DEGREE PROGRAMS FOR: NURSING
The philosophy of the College of Nursing and Health Professions is congruent with the Mission values of Lewis University: knowledge, fidelity, wisdom, justice and association. The College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty supports the development of health care professionals in their pursuit of lifelong learning by providing undergraduate and graduate opportunities for liberal and professional education to a diverse student population. The faculty promotes Lasallian and Catholic values within an environment that fosters critical thinking, enlightenment, compassion and community in all teaching, learning and service. The faculty assists in the development of healthcare professionals who use their knowledge and skills to protect the rights of those in their care and advocate for the vulnerable and disenfranchised, and promote health and well-being.
Education is a lifelong process. The educator and student, each with a rich background of diverse life experiences and learning styles, enter into a journey of learning. A climate of mutual inquiry, support and interdependence contributes to the exchange of knowledge and experience. The educator assumes the role of resource person, facilitator and co-learner with the student in a relationship based on tolerance, generosity, patience, humor and humility. The student actively participates in learning by creating, interpreting and reorganizing knowledge in search for truth. The Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions educational outcomes are based on a curricula and experiences that integrate the concepts of person, health, environment and healthcare professional.
The faculty believes a person is a unique, holistic child of God who must be treated with dignity and respect for the individual’s unique attributes. Persons can be defined as individuals, families, aggregates and communities. Diversity is recognized, valued and nurtured.
Health involves and is affected by all aspects of life – mind, body, spirit and environment. A major focus of healthcare is to support and promote a person’s capacity for health promotion, recovery and self-healing. Each person has the right to freely choose among approaches that are appropriately responsive to the unique attributes or perceived health needs.
The environment encompasses a complex intersection of time, space and thought. Each person, through one’s own uniqueness, defines and interacts with one’s own environment. The relationship of person with environment is non-linear, reciprocal and mutable.
The healthcare professional works independently and collaboratively, within a defined scope of practice and in a variety of settings. This professional is committed to maximizing health and quality of life from the person’s perspective. Professional ethics and values guide the professional who assumes accountability for actions within a professional relationship. Fundamental to the nature of the professional relationship is the respect for individuality and preservation of dignity.
Nursing is a profession that interacts and collaborates with other healthcare professions. Nursing practice is based upon the American Nurses’ Association Standards of Practice that reflect the perceived needs of a changing society. The goal of professional nursing is to promote health and quality of life throughout the lifecycle and across the health-illness continuum. Critical inquiry based upon interrelated concepts from the humanities, natural and human sciences guides the theoretical and scientific basis of professional nursing which has its own distinct body of knowledge. The professional nurse considers the holistic dimensions of the individual as that person interacts with the environment. Nursing practice can be independent and collaborative, anchored in the context of moral and ethical dimensions and caring. The professional nurse is caregiver, educator, counselor and leader, assuming responsibility for effective change to improve the health of individuals, families, aggregates and communities.
The graduate of the baccalaureate nursing program will be able to:
• Develop a personalized professional identity.
• Apply the concept of holistic person in interaction with the client and the total environment.
• Utilize critical inquiry in professional roles.
• Demonstrate effective communication in a variety of professional nursing roles;
• Demonstrate competence in the role of caregiver, educator and counselor.
• Assume professional responsibility for addressing social issues and concerns that affect the health of all members of society.
• Assume leadership and management roles to assure quality nursing practice in the delivery of health services.
• Value and assume responsibility for self-directed, interactive learning as a lifelong process.
Students take a concentration of natural and behavioral sciences, humanities and electives during the first two years of the program. The Nursing major is taken primarily at the upper-division level. The liberal and professional education requirements are organized so that knowledge, understanding and skills are developed progressively throughout the program.
The major in Nursing is concentrated at the upper-division level to permit students to develop a foundation of liberal education and scientific knowledge that can then be utilized within the Nursing courses. The Nursing curriculum is futuristic and designed to reflect changes in the emerging health care system. The college incorporates active use of interactive video and computer-assisted instruction within the Nursing major, thus orienting students in current learning technologies.
Admission, progression, curriculum and graduation policies of the prelicensure track are subject to change in order to comply with the requirement of the current Illinois Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act and Rules for the Administration of Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act 2004.
The bachelor of science in Nursing requires the successful completion of the following courses. Movement from semester to semester requires successful completion of all Nursing courses from earlier semesters. A curriculum paradigm for ROTC Nursing majors is available from the College of Nursing and Health Professions.
The following agencies provide on-site clinical experience for Lewis University students. Please consult with your advisor for the most current listing.
Advocate Christ Hospital and
Medical Center, Oak Lawn
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital,
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital,
Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield
Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva
Des Plaines Valley Health Clinic, Summit
DuPage Community Clinic, Wheaton
Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans
Administration Hospital, Hines
Edward Hospital, Naperville
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst
Franciscan Village, Lemont
Hinsdale Hospital, Hinsdale
Joliet Catholic Charities, Joliet
LaGrange Memorial Hospital, LaGrange
Lemont Nursing and Rehabilitation
Linden Oaks Hospital, Naperville
Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood
MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn
Mayslake Village, Oak Brook
Morris Hospital, Morris
Mother Theresa Home, Lemont
Oak Forest Hospital, Oak Forest
Provena Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin
Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago
Riveredge Hospital, Forest Park
Rush-Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora
St. Francis Hospital and Health Center,
St. Patrick’s Residence, Naperville
Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet
South Suburban PADS Homeless Clinic,
Will County Health Department, Joliet