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Hawaii Pacific University (School of Nursing)




Welcome (or welcome back) to Hawai’i Pacific University’s School of Nursing. I wish you a smooth journey on your educational pathway to obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) and becoming a professional nurse.

In order to facilitate your journey, the nursing faculty is committed to guiding you by sharing their expertise and knowledge. I hope you will utilize them as well as your peers as valuable resources. I also invite you to take advantage of the many University services offered to you as a student at HPU.

MISSION

Hawai`i Pacific University School of Nursing is committed to educating caring, competent, professional nurse leaders who practice in the spirit of aloha. Our graduates are life-long learners who are dedicated to delivering transformative care for the body, mind and spirit of the culturally diverse global community.

VISION

HPU SON strives to be a center of excellence in innovative education and transcultural nursing.

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the School of Nursing is in harmony with the University mission. We believe that the basic preparation for professional nursing is a liberal arts and science education at the baccalaureate level. We adhere to the essential features of contemporary nursing practice as outlined in the American Nurses Association Nursing Social Policy Statement, Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice, and Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. Contemporary nursing practice has human responses as its primary concern.

The philosophy of the School of Nursing incorporates beliefs about people, environment, health, learning and nursing. These beliefs support the School of Nursing mission.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

"The profession of nursing is a very exciting one where, regardless of your interests, there is a niche for you. Nurses practice in most settings where people live, work, and play: hospitals, clinics, laboratories, schools, homes, industries, summer camps, public health, and research agencies; the list goes on. Even as major health care reforms take place, there will always be a demand for qualified nurses in Hawai'i, throughout the nation, and around the world.

People seeking health care today want to take a more active part in deciding what they need and the type of care they require. With the ideal of "health for all"; a goal of the United States, nurses will not only need to provide health care in a multicultural environment, but they will also need to be educated to understand the needs of more vulnerable populations. At HPU, we are educating nurses who will be able to respond to these varied demands.

At HPU, we believe that nursing education must be built upon a strong foundation of liberal arts and sciences to prepare graduates who will practice as professional nurses in the multicultural environment of our global community. The liberally educated baccalaureate nurse has the ability to analyze, think critically, and yet express the compassion needed in today's ever-changing health care environment.

Our challenging curriculum and competent, caring faculty will guide you in learning the hows and whys of caring for individuals of all ages, their families, and their communities. You will have an interesting variety of hands-on experiences in many of O'ahu's health care agencies and the opportunity to apply the concepts, theories, and skills learned in the classroom and on-campus laboratories in a wide range of clinical settings.



School name:Hawaii Pacific UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:45-045 Kamehameha Highway
Zip & city:HI 96744-5297 Hawaii
Phone:(808) 236-5813
Web:http://www.hpu.edu/index.cfm?contentID=3822
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School of Nursing Courses


SUCCESS IN NURSING
Offers the beginning nursing student, or one intending to major in nursing, an introduction to writing in APA format and critical thinking. Additionally, the course assists the student in making practical adjustments to the nursing curriculum and focuses on acquiring skills essential to success in nursing (i.e., time and stress management; test-taking and study skills; etc.).

NUTRITION AND DIET THERAPY
An introduction to the principles of nutrition and diet therapy integral to the practice of nursing.

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of human development from infancy to death. Content includes major theoretical approaches and factors influencing the developmental process. Includes observational experiences of children and adults at various ages and stages of development.

PHARMACOLOGY
Introduces the use of drugs to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease using a neurologic integration concept and model as a framework for understanding.

MATH FOR MEDS
Explores the principles of medication administration and calculation.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Emphasizes the alterations of processes that affect the body's dynamic integration as interpreted by cultural health beliefs and values. Uses a conceptual approach based on Gordon's Functional Health Patterns.

HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION
Introduces the principles of health teaching including physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions within an environmental contest. Emphasizes integration of client education with the nursing process.

NURSING CONCEPTS AND PROCESSES
An introduction to the concepts and processes inherent in the philosophy and conceptual framework of the Hawai’i Pacific University Division of Nursing. The laboratory component focuses on basic clinical “hands-on” skills and must be taken concurrently with the lecture.

NURSING TRANSITION: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT
This course focuses on transitioning the international student to the Nursing program at HPU. The course concentrates on diagnostic reasoning, critical thinking, and synthesis of concepts to enhance the international nursing in caring for patients in varying states of wellness to illness across the life span.

THERAPEUTIC COMMUNICATION
An introduction to the therapeutic communication techniques integral to the relationship between the client and nurse. Included are basic communication theory, the role of self in communication, and group process.

APPLIED THERAPEUTIC COMMUNICATION
Lab component of Therapeutic Communication which must be taken concurrently.

NURSING TRANSITION: LPN-TO-BSN
This course will focus on filling gaps in the Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses’ (LPN/LVN) educational background and experience by allowing selected students to acquire concepts deemed essential to the role of the professional nurse (BSN). The course will also discuss procedures and expectations specific to the School of Nursing.

COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Holistic health assessment that introduces physical assessment skills and refines therapeutic communication skills. Emphasizes recognition of acceptable norms for health of children, adolescents, and adults. The lab component must be taken concurrently with the lecture.

NON-DEGREE HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course focuses on transitioning the nondegree-seeking international student to the Nursing program at HPU. The course concentrates on health assessment including physical, emotional, and spiritual. The lab section incorporates subjective and objective data as it relates to the health and wellness of the individual.

CONTINUED SUCCESS IN NURSING
A continuation of Success in Nursing focusing on the development, or expansion, of APA writing style, critical- thinking skills, and test-taking skills.

CURRENT ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Develops skills in the analysis of critical issues that affect the health care system and professional nursing practice in contemporary society. The use of political processes to respond to forces that impact the nursing profession is discussed.

HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS
A nursing elective – an introduction to the use of computer systems in various health care settings, as pertains to the areas of research, administration, education, and patient care. Students will be introduced to the concept of evidence-based care.

CONCEPTS AND ISSUES FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Facilitates the transition of RNs to baccalaureate-level nursing practice by introducing the concepts and processes inherent in professional nursing. Addresses legal and ethical concerns, utilization of scarce resources, and the political process to effect change.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR THE RN STUDENT
Facilitates the transition of RNs to baccalaureate-level practice by reviewing and updating physical, mental and spiritual assessment skills. Also updates therapeutic communication and elderly assessment skills. The lab component must be taken concurrently with the lecture.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
Provides practical assistance to the future nurse manager in the development of effective leadership and management skills in order to assure the best possible environment for the provision of high-quality care.

DYNAMICS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
A nursing elective: An examination of widespread problems of family violence with a focus on historical background, prevention programs, and treatment. Emphasis is on health-related issues.

ISSUES OF AIDS
A nursing elective: examines the issues of AIDS within public health and social domains. Students explore their personal values and beliefs about AIDS, as well as develop a working body of knowledge about the disease and its effects on the individual and on societies worldwide. An emphasis on prevention and health promotion exists throughout the course.

MANAGING OUR MORTALITY: CARING AT THE END OF LIFE
A nursing elective: dying in America is often described as a lonely, isolating, and painful experience. Students explore new approaches for changing how we die.

COMPLEMENTARY HEALING METHODS
A nursing elective: Provides a forum for the critical exploration of alternative methods of treatment and healing body, mind, and spirit. Emphasizes the integration of alternative methods with currently accepted healing modalities.

WOMEN’S HEALTH
A nursing elective: An interdisciplinary forum for the critical exploration of current issues related to the health and health care of women. The goal is for participants to become informed consumers and, if appropriate, providers of health care to women.

TRANSCULTURAL NURSING
A nursing elective: This course serves as an introduction to the concepts and process of nursing in a transcultural and global context. The course includes an introduction to transcultural nursing theory and utilizes participant-observer field study in a variety of settings.

TRANSCULTURAL NURSING: PEOPLE OF HAWAII
A nursing elective: An introduction to transcultural nursing as a formal area of study and practice. Content includes theoretical perspectives, concepts, and practices as well as different beliefs and health practices within Hawaii. The goal is to improve the quality of health care to diverse cultures through the development of cultural competency.

GERONTOLOGIC NURSING
Presents mental, physical and emotional health as related to normal aging and lifestyle decisions throughout adulthood. It considers the adult in the family context, emphasizing principles of healthy aging. The clinical component must be taken concurrently.

ADULT HEALTH CARE I
Introduction to medical-surgical nursing. Focuses on nursing care of adults in an acute illness crisis and at risk for chronic illness. The clinical component must be taken concurrently with the lecture.

ADULT HEALTH CARE II
Continuation of medical-surgical nursing.. Nursing care of adults in their generative and productive years, in acute illness crisis and at risk for chronic illness. The clinical component must be taken concurrently with the lecture.

ALTERED MENTAL HEALTH PATTERNS
Examines the conceptual base, principles, and practice of mental health and psychiatric nursing across the life span in a holistic approach. Nursing modalities include psychotropic medications, milieu therapy, crisis intervention, and therapeutic communication skills within the acute psychiatric hospital setting. Individual and family coping with acute mental health alterations are explored. The clinical component must be taken concurrently with the lecture.

INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE
A nursing elective: This course is an overview of forensic health science. It uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine victims and perpetrators of trauma and abuse. The role of the provider is also explored. Forensic photography, injury patterns, and evidence collection and preservation are also included.

CRIMINALISTICS AND THE INVESTIGATION OF INJURY AND DEATH
A nursing elective: Developing empirical knowledge in forensics related to the investigation of injury and death. Specialized topics in forensic pathology and clinical practice will be discussed.

INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC HEALTH SCIENCE
A nursing elective: An internship arranged to expand clinical application of theory content in forensic health science. Clinical sites arranged with the coroner’s office, emergency rooms, crime investigation units, prisons, or other clinical settings to support students’ goals.

THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
Focuses on childbearing families. Addresses normal growth and development, developmental variations, family structure, cultural differences, and common acute and chronic health care concerns of the generative family. The clinical component must be taken concurrently with the lecture.

THE CHILDREARING FAMILY
Focuses on childrearing families. Addresses normal growth and development, developmental variations, family structure, cultural differences, and common acute and chronic health care concerns of the generative family. The clinical component must be taken concurrently with the lecture.

NURSING RESEARCH PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
Reflective nursing practice and education pose questions that challenge students to examine human responses, healing, and management of care. Students progress systematically through the scientific inquiry process in order to develop a nursing research proposal.

COMPLEX CARE NURSING
Facilitates the student's understanding of the functional, emotional, spiritual, and cultural aspects of meaning associated with the complex health care of marginally functional individuals and families. The clinical component must be taken concurrently with the lecture.

DEVELOPING A HEALTHY COMMUNITY
Focuses on the community as client. Students use the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health services given to marginally functional families and other vulnerable aggregates within the community. The clinical component must be taken concurrently with the lecture.

NCLEX-RN PREPARATION
A nursing elective: Preparation for taking the NCLEX-RN. The purpose of the course is to enhance the graduate’s ability to pass the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt. Includes test-taking and study skills as well as content information related to the NCLEX-RN. Will include an orientation to the procedures for registering for and taking the NCLEX-RN.

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