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LEAD Honors Program

The LEAD Honors Program was developed to:

  • Attract a greater number of high-achieving students to choose nursing as a career;
  • Engage honors students in a four-year nursing curriculum that provides in depth and experiential learning in a dedicated nursing honors community; and
  • Generate outstanding nurse leaders that will advance nursing practice, research, education, service, and policy-making.

Built on a framework of interprofessional education and lead by a dedicated and highly qualified team of faculty, mentors, advisors, and administrators, the LEAD Honors Program is set to transform the nursing education experience for the LEAD Honors Scholar.

 

LEAD Honors Program Mission and Vision

The mission and vision of the LEAD Honors Program are:

  • Mission: To nurture intellectual curiosity and inspire life-long learning through interdisciplinary curricular and co-curricular experiences for high-achieving undergraduate nursing students.
  • Vision: We aim to cultivate the high-achieving nursing student’s quest for scholarship in practice, research, and teaching, preparing future nurses to serve populations locally and globally.

 

LEAD Honors Program Model

Throughout the four-year program, LEAD Scholars will be immersed in seminars and experiential learning experiences that will introduce them to a broad range of healthcare disciplines and help them develop collaborative skills in working with interprofessional teams.

Through individualized leadership development and advanced, specialized instruction led by an outstanding team of dedicated NYU Meyers Lead Honors faculty and facilitated by one-on-one mentoring, the program will prepare the LEAD Scholar to be a leader in advancing healthcare for all through research, education, practice, or service.

 

LEAD Honors Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the LEAD Honors Program, LEAD Scholars will have achieved the following outcomes:

Leading
  • Demonstrate advanced leadership skills for working in intraprofessional and interprofessional teams.
  • Create a dynamic personal leadership development plan.
  • Cultivate skills in mentorship.
Engaging
  • Collaborate effectively across professions to positively impact patient care.
  • Aspire to a life of continued learning.
  • Engage in professional, governmental, or community organizations that promote the nursing profession and advocate health for all.
Advancing
  • Develop a solid foundation for scholarly achievement in research, clinical practice, education, and/or service.
  • Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Disseminate, translate, and implement scholarship to advance nursing science.
Developing
  • Cultivate a strong sense of value for and commitment to the nursing profession.
  • Demonstrate professional autonomy and self-direction.
  • Develop strengthened personal character and ethical comportment.

 

 

For more information on the LEAD Honors Program, please contact LEAD.nursing@nyu.edu. 

The LEAD Honors Program curriculum builds on the NYU Meyers Traditional 4-Year Curriculum, offering LEAD Scholars additional educational and extracurricular activities designed to build the Scholars’ critical and clinical thinking, professional development, and leadership skills. The curriculum consists of 128 total credits, incorporating some LEAD Honors Coursework within the program’s nursing and liberal arts electives.

In addition, LEAD Scholars must complete 16 points of extracurricular activities. A more thorough description of extracurricular requirements is available in the LEAD Honors Program Handbook.

Course Progression (four years)

First-Year Year (34 credits)

Sophomore Year (33 credits)

Junior Year (31 credits)

Senior Year (30 credits)

First year: Fall (17 credits)
CHEM-UA 120 Introduction to Modern Chemistry 5, Fall Spring

Selected principles and applications of chemistry, with emphasis on the fundamental nature of chemistry. Basic course dealing with concepts of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, solution chemistry, equilibrium, reaction rates, and properties of gases, liquids, and solids.

