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California State University, Bakersfield (Department of Nursing)




California State Colleges were brought together as a system by the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960. In 1972, the system became The California State University and Colleges, and in 1982 the system became The California State University (CSU).

California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is located at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley approximately 110 miles north of Los Angeles. It is the only four year institution within a 100 mile radius, is located in the city of Bakersfield, a commercial, medical and educational center for the region with a regional population of 750,000, including the city and the unincorporated areas. Thirty buildings provide classroom, laboratory, administrative and technical support facilities. Enrollment is approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students served by a faculty of nearly 300.

The University is organized into four schools: Natural Sciences, Mathematics (NSM); Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Public Administration, and Education. The Department of Nursing is one of seven departments in the School of NSM.

The Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The Department also offers a post-baccalaureate school health services credential program and a post master’s family nurse practitioner certificate program.

CSUB received a 10-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges following a site visit in October 1999. The undergraduate program and the Family Nurse practitioner option in the graduate program received five years continuing approval by the California State Board of Registered Nursing in 1998. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the School Nursing program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Courses designed to assist Registered Nurses to complete the requirements of the baccalaureate degree are taught at the Bakersfield campus and at two distant community colleges: College of the Sequoias in Visalia (85 miles north of Bakersfield) and Antelope Valley in Lancaster (90 miles east of Bakersfield).

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide a collaborative and interactive learning environment committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, service, and practice. The outstanding faculty provides Nursing education to undergraduate and graduate students seeking entry into professional nursing or advanced practice. The Department of Nursing fosters mutual collaboration with the community of interest.

Graduates will have acquired knowledge, skills, competencies and values essential to the practice of professional nursing. Professional nurses make autonomous and collaborative judgments in a variety of healthcare situations and are accountable for their practice. In recognition of the health needs of a multicultural society, professional nurses address healthcare issues and needs of their community of interest.



School name:California State University, BakersfieldDepartment of Nursing
Address:9001 Stockdale Hwy
Zip & city:CA 93311-1022 California
Phone:(661) 654-2029
Web:http://www.csub.edu/Nursing/
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LOWER DIVISION

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CAREERS
Overview of careers in healthcare with special emphasis on allied health, medicine, and nursing. Discussion of prerequisite skills and course work required or desired by education programs for entry into a health career. Examination of specialization in health careers and the required foundation for the specialty. Students demonstrate written and verbal communication through an in-depth report on a specific health career. The report is based on computer internet, library and interview skills. Development of a personal plan that documents the attainment or plans for attainment of the prerequisite skills and course work of a health career. Intended for pre-nursing, pre-medicine and pre-allied health students. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. One unit lecture.

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
This course is an introduction to the study of medical terminology. Through word analysis and labeling exercises this course will help the student to learn the anatomic and clinical terms pertaining to each body system. This course is for nursing students and pre-nursing students interested in building a medical vocabulary.

FIRST STEPS TOWARD NURSING PRACTICE
Focuses on assisting beginning nursing students with test taking and math skills and word usage in health care settings. Includes instruction and practice in using math for medication administration and in appropriate word use for reporting and recording nursing assessments. Scenarios will be used to provide assessment data and to illustrate how variations in client characteristics such as culture and age may influence medication administration and nursing assessment.

INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Significant concepts, such as person, family, group, community, environment, cultural diversity, health, and interpersonal communication that form the theoretical framework essential for providing effective nursing care, are introduced. The evolution of the health care system, including role and accountability of health care providers, is examined. Historical events, current trends, legal, ethical, social, and political issues influencing nursing are examined within social-cultural contexts. A comparison is made between technical and professional nursing and nursing education with relevance to the professional nurse’s roles (clinician, researcher, educator, and leader). Various philosophies, theories and conceptual models of nursing are examined. Components of the nursing process are introduced. The CSUB Department of Nursing philosophy and conceptual model of nursing, as the basis of the nursing process and as a means of maintaining physiological, psychological, and sociocultural integrity is studied.

