Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

School of Nursing

Administration

Shanna W. Akers, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N./M.B.A.-H.C., Ed.D. CNE
Interim Dean, School of Nursing
Administrative Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Associate Professor of Nursing

Diane Bridge, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N, Ed.S.
Chair, RN to BSN Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Tonia Kennedy, B.S., M.S.N., Ed.D.
Chair, Generic BSN Program
Associate Professor of Nursing

Sharon J. Kopis, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., Ed.D., CNE, FNP-C
Chair, DNP Program
Professor of Nursing

Kimberly Little, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., CNE
Chair, MSN Program
Associate Professor of Nursing

Kathryn Miller, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., DNP, CNE, CHSE
Executive Director, Clinical Affairs
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Tracey Turner, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., RNC-OB
Chair, Residential BSN Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing


Program Directors

A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


Faculty

All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=27 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


PURPOSE
The purpose of the Liberty University School of Nursing is to prepare baccalaureate level nurses who are committed to Christian ethical standards and view nursing as a ministry of caring based on the Benner theoretical framework. The nursing curriculum is built upon a foundation from the arts, sciences, and the Bible, and focuses on the use of the nursing process to guide the acquisition of nursing knowledge, build strong clinical skills, and develop the foundation necessary for a sound work ethic.


Nursing Major (B.S.N.)

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. View nursing as a ministry of demonstrating Christ’s love to hurting people of all religions, creeds, and cultures.
  2. Provide and coordinate nursing care for individuals, families and groups within the community.
  3. Utilize critical thinking/problem solving skills/evidenced base practice in determining nursing interventions and applying therapeutic skills.
  4. Demonstrate leadership skills in collaboration with clients, other professionals and groups within the community for the purpose of promoting, maintaining, and restoring health.
  5. Apply a personal and professional Christian value system, based on biblical principles, to ethical issues related to the practice of professional nursing.
  6. Value the need for ongoing personal and professional development through both formal and informal learning experiences.
  7. Foster professional level competencies in writing and communication and computer literacy.

ACCREDITATION AND LICENSURE
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, (202) 887-6791.

This degree is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

APPLICATION TO THE SCHOOL OF NURSING
A prospective student applies for candidacy to the nursing major during the second semester of the freshman year. Applicants are considered for candidacy to the nursing major following enrollment in CHEM 107, BIOL 213/214, 215/216, NURS 101, 105 and NURS 115. Students must complete BIOL 213/214, 215/216, CHEM 107, NURS 101, 105 and 115 with grades of “C” or better, (grades of “A” or “B” in science course are preferred) and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.  A personal interview with a nursing faculty member may also be required. The faculty reserves the right to refuse admission into the program. Acceptance by Liberty University does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing major.

Retention and Progression
Policies related to retention and progression are outlined in the annual Liberty University Nursing Student Handbook.

Clinical Prerequisites
Each student must secure uniforms, name pin, stethoscope, liability insurance, immunizations, background check, and current CPR certification prior to the first clinical experience.

Transportation
Nursing students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical settings. Car pools are encouraged as a means of defraying transportation costs for the individual student.

Physical Examination
A physical examination including a urine drug screen, TB test, Rubella Titer, documentation of Hepatitis B vaccinations, and all childhood immunizations is required prior to the first day of class.

Accelerated Program
An accelerated summer program is available for students who have already completed one to two years of college work before deciding to enter the nursing major. Students who meet the admission criteria can finish the nursing requirements in two years.

Certificate Programs
Senior level students have an opportunity to specialize in a specific field of nursing by participating in one of two certificate programs:

  • Critical Care Nursing (Adult and Maternal/Child tracks)
  • Cross Cultural Nursing

Selected students complete extra classes and clinical experiences so that they are able to enter the workplace with a broader knowledge base and more highly developed clinical skills than other new graduates.

Advanced Placement
Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses may obtain advanced placement by applying to the RN track of the program. A registered nurse student is a nurse who:

  1. Has graduated from an accredited program leading to an associate’s degree or a hospital diploma;
  2. Had three months of nursing practice as a registered nurse within the past five years or completion of a refresher course before the senior year; and
  3. Has been admitted to Liberty University.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the School of Nursing can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


Career Opportunities

Hospital Nursing
Critical Care Orthopedics
Emergency Department Out Patient Surgery
Flight Nurse Pediatrics
Medical Rehabilitation
Obstetrics Surgical
Oncology  
Community Nursing
Home Health Outpatient Clinics
Missionary Nursing Physicians Office
Occupational Health Public Health
Red Cross  
Armed Services
Air Force Navy
Army  
With Additional Education
Clinical Nurse Specialist Nurse Educator
Nurse Anesthetist Nurse Practitioner

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) - Global Studies

Nursing Major – R.N. to B.S.N.

As a condition of Liberty’s Certificate of Approval from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the following disclaimer pertains to Liberty’s online programs in Nursing:

Nursing: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. www.abn.alabama.gov

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Liberty University School of Nursing is to prepare baccalaureate level nurses who are committed to Christian ethical standards and view nursing as a ministry of caring based on the Benner theoretical framework. The nursing curriculum is built upon a foundation from the arts, sciences, and the Bible, and focuses on the use of the nursing process to guide the acquisition of nursing knowledge, build strong clinical skills, and develop the foundation necessary for a sound work ethic.

ACCREDITATION AND LICENSURE
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

The School of Nursing is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES

  • All policies and procedures as stated in the current Liberty University Catalog apply unless otherwise stated.
  • Students who are admitted into the RN to BSN program must first meet certain prerequisites before they may begin registration for nursing classes. Admission requirements are listed below.
  • Liberty University Online Application
  • RN licensure in state of residence (copy of licensure document)
    • Active and current
  • Official transcripts
  • Must be a graduate of a NLN Accredited nursing program leading to an associate degree or hospital diploma.
  • Ability to meet essential attributes requirements

Upon acceptance into the program and United States RN licensure verification, 31 hours of advanced credit will automatically be applied toward students’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing. See the RN to BSN degree plan for additional course information.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. View nursing as a ministry of demonstrating Christ’s love to hurting people of all religions, creeds, and cultures;
  2. Provide and coordinate nursing care for individuals, families and groups within the community;
  3. Utilize critical thinking/problem solving skills in determining nursing interventions and applying therapeutic skills;
  4. Demonstrate leadership skills in collaboration with clients, other professionals and groups within the community for the purpose of promoting, maintaining, and restoring health;
  5. Apply a personal and professional Christian value system, based on biblical principles, to ethical issues related to the practice of professional nursing; and
  6. Value the need for ongoing personal and professional development through both formal and informal learning experiences.
  7. Foster professional level competencies in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs Post Licensure (B.S.N.)

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
Degree Completion Plans (DCP) for Liberty University Online programs are available at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=2981.



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