Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Why choose Nursing at SHU?
The Nursing program at Sacred Heart University is fully accredited by the Commissio‌n on Collegiate Nursing Education. Personal attention and interaction between the faculty and student is a major focus in the department. The majority of the Nursing faculty hold doctoral degrees or are certified nurse practitioners and are active professionals with state and national recognition. The faculty acts as advisors to students, beginning with pre-nursing freshman activities during the first year of study. Throughout the four years of study students are assisted in developing critical thinking skills and professional knowledge, skills and values.
SHU students have access to five state-of-the-art nursing labs. We also have high-fidelity simulation labs that feature 3G Sim Man and Noelle, the maternity patient. The simulation lab has three beds with cardiac monitors, medication dispense machines, ventilator, code carts, IV supplies and other patient care equipment. We have several labs that offer low-fidelity simulation mannequins that provide students opportunities to learn basic nursing skills. The labs are open for students daily and into the evening. SHU Nursing majors are provided access to online testing platforms to prepare them for the national examination from the beginning of the program.

Will I get clinical experience?
Sophomore nursing students attend clinical at area extended care facilities such as Ludlowe, Jewish Home for the Elderly and St. Josephs. Junior and senior students go to acute care hospitals such as Stamford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent's Hospital, Milford Hospital, Griffin Hospital, Danbury Hospital, Yale Hospital, St. Rapheal's Hospital, Children's Connecticut and Hospital for Special Needs. Other placements include day care centers, visiting nurses association and local community clinics.

What are my career options with a BSN degree?
The BSN degree prepares you for the professional practice of nursing in a variety of settings such as hospitals, home care agencies and community-based health care facilities. Upon graduation, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and are eligible to take the Registered Nurse licensure examination (NCLEX), as well as apply to any Master of Science in Nursing program throughout the country including the programs at Sacred Heart University. Graduates that don't choose to further their education primarily find jobs at hospitals close to their homes or major teaching hospitals in large cities down the eastern corridor. Some graduates have also gone into the military.

Will I have research opportunities?

Yes, research opportunities are available. In NU 365, students work on research projects with the entire class. One semester researched if cell phone use causes harm in patients or monitors during their hospital stay. Another course in which research is required is in NU 395. Each student completes an evidence-based project for their specific unit. One example of a research project is the benefit of Kanagroo Care for Infants.

What co-curricular activities are available?

There is an abundance of activities and organizations you can join as a nursing student at SHU. Two organizations that you can become a member of is the Student Nurse Association and Sigma Theta Tau - Mu Delta Chapter. Some other field trips include Flu Vaccine Clinics, CT League of Nursing RN Student Day Conference, CT Legislative Day, Hartford, CT at State Capitol and CT Department of Public Health Conference.

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Will I be able to study abroad?

The undergraduate nursing program offers exciting opportunities for students to learn abroad. Annual interprofessional clinical field experiences are offered to junior and senior undergraduate students in Kingston, Jamaica and Antigua, Guatemala. Students are able to complete required clinical hours by providing hands-on nursing care to people of these communities while working with an interprofessional team led by our nursing faculty!

We also offer study abroad opportunities at our Dingle, Ireland campus! Annually, students are able to complete one of their required nursing courses during a 2-week immersion Nursing Leadership course that offers clinical hours in the healthcare Irish system. Unique and exciting to our university, nursing students are able to study abroad at our Dingle, Ireland campus for Full-semesters that follow the plan of study! The Freshmen Fall Abroad semester immerses students in the Irish culture while taking pre-requisite courses for the nursing program, including Anatomy and Physiology 1. The Sophomore Spring Abroad semester offers nursing students the opportunity to take Nursing Health Assessment and Nursing Pathophysiology along with other required courses, creating a seamless plan of study. Students will complete their clinical hours in a nearby hospital as well as participate in weekend excursions such as to London to visit the Florence Nightingale Nursing Museum! These international opportunities prepare our students to be culturally competent, have a global awareness of nursing and health, and be responsive to social and civic obligations.

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Are there special admission requirements?
Qualified applicants are admitted into the University as pre-nursing students and are guaranteed a seat as a sophomore nursing student if they meet or exceed freshman pre-requisite coursework and GPA requirements.