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Rosemary Smith, Dean

Office: Nursing Education 148D

Telephone: (920) 424-3089

 

Sharon Chappy, Assistant Dean

Director Graduate Program

Office: Nursing Education 147A

Telephone: (920) 424-2106

 

Jaya Jambunathan, Assistant Dean

Director Research and Evaluation

Office: Nursing Education 144

Telephone: (920) 424-1274

 

Suzanne Marnocha, Assistant Dean

Director Undergraduate Program

Office: Nursing Education 148E

Telephone: (920) 424-1028

 

Rebecca Cleveland, Assistant Director

Student Academic Affairs, Undergraduate Program

Office: Nursing Education 148F

Telephone: (920) 424-1193

 

Dawn Pope, Assistant Director

Accelerated Undergraduate Option

Office:  Nursing Education 309

Telephone: (920) 424-0777

 

Kimberly Udlis, Assistant Director

Advanced Practice Nursing

Office:  Nursing Education 147B

Telephone: (920) 424-2106

 

Deborah Allar, Assistant Director

BSN at Home Options

Telephone: (920) 420-6690

 

Code 74 or NURSING undergradnrs@uwosh.edu
Code 78 or NURS-ACC accelnursing@uwosh.edu

 

Vision:

The College of Nursing will build upon its tradition of developing caring and scholarly leaders who positively impact contemporary and future health care.

 

Values:

Altruism:  An unselfish concern for the welfare of others-We strive to demonstrate an unselfish interest in others through caring, compassion, sensitivity and an openness to engage in helping relationships.

  • Autonomy:  The right to self-determination- We strive to provide information and explore options that require individuals to look deep within themselves to find the answers to manage their problems effectively.

  • Human Dignity: The respectful awareness of the self-worth of each individual-We strive to interact with others in a respectful, efficient, courteous and prompt manner with the assurance of complete confidentiality.

  • Integrity: Acting in accordance with an appropriate code of ethics and accepted standard of practice-We strive to build trust by being approachable, honest and accountable for our words and actions.

  • Social JusticeUpholding moral, legal and humanistic principles-We strive to create relationships, structures and resources for the equality of optimal access to needed information and services along with meaningful participation in decision-making.

 

Philosophy:

The College of Nursing is an integral part of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, deriving its purpose from the mission and goals of the University. Faculty and staff of the College of Nursing support the mission of the University by striving toward excellence in teaching, fostering and participating in research and scholarly activities, providing service to the community, and helping shape the health care delivery system by engaging people and ideas for the common good. The vision of the College of Nursing is to build upon the tradition of developing caring and scholarly leaders who positively impact contemporary and future health care. The College of Nursing faculty and staff believe:

 

Each person has inherent worth and uniqueness, the capacity to change and the autonomy to make decisions at every stage of life. The person is part of a larger group (family, community or society), is unique and has the right to be involved in decisions. Learning, health behaviors, and the health status of persons and populations are influenced by interconnections with others, perceptions of life experiences, adaptations during life processes and effects of the environment. Each person has the right to information so that knowledgeable choices about health can be made. Therefore, an important function of professional nurses is to provide health care information and culturally competent care in order to promote, maintain or restore health or assist with a peaceful death.  The nurse uses the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice to provide safe, humanistic health care to all persons.

 

Health is a dynamic and holistic process, whereby individuals find meaning in wellness, illness, disease and dying. Individuals strive for harmony, balance, energy and well-being while adapting to the ever-changing environment. Health is a function of the client, the culture, the health care system and the providers of care. Health is a holistic composite of physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects. A basic concept of health concerns an expression of the life process of wholeness.

 

Environment refers to dynamic internal and external factors within which clients develop, interact and maintain their identities. The environment is multidimensional and has physical, biological, ecological, technical, psychological, spiritual, social and cultural patterns. The health care system is also an integral part of the environment and influences the health status and health-seeking behaviors of persons, groups and communities. Health care services, resources, legislation, research data, information technology, ethical issues and diverse values influence the environment. Therefore, nurses interact with all elements of the environment to assist individuals and groups to optimize their health status.

 

Nursing is a discipline and a profession. As a discipline, nursing supports the belief that there is a dynamic interrelationship between the person, health and the environment. As a profession, nursing is committed to assisting persons and communities to perform activities that contribute to and potentiate health. Nurses provide care to enhance compassionate, sensitive and appropriate means to enable persons and communities to gain independence and participate in planning health care. Nurses use the nursing process that reflects professional values, core competencies and core knowledge.

 

Education is a reciprocal process between teachers and students to acquire knowledge, skills and self-awareness. Learning occurs in a variety of ways, at different rates, at different times and in different settings. Education and divergent life experiences provide persons with the knowledge necessary to achieve their potential. Nursing faculty provide a learning environment which acknowledges individual needs, learning styles, abilities and talents. The learning environment promotes the self-esteem and confidence necessary for transition to professional nursing roles. Students are encouraged to engage in critical thinking, consider alternate viewpoints, appreciate the diversity of a multicultural, dynamic society and demonstrate professional commitment.

 

Nursing education builds on a firm foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Graduates of the program use critical thinking, problem solving methods and analytical reasoning to practice nursing at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.

 

At the baccalaureate level, graduates are prepared to: provide nursing care in diverse settings; share accountability for health with clients and other members of the health care team; utilize nursing research; and make independent and collaborative nursing decisions. The baccalaureate program prepares students for professional nursing practice and provides a foundation for graduate study.

 

Graduate nursing education at the master’s level includes scholarly inquiry into advanced preparation, practice and provision of nursing service to society. Emphasis is on the acquisition and application of advanced knowledge of nursing and health care through collaborative practice in various settings. The education process builds upon baccalaureate nursing preparation and facilitates advanced professional role development, identification of researchable nursing issues and the use of scholarly inquiry. The graduate program prepares nurses for advanced nursing roles and provides a foundation for doctoral study.

 

Lifelong learning and evaluation are mutual responsibilities of faculty and students. Lifelong learning is an integral part of professional activity, and is valued in the education process. Self-initiated activities related to enhancing the depth and breadth of nursing practice and further role development are characteristics of professional nurses. 

Faculty

Faculty

Allar Collier Lederhaus  Pope
Anderson Davis Lynch Ray
Aronson Dobrzanski MacWilliams  Roberts
Baseley Dukic Marnocha Schmidt
Basler Edwards  Mattioli B. Schmidt
Beck Englund McNiel D., Smith
Becker Friess Meine Smolinski
Beltz Froiland Menet Stewart
Bergstrom Gartzke Michels Strojny
Berry Geiser Mitchell Trask
Biddick Gobis Moll Turnmeyer
Blakeslee  Greb Monteith Udlis
Boll Hiatt Murphy Vanderloop
Brands Hutter Nevins Vanevenhoven 
Cabral-Guevara  Jambunathan Nickasch VanRavenstein 
Calkins Janssen O’Connell VanRoy
Carrick Johnson Padjen Walrath
Chapin Karlin Park Westphal
Chappy Korevec Pitsch Woodland
Cleveland Lancaster Pollesch

Degrees

Degrees

  • Undergraduate:  A completed major in Nursing leads to the Bachelor Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

  • Graduate: The College offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, with Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Leader emphases. RN to BSN to MSN is also available.

  • Doctorate: Doctor of Nursing Practice: MSN to DNP, BSN to DNP with FNP emphasis, MSN to DNP with FNP emphasis.

Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)

    • See UW Oshkosh College of Nursing (UWOCON) website for mission, vision and values

  2. The Major(s)

    • The College offers three programs within the Nursing major. These are: 1) Traditional Undergraduate Program; 2) Collaborative Program: Baccalaureate Degree for Registered Nurses (BSN at Home); and 3) Accelerated Nursing Program.

    • Traditional Undergraduate Program: The College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for undergraduate students requiring five semesters of classroom, laboratory and clinical courses. For more information: email Becki Cleveland at clevelan@uwosh.edu or on-line www.uwosh.edu/colleges/con.

    • Collaborative Program: The College offers the BSN degree for registered nurses in the Collaborative Nursing Program, www.uwosh.edu/colleges/con. Courses are offered in cooperation with the other four nursing programs in the University of Wisconsin System (Madison, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Green Bay) via distance learning technology. Advisers are located at the Oshkosh campus and at an outreach office in North Central Wisconsin with an office at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County Center Campus (UWMC). See RN Emphasis. An RN to MSN option is available for the UWOSH campus. For more information, email www.uwosh.edu/colleges/con. Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Lakeshore (SMLS), a face-to-face BSN completion program, is offered in collaboration with UW Manitowoc, UW Sheboygan and Lakeshore Technical College with classes in Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties.

    • Accelerated Nursing Program: The purpose of this program is to allow individuals with Bachelor’s degrees in other fields to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program in 12 months in an accelerated, nontraditional format online. Online courses, a short residency requirement totaling three weeks and clinical courses completed in the students’ home cities allow for completion of the program in the designated time frame. Contact the College of Nursing by email at: www.uwosh.edu/colleges/con for more information.

    • Wausau Step Ahead Program: UWOCON, North Central Technical College (NTS) and UWMC have worked together to develop another option for educating BSNs-the Step Ahead Nursing Program, which is structured as a 1+2+1 program: First-year students earn general education credits required for pre-nursing majors. They may earn these credits from UW Oshkosh, NTC, UWMC or elsewhere. Second-and third-year students earn credit toward an associate degree in nursing through NTC's ADN program. As associate degree in nursing is awarded at the end of year 3. After the third year, students are qualified to take the RN NCLEX exam leading to RN licensure. Four-year students earn credits through UW Oshkosh's collaborative nursing program: BSN@Home. Classes are offered online with clinical courses taught in Wausau. Upon the successful completion of the Collaborative BSN@Home program, students are awarded a BSN degree from UW Oshkosh.

