Second Degree BSN Curriculum
UPNS 440 Case Management and Systems Thinking in Collaborative Roles - 4 Credits
This course incorporates multiple aspects of the Synergy Model of Patient Care as the nursing competencies are more aligned with patient characteristics. The multidimensional problems associated with chronic conditions provide a context for the development of collaboration and systems thinking and the expanding role of the nurse. Principles of rehabilitation and demands for long term care are explored. Models of case management and the role of the case manager is examined within the framework of the health care delivery systems, quality, cost/finances, legal and ethical issues.
UPNS 441 Professional Concepts and Issues - 4 Credits
Students synthesize previous learning and develop knowledge and skills relevant to leadership, management, and the professional role of the nurse. Concepts of power, change, decision-making, and delegation form the foundation for exploring leadership styles and functions. Current issues in nursing and health care, including political, legal and ethical accountability are analyzed. Trends and issues and their interrelationship are explored in order to assist the student to assume professional responsibility and involvement in issues affecting nursing and the delivery of health care.
UPNS 442/442R Synergy in Nursing Practice: Chronic Illness Across the Lifespan - 4 Credits
This course provides for the clinical application of population based health care parameters. The multidimensional needs of patients with chronic illness further enables the design of interventions that require assessment of the system of services available to patients, and the role of the nurse in coordinative and tracking interdisciplinary and collaborative strategies. The use of the Synergy Model of Patient Care is continued with emphasis moving to the development of nursing characteristics as these relate to the nurse’s role within the broader health care community to meet patients’ needs.
UPNS 443/443R Synergy in Nursing Practice - 4 Credits
This course provides a capstone clinical learning opportunity designed with attention to individual student learning needs and interests. Experiences are provided across a broad spectrum of clinical arenas to assure the acquisition of knowledge essential for entry to professional nursing practice. The Synergy Model of Patient Care is used to highlight the various dimensions of nurse characteristics in interaction with an array of patient characteristics.
UPNS 444 Preparation for Nursing Role - 2 Credits
This course serves as an NCLEX-RN/CAT examination preparation course. Students work individually as well as in cooperative learning groups. Content focuses on test-taking strategies, self-talk, cognitive restructuring, and test anxiety as it relates to NCLEX-RN preparation. During the course students will take a comprehensive NCLEX readiness examination. Based on results of the comprehensive assessment, faculty and students will develop an individualized prescriptive study plan for NCLEX.
R - Recitation