The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (pre-licensure) is the preferred first step in your career as a professional nurse who will be a skilled provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of patient care in a variety of practice settings.
The curriculum emphasizes analytical skills, a liberal arts perspective, the expertise needed for the nursing profession, and a commitment to Christian service. Nursing students are prepared at the generalist level to provide both direct and indirect care for patients, which includes individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
Global education is also an important component of the BSN programs, with a required intercultural experience integrated in the curriculums. Students have the opportunity to travel, at a reduced rate, to faraway places providing nursing care to the citizens of that community.
BSN Graduate Outcomes
The roles for the baccalaureate generalist nurse are derived from the discipline of nursing. The roles of the baccalaureate generalist include: provider of care, designer, manager, coordinator, and member of the profession. Nursing generalist practice includes both direct and indirect care for patients, which includes individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008).
Upon completion of the BSN program, graduates will:
- Integrate knowledge, skills, and values from the liberal arts to provide safe, humanistic care as an advocate for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
- Implement holistic, patient-centered care that reflects an understanding of human growth and development, pathophysiology, pharmacology medical management, and nursing management across the health-illness continuum, across the lifespan, and in all simulation/healthcare settings.
- Plan nursing care within a Christian framework utilizing the Self-Care Deficit Theory as a framework for practice.
- Provide spiritually and culturally responsive care to clients of diverse populations using developmentally appropriate approaches across the lifespan.
- Utilize health promotion and disease and injury prevention across the lifespan to minimize adverse health consequences including those sustained as a result of emergencies and disasters.
- Actively engage in ethical reasoning and leadership actions to promote patient advocacy, collaboration, and social justice as a responsible nursing generalist striving to eliminate health disparities.
- Utilize informed decision making based on the integration of the knowledge and methods of a variety of disciplines.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the utilization of written, oral, and nonverbal communication, including the use of information technology systems.
- Demonstrate an awareness of complex organizational systems while promoting the achievement of safety and quality outcomes for care of diverse populations.
- Evaluate and utilize research findings to promote evidence based practice as appropriate for managing the acute and chronic care of patients and promoting health across the lifespan.
- Articulate, through a nursing perspective, knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments, including local, state, national, and global healthcare trends.
- Describe state and national statutes, rules, and regulations that authorize and define professional nursing practice.
- Act to prevent unsafe, illegal, or unethical care practices assuming accountability for personal and professional behaviors.
- Assume responsibility and accountability for ongoing professional development and lifelong learning in a perpetually changing healthcare environment.
- Integrate the mission and philosophy of Anderson University and the School of Nursing into the practice of nursing.
Nursing students apply their classroom learning in three local hospitals:
- St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital
- St.Vincent Mercy Hospital
- Community Hospital Anderson
Students may also gain experience in home healthcare, schools, and long-term care facilities as well as experience in regional hospitals such as Hancock Regional Hospital, Greenfield, Indiana and Community Hospital North, Indianapolis, Indiana.
This is for those who apply as high school seniors.
- Cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better
- Two years of high school math, including algebra
- Three years of high school science, including biology and chemistry
- Minimum SAT total score (verbal plus math) of 1125 or a minimum ACT composite score of 22
Current Student Acceptance Requirements:
Students applying for admission to the major in the sophomore year must meet the following criteria and will be considered on a competitive and space-available basis.
- Grade of C or above in PSYC 2000; BIOL 2410, 2420; NURS 2140
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher
- Completed criminal background check and drug testing
- Complete immunization history and physical examination
- CPR certification from the American Heart Association (for health professionals)
- Completion of Intent to Enter form
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