2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing

Director: Dr. P. Lea Monahan
Office: Currens Hall 129
Telephone: (309) 298-2571; Fax: (309) 298-3190
E-mail: PL-Monahan@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/nursing

Faculty: Auger, Bartlett, Baylor, Eathington, Made Gowda, Monahan, Nash, Saddler, White, Whitehouse.

The School of Nursing at Western Illinois University is committed 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:

  1. Upon being admitted to Western Illinois University, students will apply for admission into the School of Nursing. Applicants to the School of Nursing will be classified into one of the following categories:
    1. Early admission into the Nursing major
    2. Accepted in the Pre-Nursing program and required to complete criteria for admission to the Nursing major.
    3. Recommended to enroll in another major and complete the criteria for admission to the Nursing major.
  2. Complete all general education and nursing support course requirements.
  3. For categories b and c (above), submit a formal application to the Nursing major.

GradTrac is available to Nursing majors. See more information about GradTrac.

Honors Curriculum—Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula see the Centennial Honors College page of the catalog or visit the Centennial Honors College website at wiu.edu/Honors.

Pre-Licensure Program

Prospective Nursing students must apply for and be granted regular admission to Western Illinois University, declare Pre-Nursing, and apply to the School of Nursing after acceptance to the University.

Admission to the School of Nursing

Individuals who wish to major in Nursing and enter the Pre-Nursing program will declare their intent with Admissions and submit an additional application to the School of Nursing. For new freshmen, the application for the School of Nursing includes a review of the student’s high school transcript, ACT score, and a 500-word essay about the student’s motivation to become a licensed nurse. For new freshmen, special emphasis will be placed on the student’s high school grades and ACT subject scores in math and science. New freshmen accepted into the Pre-Nursing program typically have an ACT composite score of 22 or higher and a high school academic GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher. For new transfer and current WIU students, their applications to the School of Nursing will be reviewed on the basis of all previous collegiate coursework and their essays.

If a student is not selected for early admission to the School of Nursing or placed in the Pre-Nursing program, the student is 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 August 1 for Fall semester admission and January 2 for Spring semester admission into the Nursing major.

Students who wish to transfer to the Pre-Nursing program but were not eligible to be placed in Pre-Nursing at the time of admission to the University may do so after they successfully complete at least 24 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), including at least three (3) of the Nursing support courses with a C+ or better and with permission from the nursing advisor.

There is no guarantee that students who are in the Pre-Nursing 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.

Early Admission to the Nursing Major

New freshmen may be selected for early admission to the Nursing major on the basis of their application to the School of Nursing. Students selected for early admission into the Nursing major typically have an ACT composite score of 28 or higher. Students are accepted into the major on a competitive and selective basis; however, students selected for early admission are guaranteed placement into the Nursing major. To maintain early admission into the Nursing major status, students must maintain an overall WIU GPA and a Nursing support course GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher. Any student not adhering to the above criteria will be moved to University Advising major status and will need to reapply to the Nursing major during specified time periods. A student admitted via the Early Admission classification must be enrolled full-time at Western Illinois University while completing his/her prerequisite coursework and general education requirements unless the student receives prior approval from his/her academic advisor. Failure to do so could result in dismissal from the program. The number of students admitted into the major may vary from year to year, depending on program capacity and qualifications of students in the pool. Students granted early admission into the major will complete the admission packet and submit the required paperwork by March 1 but will not be placed in the new applicant pool, as they have already been admitted.

Admission to the Nursing Major

Pre-Licensure Program: Students who wish to apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the major as a Nursing student must:

  1. Have a completed application on file in the School of Nursing no later than March 1 for admission to the next Fall semester and October 1 for admission to Spring semester.
  2. Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The School of Nursing must receive the exam scores by March 1 for Fall semester admission or by October 1 for Spring semester admission.
  3. Provide evidence of English language proficiency by obtaining a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and successfully completing the English as a Second Language Program through the WESL Institute by August 1 for Fall semester admission or by January 2 for Spring semester admission. A satisfactory minimal passing TOEFL score is 560 paper-based, 220 computer-based, or an 83 on the internet Based Version (iBT). Only students whose native language is English are exempt from the English proficiency requirements.
  4. Complete all general education and Nursing support course requirements by August 1 for Fall semester admission or January 2 for Spring semester.
  5. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all post-secondary work. The Nursing Support Courses listed below must have a grade of C+ (2.33) or better. All Nursing support courses must be completed within the last five years. For nursing support courses more than five years old, the student must submit a portfolio to the School of Nursing Committee for Admission, Progression and Retention detailing his/ her work experiences and continuing education (CE) (requires documentation) since completing the course(s). The five-year requirement for nursing support courses may be waived for those students who have maintained continuous work experience related to the Nursing support courses or have continuous continuing education (CE) in Nursing related to the Nursing support courses since completing the courses. Individuals without documented current knowledge may have to take current Nursing support courses.

