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B.S. in Nursing: Current Students

Student Information Handbook, NURS courses started Fall 2012 or earlier

Student Information Handbook, NURS courses started Fall 2013 or later
Refer to the Student Information Handbook for policies on professional behavior, use of university vans, and clinical requirements.

Student and Faculty Newsletter

Contact Information and Office Hours

Advising Information

Resources and Information

Contact Information and Office Hours

The department office location, fax number, and hours are at the bottom of the page. Hours may vary; changes are posted on office doors. Appointments are appreciated.

Elizabeth A. Palmer, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E.

Associate Professor, Chairperson – Nursing and Allied Health
Telephone: 724-357-2558
E-mail: lpalmer@iup.edu

Chairperson’s Office Hours for Fall 2012 Semester:
Monday: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Note: During the second half of the semester, the Wednesday office hour will be held at the Monroeville campus from 4:00–5:00 p.m.)

Ms. Jennifer Anderson Nursing Department Secretary
Telephone: 724-357-2558
E-mail: jlander@iup.edu

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Advising Information

Your Advisor

All Nursing students are assigned an academic advisor. Please check URSA to find out more information about your advisor.

Registration

Registration for the Spring semester begins in mid-October. Registration for Fall semester and Summer sessions begins in mid-March. Schedules are available through URSA and are typically posted several weeks before the registration period begins.

Some Nursing students receive an early registration time each semester to facilitate scheduling of science courses and are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get the best schedule possible. Students must schedule an appointment to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss academic progress and plans for the next semesters. At that meeting, students will receive their Personal Identification Number (PIN), which is needed to access the registration system. Sign-up times for advising appointments are posted in mid-February and mid-September, and advisees are notified by e-mail when advising appointments begin.

E-mail

While students are at IUP, all department and advising information is typically shared by IUP e-mail and regular mail.

Students are expected to check their IUP e-mail frequently and use their IUP e-mail address when sending e-mail to anyone in the IUP community. Important and helpful information is sent to students from the chairperson, faculty, secretary, registrar, and others. Assistance with the use of the IUP e-mail system and other technology support is available at the IT Support Center.

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Resources and Information for Nursing Students

Employment Opportunities

University Records and Systems Assistant (URSA)

URSA provides links to a wide variety of information and resources, including the academic calendar, schedules, financial aid and billing, grades, how to calculate a grade point average (GPA), and details about graduation. A link to Writing Intensive courses is also available on URSA.

Academic Support

Tips for success

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Coursework at Another College or University

Many students plan to take courses during the summer at other colleges or universities. This excellent strategy allows students to take a lighter course load during the academic year, pursue a special area of interest, or stay on track for the clinical year. Students interested in registering for courses at other colleges or universities should follow the steps listed below:

  1. Meet with your advisor to discuss options.
  2. Use the Online Credit Evaluation System to check course equivalency.
  3. Contact the other college or university for details about schedules, registration, tuition, etc.
  4. Submit an Application for Pre-Approval of Coursework at Another College or University (form is available in the department office).
  5. Earn a C or higher grade to have credits posted to IUP transcript.
  6. Request an official transcript be sent to IUP Admissions Office, Credit Evaluation, Sutton Hall, Room 117, 1011 South Drive, IUP, Indiana, PA 15705.
  7. If you cannot find an equivalent course, ask the Allied Health coordinator about possible substitutions.
  8. If you plan to complete BIOL 150 Human Anatomy and/or BIOL 151 Human Physiology at another college or university, you must be certain the courses are equivalent to the IUP courses. Many colleges and universities offer these courses as Anatomy and Physiology I and II. If so, you must complete both I and II at that college or university to have the courses posted to your IUP transcript as BIOL 150 and BIOL 151.

