2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 25, 2022  
2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Nursing


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Mission Statement

The School of Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University exists to support the university Wesleyan mission and to provide an interdisciplinary learning program of excellence. Graduates of the School of Nursing are distinctly identified by grace, truth, and holiness, serving others after the example of Christ, as they are sent to fulfill their calling as professional nurses.

So He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciple’s feet, drying them with a towel that was wrapped around Him.
John 13:4-5 NIV

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
John 13:14-15 NIV

Vision Statement

The School of Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University embraces, as a covenant, the commitment to excellence within a dynamic Christian environment in which each one will engage in the sacred work of nursing. This sacred work involves symbolically removing one’s shoes in service of others.

Take off your sandals for the place you are standing is holy ground.
Exodus 3:5 NIV

Purposes

  • To prepare competent, responsible practitioners who are committed to service and leadership as professional nurses;
  • To equip graduates with the skills to function at an entry level of professional practice in a wide variety of health care settings;
  • To expose students to the dynamic changes occurring in health care today to better prepare them for the changing careers of the future.

Tradition of Excellence

The nursing program at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is highly respected in the San Diego community and around the world. Classes provide for individualized attention by caring faculty who are dedicated to the academic and clinical success of each student. The faculty who are professionally qualified focus on effective teaching, and seriously take their call to be Christian role models and mentors. The School of Nursing (SON) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates are thus eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and apply for public health nursing certification upon graduation. This accredited program provides preparation for graduate study.

Career Opportunities

The program is designed around five program values: caring faithfully, leading faithfully, communicating faithfully, following faithfully and inquiring faithfully. Nursing majors compile a portfolio showing their progress toward meeting competencies in each of these areas of the nursing major. The compassionate attitudes and excellent preparation of PLNU nurses make them highly sought after by San Diego County health care agencies.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted as freshman to pre-nursing status and must successfully complete the required prerequisite courses to be considered for the nursing major. Transfer students must have all prerequisite courses and Microbiology completed at the time of application to the B.S.N. program. Students are selected for admission to the sophomore class annually for the fall semester. Selection is made on the basis of GPA at PLNU, cumulative GPA, strength of application, letter of recommendation and completion of pre-requisite classes. A minimum overall 2.700 college/university GPA is required on a four-point grade scale. LVNs and RNs licensed in the State of California are accepted into the program with advanced standing based on transfer of credit on a space available basis.

Throughout the curriculum (whether pre-nursing or nursing) students may repeat one pre-requisite or nursing course. With the need for a second repeat of any pre-requisite or nursing course the student will be dismissed from the nursing program. If there are two repeats of pre-requisite courses in pre-nursing, the student will not be eligible for application to the nursing major.

Students who have a previous bachelor’s degree in a major other than Nursing may be considered for admission into sophomore Nursing class, however, a full three years will be required to complete Nursing coursework. The course load may be lighter depending on the number of general education classes already completed. PLNU does not have an accelerated nursing program.

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Eligibility Requirements

Students are eligible to be considered for the Point Loma Nazarene University Nursing Program when the following conditions are met:

  • Acceptance to PLNU as a Pre-Nursing Major.
  • Submission of an application for the nursing program. (Application forms available in December at the School of Nursing office.) Deadline is February 1.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.70 or better on a four-point scale.
  • Completion of the following prerequisites (or equivalents) with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in each:
    • Inorganic and Organic/Biology Chemistry (5 semester units - with labs);
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 semester units - with labs);
    • General Psychology or Personal Identity (3 or 4 semester units);
    • Math determined by PLNU math placement test or achievement on SAT;
    • Human Development (3 semester units) strongly recommended prior to NSG 250  ;
    • Nutrition (3 semester units); strongly recommended prior to NSG 250  ;
    • A student may be considered with a repeat of a pre-requisite course (to achieve the minimum grade);
    • Transfer students must have all Pre-Requisite courses AND Microbiology completed at the time of application to the BSN program.
  • Second Degree Students (Students who have a previous bachelor’s degree in a major other than nursing) may be considered for admission into the sophomore nursing class, however, a full three years will be required to complete the required nursing coursework. The program cannot be accelerated but the course load may be lighter according to the number of general education classes a student is given credit for.

Selection Process

Eligible students are selected for admission to the nursing program by the School of Nursing Selection Committee. Selection is made on the basis of GPA in residence at PLNU, cumulative GPA, quality of entire application, letter of recommendation, and units at PLNU. Spaces in nursing courses are limited.

  1. Priority consideration is given to applicants who have completed:
    1. all prerequisite courses by the end of Spring term preceding the Fall entry date
    2. 15 semester units and 2 semesters at PLNU
    3. the application process prior to February 1 preceding the Fall term entry date
  2. Secondary consideration will be given to transfer applicants who have completed:
    1. all prerequisite courses by the end of Spring term preceding the Fall entry date
    2. the application process prior to February 1 preceding the Fall term entry date
  3. Selection is made on the basis of cumulative GPA, GPA at PLNU, strength of application, recommendation form, and units at PLNU
  4. The Selection Committee will meet to finalize the selection process after all spring grades have been received and all students will then be notified by mid-June
  5. An interview may be requested
  6. A summer only waitlist will be established

Health Status

Students must provide evidence that they are physically and emotionally able to perform the duties required. A physical examination by a physician or nurse practitioner with information completed on a form provided by the School of Nursing is necessary. The examination includes current immunizations and tests as required by the School of Nursing. Forms are available after the student has been accepted into the Nursing program.

A second physical examination and tuberculin skin test must be performed before beginning senior level nursing courses. Tuberculin tests may be required at intervals during the program.

Background Check

Per agreement with the San Diego Nursing Service Education Consortium and affiliated hospitals, a background check and drug screening will be required prior to your first clinical experience. If a red flag occurs from either your background check or drug screening, this will result in immediate dismissal from the Point Loma Nazarene University BSN program.

Other Provisions

  • Clinical facilities have a wide geographical distribution. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to fulfill clinical requirements.  This also requires a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.
  • A fee for liability insurance and testing services is assessed yearly to sophomore, junior, and senior Nursing students.
  • Students are required to purchase uniforms, student arm patches, name tags, watch with second hand, stethoscope, and other equipment as necessary.
  • Students should be aware that the B.S.N. program is a full three years in length upon completion of prerequisite courses. Those with transfer credits may still need three years of Nursing courses to complete the degree.
  • Upon acceptance to the nursing program, a current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider certification is mandatory for all Nursing majors in order to participate in clinical coursework. Cards from the American Red Cross or BART are NOT acceptable.

Faculty

Carrie Black, M.S., R.N.
University of Phoenix

Linda Hensley, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.S.
Point Loma Nazarene University

Son Chae Kim, Ph.D., R.N.
University of San Diego

Kristen D. Lambert, Ph.D., R.N.
University of San Diego

Jeanne M. Maiden, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S.-B.C.
University of San Diego

Deana Raley Noble, M.P.H., M.S.N., R.N.
California State University, Long Beach

Domenica Oliveri, Ed.D., R.N.
University of Phoenix

Michelle Federe Riingen, D.N.P., R.N., C.N.S.-B.C.
Case Western Reserve University

Larry B. Rankin, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E.
University of Michigan

Judith H. Scott, M.S.N., R.N.
University of Phoenix

Christine A. Sloan, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.S.
Point Loma Nazarene University

Barbara J. Taylor, Ph.D., R.N., Dean
University of San Diego

Programs

    Major

     Point Loma Nazarene University offers four baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of the 50+ major programs also offer in-depth concentrations.

    If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.

    Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.

    Courses

      Nursing

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