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School of Nursing

GREGG E. NEWSCHWANDER, Dean
JENNIFER SCHUESSLER, Associate Dean

THE SCHOOL OF NURSING, established in 1979, offers a program of study leading to the bachelor of science in nursing. The nursing curriculum prepares beginning professional nurse generalists who are capable of functioning as members of the healthcare team in providing care for individuals and groups in diverse settings. The program also provides an educational base for advancement in formal study, research and practice. The facilities and resources of the university are used to provide a broad academic background in the humanities and sciences. Graduates are eligible to make application to the NCLEX-RN examination to become registered nurses.

A pre-professional program in Nursing Science is required of students seeking admission to the professional curriculum. The first two years of course work are designated Pre-Nursing (PNUR). The Professional Curriculum requires five terms including 1-2 summer terms, depending on the semester of admission. The Curriculum includes classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences.

Admission

Freshman eligibility is determined by the Office of Enrollment Services. Admission requirements are stated elsewhere in this Bulletin. High school mathematics, chemistry and biology courses are strongly recommended, along with other college preparatory courses in social science, history, literature and English composition. Students are strongly encouraged to see the academic advisor in the School of Nursing on a regular basis.

Transfers from other institutions must apply through the Office of Enrollment Services. Review of transcripts by the School of Nursing will determine the amount of credit allowed for the pre-nursing requirements. Students planning to transfer from other universities are encouraged to contact the School of Nursing as soon as possible for advisement on transfer of credits. Students must possess the functional ability to perform the skills and behaviors required of a professional nurse. These abilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Adequate vision, such as that required to observe changes in physical conditions, to read small print on labels and markings on syringes, and to discern subtle changes in color;
  2. Adequate hearing, such as that required to distinguish muted sounds through a stethoscope;
  3. Fine motor skills and manual dexterity, such as that required to handle small, delicate equipment;
  4. Strength to turn and assist with lifting adults, and to lift and carry children;
  5. The mobility to respond quickly in emergency situations;
  6. The ability to communicate and interact effectively with others, orally and in writing;
  7. The ability to detect odors; and
  8. The ability to read independently and to comprehend the written word.

Professional Program

Admission to the professional program occurs in both Fall and Spring. Pre-nursing students must formally apply for admission to the professional program, typically during the sophomore year, and meet the deadlines and requirements for each admission cycle. To be eligible for consideration for an interview and admission, applicants must have completed at least 3 of the 5 required science courses in the pre-nursing curriculum and have no more than 22 hours of pre-nursing coursework outstanding. Criteria considered for admission include unadjusted pre-nursing GPA, science GPA, number of hours completed at Auburn, successful completion (C or better) of all pre-nursing requirements and interview score. While the GPA to be considered for an interview is an overall unadjusted GPA of 2.5 or higher, interviews will be granted based on the overall unadjusted GPA of the pool of applicants and in reality a higher GPA may be required to interview. Applicants will be interviewed only once each academic cycle. If not accepted for admission at the time of their interview, applicants can reapply the next admission cycle by completing a reapplication form. In this case, the applicant’s original interview score will be used. Due to limited enrollment, all students who meet minimum requirements may not be interviewed or admitted.

Application forms will be posted on the School of Nursing website by December 1 for Fall admission and March 1 for Spring admission. The deadline for completing an application is February 1 for fall admission and May 1 for spring admission. Interviews for fall admissions are the first Saturday in March and for spring admission the first or second Saturday in June. Students will be notified of admission decisions in writing by April 1 for fall admission and July 1 for spring admission. Those applicants admitted must successfully complete all pre-nursing courses with a C or higher by the end of summer semester for fall admissions and by the end of fall semester for spring admissions.

Application for RN Licensure

Following completion of the registered nursing program, the graduate will apply for RN Licensure in Alabama or another state. The Alabama Board of Nursing application has the following questions which must be answered by the applicant:

  1. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense other than a minor moving traffic violation?
  2. Have you within the last five years abused drugs/alcohol or been treated for dependency to alcohol or illegal chemical substances?
  3. Have you ever been arrested or convicted for driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol?
  4. Have you within the last five years received inpatient or outpatient treatment or been recommended to seek treatment for mental illness?
  5. Have you ever had disciplinary action or is action pending against you by any state board of nursing?
  6. Have you ever been placed on a state and/or federal abuse registry?
  7. Have you ever been court-martialed/disciplined or administratively discharged by the military?

