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Department of Nursing

Dr. Merle E. Mast, Head

Location: Health and Human Services Building, Suite 2124
Phone: (540) 568-6314
E-mail: mastme@jmu.edu
Web site: http://www.nursing.jmu.edu

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Professors
P. Hale, M. Mast, J. Rocchiccioli

Associate Professor
M. Eaton, L. Hulton, L. Sobel, V. Martin

Assistant Professors
M. Bagnardi, E. Metzler Swain, S. Strang, D. Trimm, S. Warnock

Instructors
S. Conaty-Buck, D. Gochenour, A. Graham, A. Horigan, K. Jagiello, K. Floyd, D. Oddenino, C. O'Neill, N. Patterson, M. Scheikl, H. Taylor, C. Webb

Affiliate Instructor
E. Akerson

Mission Statement
Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
Accreditation
Program Options
Special Admission and Retention Requirements
Degree and Major Requirements
School Nurses As Professional Partners (SNAPP)


Mission Statement
The primary mission of the nursing department is to provide quality, professional undergraduate and graduate nursing education that prepares nursing leaders to influence a changing profession, society, health care system and global health needs.

Purposes
In order to support and accomplish this mission the nursing faculty has identified the following purposes:

Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
Accreditation
The JMU nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Program Options
The Department of Nursing offers two program options. The generic B.S.N. program is designed to prepare undergraduates and second degree students to practice at the baccalaureate level of professional nursing. The accelerated R.N. to B.S.N. program is designed to facilitate baccalaureate degree completion for licensed registered nurses who have previously completed the associate's degree or diploma in nursing. Upon receipt of the B.S.N. degree, graduates will have completed eight hours of credit which will be waived at the master's level. This will decrease the overall required credit hours necessary to complete the M.S.N.; however, progression to the M.S.N. is optional.

Special Admission and Retention Requirements
Generic B.S.N. Program
Admission to the nursing program is limited and competitive. Admission as a nursing major includes the completion of a program supplemental application. Students can seek admission to the nursing program following completion of 25 credit hours and selected prerequisite courses, and students will be considered for admission at the conclusion of each subsequent semester. Admission criteria are available on the Department of Nursing Web site or from the department.
Each semester 60 students are enrolled in junior level nursing courses. All students, including transfer and second degree students, must complete the supplemental nursing application following admission to the university.

Admitted students must complete all prerequisite courses with a "C-" or higher and must maintain a GPA of 2.7 prior to enrollment in the nursing program.

Students must meet the department's technical standards for nursing practice. Technical standards are basic physical, cognitive and psychosocial skills and abilities that are required for nursing practice. The technical standards are available on the Department of Nursing Web site or from the department.

The nursing curriculum is designed as a full time program. The B.S.N. coordinator must approve any deviation from the full time enrollment pattern as outlined in the catalog.

Once in the program, students are not required to maintain a minimum GPA. To remain in good standing in the nursing program, the student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in each required nursing course. A grade of "D" or "F" is considered a failure. A student who for the first time receives a grade of less than a "C-" in a nursing course may, with department approval, repeat the course. A student who receives a grade of less than a "C-" in a second nursing course will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Other academic and related policies in effect for students in the nursing program are outlined on the Department of Nursing Web site.

R.N. to B.S.N. Program
The R.N. to B.S.N. program provides flexible, partially online learning opportunities for students who are graduates of community college or diploma schools and are licensed registered nurses (R.N.). Classes are offered once a week and partially online to allow students to maintain employment while completing the B.S.N. degree. The program provides a foundation for professional practice and will equip students for further opportunities afforded through graduate study and advance practice.

JMU will award nurses up to 37 portfolio credits for their prior learning and work experience, as well as 40 transfer credits toward the General Education requirements for a B.S.N. Thirteen additional general education credits will be required but may be taken concurrently at a local community college and transferred into JMU for credit. Students will complete an additional 30 credits in the R.N. to B.S.N. program in one full-time calendar year or two part-time years, thus completing a total of 120 semester hours at the baccalaureate degree. Following completion of the prerequisite requirements at JMU or the Virginia Community College System equivalents, nurses can apply for admission to the R.N. to B.S.N. program. Additional program eligibility criteria include:
Admission to the program is contingent on admission to the university. A supplemental application to the program is available on the Department of Nursing Web site.


Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Generic B.S.N. Degree Requirements

Required courses
Credit Hours
General Education courses1
41
Nursing courses
61
Other supportive courses
14
Electives
5-8

 
120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

General Education and Nursing Prerequisite Requirements
The following are course prerequisites required for the Nursing major. Courses must be completed with "C-" or higher.

Courses
Credit Hours
CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry1,2
3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics1
3
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
BIO 270. Physiology1
4
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology
4
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness
3
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development3
3
NSG 270. Nursing Practicum: Nursing Fundamentals
3

1 Contained in General Education Cluster Three.
2 Must be taken prior to or concurrent with BIO 270.
3 Contained in General Education Cluster Five.


