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Oakland University (School of Nursing)




BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Health care is a dynamic field characterized by rapid and continuous change. Caring for acutely ill patients in hospitals is increasingly challenging and involves complex, usually high-tech treatment. More health care is being delivered in ambulatory settings and in community centers. Demand for professional nurses is rapidly escalating, with positions available in hospital specialty units such as Intensive Care or Labor and Delivery, and emergency departments, home health and community health. OU's BSN program is designed to develop critical thinking, communication and clinical skills necessary to enter and advance in professional nursing careers. We are preparing nurses to meet the challenges of the health care industry - today and tomorrow.

At the baccalaureate level, the course of study (125 credits) combines general education in the humanities and the social, biological, and natural sciences with education in the theory and practice of nursing.

The objective of the School of Nursing community-based curriculum is to prepare expert nurses who will promote health and provide care for well, acutely ill, chronically ill and dying patients across the life span in a variety of health care settings. Graduates will be competent in assessment, information management, critical thinking, clinical decision making, case management, and communication skills necessary to design, deliver, direct, and evaluate health care.

The School of Nursing Laboratory provides students with the opportunity to practice clinical interventions, communication and interpersonal skills in a simulated clinical setting. It also provides audiovisual learning aids and computer-assisted instruction, access to the Internet, interactive video and opportunities to study special nursing topics.

The School of Nursing gives students a diverse range of experiences at over 30 urban and suburban settings throughout metropolitan Detroit.

The undergraduate program will:
* provide quality nursing education
* foster professional development in assessing, planning and administering therapeutic interventions and evaluating the outcomes
* develop clinical decision-making skills based on ethical, legal, interpersonal, cross-cultural, and technological knowledge
* integrate the concepts of evidence based practice into nursing care delivery
* prepare students for the licensure exam of the Michigan State Board of Nursing
* foster a commitment to lifelong learning.



School name:Oakland UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:428 O'Dowd Hall
Zip & city:MI 48309-4401 Minnesota
Phone:(248) 370-4253
Web:http://www2.oakland.edu/nursing/
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INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Introduction to the profession of nursing and to the basic therapeutic intervention and skills of professional nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on communication skills and health education.

NURSING THERAPEUTICS I
Application in the laboratory setting of basic theoretical principles and therapeutic skills used in professional nursing practice such as: infection precautions, vital sign assessment, hygiene, body mechanics and specimen collection.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Introduces students to the process of health assessment. Emphasis on performing a full screening assessment of well clients across the life span. Deviations from normal findings are stressed.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT LABORATORY
Application in the laboratory setting of principles, concepts and client care skills presented in Health Assessment.

NURSING THERAPEUTICS II
Introduces student to basic and advanced therapeutic skills related to the care of acute and chronically ill clients.

BASIC CLINICAL COMPETENCIES I
Application of principles, concepts and client care skills in the clinical setting.

WELLNESS AND HEALTH PROMOTION
Introduces concepts and principles of health promotion and wellness. Specific areas of discussion will include health promotion, protection, and preventative strategies.

NUTRITION IN NURSING PRACTICE
Presents knowledge and skills necessary to determine nutritional needs, status, and habits throughout the life span and health-illness continuum.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Presents biological and physiological functional deviations that can occur throughout the life span.

SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY I
Introduction to the scientific basis of professional nursing practice. Focuses on the theory and application of information related to critical thinking, nursing process, clinical judgement, and research.

TOPICS IN NURSING
Presents special topics or areas of nursing that students may wish to develop. Clinical experiences in a health care facility may be required.

NURSING PRACTICE CONCEPTS
This course focuses on concepts fundamental to professional nursing and their application (critical thinking, the nursing process, clinical judgment, and therapeutic interventions). In addition, principles of wellness, health promotion and vulnerability across the life span will be presented. Finally, principles of disease prevention, preventive strategies, and health teaching will be discussed.

