RN-BSN Course Description

>RN-BSN Course Description

Course Description

Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice

This course facilitates the transition for professional nurses as they begin studies to achieve a baccalaureate of science in nursing degree. Through an understanding of nursing theories and the history of the role of the nurse in society, students develop knowledge of the evolving healthcare environment. Standards of practice and the significance of functioning according to state regulations and statutes are analyzed.

QI & Information Technology

This course provides an overview of nursing quality improvement and information technology as they relate to the provision of safe, quality, evidence-based patient care. Concepts related to regulatory agencies, magnet status, error mitigation and the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) will be explored. Learners will develop competencies related to the management of information science and technology as a communication and information management tool to direct care and support clinical decision-making.

Evidence-Based Practice

This course provides an overview of evidence-based practice and its relationship to clinical decision-making through the exploration and integration of current scientific evidence. Learners develop the skills to read, critique, analyze, and determine how to utilize research and existing knowledge bases in nursing practice. Focus is placed on the analysis and synthesis of evidence to answer a PICO question relevant to nursing practice and patient-centered care.

Ethics in Healthcare

This course introduces the students to the ethical dimensions of nursing practice.  Concepts related to moral reasoning and theoretical theories, values, virtues and principles will be addressed. Learners will be exposed to professional and clinical ethical issues that influence nursing practice in healthcare settings.  Various models of ethical decision-making are explored as well as the examination of the role of professional codes of ethics and the legal standards that influence the ethical practice of nurses.

Health Assessment

This course provides the framework for preparing students to perform comprehensive health assessments on patients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on taking a thorough nursing history, performing physiological, psychological, sociological, cultural, and spiritual assessments, as well as identification of stressors and health risks.

Spirituality & Diversity in Healthcare

Spirituality and diversity will be examined from a Christ-centered perspective. Learners will examine the role of spirituality in patient care for clients of multicultural backgrounds across the lifespan. Students will integrate concepts from general education courses to foster critical and ethical thinking from a Christian perspective. Students will develop competencies related to varying attitudes, values, and beliefs based on culture, religion, spirituality, age, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation.

Leadership for Professional Nursing

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to be a nursing leader who can function as a contributing member of the interprofessional team. The development of transformational leadership skills and management techniques needed to coordinate the provision of safe, quality patient-centered care are highlighted. Emphasis is placed on professional behaviors, communication that supports information exchange, collaboration and conflict mediation, ethical comportment and the establishment and provision of evidence based practice. Students will complete the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Manager Certificate.

Trends & Issues in Nursing

This course provides students with an overview of the current political, economic, and social trends affecting nursing and the healthcare system. Students will explore personal experiences in the context of contemporary nursing issues, such as the nursing shortage, workforce challenges, healthcare finance, and professional organizations.

Community Health and Population-Based Nursing Care

This course provides an overview of nursing care of individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and populations. Principles and practices of community health are discussed. Emphasis is placed on assessing factors that influence the health of populations and the use of evidence-based practices in the delivery of spiritually and culturally appropriate health promotion and disease prevention interventions. The role of the nurse as advocate for social justice is explored.

Senior Capstone

This course is designed for RN-BSN students at the end of their program of study. It provides students with an opportunity to synthesize their knowledge and skills learned through the program. The primary focus is on applying this knowledge through a quality improvement project related to an area of interest in nursing and health care.