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Welcome
Our undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares a nurse generalist with the knowledge and skills needed to work with diverse populations in various healthcare settings.  The program incorporates traditional classroom methods of instruction and state- of-the-art technologies to enrich the learning process.  It incorporates a variety of liberal arts and science courses with professional education and training.  Nursing is an evolving field with numerous opportunities for specialized training and advanced practice in settings such as pediatrics, obstetrics, oncology, and psychiatry.  This BSN degree provides a platform for graduates to expand on their knowledge and skills in order to advance their career goals. 

Program Learning Objectives
The objectives of the BSN program are as follow:
1. Use the nursing process to manage care for individuals, families, communities, and populations integrating physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental considerations.
2. Use the research process through translation of evidence-based findings to advance professional nursing and the delivery of health care
3. Incorporate information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient-centered care.
4. Accept personal accountability for lifelong learning, professional growth, and commitment to the advancement of the profession.
5. Combine theoretical knowledge from the sciences, humanities, and nursing as a foundation to professional nursing practice that focuses on health promotion and prevention of disease for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
6. Employ inter-professional communication and collaboration to ensure safe, quality care across the lifespan.
7. Integrate ethical, legal, and professional standards into the practice of nursing.
 
Mission Statement
The mission of West Virginia State University’s Nursing Program is to prepare competent and caring nursing graduates through excellence in nursing education and practice. The nursing program is committed to providing an accessible education to a diverse population of learners.

Vision
West Virginia State University will be recognized as a valuable nursing education program graduating qualified nurses to serve the health care needs of individuals, families, and communities.
 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowPhilosophy
Philosophy
Philosophy The Department of Nursing is an integral part of West Virginia State University. The nursing faculty believe that the conceptual bases of the practice of nursing include person, environment, health, and nursing. Person/Environment The faculty of the nursing program believes that the person can be defined as an individual, family, community, or society who deserves to be treated with respect, is unique, and should engage in deliberate action to achieve goals. The person is a combination of physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural influences that are influenced by the environment and interactions with other people. Nurses must have respect for human dignity and promote respect of human values within all professional settings. Nursing should provide a trusting patient relationship and demonstrate separation of bias or prejudice. The faculty believe that the environment is made up of both internal and external factors. The person can be internally impacted by thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. The external impacts can be the physical surroundings, interaction with family, cultural influence, work environment, and religious impacts. These internal and external factors can impact the person’s ability to adapt and maintain health. Society has a responsibility to promote health/wellness to maximize outcomes and promote improvements in quality of life. Health/Wellness Health is a dynamic state that is influenced by shared interaction between the person and the environment. Health allows the person to be an active participant in life experiences and promotes the person’s ability to develop and meet goals. Illness is a disharmony with the person and environment. Perception of health, values, beliefs, culture, genetics, age, and lifestyle can impact the health/wellness continuum. It is a right for the person to have access to quality health care in order to maintain health/wellness.

Health/Wellness
Health is a dynamic state that is influenced by shared interaction between the person and the environment. Health allows the person to be an active participant in life experiences and promotes the person’s ability to develop and meet goals. Illness is a disharmony with the person and environment. Perception of health, values, beliefs, culture, genetics, age, and lifestyle can impact the health/wellness continuum. It is a right for the person to have access to quality health care in order to maintain health/wellness.

Nursing
The nurse’s role is to provide care and promote wellness for the person across the lifespan. The nurse must be knowledgeable regarding applications of theory to nursing practice. The nurse must also be knowledgeable about a broad range of scientific knowledge including biology, physical science, social science, and behavioral science to manage and coordinate the care of complex patients and communities. Improvements in the quality of care and outcomes is accomplished through self-reflection, feedback from others, and continued education. Nurses must participate in the integration of new evidence into standards of practice by valuing the concept of EBP as an integral part of determining best clinical practice. Nurses must have skills in critical thinking, collaboration with other professions, communication with patients, and professionalism. The nurse must also be prepared to function as a patient advocate and leader within the practice setting and entire profession. The nurse must assess the person and environment, develop partnerships with community leaders, and be an advocate for justice and equality. The nurse should utilize an ethical framework to examine social policy regarding populations that are considered vulnerable. The nurse should provide safe, patient centered-care that promotes inclusion of the patient in health promotion activities and improvements in health outcomes. Nurses must be knowledgeable regarding information management and have skills related to the application of patient care technology. Nurses must value contributions to outcomes of care and recognize that quality improvement is instrumental in the assessment and improvement of the care provided. Nurses are unique members of the health care team.

