The Undergraduate Nursing Program prepares students for entry-level professional nursing practice, which includes preparing them to meet the needs of underserved populations. This level of education is based on core knowledge and clinical competency applied though a unique blend of critical thinking, caring, communication and collaboration. Health promotion, illness management and population-based care are the focus of the traditional undergraduate curriculum.
The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing and qualifies the graduate to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses). Graduates are also eligible to apply for registration as a Minnesota public health nurse and have the academic credentials to pursue graduate study in Nursing
Students are prepared to practice holistically as leaders in healthcare delivery, with an educational foundation grounded in the Benedictine values. Throughout the curriculum simulation, technology and integrative therapies are blended to prepare students as healers of the mind, body and spirit. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge necessary for responsible living and meaning work.
Nurses, no matter where they serve, will work with increasingly diverse populations. International experience gives nurses the cultural competence they need to succeed. Nurses will be called on to serve a variety of populations with diverse backgrounds and cultural competence and international experience will be invaluable.
Clinical practice necessitates that students care for a variety of individuals in various settings. These practice experiences are designed so that students have diverse experiences in meeting the health care needs of individuals, families and groups. Clinical experiences occur in the nursing simulation laboratory, acute care, extended care and community health settings beginning in the first semester of the nursing program.
Outcomes which students achieve in the program are derived from St. Scholastica's institutional mission. The ANA's Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, ANA's Code of Ethics, AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education and the Minnesota Nursing Practice Act form the basis for nursing practice. These documents have been utilized in the development of the curriculum and in the structuring of clinical practice experiences.
The outcomes of the baccalaureate curriculum are:
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