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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Nursing

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Associate Professor: Donna Hills, Chairperson

Professors: Charlene A Campbell, Marie E. Jensen

Associate Professors: Kathleen K. Adee, Mary Aruda, Paula Burnett, Joanne Carlson, Anne M. DeFelippo, Nancy W. Ebersole, Marion Frost, Janice M. King, Robin Leger

Assistant Professors: Margaret Akerman, Mercy Bashir, Carol Gawrys, Tammi J. Magazzu, Cheryl Williams

Instructors: Marie Candy, Pamela G. Delis, Hannah Fraley, Charlene Moske-Weber, Courtney Orelup, Sheila Perrault

Faculty Emeriti

Professors: Susan E. Anderson, Maureen Arakelian, Ellen Eaton,Joanne H. Evans, Mary E. Farrell, Joy B.J. Garland, George J. Harrington, Katherine M. Kelly, Mary Ann P. McGovern, Maureen J. McRae,
Barbara A. Poremba, Leah Sak, Kathleen L. Skrabut, Joanne M. Turco, Beverly A. White

Associate Professors: Clara W. Boyle, Dale K. DeFort, Barbara D. Heggestad, Marie J. Kelleher, Martha A. Lombard, Maureen McMullen, Caroline S. Stone, Ruth T. Sweeney, Mary June Walmsley

Assistant Professors: Jeanne C. Duffy, Jeanne E. McCarthy

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN Option 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, LPN to BSN (Part-time Program) 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Second Bachelor Degree  


The Nursing Major (B.S.N. Degree)

 The baccalaureate program in nursing prepares students for entry into professional nursing practice while also providing a liberal arts education. The nursing courses provide the knowledge and skills necessary for practice in a variety of healthcare settings and for the provision of care to people of all ages and lifestyles. Graduates of this program are also well-prepared for advanced study in graduate level courses. The BSN degree and the LPN to BSN degree requires 120 credits, with 55 credits earned specifically in the study of nursing. The RN to BSN requires 120 credits, with 65 credits in nursing. When the RN to BSN student is accepted into the program, they are awarded 35 credits based on the receipt of the RN license as prior learning/advanced placement credit.

The Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing was implemented May 2016. The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing (ABSN) program is designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing academic program and wish to pursue a career in nursing. 

This rigorous, 15-month, full-time cohort program begins May of each year (Summer Session One) and concludes in August of the following year. Following successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination, and upon passing the examination, will be licensed to practice as a registered nurse. Courses and clinical sites will be offered either day, evenings and/or weekends. Clinical practice sites will be offered in a variety of settings throughout the North Shore and Boston area. Students that complete the FAFSA may be eligible for federal loans

The faculty is committed to integrating classroom knowledge with diverse clinical experiences. Students provide nursing care and develop leadership skills in acute, chronic and long-term care settings as well as in the local community health agencies. Generic students and LPNs begin their preparation in the Nursing Skills Lab, and students build upon these skills in an on-site Simulation Laboratory. Clinical practice for the RN-BSN students is provided in a public health setting and at a clinical site which provides opportunities to develop leadership skills.

The Mission of the Salem State University School of Nursing is to educate students to become professional nurse leaders in practice, scholarship, and service. Grounded in patient-centered quality care, the program fosters a spirit of inquiry based upon ethical principles to lead in a diverse and dynamic global environment.

At the completion of the undergraduate program, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize, value and respect the diversity and individuality of human beings throughout the lifespan.
  2. Develop an individual philosophy of nursing reflecting the uniqueness of the dynamic human-environment process.
  3. Incorporate theory and evidence-based practice in the delivery of nursing care.
  4. Apply principles of ethical, legal, regulatory and humanistic decision making in professional nursing practice.
  5. Engage in the creative use of knowledge as a competent and caring professional to foster the maximum health potential of human beings.
  6. Actively participate within a collaborative interdisciplinary team responsible to global healthcare systems and policy to achieve desired patient outcomes.
  7. Recognize the need for continual pursuit of knowledge through life-long learning, and the integration of technological innovations to provide quality, patient-centered care and outcome measurement.
  8. Integrate research findings into evidence-based practice. 

Pre-licensure graduates who complete the program are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Eligibility to take this exam requires compliance with the “Good Moral Character” clause of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 112, Section 74 (Board of Registration Policy (00-01). This includes evaluation by the Board of Registration in Nursing of all misdemeanor and felony convictions, and discipline by a licensure/certification body. Individuals convicted of certain crimes are permanently excluded from nurse licensure in Massachusetts. Applicants are advised to call the Board of Registration in Nursing at 617.973.0900 for further clarification.

The School of Nursing meets the requirements for accreditation and those of theMassachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. This program is accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, telephone 202.887.6791.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Fifty-five (55) credits in Nursing are required. The required courses in the major are:

NUR 104 , NUR 105 , NUR 210B NUR 212B NUR 320 , NUR 321 , NUR 370 , NUR 409 NUR 412B NUR 415B , NUR 420A , NUR 422 , NUR 423 , NUR 424 , NUR 425 .  

The science prerequisites for NUR 210B  are BIO 105 , BIO 200 , and CHE 117 . The science prerequisite for NUR 212B  is BIO 201 . BIO 304  may be taken as a co-requisite either with NUR 210B  or with NUR 212B . Nursing students must achieve a C- grade in each of the prerequisite science courses.

Nursing majors who receive an unacceptable grade (below C-) in a prerequisite science course (BIO 105 , BIO 200 , BIO 201 , BIO 304 , and CHE 117 ), will be permitted to repeat the course one time. If a student fails to achieve an acceptable grade in the repeated course, the student must withdraw from the Nursing major.  A student may not repeat more than two prerequisite science courses. This policy applies to Nursing majors and transfer students requesting entry into the Nursing major.

Students must have completed PSY 101  before entry into NUR 210B PSY 322  must be completed prior to NUR 320 .

Students must receive a minimum grade of C+ in all Nursing courses, and students other than ABSN students will be permitted to repeat only one Nursing course once. A second nursing course failure to achieve at least a C+ in a course mandates withdrawal from the Nursing major. For Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing students only: ABSN students must receive a minimum grade of C+ in all Nursing courses.  An ABSN student who fails to achieve at least a C+ in a nursing course on the first attempt will be dismissed from the nursing program.

Additional Requirements. Nursing majors are expected to carry their own health insurance, as well as liability insurance. Liability insurance is purchased through the University for about $15.00 per year. During clinical courses, there are certain equipment items which students must own at an approximate cost of $100, such as a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff. Majors in Nursing must be prepared to provide their own transportation to clinical agencies. Uniforms to be worn in the clinical area are purchased through the Salem State University Bookstore prior to the second semester, sophomore year.

Throughout the program, ATI standardized tests are administered and may count as a course test grade. During the final semester students must take the ATI Comprehensive Predictor examinations in preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure. Please see additional details in the School of Nursing Student Handbook of Academic Policies. A Nursing Resource Center fee of $100 is assessed for ten of the nursing courses for ATI testing materials and examinations.