This course builds on the basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology to identify the disruptions in normal body functioning. Clinical practice hours occur via a virtual platform in which the student will analyze objective and subjective data from common health issues occurring in diverse populations. Factors impacting on the disruption in health issue are assessment findings, diagnostic testing measures, and interventions including pharmacological therapy. Student will apply this knowledge to the virtual simulation patient scenarios.
Scholarly Writing for Healthcare Professions
Scholarly Writing for Healthcare Professions is designed to combine the elements of evidence from research and critical thinking into an organized format that demonstrates scholarly academic writing. This course focuses on the skills necessary to develop professional writing that supports ideas and infers relationships. Students progressively expand their capability to produce clear, substantive written communication at the baccalaureate level of education, both in regard to classroom assignments and more globally in their chosen healthcare profession.
This course focuses on the need to prioritize social justice and inclusivity in the provision of health care. With the diversity of the global society, nurses must be cognizant of the need to provide culturally competent care based on best practices in the care of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. Ethically sound decisions regarding patient care are based on cultural knowledge for all patient populations, self-reflection of one's own values, evidence-based practice, and a realistic view of the current population. Student will investigate their own personal biases impacting the provision of care and interprofessional relationships. The application of transcultural concepts is the key element of the course. The course utilizes a virtual platform with patients of various cultural backgrounds and health issues to emphasize the need for assessment of cultural needs and the implementation of nursing strategies to meet those needs.
This course establishes the principles upon which nursing management of drug therapy is based. Clinical practice experience in medication management will occur in a virtual world of patients with a variety of real health needs to synthesize an understanding of pharmacology with safe medication practices. Interaction with diverse patient avatars capable of responding to open-ended questions provides the opportunity to improve clinical reasoning skills through 45 hours of practice experience. Critical thinking is augmented by the integration of physiology and pathophysiology with mechanisms of drug action in pharmacotherapy.
Transition to Professional Nursing
This course explores the traditional and less traditional roles of the professional registered nurse in addition to implications for future practice. The course addresses the added complexities that technological advances bring to the health care delivery systems, and includes topics such as critical thinking, socioeconomic issues, patient self-determination, cultural diversity, research and evidence-based practices and ethical issues in healthcare. There are clinical practices hours in the course in which the student investigates clinical practice sites and prepares for the capstone project that will be completed in the final course of the curriculum.
Health Assessment for Professional Nursing
This course builds on the practical knowledge many RNs possess due to employment in healthcare agencies. The course provides a holistic approach to health assessment for the adult client with adaptations across the life span. Theories and competencies are needed to elicit a thorough and accurate assessment of the client under various health and wellness conditions. The student will apply concepts of health assessment focusing on a general systems approach and will complete 45 hours of practice experience (PE). Using a simulated patient encounter for clinical learning, students will conduct a general health assessment and formulate an individualized care plan.
Theoretical Concepts of Research in Nursing
This course introduces the student to components of the research process with application to the theory and practice of professional nursing. Emphasis is on evidence-based practice utilizing the research process. Students will be introduced to several research methods with an emphasis on the use of these methods in solving patient care problems. Critiquing skills will be developed to assist the student in becoming an active consumer of research and a participant on the research team.
Introduction to Nursing Informatics
Nursing Informatics will provide an overview of the basic concepts of nursing and healthcare informatics as well as their relevance to nursing practice. Course activities are designed to synthesize current nursing informatics applications and analyze the impact of nursing informatics on practice. The student will gain knowledge of the current state of the regulations, accreditation and major issues in research and evidence-based practice. The course includes clarification of the concepts of nursing, technology, and information management and comprises underpinnings of nursing informatics, the practice of nursing informatics, and current challenges in nursing and healthcare informatics.
Nursing Leadership and Management
This course prepares the RN-BSN student for experiences in a leadership and management arena. Students will use a variety of learning methodologies to develop a foundation for decision-making, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. A continuation of the legal and ethical concepts as well as advocacy roles will be discussed throughout this course. This course includes practice experience (PE) totaling 22.5 hours
Population Health in the Global Community
This course will introduce the principles of population health and epidemiology in individuals and family case studies as well as disaster scenarios. Students will discuss disease prevention in the context of emerging global diseases within the constraints of personal and national financial resources. This course includes practice experience (PE) totaling 22.5 hours. Students will conduct a virtual community health assessment and develop a plan for intervention for a specific community health need that reflects a global health issue. A teaching project reflecting a current health issue will be developed for potential implementation in a community.
Case Management Concepts
This course explored professional nursing practice that focuses on innovative, integrated nursing case management models within the context of the current managed care delivery system. Roles of the case manager, resources and collaborative relationships that support the role, ethical/legal concerns in the role, and principles of case management are presented. Cost effective strategies and appropriate levels of care across the continuum of care will be examined in relation to current healthcare economics. Clinical practice experience is included in the course with the student developing case management plans and educational materials for presentation to culturally diverse groups of patients.
RN-BSN Capstone Project
The capstone course in the RN-BSN program focuses on the synthesis of knowledge from past and current learning experiences to promote professional evidence-based practice that emphasize principles of career management. Collaboration with other healthcare providers to improve evidenced-based outcomes of clients, families and the community is emphasized. The student utilizes the competences gained throughout the curriculum to develop and implement a capstone project based on a clinical problem, issue, or concern. This clinical practice experience comprises a minimum of eight clinical practice hours. The learning of the concepts of the curriculum is embedded in Programmatic Outcomes for each course. The culmination of the RN-BSN program involves showcasing how these Programmatic Outcomes have been met with the presentation of the capstone project.