2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Faculty: D. Lee (Chair of Nursing, Chief Nurse Administrator)
C. Fratena, S. Hartman (Director of MSN), H. Kibler, S. Knauf, C. Stroup (Director of BSN), J. Swartz, L. Wyss
Caring for persons with needs through professional competence and Christ-like compassion is the foundation of the baccalaureate nursing curriculum. This type of caring is possible as one is accountable to God, self, and persons with needs.
The BSN Program prepares a nurse generalist who is qualified to complete the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) once the program outcomes are fully met. The program allows the graduates to pursue specialized study in graduate programs leading to the MSN degree and to advanced practice certifications.
The Malone University School of Nursing baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE; http://ccneaccreditation.org), approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and holds memberships with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).
The School of Nursing and Health Sciences is an integral part of Malone University and is guided by the university mission statement, educational goals and community responsibilities. The programs and policies of Malone University are founded upon a commitment to the evangelical Christian faith, the biblical principles of God’s love, and accountability to God for self and others. It is this love and accountability to God and God’s call to care for the needs of all people that provide a natural foundation for the Malone nursing student to study and practice professional nursing. This Christian perspective of love and caring for persons throughout the lifespan informs the philosophy and conceptual framework of the nursing programs.
Nursing is a professional discipline. It is practice-oriented, grounded in a unique body of nursing knowledge and related theory, and evaluated by ongoing research. The nursing process is the application of scientific knowledge to diagnose, treat and educate through the use of judgment and critical thinking in order to attain, retain, and maintain system stability. The goals of the discipline are to advance professional knowledge through scholarly inquiry, improve the health care of society and promote social justice.
The professional nurse functions in a variety of nursing contexts and collaborative practice settings. There are multiple roles of the nurse, which may be identified with one or more of the following: designer, provider, coordinator, and manager of care. The professional nurse uses a unique blend of knowledge and skills in the delivery of nursing care. Through the socialization process a sense of identity and commitment to the profession are developed. As a professional nurse, there is a commitment to ethical conduct, the value of collegiality, the need for lifelong learning, and continual growth toward expert practice. Expert practice by the baccalaureate nurse is evident as critical thinking skills are fully realized in a selected area of specialty over time. Additional growth becomes evident as the nurse completes a graduate education in nursing and establishes an advanced nursing practice.
Nursing education is based on a liberal arts education that includes courses in the arts, sciences, humanities, and religion; it is grounded in theory and based upon empirical findings. Throughout all the nursing programs, emphasis is given to the development and application of critical thinking, therapeutic intervention, communication processes, and scholarly practice. Scholarly practice is an expected professional goal and includes the standards of the scholarship of discovery, teaching, practice, and integration. Nursing education occurs in diverse classroom, clinical and community settings which support the integration of Christian faith, values, and ethics in the teaching and learning of nursing.
Program (Student) Outcomes
- Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, humanities, Christian faith, and nursing as a source for making nursing practice decisions in a variety of nursing contexts and settings.
- Practice Christian values, ethics, and caring qualities in such a way that personal values are maintained while respecting the rights and dignity of persons with varying physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual needs resulting in a foundation for holistic care.
- Analyze and interpret health status and health potential using the nursing process to facilitate clinical decision-making for prioritization and evaluation of nursing care of patients (person, family, community, and populations).
- Practice professional accountability and responsibility to provide safe and effective care grounded in evidence-based practice to improve quality and patient outcomes.
- Utilize effective leadership skills to facilitate the management of patient care through delegation, professional communication, and collaboration with an interdisciplinary team.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The Malone University MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program offers BSN nurses the option of a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track or an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track. Information regarding admission to the MSN program is available through the School of Nursing (330.471.8166).