Nursing: Bachelor Program

Nursing: Bachelor Program (BSN)

This course will provide an introduction of medical/surgical nursing concepts with a focus on the application of the nursing process as it relates to health promotion, disease prevention and management, and care of the adult clients experiencing acute and chronic medical disorders. The emphasis is on the disease processes of the body systems, assessment, interventions, patient education, the nurse as provider and manager of care, therapeutic communication, the importance of patient-centered care, patient advocacy, interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as the use of evidence-based in clinical practice. Other topics include critical thinking, decision making, coordination of care, legal and ethical considerations in patient care delivery, and the cultural and psychosocial factors that can impact patient care. This course has a laboratory component where students learn medical-surgical nursing skills, and a clinical component in an acute health care facility where students practice their learned nursing skills.

This course is a continuation of the medical/surgical nursing concepts with a focus on the application of the nursing process as it relates to health promotion, disease prevention and management, and care of the adult clients experiencing complex acute and chronic medical disorders. The emphasis is on the disease processes of the body systems, assessment, interventions, patient education, the nurse as provider and manager of care, therapeutic communication, the importance of patient-centered care, patient advocacy, interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as the use of evidence-based in clinical practice. Other topics include critical thinking, decision making, coordination of care, legal and ethical considerations in patient care delivery, and the cultural and psychosocial factors that can impact patient care. This course has a laboratory component where students learn medical-surgical nursing skills, and a clinical component in an acute health care facility where students practice their learned nursing skills.

This course will cover mental health and care of the adult client experiencing difficulties meeting basic human needs. The emphasis is on empowering the nurse to provide therapeutic interventions to promote optimal mental health by utilizing Gordon’s functional health patterns (i.e., Roles/Relationships, Values and Beliefs, Cognitive/Perceptual, Coping/Stress, Activity/Exercise, Sleep/Rest and Nutrition). The clinical component will focus on therapeutic communication and safety interventions. Pharmacological concepts will be discussed as they relate to psychiatric conditions. The content will also include application of the nursing process as it relates to the client and community relationships. Emphasis will be on facilitating and empowering the client to seek and utilize community resources. The impact of culture, ethnicity, and spirituality on health seeking behaviors will be incorporated. Classroom theory and clinical practice integrate all 11 of Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns. This course has a clinical component in a mental health care facility where students will strengthen knowledge acquired in didactic about the provision of holistic psychiatric nursing care to individuals and families.

This course provides fundamental knowledge of the structural and functional changes in cells, tissues, and organs altered by disease and/or injury. The etiology and pathogenesis of disease, clinical manifestations, diagnosis of disease, treatment plan, prevention, and evaluation are also discussed.

Emphasis is on employing the nursing process utilizing modeling and role-modeling and the appropriate level of prevention in the community focusing on individuals, families, groups and communities.

The Community and Public Health Nursing course is designed to facilitate the conceptualizing of family population groups, and community as units of health care. The course focuses on risk reduction, health maintenance, and promotion of high-level wellness to individuals, families, and groups of all ages throughout the health continuum. A letter grade of "C" is required for successful completion of this course.

This course is structured to provide students with an overview of nursing informatics; concepts of computers and the internet; principles and practices related to the evaluation of health care software applications; and a review of the healthcare information systems. In addition, attention will be given to the ethical issues related to the use of technology in health care; trends in health care technology; and the role of the nurse informatics in developing and evaluating health care applications and systems. A letter grade of a “C” is required for successful completion of this course.

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process to provide holistic nursing care to pediatric clients with acute and chronic disorders and diseases affecting the different systems of the body in acute pediatric care settings. The emphasis will be on providing patient-centered care, disease process, signs and symptoms, appropriate treatment, clear documentation, therapeutic communication, interdisciplinary interaction, prioritization, delegation, decision-making, time management, and critical thinking.  Further emphasis is on maintaining the dignity of the child and promoting healthy growth and development. Students will also examine the role and the importance of the family to the care of the pediatric patient. This course has a laboratory component where students learn pediatric nursing skills, and a clinical component in an acute health care facility where students practice their learned nursing skills.