  3. The Minor(s)

    • None

Admission/Graduation Requirements

Admission/Graduation Requirements

1. Professional Major Admission Policy

If the admission class is not filled in any given semester, the Academic Standing Committee will provide notice via the CON website of a second admission cycle.

All students have the responsibility for knowing university and college academic policies as they affect his/her status.

Please note the deadlines below and ensure that the application is the current edition for the admission cycle. Applications are generally made available by early July and early December.

Students unsuccessful being admitted in a given semester must submit a new written application in subsequent semesters to be considered for admission.

 Deadlines (by noon):

     August  30                                             

     January 30 

Current University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Students:

Students eligible to apply to the clinical major (see criteria below) must submit the College of Nursing Professional Major Admission Application obtained online at www.uwosh.edu/con. Transcripts are not necessary for current UW Oshkosh students unless courses were taken elsewhere while still progressing at UW Oshkosh.

Prospective University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Students:

Transfer students seeking admission directly into the clinical major must complete two applications:

Undergraduate Admission Application for UW Oshkosh with transcripts.

Application is available online at www.apply.wisconsin.edu or at the UW Oshkosh Admission office in Dempsey 135. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for this application to be processed once submitted and fee paid.

College of Nursing Professional Major Admission Application according to deadlines above. The College of Nursing application is available online at www.uwosh.edu/con.

Students applying for BOTH the traditional and accelerated nursing options:

Students applying and accepted for the Traditional option and the Accelerated Nursing Option must choose ONLY one option at a minimum of one week prior to the start of the regular 14 week University semester. Failure to comply with this request will result in the student’s name being removed from the list of accepted students for BOTH options.            

Qualifications For Admission To Professional Nursing Major

Required Criteria:

  • Admission to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

  • Sophomore standing (30 credits completed)

  • Minimum of 2.75 GPA on the completed pre-nursing requirements (see courses listed below)

  • All of the required courses and a total of 45 credits must be completed with a minimum "C" grade by the end of the semester in which you are applying. (CD or C- are not acceptable grades)

  • Standardized nursing entrance test (cost assumed by student)

  • Written statement demonstrating values appropriate for professional nursing (see application)

  • Completion of nursing assistant course with clinical component AND CURRENT CNA certification. 

Preferred Criteria:

  • Nursing GPA of 3.0 or above

  • Certified Nursing Assistant work experience or other relevant health care experience

  • Activities reflecting a service orientation (i.e. community or health care volunteer work, student athlete, etc.)

  • Experience with diverse populations (i.e. varying age groups, developmentally disabled, ethnic groups, individuals with special needs, etc.)

Interview:

Faculty typically request an interview in addition to the application and additional criteria above. The topic, format and evaluation methods are determined by academic standing committee; forms and additional information can be found on the College of Nursing website.

Required Coursework:

Please note all courses must be completed with a minimum “C” grade (CD or C- are not acceptable grades).

Pre-Nursing Coursework:

These courses must be included in Nursing GPA for application.
Four out of the six required science courses (all include lecture and laboratory):

Biological Concepts Bio-105 OR 230 
Anatomy Bio 211 
Physiology Bio-212 OR 319 
Microbial Survey Bio-233 OR 309 
Chemistry  Chem-101 OR 105 
Biochemistry  Chem-102 OR 106 
College English I  WBIS 188 OR ENG-101 OR 110 OR 202
 Growth and Development Nursing 200 OR Psych 391 OR Ed Foundation 377 
Psychology Psych-101 
University Studies  Six credits 

(Courses selected may be in any University Studies Program course or any nursing elective, but must NOT include the prerequisite courses listed above.)

Pre-Nursing GPA:
A student’s admission GPA will be calculated on the above courses (2.75 minimum). If more than four science courses are completed, the GPA will be calculated on the best four grades. The GPA is calculated to three decimal points.

Additional Pre-Nursing courses:
(These courses must be completed prior to starting in the clinical major.)

Speech Comm 111 
Introduction to Professional Nursing Nursing 105 (UW Oshkosh course only) 

Remaining two science courses (see required list above)

Effective with those entering as Freshmen Fall 2011 and all others applying to Clinical major in Fall 2012 and beyond in addition will be required to complete:

Health Practices with Diverse Population Nursing 215 

Other Requirements

Computer Competencies
Health agencies have been employing increasingly sophisticated computer systems. It is imperative that nursing students be prepared to use computers in their practice.  In the nursing major, you will find computer concepts and skills integrated in your courses. Prior to enrolling in Caring and the Foundations of Nursing, you will be expected to have some experience with a word processing program to aid in completing written work.  

There are computers available to students on the second floor of the Nursing/Education building, Clow computer lab, Swart computer lab and Halsey Science computer lab. Students must purchase a hand-held computer device and laptop for use in the clinical major. You may check the UWO Hardware/Software standards online at:  http://www.acs/uwosh.edu.

Health, CPR and Criminal Background Check Requirements

The College of Nursing students and faculty are guests when assigned to area clinical agencies for practical experiences. Health, CPR and background check requirements are passed on to students in accordance with agency policies. New requirements may be added without prior notice. All health and CPR requirements are mandatory for eligibility to attend clinical courses. For questions, please contact Deb Talkington at undergradnrs@uwosh.edu, (920) 424-1028 or CertifiedBackground.com. Fees for immunizations, titers, TB tests and CPR class and background checks must be paid by the student. 

The requirements must be met prior to beginning the Sophomore II clinical course and maintained throughout the clinical program.  Documentation must be uploaded into student’s CertifiedBackground.com account by the deadline, or the student will be removed from the clinical course.  

Immunizations
The health requirements and policy will be sent to accepted students along with information about deadlines. All immunization information will be uploaded into the students account with CertifiedBackground.com.

Acceptable documentation of immunizations/immunity include a: a) copy of the clinic health record with agency name/address and student name clearly identified -health professional’s signature also preferred, b) clinic or health professional’s letterhead with immunizations recorded and signature, c) lab report of titer results, or d) copy of the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (https://www.dhfswir.org). 

Documentation from a health care provider must be supplied as evidence of immunity:

  1. Two measles, mumps and rubella immunizations or titers which prove immunity,

  2. Two varicella immunizations or titer (chicken pox),

  3. hepatitis B series or titer. (A minimum of two hepatitis B immunizations are needed by the Sophomore II level with completion of the three shot series completed by the start of Junior I semester.)

  4. An annual influenza immunization e) tetanus-diphtheria (Tdap within the last nine years).  

Immunizations and titers may be obtained through the UW Oshkosh Student Health Center (920) 424-2424.  

TB/CPR

TB skin testing and CPR certification are mandatory and will be scheduled through the College of Nursing. Students accepted for admission will be notified regarding dates scheduled for TB testing and CPR certification. CPR certification through any other source is not acceptable. This will ensure that the requirements are complete for the maximum duration of clinical course work.

Criminal Background Check

In compliance with the State of Wisconsin Caregiver Law, each applicant must complete and submit, along with the application, a criminal history disclosure form and sign a release form authorizing the University to conduct a criminal background check on the applicant. The cost of criminal background checks must be paid for by the applicant.  

The results of the criminal background check will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Academic Standing Committee. In determining the effect the results of a criminal background check will have on an applicant’s qualification for the program, admissions personnel will be guided in part by the provisions of the Wisconsin Caregiver Law. This law applies to licensed health care facilities and identifies certain criminal violations that may prohibit individuals from working in these facilities. Information about crimes that constitute a bar to employment under the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and the effect of criminal history on licensure requirements is available through the College of Nursing.  See also, the College of Nursing Policy on Criminal History Search. This policy is subject to revision without prior notice. This requirement is mandatory for eligibility to attend clinical courses.  

Drug and Alcohol Testing
Random drug screening of students may be required by some clinical agencies or the College of Nursing. If required, the cost of the test is the student’s responsibility. 

Time Commitment
The nursing curriculum is challenging, labor intensive and requires commitment and more time than most other courses of study. The curriculum is a full-time course of study. There are multiple courses each semester, including clinical courses which require a minimum of three hours of direct clinical experience per credit hour. This does not include time required for travel, preclinical visits to the clinical agency, or preparation/study prior to and after the clinical day. Clinical hours may be scheduled days, evenings, nights and weekends. Course requirements may include testing during non-scheduled class hours. Students in the College of Nursing are therefore strongly advised to limit their hours of work and/or other non-student commitments during the academic year.  

Costs
Nursing is a professional discipline, and students enrolled in the nursing program must anticipate some additional costs that are directly related to the nursing program. These include uniforms, laboratory supplies, nursing textbooks and nursing resource software, standardized tests, criminal background check and associated record costs if court documents are needed, CPR, health requirements and transportation associated with clinical experience. In addition to the costs indicated above, students are expected to have a watch with seconds indicated, nametag, penlight, pocket scissors, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, hand-held computer device and laptop computer.

Students in the professional nursing program must provide their own transportation to and from clinical experiences. Many clinical experiences will require travel to communities outside the city of Oshkosh.

Some of the above requirements may change. For more information, please contact the College of Nursing Undergraduate Program Office, UW Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, WI 54901, (920) 424-1028.

Nurse Scholars Program

The Nurse Scholars Program is designed to directly admit academically gifted students into the clinical major as freshman. 

Participation in the Nurse Scholars Program provides early admission into the major for qualified students. The Nurse Scholar application must be in coordination with the student's application to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The link for the application is provided upon request from clevelan@uwosh.edu or undergradnrs@uwosh.edu.

