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College of Nursing

 

Information

 

Judith Westphal, Dean

Office: Clow C210
Telephone: (920) 424-3089

R. Shelly Lancaster, Assistant Dean

Pre Licensure Program Director
Office: Clow F112
Telephone: (920) 424-1028

Bonnie Schmidt, Assistant Dean

Director of Evaluation & Projects
Office: Clow C226
Telephone: (920) 424-2311

Deborah Allar, Assistant Director

BSN at Home Option
Office: Clow C230
Telephone: (920) 420-6690

Laura Smolinski, Assistant Director

Pre-Licensure Program – Traditional Option
Office: Clow F117
Telephone: (920) 424-1728

Jen Basler, Assistant Director

Pre-Licensure Program – Accelerated Option
Office:  Clow F119
Telephone: (920) 424-2125

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 othersWe 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 individualWe 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 and Doctor of Nursing Practice 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

Allar Dochert Koplitz Polzer  
Anderson Edwards Lancaster Schmidt  
Basler Elterson Li Schmitt  
Beck Englund MacWilliams Schoenberger  
Becker-Manthey Froiland McDonald Schroeder  
Berthold Gobis McNiel Smolinski  
Biddick Graf Meine Treager  
Blakeslee Griswold Michels VanderLoop  
Brickner Hansen Miller VanRoy  
Brundidge Heidke Mitchell Walrath  
Buttles Hollanden Monteith    
Cabral-Guevara James Nevins    
Carrick Janquart O’Connell    
Clark Janssen Olson    
Collier Karlin Pichelmeyer    
 

Degrees

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

Summary of Fields of Study

1. The Major(s)

  • The College offers three majors within the Nursing program. These are: 1) Traditional Undergraduate; 2) Collaborative: for Registered Nurses (BSN at Home); and 3) Accelerated.
    • Traditional Nursing Major: The College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for undergraduate students in the Traditional Nursing Major requiring five semesters of classroom, laboratory, simulation, and clinical courses.
    • Collaborative Nursing Major: The College offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for registered nurses in the Collaborative Nursing Major, (BSN@Home). Courses are offered in cooperation with the other five nursing programs in the University of Wisconsin System (Madison, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Stevens Point) via distance learning technology. The baccalaureate degree in nursing is awarded by the home institution.  Advisers are located at the Oshkosh campus and at an outreach office in North Central Wisconsin.  An RN to MSN option is available for the UWOSH campus.
    • Accelerated Nursing Major: The College offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to individuals with bachelor’s degrees in other fields through the Accelerated Nursing Major.  These students complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program in 12 months. Online courses, a three-week residency requirement, and clinical courses completed in the region/area where the student resides (must be an approved state) allow for completion of the program in the designated time frame.

 

2. The Minor(s)

    • None
 

Admission/Graduation Requirements

 

1. Professional Major Admission Policy

Traditional Nursing Major

Admission into the professional component of the program is selective, based on University, College and agency resources and College of Nursing admission criteria.  Please note that admission to UW Oshkosh as a pre-nursing major does not guarantee acceptance into the professional component of the nursing curriculum.  Faculty in the College of Nursing utilize a holistic approach to admissions. These factors as well as space availability, educational facilities, resources of the College of Nursing and clinical learning opportunities, it is possible that some qualified students may not be admitted. 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.

Each student has the responsibility for knowing university and college academic policies as they affect student 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 not admitted in a given semester may submit a new written application in subsequent semesters to be considered for admission.

Deadlines:

     August  30

     January 30

If the date falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to the next regular business day.

