NURSING – SCHOOL NURSE CERTIFICATION
NURS 404: Nurse Power Politics (Capstone) This capstone Liberal Studies course is a seminar experience designed to provide the student with an opportunity to explore contemporary health care issues, to analyze these issues within the historical, professional context as well as the context of his or her value system, and to adopt a position regarding such issues. The student is engaged in an active exploration of his/ her own philosophy of nursing. Students are guided through this analysis by faculty who facilitate open discussions and exchange of ideas. Students develop skill in formulation of a position, consideration of others’ viewpoints and defense of such a position, as well as to realize the potential impact and power of political activity. Students also realize the importance of individual action and commitment. Service learning is a required component of the course. Prerequisites: Senior level 3 credits, Fall, Spring or Summer NURS 408: Management and Leadership in Nursing This course focuses on the knowledge and skills related to the delivery of health care services within a nursing management context. Theories, concepts and models are presented which give the student an understanding of the knowledge base required for effective management and assuming a leadership role in professional nursing practice. The course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to apply principles in planning and delegating nursing care and discusses developing creative roles for managing and leading in nursing. Prerequisites: NURS 203 3 credits, Fall, Spring or Summer #NURS 414NU: Promoting Healthy Communities This course provides RN to BSN or RN to MSN option students a perspective of professional nursing at the community level of practice. Course content will provide an overview of specific issues and societal concerns that affect community health nursing practice; epidemiological applications in community health nursing; educational theories, models, and principles applied in community health nursing; risk factors and health problems for defined populations across the lifespan; issues and approaches in providing for the health care of defined populations in the community; specific health care needs and issues for populations at risk; communicable disease risk and prevention; and the diversity in the role of the community health nurse. Students apply previous knowledge and the nursing process in maximizing the health status of individuals, families, and defined populations within the community. Adult learning teaching strategies are employed in this courses. The RN student participates in faculty guidedindependent clinical experiences. Prerequisite: NURS 203 5 credits, Fall, Spring or Summer
NURSING (VILLA MARIA SCHOOL OF) – SCHOOL NURSE CERTIFICATION LISA QUINN, Ph.D., CRNP, RNC, Associate Director The Villa Maria School, in cooperation with the School of Education, offers a post-baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) certificate for school nursing. The school nurse certificate program is open to registered nurses who have earned a BSN. Students who are currently enrolled in Gannon University’s Villa Maria School of Nursing’s BSN program may take the courses for the certificate during their undergraduate program, but do not qualify for enrollment in the certification until licensed as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The purpose of this post-BSN certificate is to prepare nurses to meet the health care needs of children of all ages in diverse school settings. Health promotion, risk reduction, and health education are emphasized. The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.