If an applicant has answered yes to any of the above questions, a full explanation with the appropriate court/treatment records must accompany the application. Applicants must disclose misdemeanors and arrests that didn’t not result in convictions. Arrests/convictions include checks written on accounts with insufficient funds and DUIs.

If the Board later learns of arrests or convictions that have not been disclosed, this will be considered fraud and deceit in procuring a license, and disciplinary action will be forthcoming.

Applicants to the School of Nursing need to be aware that they may be denied permission to take the RN licensing examination by the Alabama Board of Nursing if they are not of good moral character. A past record of behavior such as a felony conviction, abuse of drugs or alcohol, or theft of drugs may be grounds for denial of licensure. See Section 610-X-8-.01 of the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code.

Academic Regulations

Advanced placement credit in pre-nursing courses is granted according to university policies stated elsewhere in the Bulletin. No advanced standing is allowed in the natural sciences by the School of Nursing. Proficiency examinations or Advanced Placement (CEEB), with accepted score, may be used for advanced placement.

An overall GPA of 2.0 must be maintained for progression through the professional program. Pre-nursing students who do not attain an overall GPA of at least 2.5 at the end of their freshman year should consider alternative fields of study.

A minimum grade of C is required in pre-nursing courses. Transfer credit will not be granted for courses in which a grade less than C is earned.

In the professional program, a minimum grade of C must be achieved in all courses. Because the professional nursing curriculum is designed for progressive development of nursing knowledge and skills, students who earn a grade less than C in a professional program course are not allowed to progress to the next clinical course. The course in which the student earns a grade less than C may be repeated one time only. Students who earn a grade less than C in two or more professional program courses or whose GPA falls below a 2.0 will be dropped from the professional program and are not eligible for readmission. Transfer credit is not generally allowed for courses in the professional program.

The Professional Program

Facilities

The School of Nursing is housed in Miller Hall, where an auditorium, The Attillio Corte Assessment laboratory, faculty offices and the Dean's suite are located. Classes are held in buildings across campus.  Facilities for clinical nursing experiences include East Alabama Medical Center and other hospitals in the area, Mental Health Centers, clinics, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, Public Health Departments, public schools and industrial sites. Students are responsible for complying with policies and procedures required by agencies in which clinical work is done.

Expenses

Students accepted into the professional program should expect to incur additional expenses including a professional fee associated with the clinical courses. Uniforms, equipment, transportation to clinical sites, smart phone devices with the capability of retrieving required information, exit exams, content exams, NCLEX reviews, a health examination and liability and health insurance coverage are among the requirements. Students are required to have a drug screening test and may be required to undergo a background check, depending on clinical agency policy. The costs of such requirements will be the responsibility of the students. Detailed information is furnished by the dean’s office at the time of admission.

Accreditation

The School of Nursing operates with full approval of the Alabama Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Program

 

Program

 

 

Courses

NURS 2017 HONORS INTRO TO NURSING (2) LEC. 2. Pr. Honors College. Study of professional nursing's role as the foundation of the health care system.

NURS 3110 THEORETICAL CONCEPTS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE (3) LEC. 3. Coreq. NURS 3141 and NURS 3130. Exploration of essential professional nursing concepts.

NURS 3130 EVIDENCE BASED SKILLS, ASSESSMENT, AND HEALTH PROMOTION (4) LEC. 4. Coreq. NURS 3110 and NURS 3141. Integration of current evidence to guide nursing skills, assessment, and health promotion.

NURS 3141 CONCEPTS AND EVIDENCE BASED SKILLS FOR PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL PRACTICE (3) LAB. 9. SU. Coreq. NURS 3130 and NURS 3110. Application of foundational nursing concepts, skills, and assessment across the lifespan in diverse settings with emphasis on health promotion.

NURS 3210 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY (2) LEC. 2. Pr. BIOL 3123 or BIOL 3120. Nurse's role in therapeutic pharmacology.

NURS 3220 EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE (2) LEC. 2. Pr. NURS 3110. Application of appropriate research findings and other evidence to influence nursing practice.

NURS 3230 PROFESSIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS: ACUTE CARE ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (6) LEC. 6. Pr. NURS 3110 and BIOL 3123 or BIOL 3120 and NURS 3130 and NURS 3141. Coreq. NURS 3210 and NURS 3231. Concepts inherent in the delivery of nursing care for acutely ill individuals and their families.

NURS 3231 PROFESSIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS: ACUTE CARE ACROSS THE LIFESPAN - CLINICAL (4) LAB. 12. SU. Pr. NURS 3110 and BIOL 3123 or BIOL 3120 and NURS 3130 and NURS 3141. Coreq. NURS 3210 and NURS 3230. Application of concepts inherent in the delivery of nursing care for acutely ill individuals and their families.

