Nursing (B.S.)

Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Board) in session on June 7, 2019 approved the Davis & Elkins College traditional 4-year pre-licensure baccalaureate of science in nursing degree program site visit report verifying the application contents and resources and provisionally approves the program.

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). 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.

Baccalaureate Degree End-of-program student learning

The curriculum is organized around the QSEN Competencies and uses the NLN Competencies for Graduates of Baccalaureate Programs as a foundation. Successful completion of the program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Establish a culture that ensures taht patients receive quality care in a safe environment. (S)
  2. Function as both an advocate and a change agent to infulence healthcare policies that will improve the delivery of care. (PCC)
  3. Collaborate and communicate with members of the healthcare team in the delivery of personalized, cost-effective, and ethical care. (TWC)
  4. Act as a role model to foster teh use of evidence-based practice to improve or modify nursing practice. (EBP)
  5. Champion quality improvement efforts by empowering staff to engage in and move quality improvement initiatives forward. (QI)
  6. Incorporate information technology to facilitate access to resources necessary to meet the health care needs of individuals, families, and communities. (IT)
  7. Practice with integrity, legal accountability, ethical responsibility, advocacy, caring, and a commitment to lifelong learning. (P)

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; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Buckhannon; Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston; Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown; Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont; Mon General Hospital, Morgantown; and United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

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

The baccalaureate degree nursing program is in the process to apply for the dual pre-accreditation candidacy of national nursing accreditation organizations (ACEN and NLN-CNEA). NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners granted pre-accreditation candidacy status to our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (pre-licensure) program on September 17, 2020.

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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.

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My years int he Davis & Elkins Nursing Program prepared me to take care of my patients in the most knowledgable, compassionate, and efficient possible way. My instructors were supportive and proficient. I made the right choice in choosing the D&E Nursing Program.

Melissa Kisner, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP-C

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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