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Department of Nursing

B361 Tuttle North
(585) 395-2355

Chairperson: Linda Snell; Associate Professors: Margie Lovett-Scott, Kathleen Peterson-Sweeney; Assistant Professors: Zara Brenner, Elizabeth Heavey, Nancy Iafrati, Sparki Mangles, Patricia Lee Sharkey, Joanne Stevens; Lecturers: Susan Glose, Pamela Reamer.

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Philosophy
The curriculum of the Department of Nursing is derived from the program’s mission, purpose, objectives and organizing framework. The philosophy describes the faculty’s beliefs concerning the purpose of nursing, the focus of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, and the expectations for program graduates.

The philosophy of the Department of Nursing states that:

The faculty of the Department of Nursing at the State University of New York College at Brockport believes that education is a lifelong process which fosters the cultural, psychosocial, and intellectual development of the individual. The faculty fully supports the mission of the College, recognizing that students bring to the educational setting a diversity of abilities, motivations, experiences, and cultures. Accordingly, opportunities are provided, which allow each individual to build on past knowledge and experience and to develop within the educational philosophy of the State University of New York.

The faculty believes that nursing is a profession, science, and art with the primary purpose of assisting clients—individuals, families and communities—to retain, attain, and maintain an optimal level of wellness through purposeful interventions. The faculty believes that clients are a composite of physiological, psychological, developmental, sociocultural, and spiritual dimensions. Professional nurses utilize the nursing process to manage care of clients through out the life cycle. Nurses work independently and in collaboration with other health professionals.

Nursing education utilizes knowledge drawn from nursing, the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities. Nursing curricula emphasize the development of concepts and skills which are essential to nursing practice, leadership and research, and fosters the development of critical thinking. Students are active, responsible participants in the learning process.

The faculty believes that baccalaureate education serves as the foundation for graduate study and continuing professional and personal growth.

Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Nursing is one of the most rewarding and challenging health care professions. The baccalaureate nursing program at SUNY Brockport prepares a generalist professional practitioner to utilize the nursing process and interpersonal skills in providing health care to clients, families and groups of all ages in any setting. The program also prepares the graduate to interpret and promote professional nursing and to accept responsibility for personal and professional growth.

The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Education and the New York State Department of Education. The College is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The program is designed to help students become scientifically and humanistically prepared professional nurses, and to provide a foundation for graduate study in nursing.

Beginning practitioners are most frequently employed in either hospital or community settings. Hospitals offer challenging opportunities for the baccalaureate graduate as do long-term health care facilities. In the community, nurses are employed by public health departments, health maintenance organizations, outpatient clinics, voluntary health organizations, and hospices. Increasingly, nurses have opportunities to participate in entrepreneurial endeavors as independent health care providers. The armed services also offer excellent career opportunities for graduates.

The nursing curriculum involves classroom, field and clinical experience in nursing theory and practice. The curriculum uses a variety of teaching modalities. Students are expected to assume an active role in the learning process and are responsible for achieving learning outcomes. The focus on learner responsibility lays the foundation for the graduate’s assuming accountability for professional practice and continued individual growth.

Achievement of a grade of 75 or better in all nursing courses is required for continued progress through the nursing program. Successful completion of the following courses is required for graduation:

  • NUR 321 Introduction to Pharmacology
  • NUR 328 Medication Administration and Techniques
  • NUR 329 Nursing: A Systems Approach
  • NUR 330 Foundations for Professional Practice for Nursing
  • NUR 331 Health Assessment
  • NUR 339 The Childbearing Family and Women’s Health
  • NUR 337 Client System Response I
  • NUR 341 Client System Response II
  • NUR 450 Issues and Trends Affecting Health Care
  • NUR 452 Management and Leadership
  • NUR 460 Complex Interpersonal Processes in Mental Health Nursing
  • NUR 462 Critical Care Nursing
  • NUR 464 Community Health Nursing
  • NUR 467 Child and Adolescent Responses to Health Stressors
  • NUR 478 Problem Solving in Nursing
  • PRO 310 Research: Process and Critique

Curriculum and program requirements are subject to change as necessary. Students should consult department faculty for current information.

Clinical experiences provide students with an opportunity to apply theory in the following areas of nursing: adult health, mental health, child health, maternal health, critical care, and community health. Clinical experiences involve either day or evening hours, depending on the agency and the specialty area. Students need to keep Tuesdays and Thursdays free of all other commitments.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, students must complete all nursing course requirements, and achieve and maintain a cumulative grade of 75 in each nursing course. Students are also responsible for meeting the General Education requirements of the College. All degree requirements must be completed within five years after beginning the clinical component of the major.

Admission to the Program
Admission policies provide an opportunity for a baccalaureate education in nursing to qualified students in each of three groups: 1) students enrolled in this College, 2) transfer students from other colleges and universities, and 3) registered nurses. The Department of Nursing is limited in the number of students it can accept for clinical placement. Affiliating agencies require strict faculty-student ratios. Admission criteria are subject to change. Consult the Department of Nursing for current information.

