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Nursing

BSN Degree

Marian Smith, DNP, RN, Chair, Nursing Division
     Nursing Program Coordinator
Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 126
(270) 384-7442  smithm@lindsey.edu

Full-time program faculty:  Emiley Button, MSN ARNP-BC; Ashley Hancock, MSN, RN; Monica Kidder, MSN, RN-BC; Makeda Mulugeta, MSN, RN; Marian Smith, DNP, RN


Mission Statement

The mission of the Nursing division is to provide quality undergraduate nursing education that prepares students for baccalaureate-generalist professional nursing practice.


Graduation Requirements

Depending upon the general education program pursued, students must earn either 120 or 128 credit hours to meet graduation requirements.  Some courses taken for the major may simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor's degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education programs.


Vision

With the intentional and cooperative efforts of the entire College community, and through excellence in teaching, scholarship, practice, and service, the Lindsey Wilson College Nursing division aspires to:

  • Be the regional leader in providing an exceptional nursing education;
  • Create the best possible environment for the individual growth of students;
  • Graduate students who are prepared for life and professional nursing practice in a complex, rapidly changing world and health care environment; and
  • Advance health at the local, regional, and global arenas through scientific evidence and sound professional practice.


Nursing Division Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

Upon completion of the Lindsey Wilson College Nursing program, graduates will:

  1. Utilize written, verbal, nonverbal, and emerging technologies to communicate effectively;
  2. Demonstrate clinical reasoning/judgment, critical thinking, and caring to design and deliver safe, evidence-based, spiritually and culturally appropriate, patient-centered care;
  3. Integrate theories and concepts from undergraduate liberal arts education into baccalaureate-generalist nursing practice;
  4. Understand the nature of human values and ethical responsibility;
  5. Demonstrate personal, organizational, and systems leadership to improve safe patient care and to advance professional nursing practice; 
  6. Engage in effective interprofessional collaboration to achieve optimal health care outcomes;
  7. Utilize information management and technologies to deliver safe, effective, patient-centered care;
  8. Evaluate professional standards, healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments with regard to nursing practice, quality care, and patient safety;
  9. Implement clinical prevention and health promotion interventions to provide patient-centered care across the lifespan and across the health care continuum; and
  10. Embrace lifelong learning and professional development (provider, manager of care, and member of the profession).


Application Deadlines

Admission to the BSN program will occur in the fall semester.  Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the BSN program.  Prospective students may apply to the BSN program beginning February 1 of the calendar year for which admission is sought.  For consideration of admission in the fall semester, the deadline for submission of the application and other required paperwork to the Nursing division is March 1.  In the event the March 1 deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline for application will be extended to the following Monday at 5:00 p.m.  Correspondence to applicants regarding admission status will be sent to the address of record submitted to the Nursing division with the admission application.  Applicants are responsible for notifying the Nursing division in writing of any change of address.   

All required paperwork must be completed prior to the March 1 deadline to be eligible for admission to the BSN program in the fall semester.


Entrance Criteria

Students who are seeking admission to the Nursing division must meet the following standards:

  1. Admission to Lindsey Wilson College.  All admissions requirements outlined in the current catalog apply.  Policies and procedures are located in the catalog.
  2. Submission of the completed application to the BSN program by March 1 of the calendar year for which the student is seeking admission.
  3. Overall minimum GPA of 2.75.  The overall minimum GPA applies to course work  which the student has previously completed and for which the student is currently enrolled.  GPA and course grades are reviewed for all BSN applicants at the completion of the semester the application is submitted.
  4. Completion of all BSN program prerequisite course work with achievement of a minimum grade of C:
    • Human Anatomy (BIOL 2614) -- 4 hours
    • Principles of Chemistry (CHEM 1104) -- 4 hours
    • Writing Studies I (ENGL 1013) unless waiver requirements are met -- 3 hours
    • Freshman Seminar (FYE 1001) unless waiver requirements are met -- 1 hour
    • Medical Communication (HLCA 2013) -- 3 hours
    • Functions & Algebra (MATH 1013) unless waiver requirements are met -- 3 hours
    • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) -- 3 hours
  5. Demonstration of clinical compliance by established deadline.  Clinical compliance requirements are outlined on the Nursing division's website and in the BSN Handbook.  Students may be admitted to the Nursing program, contingent upon submission of clinical compliance documents and demonstration of compliance by the established deadline.

