Active Learning Opportunities

Overview

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If a career of giving care, empowering patients, and improving the health of your community appeals to you, the Nursing program at Quincy University gives you a great start. Since 1998, Quincy University and Blessing Rieman College of Nursing (BRCN) have partnered to offer the bachelor of science degree in Nursing. BRCN is affiliated with Blessing Hospital, a respected and up-to-date facility. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has been recognized by the National League for Nursing as a National Center of Excellence in Nursing Education Research.

Our four-year program offers a fully integrated curriculum, combining the strengths of the liberal arts with up-to-the-minute professional nursing education. You'll begin nursing courses in your sophomore year and take them almost exclusively during junior and senior years. Faculty members at Quincy and BRCN combine advanced degrees in their fields with a commitment to individualized education. Small class sizes enable them to provide the degree of personal attention that will promote your success.

The campuses of Quincy University and BRCN are conveniently located just a few blocks apart, and the faculty of the two institutions collaborates effectively for the benefit of students. At Blessing-Rieman, you'll enjoy the benefits of a full-featured clinical environment and the Blessing Health Professions Library. You'll also have access to a computer lab with the latest research and the Skills Lab, which replicates a hospital setting.

Students in Nursing can choose from three paths:
  • Basic Degree Track: Designed for students entering the program with no previous nursing education.
  • LPN-BSN Degree Track: Students with an LPN license may complete their BSN in about three years, provided they have the prerequisites completed.
  • Transfer-Sophomore Degree Track: Transfer students with the appropriate prerequisites may enter as sophomores.

Outside the Classroom
In addition to your coursework and clinical experience, Quincy's Student Nurse Organization (SNO) will provide you with numerous opportunities to enhance your learning, gain leadership experiences, and benefit the community. Service events, such as the popular Teddy Bear Clinic, will help you apply your skills while building camaraderie with your colleagues. The members of SNO also organize social events, educational programs, and trips to the national convention. BRCN also sponsors a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing.

Contact Us

For more information about the Nursing program, feel free to contact:

Heather Mutter
Blessing Rieman Liason
217-228-5432 ext. 3408
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Courses

Basic Track Required Courses:

NSG 201    Fundamentals of Nutrition
Credit Hours: 2
This course focuses on the use of nutrition as an intervention to promote, maintain, or restore health.  Nutrition assessment, diet analysis, meal planning, and basic nutritional support during health alterations are studied. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing major; Anatomy & Physiology I. Prerequisite or concurrent: Anatomy & Physiology II or consent of instructor. (Offered every fall)

NSG 206    Fundamentals of Nursing I
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces the learner to the diverse nature of professional nursing. The learner will begin to apply the Whole Person Nursing Framework and the nursing process. Learners are guided in the use of therapeutic communication and development of basic nursing skills derived from theoretical principles and concepts. Competencies related to integration of cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills are practiced and tested in laboratory and clinical settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major; ENG 111, General Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology; American Heart Association CPR Certification; criminal background check. (Offered every fall)

NSG 207    Fundamentals of Nursing II
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on whole person assessment and expands communication and nursing process skill. The focus is on development of health promotion and care of adults experiencing uncomplicated health alterations. Scientific knowledge from nursing, physiological and psychological theories are the basis for planning, implementing, and evaluating the outcomes of nursing actions. Prerequisites: ENG 111, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology; NSG 201, 206, 215.  Prerequisite or concurrent:   Microbiology.  (Offered every spring)

NSG 209    Pharmacology I
Credit Hours: 1
This course will focus on the introduction of pharmacologic agents as an intervention to promote, maintain, or restore health across the life span. Pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and principles of drug administration will be studied. Basic calculations necessary to safely administer medications will be mastered upon successful completion of the course. Emphasis will be placed upon the individualization of drug therapies based on the unique biopsychosocial, spiritual, and cultural needs of the recipient. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing major; Anatomy and Physiology I & II, or permission of instructor.

NSG 211    Pharmacology II
Credit Hours: 2
This course will focus on the use of pharmacologic agents and parenteral therapies as interventions to promote, maintain, or restore health. Pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and principles of drug classifications and safe medication administration will be studied using a Whole Person Nursing framework. Nursing assessment and intervention related to pharmacologic and parenteral therapies are emphasized. Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology I & II; NSG 201, 206, 209, and 215; or permission of instructor.