BEGINNING PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Provides theoretical foundation for health assessment, physical examination and clinical experiences for implementing knowledge in the practice setting. Assessment is stressed as a common foundation of knowledge and of many shared skills among health professionals and as the initial phase of the nursing process for collecting and analyzing data to identify potential and actual client problems both nursing focused and collaborative in nature. The CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model as a basis for the approach to assessment is studied and applied. The basis for establishing a professional nurse-client relationship as a foundation for communication is examined. Clinical laboratory experiences in the methods and process of the assessment of adults are provided. Differentiation is made between various data bases-complete, episodic or problem-centered, follow-up, and emergency. Cultural and developmental considerations are included. Lecture/Discussion 2 units; Laboratory Practice 1 unit.

FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS/PRINCIPLES BASIC TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Application of CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model to the nursing process is continued. The nursing process as a method of providing nursing care and as related to the independent role of the nurse is studied. Major concepts such as pain, stress, loss and grief are studied. Principles of group dynamics are introduced and the theory and principles basic to the study of fundamental skills of nursing care are presented to correspond to the practical application of these in Skills Fundamental to the Practice of Nursing. A component addresses geriatric nursing in addition to the care of the older adult.

SKILLS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE PRACTICE OF NURSING
Basic skills related to the theory and principles taught in Fundamental Concepts/Principles Basic to Professional Nursing are demonstrated and practiced in laboratory simulations. Basic nursing skills, including communication and health assessment skills are applied in clinical practice situations in the process of providing care to adults as are clinical experiences for implementing the nursing process in the care of young, middle aged and older adults. Acute care and geriatric care settings are employed. Utilizing the CSUB Department of Nursing philosophy and conceptual model of nursing, emphasis is placed on the beginning application of the nursing process. Students have the opportunity to engage in clinical experiences in implementing the nursing process in the care of young, middle aged and older adults in acute and geriatric care settings. Laboratory practice.

PHARMACOLOGY
Principles and concepts of pharmacologic intervention. A lecture/demonstration course integrating pharmacology, physiology and disease processes. Emphasis on providing the student with the information necessary to assess a patient’s reaction to pharmacologic agents, anticipate appropriate intervention, and recognize common problems associated with drug therapy. Lecture 2 units; Laboratory 1 unit.

LABS AND ELECTROLYTES FOR MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING
This class will focus on the study of fluids, electrolytes, and lab values. Case studies will be used to evaluate medical and surgical patients in the context of care. One component of this class will be a self directed program where the student will utilize a text for information and then self evaluate learning using a CD ROM for practice NCLEX testing with rationale and feedback. Another CD ROM series will provide an interactive program that discusses and reviews simulated medical/surgical cases. Students will learn from their responses as they test their decision making acumen. Faculty will guide the program, utilizing student’s individual needs while students will be self directed for completion of class objectives and assignments.

PHARMACOLOGY REVIEW
A course of study to focus on the review of basic principles of pharmacology. The CSUB Conceptual Model is applied for maintaining physiological integrity. Emphasis in the review will be placed on knowledge and interventions of drugs in the physiological systems with maintenance of system stability. A CD ROM is included so that students will learn from their responses as they test their decision-making acumen. Faculty will guide the program, utilizing student’s individual needs while students will be self directed for completion of class objectives and assignments.

HEALTH CARE OF ADULTS THROUGH SENESCENCE, PART I (THEORY)
Focuses on the identification and treatment of common health problems of young, middle aged, and older adults and the promotion of wellness. Common illness conditions are studied in relation to altered physiological processes as a means to provide sound nursing interventions. The CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model provides a basis for viewing problems as physiological, psychological, and sociocultural systems instabilities which influence functional health patterns. Critical thinking skills are applied to analysis of data for identifying nursing and collaborative problems. The nursing process is studied as an approach to re-establish systems stability/maximum functional status. Leadership and ethical decision making is introduced. Principles and concepts from the natural and behavioral sciences are used to discuss the application of the nursing process.

