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Kean University (Department of Nursing )

Kean University offers an array of professional programs in nursing and health care careers. Students with an interest in any of these programs should consult the appropriate program coordinator or the College advisor.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a 125-credit upper division program open only to Registered Nurses. The program is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC*). Admission is through a departmental admission process and is competitive.

The B.S.N. prepares Registered Nurses to enter professional practice and to assume new and changing roles as nursing professionals in clinical settings based in a wide range of diverse community and private agencies. The upper division curriculum includes advanced course work in nursing theory, clinical practice and related disciplines. The upper division course work may be completed in two years of full-time study or up to ten years on a parttime basis. The program accommodates the special needs of the nurse in full-time practice.


The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide the breadth and depth of academic and clinical experiences to prepare registered nurses for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles within the context of a continuously changing health care system. Nurses educated at the baccalaureate level are prepared as nurse generalists able to practice in a variety of settings and clinical situations. Nurses educated at the master’s level are prepared for specialization in roles of nurse managers and administrators and in content areas of nursing and healthcare administration/leadership, transcultural nursing, and community nursing. Nurses prepared at both levels contribute to clinical excellence and quality of care through active participation in continuously raising standards of care in the region.

School name:Kean UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:1000 Morris Avenue
Zip & city:NJ 07083-0411 New Jersey

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A comprehensive exploration of historical and contemporary nursing and related knowledge, including systems, the metaparadigm, philosophies, conceptual models, middle and grand theories as fundamentals of researchbased nursing practice. Recognition of the scholarly role of the nurse and the value of theory and theory development as an essential basis for professional nursing practice with diverse populations. Focus is on health promotion/risk reduction as the essence of all nursing activities in the care of individuals, families, groups, and populations in all health states and settings.

Introduction to holistic health assessment and physical examination. Comprehensive health assessment to include physiological, psychosocial, cultural, developmental, nutritional, genetic and mental status assessment. Focus is on data gathering techniques, therapeutic communication skills, and use of a body systems approach to physical examination. Documentation of findings and use of the nursing process will facilitate clinical decision making in designing health promotional, risk reduction, and disease prevention activities for diverse client populations across the life span.

An introduction to concepts and theories relevant to healthcare for diverse populations. Diversity is examined relative to social organization, roles and expectations, communication patterns and values/beliefs underlying health-illness behaviors between western and non-western cultures. Emphasis on development of knowledge and skills in culturally congruent communication and cultural assessment. Comparative approach to global healthcare by understanding similarities and differences among commonly encountered diverse population groups.

Continued study of nursing models and application of relevant theories to guide nursing practice as it pertains to health promotion and risk reduction. Using the family as the essential until of care within the community, critical thinking and clinical decision-making processes will facilitate the design, management and provision of care to modify risk factors, and promote. Specific clinical activities are related to prevention and reduction of health disparities across the life span through the conduct of community assessment and the development and implementation of culturally appropriate nursing strategies reflecting professional values and behaviors.

Introduction to systematic investigation of nursing problems. Includes historical overview of research in nursing and current research priorities. Classroom practice in critical appraisal of research reports, and system atic review of research findings for evidence upon which to base nursing practice.

Intensive study of the care of the sick in and across all environments. The comprehensive impact of illness, including the bio-psychosocial and cultural aspects on the individual, impact of illness, including the bio- psychosocial and cultural aspects of the individual, family, group and community will be explored. Designing, coordinating, and managing care of the sick with emphasis on client groups as the modality of care. Includes therapeutic communication, health counseling and education of special populations with the goal of maximizing optimal health states throughout the trajectory of illness across the life span.

Application of system theory as the basis for designing, managing and coordinating client care in a evolving health care environment. Focus on expanding knowledge and skills of leadership and management theories for direct and indirect nursing care. Special emphasis on delegation, development of nursing team personnel, and evaluation of outcomes. Exploration of legal/ethical issues, licensure, health policy, politics and role of professional nurse as a leader in health care will be addressed.

Concluding course in which students integrate the knowledge they have gained to select, develop and implement projects with clinical nursing foci. Emphasis on facilitating students’ transition to role of baccalaureate prepared nurse practitioners and preparing them for future roles in professional practice.

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