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Nursing (RN-to-BSN)

Bachelor of Science Degree

Prepare for an expanded role in healthcare as you gain the critical performance skills needed for decision-making, leadership, management, and health promotion. In fact, with a growing national demand for nurses, you'll have increased job mobility opportunity and may be eligible for higher paying positions. In this RN-BSN program, you will develop your skills as a professional nurse, learn the fundamentals of effective leadership, and gain a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that influence the delivery of healthcare and patient outcomes. In the final two program courses, you will participate in a hands-on practicum. You will be able to partner with a preceptor to identify a healthcare concern or issue, develop a plan to resolve the issue, implement, execute and evaluate the plan. Completing your BSN degree will keep you up to date with the rising level of education requirements for nursing and assist you with achieving your academic and professional goals.

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Courses in the major include:

This course serves as the foundation for the transition to professional nursing, introducing concepts useful for advancement into a leadership and/or management role in healthcare. Principles of the professional nurses' role, effective leadership and followership, and promotion of the profession are highlighted in this course. Prerequisite: Admission to program
This course is essential for the nurse leader/manager, as a member of the healthcare team, identifying the process for group collaboration for the purpose of decision making. The focus of the course is aimed at development of effective leadership skills and strategies for collaboration and conflict management. Prerequisite: BSNU 360
The course will explore concepts and strategies that influence decision making, including negotiation strategies and considerations for the implication of professional values, motivation, education, and cultural competence. Prerequisite: BSNU 380
This course introduces the nurse's role in sending and receiving healthcare information. Emphasis includes methods, tools, resources, and technology systems used in healthcare information exchange and decision-making. Prerequisite: BSNU 400
The focus of this course is consumer-ship of healthcare research and the application to evidence-based nursing practice. This course introduces types of research, data collection, analysis of data, and interpretation of data for implementation into practice. Prerequisite: BSNU 410
This course will provide the professional nurse with a broadened, population approach to wellness and health promotion as well as disease and injury prevention. The course includes examination of evidence-based strategies for health promotion/disease prevention for populations defined by criteria of healthcare disparity. Prerequisite: BSNU 420
This course will examine regulation of healthcare through ethics, law, and policy. Emphasis is placed on the implications for healthcare delivery as well as nursing leadership and management. Prerequisite: BSNU 430
The focus of this course is to provide an introductory perspective of the role of a nurse leader or nurse manager to complex healthcare delivery systems and to provide a greater understanding of the role of the professional nurse as a contributor to the transformation of healthcare organizations. This includes a 36 hour practicum experience. Prerequisite: BSNU 440 and meet all practicum requirements.
This course provides a strategic view of nursing leadership and management issues encountered by professional nurses in roles across the healthcare continuum. Emphasis will include nursing employment trends; recruitment & retention; staffing & delegation; finance/budgeting, and strategic planning. This course requires a 36 hour practicum experience. Prerequisite: BSNU 470 and meet all practicum requirements.
This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience with the University's four essential learning outcomes - communication, problem solving, collaboration, and citizenship. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.

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