NURSING PRACTICE CONCEPTS CLINICAL
The course focuses on the application of concepts fundamental to professional nursing practice. Emphasis is on critical thinking, the nursing process, clinical judgment, and therapeutic interventions. Basic therapeutic interventions and skills of professional practice will be introduced. Emphasis is placed on communication skills and the nursing process.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
This course focuses on concepts, skills and attitudes fundamental to professional nursing practice within a framework of clinical decision-making. Importance of therapeutic communication and the assessment of cultural, socioeconomic and diversity aspects of healthcare will be emphasized.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN LAB
This course focuses on the practice of concepts, skills and attitudes fundamental to professional nursing within a framework of clinical decision-making. Importance of therapeutic communication and the assessment of cultural, socioeconomic and diversity aspects of healthcare will be emphasized.

NURSING: VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Focuses on the provision of nursing care to vulnerable populations. Examines race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic environmental circumstances, and developmental status. Satisfies the university general education requirement in U.S. diversity.

BASIC CLINICAL COMPETENCIES II
Application in the clinical setting of principles, concepts, and client care skills presented in Nursing: Vulnerable Populations.

HUMAN SEXUALITY
Students will apply knowledge from previous general education courses, specifically from the Foundations, Exploration and/or Diversity areas, to the topic of human sexuality. Overall, this course will apply knowledge from the natural and social sciences to address issues, concerns, varying perspectives, and phenomena associated with human sexuality. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge application integration area and in U.S. diversity. Prerequisites for knowledge application: completion of the general education requirement in the natural science and technology or social science knowledge exploration areas, not both.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING
Presents pharmacological rationale and interventions in health and illness. Includes implications for specific drugs.

CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS OF PRACTICE
Examination of conceptual foundations of baccalaureate nursing practice including the roles of the professional nurse. Focuses on critical thinking skills necessary to analyze scholarly literature including nursing research.

ACUTE HEALTH NEEDS I
Integrates theory, rationale, and specific nursing interventions for acutely ill clients of all ages and their families. Emphasizes application of the nursing process.

ACUTE HEALTH NEEDS II
Continues content and emphasis begun in NRS 326.

ACUTE CARE CLINICAL: ADULT
Application of theory, research and client care skills presented in NRS 326/328 in the clinical setting with a focus on adults.

ACUTE CARE CLINICAL: CHILD
Application of theory, research and client care skills presented in NRS 326/328 in the clinical setting with a focus on children.

ACUTE CARE CLINICAL: FAMILY
Appication of theory, research and client care skills presented in NRS 326/328 in the clinical setting with a focus on emerging families.

HEALTH PROMOTION IN THE COMMUNITY
Focuses on the development of nursing strategies for health promotion with diverse client populations over the life span.

NURSING CARE MANAGEMENT
Presents principles and knowledge necessary to coordinate and manage health care. Explores the ethical, legal and financial issues impacting health care delivery.

NURSING LEADERSHIP AND HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Examine the influence of customer demands, characteristics of the healthcare workplace, reimbursement systems and outcome measures on the cost, availability and quality of healthcare services.

TOPICS IN NURSING
Presents special topics or areas of nursing that students may wish to develop. Clinical experience in health care facility may be required.

COMPREHENSIVE ADULT NURSING I
This course focuses on competencies for nursing care assessment and management of adult clients through integration of theory, rationale and specific nursing interventions for adult clients and their families. Didactic medical-surgical content emphasizes basic concepts foundational to biophysical and psychosocial adult health practice.

COMPREHENSIVE ADULT NURSING I CLINICAL
Acute care hospital settings will be utilized for clinical practice experiences. Medical-surgical content emphasizing basic concepts foundational to biophysical and psychosocial adult health practice will be applied to the care of adult patients and their families.

NURSING CARE OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
This course focuses on nursing competencies in assessment and management of childbearing families through integration of theory, rationale and specific nursing interventions. Didactic content emphasizes sociocultural, economic, political, and ethical factors that impact on health promotion, disease prevention and risk reduction for childbearing families.

NURSING CARE OF THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY CLINICAL
Hospital settings will be utilized for clinical practice experiences with emphasis on sociocultural, economic, political, and ethical factors that impact on health promotion, disease prevention and risk reduction for the childbearing and female clients.

