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RN-BSN Curriculum

RN to BSN Program Courses 

This listing reflects the curriculum as of Spring 2020.

NUR 3110: Professional Nursing Perspectives

3 credits
This is an introductory bridge course for RN-BSN students. Core concepts of professional nursing practice are explored and analyzed within the framework of selected theories, trends, and issues of contemporary professional nursing practice.

NUR 3226: Pathopharmacology

3 credits
This course more fully explores the pathophysiology of selected human diseases across the lifespan based on global, national, and local health data. Clinical reasoning and judgment will be promoted through examination of correlation of disease, symptomology, and pharmacology therapy and cost-effective quality care. Concepts of pharmacology and evidence-based drug therapy are integrated. 

NUR 3330: Health Assessment

3 credits
The Health Assessment course is designed to provide the RN student with the knowledge and skills to perform a comprehensive health assessment. This course will expand upon prior knowledge of health assessment and will address cultural, developmental, psychosocial, environmental and societal factors inherent in promoting health across the lifespan. Techniques of data collection and documentation will be expanded upon to enhance critical thinking skills. This course will then shift the paradigm focus from the individual to the community with a focus on prevention and early detection of disease. Students will be introduced to the health care needs of diverse and vulnerable populations.

NUR 3445: Communications and Informatics in Healthcare

3 credits
Interdisciplinary communication within the present-day healthcare arena encompasses many forms. The professional Nurse as an effective communicator has to be able to deliver clear and concise communication, which is essential to safe patient care. This course will examine the role and impact that effective communication skills have on patient care outcomes and in clinical practice. In addition, communication and informatics as they relate to professional Nursing will be explored. The concepts and skills of communication, informatics, and information literacy will be presented.

NUR 3660: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

3 credits
This course provides a basic understanding of the research process and its application to Nursing practice. Components of both quantitative and qualitative research techniques and ethical conduct required of Nurse researchers are explored.

Prerequisite: MAT 3410

NUR 4226: Leadership and Management in Healthcare

3 credits
This course will explore key organizational structures and operation of healthcare within the United States with a focus on quality of healthcare and error reduction. This course will provide an overview of the functions of leadership and management within a changing healthcare environment. Emphasis will be placed on current issues that affect leadership and management in the practice setting. The science of management and the integration of leadership principles are explored within the context of clinical microsystems.

NUR 4235: Population Focused Healthcare

3 credits
This course explores the concepts of community health, epidemiology, and data determinates of health when providing interdisciplinary population focused care. The tenets of creating a culture of health will be explored, including the Robert Wood Foundation principles of creating a Culture of Health connecting health and social, economic, physical, and environmental factors. This course will provide a foundation of further graduate education in population health. 

NUR 4337: Opioid Disuse Syndrome and the Epidemic

3 credits
This course will explore healthcare organizational structures and medical and non-medical and alternative treatments and health prevention strategies for opioid misuse within the United States with a focus on quality and safety of healthcare provision across the lifespan. This course will provide an overview of the opioid crisis within a changing healthcare environment. Barriers affecting systems issues, clinicians, patients/families and health insurance coverage. Emphasis will be placed on current ethical and legal issues that affect nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists, addiction counselors, and recovery coaches in varied practice settings. The science of addiction treatment, exposure, use/misuse of opioid management and the integration of nursing principles are explored within the context of clinical microsystems. 

NUR 4336: Application of Evidence-Based Practice

3 credits
This course and mentorship experience offers the student the opportunity to identify a substantive research problem related to improving patient outcomes in healthcare, and will assist the student to synthesize concepts and knowledge learned in the RN-BSN program. The student will work in conjunction with a mentor to identify a current healthcare research problem. The previous Nursing research course serves as the foundation for implementing the principles of evidence-based practice. The student will begin to develop the first three phases on an evidence-based proposal. Mentorship project: Students need to complete a total of 45 mentorship hours. 

SES 4355: Senior Capstone

4 credits
The Senior Capstone demands reflection, insight, and synthesis. This is a transdisciplinary course taught by both a General Education professor and a Health Profession professor. This teaching team will assist the student to investigate, demonstrate, and synthesize course and program learning for problem solving and applications of undergraduate coursework across the entire curriculum. This course synthesizes concepts throughout the disciplines to create a unified framework for developing pathways for understanding the value, applications, and transferable use of the cumulative study at Labouré College. Students demonstrate collective competencies; pedagogical, practical, and personal advancement for the benefit of self and others; personal and professional growth that reflect cognitive and emotional intelligence; and knowledge and understanding of lifespan challenges and choices. Future contexts of professional growth are considered. Students will complete a professional portfolio to demonstrate achievement of program outcomes. 

Prerequisite: All 4000- level general education courses, all 3000 level nursing courses, and all 4000 level courses except for NUR 4336 which can be taken concurrently.

General Education Courses 

You may eligible for transfer credit for some of the following general education courses; please refer to our Transfer Credit Policy for the RN-BSN for details. 