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 http://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 https://apply.wisconsin.edu/. Please allow a minimum of four weeks for this application to be processed once submitted and fee paid.
  • College of Nursing Professional Major Admission Application.
    • Complete 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 majors:
Students applying and accepted for the Traditional Nursing Major and the Accelerated Nursing Major must choose one program at a minimum of one month prior to the start of the regular 14 week university semester or the Accelerated cohort assigned. 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 THE PROFESSIONAL NURSING MAJOR

  • Required Criteria:
    • Admission to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
    • Sophomore standing (30 credits completed).
    • Minimum of 3.0 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).
    • Standardized nursing entrance test: the adjusted individual total score at or above the national mean, (cost assumed by student).  Please note that the testing company adjusts means periodically.
    • Written statement demonstrating values appropriate for professional nursing (see application).
    • Completion of nursing assistant course with clinical component and current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification (all states’ certifications are accepted for admission purposes).
    • Results of criminal and campus background checks comply with standards required for clinical placement.
  • Preferred Criteria:
    • Nursing GPA of 3.25 or above.
    • Standardized nursing entrance test: the adjusted individual total score at or above the BSN program mean.
    • CNA work experience or other relevant healthcare experience.
    • Activities reflecting a service orientation (i.e. community or healthcare volunteer work, student athlete, etc.).
    • Experience with diverse populations (i.e. varying age groups, developmentally disabled, ethnic groups, individuals with special needs, etc.).

 

Interview:
An interview is required.  The topic, format, and evaluation methods are determined by the Academic Standing Committee; forms and additional information can be found on the College of Nursing website.

 

Required Coursework:
Pre-Nursing students are expected to meet with an advisor each semester. 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
English Composition WBIS 188 OR ENG 101 OR 110 OR 300 or 310 or 312
Growth and Development Nursing 200 OR Psych 391 OR Ed Foundation 377
Psychology Psych-101 OR 102 OR 104 OR 110
University Studies Six credits

Select any University Studies Program (USP) courses or College of Nursing approved nursing elective, but NOT include the prerequisite courses listed above.

Pre-Nursing GPA:
A student’s admission GPA will be calculated on the above courses (3.00 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 also be completed prior to starting in the clinical major.

Speech Comm 111, 112
Introduction to Professional Nursing Nursing 105
Health Practice with Diverse Population Nursing 215, 216

Remaining two science courses from required list above.

 

Other Requirements:

Health, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (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 follow agencies’ policies. New requirements may be added without prior notice. All health and CPR requirements are mandatory to attend clinical courses. For questions, please contact undergradnrs@uwosh.edu. Fees for immunizations, titers, TB tests, 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 required screening and compliance company account by the deadline, or the student will be removed from the clinical course.

Immunizations
Students will be notified about health requirements and deadlines upon admission into the clinical program.  All immunization information must be uploaded to students accounts with the required screening and compliance company. Every student must receive an annual influenza immunization. There are no waivers granted for any immunizations.

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).

Students must provide evidence of immunity to:

  • 2 measles, mumps and rubella immunizations or titers which prove immunity,
  • 2 varicella immunizations or titer (chicken pox),
  • hepatitis B series or titer. (A minimum of 2 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.)
  • An annual influenza immunization
  • an adult Tdap.

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

Criminal Background Check
To comply with the State of Wisconsin Caregiver Law, each applicant must complete and submit, along with the application, a criminal history disclosure form.  Students are notified when they must complete the background check at their own expense through our screening and compliance company.  Additional background checks may be required.

The results of the criminal background check will be reviewed by the ASC during the review of admissions. In determining the effect the results of a criminal background check will have on an applicant’s qualification for the program.  The admissions personnel will be guided in part by the provisions of the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and the requirements of the healthcare agencies providing clinical experience.  Certain violations of the law prohibit individuals from working in agencies used for clinical experiences during the nursing program.  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.  Students are encouraged to discuss questions with the appropriate Assistant Director  regarding any police contact, to include but not limited to ordinance violations, campus violations, OWI/OUL, pending charges, criminal convictions (misdemeanor and felony).

Physical Exam, Drug and Alcohol Testing
A physical examination and/or random drug screening and/or alcohol screening of students may be required by clinical agencies or the Faculty in the College of Nursing. If required, the cost of any examination or 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 3 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, weekends, and holidays. Course requirements may include testing or other activities 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. Failure to meet required course or clinical hours may result in removal from the College of Nursing. 