NURSING OF CHILDREN
The course focuses on nursing competencies for assessment and management of children and their families through integration of theory, rationale and specific nursing interventions. Didactic content emphasizes health assessment, health promotion, and disease prevention for pediatric clients.

NURSING OF CHILDREN CLINICAL
Hospital settings will be utilized for clinical practice experiences with emphasis on health assessment, health promotion, and disease prevention for pediatric clients.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
The course focuses on developing competencies for practice in mental health nursing. Cross-cultural aspects of mental health and appropriate cultural interventions are emphasized.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING CLINICAL
Selected inpatient and/or outpatient facilities will be utilized for clinical practice experiences related to mental health nursing.

NURSING: HOME AND COMMUNITY/RN
Focuses on principles, knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to deliver health care in the community, including the home setting.

COMMUNITY NURSING
Examination of the role of the nurse in the community. Focuses on community resources as well as the legal, ethical and legislative issues related to community nursing.

NURSING: VULNERABLE POPULATIONS FOR THE RN
Focuses on the provision of nursing care to vulnerable populations. Examines race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic environmental circumstances, and developmental status. Satisfies the university general education requirement in U.S. diversity.

SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY II
Emphasizes the salient points of the research process and evidenced based practice.
Basic B.S.N.

TOPICS IN NURSING
Provides comprehensive theoretical nursing content related to a specialty area, e.g., critical care, maternity, etc. Clinical experience in a health care facility may be required.

CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS
Presents theory, rationale, and specific nursing interventions for chronically ill clients of all ages and their families. Emphasizes application of the nursing process.

CHRONIC CARE CLINICAL
Application in the clinical setting of principles, concepts, and client care skills presented in Chronic Health Conditions.

NURSING SYNTHESIS
Analyze and debate theoretical and practice issues impacting health care delivery.

NURSING SYNTHESIS CLINICAL
Application in the clinical setting of theory, research and client care skills presented in Nursing Synthesis.

NURSING SYNTHESIS FOR THE RN
Analyze and debate theoretical and practice issues impacting health care delivery.

NURSING SYNTHESIS FOR THE RN CLINICAL
Application of theory, research and client care skills presented in NRS 474.

CHRONIC CARE CLINICAL: PSYCHIATRIC
Application in a psychiatric clinical setting of principles, concepts, and client care skills learned in Nursing Synthesis.

COMPREHENSIVE ADULT NURSING II
This course is a continuation of Comprehensive Adult Nursing II and focuses on competencies for nursing care of adult clients and their families through integration of theory, rationale and nursing interventions. Home care and health policy for adult clients related to acute and chronic illnesses and diseases will be explored.

COMPREHENSIVE ADULT NURSING II CLINICAL
Clinical experiences will be selected to reflect general medical-surgical clients and clinical practices emphasizing basic concepts foundational to biophysical and psychosocial adult health practice.

RESEARCH BASIS OF NURSING
This course focuses on nursing research, both qualitative and quantitative which fosters a spirit of inquiry. Evidence-based practice within the nursing research framework will be explored. The student will explore topics related to individual clients, families and communities that advance the practice of nursing today.

NURSING HOME AND COMMUNITY
This course focuses on the professional nurse’s role in the community. The student will examine principles of health promotion, community resources, legal, ethical and legislative issues related to community and public health nursing. Research findings will be included in both didactic and clinical experiences.

TRANSITION INTO NURSING PRACTICE
This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse. Leadership and management in nursing and healthcare will be explored utilizing current theories and practices. Current theoretical and practice issues impacting health care today will be analyzed and discussed. Concepts learned in didactic content will be applied in clinical practice settings.

TRANSITION INTO NURSING PRACTICE CLINICAL
Precepted clinical experiences applies knowledge gained from previous courses to provide nursing care to patients.

NURSING SYNTHESIS
This nursing synthesis course is the capstone course of the nursing baccalaureate curriculum. It will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate professional nursing competencies through the practice in a clinical setting, study of clinical issues, and participation in class activities and discussion. Taken simultaneously with the Transition into Nursing Practice Clinical.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Engages students in individual research, directed readings or group study under the supervision of a faculty member.

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