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NURS  3210  Transitions to the BSN Role

Educational and role development opportunities for nurses will be examined. This course focuses on the baccalaureate-prepared nursing role with emphasis on the following topics: Nursing Theory, Professional Foundations of Practice, Critical Abilities of the Baccalaureate Nurse, Quality and Safety for Individuals, Families, Aggregates and Society, and selected Professional Nursing Concepts. The roles of the baccalaureate-prepared nurses and standards that define professionalism are explored. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-to-BSN program. 2 credit hours.

 

NURS  3220  Health Promotion Across Lifespan

The role of the nurse in promoting health and reducing risk behaviors of individuals and families across the lifespan is the focus of this course. Exemplars of nutrition, physical activity and stress management will be examined with an emphasis on the impact of genetics, values, lifestyle, and cultural influences. Client teaching as an essential function of the nurse is emphasized. In the clinical practicum, the student will facilitate his/ her understanding of factors that enhance health promotion and risk reduction through the development of a long-term relationship with a client and family. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-to-BSN program. 2 credit hours.

 

NURS  3330  Ethics in Health Care

This course builds on the ethical and legal foundations for professional nursing practice and health care services. Ethical, legal, and moral/social principles along with the ANA Code for Nurses are applied to selected common and complex health care related situations. The role of ethics in the development of professionalism and professional values is explored. Prerequisite:  Admission to the RN-to-BSN program. 3 credit hours.

 

NURS  3340  Population-focused Community Health I / Clinical

Introduces the concept of the community of persons/patients, families, and populations as the adult and geriatric patient in the healthcare system and the roles of the nurse in community services. Nurse roles include public policy, provision of primary care, prevention of disease or health risk, education and health promotion, and restoration. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-to-BSN program. 3 credit hours.

 

NURS  3450  Advanced Health Assessment / Clinical

An in-depth coverage of a comprehensive health assessment with an emphasis on health promotion and how this concept is applied within nursing practice. This course focuses on the techniques of data collection and physical assessment and applying these across the lifespan and in a variety of diverse population groups and populations. This course lends itself to a concept-based approach. Clinical/Lab required. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-to-BSN program. 4 credit hours.

 

NURS  4115  Healthcare Organization

This course explores the U.S. health care delivery organizations and payment systems. Perspectives of providers, institutions, insurers, and health care workers are described. The role of information in the continuity of care among institutions and inter-disciplinary care teams is articulated. The electronic information infrastructure is examined with implications for nursing practice. Prerequisite:  Admission to the RN-to-BSN program. 1 credit hour.

 

NURS  4225  Nursing Informatics

This course explores evidence-based research and practice through health care informatics. Includes informatics theories, networks, skills, technology, system implementation, and management of data bases. The role of information in the continuity of care among institutions and inter-disciplinary care teams is articulated. The electronic information infrastructure, including telehealth and individually-customized health care, is examined with implications for nursing practice. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-to-BSN program. 2 credit hours.

 

NURS  4235  Health Care Quality

Provides a multidisciplinary background in the science of healthcare quality management. Students will learn to develop and plan for execution of quality improvement plans, using a quality indicator assessment program, as the framework to develop a paper that identifies quality indicators, their measurements and nursing interventions to improve the quality measurement. Valued-based purchasing will be defined and interventions to assure quality and cost containment will be discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-to-BSN program. 2 credit hours.

 

NURS  4345  Population-focused Community Health II / Clinical

Introduces the concept of the community of persons/patients, families, and populations as the maternal and pediatric patient in the healthcare system and the roles of the nurse in community services. Nurse roles include public policy, provision of primary care, prevention of disease or health risk, education and health promotion, and restoration. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-to-BSN program. 3 credit hours.

 

NURS  4355  Research and Evidence-Based Practice

This course provides a beginning foundation for the use of research in practice through a synthesis of introductory research knowledge with emphasis on writing, and scholarly exchange. The knowledge gained in this course prepares the student to understand the language of research and the scientific process. This course will prepare the student to understand the steps of the evidenced-based practice process and identify various EBP models to translate evidence into practice. The topics of articulating the clinical questions, using electronic databases to locate evidence, evaluating levels of evidence, and critically appraising the evidence to translate into the best evidence will be explored. Ethical issues in research and evidence-based practice will be discussed. The course focuses on enhancing the student's ability to read, comprehend, critically appraise, and apply the best evidence to the professional practice of nursing. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-to-BSN program. 3 credit hours.

 

NURS  4465  Leadership and Management / Clinical

This course emphasizes leadership and management theories in communication and conflict resolution, budgeting, human resource management, quality and safety, risk management, change, delegation, decision making, and current issues and trends. Clinical experiences focus on management of issues and interactive observation of leaders and managers in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-to-BSN program. 4 credit hours.

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