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Nursing is among the fastest-growing professions in the United States. With two floors of brand new science labs and robotic simulators that mimic unlimited ailments, your training puts you in a great position to advance in the field of Nursing.
An aging population means more demand for nurses and our location in New York City puts you in the perfect position to access to those jobs.
Now with two programs to choose from:
- A four-year full-time undergraduate program that prepares students to sit for the NCLEX Exam (BSN Pre-Licensure Nursing Program).
- A flexible RN to BS program created specifically for working nurses.
Graduates of the St. Francis College Nursing Program go on to careers at many of the best hospitals and health care institutions in New York and nationally. Our well-rounded program prepares graduates to become:
- Nurse practitioners
- Clinical specialists
- Nurse educators
St. Francis students are accepted into top nursing graduate programs, including Columbia University Teacher's College, New York University, Pace University, and SUNY Downstate.
For First-time Freshmen and Transfers
The BS in Nursing is open to qualified high school graduates interested in preparing for the NCLEX Exam (BSN Pre-Licensure Nursing Program). The program includes two years of required course work and two years of experiential work in a real world environment as well as with state-of-the-art medical simulators.
The Pre-Licensure Nursing Program is open to students interested in full-time study only.
Department of Nursing Mission
The St. Francis College Department of Nursing educates leaders who are prepared to practice safely within the technologically advanced and dynamic health care environment of the 21st century. St. Francis College nurses, in keeping with the Franciscan values, are educated to be globally-minded, service-driven professionals, delivering the highest quality of evidence-based nursing care with respect to the diversity within our communities of interest. The St. Francis College nursing program fosters students’ abilities in therapeutic communication, critical thinking, clinical judgment, interprofessional collaboration, leadership and cultural competency.
Department of Nursing Philosophy
The philosophy of the Department of Nursing views nursing as an art and a science consistent with the Franciscan tradition of St. Francis College. Our Philosophy emphasizes teaching through partnership to prepare future nurse leaders. These socially responsible, caring, and engaged citizens will practice safe, patient-centered, evidence-based care across the lifespan within a dynamic and complex healthcare system. This is demonstrated through a commitment to the teaching/learning environment. We believe nursing education should include the traditions of teaching, research, and service to meet the demands of a global society.
Department of Nursing Philosophy of Teaching
The departmental philosophy, which was created by the nursing faculty, views nursing as an art and a science consistent with the Franciscan tradition of St. Francis College. Nursing provides care and nurturance within the context of the Franciscan tradition that includes service, equality, aesthetics, freedom, honor, dignity, justice, and truth. The Franciscan education provides a solid foundation for intellectual, spiritual, and professional growth. The nursing program, as part of the college, is committed to intellectual growth along with the development of an ethical and moral code of conduct. The nursing philosophy is an open systems perspective that views individuals, where each person is unique and deserving of respect. Preserving one's individuality and providing the catalyst for maximum growth are primary functions. The energy created by faculty and students provides an enriching experience that responds to societal needs. The climate at St. Francis College stimulates self-motivation to produce nurse leaders who are prepared to reach their highest potential personally and professionally within the broadest definition of community.
The nine components of the AACN Baccalaureate Essentials form the framework for the nursing curriculum, which is designed to prepare nurses to practice in complex healthcare systems. At the completion of the baccalaureate nursing education, the graduate is prepared for practice in generalist nursing practice and prepared for admission to graduate programs in nursing.
Nursing, as a practice discipline, involves direct service to people. Individuals’ strive for integration of their physiological, psychological, spiritual, and sociocultural dimensions, also known as wellness. Despite race, religious affiliation, or disease prognosis, each person has the right to receive quality healthcare. Nursing provides care and nurturance in this endeavor. The concept of health is broad and progresses along a continuum throughout one’s lifetime. Nursing focuses on promoting a healthy life progression. The primary goal of nursing is to focus on health promotion, maintenance, and disease prevention among diverse populations.
Nursing is a discipline that evolves through evidence-based practice. Research is vital for the fundamental growth and advancement of a nursing knowledge base. Research and other methods of knowledge acquisition are integral to the improvement of this practice. Independently and in collaboration with various disciplines, professional nursing guides individuals, families, and societies to utilize the complex health care system. People, health, and evidence-based practice are fundamental concepts of the program designed to prepare nurses for the rigors of an increasingly technological and globalized marketplace and society.
Nursing Department Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of the Department of Nursing and the undergraduate program goals and the nine essentials from the Executive Summary of AACN (2008), the baccalaureate curriculum for both the pre-licensure students and registered nurse students provides educational opportunities that enable the graduate to successfully complete the program and is able to:
- apply knowledge from the arts and sciences to the care of individuals and families throughout the health-illness continuum;
- apply knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety to provide quality health care;
- translate current evidence into clinical decision making and professional nursing care;
- utilize technology and informatics appropriately in professional nursing settings;
- apply knowledge of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments both directly and indirectly to influence the function of the health care system;
- collaborate and communicate effectively among health professionals to promote quality and safe patient care in a variety of health care settings;
- apply health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level to improve health;
- demonstrate autonomy, integrity, self-assessment, and social justice as part of developing the professional nursing role;
- provide culturally competent nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations across the lifespan across a variety of health care environments.
RN to BS
The RN to BS program offers a Bachelor of Science degree to qualified transfer students with a valid New York State RN license. Flexible scheduling allows for full- or part-time study. In fact, the program is designed for nurses who wish to keep working while continuing their education, and courses are scheduled to best fit the time commitments of working nurses.
St. Francis is registered with the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). In addition to a nursing curriculum, Students gain valuable knowledge and skills in liberal arts and sciences through courses focused on mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, advanced writing, and oral communication.