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RN to BSN Course Offerings

NUR 221 Communication Skills in Nursing I 3 credits

This course focuses on the writing skills necessary for execution of the professional nursing role.

NUR 222 Communication Skills in Nursing II 3 credits

This course focuses on the oral communication skills necessary for the successful execution of the professional nursing role. This course includes 6 hours of practice experience.

NUR 235 Computer Applications in Nursing 3 credits

This course is designed to help students improve their basic computer knowledge and skills using common personal computer applications and to gain a basic understanding of the role of information technology in today’s health care environment.

NUR 236 Professional Issues in Nursing 3 credits

This course is designed to assist students in transitioning from an associate degree or diploma in nursing to the practice of professional nursing based on a baccalaureate degree. The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) are examined in detail. Nursing theories are explored. In addition this course focuses on the history of nursing, characteristics of a profession, and theories of learning and learning styles. Students identify forces that aff ect the direction of change in health and healthcare delivery.

NUR 307 Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning 3 credits

This course places emphasis on acquiring advanced knowledge and skills necessary to complete physical assessment of individuals across the life span. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience.

NUR 411 Scholarship for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice I 3 credits

This course provides the RN to BSN student an overview of evidence-based nursing practice, and an examination of various kinds of research evidence that may be available. In addition, the PICOT format for creating searchable clinical questions will be explored, along with critical appraisal strategies for reviewing the strength and credibility of the evidence available to answer clinical questions. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience with a preceptor. Prerequisites: successful completion of first term RN to BSN curriculum and successful completion of elementary statistics course.

NUR 412 Scholarship for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice II 3 credits

This course provides the RN to BSN student with an opportunity to refine literature search skills and critical appraisal skills in determining the strength of available evidence to answer clinical questions. Critical appraisal of published national clinical practice guidelines using the AGREE tool is emphasized. Strategies for participating actively in evidence-based practice initiatives in various work environments are highlighted. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience with a preceptor. Prerequisite: NUR 411

NUR 421 Clinical Prevention and Population Health I 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to key concepts associated with evidence-based clinical disease prevention and promotion of population health. Healthy People 2020 sets the vision and goals for nursing professionals’ participation in a collaborative effort to improve the health of the population through interventions with individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience with a preceptor.

NUR 422 Clinical Prevention and Population Health II 3 credits

This course examines the health needs of populations experiencing chronic illness, injury, and/or disability, as well as the health needs of vulnerable populations. Nursing interventions delivered through collaborative partnerships with communities, organizations and other healthcare providers will be emphasized, along with the nurse’s role as an advocate. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience with a preceptor.

NUR 427 Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice 3 credits

This course examines leadership and management as components of professional nursing practice. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience with a preceptor.

NUR 428 Health Policy, Quality and Patient Safety 3 credits

This course focuses on national and state level health policy and regulatory activities as they impact patient safety and quality of care. Strategies for promoting safety and ensuring quality healthcare are emphasized. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience with a preceptor.