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Nursing

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Nursing Courses Offered

Faculty

Henny Breen

Corrina Emch

Beverly Epeneter

Julie Fitzwater

Katherine Hammond

Nancy Hodges

Carmen Ingulli

Melissa Jones

Susan Juedes

Kathy Kinderman

Kimberly Kintz

Cheryl Langford

Barbara Limandri

Linda Luce

Megan Ludena

Karen Maxwell

Priya Meyer

Jeannette O'Brien

Kristine Rethlake

Laura Rodgers

Joanna Rowe

Jan Selliken

Paul Smith

Jana Taylor

Vivian Tong

Jacqueline Webb

Pamela Wheeler

Suchawadee Yimmee

Dean of Nursing

Mary Kozy, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Nursing for Instructional Programs

Beverly Epeneter, Ed.D.

Clinical Facilities Administrator and Adjunct Liason

Julia Mantle, M.S.N.

Clinical Associates

Corrina Emch, M.S.
Nancy Hodges, M.S.
Mindy Schiebler, M.N.

Experiential Learning Center

Joyce Betita, M.S.N.
Leanne Duckering, B.S.N.
Melissa Lowther, A.S.
Kristine Rethlake B.S.N.
Barbara VAn Ness, M.S.

To meet the needs of diverse populations seeking the B.S.N. degree, Linfield College and the School of Nursing offer three programs which are based on the same foundational principles and have the same student outcomes. Two of these are pre-licensure programs. The generic pre-licensure program comprises a 4-semester curriculum intended for students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree and come to the School of Nursing as undergraduate transfer students. The accelerated pre-licensure program is designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and is offered over the span of 15 calendar months – summer term, fall semester, spring semester and summer term. The R.N. to B.S.N. online program admits licensed registered nurses who have completed a nursing program from a regionally accredited college. The program may be completed in four semesters.

Goals for the Major

Outcomes for the nursing major:

  • Build a professional practice informed by the mission and vision of Linfield College and the School of Nursing as well as the standards and values of the nursing profession.
  • Apply sound clinical reasoning, reflective practice and evidencebased practice in the provision of holistic nursing care.
  • Communicate effectively and collaboratively in professional practice.
  • Use a range of information and clinical technologies to achieve health care outcomes for clients.
  • Provide effective nursing care that incorporates diverse values, cultures, perspectives and health practices.
  • Engage in ethical reasoning and actions that demonstrate caring and commitment to social justice in the delivery of health care to clients in the community.
  • Apply principles of stewardship and leadership skills to support quality and safety within complex organizational systems.
  • Integrate knowledge of health care policy, populations, finance and regulatory environments that influence system level change within professional nursing practice.
  • Incorporate a liberal arts based understanding of local and global health care issues to health promotion, risk reduction, disease and illness prevention and disease and health care management.

The curriculum leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The nursing program is located on the Portland campus and is designed for transfer students. It is fully accredited by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Requirements for Major or Minor

Admission to the Pre-Licensure Program

Linfield College offers admission into the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing as a transfer student. All applicants must apply directly to Linfield College Portland Campus. Admission is competitive.

For admission consideration, applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  1. Completion of all prerequisite course requirements by the date posted on the application calendar: BIOL 210, 211 or CHEM 210, 211; BIOL 212, 213; BIOL 275 or 361; HHPA 280; INQS 125; MATH 140; PSYC 155 (McMinnville course offerings). Note: CHEM 210 is a prerequisite for BIOL 361. Transferable prerequisites from other Oregon and Washington colleges are listed on the Portland Campus website.
  2. Completion of the following proficiency by the date posted on the application calendar: microcomputer applications or COMP 120.
  3. At the time of application and the date posted on the application calendar, a minimum grade of C in each of the prerequisite course requirements (a grade of C- is not acceptable).
  4. At the time of application and the date posted on the application calendar, a minimum 3.00 GPA for all transferable prerequisite course requirements. (Linfield curriculum, paracurricuar and elective courses excluded.)
  5. By the date posted on the application calendar, a minimum 62 semester credits or 93 quarter credits of transferable coursework completed.

Additional provisions:

  • For students who are progressing towards completion of academic requirements, admission decisions are contingent upon successful completion of all requirements prior to the program start date.
  • Linfield students currently enrolled on the McMinnville campus will be admitted to the nursing major pending space availability if they are in good standing at the college and meet all nursing applicant criteria. Admission will be competitive, based on college academic record and supporting application materials if there are more applicants than spaces available. McMinnville Campus students are required to submit a Linfield College Intercampus Nursing Application by the nursing application deadline. Students who transferred to the McMinnville campus from another program must show that 30 semester hours will be completed at the McMinnville campus in order to be considered a resident Linfield student.
  • Students transferring from other institutions may obtain application information from the Portland Campus admission website.
  • Students who have been denied admission to the School of Nursing from the general application pool are not eligible to gain entry to the nursing major by establishing resident student status through enrollment at the McMinnville Campus. Such a student may only reapply for admission to the nursing major through the general application pool.
  • All admitted nursing students will be assigned to a specific curriculum plan based on prior academic work completed and available space. Start terms include summer, fall and spring.
  • Applicants who were enrolled in an accredited school of nursing within the past two years may apply for admission, provided they meet the applicant criteria as well as provide a letter from the dean/director of the previous school stating the student was in good standing and would have been allowed to progress in the program.

