BSN Program of Study

The School of Nursing blends Stormont Vail Health’s rich history of health care and nursing education with Baker’s longstanding academic tradition. Our challenging curriculum reflects the latest professional standards.

Junior

First Level Theory Clinical
NU 305 Pathophysiology  4
NU 322/NU 322L Foundations of Nursing  5 3
NU 330 Health Assessment Across the Life Span  3
Semester Total = 15
Second Level  Theory  Clinical
NU 360 Pharmacology 3
NU 375/NU 375L Nursing of Childbearing Families  3 1.5
NU 385/NU 385L Nursing of Adults I  3 1.5
NU 393/NU393L Nursing of Persons with Mental Health Alterations  3 1.5
 Semester Total = 16.5

Senior

Third Level Theory Clinical
NU 405 Nursing Research  3
NU 425/NU 425L Nursing of Children  3 1.5
NU 435/NU 435L Nursing of Adults II  3 1.5
NU 445/NU 445L Nursing Elders  2 1
 Semester Total = 15
Fourth Level Theory Clinical
NU 403 Transition to Professional Practice  3
NU 455 Nursing of Communities  2.5
NU 476 Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing  3
NU 485 Nursing of Adults III  3.5
NU 491L Professional Clinical Nursing Practicum  3
NU 496L Capstone Clinical Experience  2.5
Semester Total = 17.5
Total Nursing Credits = 64

*  1 credit hour of theory is equivalent to 50 minutes of classroom contact per week for the 15-week semester.

*  1 credit hour of lab/clinical is equivalent to a minimum of three clock hours per week for the semester.

*  The allotted clock-hour time for the clinical component of a course may be accumulated over the entire semester or grouped in a five-week block.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Course Descriptions

First-Level Courses

NU 305 Pathophysiology (4 credits)

This course examines alterations in physiological functions and adaptations that occur throughout the healthcare continuum by building on basic anatomy and physiology knowledge. Understanding the pathophysiology of common disease processes is an important component in conducting theory-based assessments to make beginning clinical judgments. Health promotion/disease prevention behaviors are integrated into discussions of risk factors for diseases. An emphasis is placed on genetic and genomic influences on health. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NU 322 Foundations of Nursing (5 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the nursing profession and the theoretical and conceptual basis for beginning nursing practice. Health promotion, safety, nursing process, effective communication, culture, caring, leadership, professional accountability/values and other related concepts are introduced and serve as a foundation for future course work. Scientific principles and research findings are identified as a basis for beginning critical thinking and clinical judgments in delivery of patient centered, culturally sensitive, evidence based care. Pre or co-requisite: NU 305, NU 330

NU 322L Foundations of Nursing Clinical (3 credits)

This course provides opportunities to apply theory-based assessments to make beginning clinical judgments necessary to provide safe, evidence-based, compassionate, culturally sensitive, individualized care to patients. Students are introduced to beginning Community concepts with a focus on vulnerable populations. Initial experiences take place in the nursing lab where students develop competence in beginning level skills. During subsequent experiences, students identify basic leadership principles when caring for patients in acute, extended, long term, outpatient, and community- based settings to explore varied roles of the professional nurse. Students are introduced to beginning community concepts with a focus on vulnerable populations. Clinical experiences include a beginning understanding and application of appropriate and safe use of patient care technologies and information management systems when delivering care. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program. Co-requisite: NU 322. P/NC

NU 323 LPN Bridge (3 credits)

This course provides the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with an introduction to the nursing profession and the theoretical and conceptual basis for beginning nursing practice. Health promotion, safety, nursing process, effective communication, culture, caring, leadership, professional accountability/values and other related concepts are introduced and serve as a foundation for future course work. Scientific principles and research findings are identified as a basis for beginning critical thinking and clinical judgments in delivery of patient centered, culturally sensitive, evidence based care.

NU 330 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. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

Second-Level Courses

NU 360 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. Prerequisite: NU 305 or permission of instructor.

NU 375 Nursing of Childbearing Families (3 credits)

This course explores the health and nursing care of childbearing families. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice as it relates to culturally sensitive, holistic care of families from preconception through the prenatal, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and early neonatal periods. Research findings and scientific principles are used as the basis for making accurate critical clinical judgments in specialty settings. Additional areas of focus include the role of the nurse as it pertains to standards of care, genetics/genomics, patient/family education, health promotion, and patient safety. Prerequisite: Completion of Level One courses; Pre- or co-requisite: NU 360; co-requisite: NU 375L.

