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Georgia College

School of Nursing

Summer 2013 Cohort

Welcome to the Master of Science in Nursing Program

Purpose of the Handbook

The purpose of the handbook is to communicate important information and promote effective operation of the Master’s in Nursing Science program in the School of Nursing. University policies, School of Nursing policies and procedures, as well as information about advising, resources, and operations are provided for easy reference.

Students are responsible for being familiar with information contained in this handbook and in the School of Nursing catalog. Failure to read these sources will not excuse students from abiding by policies and procedures described in them. The School of Nursing reserves the right to make changes in its policies and procedures, and other information in the handbook as deemed appropriate and necessary. All changes will be communicated promptly to students, faculty, and staff. The handbook is prepared and revised annually for the use of administrators, faculty, students, and staff. Suggestions regarding clarification or addition of topics are welcome.

The GC Master’s of Science in Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) which is located at 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA, 30326; 404.975.5000;

Table of Contents

Welcome to the Master of Science in Nursing Program 2

Purpose of the Handbook 2

Table of Contents 3

Curriculum 4

Conceptual Definitions for the Organizing Framework 5

Program Concepts 6

MSN Program Outcomes with Relationship to Program Concepts (Effective Spring 2012) 8

Programs of Study 9

Admission, Progression, Graduation, and Certification 9

Admission 9

Advisement  10

Progression 11

Progression Policies for MSN Students 11

Grievances, Appeals, and Petitions 12

Readmission to Graduate Studies 13

Synthesis Requirement 13

Master’s Portfolio 13

Graduation Information 15

Information for Accessing Certification Applications 15

Class Information 15

Location of Classes 15

Academic Code of Conduct 15

Student Academic Dishonesty 15

Unprofessional Conduct 16

Clinical Information 24

Clinical Hours 24

Clinical Requirements 24

Expectations of Clinical Preceptors for Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Students 26

American Nurses Association Standards 33

Other Information 35

Nursing International Exchange Opportunities for Graduate Students 35

Scholarships, Awards and Honors 36

Participation in University Community 36

References 38

Appendix 39

Forms 39



In concert with the Georgia College (GC) liberal arts mission, the School of Nursing is committed to the formation of nurse leaders to engage in evidence-based practice, lifelong learning, and civic participation in a health information intensive environment through the development and mastery of clinical reasoning, professional nursing skills, and values.


The GC School of Nursing aspires to be recognized as a national leader in nursing education. GC nurses will serve at the forefront of the changing healthcare delivery system.


The following statements reflect the philosophical values of the GC School of Nursing in relation to the concepts of education, person, environment, health, and nursing.

Nursing education is an active process where the student develops and masters clinical reasoning, professional nursing skills and values that enable graduates to thrive in a health information intensive environment. The minimal level of education for entry to professional nursing practice occurs at the baccalaureate level and mastery occurs through graduate education and life-long learning.

  • Clinical reasoning is a cognitive process of thinking where data is reviewed and analyzed to improve health outcomes.

  • Professional nursing skills are developed through integration of theoretical knowledge and guided clinical practice.

  • Professional nursing values are the consistent demonstration of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
Person is a complex, unique, holistic individual with inherent worth and dignity. The meanings a person attaches to life experiences are influenced by the environment, developmental level, group membership, culture, and ethnicity. The person has the power to identify their own life choices.

The environment is the accumulation of physical, physiological, social, cultural, spiritual, economic, and political conditions that interact with and influence the human experience. The interaction is constant and the environment can be altered to influence health outcomes. Nursing can create and sustain a culture of safety and quality health care that can transform the environment by creating a safe workplace that produces optimal patient outcomes.


Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response to actual or potential health problems for health promotion, disease prevention, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations (American Nurses Association, 2010a, p. 1).

Health is the dynamic integration of the physical, psychological, spiritual, cognitive, and socio-cultural well-being of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The meaning of health varies between individuals and cultures, and is universally accepted as more than being free of disease or infirmity. Health beliefs and practices are impacted by the affordability and accessibility of health care.

Nursing Faculty Organization Approved 10-07-02, Updated: 01/14/03, 4/3/-03; reaffirmed 11/2009, Updated 4/4/11

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