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Bowie State University (Department of Nursing)




THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NURSING

The nursing curricula are developed and implemented based on the faculty’s beliefs about professional nursing education and professional nursing practice, the nature of the client, health, and the environment. We believe that in order to meet the current and future needs of the global communities, professional nursing education must prepare graduates to provide therapeutic and culturally congruent care in a variety of settings. Professional nursing education encourages the development of caring behaviors, therapeutic communication, social awareness and collaborative skills that facilitate academic and personal development. The faculty believes that professional nursing education also prepares learners to be critical thinkers, to make optimal use of educational environments, and to pursue continued education as a goal directed lifelong process.

We believe that professional nursing practice is dynamic, complex, and integral to the health care system. Through evidence-based practice, nurses use research findings to make clinical decisions that facilitate health promotion, disease prevention, and health restoration to clients across the lifespan. The demonstration of caring behaviors, therapeutic communication, and culturally congruent care are vital in the provision of client-centered care. Professional nursing practice adheres to an established framework of ethical principles, legal regulations, and standards of practice in order provide high quality, safe and competent care.

We believe that the professional nursing role is not limited to the utilization of the nursing process, but also incorporates research activities, health policies, and clinical leadership in the provision of client care. Thus, lifelong education is crucial to professional growth and development.



School name:Bowie State UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:14000 Jericho Park Road
Zip & city:MD 20715 Maryland
Phone:301-860-3201
Web:http://www.bowiestate.edu/community/TESTNURSE.asp
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TRADITIONAL NURSING PROGRAM

The Undergraduate (or Baccalaureate) Nursing Program offers the Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) after the successful completion of four years of nursing curriculum. The program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nursing Practice (NCLEX-RN).

The baccalaureate nursing program prepares the learner as a generalist to practice within the ethical legal framework of professional nursing. We believe graduates should be prepared to provide therapeutic and culturally congruent care in a variety of settings, to meet the current and future needs of global communities. Graduates are educated to become consumers of research, work collaboratively as a member of the health care team, and utilize emerging new technologies. The following concepts are essential to baccalaureate nursing education: culturally congruent care, research, professional role, and leadership. The generalist role of baccalaureate nursing education is the foundation for specific roles of graduate nursing education.

UNDERGRADUATE NURSING COURSES FOR BSN, RN TO BSN AND RN TO MSN

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
The content of this course is designed to introduce beginning nursing students to the profession of nursing. Content will be focused on nursing history emphasizing significant contributions of African-Americans, the evolution of nursing organizations, and the professional roles of the nurse. Concepts related to the discipline of nursing and nursing education will be introduced as the foundation for continued study in nursing.

CLINICAL SKILLS I: FOUNDATIONAL TECHNICAL SKILLS
This clinical laboratory course introduces the student to the scientific principles of foundational technical skills. Using the simulated laboratory, computer programs and videotapes, the students will develop and master selected psychomotor skills that will enable them to work with clients at a beginning level. In addition, basic communication skills within the nurse patient relationship are developed. Introductory content related to client education/health promotion is included.

NUTRITION
This course provides the student with content related to principles of nutrition, therapeutic nutrition for specific clinical disorders, and drug nutrient interactions. Nutritional interventions across the life cycle are discussed.

PHARMACOLOGY I
This course focuses on the fundamentals of pharmacology and therapeutics. Emphasis will be given to the various classifications of drug actions, reactions, and expected dosages specific to the maternal/infant/child and adolescent client areas.

PHARMACOLOGY II
This course continues to focus on the fundamentals of pharmacology and therapeutics. Emphasis will be given to various classifications of drug actions, reactions, and dosages specific to the adult and older adult clients.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
This course focuses on stressors that impact client systems and their ability to maintain health. Theories and principles of bodily responses are explored so that the student has working knowledge of alterations in the physiological variable as well as the interrelationships of various body subsystems. This course serves as the basis for understanding adult health/illness and for developing nursing intervention strategies with client systems.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING I: MATERNAL AND INFANT CLIENTS
This course prepares the student to apply the Neuman Systems Model while providing care for families during the childbearing phase of the life cycle. This course includes theoretical content from preconception through pregnancy, birth, postpartum, neonatal, and infant periods.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING I CLINICAL: MATERNAL AND INFANT CLIENTS
This clinical course focuses on nursing care of clients during the childbearing phase of the life cycle. Applying the Neuman Systems Model, the student completes holistic assessments and implements therapeutic nursing interventions for mothers and infants in acute care and community based settings.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING II: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT CLIENTS
This course prepares the student to apply the Neuman Systems Model while providing care for children and adolescents. This course includes theoretical content on health promotion, prevention of disease, common health problems, and acute and chronic illness of children and adolescents.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING II CLINICAL: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT CLIENTS
This clinical course focuses on nursing care for children and adolescents. Applying the Neuman Systems Model, students will complete holistic assessments and implement therapeutic nursing interventions for children and adolescents in acute and community based settings.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING III: ADULT CLIENTS
This course prepares the student to apply the Neuman Systems Model while providing care for adult clients. The content focuses on the major acute and chronic problems of adults.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING III CLINICAL: ADULT CLIENTS
This clinical course focuses on the nursing care of adult clients. Applying the Neuman Systems Model, the student completes holistic assessments and implements therapeutic nursing interventions for adult clients in acute and community-based settings.

