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Grand Valley State University    
  May 21, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Program Description

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Associate Dean: Van Doren. Professors: Bostrom, Coviak, Gendler, Grinstead, Kline, McCurren, Scott; Associate Professors: Bambini, Barry, Beel-Bates, Brintnall, Davis, Droste-Bielak, Jensen, Leder, Martin, Mupepi, Schafer, Schoofs, Van Doren; Assistant Professors: Britton, Leiras-Laubach, Mlynarczyk, Reick, Ryan, Schumacher, Vander Werf, Washburn; Affiliate Faculty: Baar, Bollman, Brown Bayus, Butcher, Carlson, Cooper, Cunningham, Damstra, Hooper, Jarchow, Leigh, Mielke, Sanchez, Shaw, Stockdale; Visiting Assistant Professor: Weisbeck.

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The undergraduate program is designed for all qualified applicants, including high school graduates, nurses holding diplomas or associate degrees, practical nurses, and persons holding degrees in other fields.

Nursing majors must complete a core of courses in the humanities and the social, physical, natural, and health sciences that provides a strong scientific and humanistic foundation upon which the clinical nursing courses are based. Before graduation, students must also have completed the skill and general education requirements of the university. (See Degree Requirements—Undergraduate, in the General Academic Regulations Section in the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.)

The program stresses health promotion and illness prevention as well as care of the sick. The ability to think critically, to solve problems, formulate concepts, make judgments, analyze, summarize, and form valid conclusions is emphasized. This focus provides the student with the characteristics necessary for professional development and personal enrichment in a changing society.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing prepares graduates to fulfill the professional nursing roles of providers of care, designers/managers/coordinators of care, and members of the profession.

The outcomes of the KCON undergraduate program are:

  1. provide nursing care based on expanding clinical judgments within parameters of functional capacity of individuals, families, groups, and communities in multiple settings that incorporate knowledge from the liberal arts and knowledge unique to nursing. [designer/manager/coordinator of care]
  2. coordinate health care with individuals, families, groups, and communities across the lifespan, using communication skills, in collaboration with members of the health care team. [coordinator of care]
  3. assume ethical, legal, and professional accountability for the development and practice of nursing in a changing health care environment. [member of the profession]

The undergraduate program provides learning experiences in clinical sites that combine the liberal arts and basic sciences with nursing theory and clinical practice. Students are prepared to provide nursing interventions for individuals, families, and communities at a beginning generalist level.  Students are scheduled for clinical practice at a variety of community hospitals and health care agencies, including home care, communities, and other ambulatory settings.

Students should be aware that most clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screening prior to allowing a student to practice at the site. Students should also be aware that all State Boards of Nursing review the records of all graduates who have completed a nursing program to determine eligibility to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). All State Boards of Nursing retain the right to deny a graduate permission to write the licensure examination if he or she has been convicted of a crime.