The School of Nursing is located in Crean Hall. It contains well-equiped classrooms, nursing skills clinical laboratories, computer and audiovisual centers, the Health Sciences Library, an auditorium, and a student lounge with lockers.
St. Francis Medical Center provides the primary clinical facility for the correlation of theory to practice required nursing courses. Additional clinical facilities are selected to provide a broad range of learning experiences to meet the curriculum objectives. Some of these sites may be: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Hampton Behavioral Health Center, University Medical Center at Princeton, Capital Health, Centra State and various clinics, as well as nursery and grade schools.
Costs and arrangements for transportation to and from the School of Nursing and clinical affiliations are each student's responsibility.
The educational program of St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing is based on Gospel values, which advocate principles of social justice, stewardship and courage. These principles advocate for a society in which all can realize their full potential and achieve the common good.
The faculty believes that each human is a unique, holistic being with biological, psychological, socio-cultural and spiritual dimensions. We further believe that each human has dignity and intrinsic worth through all stages of development and constantly influences and is influenced by his ever-changing environment. This environment consists of all the forces that impact on man, and includes culture, family, community, society, and the physical universe.
Health is a state of wholeness or integrity of the individual. Health is a relative dynamic state that continuously alters as a person adapts to changes. Wellness is a state in which the individual, family and community are able to function at an optimal level throughout the life cycle. Illness is a process in which the health status of a person is diminished when compared to one's previous condition.
Nursing is a professional discipline with both art and science components. It involves the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the individual's, family's and community's responses to actual and/or potential health needs. Caring is basic to nursing practice as it involves intentional acts based on the welfare of another that demonstrates concern or empathy. The nurse functions independently, inter-dependently and dependently in multiple roles in collaboration with others. The nurse uses nursing process, critical thinking skills, and therapeutic communication to promote optimal health and provide compassionate care.
Education is a cooperative process involving teachers and learners in the pursuit of knowledge through planned and purposeful learning experiences designed to result in cognitive and behavioral changes. Each individual has a unique learning style and learns at his or her own pace. Education is most effective when it encourages self-direction and the internalization of the concept that learning is a life-long process.
Nursing education incorporates knowledge from nursing, the humanities and the physical, biological, social and psychological sciences. Nursing education is a continuous process, whereby the art and science of nursing are translated into responsible nursing practice.
The faculty is responsible for developing and implementing a curriculum which evolves from a synthesis of our beliefs about health, nursing and education. Opportunities are provided for students to grow intellectually and in self-awareness. Experiences are also provided for students to develop sensitivity to and an appreciation of the diverse cultural and societal needs of the community, which includes the poor and underserved population.
The faculty support student participation in health promotion activities in the community. The faculty also involves students in activities that promote the recognition of professional and civic responsibilities.
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing prepares its graduates to function as beginning level practitioners of professional nursing. The graduates are prepared to apply the nursing process in the care of individuals, families and communities at all stages of development and wellness and in a variety of settings. The graduates are able to function with autonomy and a sense of professional, ethical and legal accountability in acute, intermediate, long term and ambulatory health care environments.
Student Learning Outcomes
A graduate of St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing will:
- Integrate concepts from the sciences and evidence-based nursing practice into the care of diverse patients, families and communities.
- Effectively communicate and collaborate as a member of the health care team, incorporating technological resources to deliver quality patient centered care.
- Practice within the legal and ethical parameters of the profession.
- Function competently and safely incorporating professional standards into the delivery of patient centered care.
- Employ leadership and management skills in the delivery of patient centered care.
- Exhibit responsible behavior that is self-directive and encompasses person and professional growth.
- 80% of graduates will indicate satisfaction with the nursing program and their preparation for practice.
- Graduate classes will achieve a pass rate on NCLEX-RN at or above the national mean.
- 80% of the graduates will be employed at 6 months post graduation.
- 75% of the students admitted to the first nursing course will graduate within three (3) years.
- Employers of St. Francis graduates will indicate satisfaction with the preparation of the graduates.