NURSING PRACTICE: CONCEPTS
This lecture/discussion course is designed to introduce the student to concepts and theories that are the foundation of theory-based nursing practice. The student is introduced to the concepts and Nursing Model that are the organizing framework for the curriculum. The student begins to develop an individual nursing philosophy that includes beliefs concerning client systems, environment, and health. The relationship among theory, research, and practice is emphasized. The Neuman Systems Model is explained by using case studies and the application of critical thinking, communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions within the nursing process are employed by using case studies and theory journals.

CLINICAL SKILLS II: HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course is designed to expand the student’s interpersonal, cognitive, and psychomotor skills when defining parameters of wellness. The focus is understanding man’s basic human structure and lines of defense in response to a variety of stressors.

NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT
This lecture course is designed to provide students with content related to selected chronicity concepts such as: quality of life, altered mobility, sexuality, body image, stigma, and chronic pain. Emphasis is on planning therapeutic nursing interventions that assist the client to achieve mutually determined outcomes relative to each concept. Primary nursing roles of teacher, advocate, and change agent are explored.

NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT CLINICAL
This community based clinical course focuses on planning and implementing care for clients with chronic conditions. Emphasis is placed on establishing a therapeutic nurse client relationship using effective communication skills. Applying the Neuman Systems Model, students complete a holistic assessment of the five variables including a physical examination. Client focused outcomes are established. Critical thinking skills are developed as students implement the professional roles of teacher, advocate and change agent with the goal of improving the client’s quality of life. (Two hours of clinical experience and one hour of clinical conference)

PROFESSIONAL NURSING IV: OLDER ADULT CLIENTS
This course prepares the student to apply the Neuman Systems Model while providing care for older adults. This course includes theoretical content related to healthy aging, risk factors, and acute and chronic health problems common to the older adult.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING IV CLINICAL: OLDER ADULT CLIENTS
This clinical course focuses on the nursing care of older adults. Applying the Neuman Systems Model, the student completes holistic assessments and implements therapeutic nursing interventions for older adults in acute and community-based settings.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH
This course introduces students to general principles and concepts related to the research process in nursing practice and theory. Emphasis is given to: the role of the professional nurse as a consumer of research; expanding decision making through the use of research findings; and evaluating the usefulness of research findings for current practice.

NURSING PRACTICE: LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT
This course prepares the student to apply the Neuman Systems Model within the role of the nurse as leader and manager. Content related to leadership/management theories is emphasized.

NURSING PRACTICE: LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT CLINICAL
This clinical course provides opportunities for students to assess extrapersonal, interpersonal, and intrapersonal stressors that may impact the functioning of the nursing unit. Students then implement strategies to solve a management problem. In addition, students complete other selected projects such as completing an organizational assessment. (Five hours of clinical experience and one hour of clinical conference).

PROFESSIONAL NURSING V: FAMILY AND COMMUNITY CLIENTS
This course prepares the student to apply the Neuman Systems Model while providing care for individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. Content is related to family and community assessment and major health problems that impact families and communities are emphasized.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING V CLINICAL: FAMILY AND COMMUNITY CLIENTS
This clinical course focuses on nursing care of families, aggregates, and communities. Applying the Neuman Systems Model, the student completes holistic assessments and implements therapeutic nursing interventions for a family and aggregate or community.

NURSING PRACTICE: FAMILY/COMMUNITY
This lecture/discussion course prepares the student to apply the Neuman Systems Model while providing care for individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. Selected theories applicable to family and community nursing practice are emphasized. This course includes theoretical content related to family structures, processes, functions, and development. Community assessment, epidemiology, health belief and health promotion models, health education, stress and crisis, cultural diversity, and major health problems of families and communities are stressed.

NURSING PRACTICE: FAMILY/COMMUNITY (CLINICAL)
This clinical course provides opportunities for students to work with well families and to work in community health settings with individuals, groups, and families. The student will interview a well family to assess family structures, processes, and functions. In addition, the student will provide professional nursing care for the individual, family, or group in community settings. The student is guided in the nursing process to develop and evaluate primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention intervention strategies that assist client systems to attain, maintain, and/or retain their lines of defense. (Three hours of flexible family assessment, five hours of clinical experience, and one hour of clinical conference)

PROFESSIONAL NURSING VI: PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS
This course prepares the student to apply the Neuman Systems Model while providing nursing care to clients with mental illnesses. Theoretical content about the nurse-client relationship, the predisposing factors, symptomatology, and neurobiological factors of mental illness are emphasized.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING VI CLINICAL: PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS
This clinical course prepares the student to apply the Neuman Systems Model while providing care for the clients with mental illnesses. Applying the Neuman Systems Model, the student completes holistic assessments and implements therapeutic nursing interventions for psychiatric/mental health clients in acute and community-based settings.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING VII: CRITICALLY ILL CLIENTS
This course prepares the student to apply the Neuman Systems Model while providing care for critically ill clients. Theoretical content related to complex, multi system disorders, and inherent economic, legal and ethical issues are emphasized.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING VII CLINICAL: CRITICALLY ILL CLIENTS
This clinical course focuses on the nursing care of critically ill clients. Applying the Neuman Systems Model, the student completes holistic assessments and implements therapeutic nursing interventions for critically ill clients in a variety of critical care settings.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING VIII: CLINICAL PRACTICUM
This clinical course provides an opportunity for the student to experience the role of the professional nurse through supervised clinical practice with a preceptor in a selected health care agency.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING ISSUES
As the culminating course of the curriculum, emphasis is placed on synthesis of curricular concepts and their applicability to professional nursing practice.


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