Course Information

for RN TO BSN Department


Introductory Statistics (M300RN)

Credits:3

Introductory Statistics introduces fundamental statistical concepts and principles providing a foundation for research methodology for students. This course discusses computation, interpretation, and application of commonly used descriptive, correlation, and inferential statistical procedures for analyzing date. Students will learn how to analyze data and relationships; discrete and continuous random variables, sampling distributions; confidence intervals; 1- and 2-sample significance tests; comparisons, count data; simple linear regression; and 1-way ANOVA.

Pathophysiology of Health Deviations (N301RN)

Credits:3

Pathophysiology of Health Deviations builds on previous knowledge gained from anatomy, physiology, chemistry and microbiology. It provides the student an opportunity to examine health deviations and their impact on human functioning. It is designed to facilitate the student's development of nursing systems, thereby enabling the student to manage the health deviations of the individual therapeutically (Prerequisite: microbiology, anatomy, physiology and chemistry or permission of the Dean. No co-requisites; may be taken as a Student-at-Large) Effective Fall 2014 - RN to BSN STUDENTS ONLY

Concepts Of Professional Nursing (N304RN)

Credits:3

Concepts of Professional Nursing examines nursing theories, legal and ethical issues and the professional development of the nurse. Historical, political and social influences affecting nursing practice within the changing health care delivery system are explored.

Assessment in the Community (N308RN)

Credits:4

Assessment in the Community expands upon the core concepts and techniques used by the registered nurse. This course explores the acquisition of knowledge about a community of interest and its health problems. Communities of interest may include populations within organizations, neighborhoods or communities. Students will gain experience in the identification of population characteristics and problem health identification. The lab experience will focus on aggregate and community populations rather than the individual. (RN to BSN students only)

Nursing Research (N326RN)

Credits:3

Nursing Research provides the undergraduate student with a basic understanding of the research process and its application to nursing and nursing practice. Various types of research and research methods as well as statistical methods will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the rights and responsibilities toward human subjects. Beginning with Orem's theoretical framework, various nursing theories are explored to serve as frameworks for nursing research.

Cultural/Spiritual Aspects PT Care (N332RN)

Credits:2

Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Nursing Care examines the beliefs and practices of individuals and groups. Emphasis is placed on methods for providing cultural and spiritual care with the framework of the nursing role.

Leadership in Healthcare Communities (N435RN)

Credits:6

Leadership in Healthcare Communities integrates concepts from community health nursing and leadership/management. Opportunities for clinical practice outside of the in-patient setting will be available. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the nurse as a front line manager. This course must be taken during the semester of graduation. (RN to BSN students only)

Independent Study (N455RN)

Credits:1

Organizational Management in Healthcare (N460/504RN)

Credits:3

Organizational Management in Health Care focuses on the ability of the baccalaureate nursing to design, coordinate, and manage care. The emphasis is on nursing at the microsystem level. Healthcare polices at the local, regional, state, national, and global levels will be studied. The impact of structure and organizations on quality and safety issues will be addressed. (RN to BSN students only) Dual Credit

Transitions I: Differentiated Learning (N480RN)

Credits:3

Transitions I is designed to assist students with their return to school and in transition to an upper division baccalaureate environment. Students will explore the extension of nursing knowledge as a result of completing an upper division nursing program. The skills of college level oral and written communication, APA style format, reflective practices, and self-initiated motivation for learning are refined. In addition, students will examine the SACN mission, their personal philosophy of nursing, and personal strategies for success in the program. 3 credit hours. Required as the first RN-BSN course. No Prerequisites.

Transitions II: Differentiated Clinical Reasoning (N481RN)

Credits:4

Transitions II will foster development and integration of multiple ways of thinking associated with higher level nursing practice. Students will be exposed to the concepts of scientific thinking, critical reflection, creative thinking, clinical imagination, and clinical reasoning. Case studies will be used to refine and broaden the integration of scientific knowledge, nursing knowledge, and the standards of nursing practice. Students will be challenged to integrate these elements and apply clinical reasoning in management of patient/population health. 4 credit hours. Prerequisite: N480.

Using Evidence Based Professional Practices (N482RN)

Credits:3

The emphasis for this course is on the role and elements of evidence-based practice (EBP) in professional nursing practice. The focus is on the cyclical process of identifying clinical questions, searching and appraising the evidence, and implementing practice changes. Examination of a personally derived clinical question and conduction of the process of EBP will facilitate the connection between research and nursing practice. Course Value: 3 SH Prerequisite N 480 & N 481.

Catholic Principles of Health Care Ethics (N483RN)

Credits:4

Catholic Principles for Ethics and Health Care guides the student in developing a basis for making bio-ethical decisions for a Judaeo-Christian system. The essential beliefs and structures of the Catholic faith are surveyed. The student is introduced to the ethical decision-making process and this framework is utilized in topics pertaining to Christian, nursing, and medical ethics. 4 credit hours Prerequisites: N480 & N481.

Leadership & Professional Engagement (N484RN)

Credits:4

In this course, students will examine concepts such as leadership, follower-ship, and stewardship along with traditional and emerging leadership theories. Aspects of personal, change, high-performance, and executive leadership will be compared. Organizational, political, and personal power as a nurse within healthcare organizations is explored. Measuring and improving business performance and executing business strategies are included. Students will develop a personal career trajectory and personal brand. Course Value: 3 SH Prerequisites: Nursing 480 & 481.

Basic Epidemiology (N486RN)

Credits:3

Basic Epidemiology introduces the basic concepts of epidemiology and bio-statistics as applied to public health problems. emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of epidemiological investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. Topics include the dynamic behavior of disease; usage of rates, ratios and proportions; methods of direct and indirect adjustment, and clinical life table which measures and describes the extent of disease problems. 3 credit hours Prerequisites: N480, N481, N482, N483, N484.

Professional Practice I—Health and Wellness (N487RN)

Credits:3

Population Health I synthesizes theory and research related to population-focused nursing care, with emphasis on the health of aggregates within organizations, neighborhoods, and communities. Concepts covered include the integration of levels of prevention, health promotion, risk assessment, and disease prevention. Health assessment, health risk analysis, and health coaching are emphasized. 3 credit hours Prerequisite: N486.

Professional Practice II—Population Health (N488RN)

Credits:3

Population Health II synthesizes theory and research related to population-focused nursing care, with emphasis on the health of aggregates within organizations, neighborhoods, and communities. Concepts covered include the care coordination, community/population, emergency preparedness, and global health. Community health leadership is also discussed. 3 credit hours Prerequisite: N486.

Professional Practices Practicum and Project—Population Health (N489RN)

Credits:3

Population Health Practicum and Project synthesizes theory, research, and practice related to population-focused nursing care, with emphasis on the health of families and aggregates within communities. Concepts covered include integration of previously discussed theories of population health. Emphasis is on assisting communities, organizations, and neighborhoods to reach optimal health. The project is completed in collaboration with a community agency. 3 credit hours. May be repeated if needed for 1-3 credit hours with permission of course faculty. Prerequisites: N487, N488.

Catholic Principles & Ethics in Healthcare (P342RN)

Credits:4

Catholic Principles for Ethics and Health Care guides the student in developing a basis for making bioethical decisions from a Judeo-Christian system. The essential beliefs and structures of the Catholic faith are surveyed. The student is introduced to the ethical decision-making process and this framework is utilized in topics pertaining to Christian,nursing, and medical ethics.