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Nursing Pre-licensure Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Pre-licensure Program

This program is designed for students who have chosen to pursue a career as a professional nurse. The purpose of the bachelor’s degree nursing program at Davenport University is to prepare the graduate with the skill and knowledge necessary to function in the role of the professional nurse through the use of critical thinking, advanced assessment skills, communication, collaborating practices, applied research, self-directed learning, leadership and management skills, systems thinking, and professional development. This program prepares graduates for nursing practice across the continuum of care and in communities.

Length of Program:

  • BSN-PL Grand Rapids (120 Credits) – One full cohort of 30 students accepted in the fall of each year. 
  • BSN-PL Warren (120 Credits) – One full cohort of 60 students accepted in the fall of each year. 
  • BSN-PL Lansing (120 Credits) – One full cohort of 32 students accepted in the fall of each year
  • BSN-PL Midland (120 Credits) – One full cohort of 60 students accepted in the fall of each year.  

Mable Engle Nursing Program Philosophy:

The multifaceted roles of the practical and professional nurse are taught at Davenport University and include care provision, communication, management, and scope of practice.

Theoretical foundations shape the curricula and guide the nursing education. The Davenport University Nursing Program is a dynamic system that provides for the educational growth and development of the nursing student.  An adaptation of Fawcett’s metaparadigm is utilized and includes person, environment, health, and nursing.

  • Person - The concept of person refers to the individual or individuals as part of culture, family, community or aggregate groups who interact with the nurse in a therapeutic manner.
  • Environment -The environment is made up of the physical surroundings and the settings in which the person interacts with society as a whole.  This integrates the totality of social, cultural, and religious foundations and influences. Individuals are affected by environment and, in turn, have the ability to effect the environment.
  • Health - The health continuum from birth to death includes physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual elements.  Wellness describes the function of a person at his or her maximum potential.
  • Nursing - Nursing is a caring profession that is guided by the ANA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Nursing is not limited to physical care but incorporates the promotion, protection, and optimization of health.  Nursing practice is guided by research which contributes to the delivery of evidence-based practice.

Graduate Learning Outcomes:

The following learning objectives were developed by the faculty with the use of nursing criteria referenced in the MI Public Health Code, The Michigan Board of Nursing Curriculum Rules, the DU Excellence System, adaption of Fawcett’s metaparadigm, and the ANA Code of Ethics.

Student/Graduate Learning Outcomes – Characteristics of the Graduate

  • SCOPE OF PRACTICE

Provide care appropriate to the scope of practice and ethical dimensions for one’s own actions according to the ANA Standards of Practice.

  1. Practices within an ethical and legal framework and standards of professional nursing practice.
  2. Models accountability and responsibility for one’s own actions, clinical judgments, and decision making.
  3. Demonstrates ethical and legal decision making surrounding health care dilemmas.
  4. Advocates and protects patients and organizational confidentiality.
  • CARE PROVISION

Utilize evidence-based practice, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and the nursing process in collaboration with the interdisciplinary health care team.

  1. Assesses wellness, health needs, and risks of individuals, families, groups and communities.
  2. Plans and provides holistic, culturally-sensitive, safe, and effective therapeutic nursing interventions in collaboration with individuals, families, groups, and communities in multiple settings.
  3. Evaluates patient outcomes and the effectiveness of professional nursing practice.
  4. Revises plan of care as appropriate in collaboration with individual, family, group, community, and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  5. Evaluates research and evidence-based information for application to nursing.
  • COMMUNICATION

Engage in comprehensive, verbal, and written therapeutic communication skills to interact with patients.

  1. Incorporates therapeutic communication skills in interactions with individuals, families, groups and communities.
  2. Communicates effectively with individuals, peers, families, groups, communities, and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  3. Demonstrates appropriate college-level writing and verbal skills consistent with published expectations and standards.
  4. Utilizes technology for seeking, sorting, selecting, and presenting relevant information.
  • MANAGEMENT

Manage holistic care for patients, families, and communities with complex health needs in a variety of settings.

  1. Distinguishes leadership and management roles in guiding members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  2. Formulates a consumer-oriented approach in the delivery of cost-effective care.
  3. Prioritizes therapeutic goals for providing quality care in collaboration with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  4. Delegates appropriate functions to licensed and non-licensed caregivers in a manner consistent with the Michigan Public Health Code- Nursing.
  5. Performs selected supervision activities related to the actions of licensed and non-licensed caregivers.

Admission Requirements:

  • Complete DU Application
  • Request Official Transcripts from high school, colleges, or nursing programs be sent to Registrar Office
  • Complete Nursing Application
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Two professional recommendations
    • Personal essay
    • Completed TEAS V Exam

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Policy:

All students in the Davenport University College of Health Professions (the "COHP") are required to submit to criminal background check and drug screening (collectively, the "Testing") at the time of declaring a major in the COHP. The results of the Testing (the "Results"), which shall remain confidential, shall be used by the COHP to approve or disapprove of a Student for enrollment or continued enrollment in the COHP, and/or eligibility for training programs, clinical or practicum. The Testing shall be completed by registering for the appropriate course and completing the entire testing process in the course. Each student is responsible for acknowledging and explaining positive Result(s) after completing the process. A student will be dismissed from the COHP if he or she refuses to consent to the Testing. The cost of the Testing is the part of the course fee and is the responsibility of the student.

Faculty and Staff

Associate Dean: Sandra Welling PhDc, RN, CCM, PAHM

Chair: Amy Stahley MSN, RN

Nursing Administrative Assistant: Judy Potyraj

Lettinga

Associate Chair Lettinga: Sue Offenbecker MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator Lettinga: TBA

Campus Faculty Lettinga:  Janine Blakeslee MSN, RN

Midland/

Associate Chair Midland: Shannon Krolikowski, MSN, RN

:Campus Faculty Midland:  Lynette Love MSN, RN, Melissa Michalski MSN, RN, Mary Stewart MSN, RN

Simulation Lab Coordinator: TBA

Warren

Associate Chair Warren: Andrea Shaw MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Amanda Binge MSN, RN

Campus Faculty Warren: Joann Harrison MSN, RN, Sharon Long MSN, RN, Cherie Blondin. MSN, RN 

Online Associate Chair:  BSN-C: Kelli Leask MSN, RN

Lansing

Associate Chair: Aleta Pillai, MSN, RN

Simulation Lab Coordinator : TBA

 Accreditation:

Regional Accrediting Body:

  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle St.
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504 

National Accrediting Body:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, Georgia 30326

National Accrediting Body 

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, Georgia 30326
    http://acenursing.org/

National Accrediting Body (Candidacy)

State Board of Nursing and Approvals:

  • State of Michigan
    Department of Community Health
    Bureau of Health Professions
    Board of Nursing
    611 West Ottawa, P.O. Box 300670
    Lansing, MI 48909