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Program Description

student nursing resizedThe Department of Nursing in the Division of Health-Related programs at Pfeiffer University offers an undergraduate program leading to the bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The pre-licensure BSN program is open to qualified high school graduates and college students who wish to pursue a nursing major. The program, which can be completed in four years, consists of classroom and clinical experiences designed to prepare students to provide patient-centered care to a variety of patients across the lifespan and across diverse populations.

A bachelor's degree with a major in nursing at Pfeiffer University requires a total of 125 semester credit hours of study. Lower division course work is composed of 70 credit hours that include liberal arts and nursing prerequisites. The remaining 55 credit hours are taken in the junior and senior years in the nursing major and are completed within the Department of Nursing. Graduates are awarded a bachelor of science in Nursing degree and are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required for practice as a registered nurse. Graduates are prepared to provide care in and across all environments as a generalist nurse.

Pfeiffer University's nursing curriculum is based on the caring theoretical perspective. The concept of caring will direct teaching approaches, student learning activities, teacher-student interactions and the climate of the program.

Pfeiffer University nursing students benefit from both the applied sciences and a core curriculum based in the liberal arts.

Purpose

The purpose of the baccalaureate program in nursing is to prepare students to be professional nurses in a Christian academic environment with the values, core competencies, core knowledge, and role development essential for leadership and service for the nursing profession. The nursing major builds on a solid foundation in the liberal arts. The program includes study in the natural, behavioral, and social sciences, as well as, the humanities and nursing sciences. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required for practice as a Registered Nurse. Graduates will be prepared to provide care in and across all environments as a generalist nurse. An educational foundation in the university setting provides the distinguishing cornerstone for the study and practice of professional nursing and prepares the graduate for lifelong learning and graduate level study.

Educational Objectives of Program

Upon completion of the Pfeiffer University baccalaureate program in nursing, the graduate will have the ability to:

  1. Integrate evidence-based knowledge from nursing, theories and concepts from liberal education, including the humanities and behavioral, mathematical, natural and physical sciences into the practice of professional nursing.
  2. Incorporate critical thinking skills in autonomous decision-making and effective therapeutic communication in the application of the nursing process with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  3. Practice professional nursing competently in the roles of advocate, clinician, coordinator/collaborator, educator, leader, and consumer of research in a variety of health care settings to promote quality improvement and patient safety.
  4. Facilitate therapeutic, caring, and interprofessional collaborative relationships with clients and members of interdisciplinary health teams using written and emerging technology communication strategies.
  5. Integrate knowledge of leadership/management/administrative and information technology skills and health care policies in providing direct and indirect care to clients. 
  6. Provide comprehensive, culturally competent client-centered care to promote, restore, and maintain the maximum health potential of individuals, families, groups and communities across the lifespan while promoting health care literacy.
  7. Assume accountability and responsibility for personal and professional growth through commitment to participation in servant leader activities, continuous self-evaluation, and lifelong learning.
  8. Incorporate professional values, professional standards, and ethical, moral, and legal aspects of health care into nursing practice to promote advocacy, collaboration, and social justice.
  9. Incorporate knowledge and leadership skills related to system management into personal responsiveness to the health care needs of the Piedmont region, the state, the nation, and the global society.
  10. Integrate Caring principles and concepts into the holistic nursing care of clients and families, groups, and communities across the lifespan.

Philosophy

The nursing program will function within the framework of the purposes and values consistent with the mission and philosophy of Pfeiffer University. A United Methodist-related university with multiple campuses and delivery systems, Pfeiffer University is committed to educational excellence, service, and scholarship. Within nurturing communities of learners, Pfeiffer values diversity and promotes the attainment of full academic and personal potential through accessible undergraduate and graduate programs. It is the vision of the university that our students embrace the Christian values of human dignity, integrity, and service and become servant leaders and lifelong learners. The educational philosophy of the Department of Nursing incorporates six Christian caring principles that include compassion, competence, confidence, conscience, commitment, and comportment within nursing education and nursing practice (M. Simone Roach, R.N, Ph.D., C.S.M.). The faculty believes that education is a life-long process of reflection, intellectual challenge, and practice and is committed to the education of the whole person. Learning involves a change in attitudes, values, and behavior brought about by critical thinking, knowledge, and experiences. Learning is most likely to occur where learners are self-motivated, self-directed, and active participants who accept responsibility for learning and is best achieved in an educational environment that fosters creativity, encourages intellectual inquiry, and recognizes each learner’s uniqueness. 
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