Director: Dr. P. Lea Monahan
Office: Waggoner Hall 347
Telephone: 309/298-2569 Fax: 309/298-2270
Faculty: Monahan, Nash.
The Nursing Program at Western Illinois University is obligated to educating future professional nurses who are clinically competent using evidenced based practice as the norm, capable of critical thinking using information and information technology to design and redesign care and care systems, and who are ethically and legally accountable for their actions. The RN-BSN completion program builds on knowledge from past nursing programs, e.g., associate’s degree or diploma in nursing, to assist the student to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing will:
Acceptance into the Nursing major involves three stages. The first stage involves admission to the University. Upon admission to the University, a letter of intent to study nursing is filed with the Nursing Program Director. Prospective RN-BSN completion students can also indicate pre-BSN on the admission form. The third stage involves formal application to the Nursing major.
Prospective nursing students must apply for and be granted regular admission to the University. Students should indicate they want to enroll in the pre-BSN program.
Students who wish to enter the pre-BSN program must make an appointment with the Nursing adviser to develop a plan for completing general education requirements and nursing support courses. All general education courses and nursing support courses must be satisfactorily completed by July 1 for fall semester admission into the Nursing major. Exceptions will be considered. Students should contact the Nursing Program Director to request an exception.
A total of 60 s.h. will transfer to WIU from an associate’s degree or diploma. Students must demonstrate a minimum cumulative grade of C (2.0 on a scale of 4.0) on all post-secondary work.
Students who wish to apply for admission to the Nursing major as an RN-BSN completion nursing student must:
This program is highly competitive. Meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
300 Foundations of ProfessionalNursing. (3 s.h) The roles of a professional nurse as a primary care provider, health researcher, and patient educator are reviewed across a variety of health care systems. Prerequisites: Licensure as a Registered Nurse and permission of program director.
301 Systems of Care in Professional Nursing. (3 s.h.) This course examines the development and current directions of the U.S. health care system as it relates to professional nursing. It explores the contexts of political, social, financial, and geographic differences as they pertain to the nursing profession. Prerequisites: Nurs 300 and permission of program director.
302 Health Assessment. (3 s.h.) This course presents the basic elements of health assessment of all body systems as well as recording a patient’s medical history. Physical and psychosocial assessment will be practiced. A clinical/laboratory component course. Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program or permission of program director.
303 Pathophysiology and Psychopathology. (3 s.h.) Disease processes are discussed within the context of underlying pathology, clinical presentation and manifestation, and treatment alternatives. Diagnostic techniques, common therapies, nursing interventions, and review of body systems are included. Both physical and psychological manifestations of disease are discussed. Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program.
304 Socialization into Professional Nursing Practice. (3 s.h.) This course explores the role of professional organizations, including specialty organizations in the ongoing development of professional nurses, and life-long learning as a component of the nursing profession. Prerequisites: Admission to the BSN program and permission of program director.
405 Nursing and the Community. (6 s.h.) This course focuses on understanding and practicing public health and community health nursing, including epidemiology, client system, health behavior, health accommodation, stress and adaptation, and levels of prevention, immunizations, home care, clinics, and community agencies. A clinical component course. Prerequisites: Nurs 303, CH 211, Stat 171, and permission of program director.
407 Management in Nursing. (6 s.h.) Reviews theories of leadership and management in the practice of professional nursing. Management of caseloads of patients, professional and support personnel, and specific nursing interventions will be practiced. A clinical component course. Prerequisites: Nurs 302, Stat 171, and permission of program director.
408 Nursing Research. (3 s.h.) An examination of research methods as they pertain to nursing including the role of theory, modes of inquiry, research models, and ethical issues. Applying research in the development of patient care plans. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: Nurs 304, Stat 171, Eng 280, and permission of program director.
409 Professional Seminar. (3 s.h.) This capstone experience course explores the role of baccalaureate preparation for contemporary nursing practice, focusing on the influences of professional organizations, institutional support, and personal change. A professional portfolio will be developed. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: Nurs 304, 405, 407; and Eng 280.
430 Geriatric Nursing. (3 s.h.) This course covers issues of health policy, financial and psychosocial support for young elders, functionally able elders, and frail elders. Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common health problems of the elderly will be addressed. A clinical component course. Prerequisites: Nurs 302, 303, 304; and permission of program director.
431 Rural Nursing. (3 s.h.) An examination of rural nursing, focusing on need, delivery, access, availability, acceptability, and types of health care in rural areas. A clinical component course. Prerequisites: Nurs 304 and permission of program director.
432 Nursing Informatics. (3 s.h.) This course examines the manner in which information, data, facts, and figures are developed, utilized, and analyzed for patient improvement. Prerequisites: Stat 171, admission to the BSN program, and permission of program director.
433 Community Mental Health Nursing. (3 s.h.) Explores population-specific mental health issues including access, treatment modalities, and follow-up, and drug and alcohol abuse in the context of community health nursing. A clinical component course. Prerequisites: Nurs 304, CH 211, and permission of program director.