Nurses are the health care professionals most people rely on today, whether it's the nurse practitioner who treats their everyday ills at a walk-in clinic or the emergency-room or critical-care nurse who soothes fears while helping save lives. Students who care—about people, about technology, about science, about their colleagues and the community—can join the MTSU School of Nursing's competitive and robust academic programs to develop their commitment to the art and science of nursing.
MTSU and Columbia State Community College have made it easier for nursing students with associate's degrees to upgrade to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. A partnership announcement in late 2012 offers special advising options and transfer-student coordination to help increase the number of graduates in nursing jobs critical to Tennessee. The agreement even includes special help from Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tenn., to assist with clinical placement and career advancement.
The members of the MTSU Student Nurses Association aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves — or to ask others to do the same. Each spring, the students in the School of Nursing sponsor the MTSU Health Fair, a half-day event that features free health screenings, health-related giveaways, and advice for the campus community. The free screenings provide test results for patients' hearing, speech, vision, blood pressure, body-mass index, blood glucose, bone marrow, and HIV status. Student nurses, who help administer the tests, also help special resource providers offer information about good mental and sexual health, avoiding and treating eating disorders, and ensuring personal safety.
The degrees in nursing offered by MTSU lead to career opportunities in direct patient care as well as health care-related industries, such as research, compliance, education, and sales. Examples include
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Undergraduates in the School of Nursing may pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree via a traditional four-year baccalaureate program.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Middle Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE ).
Graduate students in the MTSU School of Nursing may pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree with a concentration of Family Nurse Practitioner. A graduate certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner is also available.
Exposes the novice nursing student to the profession of nursing. Concept of professionalism explored and related to nursing. Includes a brief historical review of nursing and nursing theories. Professional values, practice standards,informatics, and communications with health care professional introduced. Legal implications for nursing explored.
Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021, and BIOL 2100/BIOL 2101. Basic mechanisms of disease processes and their role in disrupting normal physiology. Three hours lecture.
Corequisite: NURS 3040. Principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data. Normal assessment findings and selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored.
Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; accepted into upper-division nursing. Corequisite: NURS 3030. Opportunity to practice the basic principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data. Normal assessment findings in the adult as well as selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored. Two-hour laboratory.
Introduces students to basic clinical skills required for the provision of care prior to progression to NURS 3350. Two hour lab each week.
Previews basic math calculations as they relate to computing doses of medication in all forms. Introduces basic medication administration concepts. Passing a final with 100% accuracy will be required to be successful in the completion of this course and to progress in the nursing program.
Socializes the returning R.N. into the role of a baccalaureate nurse. Professionalism in nursing, role transition, history of nursing education, and issues pertinent to returning adult learners.
Prerequisites: General Education Natural Science; BIOL 2100/BIOL 2101, BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Knowledge and responsibility necessary for the assessment and monitoring of clients receiving pharmacotherapeutics. Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, and NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3360. Introduces nursing care concepts necessary to support basic care of clients across the lifespan; foundation for subsequent nursing courses. Four hours lecture.
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, and NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3350. Nursing practice applied in laboratory and clinical settings. Six hours laboratory per week for duration of course.
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3390 . Provides students with experience communicating and providing care to a variety of patients experiencing mental health issues. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts relating to mental health and psychiatric nursing. Interpersonal and group communication, psychopathology, and legal and ethical issues explored. Methods used in providing nursing care for clients with alterations in mental health presented. Interdisciplinary health care team and its function in the psychiatric setting explored. Three hours lecture.
Formerly NURS 4550
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042. Corequisite: NURS 3380. Provides students with experience communicating and providing care to a variety of patients experiencing mental health issues. Four hours laboratory per week for duration of course.
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3540. Professional nursing care in a variety of settings for the adult client with simple and chronic health problems. Four hours lecture.
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3530. Applying the nursing process in a clinical setting with the adult client experiencing acute and chronic health deviations. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for seven weeks.
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3560. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the childbearing female and the family. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for the childbearing client. Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Corequisite: NURS 3550. Nursing process for applying the clinical application and principles of nursing and family theory to childbearing families. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for childbearing families. Approximately 12 hours clinical/lab per week for seven weeks.
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3380, and NURS 3390. Focuses on the normal aging process and related health care issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Incorporates concepts of health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for those who are aging and their families. Three hours lecture.
Formerly NURS 3370
Prerequisites: Admission to the upper division of the nursing program and permission of instructor. Allows the student to pursue individual interests in nursing by contracting with an instructor and documenting the plan of learning as well as its fulfillment. One to three lectures or two to six laboratory hours. Pass/Fail.
Explores selected nursing topics in depth. Specified topic offered each semester according to student interest and faculty availability. Can be taken for a maximum of nine hours.
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4340. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the adult client experiencing complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma. Opportunities for the nursing student to combine acquired knowledge from previous nursing courses and courses from other disciplines with new phenomena encountered in a variety of high acuity care settings. Four hours lecture.
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4330. Opportunity for nursing students to integrate didactic and empirical knowledge and skills for clients with critical needs into the acute care setting. Understanding of complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma in providing nursing care. Approximately 18 hours clinical/lab for four weeks.
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts and epidemiological principles related to health promotion and preventive services. Primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention covered. Focuses on the work of an interdisciplinary health care team and concepts of nursing and public health when working with the individual, family, group, and community as client. Three hours lecture.
Formerly NURS 4530
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Corequisite: NURS 4370. Introduces students to clinical competencies and attributes required for the provision of care to clients and families with a community focus. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention explored along with the use of local, state, and federal resources. Total of 60-90 hours clinical/lab.
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, and NURS 3580. Explores the role of the professional nurse by utilizing systematic inquiry and analysis for problem solving and supporting evidence based practice for positive patient outcomes. Three hours lecture.