NSG 215    Health Assessment
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the assessment component of nursing care. The course integrates the elements/skills of health and physical assessment with the College’s curriculum framework of Whole Person Nursing. Assignments focus on acquiring assessment skills, exploring the biological-psychosocial-spiritual basis of assessment, developing a systematic method for completing comprehensive assessments across the lifespan, and examining the role of clinical reasoning as part of the assessment process. Emphasis is placed on skill acquisition. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing major; ENG 111, General Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology. (Offered every fall)

NSG 280    Medical Terminology
Credit Hours: 2
This course is designed for anyone desiring a background in the language of medicine and health care. The course is presented utilizing a system of learning medical terms from root words, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes.  At the completion of this course the student will be able to recognize, build, define, and correctly spell medical terms. Prerequisites: None. (Offered every fall. Open to all majors)

NSG 304    Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
Credit Hours: 4
This course focuses on individuals and families throughout the lifespan who are experiencing varying states of mental health. The environmental influences affecting the mental health of the individual are examined within the context of the family and/or community. The use of self within the nurse/patient relationship is emphasized as the foundation for communication and therapeutic nursing interventions. Collaboration with other health team members and/or community resources is explored as a way to address the needs of the whole person/family using various treatment modalities. Prerequisites: NSG 200, 201, 204, 206, 207, 208, 215, 280; Human Growth & Development or Child Psychology; Speech. Prerequisite or concurrent: Ethics. (Offered every semester)

NSG 320    Nursing Concepts I
Credit Hours: 4
This course focuses on the growth and development and health of the middle-aged through older adults and their families within the Whole Person Nursing Framework. The experience of these individuals and families with acute and chronic responses to health will be examined in the context of health promotion, illness, and health management. The concepts that will be covered include: biopyschosocial responses to illness, fluid and electrolyte imbalances, acid-base alterations, care of the perioperative patient, mobility, sensation, digestion, protection, and excretion. Application of competencies related to nursing assessment, diagnosing, planning, implementation, and evaluation will be expected. Prerequisites: NSG 200, 201, 204, 206, 207, 208, 215, 280. Human Growth & Development or Child Psychology. Speech. Prerequisite or concurrent: Ethics. (Offered every semester)

NSG 321    Nursing Concepts II
Credit Hours: 6
This course focuses on the growth and development and health of the middle-aged through older adults and their families within the Whole Person Nursing Framework. The experience of these individuals and families with acute and chronic responses to health will be examined in the context of health promotion, illness, and health management. The concepts that will be covered include emergency nursing, the immune response, oxygenation, cardiac perfusion, and metabolism. Application of competencies related to nursing assessment, diagnosing, planning, implementation, and evaluation will be expected. Prerequisites: NSG 200, 201, 204, 206, 207, 208, 215, 280.  Human Growth & Development or Child Psychology. Speech. Prerequisite or concurrent: Ethics. (Offered every semester)

NSG 322    Maternal and Child Nursing
Credit Hours: 6
The course applies the Whole Person Nursing Framework to the care of children, childbearing women, and their families. Emphasis is on the unique needs of these individuals and families along the health and developmental continuums. Students participate as a member of the multi-disciplinary health team to promote, maintain, or restore health with common, acute and chronic health responses with the childbearing and childrearing experiences. The focus of clinical is the practice of these concepts in the acute care and community settings. Clinical also provides the opportunity to develop the professional nursing roles. Prerequisites: NSG 200, 201, 204, 206, 207, 208, 215, 280.  Human Growth & Development or Child Psychology. Speech. Prerequisite or concurrent: Ethics. (Offered every semester)

NSG 401    Community Health Nursing
Credit Hours: 5
This course offers an introduction to principles and concepts of community health nursing throughout the lifespan. Coordination and use of community resources are stressed to ensure quality, accessibility, cost effectiveness and continuity of health care. Clinical experiences are provided in official and private agencies, school systems, and other health care delivery systems with emphasis on population-focused care. Prerequisites: Progression to the senior year; completion of the “Red Cross Introduction to Disaster Services I.” (Offered every semester)

NSG 402    Advanced Nursing Concepts
Credit Hours: 5
This course focuses on applying Whole Person Nursing to persons experiencing complex multisystem health problems. Pathophysiological concepts and principles related to complex, multisystem health problems are analyzed. Nursing care principles and standards related to high acuity situations are emphasized. Clinical experience occurs in acute, subacute, home and community care settings.  Prerequisites: NSG 304, 320, 321, 322; ENG 112, Pathophysiology; successfully met competency requirement.* Prerequisite or concurrent: NSG 401, 404.  (Offered every semester)