MAT 3410: Essentials of Statistics

3 credits
This course introduces the various methods used to collect, organize, summarize, interpret and reach conclusions about data. An emphasis is placed on demonstrating that statistics is more than mathematical calculations. By using examples gathered from real life, students learn to use statistical methods as analytical tools to develop generalizations and meaningful conclusions in their field of study.

ETH 3000: Ethics Elective

Choose one (1) of the following courses: 

ETH 3210: Ethical Domains and Dilemmas

3 credits
This course compares and contrasts views of human nature that underlie social, business, and personal ethical dilemmas. Catholic philosophical perspectives are explored as they relate to the formation of human agents and the performance of human actions. Course readings are analyzed and evaluated for meaning, implications, and consequences of views of human nature as they impact theories of ethics within a sampling of historical turning points. Case studies, selections, and accounts of major contributions to human knowledge and understanding are analyzed from the perspectives of varied schools of ethics. Cultural relativism, utilitarianism, deontological ethics, virtue theory and contemporary theories of justice, among other schools of thought, are studied within contexts, categories of understanding or domains, and themes of human nature.

OR

THE 3010: Religion, Medicine, and Ethics

3 credits
This course offers an interdisciplinary analysis of the intersections of Religion, Medicine, and Ethics. In particular, it will offer an alternative to the Western trend to bifurcate spiritual care from physical care. As Max Weber pointed out a century ago, modern society treats the human being as a substance to be manipulated and controlled. The current technocratic paradigm views healthcare as merely the application of the latest scientific knowledge and technique without concern for the spiritual nature of the human being. In juxtaposition to this current trend, this course will explore how illness, health and healing are religious experiences requiring analysis through a theological-ethical paradigm. We will demonstrate the need for a complementary understanding of the roles of medicine and religion in order to incorporate holistic care into more clinical settings. Specifically, this course will highlight the importance of integrating a holistic approach to health and wellbeing that addresses the physical, spiritual, social and emotional dimensions of the patient. Lastly, this course will examine how health and wellbeing were constitutive elements of the Christian faith and the need to recover religious practices aimed at restoring holistic wellbeing.

HUM 3010: Critical Analysis

3 credits
This course focuses on the skills and concepts needed to develop reading and listening habits necessary for critical thinking. The course emphasizes thinking skills: comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in order to develop inter-related questions, which serve as the direction toward better opinions and decisions. Current topics from a variety of sources will provide the basis for analysis and application of skills. Students synthesize learning to present their own positions and arguments.

SSC 3000: Social Science Elective

Choose one (1) of the following courses: 

SSC 3310: Intercultural Communications

3 credits
This course explores different forms of communication in contexts of varied backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and styles of expression. Contemporary viewpoints are situated in historical perspective. Students identify, compare, contrast, and critique communication behaviors within and among cultures. Readings and discussions stress a positive appreciation of commonalities and differences between individuals and groups, locally and globally.

OR

SSC 3020: Psychological, Social, and Physiological Effects of Trauma

3 credits
Trauma is a ubiquitous experience that can take many forms – acute, persistent, physical, psychological, collective, and/or individual to name a few. While the experience of trauma may be universal, each person’s response to trauma is unique. The manner in which one responds to trauma also has profound implications for physical and mental health. It is, therefore, critical that healthcare providers have a thorough understanding of the effects of trauma and trauma-informed care. This course provides with a thorough grounding in the psychological, social and physiological effects of trauma and how to care for individuals with trauma-related illnesses. The effects of trauma and trauma-informed care will be examined from the perspective of the patient as well as the healthcare professional. Students will learn healthy professional and personal responses to their own trauma and how this impacts their patients. This focus will increase awareness, provide understanding and assist students in developing a personal skill set supportive to all aspects of trauma response.

SCI 4000: Natural Science Elective

Choose one (1) of the following courses: 

SCI 4010: Scientific Revolutions

3 credits
This course outlines several major scientific advances through history. The impact of those advances on the scientific field and on the broader society is highlighted. The nature of scientific change—from the scientific method of empirical observation to the paradigm shifts of scientific revolution—will be examined. By the end of the course, students will have a broad understanding of major advances in several different scientific fields and the human components that are part of bringing those advances forward.

OR

SCI 4020: Biology of Cancer

3 credits
This course explores the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer and its effects on individuals and society. In particular, it provides students with a basic understanding of the nature of cancer and the genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to cancer. It also includes a survey of the fundamental principles behind cancer diagnosis, prevention, and therapeutic intervention, including risk factors for the major forms of cancers and how they vary according to gender, ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic status. While based primarily on content from the life sciences, SCI 4020 incorporates insights from the fields of Sociology, Psychology, History and Economics.

INT 4010: Integrative Seminar II

3 credits
Integrative Seminar II is a course that provides students with the opportunity to integrate what they have learned in discipline-specific and multidisciplinary courses in the liberal arts and sciences. It uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine a specific topic through a variety of information sources, including scholarly texts and popular media. Sample topics include Agents of Social Change and Faith and Reason.

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