BSN Curriculum

Senior Nursing Courses

UPNS 344 Nursing for Children's Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

The course focus is on the development of competencies for safe and effective nursing care of children and their families. Emphasis is on the nurse's role in health assessment, health promotion, and promotion of adaptive processes for the child within the context of the family. Key concepts for social, cultural, economic, political, and ethical factors that affect health promotion, disease prevention, alterations in health and risk reduction for children, and the family are examined. Growth and development theory is also emphasized.

UPNS 348 Nursing for Maternal-Newborn Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

The course focus is on the development of competencies for safe and effective nursing care of women and maternal/newborn dyads. Emphasis is on the nurse's role in health assessment, health promotion, and promotion of adaptive processes for the woman and the infant within the context of the family. Key concepts for social, cultural, economic, political, and ethical factors that affect health promotion, disease prevention, alterations in health and risk reduction for women and the childbearing family are examined.

UPNS 355 Behavioral Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

This course will focus on an introduction to theory and concepts of behavioral health nursing. Emphasis is on the use of self in relationships with mental health consumers. The importance of the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship will provide the framework for exploring the factors, which contribute to stress, maladaptive behavior, and mental illness. Care will be delivered based on psychiatric standards of nursing practice. The student will then explore the role of the behavioral health nurse working collaboratively with the community as part of an interdisciplinary team. An introduction to conceptual frameworks that focus on behavioral health care is included in both the classroom and clinical portions of the course. Selected inpatient mental health settings will be utilized for clinical practice.

UPNS 357 Population Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

This course will focus on an introduction to theory and concepts of population health. Emphasis is on the professional nurse's role in working with various populations as the client. Care will be delivered based on standards of population health. The student will then explore the role of the nurse working collaboratively within the community and as part of an interdisciplinary team. An introduction to conceptual frameworks that focus on population health will be included in both the classroom and clinical portions of the course. Selected agencies that service the various populations will be utilized for clinical practice.

UPNS 400 Critically Ill Adult - 6 credits (4 theory/2 clinical)

This course will focus on the assessment and management of adults with unstable and complex system alterations. This course builds on previously learned knowledge of natural and human sciences, health assessment, conceptual foundations of nursing practice and skills and technologies required to practice professional nursing. The opportunity is provided to apply the nursing process to the care of adult clients experiencing acute illness in a variety of adult health settings. The course will emphasize the assessment of functioning, adaptation, and recovery for patients with high acuity illnesses and clinical problems. Previously learned and advance nursing concepts reflecting the uniqueness of a person's health experience will be integrated to provide holistic nursing care to adult clients experiencing acute illness. Students will have a preceptored nurse experience for the entire semester.

UPNS 411 W Nursing Ethics Across the Lifespan - 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.