Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Accelerated)
Consistent with South College’s mission and goals, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program builds on a foundation of liberal arts education, establishing the knowledge base and clinical expertise for the generalist in nursing practice. The faculty supports the commitment to lifelong learning in a dynamic, culturally and ethnically diverse health care environment, promoting client advocacy, achieving and maintaining clinical competency, and providing service to the community and profession. The major curriculum is based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008).
The BSN program serves both traditional and nontraditional students and offers opportunities to enhance the community’s health care through participatory learning experiences. The South College School of Nursing offers three options to pursue a BSN Degree. At Parkside (West Knoxville) Learning Site, the Traditional BSN option began in September 2004, and the online RN-BSN option began in April 2015. The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Asheville Learning Site received initial approval to establish tradition BSN program from the North Carolina Board of Nursing in February 2016. The Accelerated BSN option will be available for admission in April 2017.
The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the Parkside (Knoxville) Learning Site received initial approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in December 2003, with full approval granted in September 2008. The BSN program at the Nashville Learning Site received approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in November 2016.
The BSN program at the Parkside (Knoxville) Learning Site was granted continuing accreditation in 2011 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, http://www.acenursing.org/) for a period of eight years. The next review is anticipated in 2019.
The application for initial accreditation of the BSN program at the Parkside (Knoxville) Learning Site, the Nashville Learning Site, and the Asheville (NC) Learning Site was approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in January 2017 (One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
ROLE OF THE BSN IN HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
The role of the professional nurse is built on nursing knowledge, theory, and research. The bachelor’s level nurse functions as a provider of care; a designer, manager and coordinator of care; and a member of the profession. The bachelor’s prepared nurse serves as a patient advocate and educator, using technical, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making skills to promote individual and family well-being. As a designer, manager, and coordinator of care, the professional nurse has the knowledge and authority to delegate tasks, supervise patient care, and evaluate personnel in the context of a team setting. The nurse functions as a member of a profession by demonstrating a strong foundation of ethical values, becoming an active proponent of political action in the regulatory aspects of the changing health care arena, and assuming a commitment to life-long learning (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008).