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Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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School of Nursing

Administration

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

Diane C. Bridge, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., Ed.D.
Chair of Online Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs
Associate Professor of Nursing

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

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

Tracey Turner, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., RNC-OB, Ed.S.
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. The entire roster can also be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=31 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


RESEARCH INTENSIVE COURSES
All research intensive courses are listed online at https://www.liberty.edu/academics/qualityenhancement/index.cfm?PID=32835.


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 when all prerequisite classes have been successfully completed or are in progress. Applicants are considered for candidacy to the nursing major following enrollment and successful completion of the following courses: CHEM 107, BIOL 213/214, BIOL 215/216, NURS 101, NURS 105 and NURS 115. Students must complete BIOL 213/214, BIOL  215/216, CHEM 107, NURS 101, NURS 105 and NURS 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 for fall and spring admission and 3.25 for summer admission.  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.

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.)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs Post Licensure (B.S.N.) - Global Studies


DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) for RNs: Post-Licensure and Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

PURPOSE
The RN-BSN-MSN program will sharpen students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities as they manage in the capacity of a healthcare professional.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is a competitive process.

Admission standards for RN-BSN-MSN include:

  1. Graduation from an NLN-Accredited Associate Degree or Diploma nursing program.
  2. Current and Active Registered Nurse license.
  3. Documentation of the ability to meet the Essential Attributes of Nursing.
  4. Students admitted to the RN-BSN-MSN program with less than a 3.0 GPA will be required to enroll in GRST 501 with NURS 500; students must pass both NURS 500 and GRST 501. The course fee for GRST 501 is $100. Students who do not pass the course are automatically re-enrolled in a subsequent term and charged an additional $100 for every subsequent registration. GRST 501 is a zero credit hour class and does not affect the student’s GPA.
  5. Students must earn a grade of B- or above in each of the MSN courses (NURS 500 & 503). Earning a grade of C in any of the two MSN courses means the student must reapply to take the corresponding RN to BSN course (NURS 225 & 445) before the student may repeat the graduate-level course. If a grade of D or below is earned in any of the two MSN transition courses, the student is no longer in the RN to BSN to MSN track, but may choose to remain in the RN to BSN track.
  6. Prior to taking NURS 500 (Research), the student must successfully complete an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or above.
  7. Progression to the MSN program following BSN completion is dependent upon earning a grade of B- or higher in all graduate courses.
  8. Students earning a C or below in 500-level courses are no longer eligible to continue in the RN to BSN to MSN track, but will be eligible for a BSN degree when all requirements are met.
  9. Students in the RN to BSN to MSN track must maintain a GPA or 3.0 or higher. RN to BSN to MSN track students with GPA’s between 2.0 and 2.9 will admitted on caution, but should maintain a current GPA 3.0 or higher. If the student is unable to maintain this GPA, he or she may remain in the RN to BSN track if meeting RN to BSN progression policies.
  10. The gate course in the RN-BSN program in NURS 492 (capstone course). This course must be completed prior to taking any 500 or 600 level nursing class, except for NURS 500 and NURS 503.
  11. NURS 220 is the entry nursing course. Students will be informed that this is their chance to transfer to the dual degree, afterwards, the students will not be eligible to transition into the dual degree program.
  12. UG pre-reqs should be completed by NURS 492.
  13. MSN requirements will lead for admission and graduation.
  14. After completing NURS 492, progression policies of the Graduate School apply.

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.
  8. Integrate research and scholarship into advanced nursing practice (AACN/CCNE I, IV, NLN 7, ANA-Admin. 10, 13, 15).
  9. Influence nursing practice by integrating policy criteria and advocacy skills (AACN/CCNE VI, NLN 8, ANA-Admin. 16).
  10. Employ quality improvement, safety standards, and outcomes management to support best practices in nursing (AACN/CCNE III, IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin. 7).
  11. Collaborate with members of interprofessional teams to promote culturally competent population health care and clinical prevention in a variety of settings (AACN/CCNE VII, VIII, ANA-Admin. 5b, 10, 11).
  12. Utilize innovative health care technologies in a variety of practice settings (AACN/CCNE V, NLN 1, ANA-Admin. 14).
  13. Apply Christian Worldview and ethical decision making to Advanced Nursing Practice (LU mission, AACN/CCNE IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin. 12).
  14. Demonstrate leadership in a variety of professional practice and educational settings (AACN/CCNE II, IX, NLN 5, 8, ANA-Admin. 3, 15).

Nurse Educator Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Design nursing curricula that reflects student learning needs, innovative teaching strategies, assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes that support a positive learning environment (NLN competencies 3 and 4).
  2. Construct a learning environment based on educational theory and evidence-based practice which promotes individual learner needs (NLN competency 1).
  3. Demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities in creating a learning environment that supports individual goals and diverse student needs (NLN competency 2).

Nursing Administration Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to direct health care systems delivery of nursing services and professional practice (ANA-Admin. 5c, 11, 10).
  2. Provide health care systems management utilizing the nursing process to perform strategic planning, fiscal and resource management and evaluation of outcomes (ANA-Admin. 1-6, 14).
  3. Utilize evidence to create a culture of safety and quality based on nursing values, advocacy, current nursing practice, legal ethical and regulatory compliance (ANA-Admin. 7, 8, 9, 12)

Nursing Informatics Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Design nursing informatics solutions to reach a community need, resolve a healthcare issue, or improve an outcome in the healthcare setting (ANA-Nursing Inform. 1,4,5)
  2. Collaborate with key stakeholders in the healthcare setting to create strategies for informatics solutions (ANA-Nursing Inform. 6, 11, 13).
  3. Synthesize available data, information, evidence, and knowledge to create a culture of safety and quality based on legal, ethical, and regulatory compliance (ANA-Nursing Inform. 1, 7, 10, 15).

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR RN-BSN-MSN

  1. Complete 151 hours.
  2. 120 Credit hours must be 100-400 level courses (NURS 500 & 503 included)
  3. 3.0 GPA
  4. 30 credit hours of undergraduate courses must be upper-level (300-400 level)
  5. Grade of ‘C’ minimum required for all undergraduate courses in the major
  6. Grade of ‘B’ or higher required for all graduate courses
  7. 46% of the undergraduate courses in majors must be taken through Liberty University
  8. 30 credit hours of undergraduate courses must be taken through Liberty University
  9. Coursework taken through Liberty University and is more than 5 years old may not be applied towards this degree. Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit.
  10. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  11. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs: Post Licensure and Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration (B.S.N. to M.S.N)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs: Post Licensure and Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator (B.S.N. to M.S.N.)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs: Post Licensure and Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Informatics (B.S.N. to M.S.N.)



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