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SVCC Catalog/Handbook 2017-2018

80 Southside Virginia

80 Southside Virginia Community College NURSING (Christanna Campus, John H. Daniel Campus, and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston) Award: Associate of Applied Science Length: Sixty-seven credit hour program Purpose: The program in Nursing equips the student with the knowledge and skills needed to begin professional practice in the care, counseling, and education of health care consumers in a variety of settings. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensing Exam-Registered Nurse). The SVCC Nursing Program assists in providing a competent entry-level Registered Nursing workforce for health care providers in Southside Virginia. Program Framework and Core Values The organizing framework for the AAS Nursing Program encompasses five core values: Patient-Centered Care, Professional Identity, Nursing Judgment, Collaboration, and Safe and Effective Care. Patient-Centered Care – Advocate for the patient and families as a source of control and full partner in providing care. By seeking learning opportunities with patients who represent all aspects of human diversity across the lifespan a nurse will be better able to demonstrate caring behaviors to a diverse population. Caring behaviors are nurturing, protective, patient-centered, and compassionate. In order to demonstrate caring behaviors and actions a nurse must understand and integrate the knowledge and understanding of natural and behavioral sciences, nursing theory, research, and past nursing experiences. Professional Identity – Conduct oneself in a way that reflects integrity, responsibility, and ethical practice. Truly understand what it means to be a nurse and what nursing means to patients, families and communities. Actively participating in professional organizations elevates the profession of nursing by instilling pride and self-fulfillment found in being a nurse. Nursing Judgment – Make effective judgment in practice by utilizing current evidence to assist with clinical decisions. Clinical decision making encompasses the performance of accurate assessments and the use of multiple methods to access information, and the analysis and integration of knowledge and information to provide positive outcomes for the patient, family, and community. Collaboration – Function effectively within nursing and the inter-professional teams. Foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care. Utilize collaboration to innovatively think about nursing practice. Challenge the status quo and offer new insight to improve the quality of care for patients, families and communities. Safe and Effective Care – Recognize the role nursing plays in the system of care and understand the process that affects outcomes for patients, families, and communities. Understand the role nurses have to continuously test and improve the quality and safety of care. Incorporate technology and standardized procedures that support safety and quality. Reporting of errors and near misses is integral to the practice of providing safe and effective care. Utilize patient teaching and learning processes to promote health and reduce health risks. These teaching and learning processes are implemented in collaboration with the patient, family, and other members of the health care team. Teaching promotes health education, informed decision-making, and promotes the patient and family to become active participants in safeguarding care. Employment Possibilities Include beginning staff nurse positions in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, clinics, and other comparable health care facilities and agencies. Program Approval and Accreditation The Virginia Board of Nursing and the State Council for Higher Education have approved and/or accredited the development, implementation, and continuation of this program. The program has been granted accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326. 404-975-5000 In Virginia, a State License is required for this profession. More information may be obtained from the Virginia Department of Health Professions; Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463 Phone: (804) 367-4515.

Programs of Study 81 Associate Degree Nursing Program Notes Requirements for Application Admission to the program is a separate process from general college admission. Please visit the SVCC website at www.southside.edu/nursing for detailed information and admission requirements. Applications for the clinical portion of the program are only accepted one time each year. Specific application windows and deadlines may be found on the SVCC website. Nursing Program Policies Nursing Program Policies related to grades and degree requirements, pre-requisite courses and course sequencing, background check and urine drug screens, medical and physical requirements, and students with disabilities can be found on our website at: http://www. southside.edu/nursing/duties/#policies. In addition to the courses listed under the “First Semester” in the Nursing Curriculum, the following must be completed prior to enrollment in any clinical nursing course: completion of a criminal background check and drug screen, medical/physical exam and specific immunizations, and certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. Re-Admissions to the Clinical Program Students who were unsuccessful in a nursing course may re-enroll in the nursing course, on a space avail- able basis, after all other qualified applicants have been accepted. Students must notify the nursing program head of their intent and must complete a re-entry form available on the SVCC website under the Nursing Programs link. More details on the re-admission criteria and process are available on our website here: http:// www.southside.edu/nursing/duties/#readmit. Clinical Contracts Individual contracts are in effect with each affiliated clinical agency and these contracts may differ in requirements made of students. The general stipulations can be reviewed on our website at http://www.southside.edu/ nursing/duties/#clin. Special Costs In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the nursing program requires uniforms, shoes, books, computer testing, medical exams, graduation pin, campus lab kit, immunizations, criminal background checks, and urine drug screens that are all at the cost of the student. For up-to-date cost estimates please visit the SVCC website at: http://www.southside.edu/nursing/duties/#costs.