Nurse Scholars Program Requirements: 

Composite ACT score of 28 or higher and ranking in the upper 5% of high school graduation class,

or

Composite ACT score of 29 or higher and ranking in the upper 10% of high school graduation class,

or

Composite ACT score of 30 or higher and ranking in the upper 15% of high school graduation class.

To maintain Nurse Scholar eligibility, the student must meet the following requirements during the first two semesters in the pre-professional year:

Maintain a credit load of at least 15 credits per semester

or

Earn 30 credits by the end of the second semester

and

Maintain at least a 3.30 grade point average during the freshman year.

The College of Nursing reserves the right to limit enrollment numbers in the Nurse Scholars Program.

2. Progression Policy for Student Nurses

The standards for retention/progression in the College of Nursing are consistent with the University Standards. In addition, the College of Nursing has the following policies. A student must achieve satisfactorily in all aspects of a nursing course to receive a satisfactory grade, i.e., both classroom and clinical. A grade of "C" or better must be obtained in each course in the major field of study in order for the student to continue in the nursing program. It is also required that students earn a "C" or better in all required non-nursing courses.

Five-year limit for completion of CON curriculum

After admission into the professional major, students must complete all degree requirements within a five-year time period. Failure to do so may result in being dropped from the program or remediation.

Clinical nursing major courses

A student earning a "CD,” "D" or "F" grade in any course of the clinical major cannot progress to subsequent courses in the curriculum.  In order to repeat the course, an appeal must be made to the Undergraduate Academic Standing Committee of the College of Nursing (refer to the College of Nursing Appeal Policy and Procedure). The committee will decide whether or not the appeal merits approval. Upon a successful appeal, a student may repeat a failed course based upon the space available. The student must request registration through the Undergraduate Program Assistant.

Progression based upon space available

A student whose curriculum progression has been interrupted for any reason (failure, drop/withdraw, illness, etc.) will only be allowed to continue in each level of the curriculum (following the Academic Standing Committee’s decision) if there is space available. Priority will be given to students who progress without interruption. Students’ placement in course/clinical sections will be the decision of the Undergraduate Program Director.

Effective with incoming Fall 2011 Freshmen and everyone applying for the clinical major Fall 2012 and beyond will follow repeat policy outlined below. Policy currently in place for students submitting an application in Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 permits two repeats of pre-nursing courses without limiting to a maximum of one science repeat.


Repeating Pre-Nursing Courses

Students cannot repeat more than two of the required pre-nursing courses with a maximum of one repeat of any required science course. Students cannot repeat the course more than once. Students exceeding these limits will be removed from the nursing major.

Appeal

  • The student who has been advised he/she may not continue in the College of Nursing and who believes circumstances warrant an appeal, may do so in writing to the Undergraduate Academic Standing Committee. Refer to the College of Nursing Appeal Policy and Appeal Form.  

  • Faculty will submit their recommendation to the Undergraduate Academic Standing Committee at the time semester grades are submitted.

3. The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education For Professional Nursing Practice

This Essentials document serves to transform baccalaureate nursing education by providing the curricular elements and framework for building the baccalaureate nursing curriculum for the 21st century. 

These Essentials address the key stakeholders’ recommendations and landmark documents such as the Institute of Medicine's recommendations for the core knowledge required of all healthcare professionals. This document emphasizes such concepts as patient-centered care, interprofessional teams, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, patient safety, informatics, clinical reasoning/critical thinking, genetics and genomics, cultural sensitivity, professionalism, and practice across the life span in an ever-changing and complex healthcare environment.

Essentials I – IX delineate the outcomes expected of graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs. Achievement of these outcomes will enable graduates to practice within complex healthcare systems and assume the roles: provider of care; designer/manager/coordinator of care; and member of a profession. Essential IX describes generalist nursing practice at the completion of baccalaureate nursing education. This Essential includes practice-focused outcomes that integrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes delineated in Essentials I – VIII. The time needed to accomplish each Essential will vary, and each Essential does not require a separate course for achievement of the outcomes.

The nine Essentials are:

  • Essential I: Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

    • A solid base in liberal education provides the cornerstone for the practice and education of nurses.

  • Essential II: Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety

    • Knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement and patient safety are necessary to provide high quality health care.

  • Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice

    • Professional nursing practice is grounded in the translation of current evidence into one’s practice.

  • Essential IV: Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology

    • Knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology are critical in the delivery of quality patient care.

  • Essential V: Health Care Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments

    • Healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory, directly and indirectly influence the nature and functioning of the healthcare system and thereby are important considerations in professional nursing practice.

  • Essential VI: Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes

    • Communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals are critical to delivering high quality and safe patient care.

  • Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health

    • Health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level are necessary to improve population health and are important components of baccalaureate generalist nursing practice.

  • Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values

    • Professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice are fundamental to the discipline of nursing.

  • Essential IX: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

    • The baccalaureate graduate nurse is prepared to practice with patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities and populations across the life span and across the continuum of healthcare environments.

    • The baccalaureate graduate understands and respects the variations of care, the increased complexity and the increased use of healthcare resources inherent in caring for patients.

Learning opportunities, including direct clinical experiences, must be sufficient in breadth and depth to ensure the baccalaureate graduate attains these practice-focused outcomes and integrates the delineated knowledge and skills into the graduate’s professional nursing practice. Clinical learning is focused on developing and refining the knowledge and skills necessary to manage care as part of an interprofessional team. Simulation experiences augment clinical learning and are complementary to direct care opportunities essential to assuming the role of the professional nurse. A clinical immersion experience provides opportunities for building clinical reasoning, management and evaluation skills.

Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

  • See Major below. 

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

1. Traditional Undergraduate Program

  • Pre-Core Course Requirements

    • Nursing: Nursing 105, 200, 215>

  • Required Units (crs.): 65 minimum.

  • Required Courses: 

    • Nursing: Nursing  204, 205, 206, 212, 213, 214, 217, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 319, 328, 336, 346, 348,    358, 404, 412, 416, 418, 419, 424, 426, 427, 429, 437

  • Electives:  Two credits of nursing electives.

  • Comment:

    Qualifications of applicants for licensure examination as a registered nurse: 1) good professional character; 2) graduated from high school or its equivalent; and 3) graduated from an accredited school of professional nursing.

 

2.  Collaborative Nursing Program

 
BSN@Home) www.uwosh.edu/colleges/con
  For Registered Nurses

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing offers the emphasis for registered nurses on the Oshkosh campus and an outreach offering in North Central Wisconsin with a faculty office at the University of Wisconsin - Marathon County Campus. The College participates in the Collaborative Program for registered nurses offered through the joint efforts of nursing programs at the University of Wisconsin campuses. The goal of the program is to provide flexibility so that registered nurses can pursue their education without having to relocate or travel great distances to a campus.

Registered nurses selecting University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as the home institution are eligible for all student related services (advising, financial aid, etc) offered by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In addition, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers the baccalaureate degree for those students selecting University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as the http://www.uwosh.edu/con. However, students have the option to attend classes at convenient sites throughout the state.

  • Admission Requirements
    Registered nurse students meet the following requirements of the Collaborative Program: 1) An associate degree in nursing or graduation from a three year nursing program (diploma); 2) minimum grade point average of 2.5; 3) licensure as a registered nurse (current); 4) one year of clinical practice is highly recommended.

    In addition, registered nurse students complete a one unit (cr.) course, Orientation to Clinical Major, RN (Nursing 324) early in the Program.

  • Curriculum Requirements

    • Collaborative Program Unit (cr.) Breakdown - 120 units (crs.):

      • Prior learning units (crs.) 60 cr. maximum

      • Advanced nursing courses 30 cr.>

      • Campus specific requirements 30 cr.

    • Required Core Courses Collaborative Program

      The College offers the BSN degree for registered nurses in the Collaborative Nursing Program. Courses are offered in cooperation with other nursing programs in the University of Wisconsin System. For more information see www.uwosh.edu/con.

      • Nursing Collaborative Program 341 Theoretical Foundations

      • Nursing Collaborative Program 317 Health Assessment

      • Nursing Collaborative Program 434 Nursing Research

      • Nursing Collaborative Program 437 Management and Leadership in Nursing

      • Nursing Collaborative Program 444 Community Health Nursing

        (Note: Transition to new curriculum to begin Fall 2014)

    • Required Campus Specific Courses:
      In addition to the required general education requirements, the core collaborative courses, registered nurses complete:

      • Nursing 324 Orientation to Major, RN 1 cr.

      • Nursing 448 Nursing Practicum IV, RN 4 cr. (clinical)

      • Nursing Collaborative 491 Clinical Pharmacology

      • Nursing Collaborative 492 Pathophysiology

      • Nursing electives 4 cr.

    • Nursing Electives:
      Students may select from any of the nursing electives by the College of Nursing or courses approved as nursing electives on the various collaborating campuses. For additional information about nursing electives, contact an adviser.

    • Electives:

      • Sufficient courses to meet the required number of units (crs.) for graduation.

    • Prior Learning Units (crs.) (Policy of Collaborative Program):

      Wisconsin ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) students who have graduated from a National League for Nursing (NLN) approved program in 1989 or later, may be granted up to 60 units (crs.). This would include units (crs.) taken in basic nursing, general education, occupational support and approved electives. Registered nurses not meeting the ADN completion date of 1989 or who attended diploma school or an out-of-state school will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine transfer units (crs.). Additional lower division coursework in general education and/or occupational support content may be needed.

      Advisers: See College of Nursing Web Site

3. Accelerated Nursing Program

The purpose of this program is to allow individuals with Bachelor’s degrees in other fields to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program in 12 months in an accelerated, nontraditional format online. Online courses, a short residency requirement totaling three weeks, and clinical courses completed in the students’ home cities allow for completion of the program in the designated time frame. Contact the College of Nursing by email at www.uwosh.edu/colleges/con for more information including admission criteria.

