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Description of Program
During the freshman year of the nursing program, students are expected to complete many of the core courses. Students may be admitted to the nursing clinical sequence in the fall semester of the sophomore year. During this semester the students enroll in two non-clinical nursing courses and complete the core and science courses that are the foundation of the nursing program. Nursing courses are serial and are concentrated at the junior and senior level of the program. A practicum is required in each clinical nursing course.
The purposes of the nursing program are to:
- Provide a quality program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing to a diverse group of students who value the worth and dignity of the person;
- Provide a professional Nursing program which transmits the ethical and human values of the gospel and the values of the founders of the Marianites of Holy Cross to its students to enrich their own lives and to enable them to bring compassion and healing in the Catholic tradition of Jesus and Mary, His Mother, to those committed to their care;
- Integrate emerging technologies and evidence-based practice with a strong liberal arts foundation;
- Create an environment which encourages nursing research, scholarship, collaboration, and lifelong learning;
- Foster the development of safe, clinical decision-making and critical thinking skills relevant to evidence-based nursing practice and quality improvement; and
- Prepare nurses who become leaders in providing patient/family-centered, safe, quality cost-effective health care to diverse populations.
Upon successful completion of the program in nursing the graduate will:
- Practice professional nursing within the scope of a diverse, global society;
- Manage a plan of care based on the nursing process to provide safe, quality patient-centered care;
- Demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking, decision-making, and independent judgment governed by professional, legal, and ethical standards;
- Evaluate research in nursing and the related disciplines for its applicability to nursing theory and evidence-based practice;
- Improve health care delivery by practicing leadership skills and by collaborating with the interdisciplinary health care team;
- Evaluate the impact of nursing as it relates to assisting the patient to achieve optimum health;
- Demonstrate the advocacy role within the Christian perspective of respect for the uniqueness, dignity, and worth of the patient and others;
- Accept individual responsibility and accountability for nursing decisions and for personal and professional growth;
- Formulate strategies for continuous quality improvement of health care delivery and advancement of professional nursing as a practice discipline; and
- Promote accessible, comprehensive, cost effective, quality patient centered care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
The Department of Nursing of the University of Holy Cross is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) www.acenursing.org
(3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; Phone: 404-975-5000, Fax: 404-975-5020) to award the baccalaureate degree.