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Bloomsburg University (Department of Nursing)




Recognized as one of the leading four-year undergraduate nursing programs statewide, Bloomsburg prepares students for a wide range of careers in home care, occupational health, rehabilitation, trauma, clinical specialties, informatics and case management and additionally offers the increasingly valuable path toward a master of science in nursing through its related graduate study program.

As the realm of modern health care becomes increasingly complex, this rigorous and demanding program requires potential students to have exceptional leadership and time management skills, self assurance and independent critical thinking. Other factors suggesting potential for success at Bloomsburg include a strong background in sciences and algebra as well as very high reading comprehension skills and a strong work ethic. Students enjoy high success on NCLEX examinations, a strong placement rate and continuation of graduate studies after initial work experiences, much of which is outside of traditional hospital settings.

Bloomsburg also offers and MSN program with a wide range of options for nursing professionals.



School name:Bloomsburg UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:3109 McCormick Center for Human Services
Zip & city:PA 17815-1301 Pennsylvania
Phone:(570) 389-4316
Web:http://departments.bloomu.edu/nursing/index.htm
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Department of Nursing Courses


PERSONAL HEALTH: A MULTIDIMENSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
This course will provide the student with information and tools to improve their personal health through accountability for health habits and decision making.

CRITICAL EVALUATION OF RESEARCH IN NURSING
Introduces research methods and techniques. Focuses on the student as a consumer of research with emphasis critiquing research studies for application and the ethics of research with human subjects.

RESEARCH APPLICATION IN NURSING
Focuses on the contribution of research to the discipline and the consumer's role in applying research findings. Emphasizes identifying researchable problems and improving practice through application of research findings.

PROPOSAL WRITING IN NURSING
Focuses on the research process in identifying a researchable problem and formulating a beginning level research prospectus. Emphasizes conceptualization of a design to study a research problem.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Introduces the student to the Bloomsburg University undergraduate nursing program and the concepts and processes of professional nursing. The mission, philosophy, and conceptual model of the curriculum are defined and discussed. Major concepts of the program are integrated into all aspects of the course. Students develop the view of person as a holistic open-system who is growing and developing across the life span. Exploration of the person's environment is included as related to nursing practice. Nursing roles are examined. Laboratory activities furnish opportunities to develop skills in group dynamics, communication and teaching. Assessment skills are applied as the student demonstrates the teaching role with clients in the community.

NUTRITION
Introduces the principles of nutrition and ways in which these principles are applied to promote an optimal level of functioning for all individuals. Topics include nutritional requirements for maintaining health and development throughout the life span as well as factors affecting food choices of individuals and society.

PHARMACOLOGY
Provides a foundation in pharmacology for pharmacologic content integration throughout the curriculum. Explores the legal, social, ethical, historical, and political dimensions of pharmacotherapeutics.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE
Focuses on the application of assessment skills to promote optimal levels of functioning of the adult and older adult. Students apply theory to the care of the individual client as they begin to assume the nursing roles of practitioner, teacher, leader/manager and consumer of research. Students expand their knowledge and application of major nursing concepts as they provide health care to clients in non life-threatening situations. Laboratory simulations and computer instruction enable the student to develop psychomotor skills basic to nursing practice. Instructional strategies include clinical experiences with clients in community hospital settings.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Introduces techniques and principles of health assessment for adult clients. Communication and interviewing skills are reinforced throughout the course. Health patterns of adults are assessed. Validation of health histories and practice of review of systems and basic assessment skills will occur in the Health Assessment Simulated Learning Laboratory.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR NURSING PRACTICE
Assists the student to apply the physiological principles as a means of understanding pathological conditions. Pathophysiological disruptions to system functioning are presented. The impact of these disruptions on the individual is discussed. Students will develop an understanding of signs and symptoms associated with selected pathophysiological disruptions as a basis for determining nursing care needs.

ALCOHOL: USE AND ABUSE
Provides a comprehensive overview of alcohol use and misuse in the American population. Because alcohol is a leading public health problem in the U.S. today, this course is intended for students of all disciplines. The nature of alcohol problems will be examined as well as socio-cultural attitudes toward drinking. Alcohol's effects on the body will be explored. The impact of alcoholism on adolescents, professional workers, women, the elderly, and the family will be discussed. Prevention, intervention, and referrals will be examined. An overview of treatment and rehabilitation will include spiritual, moral, and legal aspects. This is not a clinical course; it is a free elective and an approved general education values course.

DRUG USE AND ABUSE IN SOCIETY
Uses a multidimensional approach that emphasizes the confounding variables of biology, culture, family systems, this course focuses on critical issues relating to substance use and abuse. Examines a variety of perspectives related to drugs and drug use - pharmacological, behavioral, historical, legal and clinical. Relates the latest information on drugs to their effect on the human body and behavior, the family, and society. Substance dependence, intervention, referral and treatment are discussed. Drug control policies, prevention, and legal aspects of substance use are explored.

CONTEMPORARY WOMEN'S HEALTH
Undergraduate overview of women's health. The focus will be on health needs across the lifespan of women. Students will examine health issues as they relate to women across ethic, racial, religious and geographical boundaries. The content will contain an overview of physiologic changes, self-care issues, personal enrichment, relationships with partners, sexual health and fertility, childbearing, routine examinations and procedures. The course is designed as a values course for students interested in health, women's studies, or those desiring personal enrichment and an understanding of contemporary women's health concerns.