Education
Nursing education is the process of learning and application that clarifies the professional role of the nurse. Educational experiences should support and inspire growth within the profession. The educational experiences include an integration of self-directed learning opportunities for students. Faculty facilitate learning through didactic and clinical experiences. The faculty supports life-long learning and promotes involvement in leadership activities within the profession.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowAdmission to the Nursing Program
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will be accepting applications in the Spring of 2020 for entry into the first program cohort in the Fall of 2020.  This cohort’s expected date of graduation is May 2023.  Students must meet the requirements for entry into the program by submitting an application and meeting the following:  Complete all prerequisites including completion of the HESI entrance exam, Biology 120, Math 120, Chemistry 101, and Psychology 151.  Students must also have a minimum GPA of 2.5.


Admission to the Nursing Program
The Department of Nursing welcomes all qualified applicants, including transfer students, both from within the University and from other colleges and universities. In every case, an applicant for transfer admission must be in good academic and social standing at any college which he/she is currently attending or has previously attended and must be eligible to return to the nursing major. The purpose of admission requirement policy is to reflect the organization’s commitment to quality.

Students must submit an application to the nursing program by June 15 for the fall semester. Spaces will be limited, and the most qualified applicants will be chosen for placement within the program. Students will be chosen based on qualifications listed below and completion/enrollment of the pre-requisites/co-requisites including English composition, general psychology, college algebra, chemistry with lab, and general biology.
Students who have been unsuccessful twice or who have withdrawn twice must wait 5 years to reapply; this includes students who have been admitted in the first semester twice.

Admission Requirements:
Admission to the University.
Submission of one official transcript from each college/university attended since high school is to be submitted.

Admission to the Nursing Program:
Admission to the Upper Division of Nursing upon successful completion of the following:
  • All pre-nursing courses with a grade of 2.0 or better is required.
  • A minimum grade of 2.5 is required in the science and nursing support courses.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admission into the nursing program.
  • Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI) Assessment examination must be completed by June 1 prior to the anticipated semester of admission. A score of 75% must be achieved in the following areas:
    • Math Reading
    • Comprehension
    • Vocabulary
    • Grammar
    • Chemistry
    • Biology/Anatomy & Physiology

NOTE: Science courses completed at any college/university greater than 5 years prior to admission to the Department of Nursing must be repeated.
The Department of Nursing welcomes all qualified applicants, including transfer students, both from within the University and from other colleges and universities. In every case, an applicant for transfer admission must be in good academic and social standing at any college which he/she is currently attending or has previously attended and must be eligible to return to the nursing major.
Students must be eligible for sophomore standing. Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better, maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5, and score a minimum of 75% on the HESI A2 Admission Exam. Students will only have two (2) attempts to successfully complete Core Courses.

Admission to Clinical Site

Health Examination Requirements After Admission into Nursing Program

  1. Physical examination by a licensed provider within six (6) months of admission to the upper division that must be up-dated annually thereafter by June 15.
  2. Immunization requirements met.
  3. Drug screen
  4. Criminal background check
  5. Current basic life support (CPR)
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCurriculum
Curriculum
The curriculum plan for the proposed pre-licensure BSN program of study consists of General Education courses, supporting courses, and the Content Area courses. There are 40 credit hours of General Education courses including English, Math, humanities, psychology, international perspectives, and biology. There are 22 credit hours of supporting courses including biology, microbiology, statistics, and chemistry. There are 64 credit hours of Content Area courses. The curriculum is a total of 126 credit hours. The curriculum plan for the pre-licensure BSN program is depicted below:
 
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3 ENGL 102 English Composition II 3
BIOL 120 Fundamentals of Biology * 4 G ED Humanities 3
MATH 120 College Algebra * 3 BIOL 241 Fundamentals of
Microbiology
4
COMM 100 Interpersonal
Communication
3 CHEM 101 Health Science General
Chemistry *
4
G ED 101 (College of Professional
Studies)
3 PSYC 151 General Psychology * 3
Total 16 Total 17
 
