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Metropolitan State University (Department of Nursing)


Metropolitan State University is a comprehensive urban university committed to meeting the higher education needs of the Twin Cities metropolitan population. The university will provide accessible, high quality liberal arts and professional education to the citizens and communities of the metropolitan area, with continued emphasis on underserved groups, including adults and communities of color. Within the context of lifelong learning, the university will build upon its national reputation for innovative student-centered programs that enable students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational goals. The university is committed to academic excellence and community partnerships through curriculum, teaching, scholarship and service designed to support an urban mission.


Metropolitan state University School of Nursing’s mission is to prepare registered nurses to advance professional nursing and enhance the health of underserved and diverse populations. The School of Nursing is committed to academic excellence, collaborative community involvement and promotion of faculty scholarly activities.


We believe that nursing is an art and a science, an academic discipline as well as a field of professional practice. As an academic discipline, nursing is concerned with the search for new knowledge and understanding of human responses to health situations. As a practice profession, nursing serves society through knowledgeable and humanistic caring directed toward healing in the human health experience.

The process of nursing is deliberative, interpersonal and interactive in nature. Nursing values the intrinsic worth of human beings and strives to meet the health care needs of individuals, families and communities of diverse cultures, values and beliefs. The practice of nursing rests on a decision-making process derived from a synthesis of knowledge and experience in humanities, nursing and related sciences. Nurses assume a variety of roles including those of practitioner, manager, teacher and researcher.
Nursing exits as a mandate from society and occurs within the health care system. This system is influenced by social, political and economic forces. Access to health care services is viewed as a right of individuals as members of society.

We believe that health is a dynamic human experience, a subjective experience for the individual. Health is the manifestation of the person-environment interaction, influenced by many internal and external factors including those that are biological, emotional, socio-economic, cultural, spiritual, and perceptual. Health is influenced by values, relationships and personal choices.

Persons are unique, give meaning to situations, are responsible for choices and are the primary decision makers in health situations. Persons respond holistically to changing environments, to growing and aging and to suffering and healing.

We believe that education is a lifelong process of realization of human potentials. In this process, knowledge, skills and values are developed and refined. We believe that the purpose of nursing education is to prepare nurses who will provide knowledgeable and culturally competent nursing care and who will participate in expanding nursing knowledge.

Metropolitan State University’s nursing programs are based on the belief that adult learners should have opportunities to pursue educational preparation in nursing to advance their careers. We believe that baccalaureate education prepares students for professional nursing practice as generalists. Building on baccalaureate competencies, master’s education prepares students for advanced practice nursing and leadership roles.

We believe adult learners are self-directed and mature, bringing a diversity of experience to the educational environment. Because adult students are able to assume major responsibilities for their learning, the faculty serve primarily as facilitators and role models. Learning is facilitated through systematic study, expert role modeling and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, students, clients, nurses and others. The use of adult learning principles and multiple teaching strategies reflects the faculty’s belief in students as unique persons with their own cognitive abilities, feelings and values who have the potential for growth and self-directedness.
School of Nursing Goals

The goals of the School of Nursing programs are to:
- provide nursing education that is accessible and flexible
- prepare nurses to respond to the increasingly complex health care needs of individuals, families and communities
- contribute to the advancement of nursing practice and the discipline of nursing and
- collaborate with educational and service partners to foster expanded practice and research opportunities


The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has several options for returning students to earn their B.S.N.

R.N. - B.S.N.

This programs is designed for R.N.s with associate's degree who would like to earn their B.S.N. This can be pursued either through Metropolitan State University facilities or through other educational facilities in the greater metro area via a satellite program.

Post-baccalaureate B.S.N.

This program is designed for people who hold a bachelor's degree in another field and would now like to go into nursing.

R.N. - M.S.N.

This program allows you to earn your B.S.N. en route to their M.S.N. in a shorter period of time. See the M.S.N. programs for more information.

School name:Metropolitan State UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:700 East Seventh Street , St. John's Hall Room 100
Zip & city:MN 55016-5000 Minnesota
Phone:(651) 793-1375.

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Department of Nursing Courses

FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING This course introduces students to the concepts and skills that serve as a foundation for professional nursing practice. Physical, emotional, cognitive, social/relational, and spiritual factors affecting health are examined within a holistic model of care. The nursing process provides the framework for making clinical judgments in the care of diverse patients. Students learn and apply nursing skills with an emphasis on patient safety in simulated and health care settings. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING I A holistic framework consisting of multiple theoretical perspectives is introduced in this nursing course and developed throughout the curriculum. The major theoretical bases of systems, stress, need, and growth and development along with the concepts of caring, spirituality, and unconditional acceptance are emphasized and taught in relationship to the metaparadigm of person, health, environment, and nursing. The clinical decision-making process is introduced, focusing on assessment, aggregation, interpretation and synthesis of data, and formulation of nursing diagnoses, based on the client's model of the world and self-care abilities. PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSING This course introduces the student to the nursing role in drug management for patients across the lifespan and across the spectrum of health and illness. The focus is on drug prototypes from major drug categories, their actions, therapeutic use and adverse effects. Nursing implications are integrated to reinforce the relationship between pharmacologic knowledge and nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on individual responsibility, interdisciplinary collaboration, and patient safety. NURSING CARE DURING ILLNESS This course focuses on the human experience of illness. The impact of illness in the adult population is understood to affect the emotional, physical, social/relational, spiritual, and mental aspects of the person. Pathologic variables underlying disease processes are understood as a basis for developing clinical judgment within a holistic nursing framework. Emphasis is placed on the application of evidence-based clinical practice, knowledge acquisition, skill development and clinical competence. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING II This course builds on Theoretical Foundations of Nursing I. The course focuses on the application of theory-based clinical decision making for providing holistic nursing care. The centrality of the client's model of mind-body-spirit within the context of health is emphasized. The specific therapeutic interventions of relaxation, imagery, therapeutic touch and pattern explication are taught. Aims of intervention, the client's self-care knowledge, and the ability to mobilize resources are integrated into the development of nursing interventions. HEALTH ASSESSMENT This course focuses on the student's ability to perform a comprehensive health history and physical examination. This skill enhances the student's ability to model the client's world, which is central to effective intervention. The development of a holistic database reflecting an understanding of developmental, sociocultural, environmental, sexual and family influences is emphasized. Further emphasis is on the development of cultural competence, communication skills and health promotion. History and physical examination skills focus on the identification of normal patterns and functions across the lifespan. NURSING RESEARCH This course focuses on research as a basis for developing nursing as a discipline and for improving the practice of professional nursing. The historical development of nursing research and theory are reviewed. The usefulness of theory as a guide for practice and research is emphasized. Ethical issues surrounding the use of human subjects in research are explored. Emphasis is placed on assisting students to become effective consumers of research, the process for utilization of research in practice, and the development of evidence-based nursing practice. ETHICAL DIMENSIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE This course focuses on the theory and skills that prepare nurses to be competent participants of a moral community. Content includes analysis and application of several conceptualizations of ethical behavior, examination of the roots of ethical behavior, clarification of values, ethical decision making, collaboration with others to determine ethical standards, and evaluation of an ethic of care in nursing practice. Students explore caring and justice within health care. Graduate students further examine the ethical dimensions related to advanced nursing roles. FAMILY HEALTH NURSING This course focuses on family nursing. Major theoretical foundations are presented including family systems, development, structure function and stress. Issues related to contemporary families are explored including gay and lesbian families, responses to grief and loss, family violence, and sociocultural influences. The clinical decision making skills of assessment, diagnosis, intervention and evaluation are applied to families experiencing a transition or a chronic health problem. Students work with a family whose cultural, racial or lifestyle background is different from their own. Graduate students evaluate the effectiveness of family nursing interventions. Graduate students will evaluate the effectiveness of family nursing intervention. MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH NURSING This course focuses on holistic nursing care in maternal child health. Concepts of Modeling and Role-Modeling are applied to the care of women during childbearing and to the care of children and their families experiencing pediatric health problems. Simulated practice of nursing skills in a multimedia setting is included as well as clinical application of both theory and skills in an inpatient setting. GERIATRIC NURSING This course focuses on issues related to the provision of holistic nursing care to the aging population. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, chronicity and cultural aspects of aging. Additional focus is on end-of-life care and ethical dilemmas related to the aged population. Current theories of aging are examined. COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING This course focuses on the origins and trends in community and public health nursing, conceptual models for practice, and contemporary health problems and issues. Case studies of clients/aggregates in multicultural settings in the community are the basis for discussion of systems theory, public health nursing, and population-based practice. Unconditional acceptance of culturally, ethnically and socio-economically diverse clients enhances the development of students' nursing care. Students work collaboratively in small groups to assess and diagnose the health needs of an actual community. Students must register concurrently for a practicum session. COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM The clinical experience in this course focuses on application of concepts of community health nursing in diverse community settings, emphasizing primary prevention, health promotion and cultural competence within the holistic framework. LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING This course focuses on leadership and management theory and skills needed to prepare nurses to promote collaborative, effective client-centered care in dynamic health care environments. Concepts related to change, communication, conflict, organizational effectiveness, decision making, and nursing informatics are discussed. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their leadership style and to discuss issues and trends of professional relevance in a seminar format. Written and oral communication are summatively evaluated in this course. PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: CLINICAL PRACTICUM This elective clinical internship provides learning opportunities to encourage application of theory and research based knowledge in nursing practice at the baccalaureate professional level. Students will engage in both clinical and reflective experiences to enhance the development of their professional nursing role. The focus is on gaining depth in understanding the application of various nurse roles in clinical practice through reflecting on competencies for baccalaureate prepared nurses described in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING This independent study is designed for transfer students whose course or courses from another college or university fulfills some but not all of the requirements of a Metropolitan State undergraduate nursing course. The student and faculty evaluator negotiate the number of credits to be completed and the specific course objectives and requirements to be satisfied. Through guided study, the student completes these requirements. CLINICAL RESEARCH PRACTICES IN HEALTHCARE This course focuses on the practical aspects of conducting clinical research. The expansion of the clinical research industry is reviewed. The role of clinical research in modern hospitals, clinics, and healthcare institutions is reviewed. The role of clinical research coordinator and the clinical research associate is examined. Financial, legal, and administrative issues surrounding the conduct of clinical research are explored. Emphasis is placed on assisting students to developing the knowledge and skills needed to practice in a variety of settings as clinical research coordinators or clinical research associates. FOUNDATIONS OF WOC NURSING This course will address the various critical underpinnings to implementation of the role of the WOC nurse and specialty nurse. Students will gain knowledge of the history of the specialty, legal and ethical issues pertaining to implementation of the role, and professional growth opportunities (i.e., WOCN, certification, collaborative practice, research utilization, writing for publication and establishing a service or a clinic). In addition, students will explore common career enhancement activities such as marketing, budgeting, record keeping, contracting for services and charging for services, procedures and equipment. Concepts central to the practice of WOC nursing will also be discussed such as counseling, patient/family education, infection control, continuity of care and nutrition.

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