Second Degree BSN Curriculum (16-Month)

Fall Semester, Year 1

UPNS 119 Contemporary Professional Nursing and Technology - 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, presented within the context of the history and evolution of the profession. This course also prepares the student for beginning use of technology in the delivery of nursing care and how it impacts patient care, as in integral part of contemporary practice. Included is an orientation to the key issues in nursing practice, such as the legal ethical basis of nursing practice, patient safety, nursing education, technology for problem-solving and leadership.

UPNS 124 Cultural Issues in Health Care - 3 credits

This course introduces models of transcultural health care. Issues to the health care professional's role in the delivery of culturally competent based health care are explored. Emphasis is placed on the assessment and analysis of culturally congruent care as related to clinical practice issues in the United States and globally. Interplay between models of transcultural care and other models of clinical application of culturally appropriate interventions are examined.

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. 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 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.