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 and testing 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, handheld 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 Requirements:

Participation in the Nurse Scholars Program provides early admission into the major for qualified students and can reduce some of the competitive aspects of the freshman year. This is a program designed to directly admit academically gifted students into the clinical major as freshmen. The College of Nursing admission criteria for the clinical portion of the major are holistic, and not based solely on grade point average. Normally a student in not eligible to apply to the clinical portion of the major until specified pre-nursing required courses are completed, 30 credits are earned, and additional criteria are met including TEAS test, community service, and diversity experience. The College of Nursing admits students to the professional component of the baccalaureate program through a competitive process. Students in the Nurse Scholars Program are selected for this honor upon completion of an application interview, normally during the senior year of high school. The required criteria for admission are listed below. The interview will be scheduled after the application has been evaluated.

The Nurse Scholar application must be in coordination with the student’s application to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Students selected as UW Oshkosh Nurse Scholars will be pre-admitted into the clinical major. 

Invitation to the Nurse Scholars Program is extended, upon admission to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, to students intending to declare nursing as a major, and having demonstration of educational excellence as evidence by:

  • Composite ACT score of 28 or higher
  • Submission of two (2) recommendation, at least one from high school science teacher, other can be another teacher, guidance counselor, or support staff at school
  • Evidence of scholastic achievement by submission of high school transcript (Assistant Director will review)
  • Submission of personal statement explaining desire to pursue nursing, including service experience with diverse populations
  • Completion of criminal background check as directed by undergraduate office
  • Completion of interview with Assistant Director of designee, questions designed to determine student attitude, engagement, and autonomy, as well as look for factors that may make student more or less likely to succeed in the College of Nursing

 

Continued participation in the Nurse Scholar program is contingent upon meeting the requirements listed below:

  • 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, and a 3.5 GPA for pre-nursing courses.
  • Maintain a clean background check, without any criminal activity. Comply with College of Nursing Code of Conduct
  • Successfully complete a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) course
  • Complete TEAS test with minimum score of BSN Mean
  • Submit evidence of health care experience, service experience, and experience with diversity
  • Treat others with respect, and maintain positive attitude. Remain engaged in learning, and take accountability for own learning

Submission of above requirements by deadline to undergraduate office. Failure to do any of above will result in removal from nurse scholar program, with no guarantee of admission to clinical portion of major (to be admitted, must go through traditional admission procedures).

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

 

Collaborative Nursing Major

Registered nurse students meet the following requirements of the Collaborative Major:

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.

 

Accelerated Nursing Major

Admission into the Accelerated Option of the Undergraduate Nursing Program is selective, based on University, College of Nursing (CON) and healthcare agency resources, and CON/Accelerated Option admission criteria.  Please note that admission to UW Oshkosh as a nursing major does not guarantee admission into the professional component of the nursing curriculum.  Based on space availability, educational facilities, resources of the CON and clinical learning opportunities, it is possible that some qualified students may not be admitted. (If the admission class is not filled for any given cohort, the Academic Standing Committee will provide notice via the CON website of an additional admission cycle.)

Please note the deadlines below; if the date falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to noon on the next regular business day. 

Application Deadlines (by noon):

  • February Cohort: July 30th
  • May Cohort: October 30th
  • October Cohort: March 30th

Current University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Students:

Applicants who are current UW Oshkosh students do not need to submit official transcripts to the UW Oshkosh Admissions office as part of the application process, unless courses were completed at other colleges or universities while progressing at UW Oshkosh.

Prospective University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Students:

Transfer students seeking admission into the Accel option must complete a UW Oshkosh application in addition to the Accel option application.

The undergraduate transfer application for UW Oshkosh must include transcripts for all college-level coursework.  Official transcripts from each institution attended must be submitted.   The application is available online www.apply.wisconsin.edu Please allow a minimum of 4 weeks for the application to be processed once all transcripts are submitted and the application fee is paid.

Students submitting applications to BOTH the Traditional and Accel options:

Students accepted to both the Traditional option and the Accel option must choose ONLY one option, a minimum of 30 days 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.

Students are responsible for knowing University and College of Nursing academic policies as they affect their status.