NSG 404    Scientific Methods in Nursing
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces students to the research process as a link between theory and practice. Legal, moral, and ethical questions relative to research and use of human subjects are explored. Scientific inquiry, synthesis of literature, and critical analysis of published nursing research are emphasized. Prerequisites: NSG 304, 320, 321, 322; Statistics, ENG 112, Ethics. Junior level students may enroll in the spring semester with permission from the instructor. Writing enriched (W:) course. (Offered every semester)

NSG 405    Leadership in Nursing
Credit Hours: 5
The focus of this course is on the leadership role of the professional nurse as a change agent, educator, manager, and professional role model in an ever-changing society. Synthesis of leadership/management principles and concepts are incorporated into the professional practice role of the nurse to facilitate accomplishment of group goals and to assume beginning leadership roles in managed care health delivery systems. Professional values, teaching/learning, communication and collaboration, and leadership/ management skills are emphasized and evaluated through group processes and clinical experiences. Prerequisites:  NSG 402, 404. (Offered every semester)

NSG 421    Health Policy
Credit Hours: 2
This is an introductory course in health policy and politics for nurses in the United States. Political activism as it relates to the nursing care of patients is explored historically and within the context of contemporary health care delivery and financing in the United States. Application of the concepts of policy and politics are applied to the workplace, professional nursing organizations, community, and government. More specifically, the student is challenged to learn how to take action for advocacy and to recognize how the nurse, individually and through professional organizations, can influence and shape health policy to improve patient care outcomes. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Writing enriched (W:) course. (Offered every semester)

NSG 423     Professionalism and Capstone Experience
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the student with the opportunity to explore professional concepts within the discipline of nursing. The internal and external environmental influences, including a culturally diverse society, that shaped the evolution of nursing are appraised. The student is challenged to expand his or her knowledge by analyzing legal and ethical parameters of nursing practice. Professional contemporary nursing is placed within the context of a global and ever-changing health care environment. A practicum provides the student the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills from the curriculum and to integrate them into an individualized clinical nursing experience. In the practicum, the student participates in a professional mentorship experience. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in NSG 402. If taking NSG 402 concurrently, must be in good standing in NSG 402 clinical. (Offered every semester)

Nursing Electives

A Nursing Elective is a study of specific courses not offered in other nursing courses, or subjects covered with more depth than in the general nursing curriculum. An elective course is offered more than once, and some are offered every year.

NSG 391    Core Concepts in Nursing
Credit Hours: 5
This course emphasizes the core concepts of nursing practice. Students analyze previous personal performance and develop an individualized success and action plan. Students are expected to use critical thinking processes to apply core concept knowledge and principles to clinical situations. The diagnosis and treatment of human responses to health experiences are emphasized. Students will incorporate diagnostic findings, pharmacological and nutritional interventions, as well as growth and development stages into patient plans of care. Prerequisite: Successful completion of sophomore courses or permission of instructor.

NSG 470    Professional Nursing Internship
Credit Hours: 1
A Professional Nursing Internship is defined as an authentic in-depth learning experience which takes place outside of the classroom and is characterized by exposure to situations not generally acquired in the classroom or regular clinical setting, 2) supervision by a recognized authority in the field, 3) academic guidance from a faculty member, and 4) evaluation of the internship. The internship is an organized program that occurs in an appropriate health care agency such as a hospital, nursing home, clinic or other approved setting. The student works under the supervision of a registered professional nurse to gain knowledge and to refine and advance their skill level. Prerequisites: Nursing GPA 2.5, employer acceptance, and advisor approval.

NSG 480    Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1
The purpose of the independent study is to allow students to increase knowledge in an area of particular interest and/or carry out a research project to receive academic credit. Students in good academic standing may earn academic credit through the completion of independent study. A maximum of two credits may be earned during the academic career at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing. Independent studies are offered at the discretion of the student, faculty member, and administration. Each credit hour awarded requires a minimum of 15 hours of study. Prerequisite: NSG 404 or consent of instructor.

NSG 481    Critical Care Nursing
Credit Hours: 2
This course offers the senior student an opportunity for in-depth study of critical care nursing of clients with the more common medical/surgical crisis situations. Emphasis is placed on synthesizing the pathophysiology, assessment findings, and treatment of selected imbalances of critically ill clients. Prerequisite: NSG 402 or consent of instructor.

