Nursing (A.S.)

The Davis & Elkins College Division of Nursing prepares students to function competently and safely at the beginning staff level position and provides the foundation for upward mobility into higher levels of nursing education.

The Associate in Science in Nursing curriculum combines selections from the liberal arts and related cognates with courses from the professional major. Students are guided in the development of critical thinking and decision making skills. In addition, the concept of educational mobility is incorporated, allowing LPN students to enter the curriculum with advanced placement.

Mission

The faculty of the Division of Nursing of Davis & Elkins College supports the beliefs and general purposes of the College. The mission of the Division of Nursing is in concert with the College’s mission “To prepare and inspire students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world.” The mission of the Division of Nursing is to provide its students with a personalized quality education designed to prepare its graduates to practice as registered nurses and to provide a foundation for lifelong learning and future professional development.

Philosophy

The Davis & Elkins College nursing faculty ascribes to the core competencies for nursing and nursing education identified by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project. The competencies are noted in italics. While firmly based in science and the arts, the essence of nursing is caring and compassionate patient-centered care. Ethical standards, respect for individual dignity, and consideration of cultural context are implicit in the practice of patient-centered care. The nurse advocates for patients and families in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings. Nursing care is provided in collaboration with the patient, the family and members of the health care team. The nurse displays a spirit of inquiry by examining evidence to improve quality of care, promote safety and improve patient outcomes. Nursing judgment is integral to making competent decisions related to the provision of safe and effective nursing care. Information essential to nursing care is communicated via a variety of technological and human means. The adoption of these key philosophical components fosters the development of the nurse’s professional identity.

Associate Degree End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes

The curriculum of the Davis & Elkins College Associate in Science in nursing program is designed to prepare a graduate who will:

  • Employ practices to ensure safety of patients and improve outcomes of care.
  • Advocate for patients, recognizing the patient or designee as the source of control and as full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values and needs.
  • Collaborate effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve safe, quality patient care in a variety of health care settings.
  • Use nursing judgment based on best current evidence to provide safe care for patients and families across the lifespan.
  • Apply principles of quality improvement to monitor the outcomes of care and minimize risk of harm to patients and providers.
  • Use information and technology to communicate, document care, minimize error and support decision making.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in the implementation of the role of the registered nurse.

Careers in Nursing

Nursing is one of today’s most challenging careers for men and women, filled with endless personal and professional rewards. By using skills that blend scientific knowledge with compassion and caring, you will make a difference in someone’s life every day.

This is an exciting time to enter the profession. The current nursing shortage and the aging population will create a need for more nurses. It is predicted that by 2020, there will be 434,000 vacant positions in nursing nationwide.

Within six months, 100 percent of D&E Nursing graduates are employed. Some area facilities that hire our graduates include: Davis Medical Center, Elkins; West Virginia University Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital, Buckhannon; Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston; West Virginia University Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown; Mon Health Mon General Hospital, Morgantown; and West Virginia University Medicine United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

Many options in the nursing field make it a desirable profession. Choices include: travel nursing, home health, legal nurse consultant, forensic nursing, occupational health, school nursing, hospice, health educator, ambulatory care and more. Many nurses continue their education to become advanced practice nurses.

Externships

Several area hospitals offer nursing students the opportunity to participate in a nurse externship program. Nurse externs who have completed their first year of nursing earn as they learn during a 4-6-week summer program. Under the supervision of a Registered Nurse preceptor, externs get a first-hand learning experience, and increase knowledge and skills in patient assessment, clinical judgment, technical practice, organization, decision making and problem solving. Externs are exposed to a variety of clinical settings, and participate in the care and management of patients and families.

Accreditation

ACEN SealThe Davis & Elkins College Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is fully approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (90 MacCorkle Ave. SW, Suite 203, South Charleston, WV 25303, phone: (304) 744-0900, email).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

Facilities

Students practice skills in two clinical laboratories – one on D&E’s campus and one on the campus of Davis Health System.

The Center for Advanced Clinical Learning by Davis Medical Center and Davis & Elkins College was dedicated November 6, 2017. Benefitting D&E’s students and DMC staff nurses, the simulation lab is equipped with four VitalSim manikins. A variety of scenarios are used to include the National League for Nursing VitalSim Scenarios which offer multiple cases to assess and manage patients, identify and prioritize problems, and perform key interventions. The facility also has two conference rooms for pre and post conference and debriefing, and each simulator has a private room with computer monitoring capability. D&E students perform clinical rotations at The Center for Advanced Clinical Learning on Tuesday and Thursday during the fall and spring semesters, and the simulators are available to the DMC education department at all other times.

A skills lab housed in Eshleman Science Center on D&E’s campus has six non-simulation manikins available to perform various procedures including wound care, IV skills, central line care and basic skills practice. Students have access to EHR Tutor®, a simulated electronic health record that allows for the practice in documentation of care, and uCentral®, an online resource of current information for clinical and medication references, ensuring students have the most recent information when caring for patients.

The Division of Nursing maintains working agreements with area health care facilities to provide clinical experience for nursing students. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Davis Medical Center
  • Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center
  • West Virginia University Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • West Virginia University Medicine United Hospital Center
  • William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital

Preceptorship facilities include:

  • Broaddus Hospital
  • Davis Medical Center
  • Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital
  • Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Mountain Hospice
  • Pocahontas Memorial Hospital
  • West Virginia University Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • West Virginia University Medicine United Hospital Center
  • William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital

Clubs

Davis & Elkins College Student Nurses’ Association
The Davis & Elkins College Student Nurses’ Association (DESNA) is a pre-professional organization for nursing and pre-nursing students. Membership in this organization is required for all students in the nursing program at Davis & Elkins College. The faculty feels that involvement and participation in the student organization will groom students for involvement in professional organizations as a graduate. It prepares them to be responsible, accountable members of the profession of nursing. As a member of DESNA the student has the opportunity to also become a member of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). Some of the benefits realized from this membership include:

Be a Nurse at D&E

D&E offers three robust Nursing programs to choose from. The BSN program is a competitive program for students who want to go far in their nursing career. An ASN from Davis & Elkins will prepare you to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become an RN. The RN to BSN online program is designed for busy working professionals seeking increased pay and exciting opportunities such as management, research and case management.

the degree

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I highly recommend D&E Nursing as the school of choice to obtain your bachelor’s degree. The campus is beautiful, the nursing program is phenomenal, the teachers are great, and the nursing staff are like family. If I had a choice to obtain my bachelor’s degree – D&E would be my number one choice. The D&E nursing program rocks and helped me mold me into the nurse I am today.

Annie Thorne, RN, Advisory council Member

Department Directory

Earlene England

Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Hannah Furby

Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Jennifer Greathouse

Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
Melissa McCoy

Melissa McCoy

Director of the Associate Degree Program in Nursing; Professor of Nursing
Brenda Miller

Brenda Miller

Administrative Assistant, Division of Nursing
Valerie Posey

Valerie Posey

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Denice Reese

Denice Reese

Professor of Nursing

Alice Rosanski

Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
Karen Seel

Karen Seel

Associate Professor of Nursing

Brenda Sigley

Adjunt Faculty, Nursing

Haley Smoot

Instructor of Nursing
Christina Swecker

Christina Swecker

Professor of Nursing

Natasha Wamsley

Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
Huixin Wu

Huixin Wu

Chair, Division of Nursing; Director, Bachelor's of Nursing Programs; Associate Professor of Nursing

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