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
BIOL 331 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 BIOL 332 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSYC 304 Lifespan Development 3 G ED ARTS 3
CHEM 201 Elem. Organic and
Biochemistry
4 G ED International Perspectives 3
CJ 314 Stats or BA 203 3 NURS 202 Health Assessment, Wellness, and Prevention Across the
Lifespan
4
NURS 200 Introduction to Professional Nursing 2 G ED History 3
       
Total 16 Total 17
 
 
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
NURS 301 Foundations of Nursing
Practice
6 NURS 316 Nursing Care of Adults with
Acute/Chronic Health Disorders
7
NURS 303 Pathophysiology Concepts 3 NURS 318 Nursing Care: Alterations in
Mental Health
7
NURS 305 Pharmacological Concepts in
Nursing
3 Elective 2
NURS 312 Professional Perspectives in
Nursing
2    
HHP 122 or 157 Wellness 2    
Total 16 Total 16
   
Fall Semester   Spring Semester
NURS 405 Nursing Care of Women,
Children, and Families
7 NURS 408 Transition to Nursing
Practice
3
NURS 406 Nursing Leadership in Systems of Care 4 NURS 409 Nursing Care of Adults and Populations with Complex Health
Disorders
7
NURS 407 Evidence Based Nursing
Research
3 NURS 410 Professional Nursing
Internship
6
Total 14 Total 16
 
 * Denotes course is a pre-requisite for the program.
 
 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCourses Descriptions
Courses Descriptions
NURS 200 Course Description
Designed to introduce and transition all qualified applicants to the language of nursing, critical thinking, the essential academic skills for incoming students and the interpersonal skills required for success in nursing school and the nursing profession. Selected concepts and processes for professional nursing will be included in the course, including an introduction to nursing’s theoretical, philosophical, ethical, and legal dimensions. Other topics will cover patient safety and quality care, health care reform, and nursing workforce challenges. Course activities will focus on development of teamwork, communication skills, effective decision making and reflective practice. (Pre- requisites BIOL 120, CHEM 101, MATH 120; admission to the nursing program).
Class: 2 semester hours didactic; Clinical: 0 semester hours clinical)
 

NURS 202 – Health Assessment, Wellness and Prevention across the Lifespan/Lab
This course provides the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a comprehensive health assessment through health history, inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Key aspects of health assessment for culturally diverse groups of children, adults, and elders are comprehensively examined and practiced in classroom and laboratory settings. This course contains both theory and clinical practicum components. (Pre-requisites BIOL 331 and NURS 200, admission to the nursing program). Class: 3 semester hours didactic; Clinical: 1 semester hour lab [45 hours lab])


NURS 301 Foundations of Nursing Practice
This course introduces theories, concepts, principles, and processes that lay the foundation for critical thinking, nursing interventions, communication, professional role and caring in the practice of nursing. Content includes assistance with daily living activities, environmental concerns, positioning and transporting, asepsis and sterile technique, and medication administration. Concepts related to nursing fundamentals and nursing care is integrated throughout the course. Students will be introduced to medication math and medical terminology. Students will be expected to demonstrate beginning competency in application of the nursing process and apply the nursing process in the classroom, campus skills lab, and clinical experiences. (Pre-requisites Admission to the nursing program, NURS 202; Co-requisite Nursing 303, Nursing 305, Nursing 312). Class: 3 semester hours didactic; Lab: 3 semester hours clinical [45 hours clinical experience; 90 hours lab]


NURS 303 Pathophysiology Concepts in Nursing
This course is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding of pathophysiology concepts and process related to human illness and disease. A patient centered approach is used to explore the pathophysiology, etiology, prognosis, risk factors, clinical presentation, treatment and diagnostics of illness and disease. The pathophysiology course will facilitate in the student’s ability to develop critical reasoning abilities, sound nursing practice, and foster skills that provide safe, quality patient care. (Pre-requisites BIOL 331, BIOL 332, and NURS 202, admission to the nursing program; Co-requisite Nursing 301, Nursing 305, Nursing 312). Class: 3 semester hours didactic; Clinical: 0 semester hour lab)