EXPOS-UA 1 Writing The Essay: 4, Fall Spring Summer

This foundational writing course is required for CAS, Engineering, Stern, Nursing, Social Work, and Steinhardt incoming undergraduates. Writing The Essay provides instruction and practice in critical reading, creative and logical thinking, and clear, persuasive writing. Students learn to analyze and interpret written texts, to use texts as evidence, to develop ideas, and to write exploratory and argumentative essays. Exploration, inquiry, reflection, analysis, revision, and collaborative learning are emphasized. In Fall, sections 16-125 are available to incoming undergraduates on the WSQ campus and sections 126-160 are available to incoming undergraduates on the BROOKLYN campus. Students are NOT permitted to add or switch sections after the first week of classes without first obtaining EWP permission. Contact: dm1@nyu.edu Two special versions requiring department consent are available to qualifying undergraduates. Writing the Essay, Science (sections 1-7 offered both Fall and Spring) is tailored for UA or UN students with a STRONG interested in science, medicine or psychology. Students must contact an advisor to discuss this option and obtain access. Writing The Essay, Goddard (sections 8-15, offered in Fall only) is offered ONLY for students who live in the Goddard Residence. Each stream focuses on some aspect of New York City and the Arts: All The World's a Stage, Global New York, Writing New York, and Poverty and Affluence. For access contact Ethan Youngerman: ewy200@nyu.edu Please note: EXPOS-UA 4 International Writing Workshop 1 is equivalent to and will substitute for EXPOS-UA 1 Writing The Essay for incoming freshmen or transfers for whom English is a second language. Only International students in UA, UE, UB, US, UN and UY may qualify to take this course instead of Writing The Essay. For information on eligibility or to learn about the course contact your advisor, visit our website, or contact Denice Martone at dm1@nyu.edu.

SOC-UA 1 Intro to Sociology 4, Spring Summer Fall

Offered every semester. 4 points. Survey of the field of sociology: its basic concepts, theories, and research orientation. Threshold course that provides the student with insights into the social factors in human life. Topics include social interaction, socialization, culture, social structure, stratification, political power, deviance, social institutions, and social change.

CAS-Search by Sub. Social Science Elective 4, Fall
No description available
NURSE-UN XX Honors Seminar: Nursing Honors Cohort Seminar 0, Fall
No description available
First year: Spring (17 credits)
NURSE-UN 70 Anatomy & Physiology 3, Summer Spring Fall

45 hours lecture plus lab. 3 credits. The course focuses on the structure and function of the human body and how it affects health and wellbeing. The structure and function of each body system is studied and their inter-relationships explained.

ACE-UE 110 Advanced College Essay: Educ & The Professions 4, Spring

Students in the Steinhardt School of Education and the School of Nursing are required to take this course. The course builds on Writing the Essay (EXPOS-UA 1) and provides advanced instruction in analyzing and interpreting written texts from a variety of academic disciplines, using written texts as evidence, developing ideas, and writing persuasive essays. It stresses analysis, inductive reasoning, reflection, revision, and collaborative learning. The course is tailored for students in the Schools of Education and Nursing so that readings and essay writing focus on issues that are pertinent to those disciplines.

PSYCH-UA 1 Intro to Psychology 4, Fall Spring

Amodio, Coons, Marcus, Phelps. Offered every semester. 4 points. Fundamental principles of psychology, with emphasis on basic research and applications in psychology's major theoretical areas of study: thought, memory, learning, perception, personality, social processes, development, and the physiological bases of psychology. Included in the class is direct observation of methods of investigation through laboratory demonstrations and by student participation in current research projects.

CORE-UA 4XX Texts & Ideas: Tpcs 4, Spring
No description available
NURSE-UN XX Honors Seminar: Nursing and the Health Professions 2, Spring
No description available
Sophomore: Fall (17 credits)
NURSE-UN 80 Statistics I 3, Fall Spring

45 hours lecture. 3 credits. This course is an introduction for undergraduate students into the field of statistics as it is used in nursing, epidemiology, public health, and clinical research. It will concentrate on understanding what the statistics are used for and what they tell us rather than mathematical theory. Knowledge of high school algebra is assumed.

APSY-UE 1271 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan 3, Fall Spring

Discussion of human growth across the lifespan; multiple contexts in which development unfolds are explored & implications for practice are considered.

