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BSN Curriculum

Sophomore Nursing Courses

UPNS 200 Fundamentals of Nursing - 6 credits

This course will focus on the concepts, skills, and attitudes fundamental to professional nursing practice within a framework of clinical decision-making. The course will emphasize critical thinking, the establishment of the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, and the development of the student's beginning comprehension of the patient's physiologic and psychological responses to health and illness. Students will have lab experiences in the Duquesne University Nursing Learning Laboratory and clinical agencies where fundamental nursing skills can be practiced.

UPNS 218 Health Assessment - 4 credits

This course focuses on the assessment of health status through the use of the Synergy Model and the development of interviewing and physical examination skills. It will begin with a discussion of optimal self-care behaviors and then focus on the principles of health promotion, disease prevention and health teaching. The use of therapeutic communication skills when performing health assessment and the assessment of cultural and socio-economic aspects of health will be emphasized. Students learn to critically evaluate assessment findings and differentiate between normal and alterations indicative of actual or potential health problems. Students have lab experiences in the nursing learning and simulation laboratory where health assessment skills can be practiced in addition to the Nurse Managed Wellness Centers.

UPNS 219 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice I - 3 credits

This course will cover the basic principles of pharmacology and drug therapy necessary for general nursing practice. Concepts of drug effectiveness, pharmacokinetics, mechanism of action, and drug interactions will be examined. In most cases, the emphasis will be on the pharmacological action of drugs on specific organ systems. Throughout the course, medications will be discussed in relation to their clinical use in the treatment of specific disease conditions.

UPNS 323 Adult Health and Illness - 6 credits

This course will focus on the development of selected competencies for nursing care assessment and management of adults with common disease/illnesses. Risk reduction, recovery, and rehabilitation of patients with selected disease processes and common clinical problems are also addressed. Selected general medical-surgical settings and clinics will be utilized for clinical practice in the management of patients with peri-operative considerations, alterations in pain control, fluid and electrolytes balance, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, hematological, and immunological systems, gastrointestinal, renal, integumentary, neurological, musculoskeletal, male reproductive, and infectious disease systems.