    Rationale for Clinical Compliance:   In order to comply with clinical requirements of affiliating health care agencies, students who are admitted to the BSN program must obtain a criminal background check and drug screening test and demonstrate compliance with ALL required clinical requirements. Affiliating agencies may deny the student with a criminal background and students who fail the drug screening test the right to participate in clinical learning experiences at their facilities. The Kentucky Board of Nursing requires that all criminal convictions (misdemeanors and felonies) be reported at the time of application for licensure. The Board has the power to deny a nursing graduate the right to take the licensure exam to an individual with a criminal history that involves acts bearing directly on the practice of nursing.

  6. Returned letter of acceptance with signature to the Nursing division office by the designated date.  Non-compliance with this requirement will forfeit the seat allotted for the student.
  7. Submission of official transcripts for all previous college courses to the Registrar's office at Lindsey Wilson College.  Courses must be from regionally accredited institutions of higher education.  All BSN program required courses (prerequisite and program required courses) must meet direct transfer equivalencies or have prior approval of the Chair of the Nursing division before transfer credit is accepted.  Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all nursing major required courses, including all transfer courses.  The Nursing Division Course Substitution form MUST be completed in order for any course to be considered as a transfer substitution.  All information on the form must be completed.  This includes but is not limited to:  course name, course number, catalog description, syllabi, outline of content and skills, electronic link to institution catalog, and other documentation as requested.  Acceptance of course work is contingent upon theoretical and clinical congruence with the courses offered by the Lindsey Wilson College Nursing division and the time frame since course work completion.  All course substitutions will have final approval of the Registrar's office.
  8. Applicants to the Nursing program who document English as a second language must demonstrate an overall passing standard score of 83 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).

Rationale:  The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), which represents the states and territorial boards of nursing who regulate nurses in the United States (U.S.) has documented that sufficient English language proficiency is a crucial aspect of nursing practice in the U.S.  NCSBN has developed current and well-documented English language proficiency standards for all nurses to practice.  These minimum standards reflect the minimum level of English language proficiency necessary for an entry-level nurse to be able to perform both safely and effectively.

Transfer Student Admission

Transfer students seeking admission to the BSN program must meet all Lindsey Wilson College transfer requirements and BSN program entrance requirements.

Students desiring to transfer from another accredited nursing program should complete the following:

  1. All entrance criteria admission steps as outlined above.
  2. Prior nursing course work will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  NURS 2013 and NURS 2024 are the only courses in the College's BSN nursing curriculum considered for transfer acceptance by the Nursing division.  If a student wishes to have previous course work, nursing (NURS) courses or program required courses evaluated for transfer acceptance, then the student must initiate a course substitution form with the application process.  The course substitution form can be required from the Nursing division office (nursing@lindsey.edu).  The Nursing Division Course Substitution form MUST be completed in full in order for any course to be considered as a transfer substitution.  This includes but is not limited to:  course name, course number, catalog description, syllabi, outline of content and skills, electronic link to institution catalog, and other documentation as requested.  Acceptance of course work is contingent upon theoretical and clinical congruence with the courses offered by the College's BSN program and the time frame since course work completion.

    Note:   If one year has elapsed since any nursing course work was completed, the student must start the Nursing program course of study with NURS 2013 and NURS 2024.

  3. A letter of good standing from the chair of the nursing program from which the student is transferring.  The letter must be included with the application.  Admission to the College's BSN program will be contingent upon the availability of seats in the courses at the time of transfer.
  4. Demonstration of clinical competence and skills competence by established deadline.

Note:   All students wishing to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing must earn at least 50 percent of degree requirements at Lindsey Wilson College.