NURS 3330 PROFESSIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS IN THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (4) LEC. 4. Pr. BIOL 3123 or BIOL 3120 and NURS 3210. Coreq. NURS 3331. Concepts inherent in reproductive health and nursing care for childbearing families.

NURS 3331 PROFESSIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS IN THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH - CLINICAL (2) LAB. 6. SU. Pr. BIOL 3123 or BIOL 3120 and NURS 3210. Coreq. NURS 3330. Concepts inherent in reproductive health and nursing care for childbearing families applied in clinical settings.

NURS 3340 PROFESSIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS ACROSS POPULATIONS (3) LEC. 3. Pr. BIOL 3123 or BIOL 3120 and NURS 3210. Coreq. NURS 3341. Concepts inherent in the delivery of nursing care for individuals, families and populations in the global community.

NURS 3341 PROFESSIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS ACROSS POPULATIONS CLINICAL (3) LAB. 9. SU. Pr. BIOL 3123 or BIOL 3120 and NURS 3210. Coreq. NURS 3340. Application of concepts inherent in the delivery of nursing care for individuals, families, and populations in the global community.

NURS 3940 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING (3) LEC. 3. Focused study plan designed for students who are out of sequence in the professional nursing curriculum. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

NURS 3970 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN HEALTH CARE AND SOCIETY (6) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. The objective of the course is to learn about health care in Spain by immersing the student totally into the Spanish language and culture. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours.

NURS 4110 CHILDREN WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Theories and concepts of care of children with special needs and/or chronic health problems.

NURS 4120 CAMP NURSING (2) LAB. 6. SU. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Clinical experience in the care of children with chronic conditions in a camp setting.

NURS 4130 NURSING THE ART OF CARING (2) LEC. 2. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Philosophical, social, and ethical principles inherent in the practice of professional nursing. Emphasis is on caring as a philosophy to guide clinical practice.

NURS 4140 CONTEMPORARY HEALTH ISSUES OF WOMEN (2) LEC. 2. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Exploration of the health care delivery system as it pertains to women.

NURS 4150 HUMAN SEXUALITY IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS (2) LEC. 2. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Human sexuality in relation to the health-illness continuum. Sexuality across the lifespan.

NURS 4160 SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVES IN NURSING (2) LEC. 2. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Use of the nursing process to help clients with various spiritual orientations meet spiritual needs.

NURS 4170 CARDIOLOGY FOR NURSES (2) LEC. 2. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Emphasis on the nurse's role in the management of clients with cardiovascular disorders.

NURS 4180 TRAUMA NURSING (2) LEC. 2. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. A broad overview of the specialty of trauma nursing and the multiple factors that affect patient care in an emergency or trauma situation.

NURS 4190 AIDS: A SOCIAL EPIDEMIC (2) LEC. 2. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. The psychosocial, physical, emotional, ethical, legal, behavioral, and changing health care needs of clients, families, aggregates and populations as a result of AIDS.

NURS 4210 APPLIED CLINICAL NUTRITION FOR NURSES (2) LEC. 2. Pr. NUFS 2000. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Interdependent function of the nurse as a provider of nutritional care for the individual.

NURS 4220 INTEGRATIVE HEALING THERAPIES (2) LEC. 2. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Theoretical and empirical bases for the use of selected interventions in clinical nursing practice.

NURS 4230 PROFESSIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS: CHRONIC AND COMPLEX CONDITIONS (5) LEC. 5. Pr. BIOL 3123 or BIOL 3120 and NURS 3220 and NURS 3230 and NURS 3231 and NURS 3330 and NURS 3331 and NURS 3340 and NURS 3341. Coreq. NURS 4231. Concepts inherent in the delivery of nursing care for individuals, families, and populations with chronic and/or complex conditions.

NURS 4231 PROFESSIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS: CHRONIC AND COMPLEX CONDITIONS - CLINICAL (5) LAB. 15. SU. Pr. BIOL 3123 or BIOL 3120 and NURS 3220 and NURS 3230 and NURS 3231 and NURS 3330 and NURS 3331 and NURS 3340 and NURS 3341. Coreq. NURS 4230. Applications of concepts inherent in the delivery of nursing care for individuals, families, and populations with chronic and/or complex conditions.

NURS 4240 CULTURAL EXPEDITIONS IN HEALTH CARE (2) LEC. 2. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Hands-on experience with different aspects of culture including an overnight stay in a replica of a third world global village.

