Undergraduate Program in Nursing

The Husson University School of Nursing /Eastern Maine Medical Center Bachelors of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program brings together two institutions that share a commitment to excellence in teaching and to the relevance of practical experience. Graduates of the program are prepared to enter a wide variety of practice settings as beginning professional nurses. Potential settings for practice include acute care such as urgent care and hospitals, as well as community health and public health organizations, primary care clinics, psychiatric settings, and long term care settings including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and long term care settings. B.S.N. graduates are prepared to pursue specialized nursing study at the master’s degree level, continue in leadership roles, or obtain further certification or specialization. 

The program provides a strong base in sciences, math, social sciences and the arts, both as a theoretical foundation for nursing practice and as a component of a comprehensive liberal education. Clinical experiences including simulation and experiential clinical opportunities throughout the region are integrated throughout the program of study. The nursing faculty are proficient in theoretical nursing knowledge and active as practitioners and nursing leaders in a diversity of practice settings and with a variety of different populations, providing students with role models for excellence in nursing practice and leadership.

State-of-the art simulation centers located on the University campus and a short drive from campus allow students to have extensive practice in developing and refining critical-thinking and psychomotor skills. High-fidelity and hybrid simulation opportunities provide valuable active learning in a safe practice environment for all students throughout the program. The goal of all learning experiences is to prepare professional nurses who, upon graduation, are theoretically knowledgeable, clinically competent, and compassionate care providers.

Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on building upon the student’s past learning experience. In keeping with overall University policies, transfer, CLEP and proficiency examination options are available to students who have completed appropriate educational experiences prior to entering the program. Part-time alternatives for working students who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree may be available.

Vision, Mission and Philosophy

Vision

The School of Nursing will be an innovative leader in educating nurses who are caring, competent and committed to individual and global health.

Mission

The School of Nursing produces leaders in nursing and healthcare who provide thoughtful innovation in healing, teaching and discovery. The mission is accomplished through curricula grounded in experiential learning, evidence-based standards, and collaborative strategies to build effective inter professional teams to ensure quality healthcare delivery for diverse populations.

Husson University School of Nursing identifies healing as an important dimension of the nursing role while recognizing that healing is not limited to nursing’s domain.  Husson University School of Nursing identifies healing as an important dimension of the nursing role while recognizing that healing is not limited to nursing’s domain.  Husson University School of Nursing faculty encourage students to engage in healing techniques that support the nurse-patient therapeutic relationship in all aspects of care.  Students are mentored in self-care and developing a life of balance via self-reflection, awareness of spirituality, and multicultural sensitivity and the roles these concepts play in health.

Faculty believe that teaching is a core element of professional practice.  To be effective teachers, students need to understand the teaching-learning process including such things as developmental stage, culture, patient preferences, and health literacy when educating patients or peers. According to Natale and Klevay (2013) being present in the moment, appreciating the perspectives of others, self-reflection, listening attentively, honoring wisdom, and unconditional acceptance are the underpinnings of meaningful discourse and students must master these skills for significant teaching-learning to occur.  Clinical experiences are structured to provide opportunities for students to practice these skills and build confidence.

Discovery is the basis of student-centered learning, a process which embraces collaboration between faculty and students.  Faculty strive to utilize thoughtful, evidence-based teaching strategies that encourage an environment of discovery in didactic and clinical settings.  Students are encouraged to become lifelong learners by creating an atmosphere of scholarly inquiry and discovery during their educational experience that will continue throughout their professional careers.  By promoting scholarly inquiry and discovery, Husson University School of Nursing graduates are prepared to use a scientific framework for the design of safe, high quality, patient-centered care.  

Husson University School of Nursing achieve this professional preparation by supporting and emphasizing:

    Clinical excellence

    Critical thinking

    Student-centered learning

    Experiential learning

    Holistic and compassionate care

    Self-reflection

    Leadership

    Interprofessional collaboration

    Transformative curricula

 

Philosophy

The School of Nursing faculty believes that education provides students with opportunities to develop habits of critical and reflective thought and expert clinical judgment.  This type of intellectual development can best be attained in an innovative and transformative teaching-learning environment which contributes knowledge, skills, and attitudes as well as scholarship.  The faculty and students comprise a community of learners with the teacher as facilitator and the students responsible for their own learning.

 

Admissions

The admissions requirements for the Husson University School of Nursing Undergraduate BSN Nursing Program include:

1) Graduation from an approved high school or credentials indicating equivalent preparation.

2) SAT combined score of at least 1030 (or ACT equivalent);  students with lower SAT OR ACT scores may be considered if  the student has a high school average of  B (83-86) on a scale of 100 or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

3) Completion of the following high school subjects with a grade of B (83-86) or better: 

-Four years of English 

-Two years of mathematics, including algebra 1 and 2

-Two years of science with lab including biology and chemistry

4) Within the first semester, students will need to provide a copy of the results of a health care provider physical examination outlining ability to meet the HUSoN Essential Functions, a current immunization record, and criminal background check.

