School of Nursing Policy and Procedure Manual

Preparing for a Career in Nursing

As a graduate of the ABU School of Nursing, you will be prepared as a generalist in nursing, qualified to provide leadership in a variety of settings such as community health, general hospital care, emergency care, and intensive care. For those interested in school health nursing, students may choose to take the School Nurse Option, a West Virginia Department of Education approved program, preparing them to apply for certification as a school health nurse. Other optional minors include Health Care Administration and Business Administration. From the beginning in 1945 as the first four-year baccalaureate nursing program in West Virginia, the ABU School of Nursing has attracted high-quality students and has graduated professionals who excel in many interesting nursing careers. The ABU School of Nursing has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission since 1974. In addition the program is approved by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

As a nursing student at ABU you’ll study in the modern, well-planned Myers Hall of Health Sciences, where spacious classrooms, a well-equipped skills lab and a new human patient simulation lab provide the latest tools for nursing instruction.

Field Experience

Clinical experiences for application of your classroom studies will begin in the sophomore year. These clinical experiences place you in a variety of settings, always a small group, with a high level of personal attention from the instructor. Clinicals are conducted in hospitals in Morgantown, Clarksburg, Elkins, and Weston. In addition, extended care facilities are used for basic skills experiences, and community agencies in Barbour and surrounding counties are used for community nursing, home health, school nursing, and hospice experience.

The high quality of nurses graduating from ABU relates directly to the fine caliber of students who enter the program, and to the personal commitment of the nursing faculty and the excellence of the total college curriculum. At ABU your liberal studies core requirements will strengthen your general knowledge, improve your learning skills, and give you more confidence to advance in your profession.

Upon graduation, you’ll receive a B.S.N. degree and will be qualified to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs. By pursuing graduate education, you can advance in nursing leadership roles such as nurse practitioner, clinician, educator, administrator, or researcher. In West Virginia, ABU School of Nursing graduates teach in nursing programs at a number of the state’s colleges and universities.

ABU graduates are also found in major hospitals throughout the United States, including Duke University Medical Center, West Virginia University Hospitals, Allegheny General Hospital, Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, and University of Virginia Medical Center. In addition, graduates are employed in the armed services and a variety of community-based health agencies.

The current focus in health care reform, including the demands of gerontology, managed care and community-based health care, has highlighted the unique contributions that nurses can provide. The nursing curriculum at ABU prepares nurses to meet these unique challenges. At ABU your professors will be men and women of high academic and moral standing who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the students they serve as well as to the advancement of their professions.

RNs, LPNs, & Transfer Students: Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses may study for the bachelor of science degree in nursing at ABU, entering the program at a level determined appropriate upon School of Nursing review of their credentials. Transfer students are also accepted upon satisfactory review of transcripts. RNs and LPNs also have the option of completing their B.S.N. through a degree completion program.

With a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Alderson Broaddus University you will join the professionals dedicated to excellence in health care. At ABU you can prepare to make a difference.

Accrediting Agencies:

Accreditation Commission for  Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

State of West Virginia Board of Examaniers for Registered Professional Nurses
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 559-3596

School of Nursing Philosophy

The ABU School of Nursing faculty believes in and supports the mission of Alderson Broaddus University. The nursing faculty commits to the college, the community, and society to provide quality baccalaureate nursing education. The philosophy of the School of Nursing is derived from basic beliefs about education and professional nursing.

Student achievement is assessed through Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and quality-based competency behaviors, which progress from simple to complex related to nursing process, professionalism, and safety. By the final semester, these SLOs culminate in Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs). These Program Student Learning Outcomes and related competency behaviors evolve from ANA Standards of Professional Practice, AACN Essentials, NLN Standards, QSEN Competencies, and the West Virginia Standards for Professional Nursing Practice.

The faculty believes the patient, whether viewed as an individual or collectively as family, group, community, or society, is unique and holistic, meriting safe quality patient-centered care as exemplified in the nurse-patient relationship operationalized by the nursing process. Alderson Broaddus University views nursing as a caring, therapeutic, interpersonal profession that values diversity, and embodies Christian service to holistically address patient health needs in collaboration with the interprofessional health care system.

Knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and values associated with the practice and profession of nursing are assessed through seven PSLOs including:

  1. Create patient-centered, safe, quality evidence-based nursing care with diverse patients across the life span.
  2. Design a caring environment for the patient, family and community to promote wellness, prevent disease, and facilitate healing.
  3. Generate critical thinking necessary to provide quality patient care.
  4. Professionally communicate/collaborate with members of the interprofessional team, the patient family and community to provide and improve patient care.
  5. Exemplify leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations.
  6. Synthesize information technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision making.
  7. Assimilate professional, ethical and legal guidelines in practice as a baccalaureate-prepared professional nurse.