NURS 4250 COMPLICATIONS OF OBSTET NURSIN (2) LEC. 2. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Concepts and theories underlying nursing care of complications of the childbearing family.

NURS 4260 MENTORING IN NURSING (2) LEC. 1. LAB. 3. Pr. NURS 3720 and NURS 3721. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. Theoretical and practical aspects of peer mentoring.

NURS 4270 PERIOPERATIVE NURSING (2) LEC. 1. LAB. 6. Pr., Senior-level student in Nursing. A broad overview focusing on the specialty area of peri-operative nursing and the multiple factors that will impact patient care from the preoperative phase through the recovery phase. Fall.

NURS 4280 ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY (2) LEC. 2. Theoretical foundations and guidelines for practice of animal-assisted therapy.

NURS 4310 INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION EXPREIENCE (2) LEC. 2. Pr. NURS 3230. Nursing student collaboration with pharmacy professional practice teams in delivering care to patients in their home environments.

NURS 4810 PROFESSIONAL NURSING LEADERSHIP IN MICROSYSTEMS (2) LEC. 2. Pr. NURS 3220 and NURS 3230 and NURS 3231 and NURS 3340 and NURS 3331 and NURS 3330 and NURS 3341. Coreq. NURS 4230 and NURS 4231. The study of leadership and management concepts for direct patient care.

NURS 4900 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (1-6) IND. Directed readings and/or clinical study in student-selected areas related to nursing.

NURS 4910 PROFESSIONAL NURSING LEADERSHIP IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS (3) LEC. 3. Pr. NURS 4230 and NURS 4231 and NURS 4810. Coreq. NURS 4911. Study of leadership concepts in complex systems influencing health care.

NURS 4911 LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM (2) LAB. 6. SU. Pr. NURS 4230 and NURS 4231 and NURS 4810. Coreq. NURS 4910. Application of leadership concepts in complex systems influencing health care.

NURS 4920 TRANSITIONS TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING (2) LEC. 2. Pr. NURS 4230 and NURS 4231 and NURS 4810. Synthesis of concepts essential for professional nursing.

NURS 4921 NURSING PRACTICE PRECEPTORSHIP (5) LAB. 15. SU. Pr. NURS 4230 and NURS 4231 and NURS 4810. Coreq. NURS 4920. Application of concepts in the transition into professional nursing.

NURS 4940 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING (1-4) LEC. SU. Focused study plan designed for students who have not met an identified curricular benchmark. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit hours.

NURS 4997 HONORS THESIS (1-3) IND. Pr. Honors College. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

NURS 7116 ADVANCED PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT/APPLIED CLINICAL CONCEPTS I (3) LEC. 2, DSL. 4. Pr. NURS 7210 or (NURS 7220 or NURS 7230 or NURS 7240 or NURS 7310). Departmental approvalFocus is on assessment, knowledge and techniques required for master's level prepared nurses in a clinical setting. Admission to the MSN Program or

NURS 7226 ROLES AND ISSUES OF THE PRIMARY CARE PRACTITIONER (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. This course explores the complex process of role development for the advanced practice nurse within current health care systems. Competencies and role development issues of advanced nursing practice are included. Role transition and strategies for facilitating role acquisition and implementation including social, legal and ethical issues governing advanced practice in primary health care are addressed. Admission to the MSN Program or

NURS 7236 ADVANCED PATOPHYSIOLOGY (3) LEC. 3. MSU program, undergraduate-level anatomy and physiology course; undergraduate-level pharamacology course. In-depth understanding of pathophysiology associated with complex conditions to determine treatment options and prevention strategies across the life span. May count either NURS 7230 or NURS 7236.

NURS 7246 ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY (3) LEC. 3. MSN Program. Provides process for students to think pharmacotherapeutically, identifying a disease process, selecting treatment based on the treatment goals, and how to adjust therapy.May count either NURS 7240 or NURS 7246.

NURS 7256 HEALTHCARE POLICY AND ETHICS FOR THE NURSE LEADER (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. This course addresses the U.S. health care delivery system at micro and macro levels, problems, principles and the alternatives for managing problems in a systematic manner. Health policy, economic, and ethical principles and the relationship of these concepts to advocacy and leadership roles are explored. Admission to the MSN Program or

NURS 7326 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. NURS 7210 and NURS 7230 and NURS 7310. Departmental approvalAnalysis and evaluation of curriculum construction, selection of teaching strategies for diverse groups and individuals, and evaluation of learning outcomes in education of patients, health providers, and nursing students. Admission to the MSN Program or

NURS 7336 DIAGNOSTIC REASONING AND CLINICAL MANAGEMENT (3) LEC. 3. Pr. NURS 7110. Focus is on the process of collecting data and arriving at diagnostic and therapeutic conclusions to guide clinical management for patients. Preq; NSG 6671, NSG 6649, NURS 7110.

