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Course Descriptions

RN 335: Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
This course provides students with theory-based assessment as the foundation to make beginning clinical judgments. Emphasis is placed on the interview process and recognition of expected findings for history and physical examination of each system. Developmental and cultural variations related to health assessment are included. Health promotion and disease and injury prevention are integrated throughout the lifespan. The lab session provides the student with skills needed to perform and document a systematic health assessment of a well client. The student practices history taking and physical exam skills. The course culminates with performance and documentation of a head-to-toe assessment. Open only to RN-BSN students.

RN 345: Transition to Professional Nursing (4 Credits)
This course provides the RN student with an overview of skills needed to be successful in online learning environment and explores selected topics in contemporary nursing to provide students with a framework for nursing coursework. Students will be introduced to the BUSN mission, goals, philosophy, curriculum framework and learning outcomes. Nursing theorists underpinning the curriculum will be introduced. Other topics will include historical perspectives, exploration of contemporary nursing roles and societal influences on health-care delivery. Students will explore professional and career development and what it means to be a lifelong learner. Specific learning goals for the RN-BSN program will be developed along with a professional portfolio to document learning throughout the program. Students will be introduced to the American Psychological Association's (APA) Guidelines for Writing for Publication and will write a formal paper. A philosophy of nursing will be written as part of the portfolio. Open only to RN-BSN students.

RN 350: Pathophysiology (3 credits)
This course explores selected alterations in physiological function, which result in common disease processes. Having a more in depth understanding of the pathophysiology will enhance students' ability to conduct theory-based assessments and to make complex critical clinical judgments. Health promotion and disease prevention behaviors are integrated into discussions of risk factors for diseases. An emphasis is placed on genetic and genomic influences on health. Open only to RN-BSN students.

RN 365: Pharmacology (3 credits)
This course provides students with a knowledge base of various drug classifications and their nursing implications. Resources, including pharmacogenetics and technology, are emphasized to enhance student's ability to provide safe, therapeutic, evidence-based care in clinical settings. Open only to RN-BSN students.

RN 405: Nursing Research (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the field of nursing research including relevant terminology, processes and techniques. Evidence-based practice is presented alongside concepts central to nursing research. Effective techniques for a literature search are emphasized. A major focus of the course is to develop the analytic skills needed to read research reports. An introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods is presented, along with information on measurement, hypothesis testing, sampling, and study design. Data collection and data analysis are also included, introducing students to SPSS software for data analysis. Ethical implications of research involving human subjects are discussed. Prerequisite: Completion of an undergraduate statistics course. Open only to RN-BSN students.

RN 411: Health Care Issues and Ethics (3 credits)
This seminar, required of all BUSN seniors, is designed to provide an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and academic skills acquired in their previous liberal arts and nursing education to health related ethical issues resulting from scientific or technological developments. Students will present written and oral persuasive arguments in defense of a stand on a controversial health-related topic. This course will be taken as the last course in the RN sequence. Open only to RN-BSN students.

RN 455: Nursing of Communities (3 theory; 1.5 clinical credits)
This course explores nursing practice as it addresses the needs of individuals, families, and groups in the community, as well as the conditions that influence the health of populations and global communities. Students will develop an understanding of how community-based nursing is influenced by systems for health-care delivery, policies and political advocacy, transitional care/case management, and vulnerable populations. Students will have clinical opportunities to explore and apply concepts from community assessment, epidemiology, public health promotion, disease and injury prevention, environmental health, and disaster management to make complex critical clinical judgments. Open only to RN-BSN students. Clinical is 67.5 clock hours.

RN 476: Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing (3 theory; 1.5 clinical credits)
This course expands the student's knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and skills needed to be an effective leader and to ensure quality patient outcomes and systems improvement. Management skills, including quality improvement, change processes, conflict resolution, effective communication, team roles, interdisciplinary collaboration and resource utilization are explored. Learning activities are designed to explore leadership and team roles within the health care system, to analyze their effectiveness and to recommend viable solutions for improvement. A philosophy of nursing will be written and added to the portfolio. Open only to RN-BSN students. Clinical is 67.5 clock hours.