The nursing educational program was established at Salve Regina University in 1949 and later became the first nationally accredited program in Rhode Island. True to the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, the Department of Nursing creates a supportive learning community for students from all backgrounds and beliefs. The Department of Nursing endeavors to develop professional nurses who are liberally educated, ethically grounded, clinically competent providers of health care committed to human service and social justice regardless of the race, ethnicity or religion of the population served.
Committed to patient centered care, graduates will recognize and include the patient and family as full partners on the healthcare team. Graduates will be prepared to become lifelong learners, continuing to develop as health care providers and members of the global health partnership, crafting the role of the nurse of the future.
Graduates may earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing by following one of the two tracks, the pre-licensure plan of study or the degree completion plan of study for students who are already registered nurses. In the junior year, nursing majors who meet the qualifications are invited to join Sigma Theta Tau International, the international honor society of professional nurses.
Since its inception this baccalaureate program has maintained full approval by the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education and is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Students who indicate on their Salve Regina application that they desire to major in nursing may be accepted into the nursing major if they meet the entrance requirements of the University and the Department of Nursing. Due to the site requirements for experiential learning courses in the upper division of the program, the number of students accepted into the major is limited.
In keeping with the drug-free workplace act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, students in the Department of Nursing of Salve Regina University are expected to lead responsible lives and care for their own health and wellbeing so that they have the capacity to care for others. Substance abuse and its sequelae, addictive illness, impedes self-care and can lead to serious physical, psychological, and social problems ranging from loss of employment, loss of license to practice, and death.
The Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing prepares graduates to enter the profession as a provider of care; as leaders in the design, management and coordination of care; and as an ongoing contributing member of this profession prepared to continue with professional education. The Salve Regina University program of study in nursing provides students with the core knowledge required of health care professionals and the unique knowledge, attitudes, and skills required by the discipline of nursing. Graduates are prepared to practice competently in a variety of settings and provide for the health and healing of patients across the lifespan and along the continuum of health.
Within the scope of practice of a novice professional nurse, graduates will provide health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction treatments using evidence-based clinical reasoning, combined with information management, patient care technology, and personal leadership skills to address the complex health care needs of the individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. Graduates will deliver individualized, high quality, safe nursing care that identifies, respects, and addresses patients’ differences, values, preferences and expressed needs.
In keeping with the mission of the University and the Department of Nursing, all nursing students participate in service learning, defined as a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection that enriches the learning experience, teaches civic responsibility, and strengthens communities. Service learning allows nursing students to connect their academic coursework with their role of citizen. The service learning experiences differ from the experiential learning courses in that a greater emphasis is placed on collaboration with the community of care in the development of the goals and objectives of the experience, reciprocal learning between participants and critical reflection.
Program and Course Listings
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines: