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 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.

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.