Policies, Procedures, Requirements & Resources
Nursing students admitted into the upper division nursing major must assume responsibility for any costs incurred while meeting the clinical agency requirements. Nursing students are expected to provide their own transportation to all site-based experiences. Nursing students also must assume responsibility for the costs of their name pins, uniform(s), lab coats and faculty-approved stethoscopes, as well as any costs incurred to maintain their health (throat cultures, doctor visits, etc.) and meeting any clinical agency requirements. Initial costs for book purchases for Term 1 nursing students in the Generic Option can total approximately $1,000. Most textbooks are used throughout the program and include electronic versions downloaded to the student's laptop.
Undergraduate students admitted to the nursing major in fall 2012 or later pay supplemental tuition (sometimes called tuition differential) of approximately $35 per credit in fall 2012 (subject to change). The fee is designated for services that directly impact students. Student representatives provide annual input to the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences about the use of differential tuition funds through Student Nursing Advisory Council meetings on the Rochester and Winona campuses.
Minnesota Nursing Students' Association (MNSA): This is a pre-professional organization with membership at the local, state, and national levels. Pre-nursing students are welcome and encouraged to join. The Winona campus MNSA office is located in Stark Hall, Room 314. Names of current officers are posted on Nursing Department bulletin boards in Winona and Rochester.
Undergraduate Nursing Clubs: The Winona State Nursing Club is designed to serve as a social support system for those majoring in nursing and to promote community service activities and fundraising efforts by nursing students. The Nursing Club has class officers and a nursing faculty advisory. Membership includes any pre-nursing students and junior and senior nursing students in the Generic Option. There are separate clubs on the Winona and Rochester campuses.
Kappa Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau: This nursing honor society recognizes superior achievement and development of leadership qualities, fosters high professional standards, and encourages creative work. Membership is by invitation and includes nurses in the southeast Minnesota area as well as students.
The Department of Nursing has a comprehensive assessment plan that provides for systematic evaluation of program and student outcomes. Students may participate in evaluation of program outcomes through completion of surveys and evaluations. Student outcomes are tracked through testing, assignments and evaluations in classroom and clinical settings. Program assessment also includes feedback from alumni and employers. Assessment is required in order to maintain accreditation.
This program gives eligible students an opportunity to participate in scholarly activity above and beyond the normal course of study provided within the Nursing Department. Students in the Honors in Nursing Program have an opportunity to work closely with faculty advisors to pursue research or clinical projects and receive recognition for their achievements. To be eligible to apply, a student must have a minimum of Term 2 status in the nursing major, have completed or enrolled in a Nursing Research course, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 GPA at the time of application (GPA is not rounded up). The student must form an Honors Committee of WSU faculty members, one of whom is willing to serve as honors advisor. The student must complete a scholarly project that involves research or clinical focus approved by the Honors Committee. In the semester preceding graduation, the student must complete a written report and present the completed honors project.
Students are encouraged to register for NURS 490 Independent Study in Nursing to earn credit for working on the honors project. Students who successfully complete the Honors Program will, upon graduation, have their official transcripts stamped with the words, "Graduated With Honors In Nursing"; their graduation status (Honors in Nursing) will be indicated on the graduation program and noted during graduation ceremonies. The specific details and steps in this process are available from the Department of Nursing.
To satisfy the academic standards of the nursing major, students must:
A student may receive credit by examination and/or demonstration of competence for courses or parts of courses in the Generic and RN to BS Completion programs. Faculty permission is needed for some course challenges.
Graduation requirements include completion of WSU University Studies Program or General Education requirements or their equivalent for transfer students as well as all nursing major course requirements. A total of 120 semester credits is needed to graduate with a baccalaureate degree from WSU and at least 30 of the 120 credit hours must be completed in residence during the junior and senior years combined. A complete list of graduation requirements may be found at http://www.winona.edu/registrar/323.asp
A formal application for graduation must be submitted after registering for the final term of classes, and no later than the mid-term date of the graduating term.
Withdrawal from a nursing course and/or the University must be completed according to WSU guidelines.
After graduation, Generic Option nursing graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) in order to obtain a Registered Nurse (RN) license. Students may apply for licensure in the state of their choice. Contact information for all state boards of nursing and information about the NCLEX-RN can be obtained from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing at http://www.ncsbn.org/.
The Department of Nursing Strives to provide an environment of mutual respect, cooperation, fair treatment, stewardship of resources, integrity, and quality education and services. Even with this commitment, problems and concerns sometimes occur. Resources and procedures are available to students and other parties for appealing decisions or policies, addressing concerns, resolving grievances and complaints, and dealing with retaliation.
Students, faculty, staff or other constituents who have a concern are expected to follow established policies and procedures for a concern or complaint found in the Complaint Policy for the Department of Nursing. Download the complete policy.