ROLE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE NURSE GENERALIST
Designed to advance the role development of the registered nurse into professional practice as espoused by baccalaureate education in nursing. In this course, students will be introduced to the mission, philosophy, objectives, and organizing framework of the Bloomsburg University Department of Nursing. Students will apply concepts, principles and a variety of theories derived from nursing and related disciplines in developing their professional roles as practitioner, teacher, leader/manager, and consumer of research. Insights derived from values clarification and self-awareness activities will be applied as students explore legal, ethical, political and technological issues in their work independently and/or in collaboration with others. Students will be expected to apply principles and strategies of effective communication and group process as they work independently and/or in collaboration with others. Students will also be expected to articulate their own philosophy of professional nursing practice and to explore, at a basic level, the relatedness of their philosophy to a model of nursing practice.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH
Introduces students to the concepts, skills and processes of research in nursing. The contributions of selected nursing theorists are explored as frameworks for nursing inquiry. Students evaluate research critically and examine its importance to the discipline of nursing.

GERIATRIC NURSING
Focuses on the physiological, psychological and social aspects of aging with emphasis on the assessment of problems and appropriate nursing intervention.

FAMILY NURSING
Focuses on the concept of family as a open system and use of the nursing process to assess and promote family health across its lifespan. Students analyze the structures and functions of the family in contemporary U.S. society as a basis for determining health care needs. The role of the environment and sociocultural factors are explored as they influence the family's various functions. The nurse's role in assisting the family to assume responsibility for meeting the needs of its members is stressed.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING I
Focuses on the application of the nursing process to promote and restore the health of older adults with chronically or potentially life threatening illnesses. Students apply developmental theory related to the older adult while providing health care. Increasing independence in nursing roles occurs and students collaborate with health care providers in a variety of settings.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on family-centered nursing and the use of assessment findings to diagnose, plan, deliver, and evaluate quality care of women, neonates, children, and their families. Students, with guidance form faculty, integrate family and developmental theories into nursing practice with clients in a variety of settings. As providers of care, students serve as the patient advocate and educator as they focus on health promotion, risk reduction, and illness and disease management. Clinical sites support the students' increasing responsibility for collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Presents a diversity of topics focusing on contemporary trends, issues and problems relevant to the principles and practice of professional nursing in the health care system.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Requires investigation of an area of special interest and value to the student under the direction of a faculty member following a plan approved by the department chairperson. Course may be interdisciplinary.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on the use of nursing process, demography, epidemiology, program planning and evaluation to assist communities with the promotion, restoration and maintenance of health. The impact of multiple systems on health and healthcare delivery is identified as students collaborate with clients, support systems, other providers, public health agencies and the community as a whole. Role development will be fostered through independent and interdependent activities with culturally diverse groups and organizations.

PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on the application of diverse theories, psychobiological concepts and epidemiological principles to students' use of nursing process to promote, maintain and restore the health of a culturally diverse client population in a variety of mental health care settings. Students employ a "therapeutic use of self" and function in independent and interdependent roles as they collaborate with client, support systems and other providers to deliver holistic and humanistic care.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING II
Focuses on providing care for adult clients with complex needs. Students employ critical thinking to problem-solving and make decisions. Student use nursing process, therapeutic skills and technology in assisting these clients to attain an optimal level of functioning. They collaborate with clients and the interdisciplinary team to promote, maintain and restore optimal health to a variety of clients. Learning experiences provide opportunities for students to develop proficiency as a practitioner, teacher, leader/manager, and consumer of research. The course promotes integration of values into professional behaviors and accountability for personal and professional growth.

NURSING MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP
Focuses on management principles, including leadership theories and concepts, decision-making processes, budgeting guidelines and case management concepts. Content on public policy and health care economics are integrated into concurrent clinical courses to enhance professional role development.

TRANSCULTURAL HEALTH ISSUES
Provides students with a global perspective of transcultural health issues. Students will analyze the cultural, social, educational, economic, political, and environmental forces that contribute to health on an international level. Major cultural and ethnic determinants of health in developed in various countries in solving their health care problems will be compared. Research on transcultural health organizations dealing with cultural and ethical and ethical issues in world health will be evaluated.

HEALTH CONCERNS IN THE CLASSROOM: A PRIMER FOR TEACHERS
Focuses on health problems of the school-age population and the educator's role in the classroom management of these problems. Health mandates, acute and chronic health conditions of childhood and adolescence, and strategies for maintaining a healthy classroom environment are presented. The medically fragile child in the classroom is also discussed.

APPLIED STATISTICS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Applies principles and methods of statistical analysis of data in the health professions. The course emphasizes statistical concepts as a set of principles and a way of thinking for health professionals.

THEORETICAL BASES FOR ROLE DEVELOPMENT IN ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE
Examines theoretical formulations related to role development in advanced nursing practice. Students use concepts, principles and strategies inherent in a variety of theories (i.e., systems, change, professional socialization and role) to serve as a framework for the development and enrichment of their advanced practice roles. Theory building, the relationship of models to theories, and major conceptual and theoretical models in nursing practice are also introduced. Students analyze and apply tenets of selected conceptual model of nursing to their own philosophy of advanced nursing practice. Leadership principles are also incorporated as students identify an actual or potential issue or problem related to their advanced practice role and design a proposal for planned change.

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