BSN Curriculum

Sophomore Nursing Courses

UPNS 200 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice and Clinical Ethics - 6 credits (4 theory/2 clinical lab)

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. Students will also receive an introduction to the main issues, views, laws, and policies within clinical ethics in order to build a foundation for ethically sound nursing practice and the use of moral reasoning to resolve ethical dilemmas that arise in practice.

UPNS 218/218L Health Assessment - 4 credits (3 theory/1 clinical lab)

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.

UPSN 224 Career management Professoinal Develoment Seminar (online) - 0 credits

The course will focus on preparing students for their internship and professional career. Students will practice skills such as writing a resume and cover letter, interviewing, and developing goals and a career plan. Students will also prepare to enter their nurse internship by discussing the role and expectations. At the completion of this course, students will complete their internship portfolio (resume, cover letter, and professional goal statement) and begin the application process.

UPNS 232 Adult Health and Illness I - 6 credits (4 theory/2 clinical)

This course will focus on nursing care of adults with common acute and chronic disease processes. Emphasis will be placed on general medical and surgical conditions found in the adult population. Students will apply knowledge from fundamentals in the management of the common disease processes. The nursing care in these conditions will assist the students in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation process.

UPNS 239 Pharmacology in Nursing Practice - 2 credits

This course will cover 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 339 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.