HEALTH CARE OF ADULTS THROUGH SENESCENCE, PART I (CLINICAL)
The CSUB Conceptual Model of Nursing, as the basis of the nursing process and as a means of maintaining physiological, psychological, and sociocultural integrity is applied. Biological and psychosocial theories are utilized in the development of the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions directed toward the promotion of system stability/maximum functional status and evaluation of the results of interventions. Clinical experiences for implementing the nursing process in the care of young, middle-aged, and older adults with common illness conditions are provided. Acute healthcare settings are utilized. Critical analysis of patient data and responses to nursing intervention are emphasized. Laboratory Practice.

HOME HEALTH CARE OVERVIEW
Theory related to the issues of home health care will be introduced. Information, in addition to material in the clinical nursing courses, that is needed to be certified as a home health aide will be presented.

HEALTHY AGING
This course is based upon human response patterns within a framework of human need and is organized from the basic to the most complex in terms of understanding the aged and their needs. It is the belief that healthy aging and wellness are within the grasp of every aging person, given reasonable relationships and environmental supports. Biological, psychological, sociological, cognitive, spiritual, and cultural factors are explored from a holistic perspective and include theories of aging, health and wellness, age-related changes, vulnerability, death and dying, and other issues related to family, community and health care delivery systems. Recommended: one course in anthropology, psychology, or sociology.

UPPER DIVISION

WOMEN’S HEALTH
This course covers women’s health care from a primary care and well-being perspective. Included are traditional reproductive content as well as selected common medical and psycho-social-developmental-political problems and issues as they relate to women’s health. The importance of health responsibility being assumed by the individual is emphasized. Prerequisites: PSYC 100, SOC 100, and ENGL 110.

LVN PREPARATION FOR THE RN PROGRAM
Focus is on facilitating the transition from the role of a Licensed Vocational Nurse to that of a Registered Nurse. Concepts, theories and principles basic to advanced nursing are introduced. The CSUB Systems Model of Nursing, as the conceptual basis of the nursing process and as a means of maintaining physiological, psychological, behavioral and socio-cultural integrity, is applied. Biological and psychosocial theories are utilized in the development of the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions directed towards promotion of system stability/maximum functional status and evaluation of the results of interventions. Clinical experiences for implementing the nursing process in the care of young, middle-aged, and older adults with common illness conditions are provided. Acute and geriatric health-care settings are utilized. Critical analysis of patient data and responses to nursing intervention are emphasized. Lecture 2 units; Laboratory 4 units.

PREPARATION FOR THE NCLEX
Lecture/Seminar course designed to assist nursing students to prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Students will be provided the opportunity to assess their level of preparedness for the national examination for registered nurse licensure. The standardized test will be an additional cost for the student. Skills in computer test taking will be included. The current test plan for the NCLEX for Registered Nurses will guide the presentation of specific course content.

HEALTH CARE OF ADULTS THROUGH SENESCENCE, PART II (THEORY)
Focuses on the identification and treatment of common high acuity pathophysiological health problems of young, middle-aged, and older adults. High acuity pathophysiological disorders are studied in relation to nursing diagnoses common to those patients and in relation to altered physiological processes as a means to provide sound nursing interventions. The CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model provides a basis for viewing problems as physiological, psychological, and sociocultural systems instabilities. Critical thinking skills are applied to analysis of data for identifying nursing and collaborative problems. The nursing process is studied as an approach to re-establish systems stability/maximum functional status. Principles and concepts from the natural and behavioral sciences are used to discuss the development of the nursing process.

HEALTH CARE OF ADULTS THROUGH SENESCENCE, PART II (CLINICAL)
A course of study to further advance the student’s ability to apply theoretical knowledge to the care of young, middle-age and older adults. Acute/critical and alternative health care settings are utilized for implementing the nursing process. The CSUB Conceptual Model of Nursing, as the conceptual basis of the nursing process and as a means of maintaining physiological, psychological, and sociocultural integrity is applied. Biological and psychosocial theories are utilized in the development of the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions directed toward the promotion of system stability and evaluation of the results of interventions. Critical analysis of patient data and responses to nursing intervention are emphasized. Laboratory Practice.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGIC BASIS OF ILLNESS AND DISEASE
Focuses on disease processes in the human and encompasses the study of disordered or altered functions. Defines relationships between human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and microbiology. Using a systems assessment approach, provides the basis for treatment of disease states. Acute and chronic alterations will be identified. A framework incorporating genetic, congenital, traumatic, and acquired risk factors across the life-span resulting in pathophysiologic alterations will be discussed.

PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Focus of the course is on the identification, treatment, and nursing care of common psychopathological health problems of children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Psychobiological, psychosocial, and sociocultural variables influencing systems stability are explored. Theoretical content includes psychopathology, pharmacology and treatment modalities related to attributes of humanistic individuals, group-aggregates or communities. Communication and group process theory and its application to practice are included. Principles and concepts from mental health/psychiatric nursing are applied to the nursing process.

PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING CARE
The course provides clinical experiences for implementing the nursing process in the care of individuals, families and groups with mental health problems. Students utilize physiological, psychosocial, cultural and behavioral concepts in application of the nursing process to individuals, families and groups. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions directed toward promotion of system stability and evaluation of the results of mental health interventions. Laboratory Practice.

HEALTH PROMOTION DURING THE PERIOD OF FAMILY EXPANSION
This course focuses on theoretical concepts and principles for facilitating systems stability in families and individuals during the period of family expansion, the woman during the reproductive cycle, the newborn and the family. Methods of health assessment, promotion and maintenance, health education, and early family rearing practices based on individual differences will be discussed. Health problems of family members during this time will be addressed.

NURSING CARE DURING THE PERIOD OF FAMILY EXPANSION
This course provides clinical experience in the application of nursing care principles and concepts to the care of women, newborns and their families during the period of family expansion from preconception through early infancy. Included will be experiences in normal and high-risk situations, during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and neonatal periods in hospitals, community agencies, and in the home. Emphasis is placed on use of the nursing process, including adequate assessment of the physiological, psychological and sociocultural systems, and functional health patterns to arrive at nursing diagnoses and subsequently plan and implement nursing care. Opportunity will be provided for further development of the clinician, education, and leadership roles and for introducing the role of nurse researcher. Laboratory Practice.

HEALTH PROBLEMS OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
Major health problems interfering with growth and development from infancy through adolescence, and their effects on physical, psychological, and sociocultural systems stability and functional health patterns are studied in relation to the individual and family. Health assessment, health promotion, prevention of illness, and therapeutic interventions are studied with the family as the focus of care.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
Application of knowledge and skill through provision of nursing care in clinical situations involving multisystem instability in infants, children, adolescents and their families. The nursing process is used to identify dysfunctional health patterns, formulate nursing diagnoses, and develop comprehensive nursing plans of care. Emphasis is given to implement health assessment, promotion and education related to the developmental level of children and their families. Laboratory Practice.

PLANNING NURSING RESEARCH
An introduction to planning a research project based upon a simple nursing problem. Includes: definitions of terms, methods for writing problem statements, sample collection procedures, choosing data collection instruments, data analysis, protection of human subjects rights, developing a nursing research proposal. Three hours per week.

TOPICS IN NURSING
Offered periodically as announced. Topics of interest to upper division undergraduate nursing students. May be repeated for different course content. Specific prerequisites will be indicated with each announced course.

COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING
Community service provides a learning experience through volunteering in a health setting. Designed to complement the learning of students entering or considering entering a health profession. Direct community experiences are arranged through a variety of health organizations. Basic topics of confidentiality and infection control (OSHA requirements) are introduced during the initial enrollment in the course and renewed on an annual basis. Depending on health setting placement, a student may need to meet additional requirements such as CPR, health clearance, and malpractice insurance. Particular placements may require completion of Level I of the CSUB nursing program. Individual academic learning objectives guide the experience. Health practice based reflection is used to evaluate the student’s ability to connect the community service learning to academic course work. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. One unit of credit for 30 or more hours of volunteer community service experience in a health setting. Only one unit of Human Corps credit can be earned per term. No more than 12 units of Human Corps credit may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS AND ISSUES
This course provides the students with opportunities to explore and critically analyze nursing theories and conceptual models. The relationship between nursing theories and nursing practices will be emphasized. Students will also examine the characteristics of nursing as a profession and the roles of the professional nurse. Current and evolving ethical, legal, political, and economic issues facing the profession of nursing will be discussed and analyzed. Prerequisite: admission to the RN to MSN option or RN to BSN to MSN option. Senior standing or higher in Nursing. [F]

