Provides an overview of the nursing profession. Concepts underlying professional nursing practice with a focus on role expectations and behaviors are introduced. Students must enroll in this course during the first session of the first term of enrollment. Prerequisite: Admission to the R.N. B.S.N. program. Theory hours: Two.
Prepares students to conduct a comprehensive, patient-centered, spiritually and culturally appropriate, holistic assessment of individuals across the lifespan. Effective communication through written, verbal, nonverbal, and emerging technologies is emphasized. Priority is placed on the collection, processing, and interpretation of subjective and objective client data. The nursing process as the organizing framework for nursing practice and the role of the nurse as provider are explored. Theory hours: Four. Total clinical hours: Ten.
Applies acquired knowledge from the basic sciences to alterations in pathophysiology and diseases. Students examine alterations in physiological processes that disrupt or impair health. Disease etiology, incidence/prevalence, clinical manifestations, and pharmacotherapeutics appropriate for evidence-based practice are examined. Theory hours: Four.
Creates an opportunity to examine the interdisciplinary use of technology-based innovations in health care services. Focus will be on use of informatics for planning and management of nursing, public health, and health care in general. Students will explore legislative and political issues related to informatics on state, national, and global levels. Theory hours: Two.
Includes health promotion and primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention as applied to the care of individuals, families, groups, and populations in the community. Community assessment and collaboration with community partners are explored as essential components in community-focused clinical decision-making. Demographic and epidemiologic data are explored to identify populations at risk. Trends and issues in public health, including access to resources and delivery of care, are addressed. Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: 40.
Provides an opportunity to examine and assess health among varying cultures in a growing global health care system. Students will analyze cultural, political, economic, social, and environmental factors that influence global health. Experiential learning will include activities that examine surveillance of disease, public health response, public health risks, and control measures. Health guidelines and international health services (i.e. Healthy People, 2020, WHO, CDC) will be explored. Theory hours: Three.
Includes analysis of ethics (i.e. justice, beneficence, maleficence) required for health care practice as well as ethical situations encountered in nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on examination of ethical health scenarios (i.e. genetics, end of life care) and responses to those scenarios to provide quality care to clients, families, and communities. Theory hours: Three.
The role of leader and manager of care in the health care delivery system is analyzed. The interprofessional delivery of health care is viewed from the service and business context with exploration of leadership and management skills. Contemporary issues related to health care delivery are explored with an examination of legal and regulatory processes. Theory hours: Three.
Applies leadership techniques to address challenges encountered in health care organizations. Systems theories are assessed and utilized to manage complex health challenges. Emphasis is on the provision of safety and quality through application of clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and caring. Prerequisite: NURN 4423 with a minimum grade of C. Theory hours: Four. Total clinical hours: 40.
Involves effective education and communication strategies to transform health services. Focus will be on educational strategies for teaching and training, therapeutic communication techniques, and a holistic approach to interaction with other health care professionals. Students will participate in case scenarios, debates, and discussions that create immersion opportunities for understanding education, collaboration, and communication concepts. Theory hours: Two.
Provides a culminating experience in which students synthesize nursing and general education knowledge. The course provides specialty nursing content review and an opportunity to identify certification or credentialing opportunities. Students will demonstrate focused study and apply learning strategies prior to taking a specialty nursing certification exam.Theory hours: Three.
Provides an experiential learning opportunity that allows the student to grow in his/her communication, critical thinking, and confidence as a nursing leader. It is expected that during the internship, the student will begin to take responsibility for quality enhancement opportunities and will experience different populations and issues in the health care system. Emphasis is placed on the three distinct roles that emerge from the nursing discipline, including provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession. Theory hours: Variable 3-12. Total clinical hours: 40.