Formerly NURS 3570
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4585, and NURS 4586. Corequisites: NURS 4370 and NURS 3380. Familiarizes the undergraduate nursing student with ways to care for aggregates. Emphasis on clients in the community and in in-patient psychiatric facilities. Total of 60 hours during seven-week period.
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, and NURS 4390. Opportunity for students to examine and evaluate theoretical concepts relating to leadership and management in nursing. The learning experiences emphasize the development of strategies that enhance leadership capabilities including decision-making, managing conflict, using power, and delegating. Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, and NURS 4390. Corequisite: NURS 4586. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of children, adolescents, and their families. Explores the principles of growth and development and family-centered care. Three hours lecture.
Formerly NURS 4350
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, and NURS 4390. Corequisite: NURS 4585. Provides assistance in transferring knowledge to the implementation of nursing care of children, adolescents, teens, and their families in a variety of clinical settings. Total of 60 hours clinical/lab in a four-week period.
Formerly NURS 4360
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3041, NURS 3042, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3170, NURS 3380, NURS 3390, NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, NURS 3580, NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4370, NURS 4380, NURS 4390. A clinical practicum, pairing senior nursing students with RN preceptors practicing in various fields of nursing within the community. Areas of experience may include clinics, acute and critical care settings, long-term care, and hospice or palliative care. Emphasis placed on development of critical thinking/clinical reasoning, leadership skills, and the transition of student into the role of the professional nurse. 90-180 hours clinical/lab.
The mission of Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing is to provide excellence in nursing education by preparing individuals to meet the dynamic and complex healthcare needs of society. Through robust academic programs, the School of Nursing demonstrates its commitment to the art and science of nursing.
The Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing has established an operating framework with five core competencies at the foundation. These are communication, critical thinking, personal and professional relationships, leadership and the nursing process. From this base, additional concepts emerge to provide interaction with persons, the environment, health, professional nursing and nurse education.
Communication includes all interaction, verbal and nonverbal, that occurs with an individual or the environment. Because communication is a complex process, education and experience contribute to expanding an individual’s ability in this competence. Good communication involves receiving as well as sending messages. It is essential in order for any of the other competencies to be useful.
Critical thinking encompasses all forms of analysis, creativity and reasoning. It is essential for good decision-making. Although it involves some basic intuitive ability, critical thinking skills can be taught. Since critical thinking can be taught, opportunities for practice and improvement are available in a variety of settings. This skill is a cornerstone without which the other core competencies would remain at a dangerously superficial level.
Personal and professional relationships are important factors in the operating framework because they are the context in which the other competencies interact. Through the process of socialization, students learn the professional role in formal and informal ways. Experiences can increase abilities to interact with a large variety of individuals, thus enhancing relationship skills. Competency in interpersonal relationships is crucial for successful goal attainment.
Leadership is a dynamic process that includes technical skills in combination with the art of nursing. Effective leaders demonstrate all other core competencies as they guide others in the professional role. Adaptation to future trends in the healthcare system is possible through skills in management that allow for control of both material and human resources. The baccalaureate graduate is prepared to assume positions that require this important core competency.
The Nursing process is the vehicle that connects and applies all other competencies. It is the profession’s method of problem solving and allows for consistent, creative and skillful care. Through the nursing process, a team of concerned professionals meets individuals’ needs for health and well-being.
All five of the core competencies must be present in order for an individual to demonstrate competency in the art and science of nursing. Anyone missing a portion of this core could not be a successful nursing professional. Together, the five core competencies prepare individuals with the resources to operate in the healthcare arena knowing that they possess appropriate skill to handle challenging situations. The combination of communication, critical thinking, personal and professional relationships, leadership, and the nursing process provide a broad base that stimulates ongoing knowledge and skill acquisition.
The additional concepts encircle the core competencies and add further definition and depth to the practice of nursing. Person, environment, health, professional nursing and nursing education contribute dimensions to the core competencies that clarify expectations of the practicing nurse. All terms represent factors that the nurse encounters while delivering care.
Every person is a unique and multifaceted individual. Persons live, work and play as individuals, families, groups and communities. They are bio-psycho-social and spiritual beings who represent the entire spectrum of cultural diversity. Nurses can administer care for persons singly or in any configuration. Communication occurs with any of these combinations, highlighting interpersonal relationships. Critical thinking is required in order to plan care using the nursing process.
The person interacts with the environment in an ongoing, continually changing cycle. In order to fully understand persons, their environment must be examined. Again, use of the core competencies facilitates nurses’ ability to incorporate all environmental influence.
Health is a continuum of wellness to illness. It is not merely the presence or absence of disease, but includes all forms of life influencing factors. Persons, in connection with their environment, strive for a place on the continuum of health that is realistic and comfortable for them. Nurses act to assist each individual in this effort. Use of all five core competencies is crucial in gaining the skill to allow optimal service to all individuals, families and communities.
Professional nursing is an art and a science. Courses are taken in a wide variety of disciplines to supplement the knowledge gained from nursing courses. Not only do students acquire a broad knowledge base, but also they learn to interact with a diverse group of team members.
Nursing education takes place in environments of higher learning. It includes a variety of experiences to assist students in gaining beginning competence in providing holistic care. Nursing education includes courses from many disciplines. Courses in humanities, arts, sciences and mathematics are eventually combined with nursing content to produce a well-rounded individual capable of using communication and critical thinking in developing the nursing process and accomplishing productive personal and professional relationships.
The core competencies were derived from concept identification and clarification exercise with faculty in April 2001. It yielded five core competencies with sub-categories identifying behaviors or characteristics for each sub-category. These are competencies the graduate should demonstrate to fulfill the program outcomes.
Graduates of the baccalaureate program receive preparation designed to enable them to:
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