NURSE-UN 75 Microbiology 3, Spring Fall

45 hours lecture. 3 credits. This course introduces the principles of the infectious disease process with respect to the properties of infectious agents, modes of transmission, manifestations of infections, their prevention and treatment, and the properties of the immune system. Major infectious disease45 hours lecture. 3 credits. This course introduces the principles of the infectious disease process with respect to the properties of infectious agents, modes of transmission, manifestations of infections, their prevention and treatment, and the properties of the immune system. Major infectious diseases in humans, including the methods used for their identification in the clinical lab, are covered. Modes of transmission are described, as well as treatments and prevention. The application of principles of microbiology to the work of health professionals is also discussed.

NUTR-UE 119 Nutrition and Health 3, Fall

Introduction to nutrition science and its role in health and society: nutrient characteristics, requirements, and food sources, energy balance, weight control, dietary guides and food planning, and social and economic factors that affect food production and consumption. Liberal Arts CORE equivalent – satisfies the requirement for Natural Sciences for non-majors

CORE-UA 5XX Cultures & Contexts: Tpcs 4, Fall
No description available
NURSE-UN XX Honors Seminar: Nursing Practice, Research, Education & Service 1, Fall
No description available
Sophomore: Spring (16 credits)
CAS-Search by Lang. Foreign Language (SPAN-UA, FREN-UA, etc.)* 4, Spring

* Course may be taken Pass/Fail after matriculation to NYU Meyers. All other courses must be taken for a letter grade.

CAS-Search by Sub. *Liberal Arts Electives 4, Spring

*Course may be taken Pass/Fail after matriculation to NYU Meyers. All other courses must be taken for a letter grade.

CAS-Search by Sub. *Liberal Arts Electives 4, Spring

*Course may be taken Pass/Fail after matriculation to NYU Meyers. All other courses must be taken for a letter grade.

NURSE-UN XX Global Perspectives in Health 4, Spring
No description available
Junior: Fall (16 credits)
NURSE-UN 239 Health Assessment & Promotion 4, Fall Spring

22.5 hours lecture plus lab. 3 credits. This course focuses on the development of comprehensive health assessment skills, including measures of physical and functional status, documentation of the assessment findings, and health promotion strategies for each body system. Considerations of racial and cultural differences are discussed with respect to health assessment as well as health promotion strategies.

NURSE-UN 240 Adult & Elder Nursing I 6, Spring Fall

45 hours lecture plus clinical and lab. 6 credits. This course focuses on the development of the concepts and skills used by the professional nurse. Using nursing theory, students apply the nursing process and nursing skills in the on-campus laboratory practice and in the care of adult clients and their significant others in clinical settings such as acute care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.

NURSE-UN 1261 Professional Nursing 3, Spring Fall

45 hours: 3 credits. This course explores historical assumptions about nursing as a basis for understanding professional roles and the image of nursing in today?s society. Nursing is identified as a learned, valued profession; emphasis is on the influence of history in its evolution. Contemporary nursing workforce, educational trends, and practice issues are explored as primary factors in professional status. Ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice are discussed. Political and economic factors shaping nursing practice in the health care delivery system are defined, evaluated, and compared to other health systems.

NURSE-UN 1435 Pathophysiology 3, Spring Fall

45 hours: 3 credits. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of usual health patterns of major body systems to changes that occur during the illness experience. Major pathophysiologic concepts are explored using a body systems approach. Theories relating etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations are used to study common disease processes. Concepts from anatomy, physiology, and chemistry courses provide the foundation for exploring human dysfunction. Concepts learned in this course are basic to nursing practice.

NURSE-UN XX Honors Seminar: Professional Nursing 0, Fall
No description available
Junior: Spring (15 credits)
NURSE-UN 241 Acute Care Psych Nrse 3, Summer Spring

22.5 hours lecture plus clinical. 3 credits. This course focuses on bio-psychosocial models as a perspective for viewing health promotion of persons and groups experiencing vulnerabilities and alterations in mental health across the life span. The nursing process is applied to individuals and groups in acute care mental health settings.

NURSE-UN 1241 Adult & Elder Nursing II 6, Summer Spring

45 hours lecture plus clinical and lab. 6 credits. The focus of this course is on professional nursing care for individuals and their significant others experiencing acute and/or chronic illness. The nursing process is applied in caring for adults and their significant others across health care settings such as the hospital, skilled nursing facilities, and home care.

