Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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Nursing Top: Audrey Grose and Linda Ferguson talk while preparing a patient's chart. Bottom left: Group picture. Bottom right: Renai Knight prepares a patient's medication. Of all the graduates this year, six had a special reason to celebrate. Those six people were the first ACU students to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. The students completed their work at the Abilene Inter- collegiate School of Nursing, which includes students from Abilene's three colleges - ACU, McMurry College and Hardin-Simmons University. Students enrolled in the program completed lower- division work at ACU, then attended the nursing school dur- ing their junior and senior years. The nursing training included classroom and lab work, in addition to practical experience, said Molly Hall, assistant professor of nursing. Students usually attended classes Mon- day, Wednesday and Friday and worked in a practical health-care setting Tuesday and Thursday. Students did prac- ticum work at such Abilene locations as West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Abilene Public Schools, Sears and Rose Park Community Centers and West Texas Medical center, wx! FRONT ROW: Catherine Clark, Shirley Morrison, Dr. Elaine Forrest. ROW 2: Beverly Goate, Molly Hall, janet Huff, Maryjan Ashe. NOT PICTURED:julian Reaks, ACU adviser. 342 f Nursing raining to care One nursing concept the students experimented with thi year was primary nursing. For three days the students tool over the sixth floor at Hendrick Hospital during the daj shift, where they used primary nursing techniques. Excep for the regular patient care coordinator, the students ant three faculty members from the nursing school provided al the regular patient care, said Hall. Primary nursing differed from regular patient care becaus- one nurse was responsible for total patient care, said Lind: Ferguson, senior from Lubbock. Hall said in primary nursini the patient also played a more active role in his care, as op posed to the passive role played in other types of care. The nurse, along with the patient, set personal goals, saic Renai Knight, senior from Lake jackson, and this helped tht patient become an active partner in his health care. Primarj nursing was a more balanced approach because the nursn evaluated the patient, but the patient also evaluated thi nurse, Knight said. The primary nurse made out a written care plan tha others followed when the primary nurse was not on duty Knight said. The nurse also was responsible for talking witl the family and physician about the patient's care. Knight said she thought the experiment was successfu because it exposed the staff to primary nursing, and it helpec train the students about a primary nursing situation. At time: the experiment was difficult because it was only temporary and not enough preparation was provided for a permanenl change, she said. In addition to regular clinical work, the students were given an opportunity to gain some experience in specializes: fields this year, Knight said. A student worked six lab hour: each week in a field of his choice. The program, called a preceptorship, allowed students tc better prepare for jobs in specialized nursing fields, said Knight. The school of nursing was accredited by the Texas Statl Board of Nurse Examiners. Although the students com, pleted degree requirements by May, they had to take stat board exams in the summer to become licensed as registere nurses. - Tammy Dablqf l

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