School of Nursing, Undergraduate Catalog 1996 - 1998

Contents of This Chapter

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Deans
General Information
History
Facilities
Financial Assistance Available through the School of Nursing
Endowed Scholarships
Other Financial Aid Programs
Nonendowed Scholarships
ROTC Nursing Scholarships
Student Organizations
Admission and Registration
Admission to the University
Requirements for Enrollment in Upper-Division Nursing Courses
Students from Other Institutions
Registration
Academic Advising
Academic Policies and Procedures
Student Responsibility
Standards of Nursing Performance and Progress
Medical Clearance Requirements
Professional Liability Insurance
Uniforms and Other Expenses
Honors
University Honors
Graduation with University Honors
Dean's Honor List
Sigma Theta Tau
Credit by Examination
Graduation
Special Requirements of the School of Nursing
Degree Audit
Graduation Application Form
Registration as a Professional Nurse
Continuing Education Program
Degrees
Programs in the School of Nursing
Purpose of the School of Nursing
Objectives of the Bachelor's Degree Program
Applicability of Certain Courses
Physical Activity Courses
ROTC Courses
Correspondence and Extension Courses
Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Prescribed Work
Courses


Dolores Sands
PhD, RN
Dean

Sharon A. Brown
PhD, RN
Associate Dean

Joy H. Penticuff
PhD, RN
Assistant Dean

Marlene H. Weitzel
PhD, RN
Assistant Dean

General Information

History

The University of Texas School of Nursing, established in Galveston in 1890 as the John Sealy Hospital Training School for Nurses, is one of the oldest schools of nursing in the Southwest. It was originally organized as an independent school under a Board of Lady Managers. In 1896 it was transferred to the University of Texas and became the School of Nursing, a division of the Medical Branch, with the diploma granted by the University. In addition to the diploma course, a curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing was established in 1923 in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences of the Main University in Austin. In 1932 the School of Nursing was renamed the John Sealy College of Nursing. The degree program was transferred to the college in 1943.

With the financial support of the Texas Graduate Nursing Association, graduate courses in nursing were first offered in 1930 in the Department of Physical and Health Education at the Main University. In 1940 a complete curriculum was established leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education. Support for the program was given by the Texas Graduate Nurses Association in the form of a scholarship fund for Texas nurses. In 1945 the curriculum was transferred to the Medical Branch administration, bringing the John Sealy College of Nursing and the new Department of Nursing Education together to form the School of Nursing with its own dean. In September, 1949, a curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing was established for graduates of diploma programs.

Funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation provided for a program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing with a major in nursing administration, first offered in 1952. Participating in the program of the Southern Regional Education Board for graduate education in nursing, the School of Nursing offered additional specialization in 1955. At that time the name of the school was changed to the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing.

The last class of students enrolled in the diploma program was admitted to the School of Nursing in 1957; since that time the school has offered a single program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

In the fall of 1960, the University of Texas at Austin became an extension campus of the School of Nursing, which was still located in Galveston, and nursing courses were offered on the Austin campus for the first time. The School of Nursing was reorganized in 1967 as The University of Texas Nursing School (System-wide) and administrative offices were moved to Austin. The school was renamed The University of Texas System School of Nursing in 1972. Junior- and senior-level nursing courses were offered in Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, and San Antonio; in Austin, El Paso, or Fort Worth, a student could enroll for four years, taking liberal arts courses prior to being admitted to the nursing curriculum. A program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing was initiated in 1974.

On March 26, 1976, the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System voted to reorganize the schools of nursing in the system and to place each school under the administration of the president of the health science center or academic institution nearest it. On September 1, 1976, the School of Nursing at Austin became a part of the University of Texas at Austin.

Facilities

The 99,815-square-foot, five-story Nursing School building houses administrative, faculty, and staff offices, as well as large and small classrooms and seminar and conference rooms. Also located in the building are the Continuing Education Program and the Learning Center, with an audiovisual library and a staff who provide technical assistance for clinical simulation, instructional design, and production.

Learning experiences in the health field are numerous and varied. Hospitals to which students are assigned include, among others, the Austin State Hospital, Brackenridge Hospital (the city-county hospital), St. David's Community Hospital, Seton Medical Center, and Shoal Creek Hospital. Other community settings used for student field experiences include nursing homes, neighborhood health centers, day-care centers, state and local health departments, physicians' offices, and clinics.