NURSE-UN 1436 Nrsg Pharmacotherapeutic 3, Spring Summer

45 hours: 3 credits. This course provides students with the knowledge of pharmacologic preparations used in the maintenance of health and prevention of illness. The content focuses on the drug actions, therapeutic response, patient-teaching responsibilities, and nursing implications in identifying areas of side effects, adverse effects, drug interactions, and safe administration of medications for patients of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. Evidence-based research and legal/ethical issues are also addressed in the context of the nurses' role in pharmacotherapy.

NURSE-UN XX Honors Integrating Evidence into Clinical Practice 3,
No description available
Senior: Fall (15 credits)
NURSE-UN 1242 Maternity Nursing 3, Summer Fall

22.5 hours lecture plus clinical and Recitation. 3 credits. This course focuses on providing a nursing process framework for examining families in the childbearing years. Individual, societal, cultural, and environmental variables and health care disparities relating to childbearing and parenting are identified. Delivery of nursing care to pregnant, laboring, and postpartum mothers and their newborns is the clinical focus, with a goal of maximizing the health potential of young families.

NURSE-UN 1243 Adult & Elder Nursing III 6, Summer Fall

45 hours lecture plus clinical and Lab. 6 credits. This course focuses on the interactions among aging, disease, functional ability, the environment, and health disparities of adults and elders. Emphasis is placed on the application of the nursing process to health promotion/maintenance and disease management relating to orthopedics, neurology, cognition and decision making, genitourinary, rehabilitation, immune dysfunction, and elimination in the adult and older adult populations.

NURSE-UN 1255 Pediatric Nursing 3, Fall Summer

45 hours Lect Plus Clinical and Lab: 5 credits.This course provides a family theory and nursing process framework for examining families in the child-rearing years from infancy through adolescence. Individual, societal, cultural, and environmental variables and health care disparities relating to childrearing and parenting are identified. Delivery of nursing care adapted to the unique health and developmental needs of children and th45 hours Lect Plus Clinical and Lab: 5 credits.This course provides a family theory and nursing process framework for examining families in the child-rearing years from infancy through adolescence. Individual, societal, cultural, and environmental variables and health care disparities relating to childrearing and parenting are identified. Delivery of nursing care adapted to the unique health and developmental needs of children and their families is the clinical focus, with a goal of maximizing the health potential of young families. There is a strong health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention component.

NURSE-UN 1248 Contemporary Issues in Health Care 3, Summer Fall

45 hours: 3 credits. This course will explore current issues in the
evolution of patient care in contemporary health care systems. Embedded in
the human experience of illness and health are rich sub-concepts with ethical
and moral implications such as comfort and suffering, genetics/genomics,
bioethics, addiction, culture and healthcare disparities, LGBT healthcare
needs, interprofessional collaboration, global health issues, and policy.
Ethics is an essential component of nursing practice and is inextricably
linked to quality care. Students will be challenged to think critically and
ethically about what society considers fair and just care as they explore
factors that influence the wellness-illness continuum of human experiences.
Discussions will focus on a variety of sources and formats to include: case
studies, selected evidence-based articles, care protocols, contemporary
editorials, film and student opinions. Students will use evidence-based
sources, to discuss scientific and technological advances that are creating
unprecedented opportunities, choices, and consequences that are inevitable
when illness and health care intersect.

NURSE-UN XX Honors Capstone I 0, Fall
No description available
NURSE-UN XX Honors Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Healthcare 0, Fall
No description available
Senior: Spring (15 credits)
NURSE-UN 1244 Community Health Nursing 6, Fall Spring

45 hours lecture plus clinical. 5 credits. This course focuses on understanding and applying the theoretical principles of and evidence base for public health nursing to culturally competent, community health nursing practice and professional role development. The focus of community health nursing practice is on protecting and enhancing the health of communities and humanly diverse populations, including those at risk and those challenged by health disparities, developmental needs, and mental health concerns and for clients living with poverty. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, health care policy, and ethics.

