CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY TEXASONLINE NURSING STUDENT PROGRAMS HANDBOOKAugust 2017Letter from the Dean, School of NursingDear Concordia University Texas School of Nursing Students:Welcome to the Concordia University Texas School of Nursing and the MSN,RN to MSN and RN toBSN degree tracks or program. We are dedicated to each student’s development and success. Theprogram provides students with a Christian environment to study the intra-and inter-personalprocesses and dynamics related to the nursing profession. You will learn from and work alongsidecaring, committed faculty to explore affective, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of mental, physical,and spiritual well-being.You will have the opportunity to select one of the three areas of concentration, each of whichprepares you for unique post graduate employment. The leadership area of concentration isdesigned for students who plan to pursue post graduate employment in leadership either at the unit,institutional or corporate level as nurse managers, directors or chief nursing officers. The informaticsarea is designed for students who intend to pursue institutional or corporate data management andretrieval. The nursing education area is designed for students who plan to teach nursing educationat either schools of nursing, in continuing education programs or patient education. All areas ofconcentration prepare graduates to pursue doctoral-level study or to pursue entry level nursingresearch positions. Within each area of study, you will be equipped with the specific knowledge,skills sets, and experiences that are required to be competitive. Consistent with the Universitymission to develop Christian leaders, you will be prepare to follow Christ’s teaching to” let yourlight shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”Matthew 5:16The MSN and RN to MSN degree program at CTX will provide you with both the knowledge andexperience necessary to understand and practice leadership within a Christian context:1)you are encouraged to exhibit compassion, thoughtfulness and appreciation for diverse lifeexperiences2)you are encouraged to think about your education in the context of the Christian vocation ofnursing3)you will routinely be asked to reflect upon what Christian leadership and/or stewardship ofacquired information would entail, and how one could practically apply acquired knowledgeand skills in the context of Christian leadership4)you will be given opportunities (i.e. practicums/internships, research-oriented experiencedand relationships with other health care professionals) to practice and model Christian2
leadership in a variety of different forms and settings. You will be asked to reflect upon suchexperiences from the perspective of Christian leadership.The Online Nursing Student Handbook is designed to be a companion to the Concordia UniversityTexas Online Student Handbook, which applies to all Concordia graduate students. The GraduateNursing Student Handbook specifically addresses the Nursing policies and procedures and yourresponsibilities as a professional nursing student. Please read the Online Nursing StudentHandbook carefully and use it as a reference while you are in the program. This Handbook isupdated occasionally and a current copy is available to each student through Google folders andalso linked into every nursing online course. Your Moodle and Google sites are an important vehiclefor nursing faculty communication with students. We urge you to check these frequently—at leastonce each week—so that you can stay current with School of Nursing policies and procedures.Again, welcome! We hope that you will find your student nursing experience intellectuallychallenging and rewarding as you work to prepare yourself for entry into professional nursingpractice. The nursing faculty and I are committed to your success as you learn to become acompetent, compassionate, courageous, Concordia nurse.Blessings,Kathryn Lauchner, Ph.D., RNProfessor, Dean of the College of NursingConcordia University Texas Concordia University Texas3
School of Nursing Administrators, Faculty and StaffDeanKathryn Lauchner Ph.D, RNKathy.email@example.comAdministrators MSN:Greta Degen, PhD, RN, Director, RN to MSN, RN Plus, RN TO BSN, MSN programGreta.firstname.lastname@example.orgMSN Faculty:Greta Degen, Ph.D., RN, Community Health, Project Management, Health Policy and Ethics,Leadershipgreta.email@example.comMariAnn Alexander, PhD, RN. Research & Applied StatisticsMariann.firstname.lastname@example.orgNabia Malouf-Todaro,, DNP, RN Informatics & LeadershipNabia.email@example.comLucina Kimpel, PhD, RN, LeadershipLucina.firstname.lastname@example.orgAyla Landry, MSN, RN, teaches 4305 Global HealthAyla.email@example.comJoann Blake, PhD, RN, Nurse EducationJoann.firstname.lastname@example.orgJennifer Goodman, PhD, RN, Advanced email@example.comBSN Faculty:Sandra Gaskin, MSN, CNE, RN, Director ABSN:Amber Shammas, MSN, RN, Adult Health:Crystal Mendl, MSN, RN Adult Health IRobin Cook, MSN, RN, Obstetrics:Tamara Congdon-Oppermann, MSN, RN, Adult HealthKathy Anglin, MSN, RN, Adult Health, PedriatricsJames (Ron) Hilliard, MSN, RN, SimulationAdministrative Assistant:Cynthia Alviar, BA, Nursing firstname.lastname@example.org