NSG 482    Faith Community Nursing
Credit Hours: 2
This course focuses on the nursing scope and standards of practice of parish nursing. The past, present, and future of parish nursing are explored. Major concepts of holistic nursing care, spirituality and spiritual assessment, prayer and healing are analyzed in the parish nurse role. Community resources, team building, complementary methods of caring, and stress management are discussed. Prerequisites: upper division standing or consent of instructor.

NSG 484    Spirituality in Health Care
Credit Hours: 2
This course will focus on: the person as a spiritual being; the concept of spirituality and its relationship to health care; the role culture and religious beliefs play in a person’s spirituality, spiritual growth and support in health care; and ethical issues and research in providing spiritual support in health care. (Open to all majors.)

NSG 485    Stress Management
Credit Hours: 2
This course will focus on nonpharmacological methods of stress management. The whole person approach to wellness will be emphasized and the class will be conducted in an interactive and experiential framework. The student will analyze the stresses in his or her own life and develop a plan to manage stress effectively. Prerequisite: None.

NSG 486    Complementary Therapies
Credit Hours: 3
This course will examine Eastern health practices and other alternative (complementary) practices seen in health care today. The topics and therapies selected for inclusion are those that are of particular interest to nurses. Knowing about therapies is not enough; for this approach to become successfully integrated into mainstream nursing practice, protocol development, managing change and research awareness are examined. With increasing interest in natural healing, self-care and responsibility for one’s health, nurses need to be familiar with these approaches. (Open to all majors.)

NSG 487    Research Practicum
Credit Hours: 1
This course provides hands on experience in the research process. Students will select a research study and become part of the research team participating in the design development, literature searches, data collection, data entry, data analysis, and presentation preparation. Prerequisites: computer requirement, NSG 404, or instructor’s permission.

NSG 489    Selected Topics in Nursing
Credit Hours: 2-3
These courses, which are studies of selected issues not covered in other nursing courses or subjects covered with more depth than the general nursing curriculum, are offered at the discretion of the faculty and at the request of a sufficient number of students to justify a course offering. Selected topics courses may or may not be offered more than once. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NSG 490    Genetics in Nursing
Credit Hours: 3
Scientific knowledge in human genetics has expanded significantly in the last decade largely due to the Human Genome Project. This course will increase the ability of a professional nurse to think genetically when approaching a clinical situation or problem that may not appear to be genetic in nature. The course will examine basic mechanisms of inheritance and transmission of chromosomes and genes, understanding of genetic contributions to human diversity, and information about common inherited genetic disorders and conditions. Prerequisite: Intro to Biology. (Open to all majors.)

NSG 491    Usui System of Reiki Natural Healing
Credit Hours: 1
This course will prepare the student to become a Reiki practitioner at the First and Second Degree Level, explore the ways in which the student uses the self as a therapeutic instrument and explore the uses of Reiki in the clinical setting as well as for personal growth and self-healing. Prerequisite: None.

NSG 492     Core Concepts II
Credit Hours: 1
This course focuses on review of core concepts of nursing in preparation for the HESI exam for graduating seniors. In addition to review of pertinent content and curriculum, students will also review test-taking strategies, learning styles, and stress reduction techniques in order that they may be better prepared for standardized testing such as HESI and NCLEX. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in NSG 405; students preparing to take the HESI prior to graduating; permission of instructor.

NSG 495    INA Convention
Credit Hours: 2
This course examines current and emerging issues affecting nurses, nursing practice, patient care, and strategies for thriving in the health care workforce. Students will attend the Illinois Nursing Association Biennial Convention, which includes continuing education sessions, House of Delegates meetings, issues, research, and finance forums. Prerequisite: Junior, Senior, LPN, or with permission of the instructor.

NSG 496    Diabetes Through the Lifespan
Credit Hours: 2
This course provides an overview of diabetes care thru the life span. The course will utilize BRCN’s Whole person framework to plan interventions to promote, maintain, or restore the dynamic state of Diabetes health.

NSG 497    Forensic Nursing
Credit Hours: 2
This course is designed to introduce the student to the specialty practice area of forensic nursing. Forensic nursing is the application of nursing science to the administration of justice. The course will incorporate principles of assessment and interviewing with those of investigation, evidence collection and documentation within the scope of nursing practice.

