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Nursing Department Information

Program Director

Dr. Linda Upchurch
Dr. Linda Upchurch

Dr. Upchurch joins EGSC from Ogeechee Area Hospice, where she served as Executive Director and CEO. She 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.

Dr. Upchurch has worked as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse in several area clinical facilities, and was an Assistant Professor, Instructor, and guest lecturer for several courses at Georgia Southern. She has published articles in professional journals such as Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing and American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and has published numerous book chapters and study modules. Dr. Upchurch is also currently working on two research projects dealing with high-fidelity simulation in end-of-life care. She continues to attend professional development and continuing education opportunities to keep up with trends in healthcare and to hone her skills.

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 obtained at the Associate nursing degree level, and attitudes acquired in the humanities and natural and behavioral sciences in the practice of nursing.
  2. Apply nursing values/behaviors that exemplify the caring, professional nurse.
  3. Demonstrate competency in critical thinking, communication, assessment and technical skills to promote high quality care and patient safety.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge in the areas of health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention, illness and disease management, information and health care technologies, ethics, human diversity, global health care, health care systems and policy.
  5. Assume the professional nursing roles of provider of care as leader/designer/manager/coordinator of nursing care and a collaborative member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
  6. Use evidence-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 knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired in the humanities and natural and behavioral sciences into the practice of nursing. 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
Apply 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
Demonstrate competency in critical thinking, communication, assessment and technical skills. ENG 1101/1102; COMS 1110, MATH 1111; MATH 1121 NURS 3101; NURS 3102;
NURS 3103; NURS 3104;
NURS 4115; NURS 4116;
NURS 4117
Demonstrate knowledge in the areas of health promotion, risk
reduction and disease prevention, illness and disease management,
information and health care technologies, ethics, human diversity,
global health care, health care systems and policy.
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
Assume the professional nursing roles of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care and member of the
multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Formulate a plan for life-long learning as a professional nurse.

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
Use evidence-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 email the department chair: Dr. Linda Upchurch or call her at 478.289.2188.

Information subject to change.