Second Degree BSN Curriculum (12-Month)

Summer Semester

UPNS 400 Critically Ill Adult - 6 credits

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 431 Enhancing Quality and Safety through EBP and Echnology - 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 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.

UPNS 460 Advanced Clinical Concepts in Gerontology - 3 credits

This course is designed to provide experiences for students to advance their understanding of content and develop problem solving skills as it relates to assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating complex patient problems. Emphasis will be placed on the most common acute and chronic medical and surgical conditions prevalent in the older adult population. Complex cases will facilitate clinical reasoning in the care of the adult with considerable focus on the older adult population.

UPNS 462 Leadership and Management Theory & Practice 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 inter-professional collaboration in the development/application of technology to increase efficiency of healthcare services and improve patient outcomes.