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Consider Completing a Minor

Nursing students who are not on a four-year plan and find themselves needing some extra credits to maintain full-time status may find it helpful to obtain a minor. Students may discuss potential minors. A full listing of minors and certificates offered at IUP is a good place to begin the minor selection process. A minor in Psychology, Child Development and Family Relations, Nutrition, and/or Biology are minors commonly explored by Nursing students.

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Clinical Course Information

Students begin their clinical practice their sophomore year and, in over six semesters, complete 52 credits in Nursing courses.

  • Sophomore-level clinical experiences include health promotion projects with the elderly and participation in flu shots at the university’s Health Service. Sophomore-level students spend a portion of their clinical time practicing basic skills in our skills/simulation laboratory on campus.
  • Clinical courses at the sophomore level, NURS 211 Nursing Practice I and NURS 213 Nursing Practice II, are three hours per week.
  • Junior-level students will complete clinical experiences in medical surgical, maternal child health, and pediatrics, while senior-level students will have clinical rotations in critical care, leadership/management, community health, and psychiatric nursing. The senior level also includes a preceptor experience, which provides the student nurse an opportunity to practice with a registered nurse. Junior- and senior-level students attend clinical two days a week.
  • Clinical courses at the junior and senior levels (NURS 337 Adult Health Clinical I, NURS 331 Care of the Child Clinical I, NURS 333 Maternal-Neonate Health Clinical I, NURS 437 Adult Health Clinical II, NURS 431 Community Health Clinical I and NURS 433 Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical) are conducted at local facilities within approximately fifty miles of Indiana, Pa.

Clinical agency affiliates of IUP include Indiana Regional Medical Center, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, DuBois Medical Center, Excela Health Latrobe Are Hospital, Excela Health Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Visiting Nurses Association of Indiana, St Andrew’s Village, and several other agencies in the region, including clinical sites in the Pittsburgh area.

Travel to Clinical Sites

Sophomore- and junior-level students may request university transportation using IUP vans to travel to clinical sites. Requests for use of the vans must follow the university policies for use of IUP vehicles.

Senior students must make arrangements for their own transportation to clinical sites. IUP vans are not available to senior clinical students.

Uniform

All Nursing students are required to wear a student uniform. Information for obtaining student uniforms is provided at the sophomore orientation prior to the start of sophomore-level clinical. The student dress code is available in the Student Information Handbook.

Liability Insurance

Each student must purchase liability insurance. Students must carry professional liability of $1,000,000/$3,000,000, which pays up to $1,000,000 for each claim up to a total of $3,000,000 in any one year.

Blanket coverage is available from Seabury and Smith for one year for approximately $15. Students must submit a personal check or money order made payable to Seabury and Smith to the Nursing Department. Students are not permitted to begin clinical practice until proof of liability insurance is received by the Nursing Department. Contact the Nursing Department with any questions.

Forms for Clinical

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Graduation

Undergraduate students are required to apply for graduation in their next-to-final semester of enrollment. The graduation application may be completed online.

  • Students graduating in May apply online by November 15.
  • Students graduating in August and December apply online by April 1.

A Nursing Department ceremony is held in May of each year. May and August graduates will also be invited to the university commencement ceremony in May.

December graduates will be invited to participate in the university’s commencement ceremony scheduled in December. Details about commencement may be found at Commencement.

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Student Organizations

There are several Nursing student organizations students can choose to join while they are in the Nursing program.

  • ATD (Alpha Tau Delta)
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • SNAP-IUP
  • Nurse’s Christian Fellowship (NCF)
  • Class Officers
  • Student Advisory Committee

Student Scholarships

Scholarship information is available in the department on the Scholarship Bulletin Board located by 228 and 229 Johnson Hall. In addition, Nursing scholarship information is available for you to review online.

Related Links and Organizations

  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department
  • Johnson Hall, Room 210
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2557
  • Allied Health Programs: 724-357-7647
  • Graduate Nursing (MS): 724-357-7647
  • PhD Nursing: 724-357-3269
  • Fax: 724-357-3267
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.