1 School of Nursing
2 What is a Nurse? A person trained to care for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital. Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.
3 What do Nurses do? Perform physical exams and take health histories Provide health promotion, counseling and education Administer medications, wound care, and numerous other personalized interventions Interpret patient information and make critical decisions about needed actions Coordinate care, in collaboration with a wide array of healthcare professionals Direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel like LPNs and nurse aides Conduct research in support of improved practice and patient outcomes
4 Where do nurses work? Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs. About 50 percent of RN jobs are in hospitals. Nurses also work in: nursing homes, medical offices, ambulatory care centers, community health centers, schools, and retail clinics. They also provide health care in more surprising locations such as camps, homeless shelters, prisons, sporting events and tourist destinations.
5 Although the majority of nurses are women, nursing is a also great career choice for men.
6 How do I become a nurse? The three typical educational paths to registered nursing are: A BS degree in nursing (BS or BSN), or An associate degree in nursing, or A diploma from an approved nursing program and Pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses)
7 Why is it so hard to get into nursing school? There is a high demand for nursing education. Nursing is a popular career choice. There are a limited number of accredited nursing programs There is a limited number of instructors State boards of nursing require a low student-to-instructor ratio in clinical settings Admission requirements are high because nursing programs require strong academics, especially in the sciences
8 The Nursing program at USM Degrees offered: Bachelor s (BS) degree in Nursing Masters (MS) degree in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Masters in Nursing - Education Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
9 Accredited by the CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education USM School of Nursing NCLEX Pass rate October,2013-September, %
10 The USM Nursing program is located in Masterton Hall on the Portland campus,
11 The USM Nursing program is also offered at Lewiston Auburn College
12 Why do you want to be a nurse? I want to help people
13 What Strengths do I bring to Nursing?
14 The Curriculum
15 What courses will I take to prepare for Nursing labs and clinicals? College Writing Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Sociology Multicultural Human Development Minimum grade C in the above courses
16 What courses will I take to prepare for Nursing labs and clinicals? Anatomy & Physiology I & II and labs Chemistry Microbiology and lab Pathophysiology Nutrition Minimum grade C in the above courses. Minimum 2.67 average in these sciences
17 Are there any other courses that I can take before I m accepted to the USM Nursing program? NUR 100 or 200: Introduction to Nursing CON 356: Concepts in Community Health CON 321: Health Related Research CON 302: Pharmacology* will time out if taken too soon Minimum grade C in all required CON and prerequisite courses. Minimum grade C+ in all required NUR Courses
18 First semester, Junior year Health Assessment 3 cr Health Assessment lab 2 cr Nursing Arts and Science 3 cr Fundamentals Lab 2 cr Pharmacology 3 cr Total: 13 cr
19 Clinical Sites Central Maine Medical Center Maine Medical Center/Barbara Bush Children s Center Mercy Hospital Mid Coast Hospital Southern Maine Medical Center Spring Harbor Hospital St. Mary s Regional Medical Center
20 Second semester, Junior year Adult/Older Adult Nursing & Clinical 7 cr Mental Health Nursing & Clinical 5 cr Community Nursing Partnership I 2 cr Concepts in Community Health 3 cr Total: 17 cr
21 Community Partnerships "Strengthening Maine's Future Through Partnerships in Education"
22 Community Partnerships Bayside Community Casco Bay Community Partnership Dominican Republic (International Nursing Partnership) Greater Portland Older Adult Partnership Healthy Aging/Elder Life Program Lewiston Community Partnership Ocean Avenue Elementary School Sagamore Health Clinic
23 The Dominican Republic Partnership Students can apply for a two-week experience assisting in a rural clinic in the Dominican Republic
24 First semester, Senior year Child Health Nursing & Clinical 5 cr Reproductive Health Nursing & Clinical 5 cr Community Nursing Partnership II 2 cr NUR 332 Nursing Care of the Older Adult in the Community 3 cr CON 321 Health Related Research 3 cr Total: 18 cr
25 The Geary Cooperative at Maine Medical Center A 10-week paid summer internship at MMC Two elective credits at USM The intent of the program is to allow students to gain valuable additional clinical experience and to practice applying nursing knowledge, skills and attitudes already learned in the student s program of study. An experienced and consistent preceptor who knows the student will help facilitate the student s growth as a professional nurse.