NU 375L Nursing of Childbearing Families Clinical (1.5 credits)

This course focuses on the application of evidenced based practice in the provision of safe care to families during the childbearing continuum from preconception through the prenatal and birth process, postpartum and neonatal period. Clinical experiences focus on the role of the nurse in care of the childbearing family in acute hospital settings, community health settings, and perinatology clinics. Clinical experiences include understanding and application of appropriate and safe use of patient care technology and information management systems when delivering care in specialty settings. Prerequisite: Completion of Level One courses. Co-requisite: NU 375. P/F

NU 385 Nursing of Adults I (3 credits)

This course provides opportunities to apply knowledge necessary for provision of safe care of adults experiencing focused health issues, surgery and certain inherent life transitions. The values of compassionate, culturally sensitive, holistic care to patients are emphasized. Scientific principles and research findings are used as a basis for making accurate critical clinical judgments. Emphasis is placed on the nursing role in health promotion, disease and injury prevention in the adult patient and families in specialty settings. Prerequisite: Completion of Level One courses; Pre or co-requisite: NU 360. Co-requisite: NU 385L.

NU 385L Nursing of Adults I Clinical (1.5 credits)

This course provides opportunities to apply knowledge and basic leadership principles necessary for provision of safe, culturally sensitive, holistic care to patients and families. Research findings are used as a basis to implement comprehensive assessment as a baseline for making critical clinical judgments to provide safe, evidence-based, compassionate, patient-centered care. Emphasis is placed on the nursing role in care of the surgical patient in specialty settings. Clinical experiences include understanding and application of effective communication and collaborative techniques and appropriate and safe use of patient care technologies and information management systems. Prerequisite: Completion of Level One courses. Co-requisite: NU 385. P/F

NU 393 Nursing of Persons with Mental Health Alterations Clinical (3 credits)

This course emphasizes effective interpersonal and communication skills needed by students to assume the care provider role in mental health nursing. The course incorporates learning about specific mental illnesses, pharmacology, and therapeutic treatments relevant to individuals with mental disorders. The student utilizes research findings, principles of safety, cultural awareness, legal and ethical considerations to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate interventions and outcomes designed to restore and maintain clients’ mental health. Prerequisite: Completion of Level One courses; Pre- or Co-requisite: NU 360. Co-requisite: NU 393L.

NU 393L Nursing of Persons with Mental Health Alterations (1.5 credits)

This course provides students with clinical experiences in which to practice and hone effective communication skills, and observe a variety of mental health settings and roles of the professional mental health nurse. Students examine interventions that promote recovery and are ethically sound, individualized, and culturally sensitive. Prerequisite: Completion of Level One courses. Co-requisite: NU 393. P/F

Third-Level Courses

NU 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. Prerequisites: Completion of Levels One and Two courses or permission of instructor.

NU 403 Transition to Professional Practice  (3 credits)

This seminar, required of all Baker University School of Nursing seniors, is designed to explore health-care issues that will assist in the transition to professional nursing practice. Research findings and evidence-based practice are used to analyze topics such as ethical/legal, quality improvement, political advocacy, and nursing education in making critical decisions. Course outcomes will be met through reading, discussion, presentation, and written assignments. Prerequisites: Completion of Levels One and Two courses.

NU 425 Nursing of Children (3 credits)

This course explores the health and nursing care necessary for provision of safe care of pediatric patients in the maintenance of health and for those experiencing complex acute or chronic illnesses. Principles of child development, cultural sensitivity, family centered care, genetics/genomics, and research findings are used as a basis for synthesizing assessment data in making age specific critical clinical judgments. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and palliative care in the pediatric patient and families in acute and community based settings. Prerequisites: Completion of Levels One and Two courses. Co-requisite: NU 425L.

NU 425L Nursing of Children Clinical (1.5 credits)

This course provides opportunities to enact the roles of the professional nurse with pediatric patients and their families in a variety of settings. Evidence is evaluated as a basis for synthesizing assessment data to make critical clinical judgments, incorporating developmental characteristics, safety considerations, and needs of children with various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Ethical, legal, and moral aspects of care are explored and effective communication techniques appropriate to the developmental stage and cultural needs of the family are addressed. Clinical experiences will expand on understanding and application of appropriate and safe use of technology and information management systems in the more complex neonatal intensive care. Prerequisites: Completion of Levels One and Two courses. Co-requisite: NU 425. P/F

NU 435 Nursing of Adults II (3 credits)

This course provides opportunities to apply knowledge and evaluate the evidence necessary for providing safe, evidence-based care of adults experiencing increasingly complex chronic illnesses. The values of compassionate, culturally sensitive, holistic care to patients are emphasized. Scientific principles and research findings are used as a basis for synthesizing assessment data to make increasingly complex critical clinical judgments. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease and injury prevention for adults and families in acute and community-based settings. Prerequisites: Completion of Levels One and Two courses. Co-requisite: NU 435L.