The Accel option application is available on the CON website: http://con.uwosh.edu/undergraduate/accelerated-bsn/  Applicants who are not offered admission may be required to submit further documentation.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO THE ACCELERATED ONLINE BACHELOR’S TO BSN OPTION

  • Required Criteria:
    • Admission to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
    • Prior completion of non-nursing bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
    • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on the completed College of Nursing prerequisites.
    • Results of criminal background checks comply with standards required for clinical placement.  Criminal background check completed through service specified in application (cost assumed by applicant).
    • Current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification (all states’ certifications are accepted for admission purposes).
    • Proof of residence is required in one or more of the Approved States, listed on the CON website http://con.uwosh.edu/accelerated-bsn/, while completing both theory and clinical components of the program.  (Please note, the Accel option staff must be able to secure clinical rotations for the student in the community identified on their admission application in order to be officially accepted.
    • Credential Evaluation: If any credentials come from outside the United States a course-by-course credential evaluator report (grades, credits, and degree assessment) of foreign undergraduate and graduate academic records to be used for admission is required. Go to either the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at www.naces.org or Association of International Credential Evaluators Inc. (AICE) at www. aice-eval.org to find an appropriate evaluator.
    • Students educated outside of the United States must submit evidence of English language proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieving a minimum score of 71 ibt. The report must be mailed directly to UW Oshkosh (institution code:1916) from the testing agency.
  • Preferred Criteria:
    • Prerequisite GPA of 3.25 or above.
    • CNA work experience or other direct patient care experience.
    • Activities reflecting service orientation [campus and/or community volunteer].
    • Experience with diverse populations (i.e. various age, ethnic, racial, or religious groups, working with individuals with special needs or individuals with physical disabilities).
    • All prerequisite coursework and bachelor’s degree completed.

Interviews:

  • Eligible applicants are contacted via UW Oshkosh email to schedule an interview.

Required Course Work: 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Accel Advisor prior to submitting their application. 

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.  4 out of the 6 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
    • English Composition: Eng 101, 102, 188, 300, 310, or 312
    • Growth and Development: Nursing 200, Psych 391, or Ed Foundation 377
    • Psychology: Psych-101 or 102
    • Speech: Comm 111 or an equivalent course or experience
    • Math: Math 104 or higher and meets the general education requirement
    • General Ed or electives: 6 credits

*General education/elective courses do NOT include the prerequisite courses listed above.

Pre-Nursing GPA:

A student’s admission GPA will be calculated on the above courses (3.00 minimum).  If more than 4 science courses are completed, the GPA will be calculated on the best 4 grades.  The GPA is calculated to three decimal points.  All courses must be completed 60 days prior to the start of the cohort which student is admitted. Students with unsatisfactory course grades (C- or lower) on College of Nursing prerequisite at least 5 years old, will be granted CON amnesty for those courses. CON amnesty permits students to retake those CON prerequisites without penalty from the repeat policy. The repeat policy allows a maximum of two repeated prenursing courses, one time each, with only one of those courses allowed among the required sciences.

Additional Requirements:

Computer Competencies/Technology Requirements

Students accepted to the Accel option must have a strong working knowledge of computer technology. Students must have experience and be comfortable with technology driven programs including word processing, online searches, email, and PowerPoint. The Accel option provides unique immersion learning experiences.  All theory courses are delivered online through the digital learning environment (DLE).  Students participate in online discussions, exercising their clinical knowledge in virtual classrooms, laboratory settings and in healthcare settings.

High speed internet access is imperative.  Slower internet connections will impede downloading of course materials and timely exam completion. Laptop computers, a handheld device and other computer accessories are required. Details and specifications will be provided upon admission.

Health, CPR, and Criminal Background Check Requirements

College of Nursing students and faculty are “guests” of healthcare agencies while completing clinical rotations.  Each agency has specific health, CPR, and background check requirements, which must be met by students in order to attend clinicals; instructions for submitting such documentation will be emailed to admitted students. New requirements may be added without prior notice.  All health and CPR requirements are mandatory for eligibility to attend clinical courses.  Fees for immunizations, titers, TB tests, CPR certification, and background checks are the responsibility of the student.