NURSE-UN 1245 Leadership & Management in Nursing 6, Fall Spring

45 hours lecture plus clinical and Lab: 5 credits. The goal of this course is to facilitate the paradigm shift from student to professional nurse. The focus is on the understanding, synthesis, and application of the evidence- base for using leadership and management principles in prioritizing and delivering nursing care to groups of patients as a team member within the health care organization. The course prepares the student nurse for entry into professional nursing practice after graduation. It addresses health policy, economic issues, and the integration of ethical and legal aspects of care.

Nursing Elective 3, Fall Spring Summer
No description available
NURSE-UN XX Honors Capstone II 0, Spring
No description available

Potential LEAD Scholars must meet all of the Traditional 4-Year Eligibility criteria for admission to NYU Meyers.

The NYU Admissions Office screens all traditional 4-year applicants and identifies potential LEAD Scholars using the following criteria from the Common Application:

  • Grade point average (GPA) and standardized test scores (SAT/ACT)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Required essays

The NYU Admissions Office will send the list of potential LEAD Scholars to the NYU Meyers Admissions Office and the LEAD Honors Program Committee, who will review the applicant information and determine a final list of invitees. Potential LEAD Honors Program candidates will then receive information on acceptance to the program after the final NYU admissions cycle.

Along with the invitation, the potential LEAD Scholar will receive information on how to accept the invitation, including completion and submission of the LEAD Honors Program Acceptance Form and the deadline for acceptance.

Only prospective first-year applicants will be considered for the LEAD Honors Program. Transfer students or students beyond their first year are ineligible to apply.

Prospective freshman applicants will complete the Common Application as required by NYU. For information on how to apply, visit the NYU Admissions how to apply webpage.

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How do I apply for the LEAD Honors Program?

Admission into the LEAD Honors Program is by invitation only. There is no application process. For further information, click on the “Apply” tab above.

How are students chosen for the LEAD Honors Program?

All applicants to the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing are screened for possible invitation to the LEAD Honors Program, based on the potential student’s Common Application and including grade point average and standardized test scores, recommendation letters, and essays. For further information click on the “Eligibility” tab above.

What are the benefits of participating in the LEAD Honors Program?

Participation in the LEAD Honors Program provides potential LEAD Scholars with an enhanced educational experience that focuses on professional development and interprofessional education. LEAD Scholars will participate in a number of small group cohort seminars, providing more individualized instruction and leadership development based on the LEAD Scholar’s strengths and areas for growth. In addition, LEAD Scholars receive additional advising and mentoring, including a professional mentor for completion of the final LEAD Capstone Project (in the junior and senior years). Completion of the LEAD Honors Program should prepare LEAD Scholars for becoming nursing and healthcare leaders in education, research, practice, and service.

Is there additional costs for participating in the LEAD Honors Program?

There is no increase in tuition costs for participation in the LEAD Honors Program. The overall program is based on the same 128-credit load as NYU Meyers’ traditional 4-year program. LEAD Scholars may participate in additional professional and/or educational activities (e.g., conferences) during the program. The cost of most of these activities will be included as part of the program. However, if a LEAD Scholar participates in additional professional/educational activities outside of required LEAD Honors Program activities, the LEAD Scholar will be responsible for the cost of such activities, although it may be possible for the LEAD Scholar to receive some funding if available.

Do participants in the LEAD Honors Program receive additional scholarship money?

All LEAD Scholars are eligible for the same scholarship assistance provided to NYU Meyer’s students. In addition, LEAD Advisors will work with LEAD Scholars to review and apply for scholarships through the NYU Meyers Scholarship Officer. At present, there is no specific scholarship for participation in the LEAD Honors Program.

Are there specific courses just for LEAD Scholars within the LEAD Honors Program?

LEAD Scholars have at least one LEAD Honors Program course or seminar per semester. These courses and seminars are only for LEAD Scholars in that particular cohort. Some of the seminars are associated with existing nursing courses (e.g., Professional Nursing) but will require LEAD Scholars to develop a contract for completing additional in depth coursework on material covered in the class. For further information on courses and seminars for the LEAD Honors Program, click on the “Curriculum” tab above.

