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A.S. Nursing

The two-year nursing program prepares individuals for nursing careers involving the delivery of direct client care in settings such as hospitals, physician offices, clinics, extended care facilities, and the client’s home. The curriculum includes a balance of nursing and non-nursing courses. Students must obtain a “C” grade or better in all nursing courses. Students must have a combined average in both sections of Anatomy and Physiology (210/212) and Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (211/213) of at least a 2.0 or “C”. Students must have a combined average in Microbiology and Microbiology Laboratory of at least 2.0 or “C”. If a student makes an “F” in lab, he or she must repeat it, but will be allowed to continue in the nursing program if the average of the lecture and lab components of the course is “C” or better. However, the student must satisfactorily complete the lab course within one year. Students must make at least a “C” in lecture component of all biological science courses. Nursing courses are designed to provide learning opportunities for acquiring the necessary nursing knowledge and skill to practice nursing at the associate degree level. The focus is holistic health promotion and wellness.

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide an affordable, quality educational program in a nurturing environment to the graduate nurse with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for success as a registered professional nurse.  

Philosophy

The BSC AS Nursing department embraces the BSC’s mission statement by providing an affordable, quality educational program in a nurturing environment.  The philosophy of the nursing program is based on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Inherent in the QSEN competencies are the NLN core values, integrated concepts and competencies for graduates of Associate Degree programs including human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity and spirit of inquiry (NLN, 2010).  The four major categories of client needs on the NCLEX-RN test plan are also integrated into the curriculum.  These include safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity and physiological integrity.

The profession of nursing involves the art and science of caring.  It encompasses the provision and promotion of safe, patient-centered care throughout the lifespan.  Nursing care is provided in collaboration with the patient, family and members of the interdisciplinary team while incorporating     informatics into contemporary healthcare settings.  The nursing process is the organizing framework that integrates the identification of human needs and provides therapeutic interventions based on clinical reasoning and evidence based practice.  The nurse monitors patient outcomes for quality and safety improvements of health care systems.

The goal of the faculty is to reflect QSEN prelicensure knowledge, skills and attitudes in their teaching, learning activities and ongoing curriculum development.  This process assists in the preparation of students for successful entry level practice of the Associate Degree prepared registered nurse.  Additionally, a commitment to life-long learning to expand personal and professional growth is encouraged.

Concepts of the BSC AS Nursing Program

Patient Centered Care
Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preference, values, and needs.

Teamwork and Collaboration
Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care

Evidenced-Based Practice
Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.

Quality Improvement
Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.

Safety
Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.

Informatics
Use information and technology skills are essential for safe patient care.

Human Flourishing
Advocate for patients and families in ways to promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.

Nursing Judgment
Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context.

Professional Identity
Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identify as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe.  Quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context

Spirit of Inquiry
Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.

Concepts of the BSC AS Nursing Program

Nursing Process
A systematic decision making method focusing on identifying and treating responses of individuals or groups to actual or potential alterations of health.

Clinical Reasoning
The process by which nurses collect and process information, come to the understanding of a patient’s or group’s problem or situation, plan and implement interventions, evaluate outcomes, and reflect on and learn from the process.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are derived from the program’s philosophy and the organizing framework.  The philosophy of the nursing program is based on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Inherent in the QSEN competencies are the NLN core values, integrated concepts and competencies for graduates of Associate Degree programs including human flourishing, nursing judgement, professional identity and spirit of inquiry (NLN, 2010).  The four major categories of client needs on the NCLEX-RN test plan are also integrated into the curriculum.  These include safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity and physiological integrity.

At the completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Provide evidence-based nursing interventions to assist the individual, family and community in the promotion, restoration and health maintenance across the lifespan by utilizing the nursing process.
  2. Establish an environment that reflects caring which protests the human dignity while respecting values, customs, cultures and spiritual beliefs.
  3. Collaborate effectively within nursing and multi-disciplinary teams, fostering open communication, reciprocal respect and shared governance to achieve safe, quality patient care in diverse environments.
  4. Manage patient care technologies and information management systems when delivering care across the lifespan.
  5. Apply principles of quality improvement to monitor the physiological and psychosocial outcomes of care.
  6. Engage in continued inquiry and lifelong learning.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is offered in Bluefield, on the main campus of the College, and in Beckley at the Beckley Center, located in Harper Industrial Park. The nursing courses at the Beckley Center are taught by Bluefield State College nursing faculty. Students may elect to take the non-nursing program courses at Bluefield State College or other area colleges. Courses taken at other colleges must have prior approval. These courses must be equivalent to the program courses as judged by Bluefield State College (see Transfer Credit section). The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, 101 Dee Drive, Suite 102, Charleston, WV  25311, Telephone: (304) 558-3596, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. Telephone: (404) 975-5000.

Eligibility Requirements

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Associate of Science in Nursing program.

Eligibility requirements for admission to the associate degree nursing program include:

  1. Meet general admission requirements.
  2. An ACT math main score of 19 or better or eligibility to enter Math 101 by the fall semester of entrance year into the program.
  3.  An overall high school grade point average of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale, or a score of 45 on each of the GED exams.
  4. a.   Have completed with a “C” or better one unit of high school algebra, one unit of high school biology and one unit of high school chemistry (ACT/SAT equivalent score of 19 in mathematics will substitute for the algebra course).

    OR

    b.  Be enrolled at Bluefield State College or another accredited institution of higher learning prior to application, having completed a minimum of 12 credit hours** and achieving a 2.8 or better grade point average. A “C” grade or better is required in each of the following: one mathematics course, one biology course and one introductory chemistry course. (Also required for college students are copies of their high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores).
    **Developmental or Remedial courses will not be considered.
  5. Complete the TEAS V Admission test with a proficient or higher overall score. Completion of TEAS V does not meet all requirements for admissions to the program. TEAS Vcan be taken September 1 – January 31 each year. TEAS V can be taken twice (there must be 30 days between each attempt). Score on the TEAS V are valid for two academic years.
  6. Completion of Health 100, with a “C” or better, is strongly recommended prior to admission to the program.
  7. Applicants exceeding these academic standards and course requirements will be given first priority.

Upon successful completion of the associate degree program in nursing, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam - RN (NCLEX-RN).  Successful completion of this examination allows the graduate to apply for licensure as a registered nurse.

Transfer Students

It is the policy of the Bluefield State College Department of Nursing that students transferring from nursing programs at other accredited institutions of higher education must, at a minimum, complete nineteen (19) credit hours of nursing courses at Bluefield State College. The nursing faculty regards the acquisition of clinical skills, as well as the ability to utilize and implement nursing process, as essential parts of the nursing student’s education. It is believed that these standards may be met in this way.

Applicants who wish to transfer from nursing programs at other accredited institutions of higher education must meet the requirements for admission into Bluefield State College’s nursing program. Students seeking transfer will be required to submit official transcripts, course descriptions and course syllabi for any nursing courses being considered for credit in the nursing program. Only nursing courses completed with a grade of “C” or better and completed within the last year will be considered. Transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis and must satisfactorily complete the lab competency examinations. Students desiring transfer should contact the Director of Associate Degree Nursing in the School of Nursing and Allied Health.

Options for LPN’s

 LPN’s may choose to enter the generic two year Associate of Science nursing program or apply for the Accelerated LPN to RN program.