Minimum Criteria for Admission:

  1. a cumulative college grade point average of 2.75 by the end of fall semester of sophomore year;
  2. junior status with a minimum of 54 non-nursing liberal arts credits;
  3. current CPR (Basic Life Support for the Professional Rescuer) certification through the American Red Cross or Health Provider course through the Heart Association);
  4. satisfactory references, personal statement and health form.
  5. completion of an application to the Department of Nursing by January 20 of the applicant’s sophomore year and acceptance by SUNY Brockport. (Please note, these are two separate applications.);
  6. achievement of a “C” or better in all nursing prerequisites with no more than one of these courses repeated; and
  7. completion of all but two prerequisites by May of the year the student plans to start the nursing program. Maximum prerequisite courses to be taken in the summer is two.

SUNY Brockport Students—Freshmen
Admission to nursing is competitive. Students who enter Brockport as a freshman with an intent to major in nursing will be given priority; but there is no guarantee of admission to nursing. There is a separate application process for nursing and this must be submitted no later than January 20 of the applicant’s sophomore year. Students must have a 2.75 GPA by the end of the fall semester of their sophomore year to be considered for admission to the nursing program and maintain this average as they continue to complete their course work.

To document successful completion of these criteria, students should file an application with the Department of Nursing by January 20 of their sophomore year. These students’ forms will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee early in the spring semester and students will then be notified about acceptance into nursing.

Transfers
Students transferring into the College should apply directly to the Department of Nursing for admission to the nursing program. Consideration of admission is contingent upon acceptance to the College by January 20 and completion of the criteria listed above. Acceptance is on a space-available basis. There is no guarantee of admission to the nursing program.

Registered Nurses
Registered nurses should also apply directly to the Department of Nursing for admission to the nursing program. Since clinical placement is limited, registered nurses are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Admission is on a space-available basis. RN students should note that a maximum of 64 credits may be transferred from the associate’s degree level.

For further information concerning opportunities for transfer credit and credit by exam, contact the Department of Nursing.

Required Prerequisite Courses
All students must complete the following courses (or their equivalent) prior to admission to the program:

 
Credits
Anatomy and Physiology I, II
6-8
Microbiology
4
Chemistry (not a preparatory course)
4
Nutrition
3
Statistics
3
Sociology
3
Psychology
3
Developmental Psychology (must cover entire lifespan)
3
 
Total:
29-31

Prerequisite and corequisite requirements may undergo change. Contact the Department of Nursing for current information.

Student Health Requirements
Because of the special demands of the nursing program and the need to protect patients and students, junior and senior students in the nursing program are required to have a physical examination and prescribed lab tests prior to the start of the school year. The health form may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Department of Nursing. A current, complete health form including the prescribed lab tests must be on file in the Department of Nursing by the date specified in the admission letter in order for the student to participate in clinical learning experiences. Nursing students are required to discuss with their nursing faculty advisors any health factors that may affect their capacity to perform as professional nurses. (Note: New York State Department of Health and individual health care agencies require additional protective measures prior to caring for patients. Presently, health care agencies require a positive rubella titer, a tine test or PPD, and Hepatitis B vaccination or its declination.)

Transportation
The majority of the clinical facilities are located in Rochester, 16 miles east of the SUNY Brockport campus. Transportation to and from clinical sites is the student’s responsibility.

Uniforms
Uniforms must be purchased before the beginning of the junior year. Students accepted into the program are advised concerning arrangements for fittings and costs.

Requirements for RN Licensure
Graduates of this nursing program meet the education requirements for admittance to the RN licensure exam; however, there is a requirement that the applicant be of “good moral character,” and a fee must be paid for the test. On the application for the test, the applicant is required to truthfully answer the following questions:

  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country?
  • Are charges pending against you for a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country?
  • Have you ever been found guilty of professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence in any state or country?
  • Are charges pending against you for professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence in any state or country?

If the answer to any of the questions is yes, the applicant must offer full explanation and establish his/her good moral character with the State Education Department.

 

Nursing Courses

NUR 321 Introduction to Pharmacology (A). Presents drugs used therapeutically and their mechanisms of actions. Emphasizes classes of drugs, the major drugs in each class, and how they are used to promote client stability. Considers important side effects and drug interactions relevant to the role of the nurse in client care. 2 Cr. Spring

NUR 328 Medication Administration and Techniques (B). Provides guided learning experiences designed to develop the skills necessary for safe administration of medications. Open to pre-nursing sophomores with faculty permission only. 1 Cr. Fall

NUR 329 Nursing: A Systems Approach (B). Examines the four major concepts of the Neuman Systems Model: health, environment, client, and nursing. Focuses on defining and promoting client health, recognizing that clients may be communities, families, or individuals. Discusses aspects of therapeutic communication, the development of nurse-client relationships, spirituality, culture and ethnicity, values and ethics and professional issues in nursing. Open to pre-nursing sophomores with faculty permission only. 2 Cr. Fall

