The Nursing Department at James Madison University was established in 1980 and has a long history of success. From 1982-1999, the department was certified by the National League for Nursing accreditation. In 1999, the department gained accreditation from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (CCNE). Finally, in 2004, the Virginia State Board of Nursing approved the JMU program. Over the last 5 years, the department boasts an over 90% pass rate for the NCLEX-RN exam (National Council Licensure EXamination).
Materials selected generally cover these Library of Congress classifications.
RT1-120 (Nursing) including topics such as
RT48-48.6 Nursing assessment
RT49 Nursing care plans. Planning
RT86.45 Clinical supervision of nurses. Mentorship
RT86.54 Transcultural nursing
RT89-89.3 Specialties in nursing. Administration
RT90-90.3 Specialties in nursing. Teaching
Given the broad range of topics, certain subtopics within the larger Medicine classification (R) are also highlighted for areas of collection.
RD9999.35 Surgical nursing
RJ242-243 Hospital care
RJ245-247 Nursing of children. Pediatric nursing
Monographs, videos, and serials, including encyclopedias, handbooks, and scholarly journals, are actively collected. Textbooks are collected selectively and only as a single copy, in accordance with the JMU Libraries’ Collection Development Policy. Materials such as pamphlets, patient education materials, popular/mass market materials, loose-leaf publications, posters, pocket-size books, self-instructional texts, most spiral-bound publications, syllabi, and workbooks, are generally excluded apart from the occasional exception.
Medium of publication
Electronic versions of reference resources, videos, and monographs are selected when available to provider greater levels of access to students studying and working more off-campus in clinical sites.
Language of materials
English-language materials are purchased almost exclusively. Some occasional materials in other foreign languages are collected as parts of larger collective purchases.
Audience of materials
Materials are generally selected for the undergraduate, graduate, and general-academic readership levels.
Publication dates of materials
Given the frequent updating of the scholarship through new research, resources published within the last 3-5 years are the main emphasis.
The responsibility of acquiring and managing Nursing collections primarily resides with the Nusring liaison librarian. The liaison librarian works with Nursing faculty within academic departments. Collection management activities are monitored and administered by JMU Libraries' Collection Development Committee, with expenditures authorized by the Dean of Libraries.
Updated June 26, 2012 by Carolyn Schubert.
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