IntroductionIt is important for students in the Concordia University Texas Nursing Student Online Programs tounderstand the mission and goals of the University and of the nursing program. The next few pagesof the Handbook provide this information. This handbook is dynamic in nature and is provided to allstudents upon application, admission and also ongoing to all students.Mission of Concordia University TexasThe mission of Concordia University Texas is to develop Christian leaders.Concordia University Graduates will:1. Have the ability to communicate clearly, logically and creatively through written and oralcommunication, in individual and group projects2. Understand and appreciate visual, musical and literary beauty and the beauty of God’s creationthrough participation in and analysis of the creative process3. Think logically and analytically to problem solve through abstract thought, the use of computersand the methods of science4. Assimilate into the campus community socially, academically and spiritually5. Live a healthy lifestyle and understand the relationship between physical activity, mental healthand spiritual wellbeing.6. Develop or affirm a biblical standard of morality through and understanding of God’s selfdisclosure in Jesus Christ and use that standard for making ethical decisions as well asunderstanding the contribution of Christianity to the formation of American culture.7. Be equipped to understand the contributions of the history and literature of western civilization toAmerican culture through the major works that have shaped our thinking.8. Understand the thought patterns of people of their own and other cultures in their historical,geographical, political and economic context and develop a sense of civic involvement.9. Understand the basics of leadership theory using biblical examples and will have practicedleadership is curricular and co-curricular settings.10. Develop an expertise in a specific field of studyMission of the School of Nursing Programs (BSN and MSN)The mission of the Concordia Nursing program is to develop each nursing student’s ability to serveas a Christian leader in professional and/or advanced nursing practice, promoting high-quality, safepatient/client care within diverse healthcare settings.This mission flows directly from the University’s mission of Developing Christian Leaders:As a faith-based institution, Concordia is committed to service to improve the lives of all people asGod’s creation, and to respect all people as individuals of great intrinsic worth. The nursing programis strongly aligned with Concordia’s faith foundation because of the shared recognition that serviceto others encompasses not only individuals’ physical needs, but also their spiritual and emotionalneeds. The faith tradition of the University and the nursing program upholds the meaningfulness of5
service to others, respect for the inherent worth and dignity of all persons, and concern for theneeds of humankind. Concordia recognizes the essential contribution of the profession of Nursingand is committed to an excellent nursing program to expand and further fulfill its mission. Graduatesof Concordia’s nursing program, through their vocational areas in health care, will serve as leadersin promoting high-quality, safe patient/client care in diverse settings, based on faith in God‘s love forall people and the desire to serve others as an expression of God’s love.Online BSN and MSN Program GoalsBSN Program Goals:The goals of the BSN nursing program are to:1.Provide a strong knowledge, skill, and attitudinal foundation for competent, evidence-basedprofessional practice in providing and coordinating care of patients/clients, families, groups,communities, and populations.2.Develop students’ abilities to serve as Christian leaders in professional nursing roles and tobe contributing members of the profession of nursing.3.Prepare students to function as change agents to improve the quality and safety ofhealthcare within dynamic, complex healthcare systems.MSN Program Goals:The goals of the MSN program are to prepare the graduate to:1.Participate in developing and implementing nursing research utilizing advanced clinicalreasoning and knowledge based on the nursing program of study, evidence-based practiceoutcomes, research studies, organizational and quality improvement data as the basis forcontinued improvement of nursing outcomes in diverse settings guided by Lutherantheology’s concepts of Christian leadership.2.Organize the delivery and enhancement of care activities using patient-care andcommunication technologies to promote continual improvement of the lives of all people asGod’s creation across diverse settings and with diverse populations.3.Use Christian leadership to build upon organizational safety and quality improvementactivities in the delivery of services, including the development and critique of tools, methodsand activities.4.Model Christian Leadership by managing and coordinating care for diverse patientpopulations through communication, collaboration and consultation with other members ofthe interdisciplinary health care team.5.Use Christian leadership to intervene at the systems level in institutional, professional andpublic policy development to advocate for health and health care and professional standards.6
6.Demonstrate servant leadership skills to promote high quality and safe patient care througheffective interpersonal working relationships.7.Demonstrate Christian leadership, scholarship, policy and advocacy skills that reflect thevalues, ethics and standards of Concordia University, the nursing profession and theselected advanced practice role.7
Foundations of Nursing and Nursing PracticeNursing utilizes a unique body of knowledge based upon theory, practice and researchincorporating facts and concepts from biological, social, physical and behavioral sciences. From thisbody of knowledge, nurses provide nursing care through the four primary roles:Member of the Profession – exhibits behaviors that reflect commitment to the growth anddevelopment of the role and function of nursing consistent with state and national regulations andwith ethical and professional standards; aspires to improve the discipline of nursing and itscontribution to society; and values self-assessment and the need for lifelong learning.Provider of Patient-Centered Care – accepts responsibility for the quality of nursing care andprovides safe, compassionate nursing care using a systematic process (also known as the nursingprocess), of assessment, analysis, planning, intervention, and