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Second Degree BSN Curriculum

Fall Semester

UPNS 111W  Contemporary Professional Nursing  - 3 credits

This course provides students with an introduction to professional nursing in today's contemporary health care environment. The development of the student's identity as a professional nurse is a focus of this course as well as the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, including the principles of therapeutic communication, and within the context of a safe patient care environment. Included is an orientation to the legal and ethical basis of nursing practice, contemporary nursing issues and trends, nursing education for professional practice, and nursing leadership.

UPNS 112 Information Technology and Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course prepares the student for beginning use of technology in the delivery of nursing care and how it impacts patient care. The automation of data management through information systems, mobile technology, telecommunications and the impact of these technologies on nursing practice and research are addressed in the context of health care informatics. Actual problem-solving on how computerization can improve the efficiency of nursing care delivery at the bedside will be emphasized.

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 Community Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults.

UPNS 326 Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course explores the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of body systems throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is on understanding pathophysiology as an alteration in normal physiological functioning of individuals and the presentation of selected pathophysiology and subsequent symptomatology in diverse individuals across the lifespan. The scientific approach will provide understanding of the mechanisms of disease as they are related to clinical decision-making for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management.

UPNS 339W Genetics in Nursing and Health - 3 credits

This course will discuss the implications of the Human Genome Project and how to apply genetic knowledge to patient knowledge and health promotion/screening in the following ways: identifying those in need of genetic testing, offering genetic information, recording genetic information, referring patients and families for further genetic information and evaluation, advocacy for privacy, confidentiality, and non-discrimination with regard to genetic information, and participate in management of patients with genetic conditions. The ethical consideration as they relate to genetics will also be explored.