Requirements must be met and documentation must be submitted by the specified deadline; failure to do so will preclude the student from participating in clinical experiences. 

Immunizations

Health requirements, policy, and deadlines are sent via email to accepted students. Vaccines/Titers required include but are not limited to: MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, adult Tdap, and current year influenza vaccine.

TB Testing: Students are required to have current negative TB skin test result or Quantiferon TB Gold Test with negative results.

 

CPR/TB Testing

CPR: CPR certifications must be American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support)  for the HealthCare Provider (good for two years). CPR certification cannot expire during the program.

 

Criminal Background Check

In compliance with the State of Wisconsin Caregiver Law, each applicant must complete and submit, along with their application, a criminal history disclosure form and a signed release form authorizing the university to conduct a criminal background check on the applicant. The cost of criminal background checks is the responsibility of the applicant.

Results of criminal background checks are reviewed by the College of Nursing Academic Standing Committee. The provisions of the Wisconsin Caregiver Law that impact licensed health care facilities are considered by admissions staff relative to applicants with criminal findings on their background check results.  Certain criminal violations may prohibit individuals from working in healthcare 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.

 

Additional Screenings

A physical examination and/or random drug screening and/or alcohol screening of students may be required by some clinical agencies or the CON. If required, the cost of any examination or test is the student’s responsibility.

Time Commitment

The Accelerated Option is a mode of delivery of the Undergraduate Nursing Program which enables students with prior bachelor’s degrees to earn their BSN in 12 months.  Courses are completed at the rate of one credit hour per week with few scheduled breaks throughout the year.  Clinical rotations are completed via the preceptor model; students complete clinical experience under the direct supervision of a registered nurse preceptor who is an employee of a healthcare agency.  Students work the same schedule as their nurse preceptors to include days, evenings, nights, weekends, and/or holidays.  Due to the compressed format of the curriculum, students need to be available 24/7 to work their preceptors’ hours. The rapid pace and the flexibility required for precepted clinical experiences require a full-time commitment.  Therefore, it is suggested that students forgo all employment while completing the Accelerated Option.  Students are also advised to limit other non-student commitments during the year.

Costs

Nursing is a professional discipline and admitted students must anticipate additional costs beyond tuition, including, but not limited to:  uniforms, textbooks; nursing resource software; standardized tests; criminal background checks (and associated costs if court documents are needed); CPR certification; health requirements, including exams, immunizations, and titers; transportation associated with clinical experience; transportation, lodging and meals during campus residencies. In addition to the costs indicated above, students are expected to have a stethoscope, nametag (received at orientation weekend), penlight, and pocket scissors. Some agencies require specific fees to attend clinicals at their site; if this type of fee applies, it is the student’s responsibility to cover this extra cost. 

 

Computer Based Learning Modules and Standardized Tests

Students are provided a comprehensive package of learning modules, resources and tests when entering the professional nursing program. Specific courses assign these learning activities throughout the program: all students must complete the assigned modules and tests to earn a grade in the associated courses. This package of resources includes the Comprehensive Predictor [test] and NCLEX review. Students must achieve a preset benchmark score on the Comprehensive Predictor within two attempts. If unable to achieve the required passing score, students’ earn an incomplete grade for Nurs-Acc 490 [a required Senior level course]. Students are then required to complete an outside review course at their own expense and to supply proof of the course attendance in order to receive a grade for Nurs-Acc 490 and subsequently graduate.

Above requirements are subject to change. For further information, please visit the College of Nursing, Accel website. 

 

2. Progression Policy for all Undergraduate Student Nurses in all Majors

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.

After admission into the professional major, students must complete all degree requirements within a 5-year time period. Failure to do so may result in being dropped from the program or remediation. 

A student earning a “C-,” “D” or “F” grade in any course of the clinical major cannot progress to subsequent courses in the curriculum.  In order to be considered to repeat the course, an appeal must be submitted to the Undergraduate Academic Standing Committee of the College of Nursing(refer to the College of Nursing Appeal Policy Procedure and an Appeal Form.) Additionally, documents reflecting unprofessional conduct will be considered as part of any appeal.  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. 