Change of Major (Internal Transfer) to the Undergraduate Nursing Program

Students may apply for a change of major no later than March 1st. Transcripts will be reviewed after completing two semesters of academic work at Husson University.  Preference is given to internal change of major students for admission for the fall semester.  To be strongly considered for internal transfer, students should have a GPA of at least 2.7  and grades of C or better in all science and math courses.  Students interested in the nursing major must submit a Change of Major form along with an unofficial transcript, and an essay that describes their rationale for selecting the profession of nursing and the potential strengths the student would bring to the profession. The change of major process is competitive and students with the highest potential for success are selected. Admission is based on space available and is contingent upon a health care provider examination outlining ability to meet Essential Functions, current immunization record, and a criminal background check.

External Transfer to the Undergraduate Nursing Program

External transfer entry is highly competitive and limited.  To be considered for external transfer, applicants must have a minimum GPA of at least 2.7.  Applicants must submit an essay that describes the rationale for selecting the profession of nursing and the potential strengths that the student would bring to the profession.  Two letters of support from professors and/or employers are required. A copy of an official transcript is also required for consideration of transfer credits. Admission is based on space available and is contingent upon a health care provider examination outlining ability to meet Essential Functions, current immunization record and a criminal background check. 

Transfer of Credit 

The Husson School of Nursing expects that students will take all required CORE Math, Science, and Nursing courses at Husson University. Transfer of credit will be considered as follows:

  • If a student is transferring into the nursing program from another institution, CORE Math, Science and/or Nursing credits may be transferred if they are deemed comparable to the Husson CORE Math, Science or Nursing courses (See section on External Transfers) by the University Registrar and the School of Nursing.  A grade of C or above may be considered for transfer credit.

  • If a required CORE Science or Math course is not offered and a student’s advancement through the program of study would be delayed, the student may request permission to transfer credit from another institution and may take the CORE Math or Science course elsewhere only after permission has been granted by the University and/or the School of Nursing.

  • Any other requests for transfer of credits will be taken on a case by case basis.

If there is an identified pattern of difficulty in meeting these requirements, an individualized student success plan may be required to strengthen necessary skills before students are allowed to progress in the program.

Progression and Graduation 

Successful progression in the undergraduate BSN nursing program is based on meeting program outcomes and requires a pattern of effective demonstration of proficiency in clinical practice, criterion-referenced projects, objective and performance-based assessments as well as adherence to the Code of Ethics. 

  1. Entering freshmen or level one nursing students for the first year of the nursing program only, must receive a  grade of C (73-76) or better for all CORE science and math courses in order to progress to the second level or sophomore year within the nursing program. 

  2. Once a student begins level two or sophomore level nursing courses, the student must maintain grades of C+ (77-79) in all CORE science, math, and nursing courses.  

-Probation:  If any CORE science, math or nursing course grade is below the program benchmark, the student will be placed on academic probation in the school of nursing.  A student success action plan will be created between the student, academic advisor, Undergraduate Director with support from Student Success as needed. Failure to adhere to the student success plan may result in dismissal from the nursing program. If a student has an approved leave of absence after being placed on probation, the student will remain on probation the semester the student returns to the program. A student will be removed from nursing academic probation if the student successfully completes all courses during the probationary period and satisfies the student success action plan.  

-Retaking CORE Courses:  A student who earns less than the program benchmark grade or withdraws failing must retake the CORE science, math,  or nursing course the next semester the course is offered at Husson University. If a course required for progression is not offered at Husson University, a request for permission to take the course must be made to the Undergraduate Director who will consult with the Registrar’s Office. A student must pass any pre-requisite CORE Math, Science or Nursing course before progressing to the successive course, e.g., Anatomy and Physiology I before Anatomy and Physiology II.  This may cause a possible delay in progression to graduation.

CORE Math and Science Courses for BSN Program (For academic year 2021-2022):  

CORE Nursing Clinical Courses for BSN Program (For academic year 2021-2022)

  • NU 442 Health Informatics & Technology

  • NU 443 Quality Improvement in Healthcare Systems

  • NU 445 Evidence-Based Practice for the Professional Nurse

  • NU 455 Gerontological Nursing for the Professional Nurse

3.     Once starting level two or sophomore level coursework,  the student must complete all BSN degree requirements within four years. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances.  A nursing student who is not enrolled in the Program for longer than one year in length, and is accepted for re-entry into the BSN program, will be required to complete the most current nursing curriculum for the semester of re-entry.

