Second Degree BSN Curriculum (12-Month)
UPNS 232 Adult Health and Illness - 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 309 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice - 3 credits
This course covers the 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 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)
TThe 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 focuses 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 health care is included in both the classroom and clinical portions of the course. Selected inpatient mental health settings will be utilized for clinical practice.
UPNS 357 Population Health - 3 credits (2 theory/1 clinical)
This course focuses 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 411W 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.