The School of Nursing offers the following programs: (1) a traditional undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.); (2) a B.S.N. program for persons holding degrees in other fields; (3) a B.S.N. program for R.N.s; (4) a Graduate Program with tracks leading to a Master’s degree; and (5) Post-Master’s Certificate Programs.
The programs are registered with the New York State Education Department and are accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791. The School belongs to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League for Nursing. The School’s faculty of professional nurse educators and clinicians possess nursing expertise as well as excellence in teaching. Widely recognized as national leaders in nursing education, faculty members publish regularly and serve as researchers and consultants in nursing science, education and service.
Mission and Philosophy
The mission of the School of Nursing is congruent with the mission and purposes of its parent institution, The College of New Rochelle. The educational philosophy of the School of Nursing is formed on three pillars: a liberal arts curriculum, a Catholic heritage, and the value of understanding the human experience. Encompassing these is a holistic approach to nursing based on a caring-healing framework that defines nursing and caring with compassion, empathy, altruism with the intention of healing body, mind, spirit.
Grounded in a holistic worldview that recognizes caring-healing as the foundation of nursing, The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing is dedicated to programs of academic excellence. The curricula of the undergraduate and graduate programs support the development of knowledgeable caring-healing professionals who are prepared to serve a society through transformative nursing practice. The faculty believe that nursing as a service profession has a primary responsibility to address the holistic health care needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. The professional nurse is a responsible and accountable member of a global society, who is committed to lifelong learning and education. Life-long learning requires the continuous pursuit of diverse opportunities for intellectual growth that enable the nurse to respond to the needs of society and fully participate as leaders in society.
The Baccalaureate program is based on a strong foundation of liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies that prepares the graduate as a nurse generalist. The baccalaureate nurse generalist practices within a holistic, caring-healing framework in a variety of healthcare settings. The nurse generalist cares for clients from diverse populations across the lifespan, the health-illness continuum, and evolving global environments, and is prepared to promote safe, ethical care through evidence-based practice, and clinical and critical reasoning, and other ways of knowing. As a member of the interprofessional healthcare team, the nurse generalist communicates effectively, supports information literacy, influences healthcare policy, and assumes leadership roles. Graduates of the baccalaureate program are accountable for their professional practice, and are committed to self-care in order to care for others. As a leader and advocate, the nurse generalist engages in service to society, life-long reflective learning and practice, self-evaluation, and professional development, including advanced studies.
The Master’s program is built on the foundation of baccalaureate nursing practice, and prepares professional nurses with advanced knowledge and expertise, information literacy and other ways of knowing. The Master’s prepared nurse practices in a variety of advanced roles, including clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse educator and nurse manager in all healthcare settings. The Master’s prepared nurse collaborates with an interprofessional healthcare team to deliver advanced holistic, safe, ethical, evidence-based care; promotes health and shapes health and nursing programs and systems; and teaches and mentors clients and members of the healthcare system. The Master’s prepared nurse is a leader who is knowledgeable in sociopolitical arenas that influence healthcare and social policy at all levels, and serves as a role model for service to society, change, and advocacy. The program provides a foundation for life-long leadership, professional development, and preparation for doctoral study in nursing.
Baccalaureate Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Synthesize concepts and theories from the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies as the foundation for nursing practice within an interdisciplinary, holistic, caring-healing framework.
- Use clinical and critical reasoning and other ways of knowing as a basis for providing safe, ethical, and evidence-based client care.
- Use effective communication and information literacy as a foundation for professional nursing practice and interdisciplinary collaboration.
- Care for clients from diverse, multicultural, and evolving global environments within a holistic, caring-healing, evidence-based, ethical framework.
- Demonstrate commitment to leadership and professional development, including healthcare policy advocacy, self-care management, reflective learning, and service to society.
Master’s Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Integrate extant and emerging research and scholarly knowledge to advance nursing care, education, and management within an interdisciplinary, holistic, caring-healing framework.
- Demonstrate advanced clinical and critical reasoning, reflective learning, ethical analysis and all ways of knowing to assess, design, implement, and evaluate advanced nursing care, education, and management practices that are holistic, safe, and evidence-based.
- Use communication, effective and therapeutic information literacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration to influence complex health, cultural, and sociopolitical issues of diverse populations.
- Participate in designing and implementing cost-effective care in diverse, multicultural, and dynamic environments and systems.
- Explicate policy, organization, and financing of health care to initiate change and improve nursing and health care practices.
- Demonstrate role development through accountability and leadership in clinical, management and education advanced practice roles.
Clinical experience takes place in a variety of clinical facilities including, but not limited to: acute care medical centers; chronic and long-term care facilities; community-based agencies; and educational institutions. Students have opportunities to learn in nationally and internationally known health institutions in the metropolitan area.
Learning Resource Center for Nursing
The Learning Resource Center for Nursing (LRCN) is a multipurpose facility located in Angela Hall. On the lower level there are four nursing skills laboratories and a media/computer room. Two of the skills laboratories are used for simulation experiences, one for health assessment, and one for general skills practice. Static manikins and task trainers are available for use by students during assigned laboratory times or as desired. The health assessment laboratory includes diagnostic/clinical decision-making tools and equipment, such as a student auscultation model (SAM), ophthalmoscopes, otoscopes, examining tables, and an EKG machine. Students and faculty have the use of two adult, one infant, and one child computer-controlled wireless VitaSim™ manikins, and “Noelle,” a manikin simulating pregnancy and delivery. The VitaSim™ manikins simulate real-life clients and offer the students the opportunity to practice without the stress of actual patient care. The simulation laboratory has been recently renovated to include a viewing room with one-way glass to observe student practice without intruding on the client situation. The media laboratory offers an assortment of 650 videos/DVDs computers, and two TV/Video/DVD players. All are available for student use. There is a small nursing library available for student research and class preparation.
On the first floor of Angela Hall is a simulated home care suite. It includes a living room, a kitchen, and bathroom. A grant from Verizon provided financing for the purchase of telenursing equipment. This is a new technology currently being used by community health nurses to monitor patients more effectively.