4.     If a student has an interruption in progression of greater than one year, the School of Nursing may require the student to repeat foundational CORE science, math or nursing courses (for example: biology, microbiology, pharmacology, or health assessment)  to reestablish current nursing knowledge and safeguard patient safety. 

5.     Students must demonstrate standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct expected of nursing professionals to continue progression to graduation. These standards include fulfilling expectations established by the ANA Code of Ethics, AACN Baccalaureate Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values, and HUSoN Essential Functions and the Professional Behavior policy. Failure to meet standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct may risk up to dismissal from the BSN nursing program.  

Progression Review Process

The Undergraduate Director will review all BSN student grades at the end of each Fall and Spring semester and make a recommendation for progression and/or student success plans in collaboration with the student and academic advisor.  The Undergraduate Director may approve progression and/or call a meeting of the Nursing Admission and Progression (NAP) Committee to conduct a blind review of any referred  students who do not meet the progression criteria at the end of  each semester (December and May) for further recommendation.  Academic actions may include academic warning, probation, or dismissal from the nursing program. The Committee may review each student’s internal (course assignments), external (standardized  exams), and/or performance-based assessments, as applicable and give recommendation to the Undergraduate Director about progression and/or student success plans as requested.  

Academic Dismissal

A student may be academically dismissed from the School of Nursing undergraduate nursing program whenever one or more of the following conditions are met:

  • Failure to execute and meet prescribed benchmarks of the student success action plan.

  • Falling within the criteria for nursing academic probation as described above for more than two semesters over the course of obtaining a degree.

  • Demonstrating behavior or practice that is unsafe, illegal, unethical, or unprofessional as outlined by  the ANA Code of Ethics and policies and practices of the School of Nursing and/or its partner clinical sites and laboratories.  

The School of Nursing Chief Nurse Administrator will take appropriate action with respect to decisions of dismissal.   Such actions may include but are not limited to:

  • Notifying the student in writing of any review decision, and recommendation for dismissal.  Notification of dismissal from the nursing program will be made using any reasonable means of communication which could include email or standard/registered U.S. Mail. 

  • Notifying course faculty and academic advisor of decision for dismissal and further recommendations, if applicable.

Appeal Process

A student who wishes to appeal the progression or dismissal decision of the School of Nursing may do so to the Dean.  The student must submit the appeal in writing within 14 days of notification. The grounds by which the Dean may grant an appeal include, but are not limited to whether the student is able to show significant extenuating circumstances and, in the event of dismissal from the program, whether there is a reasonable prospect for academic and/or professional success.  

These policies apply at the School of Nursing  level and do not replace Husson University academic actions and appeal processes which are available online at  http://www.husson.edu/undergraduate-policies.

 

TOEFL Examinations

International students will be required to take the TOEFL examination. A minimum score of 550 is strongly recommended. Students wishing to transfer credits awarded at a foreign college or university need to submit a World Education Service evaluation of credits. Additional information about World Education Service is available online at www.WES.org

NOTE: Each student applying to the B.S.N. program will be considered on an individual basis. Specific requirements may be waived in exceptional circumstances.

Essential Functions 

The essential functions listed below are minimal qualifications for admission to, promotion within, and graduation from this program.

Purpose: The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program provided by Husson University School of Nursing focuses on providing education to ensure that students provide safe and competent practice as a professional nurse.  In practicing in the role of a professional nurse, the student is engaged in laboratory and/or clinical experiences which require specific social, cognitive, and physical functions in order to be safe and effective. The Essential Functions serve as guidelines for both students, faculty, and staff in the School of Nursing in determining ability of students to perform skills and maintain professional attitudes and behaviors within the program in provision of safe and competent practice. The Essential Functions are also used by the School of Nursing to help guide students who may need accommodations for academic learning in collaboration with Husson University Accessibility Services. 

Rationale: In addition to specific clinical site requirements, the following essential functions have been adopted by the Husson University School of Nursing programs to ensure that students are able to fulfill the didactic, clinical and laboratory requirements of the program. These Essential Functions are identified to ensure that students are able to maintain personal safety as well as safety for patients, families and others. 

For purposes of the Essential Functions, the Husson University School of Nursing requires a medical examination that confirms the student’s ability to meet the physical requirements of the Essential Functions on an annual basis. The School of Nursing works collaboratively with the student and Husson University Accessibility Services to ensure access to reasonable accommodations as needed as identified by the medical examination and as requested by the student.  Students who are not able to meet the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations may be deemed unqualified to participate in the Nursing program. A change in condition at any time in the program which has the potential to affect the student’s meeting of learning outcomes related to skills, attitudes or behaviors within a nursing course as defined in to the Essential Functions may require additional documentation or a request for additional documentation from a medical provider.   