evaluation, through the utilization ofevidenced based practice, that focuses on the needs and preferences of the individual and his/herfamily while incorporating professional values and ethical principles into nursing practice.Patient Safety Advocate - promotes safety in the individual and family environment by: followingscope and standards of nursing practice; practicing within the parameters of individual knowledge,skills, and attitudes; identifying and reporting actual and potential unsafe practices while complyingwith National Patient Safety Goals for reducing hazards to individuals in the healthcare settingMember of the Health Care Team – provides patient-centered care by collaborating, coordinating,and/ or facilitating comprehensive care with an interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary health care team todetermine and implement best practices for the individual and their families, including the provisionof culturally sensitive care.Nursing practice involves the use of the nursing process. The nursing process is systematic. Thecaregiver analyzes assessment data to identify problems, formulates goals/outcomes, and developsplans of care for individuals and their families, implements and evaluates the plan of care, whilecollaborating with those individuals, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team.Nursing is interpersonal and is characterized by the implementation of the nursing process,management of a rapidly changing environment, need for clinical competency, effective use ofcommunication and documentation, use of nursing informatics to promote quality improvement,acceptance of personal accountability and responsibility, and a commitment to the value of caring.Concordia University Texas School of Nursing8
BSN Program Outcomes/Terminal Objectives:Using a Christian perspective, the BSN graduate will:As a Member of the Profession:184.108.40.206.Function within the nurse’s legal scope of practice and in accordance with the policies andprocedures of the health care institution or practice setting.Assume responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to patients,families, populations, and communities.Promote the practice of professional nursing through leadership activities and advocacy,influencing healthcare policy, formation and participation in the legislative process.Demonstrate responsibility for continued competence in nursing practice, and develop insightthrough reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning.As a Provider of Patient Centered Care:5.Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the baccalaureate degree nursing programof study, evidence-based practice outcomes, and research studies as the basis for decisionmaking and comprehensive patient care.6.Assess the physical and mental health status, needs, and preferences of culturally,ethnically, and socially diverse patients, families, populations, and communities based uponinterpretation of comprehensive health assessment findings compared with evidence-basedhealth data and a synthesis of knowledge derived from a baccalaureate degree nursingprogram of study.7.Synthesize comprehensive assessment data to identify problems, formulate goals/outcomes, and develop plans of care for patients, families, populations, and communitiesusing information from evidence-based practice and research in collaboration with membersof the interdisciplinary health care team.8.Provide safe, compassionate, comprehensive nursing care to patients, families, populations,and communities through a broad array of health care services.9.Implement the plan of care for patients, families, populations, and communities within legal,ethical, and regulatory parameters and in consideration of disease prevention, wellness, andpromotion of healthy lifestyles.10.Evaluate and report patient, family, population, and community outcomes and responses totherapeutic interventions in comparison with benchmarks from evidence-based practice andresearch findings, and plan follow-up nursing care.11.Develop, implement, and evaluate teaching plans for patients, families, populations, andcommunities to address health promotion, maintenance, restoration, and population riskreduction.12.Coordinate human, information, and materiel management resources in providing care forpatients, families, populations, and communities.9
As a Patient Safety Advocate:13.Demonstrate knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the Texas Board of NursingRules that emphasize safety, as well as all federal, state, and local government andaccreditation organization safety requirements and standards.14.Implement measures to promote quality and a safe environment for patients, self, and others.15.Formulate goals and outcomes using an evidence-based and theoretical analysis of availabledata to reduce patient and community risks.16.Obtain instruction, supervision, or training as needed when implementing nursing proceduresor practices.17.Comply with mandatory reporting requirements of the Texas Nursing Practice Act.18.Accept and make assignments and delegate tasks that take into consideration patient safetyand organizational policy.As a Member of the Health Care Team:19.Coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with patients, families, populations, communities,and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate care.20.Serve as a health care advocate in monitoring and promoting quality and access to healthcare for patients, families, populations, and communities.21.Use multiple referral resources for patients, families, populations, and communities,considering cost, confidentiality, effectiveness and efficiency of care, continuity andcontinuum of care, and health promotion, maintenance, and restoration.22.Communicate and collaborate in a timely manner with members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team to promote and maintain optimal health status of patients, families, populations,and communities.23.Communicate and manage information using technology and informatics to support decisionmaking to improve patient care and delivery systems.24.Assign and/ or delegate nursing care to other members of the health care team based uponan analysis of patient or organizational need.25.Supervise nursing care provided by others for whom the nurse is responsible by using bestpractices of management, leadership, and evaluation.10
