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RN-BSN Course Descriptions

UPNS 112 Information and Technology for Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course prepares the student for beginning use of technology in the delivery of nursing care and how it impacts patient care. The automation of data management through information systems, mobile technology, telecommunications and the impact of these technologies on nursing practice and research are addressed in the context of health care informatics. Actual problem-solving on how computerization can improve the efficiency of nursing care delivery at the bedside will be emphasized

UPNS 222W Examining Contemporary Nursing and Healthcare Issues - 3 credits

This course challenges the Registered Nurse to examine the role of professional nursing in the current and future healthcare environment. The historical, contemporary and potential influences on nursing practice are examined and applied to current practice. Professional development and emerging nursing roles in various inter-professional healthcare arenas are explored. Current healthcare delivery systems, issues and trends, and the IOM core competencies and their application to professional nursing practice will be discussed.

UPNS 223 Population Based Health and Community Health Nursing - 6 credits (4 cr. theory/2 cr. clinical: 90 hours)

The didactic portion of this course will serve as a foundation in providing culturally competent health care at the individual, family, community, and population-based levels. Health management strategies such as individual case, disease, and population-based approaches will be discussed within the context of local, regional, national, and global health promotion initiatives. Emphasis is placed on assessment and analysis of culturally congruent care as related to clinical practice and models of transcultural care. Health promotion concepts such as epidemiology, health disparities, health care access, available resources, healthcare cost and quality, lifestyles, and disease screening will be discussed.

The clinical portion of this course will prepare students for active and responsible community participation as professional nurses in order to impact health and wellness of diverse communities through the instruction, meaningful service, and critical reflective thinking.

UPNS 326 Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course explores the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of body systems throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is on understanding pathophysiology as an alteration in normal physiological functioning of individuals and the presentation of selected pathophysiology and subsequent symptomatology in diverse individuals across the lifespan. The scientific approach will provide understanding of the mechanisms of disease as they are related to clinical decision-making for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management.

UPNS 327 Practice, Advocacy and Policy Issues for the Older Adults - 3 credits

Aging is a universal human experience: a complex phenomenon that shapes individuals, families and societies. In this course, students will examine the public policy process and practice issues relevant to older adults. National and state initiatives, implementation processes and consequences, interest group and other involvement in the policy process will be explored from nursing and ethical perspectives. The course will raise consciousness and focus on developing advocacy skills in the practice setting and public policy process, as well as, provide emphasis on health care reform and major policies affecting the older adult. The impact of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic/ marital/immigration status, urban/rural demographics and human dignity will be discussed from a policy viewpoint.

UPNS 339W Genetics in Nursing and Health - 3 credits

This course will discuss the implications of the Human Genome Project and how to apply genetic knowledge to patient knowledge and health promotion/screening in the following ways: identifying those in need of genetic testing, offering genetic information, recording genetic information, referring patients and families for further genetic information and evaluation, advocacy for privacy, confidentiality, and non-discrimination with regard to genetic information, and participate in management of patients with genetic conditions. The ethical consideration as they relate to genetics will also be explored.

UPNS 411 Nursing Ethics Across the Life Span - 3 credits

This course introduces undergraduate nursing students to ethical dimension of nursing practice. It presents the processes of moral reasoning and ethical theories, values, virtues, principles and other influences on the student's capacity to recognize, identify and respond to potential and actual ethical issues. The course examines contemporary professional and clinical ethics issues that influence nursing practice, and to a lesser degree, it introduces students to ethical issues at the organizational level in health care. The relationships between ethical and legal principles are also examined. Various models of ethical decision-making are explored as students apply these frameworks to resolve ethical dilemmas. Students will also examine the role of professional codes of ethics and the legal standards that influence the ethical practice of nurses.

UPNS 423W Evidence Based Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course will introduce the student to the theoretical and research bases on which practice is built. The course focuses on the use of both qualitative and quantitative research in nursing practice. Students will examine the knowledge that guides nursing interventions, evidenced based practice, outcomes research and critique published research reports. The importance of reviewing the nursing literature in order to make informed practice decisions will be addressed. Ethical issues as they relate to research and practice will be discussed.

UPNS 428 Organizational and Clinical Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare - 3 credits

This course provides the student with the opportunity to reflect on nursing leadership from the vantage point of nursing leaders in different roles and career trajectories. Focus is on use of outcome data to evaluate nursing care delivery systems and propose quality improvement initiatives, consider enduring practice issues, social justice/diversity issues, as well as, address personal and professional development. Students will address how nursing leadership influences patient care, nursing practice and personal/professional development.

UPNS 493 Specialties in Professional Nursing: Seminar - 3 credits

This course provides an opportunity for the student to identify and critically examine a nursing specialty area. Course content allow the framework for students to explore historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of that specialty within nursing, in addition to the professional issues and trends. Students will explore how nursing provides leadership to promote positive patient outcomes in the context of the specialty. Accountability, interdisciplinary collaboration, care continuity, timeliness, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery are examined. Includes role exploration for the nurse relative to the specialty and will contribute to the practicum project development (UPNS 494 Specialties in Professional Nursing: Practicum).

UPNS 494 Specialties in Professional Nursing: Practicum - 3 credits

This course provides an opportunity for the student to implement an evidence-based project within the nursing specialty selected for UPNS 493. During the course, students will choose a nursing practice requiring evidenced-based practice evaluation and focus on reviewing the relevant evidence for the policy update or practice change.