Can I be in the LEAD Honors Program and complete study abroad?

As part of the LEAD Honors Program, LEAD Scholars will take a course in the spring semester of the sophomore year on “Global Perspectives in Health.” For taking the courses, all LEAD Scholars will be encouraged to participate through study abroad sites, exploring health and healthcare within the country and region they are located for study abroad. While not required for completion of this course or of the LEAD Honors Program, all LEAD Scholars will be encouraged to study abroad for the sophomore spring semester.

What is required for successful completion of the LEAD Honors Program?

LEAD Scholars must complete all of the required coursework, as specified under the “Curriculum” tab above. In addition, LEAD Scholars must complete 16 points of extracurricular activities and complete and defend a LEAD Capstone Project. More information on the extracurricular requirements and the LEAD Capstone Project are provided in the LEAD Honors Program Handbook.

How are students in the LEAD Honors Program recognized?

LEAD Scholars who successfully complete the LEAD Honor Program will graduate "with Honors in Nursing" on the transcript and diploma. In addition, LEAD Scholars will be recognized at NYU Meyers graduation ceremonies. There will be an additional LEAD Honors Program Ceremony honoring LEAD Scholars and providing space and time for presentation of the LEAD Capstone Projects. LEAD Scholars will also participate in LEAD Honors Program activities that may be cohort specific (for that class only) or for the entire Program.

Can I complete the LEAD Honors Program and graduate early?

Currently, NYU Meyers traditional 4-year students are not able to graduate early. However, NYU Meyers is looking into future options that may allow traditional students to graduate early. If NYU Meyers moves to such a program, then participants in the LEAD Honors Program will be able to adjust the curriculum to also graduate early.

Can I be in the LEAD Honors Program and also apply to the NYU Meyers Dual Degree Program?

In the fall semester of the senior year, all NYU Meyers students are able to apply for the Dual Degree Program, in which students apply for admission to an NYU Meyers graduate program. Upon acceptance, students are able to take up to two graduate courses as electives in the spring semester of the senior year. LEAD Scholars will be encouraged to apply for admission to the Dual Degree Program, with the LEAD Advisors providing assistance in determining which program may be most suitable to the LEAD Scholar, preparing and completing the application, and what courses to choose as electives that fit with the LEAD Scholar’s schedule while also allowing the LEAD Scholar to successfully complete and defend the LEAD Capstone project.

Can I be in the LEAD Honors Program and complete the dual major in Global Public Health?

The dual Nursing/Global Public Health major requires students to complete coursework in Global Public Health that will take the place of several of the liberal arts and nursing electives throughout the program. While completing the dual major and participating in the LEAD Honors Program may be difficult, LEAD Advisors will work with any LEAD Scholars seeking to complete the dual major, including adjustment of the LEAD Honors Program Curriculum and extracurricular activity requirements, as necessary. It will be expected that the LEAD Scholar will complete the LEAD Capstone Project in the area of Global Public Health.

Can I drop out of the LEAD Honors Program without impacting my time to degree?

Participation in the LEAD Honors Program is always voluntary and a LEAD Scholar may choose to drop out of the program at any time. The LEAD Honors Program curriculum was developed to allow students to progress through the curriculum at the same pace as all NYU Meyers traditional 4-year students. Therefore, dropping out of the LEAD Honors Program will have no impact on course progression or time to degree.

How will participation in the LEAD Honors Program affect my job prospects when I graduate?

Participation in the LEAD Honors Program is designed to prepare LEAD Scholars to become leaders in nursing and healthcare. The additional coursework, projects, and leadership development should set the scholar up for successful entry into the job market. LEAD Advisors will also work closely with LEAD Scholars to prepare them for the job market throughout their time in the LEAD Honors Program. As the LEAD Scholar nears graduation, LEAD Advisors will assist with resume and cover letter preparation, interview skills, and preparation for successfully passing the nurse licensure examination.