• Nursing practice is a study of the lived experiences of health, illness, and
disease and the relationship between these three elements.
• Nurses use critical thinking & clinical judgment to provide evidence-based
care to individuals, families, aggregates, and communities to
achieve an optimal level of client wellness in diverse setting/ contexts.
Benner, P. (2001). From novice to expert: Excellence and power in clinical nursing
practice. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Pender - Health Promotion Theory
• Increasing a person's well-being
• Multi-dimensional interaction within their environment in the pursuit
• The role of the nurse is the exert influence on persons throughout their
• The nurse must have a deep understanding determinates of health be-haviors
in order to promote the persons to promote the person's per-ceived
strategies toward well-being.·
• These strategies are with the client, family in changing behaviors to
achieve a healthy lifestyle.
• Nursing collaborates with individual, families, and community to create
the most favorable conditions for the expression of optimal health and
high-level of well-being.
Pender, N. (1996). Health promotion in nursing practice (3rd ed). Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
At the completion of the program, the graduate will be:
1. A critical thinker who uses clinical nursing judgement and ethical decision
making to design/manage/coordinate nursing care based on evidence and
current research, a broad knowledge base and standards of nursing practice.
2. An effective communicator who uses various modalities to provide caring,
competent and holistic nursing care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
3. A competent provider of nursing care who delivers safe, holistic, therapeu-tic
nursing interventions with individuals, families and communities in a
variety of settings.
4. A professional role model who assumes responsibility and accountability for
personal and professional behaviors, ethical practice and client advocacy.
The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education (CCNE) and is also approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing.
Inquiries can be made to the CCNE at:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW Suite 750
Washington, D.C. 20001
Inquiries may also be made to the South Carolina Board of Nursing at:
110 Centerview Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29210
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM (BSN)
This professional program prepares graduates to assume entry-level positions
in a variety of health care settings. The program is divided into two compo-nents;
entry as a pre-nursing major focused on meeting course pre-requisites,
and entry as a nursing major focused on the clinical and didactic portions of
the nursing curriculum. Required pre-nursing courses provide a broad back-ground
in general education and form the foundation for the professional
nursing component of the program. Courses taken in the last two years of
the program provide the theoretical and practical basis for nursing practice in
an increasingly complex health care system. In addition to focusing on the es-sentials
of nursing in the hospital, the curriculum also emphasizes community
based and primary care. Opportunities to provide care to diverse clients are
provided. Use of technology is integrated through out the program. The pro-gram
prepares graduates for professional positions immediately after gradua-tion
and provides a firm foundation for graduate study. Students who earn the
Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are eligible to sit for the National Council
Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
The School of Nursing utilizes the facilities and resources of the entire univer-sity,
the community and upstate health care agencies. The School of Nursing
has two campuses that offer the undergraduate program in nursing, one at
the main campus at USC Upstate and one on the Greenville campus at the Uni-versity
Center at Greenville (UCG). Both campuses are equipped with state of
the art classrooms, computer labs in addition to a separate Simulation Center.
The School on the main campus is located in the Health Education Complex
housing state-of-the-art educational technology. The Simulation Center as-sists
students to learn in multiple modalities, including human patient simula-tors.
The School of Nursing offers a diversity of clinical sites for student experiences.
Spartanburg Regional Health System, Prisma Health Upstate, AnMed Health,
and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital are some of the primary sites used for
clinical experiences. The School has contracts with more than 60 additional
health care agencies in the upstate supporting the variety of clinical learning
experiences for all students.
Clinical learning experiences are varied in settings and are located in both
Spartanburg and Greenville and surrounding counties. Students are expected
to travel to and from all clinical experiences. Students are responsible for
providing their own transportation and carrying appropriate insurance. The
School of Nursing is not liable for any traffic violations or auto mishaps during
the students’ commute.
RESPONSIBILITIES TO CLINICAL AGENCIES
Students are responsible for complying with policies and procedures required
by clinical agencies. Failure to meet these requirements may lead to exclusion
from required clinical educational experiences and prevent progression in the
The School of Nursing acknowledges that health care delivery systems are
evolving at an accelerated rate and becoming increasingly reliant on com-puter
technology. Computer literacy is rapidly becoming a basic communi-cation
skill. Prior to enrolling in nursing courses, it is required that students
familiarize themselves with basic computer skills. Students should be able to
use a computer to log onto their e-mail account to communicate with other
students and faculty. They should be able to log on to the Internet to access
class content. Ability to use a word processing program and perform Internet
searches for health care related materials are also required skills.
ADVISING AND ASSISTANCE
The focus of advising in the School of Nursing is to assist students to success-
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