NURSING

NURSING AT AMU

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is designed as a four-year nursing program. In the first two years, students in the pre-nursing track complete the Core Curriculum and pre-nursing science requirements and then apply to the Nursing Major. Upon successful admission to nursing, students spend the third and fourth years taking almost exclusively nursing courses.Ave Maria University is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to offer the BSN degree. Our program adheres to the Charter for Health Care Workers issued by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers (1995).As of March 2021, this nursing education program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Skills You will Gain

1. Critical thinking. Throughout your coursework, you will gain understanding of and experience with evidence-based practice, communication, collaboration, professional leadership, cultural humility, professional values and information technology. These skills combine to create a solid background as you begin your nursing career, and will assist you as you navigate your personal life.

2. Catholic understanding of the human person. At Ave Maria University, we take a decidedly faith-based approach to nursing. By embracing Catholic values that respect the dignity of each individual, you will apply what you learn in the nursing program to a career focused on bringing healing and hope to others.

3. Biomedical ethics. As you partake in a Catholic-focused approach toward nursing, you will grow in respect for ethical medical treatments as you care for the sick and suffering through the love of Christ.

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Assistant Professor of Nursing

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tracy.ahern@avemaria.edu

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(230) 280-1559

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Prince 101

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Assistant Professor of Nursing

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diann.ecret@avemaria.edu

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(239) 304-7958

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Assistant Professor of Nursing

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patty.diaz@avemaria.edu

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Chair of the Nursing Department; Assistant Professor of Nursing

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aileen.staller@avemaria.edu

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(239) 304-7931

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Prince 118

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REQUIRED COURSES

Required Prerequisite Courses

BIOL 203 Introduction to Microbiology

CHEM 105 Chemistry for Health Sciences or CHEM 125 General Chemistry I

NURS 200 Clinical Nutrition

PSYC 201 Principles and Methods of Psychology

PSYC 301 Human Development and Learning

Required Courses for the Major

NURS 215 Introduction to Professional Nursing

NURS 310 Fundamentals of Nursing

NURS 310L Fundamentals in Nursing Lab

NURS 315 Health Assessment

NURS 315L Health Assessment Lab

NURS 330 Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice

NURS 335 Applied Pharmacology

NURS 350 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

NURS 350 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Clinical

NURS 410 Community Health Nursing

NURS 410L Community Health Nursing Clinical

NURS 415 Adult Health and Illness I

NURS 415L Adult Health and Illness I Clinical

NURS 420 Nursing Care of Women

NURS 420L Nursing Care of Women Clinical

NURS 430 Nursing Care of Children

NURS 430L Nursing Care of Children Clinical

NURS 440 Adult Health and Illness II

NURS 440 Adult Health and Illness II Clinical

NURS 450 Leadership and Management

NURS 450 Leadership and Management Clinical

NURS 455 Professional Nursing Review

NURS 460 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

DEPARTMENTAL MESSAGE

The concepts of critical thinking, evidence-based practice, communication, collaboration, professional leadership, cultural humility, professional values, and information technology are introduced in the first nursing course and emphasized throughout the curriculum. Nursing courses focus on enhancing the nursing students’ critical thought process. Evidence-based nursing practice is introduced in the first nursing course and emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Students intending to major in Nursing will proceed through the full sequence of the core curriculum. The Nursing Program shares the ideals and aims of liberal education which permeate the entire university. The core provides an indispensable foundation for the study of the nursing. The Nursing Program values the core especially for providing a broad orientation to the unity of truth, the understanding of the human person as expressed in the Catholic intellectual tradition, and the just ordering of society as developed in Western Civilization. In addition, the collective coursework of the core inculcates the skills and habits necessary for studies within the craft of nursing, such as critical thinking, evidence-based practice, communication, mathematical and scientific analysis, and above all, prudence.

The nursing program at Ave Maria University adheres to the Charter for Health Care Workers issued by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers (1995). The nursing program should build upon the Christian understanding of the human person as taught in the core curriculum. It should highlight the care of the sick and suffering as a participation in the love of Christ. It should teach and reinforce principles and conclusions of Catholic biomedical ethics. It should promote the true health of the human person. It should foster dedication and excellence in the skills, knowledge, and habits necessary for the nursing profession. The nature of nursing as service to the life of the human person demands such dedication and excellence.

Since the initial graduating class of May 2017, AMU has graduated four annual cohorts in the BSN Program. The BSN Program has exceeded the NCLEX pass rate goals established by the Florida Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing for each of the initial three cohorts; the results for the fourth cohort (May 2020 graduates) are not yet available.

The first four cohorts have graduated a combined 93% of the students who entered the program – exceeding the AMU goal of 90% graduation in each of the past two years.

The first three cohorts each exceeded the AMU job placement goal of 90% of graduates; the job placement results for the fourth cohort are not yet available.

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