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) project funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 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.

Baccalareate Degree Role Specific Competencies

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 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.  (90 MacCorkle Ave. SW, Suite 203, South Charleston, WV 25303, phone: (304) 744-0900, email).

 

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