BASIC DYSRHYTHMIA COURSE
This course will focus on the interpretation of ECG rhythms and dysrhythmias. A systematic approach to dysrhythmia interpretation will be utilized. This course is for nursing students interested in working in medical/surgical units, critical care units, emergency departments, operating rooms, postanesthesia care units, outpatient clinics, and various community settings where nurses are responsible for interpreting the client’s heart rhythm as a part of their job requirement.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Principles, theories, and concepts of community health nursing are utilized to generate an understanding of the roles and functions of community health nurses. Special focus is given to the nursing process and nursing roles needed to promote system stability and maximum functional status of families, groups, aggregates, and community. This course is designed to encourage the critical thinking necessary to perform autonomously in community health nursing.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM
Concepts and theories of community health nursing are utilized in the application of the systems model. Special emphasis is given to use of the nursing process with families, groups or aggregates. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisite: Level III Nursing courses or equivalent for RN students.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICUM
Integration of prior nursing and support course content into professional nursing practice. Faculty select, with student input, a clinical agency for an advanced clinical experience. Student will apply all nursing roles (clinician, educator, researcher, and leader), with emphasis on the leader and clinician roles. Students will take a national assessment test in preparation for the RN license examination (processing fee required). This examination must be passed in order to pass the course. Seminar 1 unit/Laboratory Practice 4 units.

MULTI-SYSTEM INTEGRATION OF MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING
This course focuses on the student’s internalization of knowledge through contextual, syntactical and inquiry learning. Students will be assisted to utilize techniques that integrate multisystem factors of assessment, intervention and evaluation. Through case studies students will be presented meaningful ways to apply concepts to clinical, community and home situations.

LVN-RN NURSING PRACTICUM
For LVNs in the 45 unit option seeking to become RNs. Integration of prior nursing and support course content into registered nursing practice. Faculty select, with student input, an acute care clinical agency for an advanced clinical experience. Student will apply the registered nursing roles of clinician, educator, and leader, with emphasis on the leader and clinician roles. Students will take a national assessment test in preparation for the RN license examination (processing fee required). This examination must be passed in order to pass the course. Seminar 1 unit/Laboratory Practice 4 units.

HEALTHCARE ETHICS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
This course will describe and discuss a variety of ethical issues and dilemmas confronting everyone who participates in the US Healthcare system. Ethical theory and decision-making models will be reviewed for application during the course. A description of the multiple methods of healthcare delivery, the organizations and agencies providing healthcare (the medical-industrial complex), and personnel providing care will be presented as a basis for discussion. A variety of dilemmas involving patients across the lifespan (fetus to cadaver), their significant others, the healthcare team and delivery systems will be discussed. Both classical dilemmas and additional dilemmas involving patients and/or professionals will be the primary focus of discussion.

SENIOR SEMINAR: LEADERSHIP, TRENDS & ISSUES IN NURSING
Consideration is given of current and evolving ethical, legal, political, and economic issues facing the profession of nursing. These issues are critically analyzed as they relate to nursing care and nursing leadership/management in the delivery of health care in contemporary society.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION
This work study course is offered by the Department of Nursing in cooperation with selected clinical agencies. Students apply previously learned nursing theory and clinical skills in assigned patient care settings under the supervision of selected RN preceptors. The laboratory experience is supervised by a Department of Nursing faculty (course instructor), and clinical agency coordinators. The determination of course credits, evaluation, and grading is the responsibility of the nursing faculty. Laboratory Practice.


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