General Education and Nursing Prerequisites

Major Requirements
Additional information regarding the nursing curriculum can be found on the Department of Nursing Web site.

Sophomore Year
Credit Hours
NSG 270. Nursing Practicum: Nursing Fundamentals
3

Third Year
First Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 330. The Professional Nurse
2
NSG 331. Adult Health I
6
NSG 332. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
3
NSG 333. Health Assessment
3
NSG 370. NSG Practicum: Gerontology
1

 
15

Second Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 340. The Nurse Researcher
3
NSG 341. Nursing Care of Children and Their Families
3
NSG 380. Advanced Skills Lab
2
NSG 381. NSG Practicum: Acute Adult Health
3
NSG 382. NSG Practicum: Nursing Care of Children and Their
2
     Families  
NSG 383. NSG Practicum: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
1

 
14

Third Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 430. The Nurse Leader
2
NSG 431. Adult Health II
6
NSG 432. Women's Health
3
NSG 433. Community Health: Health Assessment of Vulnerable
2
     Populations in the Community  
NSG 470. NSG Practicum: Community as Client
2

 
15

Fourth Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 440. Transition to Practice
3
NSG 480. NSG Practicum: Capstone
6
NSG 481. NSG Practicum: Acute Adult Health II
1
NSG 482. NSG Practicum: Home Health Case Management
1
NSG 483. NSG Practicum: Women's Health
1
Nursing electives
2

 
14

1 The nursing electives may be taken any semester or summer session when a nursing elective is offered. A total of 2 credits of nursing electives are required prior to graduation.

Special Expenses
Additional expenses for nursing students include transportation, uniforms, assessment equipment, laboratory fees, organizational membership fees and professional conference attendance expenses.

R.N. to B.S.N. Degree Requirements

Required courses
Credit Hours
General Education courses1
13
Nursing courses
30
Portfolio Credit given for RN qualifications (up to)
37
Credit for Associate Degree as prerequisites
40

 
120

1 General Education (at JMU or as VCCS equivalents) and nursing prerequisite requirements

The following are course prerequisites required for the nursing major. Courses must be completed with "C-" or higher.

Courses
Credit Hours
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
BIO 270. Physiology
4
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology or CHEM 120 + 120L.
     Concepts of Chemistry + Laboratory
4
General Education Cluster 2, Arts and Humanities
9
General Education Cluster 4, The American Experience
4

Major Requirements
Additional information regarding the nursing curriculum can be found on the nursing department Web site.

Full-Time Sequence of Classes

First Year

Fall Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 333. Health Assessment
3
NSG 462. Issues in Contemporary Nursing Practice
3
NSG 463. Professional Role Transition
3
NSG 523. Concepts in Aging1
3

 
12

Spring Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 461. Pathophysiology
4
NSG 464. Introduction to Nursing Research
3
NSG 465. Clinical Practicum Elective
1
NSG 471. Leadership and Management in Healthcare
3
NSG 460. Informatics
2

 
13

Summer Session
Credit Hours
NSG 469. Caring for the Public's Health: Community Health Nursing
4
NSG 466. Community Health Practicum
1

 
5

1 NSG 523 is a graduate-level course that is required but will be waived at the M.S.N. level.

Part-Time Sequence of Classes

First Year

Fall Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 433. Health Assessment
3
NSG 466. Community Health Practicum
1

 
6

Spring Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 461. Pathophysiology
4
NSG 464. Introduction to Research
3

 
7

Summer Session
Credit Hours
NSG 469. Caring for the Public's Health: Community Health Nursing
4
NSG 466. Community Health Practicum
1

 
5

Second Year

Fall Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 523. Concepts in Aging1
3
NSG 463. Professional Role Transition
3

 
6

Spring Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 465. Clinical Practicum Elective
1
NSG 510. Informatics
2
NSG 471. Leadership and Management in Healthcare
3

 
6

1 NSG 523 is a graduate-level course that is required but will be waived at the M.S.N. level.

Special Expenses
Additional expenses for nursing students include transportation, uniforms, assessment equipment, laboratory fees, organizational membership fees and professional conference attendance expenses. R.N. to B.S.N. students will also be required to pay graduate tuition for NSG 523, Concepts in Aging.


School Nurses As Professional Partners (SNAPP)
An alternate track is also available for the nurse who would like to specialize in school nursing. This is a federally funded program preparing nurses to function in school systems (PreK-12) to meet the needs of students with low incidence disabilities. Special permission is required for admission to this program. NSG 467, School Nursing Practice: Addressing the Health Needs of Vulnerable Populations within the Context of School. and NSG 468, Caring for the Public's Health: Community Health Nursing. will be substituted for select R.N. to B.S.N. courses with additional school nurse practicum hours required.


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