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Program Director

Dr. Linda Upchurch earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia Southern University, then went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing – Adult Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care Focus from Vanderbilt School of Nursing in Nashville, Tenn. She returned to Georgia Southern University to earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice. Dr. Upchurch has more than a decade of experience as a nursing educator at the baccalaureate, master’s and DNP levels. Her professional nursing career includes a background in intensive care, telemetry, geriatrics, community home health hospice and end-of-life. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

Dr. Linda Upchurch
Dr. Linda Upchurch

Dr. Upchurch as worked as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse in several area clinical facilities. Prior to coming to EGSC, she was an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern. She has published articles in professional journals such as the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing and the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has published numerous book chapters and study modules. Dr. Upchurch is also currently working on a research project dealing with high-fidelity simulation in end-of-life care. She continues to be a guest lecturer focusing on her specialty of end-of-life care. She attends professional continuing education conferences to maintain current practice.

Nursing Program Outcomes

Major Program Concepts: The East Georgia State College nursing curriculum revolves around the faculty’s beliefs about the following primary concepts: patient, health, environment, caring, nursing, core competencies, and professional role development.

The graduates will use evidence-based research to improve nursing and health care and to provide expert nursing care to patients. They will share their expertise with providers and health systems. 

The six educational learning outcomes for the EGSC BSN students include the ability to:

  1. Synthesize previous knowledge and skills acquired in the humanities, natural and behavioral sciences, and nursing courses.
  2. Examine nursing values/behaviors that exemplify the caring, professional nurse.
  3. Design a plan to promote high quality care and patient safety for the community in which they serve.
  4. Assess health care systems and policies that impact community and global healthcare.
  5. Demonstrate the roles of leader, designer, manager, and coordinator of nursing care.
  6. Integrate evidenced-based practice and research to improve nursing and healthcare.


Table 3-2:  Cross links Programmatic Goals, Student Learning Outcomes, and Courses.

Student Learning Outcome Core Courses Nursing Courses
Synthesize previous knowledge and skills acquired in the humanities, natural and behavioral sciences, and nursing courses. BIO L 2511/2512; CHEM 1151/1152; ECON ; PSYC 1101, PSYC  2103, SOCI 1101 ; POLS NURS 3101; NURS 3102;
NURS 3103; NURS 3104;
NURS 4115; NURS 4116;
NURS 4117

Examine nursing values/behaviors that exemplify the caring, professional nurse.

POLS 1101; SOCI 1101; ECON 2105/2106; POLS 2401; SOCI 2293 NURS 3101; NURS 3102;
NURS 3103; NURS 3104;
NURS 4115; NURS 4116;
NURS 4117
Design a plan to promote high quality care and patient safety for the community in which they serve. ENG 1101/1102; COMS 1110, MATH 1111; MATH 1121 NURS 3101; NURS 3102;
NURS 3103; NURS 3104;
NURS 4115; NURS 4116;
NURS 4117

Assess health care systems and policies that impact community and global healthcare.

HIST 2111/2112; POLS 2301/2401 ; BIO L 2511/2512;
CHEM 1211/2112; ECON 2105/2106;   SOCI 2293; POLS 1101; SOCI 1101;
NURS 3101; NURS 3102;
NURS 3103; NURS 3104;
NURS 4115; NURS 4116;
NURS 4117

Demonstrate the roles of leader, designer, manager, and coordinator of nursing care.

COMS 1010/1110; ECON 2105/2106; BIOL 2511/2512; CHEM
1211/1212; PSYC 1101, PSYC 2103, SOCI 1101; POLS 2101
NURS 3101; NURS 3102;
NURS 3103; NURS 3104;
NURS 4115; NURS 4116;
NURS 4117

Integrate evidenced-based practice and research to improve nursing and healthcare.

BIO L 2111/2112; CHEM 1151/1152; SOCI 2241; POLS 2401;MATH 1121 NURS 3101; NURS 3102;
NURS 3103; NURS 3104;
NURS 4115; NURS 4116;
NURS 4117

For questions regarding content or for further information, please call the Nursing Department at 478-289-2188.

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