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, successful appeal 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 (Pre-Licensure Director).

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.

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.

3. The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education For Professional Nursing Practice

The 2008 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 lifespan 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 lifespan 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

  • See Major below.
 

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

 

1. Traditional Undergraduate Major

  • Pre-Core Course Requirements
    • Nursing: Nursing 105, 200, 215 or 216
  • Required Credits: 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, 424, 426, 427, 429, 437, 441.
    • Electives:  Two credits of electives.
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2.  Collaborative Nursing Major

  • Collaborative Major Credit Breakdown – 120 credits:
    • Credits determined by the http://www.uwosh.edu/con. Other campuses may have up to 124 crs.
    • Prior learning credits 60 crs. Maximum
      • Advanced nursing courses 30 crs.
      • Campus specific requirements 30 crs.
  • Required Core Courses Collaborative Major

The College offers the BSN degree for registered nurses in the Collaborative Nursing Major. Courses are offered in cooperation with other nursing programs in the University of Wisconsin System.

    • Nursing Collaborative Program 407 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
    • Nursing Collaborative Program 441 Chronic Care Management
    • Nursing Collaborative Program 446 Research and Evidence-Based Practice
    • Nursing Collaborative Program 447 Leadership and Management
    • Nursing Collaborative Program 453 Information Management and Healthcare Technology
    • Nursing Collaborative Program 454 Community Health
  • 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 Synthesis, RN 4 cr. (clinical)
    • Nursing Collaborative 491 Clinical Pharmacology or
    • Nursing Collaborative 492 Pathophysiology
    • Nursing electives 4 cr.
  • Nursing Electives: 
    Faculty in the CON may offer nursing electives based on space and faculty availability. 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 credits for graduation.
    • Prior Learning Credits (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 credits. This would include credits 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 credit. 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 Major

  • 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 credits from the following: Accelerated 411, 423, 427, 428
 

The Minor(s)

  • None

 

Course Offerings

Accelerated Nursing Program    105

1 (crs.)

Introduction to Professional Nursing

This course is designed to introduce students to the profession of nursing. Nursing’s historical development, education, and the nurse’s role 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.)

Evidence Based Practice

A two-credit course 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 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

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

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 advisor 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, financial steward, 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, and financial resource management 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.

 

 

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 and a Declared Pre-nursing Majors only.

 

 

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)

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. Special fees may apply.

 

 

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)

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    216

3 (crs.)

Honors: Health Practices with Diverse Populations (XC)(ES)

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. Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Honors 175 and Honors College Standing.

 

 

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

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. Prerequisite: Enrolled in good standing in The Honors College and prior or concurrent enrollment in HNRS 175. (Elective)

 

 

Nursing    303

2 (crs.)

Healing Practices

A 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. Special fees may apply.

 

 

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 Honors College; 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. Special course fees may apply.

 

 

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 6 credits) (Elective)

 

 

Nursing    324

1 (crs.)

Orientation 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 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. (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

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 and Gender 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    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

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. 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

1 – 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. Special fees may 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. Co-requisite: Nursing 441. Special fees may apply.

 

 

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. Special fees may apply.

 

 

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 interoperative  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, financial steward, 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    441

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 plan the experience with a faculty advisor 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    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: Must pass 324 and receive a grade of ‘C’ or better in the following courses: Nurs-CNP 407, Nurs-CNP 446, Nurs-CNP 454, Nurs-CNP 441, Nurs-CNP 453, Nurs-CNP 447, Nurs-CNP 491 OR Nurs-CNP 492. Special fees may apply.

 

 

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)

 

 

Nursing Collaborative Program    317

3 (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 and critical thinking skills are enhanced.

 

 

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    448

3 (crs.)

Mental Health Nursing Across the Care Continuum

This course focuses on nursing care of individuals, groups, and families experiencing acute and chronic mental health conditions across the lifespan and the continuum of care. Prerequisites: Admission to the UWS RN to BS-Nursing Completion Program.

 

 

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    454

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)