  • Required Courses:

    • Accelerated Nursing Courses: Accelerated 105, 203, 206, 207, 211, 307, 310, 313, 314, 315, 318, 346, 348, 358, 412, 416, 418, 419, 422, 424, 426, 437, 490.

    • Four units (crs.) from the following: Accelerated 411, 423, 427, 428

  • Admission Requirement:

    • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university

    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 (on College of Nursing required prerequisites)

    • Nursing Assistant Certification

  • Admission Screening Criteria

    • Two letters of recommendation

    • Resume

    • Standardize entrance test

    • Interview with faculty panel

  • Adviser: Sue Clark, email: clarks@uwosh.edu

The Minor(s)

The Minor(s)

  • None

Course Offering(s)

 Course Offering(s)

Accelerated Nursing Courses

 

Accelerated Nursing Program 105                            1 (crs.)

Introduction to Professional Nursing

This is an introductory course designed to acclimate students to the profession of nursing. Nursing's role within a profession will be discussed. The concepts of professionalism and critical thinking will be introduced. The course will also emphasize the personal insight, capabilities and skills needed for successful baccalaureate education. Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Nursing Program.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   203                           3 (crs.)

Accel Caring & Human Behavior: The Foundations of Nursing Practice

A beginning nursing course introducing the student to the concept of caring and the foundations of professional nursing practice including basic concepts of human behavior. Nursing's historical development, health care delivery systems, the nurse's role in promoting the health of the community, ways of knowing, critical thinking, and the nursing process are explored. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on the personal development of caring as the basis for nursing practice.  The importance of effective communication with individuals, families and groups in order to develop caring relationships is emphasized. Theories of human behavior are discussed and basic mental health concepts are introduced. Selected behaviors compromising health are also included.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Accelerated Nursing Program and Successful completion of the previous courses or consent of instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   206                           2 (crs.)

Accel Health Assessment Theory

This course focuses on the skills needed to complete a systematic health assessment of the child and adult client. Assessment of cultural differences and developmental stages of the individual is included. Therapeutic communication and interviewing skills are used to obtain a health history. Family assessment and nursing process are introduced.  Pre/Co-requisites: Acceptance into the Accelerated Program and successful completion of previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   207                           1 (crs.)

Accel Health Assessment Lab

This course provides the College laboratory practice necessary to obtain the psychomotor and communication skills necessary to complete a systematic health assessment. The course includes inspection, auscultation, palpation and percussion techniques necessary to perform a physical examination. Cultural and developmental implications of the health appraisal are addressed. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Accelerated Program and successful completion of previous program courses or consent of instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   214                           2 (crs.)

Accel Nursing: Aging Client System

This course is an exploration of the role of the nurse in the health care of older adults from a family development perspective. The course is designed to build upon previous and concurrent content in adult development, and adult health. Theories of aging and nursing theories are analyzed as bases for nursing care. Issues common to the aging client system are addressed and nursing implications are derived.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   307                           1 (crs.)

Accel Skills Lab

A laboratory course focusing on selected psychomotor skills correlating with the Adult Health I and II theory and Adult I and II clinical courses. Laboratory experiences are designed to examine the theory and principles, as well as provide opportunities to develop and refine the neuromuscular coordination in skill performance. Basic nursing skills and scientific principles of nursing care will be introduced.  Emphasis will be placed upon development of nursing skills and competencies in a simulated clinical setting.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor; Certified Nursing Assistant Certification.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   310                           3 (crs.)

Adult Health with Pharmacologic Implications

The nursing process is applied in the care of adults who are experiencing non-complex acute illness episodes. The nursing interventions that utilize concepts of restorative care and health promotion are emphasized to promote health. Concepts of caring and client empowerment will be used. The environments that influence restorative care and health promotion will be explored and utilized. Systematic inquiry related to restorative nursing including the related nursing responsibilities. This course provides an overview of the clinical application of classifications of drugs on human systems. The use, action, response, side effects and adverse reactions for selected major drug classifications will be presented to correlate with the diseases/illnesses included in the Adult Health I content. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Accelerated Program and successful completion of previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   312                           2 (crs.)

Accel Adult Health I Theory

The nursing process is applied in the care of adults who are experiencing non-complex acute illness episodes. The nursing interventions that utilize concepts of restorative care and health promotion are emphasized to promote health. Concepts of caring and client empowerment will be used. The environments that influence restorative care and health promotion will be explored and utilized. Systematic inquiry related to restorative care and health promotion will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   313                           1 (crs.)

Accel Adult Health I Clinical

This clinical course will use the theory presented in the Adult Health I as a basis for interacting with adult client systems in a variety of environments. Clinical experiences will provide opportunities for students to take part in the health restoration of adult client systems using various models of coordinated care to provide opportunities to help clients/patients recover.  This may include home follow-up, coordinating care needs and referral to or arrangements for community resources. Clinical activities also provide a rich source of knowledge and skill development. Prerequisites:  Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   314                           3 (crs.)

Accel Adult Health II Theory

The focus of this course will be the utilization of the nursing process in the care of adult clients in various environments who have chronic conditions, complex conditions or multi-system failure. The nursing interventions that utilize concepts of restorative care and health promotion are emphasized. Concepts of caring and client empowerment introduced in Adult Health I will be further expanded upon. The environments that influence restorative care and health promotion will be explored and utilized. Systematic inquiry related to restorative care and health promotion will be emphasized. The student will also be exposed to the concept of coordinated care. This course focuses on the science of food and nutrients and the important part nutrition plays in the prevention and treatment of illness. The use of nutritional therapy will be explored as it relates to physiological problems of various body systems.  Students will apply principles of normal nutrition and basic assessment in planning nutritional care. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on the role of the health professional in assisting the client toward optimal nutritional habits and the restoration and promotion of health.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   315                           2 (crs.)

Accel Adult Health II Clinical

This course will focus on the application of the nursing process to promote optimal health in clients with acute problems, chronic health problems or acute exacerbations of chronic impairments. While the focus in on the individual client, the influences of family and community systems are also appreciated in the provision of care. The tertiary level of prevention is emphasized, while primary and secondary prevention strategies are also implemented as appropriate. While the emphasis is on the unique contributions of nursing, the multidisciplinary approach to providing care to clients with long-term health needs is also recognized.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   328                           2 (crs.)

Accel Research

A two-credit course focusing on using research in practice. This course builds on a firm grounding in and an appreciation for the use of literature and inquiry in learning. The course assumes a close interrelationship of practice, theory and research in which each is viewed as essential and supporting to the other. Selected processes of research will be used to help students assume responsibilities as a member of a professional discipline, i.e., remaining current in practice, evaluating care and practice, promoting quality and seeking ways to improve practice or gain insights into current care and treatment modalities. Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   336                          1 (crs.)

Accel Pharmacology I

This course focuses on pharmacologic interventions in nursing including the related nursing responsibilities. This course provides an overview of the clinical application of classifications of drugs on human systems.  The use, action, response, side effects and adverse reactions for selected major drug classifications will be presented to correlate with Adult Health I and Pathophysiology I. Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   346                           2 (crs.)

Accel Pharmacology II

This course focuses on pharmacologic interventions in nursing including the related nursing responsibilities.  This course provides an overview of the clinical application of classifications of drugs on human systems.  The use, action, response, side effects and adverse reactions for selected major drug classifications will be presented. Prerequisites:  Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   348                           2 (crs.)

Accel Pathophysiology I

The first of two courses focusing on the characteristics and manifestations of disease caused by alterations or injury to the body structure or functions. Conditions in which altered metabolism, inadequate supply and use of oxygen; altered blood and nutrient transport; fluid, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances and altered structures of bones and/or muscles are discussed. The body defenses, including the stress response and the interrelationship of the physical, emotional and psychological responses in actual disease or disease threat are included in the course. Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   358                           2 (crs.)

Accel Pathophysiology II

The second of two courses focusing on the characteristics and manifestations of disease caused by alterations or injury to the structure or function of the body. A section on the physiology of pain and its significance as a symptom is also included. Common disease conditions are discussed and serve as a prototype in understanding the pathophysiology, which can occur in the body systems and includes neural dysfunction, abnormal cell growth or function, and impaired renal function. The discussion of endocrine and hormonal alterations and disorders of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, introduced in Pathophysiology I, continues in this second course. Prerequisites:  Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   404                           2 (crs.)

Accel Legal and Ethical Care Practice

This course introduces the legal and ethical foundations of nursing practice. It will provide an understanding of the underlying legal and ethical principles on which nursing practice is based and emphasize the nurse's fiduciary role as a patient advocate. It focuses on both the rights and responsibilities of the professional nurse and the patient and examines use of the professional standards of practice. Pre/Co-requisites: Acceptance into the Accelerated Nursing Program and successful completion of the previous courses or consent of instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   411                           2 (crs.)

Accel Selective Clinical: Childbearing Families

A clinical course, which utilizes the theory present in Nursing 412 as a basis for clinical activity related to the holistic health care of the childbearing client system in its unique context. The course provides a variety of opportunities in which the student will apply concurrently and previously learned theory in providing and coordinating care and health promotion activities for the childbearing family. The nursing student will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge through communication with individuals, families and through implementation of nursing interventions and the nursing process in the acute care setting. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   412                           2 (crs.)

Accel Nursing: Childbearing Families

The childbearing family and the nurse's role in the holistic health care and health promotion of the childbearing family are the focus of this course. Individuals and changing relationships within the family will be addressed from a family development perspective. Normal physiological changes as well as psychosocial, environmental and cultural influences and path physiological processes occurring during the reproductive cycle are included. Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   416                           3 (crs.)