NURS 305 Pharmacological Concepts in Nursing
Provides students with an overview of pharmacology with an emphasis on clinical applications within the context of the nursing process and prioritization of needs; with special consideration given to the physiological, psycho/social, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients. Explores indications, modes of action, effects, contraindications and interactions for selected drugs. Nursing implications related to drug administration are emphasized. Dosage calculations are evaluated for competency. (Pre-requisites NURS 202, admission to the nursing program; Co-requisite Nursing 301, Nursing 303, Nursing 312)). Class: 3 semester hours didactic; Clinical: 0 semester hour lab)


NURS 312 Professional Perspective in Nursing
The purpose of this course is to focus on the legal and ethical frameworks supported by the standards of nursing practice.  In addition, students will be provided with information and tools that nurses and nursing can use to confront health and health care challenges and will learn how to provide nursing care in collaborative interdisciplinary partnership within health care system. The course also concentrates on health policy issues, introduction to the use of evidence based practice, leadership, theoretical framework, trends in informatics and communication affecting the nurse as an individual and a professional, in health care delivery to patients, groups and aggregates. (Pre- requisites NURS 200, admission to the nursing program; Co-requisite Nursing 301, Nursing 303; Nursing 305). Class: 2 semester hours didactic; Clinical: 0 semester hour lab)


NURS 316 Nursing Care of Adults with Acute/Chronic Health Disorders
This course focuses on providing care to adults with chronic or acute non-complex illness including common alterations in respiratory, musculoskeletal, gastro-intestinal, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems. Nutrition, pharmacology, communication, cultural, and community concepts are integrated in to the course. This course focuses on care that is developmentally and culturally appropriate and incorporates critical thinking, quality improvement, collaboration, and information technology as they relate to the care of diverse patients in the medical/surgical setting. Integrated throughout the course are the standards of practice, legal and ethical responsibilities, and role of the professional nurse when caring for patients undergoing medical/surgical interventions. (Pre-requisites Nursing 202; Nursing 305; Admission to the Nursing Program; Co- requisite: Nursing 318). Class: 4 semester hours didactic; Lab: 3 semester hours clinical: 135 hours clinical experience)


NURS 318 Nursing care: Alterations in Mental Health
The focus of the course is on the nurse’s role in promoting mental health and decreasing psychopathology through utilization of the nursing process with patients in various psychiatric settings including inpatient and community. This course focuses on the application of the nursing process with emphasis on critical thinking, safe care, and therapeutic nursing interventions. (Pre-requisites Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program Nursing 202; Nursing 305; Co-requisite; Nursing 316). Class:  4 semester hours didactic; Lab: 3 semester hours clinical; 135 Clinical hours required)


NURS 405 Nursing Care of Women, Children, and Families
Study of the concepts related to the provision of nursing care for childbearing and childrearing families; application of systematic problem-solving processes and critical thinking skills, including a focus on the childbearing family during the perinatal periods and the childrearing family from birth to adolescence. Focuses on competency in knowledge, judgment, skill, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Integrates standards of practice regarding the legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. Emphasis will be placed on the nursing process, application of critical thinking, collaboration, and information technology in caring for children, women and families, as well as reproductive health issues. The student will care for clients on a variety of settings to include obstetrical, pediatric, and community settings. (Prerequisite: Nursing 305; Nursing 316; Admission to the Nursing Program); Class:  4 semester hours didactic; Lab: 3 semester hours clinical; 135 clinical hours)


NURS 406 Nursing Leadership in Systems of Care
Uses critical thinking strategies to study the coordinating role of the professional nurse within health care delivery. Current theories of management, leadership and change are examined and related to nursing practice. The focus of the course is on enhancing the students’ leadership skills and application of concepts through supervised experiences gained in local health care institutions or community practice settings. (Prerequisite: English 102; Admission to the Nursing Program; co-requisite NURS 405; Nursing 407); Class: 2 semester hours didactic; Lab: 2 semester hours clinical; 90 clinical hours)


NURS 407 Evidence Based Nursing Research
This course continues to build on the introductory concepts of evidence-based nursing practice from earlier courses. Students will examine all aspects of the research process as it relates to the baccalaureate nurse’s role in research. The focus will be on the identification of practice issues, appraisal and integration of evidence, evaluation of patient outcomes and sharing best practices to improve patient and organizational outcomes. (Prerequisite: English 102; Nursing 202, Nursing 318; CJ 314 or BA 203; Admission to the Nursing Program; Co-requisite Nursing 405; Nursing 406; 3 semester hours didactic, no clinical credits).


