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GVSU nursing students in a simulation lab in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. Photo taken pre-COVID.

Nursing, B.S.N.

Nursing is an exciting profession that provides endless challenges and satisfaction for the practitioner. The Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Grand Valley State University focuses on evidence based nursing practice. Students are prepared to provide nursing interventions for individuals, families, and communities at a beginning, generalist level and will complete five semesters of clinical coursework.

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Program Overview

KCON teaching and learning practices, curricula and learning environments are designed based on our philosophy of nursing education and organizing framework, to foster the behaviors that faculty believe are most important for the roles of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of the profession. These include: critical thinking; communication; assessment, health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention; illness and disease management; information and health care technologies; ethics; human diversity; and, global health care.

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