The Department of Nursing offers a basic program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and eligibility to take the required RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). This option represents an opportunity for a broad-based liberal education and a strong base for professional nursing practice. Theoretical nursing knowledge is applied in a variety of practice settings, including hospitals, community health agencies, long-term care facilities, and other institutional and community based settings.
Upon graduation, students majoring in nursing will be able to:
Solidify caring, wholistic relationships with multiple clients through being, knowing, acting with compassion and respecting cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity in the global society.
Synthesize the breadth and depth of knowledge from the humanities and natural and social sciences in the application of the art and science of nursing to multiple clients.
Utilize the art and science of nursing to determine interventions to promote the health of all clients.
Integrate nursing theory into the art and science of nursing.
Collaborate, using a variety of communication skills, with clients and inter/intraprofessionals to promote optimal health outcomes for all clients.
Utilize decision-making processes based on legal, ethical, political, sociocultural, and spiritual dimensions while demonstrating leadership and in the delivery of health care.
Incorporate responsibility and accountability for the ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of one's own nursing practice.
Evaluate the teaching/learning needs of self and of all clients in the provision of nursing interventions.
Critique and integrate evidence from nursing research into the art and science of nursing.
Establish the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the health care systems in which they practice.
“I’ve always wanted to do something more with my nursing career,” says Heather Stehr, who works in the cardiothoracic surgery department at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City.
Upon admission, all students are required to sign and adhere to the Professional Conduct Standard
A grade C or better must be attained in both theory and clinical components of all nursing courses, and the majority ot the related support courses.
NOTE: PHIL 210 & 212 are interchangeable with THEO 204.
Documentation of physical health status obtained upon admission to the nursing major must also be on file in the Student Health Office. Immunizations must include hepatitis B vaccination (or signed waiver on file), an annual Mantoux test, a second MMR if born after 1957, and proof of Varicella immunity if born after 1965 (either a positive titre or proof of a series of two immunizations and an annual influenza immunization). Students also must maintain basic CPR certification throughout the program. In addition, students must have a criminal background check completed through the vendor selected by the Department of Nursing.