Accel Nursing: Communities

An overview of the nursing roles of provider and coordinator of care and member for client systems of aggregates, and communities. Using relevant research, the diversity of these systems and their contexts is addressed as a basis for comprehensive community health services and primary health care. The nurse's responsibilities to these client systems as a member of the profession are highlighted. Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   418                           3 (crs.)

Accel Family & Community Nursing

A clinical course in which holistic care of individual, family, aggregate and community client systems including childbearing and/or child/adolescent families is implemented. Students will have opportunities to use the nursing process and provided nursing care that reflects sensitivity to cultural, social, political, ethical and environmental factors affecting health. Multiple settings and diverse client systems will enable students to participate in nursing as a provider, designer, manager and coordinator of care. Standards of Family and Community Nursing will be utilized to guide practice. Prerequisites: Acceptance into accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   419                           3 (crs.)

Accel Senior Clinical Synthesis

A senior-level capstone course designed to facilitate the student in preparing for role transition to the practice of the entry-level professional nurse. Students collaboratively plan the experience with a faculty adviser and professional registered nurse who has been approved to serve as a preceptor to the student. The experience can be arranged to focus upon one specific setting or to create an experience in which a variety of settings are merged where the student can practice the knowledge, skills and attitudes inherent in professional nursing. In this capstone experience, the student has the opportunity to study various definitions of primary health care and to relate these ideas to the professional roles of provider of care, coordinator of care and member of the profession within a variety of clinical internship experiences. Prerequisites:  Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   423                           2 (crs.)

Accel Nursing: Selective Clinical Children & Adolescents

Clinical practice in inpatient and/or acute care of ambulatory care settings based on application of clinical decision making in the nursing care of the pediatric client with selected health problems resulting from pathophysiological processes and the illness experience.  Prerequisites:  Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   424                           2 (crs.)

Accel Nursing: Children and Adolescents

Role of the nurse in the health care of the child and adolescent from a family development perspective will be explored. The study of common physiological, behavioral and psychosocial conditions are addressed as well as treatments, nursing interventions, and health promotion activities related to children and adolescents in their unique contexts. Primary health care needs of children and adolescents are addressed.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   426                           2 (crs.)

Accel Mental Health Theory

The discussion of psychiatric/mental health nursing theory as applied to clients with mental health needs. Theoretical explanations of mental health and mental illness, manifestations and classifications of mental illness, major treatment modalities and psychosocial interventions are discussed within the context of the broad sociocultural environment.  While considering ethical, legal and economic aspects, the nursing process in alteration in mental health functioning is emphasized.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   427                           2 (crs.)

Accel Mental Health Clinical

This course will focus on the application of the nursing process to promote optimal health in clients and/or aggregates with acute or persistent impairments in mental health functioning. The attainment of therapeutic relationships to address mental health needs is stressed.  The unique contributions of the nurse as a collaborating member of the interdisciplinary mental health treatment team are emphasized.  Critical thinking is encouraged as the student considers the emotional and sociocultural contexts of care, including legal and ethical issues.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   428                           2 (crs.)

Accel Select Clinical: Aging Client System

Clinical practice in inpatient and/or acute care of long-term care setting based on application of clinical decision making in the nursing care of the geriatric client system with selected health problems resulting from pathophysiological processes and the illness experience. Prerequisites:  Acceptance into Accelerated Program and successful completion of the previous program courses or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   437                           2 (crs.)

Accel Leadership and Management in Nursing

This theory course focuses on the leadership and management responsibilities of the professional nurse as designer, manager, coordinator of care and member of the profession. Emphasis is on facilitating growth in enhancing the qualities of mind and character essential to act in the public interest locally and globally to improve healthcare outcomes. Theories of leadership, decision-making, change, delegation, conflict management, advocacy and continuous quality improvement are included in this course. Prerequisites; Acceptance into the Accelerated Nursing Program and successful completion of the previous courses or consent of instructor.

 

 

Accelerated Nursing Program   490                           2 (crs.)

Accel Advanced Concepts/Capstone

This course is designed to facilitate the transition from student to nurse generalist. Students will utilize advanced reasoning in care of patients a cross the lifespan. Emphasis will be on nursing concepts within a framework of quality, safety, patient-centered, collaborative, evidenced-based and cost-effective care. The role of the nurse as a caring and scholarly leader of the interdisciplinary team will be implemented. Current topics in professional nursing are discussed in-depth in relation to the implications for nursing and health care. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Accel Option and successful completion of previous Accel courses or consent of the instructor.

 

Collaborative Nursing Courses


Nursing Collaborative Program   317                        4 (crs.)

Health Assessment

Health History and Patient Assessment (N317) is a course for registered nurses emphasizing the skills essential to the assessment aspects of the nursing process. The course purpose is to broaden learners' knowledge base and increase their assessment skills and ability to recognize the wide range of "normal" health status in a clinical setting. The knowledge from this course is immediately applicable to everyday patient care. Pre/Co-requisite: Registered nurse (ADN or diploma) and pre-nursing general education courses or consent of department. (3+1)

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   341                        4 (crs.)

Theoretical Foundations

Selected concepts and theories pertinent to the practice of professional nursing are developed. Historical, legal, cultural, economic and social factors that influence nursing and health care delivery are analyzed. Various philosophical perspectives upon professional nursing practice are considered. Nursing theories are addressed as frameworks for practice. Strategies are discussed for analyzing and managing ethical dilemmas in nursing and health care. Prerequisite: Registered nurse (ADN or diploma) and pre-nursing general education courses or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   407                        3 (crs.)

Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice

Philosophical perspectives, theories and standards are applied to the practice of professional nursing. Factors influencing nursing/health care delivery are analyzed. Professional communication skills are enhanced. This is a writing emphasis course.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   434                        3 (crs.)

Nursing Research

This course stresses the role of the nurse as a researcher and research consumer. It includes both quantitative and qualitative research. Skills necessary to critically read and evaluate nursing research and to utilize the results of research in practice are developed. The historical, legal and ethical aspects of nursing research are considered. Pre/Co-requisite: Collaborative Nursing Program 317 and Collaborative Nursing Program 341 or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   437                        4 (crs.)

Management and Leadership

Examine nursing leadership and management using relevant theories and concepts. Explores leadership development, managing change, supervision, collaboration, critical thinking, communication and self-evaluation. Pre/Co-requisite: Collaborative Nursing Program 317 and Collaborative Nursing Program 341 or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   441                        3 (crs.)

Chronic Care Management

Exploration of interaction of biological, psychological, social and environmental factors important to understanding management of chronic conditions at the individual, family, community and societal levels.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   444                        3 (crs.)

Community Health Nursing

This course introduces the learner to community health nursing concepts, roles and skills necessary to promote, protect and improve the health of individuals, families and populations in the community. Theoretical perspectives on individual, family and population health, epidemiology, levels of prevention, community as client, community assessment and population-focused nursing interventions are addressed. Societal, cultural, political and environmental determinants of health along with ethical issues and principles of public policy and collaboration to protect and improve the health of the community are presented. Pre/Co-requisite: Collaborative Nursing Program 317 and Collaborative Nursing Program 341 or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   446                        3 (crs.)

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

This course introduces the importance of research to improve clinical practice, strategies to evaluate the quality of research and evidence, and increase integration of research into practice.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   447                        3 (crs.)

Leadership and Management

Examines nursing leadership and management using relevant theories and concepts. Analyze decision-making in relation to communication, delegation, supervision and group process.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   453                        3 (crs.)

Information Management and Healthcare Technology

Utilize computer and information/decision science to support quality and safety in health care. Explore informatics issues and examine nursing's role in healthcare technology. Opportunities to use and master various healthcare technologies and healthcare data will be given.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   484                        3 (crs.)

Community Health

Nursing care of populations and communities to facilitate optimal health outcomes.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   491                        3 (crs.)

Clinical Pharmacology

The course is designed for RN completion students with a basic knowledge of pharmacology. This course examines various pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical agents administered by nurses in various health care environments. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic components of drug actions will be reviewed. Use of the nursing process will enhance the nurse's comprehension of specific pharmaceutical agents, their action(s), side effect(s) or complication(s), interactions and contraindications and precautions. Herbal remedies and over-the-counter agents will be examined. Research related to pharmaceutical agents, polypharmacy, ethics and cultural considerations will be investigated. Online resources will be used to obtain information about pharmaceutical agents and herbal remedies. Issues of drug abuse and addiction will be covered. Prerequisite: Collaborative Nursing students only or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   492                        3 (crs.)

Pathophysiology

Pathophysiology (N395) is a three-credit course for registered nurses. The purpose of the course is to broaden the student's knowledge base, and increase the student's understanding of pathophysiology of diseases students meet with on a daily basis. The knowledge from this course is immediately applicable to everyday patient care. Collaborative nursing students only or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   495                    1-5 (crs.)

Special Topics

Special topics in nursing health care are offered. Course content is expected to differ from offering to offering. Prerequisite: Admitted to CNP Program or consent of instructor. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program   496                        3 (crs.)

Special Topics
Special topics in nursing health care are offered. Course content is expected to differ from offering to offering. Prerequisite: Admitted to CNP Program or consent of instructor. (Elective)


Nursing Courses


Nursing     6                                           0 (crs.)

Nursing RN

All registered nurse students except those in a course offered by UW Oshkosh are required to register for the course (Nursing RN) each term. Other nursing students may be placed in NURSING 6 at the discretion of the program director. Prerequisite: Admission to UW Oshkosh and Registered Nurse. Pass/Fail course.

 

 

Nursing   105                                           1 (crs.)

