RN to BSN Program

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This course is designed to assist the adult learner make the transition to the university setting and the role of the nursing student. During this course, students will be introduced to skills that facilitate success in achieving their educational goals at NSU. Opportunities for writing and library searches will be provided. Use of technology as a tool for learning and time management are additional skills that will be emphasized. This class will involve active participation in cooperative group activities as well as individualized activities. (3 credits)

  • Discuss the role of the nursing student in the university setting
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a scholarly paper that meets the APA guidelines.
  • Identify tools used by professional nurses to access guidelines for evidence-based practice.
  • Identify a system for prioritizing the responsibilities of a nursing student.
  • Apply technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • Discuss the techniques by which nurses may educate clients and colleagues.

This course focuses on the role transition to professional nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession. The students will explore the history of nursing and how society views the nursing profession. Ethical and legal principles guiding the nursing profession are introduced. (3 credits)

  • Examine the evolution of professional nursing practice.
  • Identify the role of the professional nurse within the global healthcare delivery system.
  • Describe the impact historic nursing leaders have on the practice of nursing today.
  • Summarize the role expectations of the professional nurse.
  • Examine the ethical and legal principles guiding professional nursing practice.
  • Identify evidence-based guidelines for professional nursing practice.
This course emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to complete a health assessment for clients across the life span. The student presents and analyzes the concepts of health assessment methodology which include interviewing, history taking, and physical assessment. Students will be expected to utilize assessment skills in identifying pertinent data as it relates to evidence-based health promotion and health education strategies. (3 credits)
  • Conduct a complete client health history interview.
  • Perform a comprehensive and holistic health assessment addressing pertinent data related to physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental variables.
  • Correlate abnormal assessment findings to a potential or actual health alteration in a specific body system.
  • Formulate appropriate primary, secondary and tertiary nursing interventions for an identified health concern in the client system based on evidence-based practice guidelines.
  • Communicate pertinent findings related to the health assessment to members of the interprofessional health care team.
  • Integrate evidence-based practice guidelines and current nursing research when conducting an organized comprehensive assessment of the client system.

The focus of the course is on the pathogenesis of selected diseases leading to alterations of body structure and functions across the lifespan. This is emphasized through case study review discussing and applying cell structure, function, genetic control and its impact on the disease process. The students will integrate and apply pathophysiological concepts to client care in the development of primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions to attain, maintain, and retain the health state. Contemporary treatment, legal and ethical issues and health promotion concepts pertaining to pathophysiological disorders will be explored. (3 credits)

  • Utilize knowledge of the normal cell structure and function related to levels of adaptation in select disease processes.
  • Apply aspects of the disease process (etiology, pathogenesis, & clinical manifestations) toward alterations of specific body systems.
  • Examine the body's adaptive mechanisms to pathophysiologic changes.
  • Recognize the role of clinical pathophysiology in the areas of health promotion, maintenance, restoration, rehabilitation, and/or end-of-life care.
  • Discuss the impact of physiological alterations across the lifespan.
  • Discuss the legal, ethical, socioeconomic and political implications of various pathophysiological disorders and their treatments utilizing evidenced based practice.

This course focuses on the acquisition, evaluation, utilization, and interpretation of nursing theories as a foundation for nursing practice. Selected behavioral, social, and physical science theories impacting nursing practice will be explored as a basis for understanding self and others as individuals, families, groups, and communities. (3 credits)

  • Relate concepts of nursing science and nursing philosophy to theory development in nursing.
  • Apply selected nursing, sociological, behavioral, biomedical, learning, health promotion, and family theories in developing nursing interventions.
  • Apply concepts from selected nursing, sociological, behavioral, biomedical, learning, health promotion, and family theories in assessing the nursing roles of advocate, provider, teacher, manager, researcher, and teacher.
  • Analyze the relationship of selected nursing, sociological, behavioral, biomedical, learning, health promotion, and family theories in evidence-based practices in nursing.
  • Justify the selection of nursing, sociological, behavioral, biomedical, learning, health promotion, and family theories used as a foundation in planning primary, secondary, and tertiary nursing interventions for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, or populations.

This course introduces concepts of critical analysis and outcomes research. Students will analyze the scientific merit of quantitative and qualitative research reports with an emphasis on application to, and implication for, evidence based nursing practice in as it relates to primary, secondary and tertiary preventions/interventions. Students will also be exposed to the contemporary trends and legal and ethical issues guiding the research process. (3 credits)

  • Discuss the importance of nursing research for the professional nurse in the role of provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession.
  • Explore potential research problems pertinent to cultural diverse individuals, families, groups and communities in a variety of settings.
  • Recognize research designs for both qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Evaluate the professional nurse's role in the critiquing of research as it relates to situations impacting the current health care environment.
  • Identify nursing research, which could be used to support EBP and enhance the professional nursing practice roles of advocate, provider, teacher, manager, researcher, and leader.
  • Identify potential conflicts between ethics and research.
  • Explore areas of research collaboration with other health care disciplines.

