Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The baccalaureate program in nursing prepares professional nurse generalists to work with individuals, families, groups and communities in a variety of health care settings. The program is available to qualified high school graduates, college students, and college graduates. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the registered nurse licensing examination (NCLEX-RN).

Baccalaureate nursing education provides a foundation in the humanities and the biological, social and behavioral sciences. Students are able to apply this foundation, as well as a strong base in nursing science to the professional practice of nursing. In addition to achieving the professional goals of the nursing program, students also become responsible members of society and are required to complete the University general education core requirements.

The program includes a clinical practice component which gives students opportunity to apply their nursing theory and skills in caring for individuals, families, groups and communities in clinical health care settings. The program uses Cabell Huntington Hospital, River Park Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Veterans Administration Medical Center, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, King’s Daughters Medical Center (Ashland, Kentucky), Pleasant Valley Hospital (Point Pleasant, WV), Holzer Medical Center (Gallipolis, OH) and others for clinical experiences. Additionally various clinics, doctors’ offices, health departments and schools are also utilized for clinical. Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical experiences.

BSN Learning Outcomes

The graduate is a nurse generalist with competence to:

  • Use the nursing process to provide nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities in multiple settings, considering cultural diversity.
  • Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, natural and social sciences, and the humanities to promote, maintain, and restore health throughout the life span.
  • Promote health care through communication and collaboration with clients and other health care providers.
  • Coordinate comprehensive nursing care through the application of management and leadership skills, including prioritizing and delegation of care.
  • Use clinical and critical reasoning to address simple and complex situations.
  • Integrate evidence-based practice into nursing care.
  • Perform as a responsible and accountable member of the profession who practices nursing legally and ethically.
  • Examine professional activities that help define the scope of nursing practice, set health policies and improve the health of the public.

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