26 Final semester, Senior year Mgmt. of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult & Clinical 5 cr Advanced Nursing Skills Lab 1 cr
29 Final semester, Senior year (continued) NUR 424 Clinically Applied Genetics 3 cr (required for students who matriculated at USM in fall 2013 and later) NUR 470 Leadership, Management, and Ethics 3 cr Practicum 3 cr This course is offered during the last 7 weeks before graduation. It is comprised of a required weekly seminar and a clinical experience of approximately 22 hours per week. Students may request placement in Maine or New Hampshire facilities. Total: 15 cr
30 Graduation Minimum 2.75 GPA to graduate Minimum 120 credits to graduate Traditional undergraduate Nursing students may graduate in either May or December
31 NCLEX-RN National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) This nationwide computerized test was developed and is regulated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Visit the state board of nursing website in the state to which you plan to apply for your first license for more information about licensure requirements.
32 Admission Information
33 How are students accepted to the USM Nursing program? Directly from high school As first-year students at USM As transfer students (USM and non-usm students)
34 Requirements for first-year students who plan to change their major to Nursing College writing (grade C or higher) Math readiness One (or more) sciences for Nursing (grade C or higher) (A&P and/or chemistry) Two (or more) social sciences for Nursing (grade C or higher) (Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology and/or Growth and Development) USM gpa 3.0 or better Complete the above in 32 or fewer credits Submit a signed Change of Major form to the School of Nursing
35 Application process for USM students transferring to Nursing from another major Deadline January 15 each year for fall admission Supplemental application (no fee) May apply to LAC and/or Portland Campuses Essay Resume Submit directly to the School of Nursing
36 Application process for students transferring from another college or university Deadline January 15 for fall admission USM application as Transfer Student, $40 fee Transcripts from all prior institutions Supplemental Application May apply to LAC and/or Portland Campuses Essay Resume Send to UMS Central Processing in Bangor
37 Minimum requirements for transfer students to be considered for the USM Nursing Program Math Readiness and a college writing course Combined GPA 3.0 or higher in all prior college work Minimum nursing science GPA 2.67 in the sciences completed A&P I & II and labs Chemistry Microbiology and lab Pathophysiology Nutrition
38 Selection of transfer students is based on: GPA Number of clinical prerequisites completed Essay Resume Available space in the program Students are accepted to a cohort that will begin nursing labs in either fall or spring (fall only at LAC)
39 Letters of decision are sent in early April Acceptance letters include clinical cohort placement and projected graduation date based on coursework listed on the Supplemental application
40 Health Requirements for Lab and Clinical Courses Criminal background check Hepatitis B immunization Health Insurance CPR for Health Care Provider from the American Heart Association Titers for immunity to Measles, Mumps, rubella, and chicken pox Two TB tests Tetanus Diptheria Pertussis shot within 10 years Seasonal Flu Shot
41 Academic Requirements for USM Nursing Students Minimum 2.75 gpa to be in good standing in the program Minimum 2.67 science gpa to start clinical courses Minimum grade C in clinical prerequisite courses Minimum grade C+ in required NUR courses Only one repeat of a science course Only one repeat of a required nursing course Three strikes policy
42 Where can I get more information? Your Academic Advisor School of Nursing Website: usm.maine.edu/nursing https://usm.maine.edu/nursing/undergraduate-nursing-programs Nursing Student Handbook Frequently Asked Questions - BS in Nursing Students YouTube video about the change of major process for first year students at USM Student Nurse Organization (SNO) Karen Martel, Academic Advisor:
43 Advancement in the Nursing Profession Registered nurses may obtain advanced degrees (masters and/or doctorate) to become: Nurse practitioners Clinical nurse specialists Nurse anesthetists Nurse midwives Nurse educators