MSN Program Outcomes/Terminal Objectives:Using a Christian perspective, the MSN graduate will:As a Member of the Profession of Nursing1.Use leadership skills that emphasize ethical and critical decision making, effective respectfulrelationships, and a systems-perspective.2.Exhibit the knowledge and skills to intervene at the system level through the policydevelopment process and to employ advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.3.Apply research outcomes within the practice setting, resolve practice problems, work as achange agent, and disseminate results.4.Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences as well asthe ability to integrate this knowledge into practice.5.Intervene at the system level through the policy development process and to employadvocacy strategies to influence health and health care.As a Provider of Patient-Centered Care6.Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health,quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursingcare across diverse settings.7.Apply and integrate broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriateconcepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinicalprevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregate identifiedpopulations.8.Use patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care.9.Use communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care.10.Influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.As a Patient Safety Advocate11.Use organizational and systems leadership to promote of high quality and safe patientcare.12.Use effective methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality.13.Apply quality principles within an organization.As a Member of the Health Care Team14.Act as a member and leader of inter-professional teams, communicates, collaborates, andconsults with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care.11
Compliance with School of Nursing PoliciesThe School of Nursing requires that students comply with all policies and procedures of the programand any policies and procedures mandated by the site of clinical placement. Failure to comply withall policies and procedures may result in dismissal from a class, or practicum, which will be treatedas an unexcused absence. Subsequent failure to comply will result in dismissal from the class, orpracticum. Depending on the nature of the non-compliance with the policies of the School ofNursing and/or clinical agencies, the action may result in further disciplinary action, includingdismissal from the program.Successful students at CTX are able to demonstrate: Interest and aptitude for math and science A strong motivation to learn Well-developed study skills Problem-solving and clinical decision-making skills An ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds High personal moral and ethical standards A desire to provide an excellent and compassionate caring attitude All courses require extensive engagement (with other students, the instructor, and with thecourse materials) as well as timely completion of assignments. Many assignments are dueweekly. Thus, keeping up with the schedule is essential to your success. Your personalschedule must allow you to keep up with the due dates for the readings and otherassignments. Some work is difficult or even impossible to make up (such as discussion withothers), so you must plan your schedule carefully. The time expected for activities outside ofeach class including homework, depending on credit hours, is listed in this handbook for youto use as you consider courses. You must have continuous access to a working and dependable computer and Internetprovider. Web 2.0 tools such as Google Docs, Google Hang Out, etc., which are available throughyour Concordia student email account, will be utilized in this course as well. Becomingfamiliar with these tools is important for successful completion of designated projects. Moredetails are provided in the project descriptions and guidelines.Expectations of the Successful Baccalaureate Nursing Student:The following functions are essential for the student in the performance of common nursing tasks.The student must be able to apply the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective in a variety ofclassroom, lab and/or clinical settings while providing the essential competencies of the nursingcurriculum.The student must be able to perform the listed functions in order to successfully complete thecourse of instruction:12
FunctionsExpectationObservationThe student will actively participate in all demonstrations, simulations,and clinical experiences and be able to assess, analyze, plan,implement, and evaluate the condition of all assigned clients.CommunicationThe student will be able to communicate effectively using verbal, nonverbal and written formats with faculty, other students, clients, familiesand all members of the healthcare team.The student possesses the ability to read and write in English withoutassistance or interpretation.MotorThe student will demonstrate sufficient motor ability to execute themovement and skills required for safe and effective care andemergency treatmentIntellectualThe student will be able to collect, interpret and integrate informationand make decisions.The student has the ability to read and write in the English languagewithout assistance or interpretation.Behavioral andSocialAttributesThe