NUR 330 Foundations for Professional Practice (B). Course fee. Presents both the skills and theoretical basis for professional practice in nursing with an emphasis on a systems approach. Introduces the components and use of the nursing process and basic nursing techniques. Provides for the opportunity for implementation in the lab and clinical setting. 3 Cr. Fall

NUR 331 Health Assessment (B). Prerequisites: BIO 321 and BIO 322. Bridges the gap between the basic sciences and their application in assessing the client. Includes history taking and systematic assessment of the person. Teaching and practice of examination skills and techniques are taught and practiced in a lab setting. 2 Cr. Fall

NUR 337 Client System Response I (B). Course fee. Examines the response of adult clients to stressors affecting essential body systems. The course emphasizes primary and secondary preventions for clients experiencing major health problems in the US today. Students use the nursing process to help clients strengthen their flexible lines of defense and to diminish the impact of stressors on core stability. 4 Cr. Fall

NUR 339 The Childbearing Family and Women's Health (B,W). Examines the responses of families to expected and high-risk obstetrical and neonatal stressors, and complications that occur during the prenatal, intrapartum and post-partum periods. Also examines stressors inherent in women's health care such as gynecological health concerns. Utilizes the nursing process and provides an opportunity for implementation of nursing care in a variety of obstetrical and women's health care clinical care settings. 6 Cr. Spring

NUR 341 Client System Response II (B). Examines more complex adult client responses to stressors affecting body systems, including musculoskeletal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and neurologic function. Emphasis is placed on methods that strengthen the lines of defense/resistance applied to the clinical setting with clients from diverse backgrounds. 6 Cr. Spring

NUR 450 Issues and Trends Affecting Health Care (A,W). Helps students sharpen their written and verbal communication skills as well as examine issues and trends in health care that have, do, or will influence their professional practice. Examines gender and women's rights issues within the nursing profession as an underlying theme and includes social, historical, legal, economic, ethical and professional trends affecting nursing practice and education. Helps students develop oral communication skills through participation in one debate and evaluation of several debates. 2 Cr. Every Semester

NUR 452 Management and Leadership (A). Examines theories of management, organization, change and motivation. Addresses techniques for effective leadership, communication, conflict resolution, quality management and decision making. 2 Cr. Every Semester

NUR 460 Complex Interpersonal Processes in Mental Health Nursing (B). Course fee. Prerequisites: NUR 339 and NUR 341. Examines the use of the nursing process in situations that require complex interpersonal skills. Focuses on the use of these skills in promoting the ability of clients to respond to stressors. Includes the provision of primary, secondary and tertiary interventions with clients who are experiencing violence, sexual dysfunction, crisis, and the major mental illnesses. Provides an opportunity for clinical implementation. 6 Cr. Every Semester

NUR 462 Critical Care Nursing (B). Course fee. Prerequisites: NUR 339 and NUR 341. Implements secondary and tertiary preventions for the critically ill client. Includes topics such as health problems seen in emergency departments, intensive care units, burn centers and trauma units. Provides an opportunity for clinical implementation. 6 Cr. Every Semester

NUR 464 Community Health Nursing (B). Course fee. Prerequisites: NUR 338 and NUR 340. Examines the provision of primary, secondary and tertiary preventions within the home health care and public health domain. Utilizes the nursing process to promote optimal client stability. Provides an opportunity for clinical implementation. 6 Cr. Every Semester

NUR 467 Child and Adolescent Responses to Health Stressors (B). Prerequisites: NUR 328, NUR 329, NUR 321, NUR 330, NUR 331, NUR 337, NUR 339 and NUR 341. Examines the multiple stressors in the critically and chronically ill child and adolescent and their effects on the child, family and community. Utilizes the nursing process to promote optimal stability. Provides an opportunity for implementation in the clinical setting. 6 Cr.

NUR 478 Problem Solving in Nursing (B). Focuses on problem solving and decision making in nursing. Emphasizes synthesis of knowledge as it applies to the care of clients with multiple needs. Examines test-taking skills, relaxation and stress management techniques. 2 Cr. Spring

PRO 204 Developmental Assessment (A). Cross-listed as NUR 304. Investigates the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual and developmental influences on the client. Emphasizes the use of multi-disciplinary tools in assessing clients along the age continuum. Examines environmental forces that influence developmental outcomes. Investigates variables which will promote the optimal stability for each of eight stages of life. Examines normal lines of defense for each stage to retain the greatest internal resistance. 3 Cr. Fall

PRO 310 Research: Process and Critique (A). Introduces and examines the research process as it is evidenced in published professional journals. Includes the scientific method as utilized in research: problem formulation, literature review, research design and methodology, data analysis, and interpretation of findings. Presents and applies criteria for critically evaluating research to current published research. Emphasizes active learning throughout. 3 Cr. Fall

The information in this publication was current as of June 2005 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.