Nursing majors serve in the field in many different ways, from hospitals to clinics, to home care and community programs. Nursing graduates serve in their community at every level from direct patient care to nursing administration. They are the care givers, clinical experts, policy makers and faculty. Mount Mercy graduates have worked for facilities like Mercy Medical Center, Unity Point St. Luke’s, University of Iowa Health Systems, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Mount Mercy nursing alumni serve as instructors, mentors and preceptors for students at all levels, from sophomores studying long-term care to MSN students working with the Chief Nursing Officer at the VA Medical Center. Alumni serve on the advisory committee for the department, serve on the board of directors for the university, and provide expert information for frequent panels and presentations.
Students use evidence as the basis for nursing interventions. Students learn to read, analyze, and use evidence through on-going instruction study. Seniors and RN to BSN students present evidence-based nursing interventions in poster presentations that are viewed by audiences across the campus and in clinical practice areas. The university’s annual Scholarship Festival presents a showcase of the best work of students in nursing and all other majors. Students in the MSN program participate in research activities and prepare presentations that are focused on specific questions within their area of practice.
Nursing majors have a chance to apply classroom techniques in real-world clinical environments through partnerships with Mercy Medical Center, UnityPoint St. Luke’s, the VA Medical Center and many local agencies in rehabilitation, home care, long-term care, school nursing, clinic nursing and many other agencies. Students provide direct patient care, patient education, family assessments and teaching and group-oriented projects. Whether in faculty-supervised clinical groups or independent clinical activities, students are guided, evaluated and supported in their professional skills development.
The Mount Mercy Department of Nursing Clinical Simulation Laboratory (CSL) features active learning in simulated scenarios using standardized patients (life-like mannequins). High-fidelity mannequins offer students an opportunity to test classroom skills during safe patient simulations where no harm can be done if mistakes are made. The CSL gives students a chance to practice skills prior to working in real-life situations. Intensive laboratory time is part of each clinical course and provides interaction with faculty, staff and clients.
Winter term offers students the opportunity to travel abroad with Mount Mercy faculty to explore health care systems and nursing practice in other parts of the world. An exploration of the British health care system and nursing education and practice is maintained through a collaborative agreement with Canterbury Christ Church University. Nursing students have traveled with faculty from other departments to explore health care in other European locations and in Belize. Individual students have taken advantage of study abroad opportunities to visit the Philippines, Italy, and Ireland or to join summer courses in Asia and Central America.
Mount Mercy University Association of Nursing Students (MMUANS) is a chapter of National Student Nurses Association that gives nursing students a chance to network with one another and promote the nursing profession across campus and the community. The club organizes and hosts campus blood drives, charity fund raisers, social events and professional speakers. The Kappa Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International invites outstanding students to join this nursing honor society.
The Department of Nursing acknowledges the accomplishments of students in the department through a program called Nurses of Vision and Action (NOVA). NOVA nurses are those students who have performed well in academic, clinical and service oriented activities. In recognition of their work, students are invited to participate in a spring trip to a larger city and medical center to meet Mount Mercy nursing alumni and to learn more about the opportunities that are available in these settings.