Academic Standards for Progression

Nursing students are subject to the College's policies pertaining to academic standing.  These College policies can be found in the College catalog.  In addition, students admitted to the BSN program are expected to attain the following minimum progression standards during the course of study:

  • BSN program suspension:  The student does not meet progression criteria in the course of study for the nursing major to progress in the program.
  • BSN program dismissal:  Student does not meet progression criteria at a level that constitutes dismissal from the program.  When students are dismissed from the program, they may progress at Lindsey Wilson College, but they can no longer be a nursing major and continue in the Nursing program.

 

Progression Criteria

Unmet Criteria and Inability to Progress

  • Maintain overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0).

Student

  • Is suspended from the Nursing program and course sequencing;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must raise and maintain GPA to C (2.0) or greater until the next sequential nursing course is offered;
  • Must reapply to the Nursing program (following all admission entrance criteria) with letter of explanation accompanying application;
  • May have suspension lifted and be readmitted to nursing curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability;
  • May be suspended only one time while in the Nursing program for GPA (2.0) or less; and
  • Will be dismissed from the Nursing program with second suspension from the program for this progression criterion.
  • Maintain cumulative grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0) for all prerequisite and Nursing program required courses.

 

Student

  • Is suspended from the Nursing program and course sequencing;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must raise and maintain GPA to C (2.0) or greater in all pre-requisite and Nursing program required courses;
  • Must reapply to the Nursing program (following all admission entrance criteria) with letter of explanation accompanying application; student will be required to wait until the next sequential nursing course is offered;
  • May have suspension lifted and be readmitted to nursing curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • May be suspended only one time while in the Nursing program for GPA (2.0) or less for a prerequisite and Nursing program required course; and
  • Will be dismissed from the Nursing program with second suspension from the program for this progression criterion.
  • Achieve a minimum grade of C (77%) or higher in each nursing course before proceeding to the next sequential nursing course. 

Students should note that the Nursing division's grading policy differs from the College's policy.

Student

  • Is suspended from the Nursing program and course sequencing;
  • Must submit a written request at the time of course failure (within one week of final grade posting for the semester) to the Chair of the Nursing division stating the desire to repeat the course;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must reapply to the Nursing program with letter of explanation accompanying application; student will be required to wait until the next sequential nursing course is offered;
  • May have suspension lifted and be readmitted to nursing curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • Must reenroll in the course for which a C (77%) or less was earned;
  • Must earn a grade of C (77%) or higher with the second attempt at repeating course; and
  • Will be dismissed from the Nursing program if second attempt at repeating the course is unsuccessful.
  • Achieve a pass (P) grade in the laboratory/ clinical component of each nursing course.  If a student receives a final grade of unsatisfactory in any laboratory/clinical component of a course, the unsatisfactory constitutes failure of the course.

Student

  • Is suspended from the Nursing program and course sequencing;
  • Must submit a written request at the time of course failure (within one week of final grade posting for the semester) to the Chair of the Nursing division stating the desire to repeat the course;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must reapply to the Nursing program with letter of explanation accompanying application; student will be required to wait until the next sequential nursing course is offered;
  • May have suspension lifted and be readmitted to nursing curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • Must reenroll in the course for which a C (77%) or less was earned;
  • Must earn a grade of C (77%) or higher with the second attempt at repeating course; and
  • Will be dismissed from the Nursing program if second attempt at repeating the course is unsuccessful.
  • Maintain all clinical compliance requirements and adhere to all College, Nursing division, and clinical agency policies, procedures, and standards.

Constitutes dismissal from the program.

In order to comply with clinical requirements of affiliating health care agencies, students who are admitted to the program must obtain a criminal background check and drug screening test and must comply with all clinical compliance requirements.  Affiliating agencies may deny the student with a criminal background and students who fail the drug screening test the right to participate in clinical learning experiences at their facilities.  The Kentucky Board of Nursing requires that all criminal convictions (misdemeanors and felonies) be reported at the time of application for licensure.  The Board has the power to deny a nursing graduate the right to take the licensure exam to an individual with a criminal history that involves acts bearing directly on the practice of nursing.

