major and must select a different major.

Nursing Major Progression Requirements:

  • Students must maintain an overall college GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  • Students must meet health and safety compliance requirements prior to enrolling in nursing coursework. These include drug testing, criminal background check, physical examination and specified immunizations.
  • Students in the major must maintain consecutive fall-spring enrollment at Lee University.
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of C or better in order to remain in admission status or to progress in admission status.
     
  CHEM-101 Introduction to Gen/Organic/Biochemistry
  ENGL-110 Rhetoric & Research
  HSCI-250 Microbiology** (may be taken concurrently with specified nursing courses)
  HSCI-292 Anatomy & Physiology I
  HSCI-293 Anatomy & Physiology II
  MATH-161 Introduction to Statistics
  PSYC-200 Understanding Human Behavior
  PSYC-260 Lifespan Development

Dismissal from the Major: BSN Traditional Track

A grade of C or better is required in all nursing courses. In all acceptance categories, dismissal from the major will result when a student receives a grade of less than C in any two nursing courses or twice for the same course. Once students have been dismissed from the major, they may not reapply.

Policies and Procedures-Admission, Transfer, Progression for the RN/BSN Completion Track

The following admission and progression requirements are for registered nurses who are seeking to return to school and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

  • Be a graduate from a state-approved diploma school of nursing program or an associate degree nursing program.
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse in the current state of residence.
  • Hold an unencumbered license in every state in which he/she holds a nursing license.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.
  • Meet all health and safety compliance requirements (to be completed after acceptance and before starting classes).
    • Drug testing
    • Criminal background check
    • Physical examination
    • Specified immunizations
    • Current American Heart Association CPR certification
  • Complete the following courses or equivalents with a grade of C or better (may be completed prior to admission or during program enrollment):
  CHEM-101 Introduction to Chemistry
  ENG-110 Rhetoric & Research
  HSCI-250 Microbiology
  HSCI-292 Anatomy & Physiology I
  HSCI-293 Anatomy & Physiology II
  MATH-161 Introduction to Statistics
  PSYC-200 Understanding Human Behavior
  PSYC-260 Lifespan Development
  •  Complete Major courses (67 credit hours) including NURS-330, 332, 334, 336, 338, 342, 344, 430, 432, 434, 436, 438, 440 all with a grade of C or better
  • Achieved Escrow Credits (36 credit hours) all with a grade of C or better. Escrow Credits can only be applied after successful completion of NURS-330, 338, and 344. At that time, 36 credit hours will be placed on the student’s transcript.

Dismissal from the Major: RN/BSN Completion Track

Achieve a grade of C or better in all nursing courses. Dismissal from the major will result when a student receives a grade of less than C in any two nursing courses or twice for the same course. Students may not reapply to the major.

 

Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing