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California State University, East Bay (Nursing Department)




The Department of Nursing and Health Sciences offers an undergraduate program which leads to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. The program is designed to prepare a nurse generalist: one who is able to apply nursing knowledge and provide culturally sensitive care to clients from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds. The curriculum integrates general and professional education to prepare a professional nurse who is also a well-educated citizen. Graduates of the program have the requisite knowledge and skills to pursue graduate study in nursing.

The curriculum consists of one year of pre-nursing requirements and eight quarters of nursing courses. However, nine quarters are frequently needed to complete all nursing courses because of clinical space limitations. The prerequisite courses may be completed at Cal State, East Bay or by taking equivalent courses at another college or university. Nursing courses have concomitant laboratory activities both on campus and in local hospitals, community health agencies, child care centers, and retirement communities. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical facilities. Expenses for clinical courses include the purchase of uniforms, stethoscopes, malpractice insurance, personal health insurance, laboratory equipment, course syllabi, and so forth.

The program is accredited by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing (Tel: 916-322-3350) and by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (Tel: 212-363-5555). Upon completion of the nursing sequence, the student is qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and apply for the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.

MISSION

The mission of the baccalaureate nursing program at California State University, East Bay is preparation of highly qualified beginning professional nurses to meet the needs of the East Bay communities we serve. The work of the program is therefore focused primarily on undergraduate instructional activities and tailored to the needs of agencies in our service area.

The greater Bay Area in general, and the East Bay specifically, are urban, multiethnic, multicultural communities. The nursing program thus endorses and reflects the University mission of quality education for a diverse society. Faculty value a diverse workforce in nursing, a diverse nursing student body, and culturally competent practitioners of nursing at all levels in all settings.

In order to provide the best possible instruction, the program provides small class sizes and focuses faculty scholarship primarily, though not exclusively, on systematic examination of teaching and learning. To provide quality curriculum, the faculty consider professional standards developed by recognized entities such as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and collaborates with agencies in communities we serve.

PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

The primary purpose of the Cal State East Bay Nursing Program is to prepare competent beginning professional nurses. In that regard, the faculty believe that nursing includes provision of care and support to sick clients, facilitation of preventive health measures, and promotion of high levels of health.

Clients, whether they are individuals, families, groups, or communities, are multidimensional with physiologic, psychoemotional, social, spiritual, and cultural experiences. All of these factors have bearing on client well-being directly or indirectly as they may influence health care and lifestyle decisions. Like client needs, the healthcare system is complex. The faculty thus believe that interdisciplinary teams, characterized by collaboration among a variety of professionals, offer the richest approach to client care. Nurses bring a distinct set of knowledge, skills, and caring to such teams.

The faculty believe that caring is an essential element of nursing and that it requires sensitivity to clients' health and comfort across the dimensions of human experience. Caring requires respect for clients and belief in their fundamental dignity. Caring includes a commitment to assisting/supporting others. A sense of altruism forms the basis of caring.

Professional nurses are educated at the Baccalaureate level and draw on the discipline of nursing as well as other disciplines to create an amalgam of knowledge necessary to guide practice. The faculty values contributions from biological and behavioral sciences as well as arts and humanities. The faculty supports nursing science as the chief means of developing a codified knowledge base for the profession. A broad general education, knowledge base in supportive disciplines, and focused content in nursing theory, research and practice prepares the professional nurse for autonomous and interdependent practice.

Nurses use the nursing process to guide decision making with clients. Effective use of the nursing process requires communication and critical thinking skills such as analysis, interpretation, and drawing inferences from assessment data. The primary goal of the nurse in interaction with clients and other professionals is to promote adaptive exchanges.

People are in constant interaction with their internal and external environments, but adaptive exchanges with the environment are those that move clients closer to ideal health: the best possible level of function, a sense of safety, and a satisfactory level of challenge. Adaptive exchanges are also characterized by willingness to change and to seek accommodation from others. Nurses support adaptive exchanges by intervening in the process by which health problems or barriers to health evolve. Nurses may eliminate problems or barriers to health, increase the client's resistance to problems/barriers, and/or assist the client in dealing with the consequences of the problem. Nurses also may recruit others to intervene in the client's behalf or support the client's own efforts to help him-, herself.

Regardless of the number and types of interventions, professional nurses are mindful that client values must be taken into account when assessing their health status and establishing objectives of care. Thus, clients have the right to participate in health care decisions and may need assistance from nurses to access, interpret, and evaluate the plethora of information available in today's world of instant communication. Nurses provide care, promote health, and act as clients' teachers, consultants, and advocates in supporting adaptive exchanges.

The health care environment today is characterized by unprecedented opportunities for intervention but also growing health care costs. Access to health care is a problem for people at various socioeconomic levels and systems are often difficult to navigate for those who have access. In this context the faculty believe that health care is a right and the nursing profession has a responsibility to defend this right through client support, education, advocacy, and individual or collective involvement in formulation of health policy. Assisting clients with transitions across care environments is an example of helping clients navigate systems safely. Engaging communities as clients offers nurses an opportunity to identify problems in health care delivery and improve them for a discrete group of individuals. Nurses can help shape health policy by engaging in political processes related to health care delivery as individuals and/or as members of professional organizations.

Professional nurses are accountable for care they provide for individual clients as well as aggregates of clients. The faculty believe that delivery of high quality, cost-effective care requires that professional nurses use research findings establishing the efficacy of interventions. Nurses then must evaluate outcomes for their clients and client groups and provide leadership in improvement of client care.

The faculty believe that nurses are responsible to present themselves to the public and other health care providers as nursing professionals. This requires continuous learning pertinent to holistic client care. Professional nurses also recognize the role of appropriate values and ethics in clinical practice and decision-making and continually develop their personal systems of client-protective values and ethical frameworks consistent with the American Nurses Association [ANA] Code of Ethics for Nurses. The maturation of one's values and ethics is facilitated by self-evaluation and self-awareness. Only when nurses' values and ethics are explicated and evaluated can they be consciously brought to bear on professional communication and clinical decisions.

As teachers of professional nursing, the faculty sees learning as a reciprocal process between learner and teacher that results in behavior change. The faculty appreciates the diversity of students in terms of cultural backgrounds, ethnicity, lifestyles, goals, and age groups. All such factors create variety in students' life demands, supports, learning needs. The faculty value the richness and opportunity for learning that such diversity brings to the student group. Faculty recognize the need to support students' efforts to balance their lives with formal learning to maximize student success. At the same time, faculty appreciate the importance of nursing education to the quality of future practice and thus, maintain high standards for student achievement.

As designers of the structure in which learning takes place, faculty recognize that student learning styles differ. Because the faculty believe that active student involvement facilitates learning, we vary learning activities in order to address differing learning styles and engage students in active learning.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Graduates of the CSUEB Nursing Program will:
1. Synthesize knowledge from the natural, behavioral sciences and the humanities with current nursing knowledge and theory to deliver nursing care.
2. Provide safe, compassionate nursing care to a diverse client population.
3. Use critical thinking and communication skills to develop partnerships with clients and other health care professionals.
4. Function as a client advocate in the health care system.
5. Teach clients about the health care system and restoration, maintenance, and promotion of health.
6. Use leadership and management skills to provide care in the context of nursing teams.
7. Use research findings to design high quality, cost-effective care.
8. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for design, delivery, and evaluation of client care.
9. Practice in a manner consistent with the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.
10. Participate in processes designed to improve health care and health care delivery as an individual and/or as a member of a professional organization.
11. Demonstrate commitment to continuous learning to promote personal and professional growth.
12. Demonstrate professional behaviors in interactions with clients, families, colleagues, and the public.



School name:California State University, East BayNursing Department
Address:25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., North Science Bldg. 143
Zip & city:CA 94542 California
Phone:(510) 885-3481
Web:http://www.sci.csuhayward.edu/nursing/
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Nursing Department Courses


SUCCESS IN NURSING
Learning strategies for the applied science of nursing. Written and oral communication activities relevant to nursing major courses.

CLINICAL PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Mechanisms of disease with implications for recognition and clinical management.

PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION AND MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY
Functions and sources of nutrients. Health disorders caused by lack or excess of nutrients. Nutritional needs throughout the life cycle. Specialization and career opportunities of nutritionists and dietitians. Concepts of medical nutrition therapy and basis of nutritional assessment.

PHARMACOLOGY
Introduction to pharmacotherapeutics.

INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY NURSING
Introduction to contemporary issues in nursing. Concepts and principles used in design/delivery of nursing care to promote client adaptation. Examination of nursing as a profession.

NURSING SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY-BASED CLIENTS
Provision of nursing support to well clients living in the community. Health screening/assessment, client teaching included. Must be taken credit/no credit.

LEVEL I NURSING SKILLS I
Department permission required.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I
Nursing care delivery for patients and families experiencing mild to moderate alteration in health/function. Concepts and principles necessary to anticipate, identify, and meet universal biopsychosocial adaptation needs for nursing in healthcare context.

CARE OF ADULTS I PRACTICUM
Must be taken credit/no credit.

BASIC PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
Physical assessment skills necessary to provide professional nursing care.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS II
Continuation of Nursing Care of Adults I. Nursing care to support patients and families experiencing mild to moderate alteration in health/function. Theories and principles necessary to anticipate, identify, meet biopsychosocial needs in selected pathophysiologic states.