    Nursing Support Courses
    1. ZOOL 230: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    2. ZOOL 231: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    3. CHEM 101: General Chemistry I
    4. CHEM 102: General Chemistry II
    5. FCS 109: Introduction to Nutrition
    6. FCS 121: Introduction to Life Span Development
    7. MICR 200: Introductory Microbiology
    8. STAT 171: General Elementary Statistics
    In addition, only one of these courses may be repeated if a grade of C+ (2.33) is not achieved. A student may repeat one course one time. Admission will be denied to any student who receives a second grade of less than C+ (2.33) for any Nursing support course.
  6. Secure letters of reference from two professional references: one academic (i.e., instructor or professor) and one employer (i.e., supervisor). If there has been no employment, students may submit letters from two instructors/professors.
  7. By August 1 before Fall semester admission or January 2 before Spring semester admission, provide documentation to Beu Health Center verifying that all health requirements for admission to the School of Nursing have been met. Health requirements are different from the standard University requirements. (Students are responsible for all costs incurred for admission as well as ongoing health requirements.)
  8. By August 1 before Fall semester admission or January 2 before Spring semester admission, provide documentation to the School of Nursing verifying that all safety requirements have been met. (Students are responsible for all costs incurred for admission as well as ongoing safety requirements.)
    1. Criminal background check—All applicants are required to submit a criminal background check. Details will be given to the student upon admission to the program.
    2. Drug screen—All applicants are required to be drug tested on admission with random drug screens thereafter.
    3. Applicants with a felony conviction or a positive drug screen may be denied entry into the clinical facility for clinical practice. If a student is denied entry into a clinical facility due to a felony conviction or positive drug screen, the student must withdraw from the program.

Students who do not meet the March 1 and/or the January 2 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.

RN-BSN Completion Program: Individuals who are registered nurses with either an associate’s degree in Nursing or a diploma in Nursing will first be admitted to Western Illinois University and request the RN-BSN Completion program. RN students may formally apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the Nursing major after all general education and support course requirements have been satisfied.

RN students who wish to apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the Nursing major must:

  1. Have a completed application on file in the School of Nursing no later than August 1 for admission to fall semester.
  2. Submit a current copy of the License as a Registered Professional Nurse issued by the state of current residence and practice.
  3. Provide evidence of English language proficiency by obtaining a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and successfully completing the English as a Second Language Program through the WESL Institute by August 1 for fall semester admission or by January 2 for spring semester admission. A satisfactory minimal passing TOEFL score is 560 paper-based, 220 computer-based, or an 83 on the internet Based Version (iBT). Only students whose native language is English are exempt from the English proficiency requirements.
  4. Complete (or transfer in) all general education and Nursing support course requirements by August 1 for fall semester admission. There are 60 semester hours of general education and Nursing support course requirements.
  5. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33 on a 4.0 scale for all post-secondary work. The Nursing Support Courses listed below (or equivalent courses) must have a grade of C+ (2.33) or better. All Nursing and Nursing support courses must be completed within the last five years. For Nursing courses and/or Nursing support courses more than five years old, the student must submit a portfolio to the School of Nursing Committee for Admission, Progression and Retention detailing their practice and continuing education (CE) (requires documentation) since graduation from Nursing school. The five-year requirement for Nursing courses and Nursing support courses may be waived for those students who have maintained continuous practice or have continuous continuing education (CE) in Nursing since graduation from their associate’s or diploma program. Nurses without continuous practice or continuous continuing education (CE) in Nursing may have to take current Nursing support courses.

    Nursing Support Courses
    1. ZOOL 230: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    2. ZOOL 231: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    3. CHEM 101: General Chemistry I*
    4. CHEM 102: General Chemistry II*
    5. FCS 109: Introduction to Nutrition
    6. FCS 121: Introduction to Life Span Development
    7. MICR 200: Introductory Microbiology
    8. STAT 171: General Elementary Statistics
    In addition, only one of these courses may be repeated if a grade of C+ (2.33) is not achieved. A student may repeat one course one time. Admission will be denied to any student who receives a second grade of less than C+ (2.33).
    *The CHEM 101 and CHEM 102 requirement may be waived if the Chemistry course the student completed [at least a C+ (2.33)] was at the college level and included organic chemistry and the Natural Sciences and Mathematics General Education requirement has been met. The credit hour requirement is not waived, and the student must complete the 125 semester hours required for the degree.
  6. Secure letters of reference from two professional references—one academic (i.e., instructor or professor) and one employer (i.e., supervisor). If there has been no employment, students may submit letters from two instructors/professors.
  7. By August 1 before Fall semester admission, provide documentation to Beu Health Center verifying that all University health requirements have been met. (Students are responsible for all costs incurred for admission as well as ongoing health requirements.)