Introduction to Professional Nursing

This is a pre-nursing course designed to introduce students to the profession of nursing. Nursing's historical development, health care delivery systems and the nurse's roles will be discussed. The concepts of professionalism and critical thinking will be introduced. The course will also emphasize the personal insight, capabilities and skills needed for successful baccalaureate education. Corequisites: Nursing 200, Psychology 291 or Educational Foundations 377.

 

 

Nursing   120                                           3 (crs.)

Health Care System - Consumer Perspective

This course is intended to help the individual become a knowledgeable and responsible consumer of health care services by examining the progress and dilemmas in health care delivery. Content focuses on the patterns of health care utilization and delivery within the United States, the role of the United States in international health and factors influencing health care resources in international health. Projects will assist the student in investigating health care services available for a variety of potential health concerns. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   200                                           3 (crs.)

Growth, Development and Health across the Life Span (XS) (SS)

This course examines growth and development as well as selected health entities from prenatal period through late adulthood. This will include discussion of physical growth and changes including fine and gross motor skill development. Also, included are concepts related to psychosocial development such as sensory, personality, language, gender identity and moral development. Factors such as nutrition, sleep, exercise, environment and relationships, which are integral to achieving healthy growth and development are included.

 

 

Nursing   204                                           3 (crs.)

Caring and the Foundations of Nursing

This course introduces the student to the concepts of caring, the nursing process employing critical thinking and human behavior as they relate to the nursing practice. The importance of effective communication with individuals, families and groups in order to develop caring relationships is emphasized. Health care challenges related to human behaviors are explored:  stress, anxiety, grief and crisis. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on the personal development of caring as the basis for nursing practice. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional major or consent of department. Special course fees apply.

 

 

Nursing   205                                           2 (crs.)

Clinical: Aging Client

This course will focus on the application of the nursing process in the care of aging clients in diverse settings. The liberal arts pre-nursing courses and concurrent nursing core courses are foundational for building concepts. Emphasis will be on nursing concepts within a frame work of quality, safety, patient-centered, evidence-based and cost-effective care. Prerequisite: Admission to professional major or permission of Undergraduate Program Director.

 

 

Nursing   206                                           2 (crs.)

Health Assessment

This course focuses on the skills needed to complete a systematic health assessment of the child and adult client. Assessment of cultural differences and developmental stages of the individual is included. Therapeutic communication and interviewing skills are used to obtain a health history. Family assessment and nursing processes are introduced. Pre/Co-requisite: Admitted to professional major or permission of Undergraduate Program Director. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional major or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing   210                                           2-3 (crs.)

Images and Experiences: Nursing and the Humanities

This course explores the relationship of the humanities to nurses and nursing care from a historical, philosophical and literary perspective. Course activities are designed to develop an appreciation of the utilization of the humanities which may affect the development of the nursing profession. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   212                                           1 (crs.)

Application of Assessment and Foundation Skills

This course introduces professional nursing practice. Laboratory instruction will facilitate the safe performance of the communication and psychomotor skills necessary to complete a systematic health assessment along with providing nursing care. Emphasis will be on nursing concepts within a framework of quality, safety, patient-centered, evidence-based and cost-effective care. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional major or consent of department. Special course fees may apply.

 

 

Nursing   213                                           1 (crs.)

Therapeutic Nutrition

Therapeutic Nutrition will be explored as it relates to physiological problems of various body systems and treatment of illness. Students will apply principles of normal nutrition and basic assessment in planning nutritional care. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the health professional in assisting the client toward optimal nutritional habits and restoring and promoting health. Prerequisites: Admitted to professional major or permission of Undergraduate Program Director.

 

 

Nursing   214                                           2 (crs.)

Nursing: The Aging Client System

This course is an exploration of the role the nurse in the health care of older adults from a family development perspective. The course is designed to build upon previous and concurrent content in adult development, adult health and mental health. Theories of aging and nursing theories are analyzed as bases for nursing care. Issues common to the aging clients' system are addressed and nursing implications are derived. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional major or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing   215                                           3 (crs.)

Health Practices with Diverse Populations (ES) (XC) (HU)

Discusses and explores beliefs, practices and tradition pertaining to cultural health and healing traditions. Uses a comparative approach emphasizing cross-cultural similarities and differences. Focuses on values and awareness as it affects health care of persons in diverse populations.

 

 

Nursing   217                                           1 (crs.)

Information Management and Healthcare Technology

The information management course will provide the beginning nursing student with background and a foundation in clinical information technology, decision support systems and standardized terminology. Prerequisites: Admitted to Professional major.

 

 

Nursing   222                                           3 (crs.)

Wellness: A Challenge in Today's Society (GE)

Introduces the student to the concept of wellness as it influences his/her lifestyle and to the effects wellness has on every day comfort and performance. An opportunity will be provided for the student to learn about his/her personal health status. Various practices to improve personal quality of life will be explored. Wellness will be examined as a political and social commodity. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   300                                           3 (crs.)

Honors: Images and Experience: Nursing and the Humanities

This course explores the relationship of the humanities to nurses and nursing from a historical, philosophical and literary perspective. Course activities are designed to develop an appreciation of the humanities which may affect the development of the nursing profession. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   303                                           2-3 (crs.)

Healing Practices

A two-three credit nursing elective exploring a variety of healing approaches often considered "complementary" or "alternative" and outside the mainstream of Western medical/nursing practice. Global issues of belief and cultural practices are explored in relation to their impact on healing practices. These discussions include Eastern healing methods of Chinese medicine, Native American healing beliefs and practices, Hmong healing practices and Ayurveda and Unani healing methods of Indian populations. Class activities include group exercises in guided imagery, meditation, healing touch and relaxation. Motion and energy therapies, medicinal herbs, supplements, hypnosis, aroma therapy, reflexology, acupuncture and massage are discussed and/or demonstrated. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   311                                           1 (crs.)

Lab: Adult Health I

A clinical course focusing on selected psychomotor skills correlating with the Adult Health I theory and Adult I clinical courses (Nursing 312, Nursing 313). Laboratory experiences are designed to examine the theory and principles, as well as provide opportunities to develop and refine the neuromuscular coordination in skill performance. Prerequisites: Nursing 212 and 217.

 

 

Nursing   312                                           3 (crs.)

Adult Health I

The nursing process is applied in the care of adults who are experiencing non-complex acute illness episodes. The nursing interventions that utilize concepts of restorative care and health promotion are emphasized to promote health. Concepts of caring and client empowerment will be used. The environments that influence restorative care and health promotion will be explored and utilized. Systematic inquiry related to restorative care and health promoting will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Nursing 212 and 217. Special course fees apply.

 

 

Nursing   313                                           2 (crs.)

Clinical: Adult Health I

This clinical course will use the theory presented in the Adult Health I as a basis for interacting with adult client systems in a variety of environments. Clinical experiences will provide opportunities for students to take part in the health restoration of adult client systems using various models of coordinated care to provide opportunities to help client/patients recover. This may include home follow-up, coordinating care needs and referral to or arrangements for community resources. Clinical activities also provide a rich source of knowledge and skill development. Prerequisite: Nursing 212 and 217.

 

 

Nursing   314                                           3 (crs.)

Nursing: Adult Health II

The focus of this course will be the utilization of the nursing process in the care of adult clients in various environments who have chronic conditions, complex conditions or multisystem failure. The nursing intervention that utilizes concepts of restorative care and health promotion are emphasized. Concepts of caring and client empowerment introduced in Adult Health I will be further expanded upon. The environments that influence restorative care and health promotion will be explored and utilized. Systematic inquiry related to restorative care and health promotion will be emphasized. The student will also be exposed to the concept of coordinated care. Prerequisites: Nursing 313. Special course fees apply.

 

 

Nursing   315                                           3 (crs.)

Clinical: Adult Health II

This course will focus on the application of the nursing process to promote optimal health in clients with long-term mental and physical impairments. While the focus is on the individual client, the influences of family and community systems are also appreciated in the provision of care. The tertiary level of prevention is emphasized, while primary and secondary prevention strategies are also implemented as appropriate. The development of long-term caring relationships to address the psychosocial needs of clients is stressed. While the emphasis is on the unique contributions of nursing, the multidisciplinary approach to providing care of clients with long-term health needs is also recognized. Prerequisites: Nursing 313.  Special course fees apply. (0+2.5)

 

 

Nursing   317                                           3 (crs.)

Honors: Adult Health II Clinical

This course will focus on the application of the nursing process to promote optimal health in clients with long-term mental and physical impairments. While the focus is on the individual client, the influences of family and community systems are also appreciated in the provision of care. The tertiary level of prevention is emphasized, while primary and secondary prevention strategies are also implemented as appropriate. The development of long-term caring relationships to address the psychosocial needs of clients is stressed. While the emphasis is on the unique contributions of nursing, the multidisciplinary approach to providing care of clients with long-term health needs is also recognized. Prerequisites: Nursing 313, concurrent enrollment in Nursing 314, 319, enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors Program; prior or concurrent enrollment in Honors 175. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title. Special course fees apply.

 

 

Nursing   319                                           1 (crs.)

Laboratory: Adult Health II

A clinical course focusing on selected psychomotor skills correlating with the Adult Health II theory and Adult II clinical courses. Laboratory experiences are designed to examine the theory and principles, as well as provide opportunities to develop and refine the neuromuscular coordination in skill performance. Prerequisites: Nursing 313.

 

 

Nursing   320                                           2 (crs.)

Directed Clinical Study

Clinical practice in an accredited health care agency that offers a structural externship/internship program for nursing students. Student is under direct supervision of a registered nurse and performs selected nursing care activities. Program includes classroom/library time for independent study and evaluation of performance. Course enrollment requires planning of learning objectives with and approval by the Undergraduate Program Director. Prerequisite: Nursing 313. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   321                                           2 (crs.)