  • Demonstrate successful completion of all nursing courses with only one NURS course failure while in the program.

Two failures (grade below a C) in any nursing-designated courses (NURS) will result in dismissal from the program.

  • Adhere to all LWC academic policies regarding dropping a course or withdrawing from the College.  Must make an appointment with nursing advisor to complete Drop/Add form, adhering to all designated College catalog policies and calendar dates.

Dropping a nursing course or withdrawing from the College places the student out of progression sequence in the Nursing program.  Therefore, the student is considered suspended from the Nursing program and must follow the following procedure.

Student

  • Is suspended from the Nursing program and course sequencing;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must reapply to the Nursing program with letter of explanation accompanying application;
  • Must reenroll in the next sequential nursing course offered or the suspension from the program will revert to a dismissal from the program;
  • May have suspension lifted and be readmitted to nursing curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • Must reenroll in the course that was dropped;
  • Must earn a grade of C (77%) or higher in the course; and
  • Cannot reenroll in any nursing course after the course has been dropped more than one time.
  • Complete the Nursing program within five years after the first official program enrollment date.

Constitutes dismissal from the program.

 

Grading Scale

The Nursing division uses a grading scale different from other academic units of the College.  Consistent with other nursing programs, the grading scale requires students to earn 77% or higher to be awarded a C or better.  The Nursing division uses the following grading scale:  A = 93-100%, B = 85-92%, C = 77-84, D = 70-76%, F = 69% or lower.


Program Requirements:  93-100 hours

In addition to the appropriate general education program, students must complete the major's prerequisites, program requirements, and professional nursing courses. 

A.  Prerequisites:  14-21 hours

  • Human Anatomy (BIOL 2614) -- 4 hours
  • Principles of Chemistry (CHEM 1104) -- 4 hours
  • Writing Studies I (ENGL 1013) unless waiver requirements are met -- 3 hours
  • Freshman Seminar (FYE 1001) unless waiver requirements are met -- 1 hour
  • Medical Communication (HLCA 2013) -- 3 hours
  • Functions & Algebra (MATH 1013) unless waiver requirements are met -- 3 hours
  • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) -- 3 hours

B.  Program Requirements:  22 hours

  • Clinical Microbiology (BIOL 2004) -- 3 hours
  • Public Speaking (COMM 2103) -- 3 hours
  • Writing Studies II (ENGL 1023) -- 3 hours
  • Human Physiology (BIOL 2624) -- 4 hours
  • Nutrition (NUTR 2103) -- 3 hours
  • Life-Span Development (PSYC/HS 3103) -- 3 hours
  • Introduction to Statistics (MATH 2203) -- 3 hours

C.  Professional Nursing Courses:  57 hours

  • Introduction to Professional Nursing (NURS 2002) -- 2 hours
  • Health Assessment (NURS 2013) -- 3 hours
  • Foundations of Professional Practice (NURS 2024) -- 4 hours
  • Pharmacology (NURS 3013) -- 3 hours
  • Adult Health Nursing I (NURS 3105) -- 5 hours
  • Pathophysiology (NURS 3203) -- 3 hours
  • Maternal/Newborn/Family Centered Nursing (NURS 3305) -- 5 hours
  • Pediatric/Family Centered Nursing (NURS 3355) -- 5 hours
  • Nursing Research (NURS 4003) -- 3 hours
  • Mental Health Nursing (NURS 4105) -- 5 hours
  • Community Health Nursing (NURS 4155) -- 5 hours
  • Leadership in Nursing (NURS 4205) -- 5 hours
  • Adult Health Nursing II (NURS 4307) -- 7 hours
  • Nursing Synthesis (NURS 4402) -- 2 hours


Exit Assessment

All students earning the BSN degree are required to take a standardized, comprehensive assessment prior to program completion.


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