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The nursing program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree.

The program offers two tracks in the undergraduate major in nursing: Track One is for the student who is seeking initial baccalaureate education in the nursing profession and Track Two is for the student who has obtained licensure as a registered nurse graduated from an Associate Degree or Diploma Accredited Program and is pursuing a baccalaureate degree.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing is in keeping with the Worcester State University mission with the emphasis on developing the professional nurse who values lifelong intellectual growth and global awareness. The Department of Nursing fosters the professional growth of faculty and students through excellence in teaching and learning, rooted in scholarship and community service related to the discipline of nursing.

Undergraduate Program Outcomes

The Department of Nursing prepares individuals for the roles and responsibilities of professional nursing through an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.

The program outcomes of the undergraduate program are as follows:

  1. Provide comprehensive, holistic care that is grounded in the biological sciences, the arts and humanities.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of organizational structures, missions, visions, philosophies and values.
  3. Utilize current theoretical, scientific and research knowledge toward evidence based professional practice.
  4. Demonstrate competence in utilizing information technology resources to advance professional practice
  5. Comply with the Standards of Professional Nursing Practice.
  6. Implement effective inter-professional communication when working with the health care team.
  7. Implement evidence based practice to guide the nursing process toward culturally sensitive, individual and population focused care.
  8. Apply the professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct to practice.

  9. Demonstrate clinical competency, accountability and ethical decision making as an entry level, novice professional nurse.

Progression in the program requires successful completion of all pre and corequisite courses, sequential nursing courses and all clinical placements offered in each course.

Good Moral Character Required for Licensure

In compliance with policy of the Massachusetts State Board of Nursing, all applicants/ students are informed that completion of the BS degree does not guarantee admittance to the registered nurse licensure examination. According to Board Licensure Policy 00-

01, any individual convicted of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, and/or who has been disciplined by a licensure/certification body must be evaluated by the Board to determine a licensure applicant's compliance with the "good moral character" licensure requirement established at Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 112 , section 74 and 74A. Any individual who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, and/or who has been disciplined by a licensure/certification body, or whose ability to practice professional nursing is adversely affected by a physical or mental disability/illness that may endanger the health and/or safety of a person, should seek special advising prior to enrolling in any professional nursing program in Massachusetts. Individuals convicted of certain criminal convictions are permanently excluded from nurse licensure in Massachusetts.

All students in the nursing program will be required to have periodic CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) checks requested by the department and/or clinical agencies. This background check is a computerized search to determine if an individual has any convictions, outstanding warrants or pending complaints. The information from these records is confidential and is destroyed when a student graduates. Progression and mandatory clinical placements in the nursing program are contingent on a "no report" CORI check result. Clinical agencies may independently perform CORI checks on students and do not have to accept a student with a CORI report indicating that an offense exists. The department is not responsible for alternate clinical placements for students who cannot be placed in an agency related to a CORI offense report. Students have an obligation to inform the department chair if any legal issues arise, while in the program, that are reportable on a CORI.

Health Care Agency Requirements: Health, Drug Screening and Other

Nursing students will be placed in a variety of health care settings. Each agency has requirements which the student must fulfill before they are allowed placement. This list may include, but is not limited to, the following; physical exam, immunizations, agency specific orientation, CORI, SORI and drug screening. Progression and mandatory clinical placements in the nursing program are contingent on meeting all agency requirements. If a student is denied placement by the agency for any reason, including a positive drug or CORI report, the nursing department is not responsible for providing alternate clinical placements.

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