Directed Clinical Study-Repeatable

Clinical practice in an accredited health care agency that offers a structured externship/internship program for nursing students. Student is under direct supervision of a registered nurse and performs selected nursing care activities. Program includes classroom/library time for independent study and evaluation of performance. Course enrollment requires planning of learning objectives with and approval by the Undergraduate Program Director. Prerequisite: Nursing 315 (Repeatable for up to six credits). (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   324                                           1 (crs.)

Ornt to Major Rn

Discusses areas of primary concern for registered nurses returning to school to complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Discussion includes baccalaureate education trends and expectations, learning needs and learning styles, the professional roles of the nurse, and history that has affected these roles. Prerequisite: Registered Nurse, a graduate from a diploma or associate degree nursing program, ability to use library and other learning resources or consent of department. Pass/Fail (1+0)

 

 

Nursing   328                                           2 (crs.)

Evidence-Based Practice

A two-credit course offered Junior I focusing on using evidence-based research in practice. This course builds on a firm grounding in and an appreciation for the use of literature and inquiry in learning. The course assumes a close interrelationship of practice, theory and research will be used to help students assume responsibilities as a member of a professional discipline, i.e., remaining current in practice, evaluating care and practice, promoting quality and seeking ways to improve practice through evidence or gain insights into current care and treatment modalities. Prerequisites: Nursing 212 and 217 or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing   336                                           2 (crs.)

Pharmacology I

This course focuses on pharmacologic interventions in nursing including the related nursing responsibilities. This course provides an overview of the clinical application of classifications of drugs on human systems. The use, action, response, side effects and adverse reactions for selected major drug classifications will be presented to correlate with Adult I and Pathophysiology I. Prerequisites: Nursing 212 and 217 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Nursing   346                                           2 (crs.)

Pharmacology II

This course focuses on pharmacologic intervention in nursing including the related nursing responsibilities. This course provides an overview of the clinical application of classifications of drugs on human systems. The use, action, response, side effects and adverse reactions for selected major drug classifications will be presented. Prerequisites: Nursing 313 or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing   348                                           3 (crs.)

Pathophysiology I

This first of two courses focusing on the characteristics and manifestations of disease caused by alterations or injury to the body structure or functions. Conditions in which altered metabolism, inadequate supply and use of oxygen; altered blood and nutrient transport; fluid, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances and altered structures of bones and/or muscles are discussed. The body defenses, including the stress response and the interrelationship of the physical, emotional and psychological responses in actual disease or disease threats are included in the course. Prerequisites: Nursing 212 and 217 or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing   358                                           3 (crs.)

Pathophysiology II

This first of two courses focusing on the characteristics and manifestations of disease caused by alterations or injury to the body structure or functions. Conditions in which altered metabolism, inadequate supply and use of oxygen; altered blood and nutrient transport; fluid, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances and altered structures of bones and/or muscles are discussed. The body defenses, including the stress response and the interrelationship of the physical, emotional and psychological responses in actual disease or disease threats are included in the course. Prerequisites: Nursing 313 or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing   359                                           4 (crs.)

Pathological & Pharmacological Perspectives in Athletic Training & Health Promotion

This interdisciplinary course will offer an overview of human responses to inactivity, illness/disease and injury. The action, response, side effects and adverse reactions and contraindications for selected major drug classifications will be presented. All content will describe interactions in the ultimate context of health promotion and disease prevention. For Athletic Training majors. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   360                                           2-3 (crs.)

Health Care of the Working Population

An introduction to factors that influence the role of nursing and health care services in an occupational health care setting. Health risks of the work environment on the worker are discussed in relation to occupational illnesses and injuries, disease prevention and health promotion, and legal and ethical issues. Pre/Co-requisite: Nursing 313 or RN status. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   361                                           2-3 (crs.)

Human Health and the Environment

A systems perspective is used to explain the interconnections between human and ecosystem health as evident through current and emerging environmental health problems. Emphasis is on the influence of environmental agents on human health based on relevant epidemiologic, toxicologic, and exposure factors. Specific topics will include physical, chemical and biological agents, routes and pathways of exposure, specific environmentally related diseases, vulnerable populations and the legal context of environmental health. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   362                                           2-3 (crs.)

Forensic Nursing

Forensic Nursing encompasses providing care to victims of crime, collecting evidence and acting as a liaison between nursing and the criminal justice system. The nurse's role in forensics and application to practice through the nursing process will be examined. Current issues impacting health care and the field of forensics will be explored. Specific techniques of forensic nursing will be discussed. Prerequisite: Nursing 206 or CNP 317. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   380                                           2-3 (crs.)

Women's Health: Issues and Nursing Practice (SS)

An overview of the health care of women from a nursing perspective. The status of women as health care professionals, as well as clients in the health care system, is explored. Aspects of health promotion and female health related problems are studied with the incorporation of psycho-socio-political aspects. Content related to childbearing will not be addressed. Open to majors and non-majors. Cross-listed: Nursing 380/Women's Studies 380. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   381                                           1 (crs.)

Health

A basic course that emphasizes practices for health promotion and maintenance. The concept of health will be explored in the context of religion, relationships and culture, factors such as nutrition, safe environment, sleep and rest, exercise, activity, and leisure will also be discussed. Pre/Co-requisite: Nursing 204. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   390                                           2-3 (crs.)

Introduction to Critical Care Nursing

The focus is beginning practice in adult critical care nursing. The management modalities and collaborative roles are examined within the framework of the nursing process and critical care situations. Prerequisites: Completion of Junior I courses or approval of the professor. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   404                                           2 (crs.)

Legal & Ethical Nursing Care Practice

This course introduces the legal and ethical foundations of nursing practice. It will provide an understanding of the underlying legal and ethical principles on which nursing practice is based and emphasize the nurse's fiduciary role as a patient advocate. It focuses on both the rights and responsibilities of the professional nurse and the patient and examines use of the professional standards of practice. Prerequisite Nursing 313 or 317.

 

 

Nursing   405                                           3 (crs.)

Health Assessment

Identification of health status of the individual at all ages through history, interview, physical examination; recognition of differences in physiological function and psychosocial behavior; assessment of developmental stages of the individual and relationship to family unit; exploration of collaborative role development by nurse and physician in primary health care delivery. This course is a prerequisite for Nursing Graduate Students.

 

 

Nursing   408                                           3 (crs.)

Management of Emergency Medical Services

This theory course focuses on the role of the professional fire and emergency manager as coordinator and member of the profession. Emphasis is on facilitating lifelong learning and enhancing the qualities of mind and character that are necessary to act in the public interest, ethics and legal issues in fire and emergency management are included throughout the course as well as the theories of leadership, decision-making, change and the advocacy process. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   409                                           3 (crs.)

Nursing Care at the End of Life

This course will focus on the nurse's role in end-of-life-care. Content related to pain management, symptom management, ethical/legal issues, cultural considerations, communication, grief, loss and bereavement, achieving quality care and preparation and care for the moment of death are included. Care of the individual, and family, and support of the professional caregiver are emphasized. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   410                                           2-3 (crs.)

Nursing in the School Setting

Use of the nursing process to conduct a school health program is the basis of this course. Roles of health provider, manager, counselor, educator and advocator are explored. Professional development of the nurse and research in the setting are discussed. Prerequisites: Nursing 314, 315, 319, 346, 358 and Admission to the Clinical Major. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   411                                           2 (crs.)

Clinical Elective: Childbearing Family

A clinical course which utilizes the theory presented in Nursing 412 as a basis for clinical activity related to the holistic health care of the childbearing client system in its unique context. The course provides a variety of opportunities in which the student will apply concurrently and previously learned theory in providing and coordinating care and health promotion activities for the childbearing family. The nursing student will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge through communication with individuals, families and through the implementation of nursing interventions and the nursing process in the acute care setting. Prerequisite: Nursing 315 and Nursing 412 (may be taken concurrently).

 

 

Nursing   412                                           2 (crs.)

Nursing: Childbearing Families (SS)

The childbearing family and the nurse's role in the holistic health care and health promotion of the childbearing family are the focus of this course. Individuals and changing relationships within the family will be addressed from a family development perspective. Normal physiological changes as well as psychosocial, environmental and cultural influences and pathophysiological processes occurring during the reproductive cycle are included. Cross-listed Nursing 412/Women's Studies 412. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite Nursing 313 or 317.

 

 

Nursing   415                                           3 (crs.)

International Studies in Nursing and Health

International Studies in Nursing and Health provides undergraduate students with opportunities to examine nursing, health and health care in other countries. Students observe similarities and differences among health care facilities through hospital and health related agency tours. Lecture/discussions with host country representatives and professionals involved in nursing education, practice and administration of nursing and health care provide student opportunities to gather and compare information with their current knowledge of the American health care system. Several nursing specialty areas are addressed within their current knowledge of the American health care system. Prerequisite: Nursing 315 or permission of Undergraduate Program Director and Academic Standing Committee. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   416                                           3 (crs.)

Nursing: Communities

An overview of the nursing roles of provider and coordinator of care and member for client systems of aggregates, pluralities and communities. Using relevant research, the diversity of these systems and their contexts is addressed as a basis for comprehensive community health services and primary health care. The nurse's responsibilities to these client systems as a member of the profession are highlighted. Prerequisite Nursing 313 or 317. Special course fees apply.

 

 

Nursing   418                                           3 (crs.)