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in caring for geriatric clients with chronic or acute disorders and diseases affecting the different systems of the body in acute and long-term care settings. The emphasis will be on providing patient-centered care, disease process, signs and symptoms, appropriate treatment, clear documentation, therapeutic communication, interdisciplinary interaction, prioritization, delegation, decision-making, time management, and critical thinking.  The concepts of restorative and rehabilitative care focusing on the geriatric patient will also be discussed.

This course introduces students to the concepts of global health systems and their effects on the various aspects of health care delivery advancement in a global environment. Essential topics will be on global burden of disease, societal determinants of health, health disparities in the United States and worldwide, the impacts of politics and economics on global health, facets of the global health care delivery system, the ethical, cultural, and human right concerns in global health, and the many different stakeholders involved in improving the overall health of individuals and populations. In addition, the role of the nurse in health promotion, disease prevention, and management will be discussed.

This course focuses on the provision of nursing care to the childbearing family, the newborn, high-risk pregnancy, and the high-risk newborn. The course content will focus on the utilization of the nursing process and sound clinical reasoning to develop plan of care specific to the needs of the patient during the trimesters of pregnancy, and the neonatal period. The emphasis will also be on the cultural, psychosocial, political, financial, and legal/ethical aspects of pregnancy and newborn care.

This course introduces nursing students to the fundamentals and principles of the research process and how it applies to professional nursing. The importance of searching relevant literature, understanding research methods, reviewing research, understanding, and evaluating research findings related to the practice of nursing is emphasized in this course. A letter grade of a “C” is required for successful completion of this course.

This course is structured to provide students with an overview of epidemiology for nursing from a local to global perspective. Concepts of culture, ethics, legal, genetics, and the environment are included. Nursing in pandemics and emergency preparedness is examined. Epidemiology of chronic diseases and emerging infections will be addressed. Students are presented with epidemiologic models and study designs to assess the health of populations to prevent or control health problems. A letter grade of a “C” is required for successful completion of this course.

The health assessment course is intended to help students develop essential knowledge and skills they need to conduct complete physical assessments of patients throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on effective communication strategies, cultural awareness, the nursing process, and health promotion and disease management. The laboratory component of this course provides students opportunities to practice the steps involved in performing a comprehensive physical assessment, taking a health history, reviewing normal and abnormal findings, client teaching, and developing plan of care.

This course is structured to provide students with an overview of health care policy, finance, and regulatory issues at the local, state, national, and global level. Concepts will be examined related to the regulatory agencies effect on patient care and scope of nursing; implications of policy and legislative processes on health care delivery and vulnerable populations; and the financial implications for health care services. Social, ethical, and political issues and policy decisions affecting health care and nursing practice will be analyzed. A letter grade of a “C” is required for successful completion of this course.

This senior-level nursing course focuses on leadership development professional nursing practice. Management theories and concepts are emphasized, including the identification of key organizational structures, professional communication and team work, conflict resolution, effective supervision, employee motivation, quality improvement, and change processes. This course also educates students on self-care techniques such as creating an effective work-life balance, resource assistance available from employers, and promoting a healthy work environment. A letter grade of a “C” is required for successful completion of this course.

This course is designed to give the student the opportunity to experience the role of the professional nurse in the clinical setting. The student will have the opportunity to integrate learning experiences acquired in laboratory, simulation, and clinical practice. The student will be assigned to a preceptor who will facilitate the transition to clinical practice.

This course is designed to help students evaluate and remediate as needed knowledge of the content that they acquire from liberal arts and nursing courses.  In addition to a comprehensive review of the core nursing courses, such as fundamentals, medical/surgical, maternity/newborn, pediatric, geriatric, mental health, dosage calculation, and pharmacology, the students will explore the licensure process and the NCLEX-RN test plan.