NURS 408 Transition to Nursing Practice
This course provides students with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills necessary to transition from student to registered nurse. Integration of previous health care knowledge and skills into the role development of the professional nurse as a provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, member of health care team, and member of the profession. Content includes current issues in health care, nursing leadership and management, professional practice issues for registered nurses, and transition into the workplace. Additional instruction is provided for preparing for the NCLEX-RN. (Prerequisite: Nursing 407; Admission to the Nursing Program; Co- requisite Nursing 409; Nursing 410; 3 credits didactic, no clinical credits).


NURS 409 Nursing Care of Adults and Populations with Complex Health Disorders
This senior level course focuses on the nursing care of adults and population with complex health disorders. Disorders involve patients experiencing high acuity complex conditions across the lifespan. Pathological conditions of the cardiac, pulmonary, genitourinary, neurological, vascular, hepatic, and biliary systems are covered. Students will incorporate critical thinking, quality improvement, collaboration, and information technology as they plan and provide evidence-based care for patients experiencing alterations in health, which identifies these patients as experiencing highly acute complex conditions in a variety of high acuity health care settings. (Prerequisite: Nursing 312: Admission to the Nursing Program; Co-requisite Nursing 408; Nursing 409; Nursing 410; 4 credits didactic; 3 credits clinical lab, 135 hours clinical)


NURS 410 Professional Nursing Internship
Student-designed experience focusing on the role of the professional nurse in a variety of clinical practice settings. This course requires the RN student to accomplish individual learning objectives negotiated with their faculty facilitator and chosen preceptor(s) at the onset of the course. The practicum will enable RN students to expand clinical expertise, broaden exposure to specialty areas, explore arenas with which they are unfamiliar, and apply theory learned throughout the BSN curriculum to meet the needs of clients. The practicum will specifically enable the RN student to implement the professional roles of a BSN registered nurse in the areas of leadership/management, education, and community practice. Includes: Clinical immersion (200 clock hours) to strengthen and broaden baccalaureate nursing skills, judgments and decision making. Supervised by a preceptor, students synthesize and apply evidence-based skills and knowledge to nursing practice.

Includes: Capstone project will be presented at the end of the course. NCLEX review and HESI testing is incorporated into this course to evaluate student readiness to take NCLEX. (Prerequisite: *Successful completion of HESI exit exam with 800 score in Nursing 409. If student does not achieve HESI exit exam benchmark score, then the student will require remediation prior to graduation; Co-requisite Nursing 408; Nursing 409).
 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowAccreditation
Accreditation
The program has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  The West Virginia State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is provisionally approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

West Virginia Board of Examiners
for Registered Professional Nurses 
90 MacCorkle Ave. SW, Suite 203
South Charleston, WV 25303 
Phone: (304) 744-0900 or 1-877-743-NURS(6877) 
Fax: (304) 744-0600 
Web Address: www.wvrnboard.wv.gov
Email: rnboard@wv.gov


 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowGraduation and Licensure
Graduation and Licensure
Requirements for graduation:
A grade of “C” or better in all courses required within the major (i.e., Biology 120, 241; Chemistry 101; General Psychology 151; G ED 101; Math 119E (pre-requisite for Math 120 if ACT or SAT scores do not meet university standards) and Math 120 (must be completed to graduate from the nursing program). Students will not progress into a nursing course if a grade of less than “C” is earned in a pre-requisite nursing or non- nursing course.
Earn an absolute progression grade of 78% or higher on testing in all nursing courses and earn an absolute final grade of 78% or higher. (See Grading Progression Policy)

Earn a “Pass” grade for clinical performance in each clinical component of a nursing course.
Requirements for licensure are mandated by West Virginia State Law and the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.  Those regulations can be found on the website https://wvrnboard.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowResources and Links
Resources and Links
Licensure information:  West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses https://wvrnboard.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

American Nurses Association
https://www.nursingworld.org

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
https://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm
 
Dr. Mary Sizemore
Mary Sizemore, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Director of Nursing
106 Cole Complex
304-766-5117 (Office)
mary.sizemore@wvstateu.edu
 
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