BSN Curriculum

Senior Nursing Courses

UPNS 344 Nursing for Children's Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

The course focus is on the development of competencies for safe and effective nursing care of children and their families. Emphasis is on the nurse’s role in health assessment, health promotion, and promotion of adaptive processes for the child within the context of the family. Key concepts for social, cultural, economic, political, and ethical factors that affect health promotion, disease prevention, alterations in health and risk reduction for children, and the family are examined. Growth and development theory is also emphasized.

UPNS 348 Nursing for Maternal-Newborn Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

The course focus is on the development of competencies for safe and effective nursing care of women and maternal/newborn dyads. Emphasis is on the nurse’s role in health assessment, health promotion, and promotion of adaptive processes for the woman and the infant within the context of the family. Key concepts for social, cultural, economic, political, and ethical factors that affect health promotion, disease prevention, alterations in health and risk reduction for women and the childbearing family are examined.

UPNS 355 Behavioral Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

This course will focus on an introduction to theory and concepts of behavioral health nursing. Emphasis is on the use of self in relationships with mental health consumers. The importance of the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship will provide the framework for exploring the factors, which contribute to stress, maladaptive behavior, and mental illness. Care will be delivered based on psychiatric standards of nursing practice. The student will then explore the role of the behavioral health nurse working collaboratively with the community as part of an interdisciplinary team. An introduction to conceptual frameworks that focus on behavioral healthcare is included in both the classroom and clinical portions of the course. Selected in patient mental health settings will be utilized for clinical practice.

UPNS 357 Population Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)

This course will focus on an introduction to theory and concepts of population health. Emphasis is on the professional nurse's role in working with various populations as the client. Care will be delivered based on standards of population health. The student will then explore the role of the nurse working collaboratively within the community and as part of an interdisciplinary team. An introduction to conceptual frameworks that focus on population health will be included in both the classroom and clinical portions of the course. Selected agencies that service the various populations will be utilized for clinical practice.

UPNS 400 Critically Ill Adult - 6 credits (4 theory/2 clinical)

This course will focus on the assessment and management of adults with unstable and complex system alterations. The course will emphasize the assessment of functioning, adaptation, and recovery for patients with high acuity illnesses and clinical problems. Selected sub-acute and high acuity acute care settings will be utilized for clinical practice.

UPNS 411 W Nursing Ethics Across the Lifespan - 3 credits

This course introduces undergraduate nursing students to ethical dimension of nursing practice. It presents the processes of moral reasoning and ethical theories, values, virtues, principles and other influences on the student's capacity to recognize, identify and respond to potential and actual ethical issues. The course examines contemporary professional and clinical ethics issues that influence nursing practice, and to a lesser degree, it introduces students to ethical issues at the organizational level in health care. The relationships between ethical and legal principles are also examined. Various models of ethical decision-making are explored as students apply these frameworks to resolve ethical dilemmas. Students will also examine the role of professional codes of ethics and the legal standards that influence the ethical practice of nurses. This course is designated Writing Intensive. The course will thus involve a substantial writing component in which students will write and revise argumentative essays in the style of the discipline of healthcare ethics/bioethics. In their papers, students will construct well-reasoned arguments for controversial ethical issues that arise in health-care and nursing practice, and anticipate and respond to objections and opposing arguments.

UPNS 431 Enhancing Quality and Safety through Evidence Based Practice and Technologies - 3 credits

This course will introduce the student to nursing research and its application toward advancing science and improving nursing practice. The course focuses on the use of nursing theory for both qualitative and quantitative research as well as evidence based practice to improve safe patient care. Recognizing the role of health information technology in safe care of patients will be emphasized. Students will examine the knowledge that guides nursing interventions, evidence based practice, outcomes research and critique published research reports. The importance of research ethics and its application in nursing practice will also be addressed.

UPNS 445 Synthesis for Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course is designed for students to use clinical judgment to synthesize content from previous nursing and sciences courses. Students will have a shared responsibility with the faculty in their approach to learning. The course will provide experiences for students and advance their understanding of content to develop problem solving skills as it relates to assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating complex patient problems. Additionally, the course will prepare students for standardized testing by providing test-taking strategies and methods to reduce test anxiety.

UPNS 453 Transition to Professional Practice - 3 credits

This course serves as a preparation course to facilitate student transition into the Role of a Professional Registered Nurse. The course will emphasize clinical judgment, decision making and priority setting in the clinical environment as well as concepts related to professional behavior. Emphasis will be placed on preparation for successful completion of the NCLEX-RNCAT examination. A review of nursing knowledge from selected content/concept areas will be included with clinical judgment and decision/prioritizing skills stressed. Additionally, the course will focus on concepts related to professional development such as professional behaviors, selfcare in stressful environments and life-long learning.