The faculty believes a baccalaureate nursing education grounded in the liberal arts must provide learners with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and values to become safe, responsible practitioners of professional nursing. The teaching-learning relationship between faculty and learner is central to education no less so when, despite the student’s valiant investment, remediation needs emerge requiring focused teaching-learning interventions. Throughout, learners are expected to demonstrate integrity and be self-disciplined, self-directed, and accountable for their own learning. The faculty is responsible for creating a caring environment in which knowledge is shared and role development enhanced.

Approved Dec. 15, 2011
Edited: Dec 8, 2013

Mission Statement:

The School of Nursing seeks to provide an educational environment that encourages students to regard professional nursing as a service to humanity, respect scholarly endeavor, become responsible citizens, and apply moral and ethical integrity to every phase of life.

Identity Statement:

The School of Nursing shares the overall aim of the University, which is to help students respect scholarly endeavor, gain skills in growth and learning, and develop moral and ethical integrity in every phase of life. Building on a liberal arts foundation, students are encouraged to become responsible citizens who regard their vocation as a service to humanity stemming from a basic commitment to God and offered for the benefit of the client.

The purpose of the curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is to prepare the student to function in any health care setting as a competent beginning professional nurse. Graduates of the program will value scholarly endeavors and become life-ling learners.

College Core Values/Program Goals: 

Congruent with the mission and purpose of the institution, the goals of the nursing program are to prepare graduates:

  1. Who, as professional nurse generalists, possess the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and values necessary to assist the client experiencing crisis to meet human needs.
  2. Who assume professional nursing roles to provide competent professional nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and society within a rapidly changing environment.
  3. Who are eligible to apply for licensure as registered nurses.
  4. Who critically think, effectively communicate, therapeutically intervene, and faithfully pursue life-long learning.
  5. Who are accountable to the ANA Standards of Practice and the Standards for Professional Nursing Practice of the WV State Board of Nursing.

Alderson Broaddus University is helping to curb the national nursing shortage by entering into a partnership with Arellano University, Manila, Philippines.  This collaborative effort will prepare students to be licensed as professional nurses in the United States and other underserved regions of the world.

On June 14, 2006, more than thirty freshmen at Arellano University enrolled in this international nursing partnership.  These Arellano students will complete the first three years of their work in Manila, with the opportunity to complete the last phase of their education on the AB campus.

Through this partnership, students enrolling in the international nursing program will be admitted to AU under AB’s admissions standards and will have to maintain AB’s academic standards in order to remain in the program.

Like AB, Arellano University has a rich history in nursing.  AU has the oldest and largest baccalaureate nursing program in the Philippines.  They compete with other well-prepared professional nurses to become globally employable in other cultures, cope with the fast pace of nursing practice, and are influenced by the changing needs of health care.

Required Courses:

 Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
_____BIOL 2704Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab
_____BIOL 2714Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab
_____CHEM 1904Introduction to Chemistry/Lab*
_____CSCI 2253Medical Informatics*
_____HSCI 1002Health Care Terminology
_____HSCI 2603Nutrition
_____NRSG 2102Introduction to the Art of Healing
_____NRSG 2206Care of the Patient Across the Lifespan
_____NRSG 2503Health Assessment
_____NRSG 2703Pharmacology for Nursing
_____NRSG 2805Care of the Adult I
_____NRSG 3103Nursing Research
_____NRSG 3305Care of the Childbearing Family and Women's Health
_____NRSG 3405Care of the Adult II
_____NRSG 3503Acute Psychosocial Nursing
_____NRSG 3706Nursing Care of Children
_____NRSG 3805Care of Adults III
_____NRSG 4105Care of the Patient with Complex Health Issues
_____NRSG 4204Community Mental Health Nursing
_____NRSG 4301Improving Critical Thinking through Test-Taking Strategies: NCLEX-RN Part 1
_____NRSG 4401Community as Client: Clinical Immersion
_____NRSG 4503Nurse as Manager
_____NRSG 4605Care of the Patient with Complex Health Issues II
_____NRSG 4703Community as Client
_____NRSG 4801Improving Critical Thinking through Test-Taking Strategies: NCLEX-RN Part II
_____PHIL 3913Ethical Perspective on Health Related Issues*
Students must obtain CPR certification.

Foreign Language: Not Required

Liberal Studies Program: As outlined on appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet. * Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements

Among requirements for graduation, the student must earn a grade of C or higher in all required nursing and support courses, a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.0 average in the major, and must pass a comprehensive examination, planned and administered by the major division or department.