References:  The Essential Functions are developed based on guidelines, professional organization recommendations, and nursing practice rules found below:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Sample Technical Standard-University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies “Technical Standards” http://bulletin.miami.edu/undergraduate-academic-programs/nursing-health-studies/nursing/

American Heart Association “Part 5: Adult Basic Life Support and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Quality” Retrieved at https://eccguidelines.heart.org/wp-content/themes/eccstaging/dompdf-master/pdffiles/part-5-adult-basic-life-support-and-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-quality.pdf

Job Accommodation Network Retrieved at https://askjan.org/info-by-role.cfm#for-employers

Maine State Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations Chapter 4-Disciplinary Action and Violations of the Law Retrieved at https://www.maine.gov/boardofnursing/docs/Chapter%204.pdf 

National Alliance for Mentally Ill “Succeeding at Work” Retrieved at https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition/Succeeding-at-Work 

National Network Information, Guidance and Training on the Americans with Disabilities Act Retrieved at https://adata.org/factsheet/health

U.S. Centers for Disease Control “Safe Patient Handling Training for Schools of Nursing” Retrieved at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2009-127/

Emotional Requirements:  Student demonstrates:

  • Regulation of emotion in all settings 

  • Ability to relate to others including but not limited to performance of patient care activities, clinical emergency situations, and within laboratory and classroom settings

  • Ability to perform daily activities of a nursing student including classroom, laboratory, and clinical attendance and participation

Cognitive Requirements:  Student demonstrates:

  •  Ability to problem solve and develop and use, clinical reasoning, and judgment. 

  • Ability to read  a variety of types of materials with increasing complexity including textbooks, journals, and medical records. 

  • Ability to identify and respond to nonverbal cues of mood, temperament, and gestures provided by others. 

  • Ability to maintain focus and concentration for extended (one hour or more) periods of time in all academic learning environments.

Social Requirements:  Student demonstrates:

  • Ability to form and maintain relationships in a professional setting and academic environment including but not limited to group work, clinical team practice, and professional faculty and staff interactions.

  • Ability to be flexible in response to change with behavior and/or thinking 

Communication Requirements:  Student demonstrates:

  • Ability to use verbal and non-verbal professional communication in a respectful and civil manner including tone, affect, and language choice. 

  • Ability to communicate orally in English to patients, colleagues and others

  • Ability to communicate in written English in a variety of styles including but not limited to nursing notes, papers, short answer, essays, and journaling.

  • Ability to engage with interpreters and patients/others in clinical setting to manage effective communication for patient safety

  • Ability to communicate through use of technology including but not limited to use of a computer, intravenous pumps, simulation mannequins, and electronic medical records.

Physical Requirements: Student demonstrates (with or without reasonable accommodations):

o    Vision:  

  • Ability to assess patient’s health status using visual inspection and observation to detect changes in physical appearance, contour, and color.
  • Ability to accurately read labels on medications and calibration and monitoring devices (i.e. syringes, manometers and other monitoring devices)

o    Depth perception and fine motor skills:  

  • Ability to recognize objects that have depth, height and width, including but not limited to wound measurement, skin assessment, newborn assessment. 
  • Ability to use gross and fine motor skills to perform nursing skills including but not limited to insertion of indwelling catheters or intravenous catheters, use of assessment equipment or performing injections. 
  • Ability to write and/or keyboard/ type accurately and clearly on all required assignments, and patient records.  

o    Hearing:  

  • Ability to hear within normal range the spoken word such as but not limited to communication with clinical instructors or with patients and families, 
  • Ability to use auditory assessment devices (such as stethoscope) 
  • Ability to hear mechanical alarms or emergency alarms in all settings. ​

o    Walking:  

  •  Ability to walk and use stairs while in the clinical area. 
  • Ability to assist patients using assistive devices and transporting equipment such as but not limited to stretchers, wheelchairs, and walkers or canes.

o    Standing: 

  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time while in the clinical area.  

o    Sitting:  

  • Ability to be seated for extended periods of time including but not limited to participating in classroom, clinical trainings, in patient rooms while collecting assessment data, and  in clinical conferences.

o    Lifting/Carrying:  

  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds in lifting, transferring, and moving patients in nursing laboratory and clinical settings. 

o    Tactile Sensation: 

  • Ability to conduct patient assessments by using the fingers and hands to touch (palpation). 
  • Ability to assess patient by feeling vibrations, pulses, and skin temperature.  

o    Pushing/Pulling:  

  • Ability to pull, push, position and transfer patients including using transfer assistant devices as required. 
  • Ability to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) chest compression's at the recommended depth determined by the most current guidelines by the American Heart Association.  

o    Bending/Reaching/Twisting/Turning and Stretching: Student demonstrates:   

  • Ability to reach, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch and other motions as required to provide patient care in the clinical and laboratory setting including but not limited to bathing patients, changing beds, treatments, and using medical equipment.