Financial Assistance Available through the School of Nursing

Application forms for the following scholarships are available from the Office of Student Financial Services and from the School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin, 1700 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78701-1499. The School of Nursing Scholarship Committee selects the recipients for nursing scholarships.

Endowed Scholarships

The Rita Willner Atlas Endowed Presidential Scholarship provides support for undergraduate and graduate students. At the donor's request, recipients of the awards are designated Rita Willner Atlas Scholars or Rita Willner Atlas Fellows.

The Betty J. Bomar Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Nursing provides scholarship support to an outstanding student pursuing a degree in nursing and a career in providing quality health care. Financial need is a priority in selecting the recipient.

The Dr. Louis Edward and Virginia Steele Brenz Scholarship provides support to graduate and undergraduate students.

The Edith Blanche Jennings Burns, RN, Endowed Scholarship in Nursing provides support to a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student. The recipient must show excellent promise for a career in nursing and must have a grade point average of at least 2.50 if he or she has been a college or university student. Preference is given first to graduates of Moran High School, Shackelford County, Texas, and then to South Carolina residents, with preference to residents of Lancaster County. If such a recipient cannot be found, a resident of Travis County, Texas, who also graduated from a Travis County high school, is preferred. Financial need is considered.

The Carole Diane Cave Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a career in nursing. The student must be a Texas resident in the professional nursing sequence and must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.30.

The Joe and Tana Christie Endowed Presidential Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding upper-division or graduate student pursuing a degree in nursing and a career in providing quality health care outside a hospital setting for people with AIDS or other terminal illnesses. The recipient must have a grade point average of at least 3.50.

The Mitzi I. Nuhn Dreher Endowed Presidential Scholarship provides an award to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student. Preference is given to students who participate in a broad range of extracurricular activities or professional nursing organizations.

The School of Nursing Faculty-Staff Endowed Presidential Scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student. Preference is given to residents of Texas. The award is made to a nursing student who has shown academic achievement by maintaining a 3.00 or better grade point average, who has shown interest in the community through a record of community involvement, and who has shown a special dedication to nursing by participating in nursing organizations.

The Kathryn Gurley Scholarship Endowment provides scholarships for students at all levels. There is no grade point average requirement.

The Lee Hage and Joseph D. Jamail Endowed Scholarship in Nursing provides support to students of average academic merit who show promise of success in their chosen field and who demonstrate evidence of financial need.

The Mary Gibbs Jones Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Nursing provides awards to nursing students with no restrictions.

The Kristi Kana Endowed Presidential Scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate nursing student in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students involved in community activities for the good of others.

The Nancy Francis and William Arnold McMinn Endowed Presidential Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in nursing and a career in providing quality health care. The student must be a Texas resident in the professional nursing sequence and must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.30.

The PCA Health Plans Endowed Presidential Scholarship provides awards to incoming freshmen on the basis of academic merit. Preference is given to students who are graduates of the Austin Independent School District and then to students from the counties served by PCA Health Plans. Extracurricular activities and interests are also considered.

The Ella Kate and Wallace Ralston Nursing Students Scholarship Fund provides assistance for a number of students each year.

The Louis W. Rase and Sophie Braun Rase Nursing Scholarship Fund provides an award annually to a nursing student for outstanding scholarship. The recipient is chosen on the basis of grade point average and must rank in the top 10 percent of the class.

The Alice R. Redland Memorial Scholarship in Nursing is awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student pursing a degree in gerontological nursing.

The M. Elizabeth Sands, MD, and Arthur T. Sands, MD, PhD, Endowed Scholarship in Nursing provides an award to a graduate or undergraduate nursing student planning to pursue a career in oncology.

The Santa Rosa Children's Hospital Scholarship Fund in Memory of Taylor Andrew Marceau provides an award to a nursing student who has demonstrated financial need, exemplary moral character, and good academic standing. Preference is given to students who intend to practice in the field of pediatric nursing. At the donor's request, recipients are designated Santa Rosa Scholars.

The Susanne Spencer Skaggs Endowed Scholarship in Nursing provides support to graduate and undergraduate nursing students.

The Texas Graduate Nurses Association Scholarship provides awards to registered nurses, either to undergraduates in public health nursing or to graduate students.

The Travis County Medical Auxiliary and Society Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Nursing is awarded to a full-time junior or senior with a grade point average of at least 3.30 and with excellent promise for a career in nursing. Preference is given to Travis County high school graduates.

