Kathleen S Jasinski
October 17, 2011
Dr Mary Dowell
Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) was founded in 1903 by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. The College offers a traditional four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an 13-month accelerated degree program for those individuals who already have a baccalaureate or other advanced degree, a registered nurse (RN) to BSN completion program, and an RN refresher course. The RN to BSN course is an online course. The advent of online learning has opened new avenues for nurses who are unable to attend traditional classroom courses. Online learning reflects the changes that technology has enabled (Stanley & Dougherty, 2010). The College has four Master’s tracks: Adult Health, Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, and Family Nurse Practitioner (Mount Carmel College of Nursing, 2011).
Catherine Mauer-Baack, MS, RN-BC, CNS (Katie) is an Assistant Professor and coordinates and teaches Caring Health Practices for the Older Adult (Catherine Mauer-Baack, personal communication, October 12, 2011). This is a senior level required course that is eight weeks long, has classroom lectures and two eight-hour clinical weekly. The students experience the clinicals in a variety of settings, including several community agencies, long-term facilities, and long-term psychiatric facilities. Katie is responsible for determining which nursing students are able to think and function professionally in clinical experiences (Tanicala, Scheffer & Roberts, 2011). Patient safety is important in all clinical settings, and the students need an understanding of safety in all settings.
As the age of patients increase, an understanding of the older adult is necessary (Miller, Van Son, Cartwright, & Allen, 2010). Objectives of the course include the ability to incorporate age specific valid and reliable tools to assess functional, physical, cognitive
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