Clinical: Family and Community Nursing

In this clinical course, students will apply theory to the holistic care of families and populations. Students will have opportunities to use the nursing process and provide nursing care that reflects sensitivity to cultural, social, political, ethical, financial and environmental factors affecting health. Multiple settings and diverse client populations will enable students to participate in nursing as a provider, designer, manager and coordinator of care. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or completion of Nursing 412, 416, and 424.

 

 

Nursing   419                                           3 (crs.)

Clinical Synthesis

This clinical course is designed to facilitate the student preparing for role transition to the practice of the entry-level professional nurse, through synthesis, application and evaluation of the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed in promoting quality nursing care. Students collaboratively plan the experience with a faculty adviser and professional registered nurse who has been approved to serve as a preceptor to the student. In this course, the student has the opportunity to apply and evaluate the professional roles of provider of care, coordinator of care and member of the profession within a variety of experiences. Prerequisites: Nursing 412, 416, 418, 422, 424 and Admission to the Clinical major. Special course fees apply.

 

 

Nursing   421                                           2 (crs.)

Clinical Elective: Childbearing Families

A clinical course which utilizes the theory presented in Nursing 412 as a basis for clinical activity related to the holistic health care of the childbearing client system in its unique context. The course provides a variety of opportunities in which the student will apply concurrently and previously learned theory in providing the coordinating care and health promotion activities for the childbearing family. The nursing student will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge through communication with individuals, families and through implementation of nursing interventions and the nursing process in the acute care setting. Prerequisite: Nursing 315 and 424 (may be taken concurrently). (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   423                                           2 (crs.)

Clinical Elective: Children and Adolescents

Clinical practice in inpatient and/or acute care or ambulatory care settings based on application of clinical decision-making in the nursing care of the pediatric client system with selected health problems resulting from pathophysiological processes and the illness experience. Prerequisite: Nursing 315 and 424 (may be taken concurrently). (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   424                                           2 (crs.)

Nursing: Children and Adolescents

Role of the nurse in the health care of the child and adolescent from a family development perspective will be explored. The study of common physiological, behavioral and psychosocial conditions are addressed as well as treatments, nursing interventions and health promotion activities related to children and adolescents in their unique contexts. Primary health care needs of children and adolescents are addressed. Prerequisite Nursing 313 or 317.

 

 

Nursing   426                                           2 (crs.)

Mental Health

Theoretical explanations of mental health and mental illness, manifestations and classifications of mental illness, major treatment modalities and psychosocial interventions are discussed within the context of the broad sociocultural environment. Emphasis will be on nursing concepts within a framework of quality, safety, patient-centered, collaborative, evidence-based and cost-effective care. Focus will also be on the leadership role of the nurse within an interdisciplinary team. Prerequisites: Nursing 412, 416, 418, 424.

 

 

Nursing   427                                           3 (crs.)

Clinical: Advanced Concepts in Care

This clinical course is designed to facilitate the transition from student to nurse generalist. Students will utilize advanced clinical reasoning in care of patients across the lifespan. Emphasis will be on nursing concepts within a framework of quality, safety, patient-centered, collaborative, evidence-based and cost-effective care. The role of the nurse as a caring and scholarly leader of the interdisciplinary team will be implemented. Prerequisites: Nursing 412, 416, 418, 424.

 

 

Nursing   429                                           2 (crs.)

Advanced Concepts in Care

This theory course is designed to facilitate the transition from student to nurse generalist. Students will utilize advanced clinical reasoning in the care of patients across the lifespan in diverse settings. Emphasis will be on nursing concepts within a framework of quality, safety, patient-centered, collaborative evidence-based and cost-effective care. The role of the nurse as a caring and scholarly leader of the interdisciplinary team will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Nursing 412, Nursing 416, Nursing 418, Nursing 424.

 

 

Nursing   430                                           2-3 (crs.)

Nursing Management of Perinatal Patients at Risk

Describes nursing responsibilities in the care of childbearing women, fetuses and neonates at risk who are undergoing diagnostic and status assessments with various technological modalities. Potential and actual complications of childbearing women and the related role of professional nursing are discussed. The implications to the fetus and neonate are interrelated with the perinatal risk. Nursing management contributing to the reduction of perinatal risks is emphasized and the influences of technology and research along with trends are explored. Prerequisite: Nursing 412. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   431                                           3 (crs.)

Intraoperative Nursing

Three units (cr.) elective designed to give the student in-depth knowledge of intraoperative nursing. The student acquires knowledge and practice related to aseptic technique, positioning, basic surgical instrumentation and prioritizing care for the surgical client. Legal and ethical principles will be applied in guiding nursing care, problem solving and applying research process during the intraoperative phase to best meet clients' needs and collaborate with other members of the surgical team. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   437                                           2 (crs.)

Leadership and Management in Nursing

This theory course focuses on the leadership and management responsibilities of the professional nurse as designer, manager, coordinator of care and member of the profession. Emphasis is on facilitating growth in enhancing the qualities of mind and character essential to act in the public interest locally and globally to improve healthcare outcomes. Theories of leadership, decision-making, change, delegation, conflict management, advocacy and continuous quality improvement are included in this course. Prerequisites: Nursing 412, 416, 418, 424.

 

 

Nursing   438                                           3 (crs.)

Community Health Nursing Clinical RN

A course for registered nurses that focuses on the management of nursing care for individual families and groups. The promotion of optimal level of functioning of clients and groups in the community and the interdisciplinary approach to clients is applied in the clinical experiences. Prerequisites: Concurrent with or following Collaborative Nursing Program 444. Completion of Collaborative Nursing Program 317, 341, and, if possible, Collaborative Nursing Program 434 consent of department.

 

 

Nursing   440                                           3 (crs.)

Ethics Issues in Nursing and Healthcare

Selected ethical issues which influence nursing practice are analyzed from both an ethical and legal perspective. Current models for ethical decision-making are explored and applied in the analysis of selected ethical problems in nursing practice. The student is encouraged to examine and clarify personal and professional values. The relationships between nursing and health care issues are explored. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   448                                           4 (crs.)

Clinical Nursing Synthesis RN

A clinical course designed to assist the registered nurse to apply, synthesize and evaluate the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed by the professional nurse for leadership in promoting quality nursing care. Practicum experiences are individualized to meet the course objective and the individual needs or interests of the student in the roles of practitioner, manager, teacher and leader. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Collaborative Nursing Program 341, 317, 434, 444, or consent of department.

 

 

Nursing   450                                           2-3 (crs.)

Computers in Nursing Practice

Aimed at increasing student's contact and skill with computers, as well as the application of these skills to nursing practice. Focus is on the current and future use of computers in nursing such as patient education, in-service education and record keeping. Legal and ethical implications of the use of computers in health care are explored. Open to majors and non-majors. (1.5 +.5 or 1.5+1.5) (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   451                                           2-3 (crs.)

Issues in Health Care Informatics

This course is focused on the developing field called Health Care Informatics, which combines Nursing and Medical science, computer science and information/decision science. Students will examine related issues of applying informatics concepts within complex health care organizations and administrative structures. Content is directed toward assisting the student to understand the relationships between the current state of medical and nursing science, health care administration, management and payment information and the complex issues involved in Health Care Informatics. Professional standards issues are emphasized. Research, practice, education and administration implications are analyzed. Among the many topics discussed are ethical, social cultural, economic, privacy, confidentiality and legal issues. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   452                                           3-4 (crs.)

Health Care Information Systems

This course will provide theoretical and practicum components which focus on process of evaluating and choosing a Health Care Information System. The course will assist the student to identify the critical needs which the Health Care Information System is to address. Different methods of evaluation will be presented and discussed in terms of how they apply to Health Care Information Systems. The evaluation process will begin with identifying the needs of the organization presenting them in an organized manner so the vendors can address the identified needs followed by mechanisms for evaluation. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   460                                           2-3 (crs.)

Nursing Care of the Substance Abusing Client

Designed for the student nurse who wishes to achieve an in-depth understanding of the nursing care of clients who are substance abusers. Focus is on the nurse's role in the diagnosis and treatment of the human responses related to substance abuse and addiction. The Standards of Addiction Nursing Practice with Selected Diagnoses and Criteria provides a framework for the content. Emphasis is on achieving an in-depth understanding of the etiological factors associated with substance abuse, the health needs of particular groups of substance abusers and the treatment strategies required in the nursing care of substance abusing clients and their families. Prerequisite: Nursing 202. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   474                                           2-3 (crs.)

Honors: Thesis

An honors thesis project of advanced independent endeavor in the area of nursing health care; e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project. Proposals must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   480                                           2-3 (crs.)

Topical Seminar in Advanced Clinical Pharmacology I

Advanced principles and concepts of clinical pharmacology and the related nursing responsibilities are synthesized through the analysis of clinical case studies. The pharmacodynamics of selected drug categories will be analyzed in relation to case studies. Legal and ethical responsibilities are discussed in relation to the role of the nurse. This series of topical drug categories will include: Immunizations, Endocrine/hormones, Oncology, Anti-infective, Analgesics, and Gastrointestinal. Prerequisites: Successful completion Nursing 346. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   481                                           2-3 (crs.)

Topical Seminar in Advanced Clinical Pharmacology II

Advanced principles and concepts of clinical pharmacology and the related nursing responsibilities are synthesized through the analysis of clinical case studies. The pharmacodynamics of selected drug categories will be analyzed in relation to case studies. Legal and ethical responsibilities are discussed in relating of the role of the nurse. This series of topical drug categories will include: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Neurological and Renal. Prerequisite: Nursing 346. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   490                                           2 (crs.)

Topics in Nursing

Current topics in professional nursing are discussed in relation to the implications for nursing and health care. The topic is expected to be different between offerings. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   495                                           1-5 (crs.)

Independent Study

See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing   496                                           1-3 (crs.)

Honors: Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements. (Elective)

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