This course focuses on evidence-based leadership and management skills and competencies needed by professional nurses to be full partners and work productively in interprofessional teams to facilitate the transformation of complex healthcare systems. Students will analyze current best practices related to leadership roles, organizational communications, team dynamics in learning organizations, quality improvement, safe patient-centered care, and the role nursing leadership related to information systems. The course will assist the students to differentiate the concepts of contemporary trends in leadership, management theories, development of self, and communication skills necessary to influence behaviors. Emphasis will be placed on organizational systems structure and culture, change management, human resource management, and performance improvement in care delivery systems. Legal and ethical issues related to leadership and management will be analyzed. (3 credits)

  • Propose strategies to enhance the development of self as leader.
  • Synthesize evidence-based leadership and management theories to current nursing practice situations in various health care environments.
  • Compare and contrast how the culture, mission and philosophy of learning organization systems impact the nursing leadership role.
  • Incorporate effective interprofessional and intraprofessional communication techniques and collaborative organizational skills to deliver evidence-based patient-centered care and produce positive professional working relationships within teams, systems, and groups.
  • Explain the effect that leadership and management has on the assurance of quality patient-centered care, safety in healthcare environments, and enhanced performance improvement in care delivery systems.
  • Propose essential leadership skills necessary for identifying, planning, implementing, and evaluating change needed to transform complex healthcare systems.
  • Evaluate leadership and management principles associated with nurse manager's roles and responsibilities related to human resource management.
  • Assess strategies to address political, cultural, legal and ethical issues facing nurse leaders within current healthcare systems.

This course focuses on the financial environments of healthcare systems and how they relate to today's professional nursing roles in leadership, management, and patient-centered care. Students will analyze the principles of financial management, healthcare reimbursement, regulatory processes, healthcare policy, and healthcare reform related to current nursing practice. This course will assist the student to differentiate the concepts of cost and revenue, accounting vocabulary, budgeting, human resource management, and financial processes, functions, and reports commonly utilized in healthcare systems. Emphasis will be placed on the political and economic forces that influence the development of health policy and professional nursing practice. Students will assess how financial management integrates with safety, information technology, patient-centered care, interprofessional teams, quality, and evidence-based practice. (3 credits)

  • Summarize the role of the professional nurse as it relates to health care policy and fiscal responsibility and accountability.
  • Interpret evidence-based practice in decision making to improve financial viability and cost management in health care environments.
  • Assess the professional nurse role related to financial management, fiscal responsibility, information technology, and other economic issues impacting the current health care system.
  • Analyze ways the U.S. and global health care delivery systems meet the needs of diverse clients.
  • Evaluate the nurses' role in promoting human resource management.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing, business, and other disciplines to promote financial stability and responsibility related to patient centered care.
  • Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of regulatory agencies and how they affect health care policy, quality, safety, and patient centered care.
  • Design an evidence-based business proposal incorporating interdisciplinary collaboration and fiscal responsibility.

This course provides the foundation for developing and using nursing theory and theories from other disciplines that, in turn, provide the foundation for developing and using epidemiological theory and concepts in planning and implementing primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention for at-risk aggregates and communities. It focuses on the process of conceptualizing individuals, families, groups, and communities within their environments. Students will learn to facilitate health care delivery to aggregates and communities of diverse cultures, using effective communication, negotiation, problem-solving skills, and collaborating with the interdisciplinary health care team and members of the community. Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate health and wellness within primary secondary and tertiary levels of prevention using principles of evidence-based practice. Contemporary trends in community-based nursing practice will be discussed. Students will examine the economic, sociocultural, and ethical influences on community-based nursing practice. (4 credits)

  • Synthesize knowledge from previous nursing courses, concepts of epidemiology, and biostatistics in the assessment, planning and management of disease and the development of health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention interventions.
  • Apply knowledge of environmental health, global health and human diversity issues in assessing the public health of a community.
  • Evaluate the impact of public policy and budget considerations in the planning and development health promotion and disease prevention interventions.
  • Facilitate health care delivery to clients, aggregates and populations utilizing effective communication, problem solving, and collaboration and conflict resolution strategies.

At the completion of this course the students will be able to utilize basic concepts in human genetics to an understanding of health care problems, as well as apply knowledge of inheritance and immunogenetics in predicting the possible effect of genetics on disease processes. This course will explore the ethical, social, political and economic impact of selected genetic diseases, DNA-based genetic diagnosis, and gene therapy. (2 credits)

  • Discuss the impact genetics and genomics related issues have on nursing research.
  • Explain the mechanisms of genetic transmission.
  • Recognize the importance of family history and genetic pedigree as necessary nursing assessment tools.
  • Identify ways that nurses can assist individuals, families, groups and communities in risk assessment for genetic disorders.
  • Formulate a teaching plan for individuals, families, groups and communities with identified risk factors for the development of a genetically transmitted disorder.

This course explores contemporary trends in health care delivery system and professional nursing practice. Students will integrate knowledge from previous courses further exploring health care system quality and safety, evidenced-based practice, technology, informatics, and the nurse's role in today's healthcare delivery system. This course examines the relationships between quality of care, cost of care, and safety as well as the regulatory effects on patient care and cost. Students will develop skills to address relevant issues within today's health care delivery system. Trends in healthcare informatics are explored and the effects of nursing informatics on communication and safety will be analyzed. (3 credits)

  • Analyze historical, social, and political trends impacting the nursing profession and the contemporary healthcare delivery system.
  • Identify forces driving change in the contemporary healthcare environment.
  • Examine factors contributing to medical errors and evidence-based methods for the prevention of medical errors.
  • Value the need for evidence-based practice and continuous improvement in clinical practice.
  • Explain the importance of quality improvement to the nurse, patient, organization, and healthcare delivery system.
  • Analyze the effects of communication on patient-centered care, interdisciplinary collaboration, and safety.
  • Explain the use of technology to enhance and promote safe patient care, educate patients and consumers, evaluate healthcare delivery, and enhance the nurse's knowledge base.
  • Promote the role of the nurse in the contemporary healthcare environment.