Second Degree BSN Curriculum
UPNS 400 Critically Ill Adult - 6 credits
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 422 Role Preparation - 3 credits
This course serves as the continuation of the NCLEX-RN-CAT examination preparation course from the fall semester. Students will have the opportunity to work individually as well as in cooperative learning groups as needed. The focus of this semester is continued implementation of the individualized NCLEX-RN-CAT preparation plan developed in the fall semester. Early in the semester, students will take the first of possibly three comprehensive NCLEX readiness examinations (HESI E2) to assist in study plan modification. Students MUST receive a score of 925 or higher on the comprehensive readiness examination to pass the Role Prep II course. Students will be given three opportunities to obtain the passing score.
UPNS 423 Evidence Based Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice - 3 credits
This course will introduce the student to the theoretical and research bases on which practice is built. The course focuses on the use of both qualitative and quantitative research in nursing practice. Students will examine the knowledge that guides nursing interventions, evidenced based practice, outcomes research and critique published research reports. The importance of reviewing the nursing literature in order to make informed practice decisions will be addressed. Ethical issues as they relate to research and practice will be discussed.
UPNS 426 Leadership and Management in Clinical Environments - 6 credits
This course will focus on the professional nurse's role in applying the principles of leadership and management in clinical environments. The role of the nurse leader and his/her influence on safe nursing practice will be explored. Barriers to practice, regulatory, legislative, and political processes in reference to professional practice will also be examined. The course will also emphasize nursing leadership roles and interprofessional collaboration in the development/application of technology to increase efficiency of healthcare services and improve patient outcomes.
UPNS 430 Gerontological Nursing Practice - 3 credits
This course focuses on the nursing care of older adults. Contemporary theories of gerontology, aging, physiological/psychological functioning, impact of developmental changes, illness, and dysfunction will be emphasized.