Department Chair: Rachelle Larsen
Faculty: Jodi Berndt, Carie Braun, Vicky Grove, Georgia Hogenson, Carrie Hoover, Nicole Lang, Rachelle Larsen, Nichole Laudenbach, Janet Neuwirth, Kathleen Ohman, Jennifer Peterson, Theresa Reichert, LuAnn Reif & Julie Strelow
The department of nursing offers a four-year program which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791, and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
The comprehensive nursing curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Nursing Education (2008) and prepares the nurse generalist to practice safely and effectively in all health care environments. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on leadership, diversity, evidence-based practice, and the provision of quality and safe nursing care. As an academic major in a practice discipline, nursing students have opportunities to apply principles and concepts from the liberal arts and nursing science to the provision of nursing care for individuals across the lifespan, families and communities.
CSB/SJU offers a range of learning environments suited to development of the professional nurse including classroom, simulation laboratory, and clinical settings. Nursing faculty have high expectations for student professional behavior and continuously strive to develop challenging learning situations, such as with simulated learning, to represent actual care situations.
Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students who have been convicted of a felony or gross misdemeanor may be ineligible for licensure by the Board of Nursing and early in their course of study should seek clarification of their status.
Students must meet the functional abilities for safe nursing practice including: fine and gross motor coordination, physical endurance and strength, mobility, intact senses, reading and arithmetic competence, emotional stability, critical and analytical thinking and interpersonal/communication skills. For representative examples of each, see the nursing department webpage.
Students in the nursing major are eligible for membership in Sigma Theta Tau-Kappa Phi Chapter, the international honor society of nursing. Student membership in the Kappa Phi chapter is based on superior academic achievement. An active student nursing club encourages student involvement in professional and social activities.
Continuous improvement of student learning requires conscientious and consistent, student and faculty participation in assessment and evaluation activities. Periodically, nursing majors’ academic achievement will be assessed using nationally standardized and classroom-based exams, scoring rubrics and performance demonstrations. Some, but not all, assessment activities are also included as part of course grades. Individual data will be given directly to the student; students should seek consultation from their instructor and/or advisor if they have concerns about individual performance. Only group data will be used for department reports.
Please refer to the Nursing Department website for the most current information.
Courses required for acceptance to NRSG program: BIOL 101 & 212; CHEM 125; NUTR 125; PSYC 111.
Nursing Courses: NRSG 201, 220, 240, 255, 301, 302, 303, 314, 315, 341, 342, 343, 355, 356, 395.
Supporting courses: BIOL 325, 326, PSYC 360, ETHS 390A Healthcare Ethics, and one of the following: MATH 114, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123 or 124.
Application to the Major:
Pre-nursing students seeking admission to the major should contact the nursing department as early as possible. Application materials are available on the department webpage and are due May 1 of the first year.
Criteria for application to the major:
Applicants are considered on the basis of academic achievement as evidenced by prerequisite-course GPA. Students with a minimum 2.75 prerequisite course grade point average are eligible to apply but are not guaranteed admission. Entry into the nursing major is competitive and class size is limited.
Retention in the major: