Second Degree BSN Curriculum (16-Month)

Summer Semester, Year 1

UPNS 423W Evidence Based Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course introduces the student to the theoretical and research bases on which practice is built. The course focuses on the use of both qualitative and quantitative research in nursing practice. Students will examine the knowledge that guides nursing interventions, evidenced based practice, outcomes research and critique published research reports. The importance of reviewing the nursing literature in order to make informed practice decisions will be addressed. Ethical issues as they relate to research and practice will be discussed.

UPNS 426 Leadership and Management in Clinical Environments - 6 credits

This course focuses 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 interprofessional collaboration in the development/application of technology to increase efficiency of health care services and improve patient outcomes.

UPNS 430 Gerontological Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course focuses on the nursing care of older adults. Contemporary theories of gerontology, aging, physiological/psychological functioning, impact of developmental changes, illness, and dysfunction will be emphasized.