NURS 7346 ADVANCED THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Students explore the theoretical foundations of advanced nursing practice. The roles of the Master's prepared nurse are explored, along with central concepts inherent to nursing practice. Theories from nursing and related disciplines are examined with emphasis on application of theory to nursing practice. Admission to the MSN Program or

NURS 7356 QUALITY, SAFETY, AND PREVENTION USING TECHNOLOGY (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. This course examines the concepts of clinical illness prevention, population health, quality and safety in health care, and the use of information technologies. Admission to the MSN Program or

NURS 7366 EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE I (2) LEC. 2. Departmental approval. This course is designed to introduce the Master's student to evidence based practice. The foundations of EBP are explored including search strategies, research critique, and applications of EBP in advanced practice. Synthesis and evaluation of evidence using various models will be discussed. Admission to the MSN Program or

NURS 7376 EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE II (2) LEC. 2. Pr. NURS 7360. Departmental approvalThis course focuses on the concepts necessary for implementation and evaluation of an EBP project. Data collection tools, data analysis, and the presentation of data will be explored. Students will discuss change strategies, protection of human subjects, and the development of measurable outcomes. Admission to the MSN Program or

NURS 7446 PRIMARY CARE I (3) LEC. 1, DSL. 2. Pr. NURS 7330. Departmental approvalFocus is on the primary care nurse practitioner's role in managing common acute and chronic health care problems in the adult and geriatric population in a variety of primary care settings. Admission to the MSN Program, completion of pre-requisites, or

NURS 7556 PRIMARY CARE II (3) LEC. 1, DSL. 2. Pr. NURS 7330. Departmental approvalFocus is on the primary care nurse practitioner's role in managing common acute and chronic health care problems in the adult and problems in the adult and in a variety of primary care settings. Admission to the MSN Program, completion of pre-requisites, or

NURS 7816 NURSING EDUCATION PRACTICUM (3) DSL. 3. Pr. NURS 7340 and NURS 7350 and NURS 7360 and NURS 7320 and NURS 7370 and NURS 7250 and EDLD 8500. Departmental approvalSynthesis of educational theories, research, and strategies in applying the roles of the educator in teaching clients, students, or care providers. Selected educational settings provide opportunities to practice the roles of the educator under guidance of qualified preceptor. This course will be a combination of professional seminars and teaching practice (180 hours). Admission to the MSN Program or

NURS 7926 PRIMARY CARE PRACTICUM (7) PRA. 26. Clinical practicum synthesizing the roles of the CNS to teach clients, nursing students, or healthcare providers. Departmental approval, see SON advisor.

NURS 7946 EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (2) LEC. 2. Departmental approval. The focus of this course is the application of evidenced based practice concepts in advanced nursing practice. EBP III is a practicum course in which the student may implement the project proposed in EBP I & II or prepare a manuscript from that project that synthesizes the evidence and submit to a national refereed professional journal. Admission to the MSN Program or

Nursing

  • BYRD, LINDA, Associate Clinical Professor
  • CRUMBLEY, DAVID, Assistant Clinical Professor
  • CURTIS, AMY, Clinical Lecturer
  • DUBOIS, EVA JEAN, Associate Clinical Professor
  • ELLISON, KATHY JO, Associate Professor
  • GORE, TERESA, Associate Clinical Professor
  • HARRIS, LAURIE, Assistant Clinical Professor
  • HENDRICKS, CONSTANCE S., Professor
  • HUNT, CARALISE, Assistant Professor
  • JOHNSON, TANYA, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • LAMBERT, ANN, Assistant Clinical Professor
  • MCMILLIAN, REBECCA R., Associate Professor
  • MULLINS, IRIS, Associate Professor
  • NEWSCHWANDER, GREGG, Dean and Professor
  • PARKER, FRANCINE, Associate Professor
  • POPE, WILLIAM S., Assistant Professor
  • SANDERSON, BONNIE K., Professor
  • SCHUESSLER, JENNIFER B., Associate Dean and Professor
  • THOMAS, VALARIE, Clinical Lecturer
  • WILDER, BARBARA F., Professor and Director of the Graduate Program