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Level Objectives

The curriculum of the Calvin College Department of Nursing is structured from simple to complex. Level 1 is comprised of key introductory concepts in the context of Community Based and Mental Health Nursing. Level 2 walks students through the entire lifespan from conception to death. It is assumed that the student will begin their education through the lifespan dealing with infants and children who are generally healthy and progress to older adults who may have multiple health issues. Expectations of the students increase in accordance with the increased complexity of the lifespan segment. Level 3 will focus on more expanded roles of the nurse as students move into leadership/management experiences and community focused nursing. Given this approach, curriculum concepts will be leveled by applying them to increasingly complex segments of the lifespan and in more challenging settings.

Level 1: Introduction/Foundational Concepts

Health Promotion / Health Protection in Community Based and Mental Health Nursing

At the completion of Level 1 the student will be able to demonstrate the following:

KNOWLEDGE

  1. Describe the Reformed Christian worldview as it relates to community based and mental health nursing.
  2. Identify concepts of health promotion and primary, secondary, and tertiary health protection relevant to the care of diverse individuals in the community and with mental health issues, their families, and their communities.
  3. List the principles of community based nursing as they are operationalized in mental health nursing.
  4. Describe the relationship between nursing research and empirically based practice in community based and mental health nursing.

COMPETENCIES AND ABILITIES

  1. Implement basic skills in assessment, critical thinking, clinical judgment, nursing process, and ethical decision-making in the provision of nursing care to persons in the community and those with mental health concerns.
  2. Use communication principles to form partnerships with diverse individuals in the community, those with mental health issues, their families, and their communities.
  3. Use beginning level technical skills, health care technology, and informatics in the care of diverse individuals in the community and those with mental health issues.
  4. Assume the basic roles of the professional nurse in the promotion and protection of the health of persons in the community and those with mental health issues, their families, and their communities.

COMMITMENTS

  1. Identify core virtues (An Engagement with God's World: The Core Curriculum of Calvin College) that would be relevant to the practice of community based and mental health nursing as a Reformed Christian professional nurse.
  2. Discuss the concept of lifelong Christian service to the human community within the discipline of nursing.

Level 2: Lifespan

Health Promotion/Health Protection for Pregnant Women, Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Adults

At the conclusion of Level 2 the student will be able to demonstrate the following:

KNOWLEDGE

  1. Analyze the components of the Reformed Christian worldview as it relates to nursing care for persons across the entire lifespan.
  2. Apply knowledge of health promotion and primary, secondary, and tertiary health protection in the care of diverse pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents, and adults, their families, and their communities.
  3. Apply concepts of community based nursing in the health care delivery for persons from conception to death.
  4. Use nursing research to design empirically based practice for persons across the lifespan.

COMPETENCIES AND ABILITIES

  1. Perform skills in assessment, critical thinking, clinical judgment, nursing process, and ethical decision-making in accordance with the existing empirical base in the provision of nursing care for pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents, and adults.
  2. Adapt communication skills appropriately for diverse individuals across the lifespan, their families, and their communities for the purpose of forming effective, collaborative partnerships.
  3. Use informatics, technical skills, and health care technology according to accepted protocols in the care of diverse individuals from conception to death.
  4. Assume the appropriate roles of the professional nurse in the promotion and protection of the health of persons across the lifespan, their families and their communities.

COMMITMENTS

  1. Act in accordance with the core virtues (An Engagement with God's World: The Core Curriculum of Calvin College) as they implement the practice of Reformed Christian nursing with persons across the lifespan.
  2. Formulate judgments about the duty one has to engage in lifelong Christian service to the human community within the discipline of nursing.

Level 3: Expanding the Role of the Professional Nurse

Community Focused Nursing and Leadership/Management

At the conclusion of Level 3 the student will be able to demonstrate the following:

KNOWLEDGE

  1. Synthesize their understanding of the Reformed Christian worldview as it relates to the role of the nurse as leader/manager and care provider for communities.
  2. Analyze health promotion and primary, secondary, and tertiary health protection needs from the vantage point of the nurse as a leader/manager and a care provider for communities.
  3. Contrast community based and community focused nursing.
  4. Evaluate the nursing research that serves as the nurse's vehicle for empirically based practice in community focused nursing and leadership/management roles.

COMPETENCIES AND ABILITIES

  1. Implement skills in assessment, critical thinking, clinical judgment, nursing process, and ethical decision-making in leadership/management contexts and in community focused nursing proficiently.
  2. Demonstrate communication skills that will enable them to form effective community partnerships and collaborate with other professionals.
  3. Use informatics, technical skills, and health care technology independently and efficiently in the role of a nurse leader/manager and in the care of diverse communities.
  4. Assume the array of roles of the professional nurse including manager/coordinator of care and member of the profession.

COMMITMENTS

  1. Formulate the roles assumed by the Reformed Christian professional nurse in community focused nursing and leadership/management capacities in accordance with the core virtues (An Engagement with God's World: The Core Curriculum of Calvin College).
  2. Evaluate the necessity of ongoing learning for the purpose of lifelong Christian service to the human community within the discipline of nursing.