Faculty: Auger, Bartlett, Eathington, Monahan, Nash, Sheriff.
The School of Nursing 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 ethically and legally accountable for their actions. The School offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for pre-licensure students as well as a completion program for those students who are registered nurses.
Acceptance into the nursing major involves three stages:
GradTrac is available to Nursing majors.
Prospective nursing students must apply for and be granted regular admission to Western Illinois University and declare the Pre-BSN major.
Individuals who wish to enter the Pre-BSN program will declare their intent with admissions and must make an appointment with the nursing adviser to file a letter of intent to study nursing. The student is then placed in a program where the general education and nursing support course requirements can be completed. All general education and nursing support courses must be satisfactorily completed by July 1 for fall semester admission and January 1 for spring semester admission into the nursing program.
Students who wish to study nursing must request Pre-BSN and file a letter of intent with the School of Nursing by September 1 of the year the student enters the University in the fall. Transfer students must file a letter of intent to study nursing and be placed in Pre-BSN as soon as they begin taking courses at the University. Those students who are transferring from another college or university may apply directly to the School of Nursing for fall semester, after being admitted to the University, if they have all of the general education and nursing support courses completed by July 1.
Basic Pre-BSN students will meet the following criteria:
There is no guarantee that students who are in the Pre-BSN program will be admitted to the nursing major. Please note that admission to the nursing major is highly competitive.
Students who have completed 60 semester hours of the general education and support courses or are in the final semester of completing the requirements may formally apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the nursing major.
Individuals who are registered nurses with either an associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing will be considered transfer students. These students will first be admitted to Western Illinois University and request Pre-BSN. Admission into the School of Nursing may be sought after all general education and support course requirements have been satisfied.
Basic Program: Students who wish to apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the major as a basic nursing student must:
Students who do not meet the March 1 and/or the August 1 deadlines may be allowed to begin in the fall semester if space is available. If space is not available, the student must reapply during the next admission process.
This program is highly competitive. Meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
Students who wish to apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the major as an RN-BSN Completion nursing student must:
All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Nursing must complete I, II, III, and IV. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing will require additional hours.
†NURS 408 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement for the Basic emphasis. †NURS 408 and 409 fulfill the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement for the RN-BSN Completion emphasis
300 Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Professional Nursing. (3) The theoretical and conceptual foundations of professional nursing practice are explored. The evolving roles of nursing are analyzed in terms of role preparation, scope of practice, certifications, and career mobility and advance opportunities. Prerequisites: admission to the RN-BSN completion program.
301 Systems of Care in Professional Nursing. (3) 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. Prerequisite: NURS 300 or 305.
302 Health Assessment. (3) 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. Prerequisite: admission to the BSN program or permission of program director.
303 Pathophysiology and Psychopathology. (3) 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. Prerequisite: admission to the BSN program.
305 Introduction to Professional Nursing. (3) This course provides the foundation for professional nursing practice by explaining the American Nurses Association scope and standards of practice as well as the code of ethics for nurses. Prerequisite: admission to the BSN program.
308 Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Practice. (3) This course examines the legal foundations of nursing practice and the ethical decisions nurses have to make. Prerequisite: NURS 300.
310 Fundamentals of Nursing. (6) This course introduces the novice nurse to the basic processes, skills, and practice needed to provide care for clients of all ages using a self-care framework. Includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences. Corequisites: NURS 302 and 305.
316 Transcultural Nursing. (2) The student will examine health beliefs and health practices of a variety of different groups in order to be able to provide culturally appropriate care for clients. Field trips will be used to reinforce learning. Prerequisite: admission to the BSN program or permission of the program director.
318 Nursing Theory and Trends. (2) The novice nurse examines major theoretical models of nursing. Selected frameworks will be discussed for their usefulness in providing individual, family, and community nursing care. Prerequisite: NURS 305.
322 Adult and Child Nursing I. (5) Students provide nursing care for clients from childhood through old age with acute and chronic needs related to circulation and oxygenation. Clinical experiences will occur in various settings. Prerequisites: NURS 303, 310, 316. Corequisite: NURS 324.
323 Nursing of Women of Childbearing Age and Young Children. (4) Students provide nursing care for women of childbearing age and young children. Clinical experiences will occur in various settings that provide health care services for women of childbearing age and young children. Prerequisite or corequisite: NURS 322.
324 Pharmacology. (3) This course introduces the students to the pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents. Prerequisite: NURS 310.
405 Nursing and the Community. (4) 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 302, 303; STAT 171.
407 Management in Nursing. (3) This course focuses on the analysis, integration, and application of principles of leadership and management to health care organizations. Emphasis is placed on the skills needed for nurses to succeed as leaders and managers in today’s global health care environment. Prerequisites: NURS 301 and STAT 171.
408 Nursing Research. (3) 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 300 or 305; NURS 304 or 318; STAT 171; ENG 280.
409 Professional Seminar. (3) 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; ENG 280.
422 Adult and Child Nursing II. (5) Students provide nursing care for clients from childhood through old age with acute and chronic needs related to metabolic, elimination, and mobility needs. Clinical experiences will occur in various settings. Prerequisite: NURS 322.
423 Mental Health Nursing. (3) Students provide nursing care for clients from childhood through old age with acute and chronic needs related to mental health. Clinical experiences will occur in various settings. Prerequisite or corequisite: NURS 322.
424 Adult and Child Nursing III. (7) Students provide nursing care for clients from childhood through old age with acute and chronic needs related to cell growth and neurosensory needs. Clinical experiences will occur in various settings where complex care needs are met. Prerequisites: NURS 422, 423. Corequisite: NURS 425.
425 Senior Seminar. (3) Graduating senior nursing students analyze and synthesize content and experiences from all previous and concurrent nursing courses. Prerequisites: NURS 422, 423. Corequisite: NURS 424.
430 Geriatric Nursing. (3) 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 405, or NURS 405 concurrently, or permission of the program director.
431 Rural Nursing. (3) 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 301; NURS 405, or NURS 405 concurrently, or permission of the program director.
432 Nursing Informatics. (3) This course examines the manner in which information, data, facts, and figures are developed, utilized, and analyzed for patient improvement. Prerequisites: NURS 408 and STAT 171 or permission of program director.
433 Community Mental Health Nursing. (3) 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. Prerequisite: NURS 423 or permission of program director.