NU 435L Nursing of Adults II Clinical (1.5 credits)

This course provides opportunities for demonstrating leadership principles and increased independence when enacting the roles of the professional nurse with increasingly complex patients and their families. Research findings are used as a basis for synthesizing assessment data to make critical clinical judgments in providing safe, evidence-based, competent care in hospital and community based settings. Effective communication and collaborative techniques are applied with individuals, families, populations, communities, and the interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings. Clinical experiences will expand on understanding and application of appropriate and safe use of technologies and information management systems. Prerequisites: Completion of Level One and Level Two courses. Co-requisite: NU 435. P/F

NU 445 Nursing of Elders (2 credits)

This course provides opportunities to apply knowledge necessary for safe, evidence-based care of elders in the maintenance of health and for those experiencing complex chronic illnesses. The values of compassionate, culturally sensitive, holistic care to elders are emphasized. Scientific principles and research findings are the basis for synthesizing assessment data to make increasingly complex critical clinical judgments. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease and palliative care for the elder and their families in community settings and health care facilities. The framework for this course is based on the core competencies for gerontological nursing. Prerequisites: Completion of Levels One and Two courses. Co-requisite: NU 445L.

NU 445L Nursing of Elders Clinical (1 credit)

This course provides opportunities to enact the roles of the professional nurse with elders in the maintenance of health and for those experiencing complex chronic illnesses. Evidence-based practice is used as a basis for synthesizing assessment data to make increasingly critical clinical judgments in providing safe, culturally sensitive, competent care in community settings and health care facilities. Emphasis is placed on advocacy and working with multidisciplinary teams. Prerequisites: Completion of Levels One and Two courses. Co-requisite: NU 445. P/F

Fourth-Level Courses

NU455 Nursing of Communities (2.5 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 healthcare delivery, policies and political advocacy, transitional care/case management, and vulnerable populations. Students will have the opportunity 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. Prerequisites: Completion of Level One, Two and Three courses.

NU 476 Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing (3 credits)

This course assists the student in transitioning from student to professional nurse role. Content is based on theories, principles, and skills needed to integrate effective leadership processes that ensure quality patient outcomes and systems improvement. Management skills, including conflict resolution, effective communication, team roles, interdisciplinary collaboration and resource utilization are explored as they affect individuals, families, populations, and communities across the health care continuum. Learning activities are designed to explore team roles, enhance critical thinking skills, expand global awareness, ensure accountability and patient safety, and improve critical clinical judgment. Prerequisites: Completion of level-one, two, and three courses.

NU 485 Nursing of Adults III (3 credits)

This course facilitates student understanding to conduct comprehensive and focused assessments necessary for provision of safe, competent, evidence-based care of adults experiencing complex critical illnesses. The values of compassionate, culturally sensitive, holistic care to patients are emphasized. Scientific principles and research findings are used as a basis for using a holistic approach to make complex critical clinical judgments. Emphasis is placed on disease/injury prevention and complex interventions in the adult patient and families in critical care and emergency settings. The foundations of critical care nursing are addressed, including client and family responses and ethical, legal and genomic issues. The course encompasses modules and evidence-based practice from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACCN). Prerequisites: Completion of level-one, two, and three courses.

NU 491L Professional Clinical Nursing Practicum (3.5 credits)

This course examines the clinical application of principles of professional nursing practice, incorporating the roles of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of a profession in adult acute care, medical and surgical setting and community settings across the health care continuum. This course includes opportunities for the student to conduct comprehensive and focused assessments using a holistic approach in the provision of evidenced based care; make complex critical clinical judgments of person with complex health alterations; collaborate with communities as clients; and integrate leadership principles to transition to the role of the professional nurse. The student will complete client teaching on health and wellness; community assessment and evaluation; and case management within urban settings. Experiences are designed to assist the student to portray professional values, display accountability and explore opportunities for involvement in lifelong learning and professional and community service. Clinical experiences will include management of patient care technologies and information management systems when delivering care across the health care continuum. A series of post conferences will prepare the graduate for transition to professional nursing practice. Prerequisites: Completion of levels one, two, and three courses. Pre or co-requisite: NU 455, NU 476, NU 485. P/NC

NU 496L Capstone Clinical Experience (2.5 credits)

This course provides opportunities for students to conduct comprehensive and focused assessments using a holistic approach to manage patient care based on evidence-based practice. The course promotes clinical growth in an area of interest to the student with the expectation of increasing autonomy as they transition to the role of the professional nurse. Experiences are designed to assist the student to promote professional development, display accountability and explore opportunities for involvement in lifelong learning and professional service. Prerequisites: Completion of all theory and clinical courses.

NU 499 Independent Study (1-3 credits)

Independent studies are available in limited number to qualified degree-seeking students. Generally, students wishing to enroll in an independent study course should have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Students interested in pursuing an independent study course must contact the Program Manager to discuss the focus of the course. The Dean and the faulty member to whom the course is assigned must approve independent study projects. The approval process assures compliance with the degree plans, academic credibility and GPA. A statement must be prepared by the student, in collaboration with the faculty, providing title, objectives, procedure and methods, evaluation criteria and list of resources. Only in exceptional circumstances can catalog courses be taken on an independent study basis. Courses cannot be retaken as an independent study course. Theory-related courses will be assigned a letter grade, and clinically focused courses will be assigned a P/NC. Once the independent study is approved, registration must be completed before the registration deadline, and tuition must be paid along with other fees.

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