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RN to BSN Course Descriptions

NURS 301: HEALTH CARE INFORMATICS (3 CREDITS)

This course will examine technology and its impact upon nursing and the health care industry. The students will explore how computers are utilized in education, practice, administration and research. Students will review software for its applicability in nursing and health care. Discussions focus upon the legal and ethical issues facing contemporary nursing with the increase in computer use and technology. (This course must be the first course taken in RN/BSN program)

NURS 215: SCHOLARLY WRITING IN NURSING (3 CREDITS)

Scholarly writing in nursing communicates knowledge, expertise, and advances in the profession. This course explores the process of scholarly writing and provides students the opportunity to develop their writing skills. Students will practice the craft of academic writing and become effective writers by the end of this course. (Prerequisite: NURS 301)

BIBL 100: BIBLICAL LITERATURE IN CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT (3 CREDITS)

This course provides a general introduction to the story and significance of the Bible, the foundational book of the Christian faith and one of the world’s greatest works of literature. Students will examine the Bible’s nature, purpose, and authority; its historical narrative, cultural background, literary structure, and main theological concepts. Major emphasis is placed on understanding the overall storyline of the Bible as one grand narrative of redemption. It is intended as a foundation level course, suitable for those who have no previous knowledge of the Bible or Christian thought.

NURS 210: HEALTH CARE ETHICS AND CHRISTIAN NURSING (3 CREDITS)

In a world where legal, financial, scientific, religious, societal and personal concerns converge when making healthcare decisions, nurses must be prepared to critically reflect, choose, and guide others in these directions. Participation in Healthcare Ethics and Christian Nursing will provide students the opportunity to explore the foundations of ethical behavior as well as address how Christian faith molds nursing practice. The course will offer the student an opportunity to examine and evaluate the various factors and relationships that impact health care decisions.

NURS 305: PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT (3 CREDITS)

This course combines a holistic approach to nursing care of clients with the sciences of anatomy and physiology to obtain an accurate assessment of patient needs.

NURS 307: THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL FOUNDATIONS OF HOLISTIC/INTERGRATIVE NURSING AND HEALTH PROMOTION (3 CREDITS)

A theoretical and application oriented course that focuses on psycho-social-spiritual assessment of individuals across the life span and at end of life. Evidence-informed, holistic/integrative strategies for promoting health, healing, and providing holistic nursing care are explored.

NURS 401: POPULATION-FOCUSED NURSING: A GLOBAL APPROACH (3 CREDITS)

This course focuses on critical historical landmarks in public health nursing, essential existing nursing roles in population-focused care of individuals, families, and aggregates in a variety of local and global community settings. The course will engage students in the process of exploration vis-à-vis community assessment skills and epidemiological principles that guide public health policy, funding, and programming. National and international, public, private, and faith-based population-focused organizations will be examined, as well as national and international policies, goals, and efforts that address global health issues from both a holistic nursing practice perspective and a Christian world view.

MATH 220: STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (3 CREDITS)

Meaning, purposes and processes of statistical methods; selection of representative, parallel or equivalent groups; graphic representation; measures of central tendency; variability; normal distribution; probability; binomial coefficient; random sampling; confidence levels; inference; t-test, analysis of variance; chi square; correlation; Man-Whitney U Test. Theory and practice application of above operations with use of computer where applicable. This course does not count toward the requirements for the major or minor in mathematics.

NURS 404: NURSING RESEARCH (3 CREDITS)

The research process is examined as systematic problem-solving for the improvement of healthcare. Emphasis is placed on analysis and evaluation of research findings for application to nursing practice. (Prerequisite: MATH 220: Statistics)

INST 271: JUSTICE IN A PLURALISTIC SOCIETY (3 CREDITS)

This interdisciplinary course uses both biblical and philosophical frameworks to examine the complexities of social justice in a pluralistic society. The focus is on the United States, with connections to the global community. Principles of social justice are used to explore issues of race, gender and class. Emphasis is placed on the student understanding her/his own identity and life situation, including what values, attitudes and knowledge have shaped her/his own worldview. Attention is given to students developing skills in interacting with people from diverse groups and in bringing about social justice in the larger society. Satisfies the general education requirement for Commitment to Justice/Doing Justice.

NURS 402: LEADERSHIP IN NURSING PRACTICE (3 CREDITS)

Principles of leadership related to the organization and delivery of nursing care are studied within this course. Organizational management, power, decision making, and change theories are examined in relationship to the independent role of the nurse.

NURS 405: SENIOR SEMINAR/PRACTICUM (3 CREDITS)

This course offers students an opportunity to focus on the theoretical and practical processes of leadership, teaching/learning, research and writing. Students are encouraged to look at healthcare environments and the healthcare “business” in general through new lenses, with an eye on transformation of these environments using evidence and holistic philosophy. Through discussion of readings and student-led seminars, a variety of topical areas of importance to the nursing profession will be evaluated. Seminar leadership and participation is based on a synthesis of knowledge derived from theory and research. The practicum component requires the student to collaborate with a faculty advisor and an agency resource person in the design and implementation of an individualized practicum. A holistic evidence based practice application project is required.

NURS 480: NURSING CAPSTONE: THE ART OF NURSING (3 CREDITS)

Throughout this course the larger questions related to personal and global healing will be explored. The work of Florence Nightingale and Jesus serve as examples of spiritually grounded healing praxis and leadership. These perspectives also highlight the body-mind-spirit nature of persons. Shared personal experiences of illness derived from the literature will illuminate responses to both illness and healthcare providers. These insights guide us toward self-healing and the facilitation of healing in others. In addition, creative and purposeful strategies for leadership that enhance nurses' ability to do the work necessary to manifest healing environments that lead to a healthy world will be examined. (This course must be taken last in RN/BSN program).

Updated 7/2016

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