The Myrtle and Earl E. Walker Fund provides scholarships to a number of students. One scholarship is reserved in even-numbered years for the undergraduate student with the highest grade point average; in odd-numbered years it is awarded to the graduate student with the highest grade point average.

The Lola B. Wright Foundation Centennial Scholarship enables the School of Nursing to assist several students each year with individual financial aid.

Other scholarships are frequently available through the generosity of groups such as the Greater Austin Area Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Texas Paralyzed Veterans. Information is available in the Student Affairs Office each semester.

Other Financial Aid Programs

Nonendowed Scholarships

The James S. Kemper Foundation provides scholarships to graduate and undergraduate nursing students. Recipients are selected on the basis of accomplishment as well as need.

The Carol Miller Norwood Scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in nursing. The recipient must demonstrate financial need, participation in extracurricular activities, and academic motivation.

The Mabel Wandelt Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate RN student.

The Jacobsen Hardship Grant Fund is reserved for students experiencing a financial hardship.

The Rotman Emergency Fund is reserved for students experiencing a financial hardship.

ROTC Nursing Scholarships

Air Force ROTC Nursing Scholarships. These scholarships provide for payment of tuition and fees and for textbooks and a $150 monthly allowance during the school year. For additional information, contact the Department of Air Force Science, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1183.

Army ROTC Nursing Scholarships. These scholarships provide for payment of tuition and fees, a flat rate for textbooks, and a $150 monthly allowance during the school year. Students must attend the Nursing Advanced Camp during the summer between the junior and senior years and work individually with a licensed BSN preceptor. Students may apply to the dean for independent study credit; applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. For additional information, contact the Department of Military Science, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1182.

Navy ROTC Nursing Scholarships. These scholarships provide for payment of tuition and fees and for textbooks and a $150 monthly allowance during the school year. For additional information, contact the Department of Naval Science, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1184.

To be eligible for an ROTC scholarship, an applicant must be a United States citizen and must be less than twenty-five years old on June 30 of the calendar year during which commissioning is scheduled.

Vocational Rehabilitation. The Texas Rehabilitation Commission offers assistance in payment of tuition and nonrefundable fees to students who have certain disabling conditions, provided their vocational objectives are approved by a commission counselor. Such conditions include orthopedic deformities, emotional disorders, diabetes, epilepsy, and heart conditions. Services are also available to help students with disabilities become employable. Application should be made to the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, PO Box 7638, Austin, Texas 78713-7638.

Student Organizations

Undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Nursing are eligible for membership in the Nursing Student Organization. Through the organization, nursing students are represented on campus committees and in campus activities involving all students. The local organization is affiliated with the Texas Nursing Students' Association and the National Student Nurse Association.

Qualified students in the School of Nursing are also eligible for membership in Epsilon Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing.

Admission and Registration

Admission to the University

Admission and readmission of all students to the University is the responsibility of the director of admissions. Information about admission to the University is given in General Information.

Requirements for Enrollment in Upper-Division Nursing Courses

Completion of seventy-two or seventy-three semester hours of prerequisite coursework with an overall grade point average of at least 2.50 is required for enrollment in upper-division (professional sequence) nursing courses. The applicant must not be on scholastic probation at the University. A request to begin upper-division coursework may be submitted only after the student has completed at least fifty semester hours of prescribed lower-division coursework and is enrolled in the last semester of coursework required to meet the prerequisites for the professional sequence.

Request forms for enrollment in upper-division nursing courses must be submitted to the School of Nursing by March 1 for the following fall semester and by October 1 for the following spring semester. Admission decisions are made by the Admissions Committee of the School of Nursing. An applicant whose grade point average exceeds the minimum of 2.50 will gain more favorable consideration, as will an applicant who has completed more of the prerequisite coursework at the University. Required work done at the University and work done elsewhere are evaluated separately.

Applicants requesting admission to the professional sequence are notified of their status as soon as all requested credentials have been received and reviewed by the Admissions Committee of the School of Nursing.

Students from Other Institutions

Students who wish to transfer to the University from another college or university must apply to the Office of Admissions as described in General Information.

In addition to meeting the regular admission requirements, students seeking to transfer from another institution to the professional sequence of nursing courses must apply for admission to the School of Nursing. The student must submit the following documents to the School of Nursing: (1) an application for admission to upper-division nursing courses; (2) an official copy of the transcript from each institution attended.