NSG 498    MONA Convention
Credit Hours: 2
This course examines current and emerging issues affecting nurses, nursing practice, patient care and strategies making a difference in the workplace. Students will attend the Missouri Nurses Association Biennial Convention, which includes continuing education sessions, House of Delegates meetings, issues, and research and finance forums.

*Competency Requirement

BRCN students are required to demonstrate the following competencies:
Sophomore students are required to demonstrate competency in basic nursing care prior to enrollment in NSG 300-level clinical courses. Competency is demonstrated by successfully completing NSG 201, 206, 207, 209, 211, 215, and 280, and successfully achieving the group-normed passing score on a nationally standardized test. Refer to Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing catalog for specific details.
Junior students are required to demonstrate competency in providing safe, effective nursing care prior to enrollment in NSG 402. Competency is demonstrated by successfully completing NSG 304, 320, 321, 322, and achieving the group-normed passing score on a nationally-standardized achievement test. See individual course prerequisites. Refer to Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing catalog for specific details.
A graduate’s competency is demonstrated by passing a simulated NCLEX computer examination. Applications to write the state licensure examination, the NCLEX, will be processed only after the student has passed a simulated NCLEX computer-adaptive examination. Refer to Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing catalog for specific details.

Program Requirements

The University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in cooperation with Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing. Blessing-Rieman is affiliated with Blessing Hospital, one of the Midwest's finest health care facilities, and offers an NLNAC and CCNE accredited baccalaureate nursing program.

Students in this 4-year program may anticipate a fully integrated curriculum, with nursing courses all four years, and most of their classes in the junior and senior years on the BRCN campus just a few blocks from the University. At Blessing-Rieman students will utilize the Blessing Health Professions Library, a computer lab with the latest software for nursing research; and the Skills Lab, a state-of-the-art facility that replicates the hospital and clinical settings.

The application into the Nursing Program is a one-page form that complements the application to Quincy University. There is no additional application fee. The requirements for acceptance into the program for traditional Basic Track students and transfer students with fewer than 12 hours of college credits are: a minimum composite score of 22 on the ACT or equivalent on the SAT, and a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Transfer students with more than 12 hours must have at least 12 hours with grades of "C" or higher; support course GPA of 2.7 and nursing course GPA of 2.7, and at least three semester hours of college-level science, or evidence of success in college, such as a prior degree or other substantial academic credit. Students who have at least 24 hours of credit and the prerequisites for the sophomore-level Nursing courses may be considered for admission as sophomore transfer students in the Nursing Program, and take the freshman- and sophomore-level nursing courses concurrently. Transfer students are reminded that they must complete 30 hours at Quincy University in order to earn a QU degree. Eighteen of the 30 hours may be taken at Blessing-Rieman; the remainder must be taken at QU.

Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing publishes its own catalog, with more details of its nursing programs than are contained here. Please consult them at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, P.O. Box 7005, Quincy, Illinois 62305-7005, 217-228-5520. Similarly, the current B-RCN catalog should be consulted regarding specific admissions and/or degree requirements for each of the BSN programs offered in partnership with Quincy University.

The Blessing-Rieman program features opportunities for a student to obtain a BSN degree: the Basic Track, for students entering with no previous nursing education. Students with an RN license may earn a BSN degree through the University's PDP Program.

The Blessing-Rieman program has a nursing advanced placement track.

The Blessing-Rieman program accepts LPN-BSN students.

Basic Track Program Requirements:
1. General education requirements for the baccalaureate degree. General education requirements must include Ethics and BIO 282, 283; PSY 100, 236.

2. First Year/Senior Year Experience. First Year Experience is waived for transfer and nursing advanced placement students.

3. Support courses: BIO 159, 354; CHE 125; COM 101; and statistics.

4. 61 hours of Nursing courses, including: NSG 101, 102, 201, 202, 203, 204, 280, 301, 302, 303, 304, 401, 402, 403, 404, and 405.

Active Learning Opportunities

As a Nursing student, you will engage in clinical experiences at Blessing Hospital and other health care organizations throughout your undergraduate experience. Internships are offered during the summers after the sophomore and junior years. A capstone clinical experience is offered during the senior year. In addition to these clinical experiences, BRCN makes available community service projects, mission trips, international study, professional seminars, and participation in national conventions. Faculty members at BRCN place a strong emphasis on research, and students often have the chance to be involved in their projects, as well.

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