PATIENTS AND FAMILIES WITH COMPLEX NEEDS
Concepts and principles from nursing and behavioral sciences applied to care of acutely ill patients and their families. Concepts and theories addressed include role, adaptation, communication, teaching/learning, systems and research.

NURSING LEADERSHIP
Integration of traditional leadership and management theory with contemporary healthcare issues, nursing trends, and practice applications.

LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
Overview of American legislative and judicial system and its effect on consumer health care. The professional nurse is viewed as an advocate of clients as consumers of health care.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS III
Nursing care of patients with complex illness requiring surgery. Principles from nursing, natural, and behavioral sciences to anticipate, identify, and meet nursing needs of patients and their families.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS III PRACTICE
Concurrent enrollment in Nursing Care of Adults III required. Must be taken Credit/No Credit.

CARE OF CHILDBEARING FAMILIES
Nursing care of families during childbearing including normal and high-risk conditions. Principles from nursing, natural, and behavioral sciences to anticipate, identify, and meet nursing needs.

CHILDBEARING FAMILY PRACTICE
Concurrent enrollment in Care of Childbearing Families required. Must be taken Credit/No Credit.

CARE OF CLIENTS WITH PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS
Theories of human behavior and the purposeful use of self provide a theoretical framework for psychiatric and mental health care of clients and their families.

PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM
Concurrent enrollment in Care of Clients with Psychiatric/Mental Health Needs required. Must be taken Credit/No Credit.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREARING FAMILIES
Care of families and children with emphasis on acute illness, health promotion, and growth and development. Physiologic, and psychosocial aspects of care are addressed.

CHILDREARING FAMILY PRACTICE
Concurrent enrollment in Nursing Care of Childrearing Families required. Must be taken Credit/No Credit.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS IV
Nursing care of patients with acute, complex illness requiring medical intervention. Principles from nursing, natural, and behavioral sciences to anticipate, identify, and meet nursing needs of patients and their families.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS IV PRACTICE
Concurrent enrollment in Nursing Care of Adults IV required. Must be taken Credit/No Credit.

NURSING CARE OF ELDER ADULTS
Nursing care of elders with acute, complex illness. Principles from nursing, natural, and behavioral sciences to anticipate, identify, and meet nursing needs of patients and their families.

CARE OF ELDER ADULTS PRACTICE
Concurrent enrollment in Nursing Care of Elder Adults required. Must be taken Credit/No Credit.

CONTINUUM OF CARE
Models of nursing case management. Facilitation of safe, efficient transitions across the continuum of care. Consideration of constraints imposed by healthcare payors. Nursing interventions of anticipation, planning, teaching and advocacy.

ADVANCED PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
Physical assessment of adults for experienced Registered Nurses. Open only to R.N. students in the Nursing major. Department permission required.

ADVANCED PRINCIPLES I
Advanced concepts of professional role, systems, change, and academic writing. Examination of evidence based practice resources. Open only to R.N. students in the Nursing major.

ADVANCED PRINCIPLES II
Continuum of care as it applies to patients with complex illness. Adaptation and nursing process incorporated into nursing interventions to facilitate patient transitions.

ADVANCED PRINCIPLES III
Effects of hospitalization on patients and families. Exploration of nursing interventions related to theories of aging and illness role. Nursing research critique.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION
Supervised work experience in which student completes academic assignments integrated with off-campus paid or volunteer activities. May be repeated for up to 8 units. Not applicable toward the Nursing major. CR/NC grading only.

ISSUES IN NURSING
Readings, discussion, and research on contemporary and/or significant issues in nursing. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RESEARCH UTILIZATION
Critique of quantitative and qualitative nursing research with implications for clinical practice. Use of evidence-based practice resources to facilitate research utilization.

PRINCIPLES OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Community-oriented, population-focused approaches to health promotion, disease prevention. Core functions of public health and nursing applied to individuals, aggregates and communities at risk for development of health problems.

PRACTICUM OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Concurrent enrollment in Principles of Community Health Nursing. Open only to students in the Nursing major. Credit/No Credit grading only.

PRECEPTORSHIP SEMINAR
Preceptored course that promotes professional role transition through guided independence in professional nursing practice. Leadership/management concepts applied to contemporary professional practice issues.

PRECEPTORSHIP PRACTICUM
Concurrent enrollment in Preceptorship Seminar. Open only to students in the Nursing major. Credit/No Credit grading only.

PRECEPTORSHIP PRACTICUM FOR THE RN-BSN STUDENT
Concurrent enrollment in Preceptorship Seminar. Open only to RN-BSN students. Credit/No Credit grading only.

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