Transfer students must meet the same deadlines as University students seeking admission to the professional sequence; however, they are considered for admission to the School of Nursing only if they are admitted to the University.

Registration

General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transfer from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule, published before registration each semester and summer session, includes registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are sold at campus-area bookstores. They are also published on the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site, http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/.

Academic Advising

Students are encouraged to come to the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs for academic advising as well as for information about professional nursing. The Student Affairs Office is open Monday through Friday. Staff members are available to advise students during office hours; telephone inquiries and appointments are accepted. Faculty members advise students during registration and during their regular office hours or by appointment. Preregistration advising is required for all undergraduates in the School of Nursing.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Student Responsibility

  1. It is the student's responsibility to be informed of general and special notices, including examination schedules posted in the School of Nursing building.

  2. The student must make arrangements for the completion of all work, including makeup examinations and requirements for removal of conditional and incomplete grades.

  3. A student's combined employment and semester-hour load (including clinical laboratory hours) should not exceed forty hours a week in either a long-session semester or a summer term.

  4. Students may be employed as nursing aides, performing functions for which they have been trained by the employing institution and for which the institution has a clearly discernible policy, either in writing or by precedent, defining the scope of these functions. Any individual not licensed in the state of Texas to practice professional nursing who engages in such practice does so illegally and may be prosecuted accordingly. Supervision by a professional licensed nurse does not provide protection to the student or make the student's actions legal.

    Students should be aware that (1) the School of Nursing assumes no responsibility for their activities as employees of an agency; (2) they are personally responsible and liable for any activity they participate in while employed; (3) professional liability insurance purchased by students may be valid only in their student role, not in their employment role; (4) individuals who practice illegally may jeopardize their future careers, since those who are convicted of violating the Nurse Practice Act may not be eligible to write state board examinations and subsequently to be licensed.

    Students employed in an agency are personally and professionally responsible for engaging only in those activities that fall within their job descriptions as nonprofessional workers (such as aides). They have a responsibility to refuse to participate in activities that they have not been legally licensed to perform, such as giving medications and assuming total responsibility for a nursing unit.

Standards of Nursing Performance and Progress

A student must earn a grade of at least C in each nursing course for the course to be counted toward degree requirements. Concurrent or sequential enrollment is required as stated in each course description.

If the student is not on scholastic probation at the University, permission may be granted to repeat a required nursing course in which he or she failed to earn a grade of C or better. To receive credit, the student must repeat the course at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. The semester in which a course is repeated is at the discretion of the dean and is dependent on the space available.

A student may repeat a nursing course only once. If the student does not earn a grade of at least C upon repeating the course, he or she cannot continue in the School of Nursing. If, while repeating the course, the student drops the course or withdraws from the University at a time when the student's performance in the course is considered to be inferior to that required for a grade of C, he or she may not reenroll in the course or continue in the School of Nursing.

No more than two nursing courses may be repeated.

A student may not repeat for credit a course in which a grade of C or better was awarded.

As a prerequisite to five clinical nursing courses (Nursing 425P, 455P, 465P, 466P, and 477P) a student is required to pass a medications and calculations test with a grade of at least 90. The student may repeat each test once. Calculators may not be used in any medication examination.

Medical Clearance Requirements

Clinical experiences for nursing students are provided in hospitals and other health care facilities with which the School of Nursing is affiliated. A number of these facilities require that nursing students assigned to them have evidence of immunity to certain diseases; these requirements are subject to change. Nursing students engaged in clinical activities must fulfill the requirements of the individual facilities to which they are assigned, including requirements for preventing the transmission of communicable diseases.

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance is required of all students enrolled in the School of Nursing. Coverage in the amount of one million dollars for each claim and one million dollars limit aggregate for one year is required to cover possible claims made against the student in performance of duties as a nursing student. Each student must present evidence of insurance before enrolling in a clinical nursing course. The insurance premium may be paid at registration. All student policies expire on the date of graduation. Approximate premium costs are $13.50 for coverage from August 31 to August 31, $9.00 for coverage from January 1 to August 31, and $5.00 for coverage from June 1 to August 31.

Uniforms and Other Expenses

Students must purchase uniforms, shoes, name pin, identification patch, and other supplies before taking the first clinical nursing course.

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