student possesses the emotional health required for full utilizationof the student’s intellectual abilities, the exercise of clinical judgment,the prompt completion of all academic and patient care responsibilitiesand the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationshipswith clients, families and other members of the healthcare team.The student possesses the ability to manage workloads, functioneffectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, displayflexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties frequentlyencountered in clinical settings with patients and created in simulationexperiences.The student possesses compassion, integrity, concern for others, andmotivation.The student demonstrates professional behaviors and a strong workethic.Expectations of the Successful Master’s Nursing Student:Students are expected to utilize the following attributes in all learning experiences: Independent application of best practices of the discipline in solving a novel problem,creating new scholarship, and/or producing a new intellectual product; Increased focus on student becoming a practitioner of the discipline rather than primarily alearner of that discipline.13
Inherent interest in self-education and self-direction within the discipline; Willingness to accept responsibility for outcomes of self-directed research and creativeactivities. Ability to obtain and understand current primary literature/scholarly worksand/orliterature focused on practitioner/professionals within discipline; Ability to communicate effectively using accepted conventions of the discipline through oral,written, and/or performance modes (all written work is in APA format)Mentorships:Practicum work shall be through mentorships (commonly known as preceptorships). Students willbe given information during their NUR 5313 course, at least one month and in many cases sixweeks prior to any practicum to set up individual mentor arrangements and are expected to complywith the details according to each course’s requirements. This means, students have to do someindependent work before practicum courses begin, in order to seek out and to set up mentors,including supplying mentors with the necessary information about the program, course objectivesand evaluation tools (with assistance from our nursing program and instructors); those students notin compliance will not be able to begin the courses. Mentor documents and contracts will besupplied by course instructors or program directors with support from the Concordia attorneys incases of questions, and stored in the google drives of each student for easy access. Students whodo not follow through with the appropriate mentor work will not be successful in completion of thecoursework.Student Employment and Time Required for StudyThe study of nursing is a rigorous and time intensive endeavor requiring large blocks of time incourse activities and study. Course requirements and substantial study requirements are necessaryto succeed in the nursing program We strongly recommend that you secure your employer’s insightand input into your course of study in order to be successful. Our online nursing programs arecreated in a way that allow you to maintain full time employment and use one day per week forpracticum experiences and your free time for study time. In fact, you and your employer areencouraged to use your work environment as a place to utilize and test your newly learned skills,theories, and projects from each course. Time expected for successful course achievement is asfollows:The estimated time commitment per week varies depending on the number of credits the course isworth and the length of the class. For each of the following, you can expect to spend: 0 credit hour course Mission Trip NUR 5050: 45 total hours including set up and travel anddocumentation, reflections and homework assignments. Trips are set up individually eitherwith campus CanDo Mission Agency, or student finds own resources and gets theseapproved. The process and requirements are reviewed during NUR 4305 Global Healthcourse.14
3 credit hour course (over 16 weeks):9 weekly hours of activity time note that NUR 5514 Health Assessment and Promotion for Populations is the only course this applies to. Thiscourse is a 3 hour didactic course plus 2 hour practicum in one. 3 credit hour course (over 8 weeks): 18 weekly hours of activity time. 3 credit hour practicum course (over 16 weeks), 135 total hours of practicum workrequired with mentors/preceptors, or 8.5 weekly hours mentor/preceptor time over 16 weeksplus 18 hours of homework and online related activity 2 credit hour practicum course (over 16 weeks): 90 total hours of practicum work required(5.6 hours weekly over 16 weeks). Note that NUR 5514- Health Assessment and Promotionfor Populations is the only course for this circumstance. Information for practicum will begiven to students by instructor once enrolled in the course.Students should be aware that: (1) the Nursing Program assumes no responsibility for theiractivities as employees of agencies; (2) they are personally responsible and liable for any activity inwhich they participate while employed; (3) licensed professional liability insurance provided tostudents through the School of Nursing is valid only in the student role, not the employment role; (4)individuals who practice illegally may jeopardize their futures since persons who are convicted ofviolation of the Nurse Practice Act may have stipulations on their license to practice.Students employed in agencies have responsibility, personally and professionally, to engage in onlythose activities that fall within their job descriptions. They have a responsibility to refuse toparticipate in activities which they have not been legally licensed to perform. This can lead to failureof that course.Student Responsibi
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