Advanced Placement Credit

The registered nurse who has graduated from a state-approved Associate of Applied Science in Nursing or Diploma nursing program will receive 30 semester hours of “advanced placement credit” provided he/she: 1) graduated within the last five years or 2) graduated more than five years ago and maintained continuous practice or have continuous continuing education (CE) in Nursing since graduation from their Associate’s or Diploma program and 3) successfully completed (C+ or better) the first nine (9) credits of Nursing courses in the RN-BSN Completion program. The registered nurse who graduated more than five years ago and does not have continuous practice as a registered nurse or continuous continuing education in Nursing must take the RN Comprehensive Predictor from Assessment Technologies Institute to validate current Nursing knowledge. Upon successful completion (C+ or better) of the first nine (9) credits of Nursing courses in the RN-BSN Completion program, advanced placement credit will be placed on the student’s WIU transcript in lieu of the 30 semester hours of transferred clinical courses required by pre-licensure students.

Retention in Nursing Major

  1. All students who are admitted to the School of Nursing must attend a mandatory orientation session to be held the week before classes begin. This is an all-day session. Failure to attend orientation will result in the student being dropped, and the student will have to reapply the following Spring semester.
  2. A student must earn a minimum grade of C+ (2.33) in all Nursing and support courses. If a student fails to earn a minimum grade of C+ (2.33) in any Nursing or support course, the student may repeat only a single course and only one time. If a student earns less than a C+ (2.33) in more than one support course and one nursing course, the student will be dismissed from the Nursing program.
  3. After acceptance into the Nursing program, each student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for coursework in the Nursing major to remain in the Nursing program. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA for coursework completed after admission to the Nursing major will be dismissed from the Nursing program. A student who has been dismissed from the program may appeal to the School of Nursing Committee for Admission, Progression, and Retention for readmission to the program. If the committee grants readmission, the student will develop a plan for remediation and continued success with the Nursing academic adviser subject to approval by the Committee for Admission, Progression, and Retention.
  4. To register for Nursing courses, students are required to have an up-to-date health form on file with Beu Health Center and an up-to-date safety requirement form in the School of Nursing. Students will not be allowed in the clinical courses without up-to-date health and safety requirements met.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Nursing must complete I, II, III, and IV below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is 125 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum Requirements: 45 s.h.
    (To include CHEM 101, 102; FCS 109; PHIL 120; PSY 100; SOC 100; STAT 171)
  2. Core Courses: 21 s.h.
    NURS 302, 312, 316, 405, 408†, 415, 461
  3. Emphasis of Study (Select A or B)
    1. Pre-Licensure
      1. NURS 305, 310, 322, 326, 327, 328, 422, 424, 425, 428: 41 s.h.
      2. Select one course from: NURS 430, 431, 432, 433: 3 s.h.
    2. RN-BSN Completion
      1. NURS 300, 308, 409†: 9 s.h.
      2. Select two courses from NURS 430, 431, 432, 433: 6 s.h.
      3. Transfer nursing courses from associate’s degree or diploma in nursing: 29 s.h.
  4. Other Requirements: 15 s.h.
    FCS 121; MICR 200; ZOOL 230, 231

#The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) an intermediate foreign language requirement; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved study abroad program.

†NURS 408 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement for the Pre-Licensure emphasis.

†NURS 408 and 409 fulfill the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement for the RN-BSN Completion emphasis.

Course Descriptions

NURSING (NURS)

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.

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.

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.

312 Genetics in Nursing Practice. (1) The focus of this course is the use of genetic/genomic information in nursing and health care. Prerequisite: ZOOL 231.

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.

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. Prerequisite: NURS 310.

326 Pharmacology I. (3) This course introduces the pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of agents used in patient care and education. Prerequisite: NURS 310.

327 Pharmacology II. (2) This is the second course in a two course series and continues the discussion of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of agents used in patient care and education. Prerequisite: NURS 326.

328 (formerly NURS 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.

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. Prerequisite: NURS 408.

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. Corequisite: NURS 322, or credit for NURS 300. Prerequisites: ENG 280, STAT 171.

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. Corequisite: NURS 415. Prerequisite: ENG 280.

415 Nursing Leadership, Management and Policy. (4) This course focuses on the analysis, integration, and application of principles of leadership and management in health care organizations. Emphasis is placed on skills needed for nurses to succeed as leaders in the professional nursing arena in today’s global care environment. Corequisite: NURS 424.

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.

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 328, 422. 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 328, 422. Corequisite: NURS 424.

428 (formerly NURS 323) Maternal Child Nursing. (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.

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 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 328 or permission of program director.

461 (cross-listed with ZOOL 461) Pathophysiology. (4) Alteration in physiology, pathogenesis of structure and function of the human body leading to disease, and manifestations of disease states are discussed. In addition, body system interaction is analyzed in maintaining physiological homeostatisis during disease/ altered states. Not open to students with credit in ZOOL 461. Prerequisites: MICRO 200, ZOOL 230 and ZOOL 231; or consent of instructor.