After admission to the Nursing major, students must:

  1. Submit a health information form from a health care provider including proof of appropriate immunizations. (Requirements subject to change.)
  2. Provide proof of current chest X-ray or TB screening test. An annual TB screening test is required until completion of the nursing program.
  3. Submit documentation of current CPR certification – American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. Each student is responsible for biennial recertification until completion of the nursing program.
  4. Provide proof of nursing liability insurance or annual purchase of such insurance through the college.
  5. Provide annual completion of StudentMax learning modules and documentation of clinical site specific reiquirements.
  6. Indicate consent or withholding of consent for use of student papers.
  7. Provide verification of criminal background checks prior to the program start date. (Refer to LGSSON Student Manual.)
  8. Submit signed Essential Functions document.

Requirements For The Pre-Licensure Program

Required Courses for the Pre-Licensure Program of Study: 54 credits earned in 305, 315, 320, 335, 355, 365, 375, 395, 425, 435, 445, 455, 460, 470, and 475.

A student’s progression through the nursing program requires achieving appropriate grades in courses and retaining approval by the nursing faculty that the student is qualified in all relevant respects to practice nursing safely and competently. Students may not be admitted to or progress in the nursing major if they are on academic probation with the college.

Students must earn a B.S.N. GPA of at least 2.50 and a grade above C- in 305, 315, 320, and 335 to progress to 355, 365, 375, and 395.

Students must earn a B.S.N. GPA of at least 2.50 and a grade above C- in 355, 365, 375, and 395 to progress to 425, 435, 445, and 455.

Students must earn a B.S.N. GPA of at least 2.50 and a grade above C- in 425, 435, 445, and 455 to progress to 460, 470, and 475.

  • Progression is contingent upon satisfactory completion of prescribed prerequisites. A grade of “incomplete” in any prerequisite course will make the student ineligible for enrollment in succeeding courses until the “incomplete” is converted to a satisfactory passing grade.
  • Students seeking to graduate from the Linfield nursing program must receive a grade above C- in 460, 470, and 475.
  • Any student earning a grade of C- or below in a required nursing course on two separate occasions, whether as a second grade of C- or below upon repeating a required nursing course, or a grade of C- or below in two different required nursing courses, will be dismissed from the nursing major.

RN to BSN Program of Study

The R.N. to B.S.N. program is designed for Registered Nurses (R.N.s) seeking a B.S.N. degree. Requirements include a 2.75 GPA and a current unencumbered registered nurse license in the state in which the clinical preceptorship is completed.

Admission process and completion of program requirements:

  1. Prospective students should contact the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) and discuss program prerequisites with an academic advisor. Prospective students apply for admission to the college while completing prerequisite courses.
  2. Apply for admission to the R.N. to B.S.N. program of the School of Nursing through student services in DCE.
  3. Successfully complete 308. Upon completion of this course, 32 hours of credit for prior learning in nursing coursework will be awarded. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) fees apply.
  4. Complete required courses for R.N. to B.S.N: Total of 56 credits earned. 32 credits prior learning and 24 credits earned in 308, 310, 321, 462, 472, and 476.
  5. Complete a minimum of 30 semester credits at Linfield College (35 credits if student has completed a previous bachelor degree) to fulfill the residency requirement.
  6. Complete remaining B.S.N. and Linfield Curriculum requirements. Students must earn a B.S.N. GPA of at least 2.50 and a grade above C- in Linfield courses.
  7. Accrue a minimum of 125 semester credits required for graduation.

After admission to the Nursing major, and before registering for 308, students must:

  1. Provide proof of current unencumbered registered nurse license in the state where clinical experiences will occur.
  2. Provide verification of criminal background checks prior to the program start date. (Refer to LGSSON Student Manual.)
  3. Submit signed Essential Functions document.
  4. Purchase annual nursing liability insurance through the college.
  5. Indicate consent or withholding of consent of use of student papers.

Before registering for 476, students must submit:

  1. A health information form completed by a health care provider including proof of appropriate immunizations.(Requirements subject to change.)
  2. Proof of current chest x-ray or TB screening test.
  3. Current CPR certification – American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers or American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers.
  4. Completion of StudentMax learning modules and clinical site specific requirements.

Applicants With Criminal Conviction Histories

The Oregon State Board of Nursing may deny nurse licensure to persons with criminal arrest or conviction histories. Contact the Board for information at (971) 673-0685.

Other Nursing Expenses

Nursing students must purchase malpractice insurance annually. Students admitted or progressed to courses in the Nursing major must purchase uniforms and nursing equipment and the immunization tracker. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical sites. If a student chooses to drive a personal vehicle, the student is responsible for operating the vehicle in compliance with local, state and federal regulations including Oregon State laws regarding automobile insurance. Parking fees associated with clinical practice are also the responsibility of the student. In addition, pre-licensure students must purchase assessment exams and nursing exams at each level as well as a SimChart subscription and pay a high fidelity simulation fee each semester. Students are responsible to cover costs incurred for post bloodborne pathogen exposure follow-up.

Honors and Awards

The School of Nursing has a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Mu, nursing's international honor society, dedicated to research and scholarship. Qualified seniors, alumni and practicing RNs are invited to membership.

The Senior Honors in Nursing Award is given to outstanding seniors selected by the faculty based on the following criteria:
(1) cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 based on courses leading to the BSN degree, and (2) exceptional performance in clinical practice as a provider of nursing care, planner/coordinator of care, and member of the nursing profession.

Other awards that may be given include the Award for Professional Excellence and the Wilma Pope Alumni Award.

Any Questions? If you are interested in learning more about the curriculum at Linfield, please contact the Office of Admission at (800) 640-2287 or email admission@linfield.edu. An admissions counselor will be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with a faculty member.

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