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Oregon Health & Science University (School of Nursing)




Founded in 1926 the OHSU School of Nursing has played a key role in training nurses for nearly a century. With a history of academic and clinical excellence and a commitment to teaching, healing, community service and research, the school provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn in a health care and research oriented environment.

The OHSU School of Nursing offers three pathways to the Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing:

1. OCNE B.S. with a major in nursing program - Part of the Oregon Consortium of Nursing Education program, this four year program combines nursing and non nursing coursework in order for students to achieve the Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing degree and prepare for RN Licensure. Learn more about the OCNE B.S. program.

2. Accelerated Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing program - This 5 quarter program is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in something other than nursing and will provide the nursing coursework needed in order to acheive the Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing degree and prepare for RN Licensure. Learn more about the Accelerated Bachelor of Science program.

3. RN to BS - this online, part time program, in designed for students who have an AA in nursing and the RN license and who are ready to move forward to complete the courses for the Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing degree. Learn more about the RN to B.S. program.



School name:Oregon Health & Science UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd.
Zip & city:OR 97239-2941 Oregon
Phone:503 494-7725
Web:http://www.ohsu.edu/son/
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FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING—HEALTH PROMOTION
This course introduces the learner to the framework of the OCNE curriculum. The emphasis on health promotion across the life span includes learning about self-health as well as client health practices. To support self and client health practices, students learn to access research evidence about healthy lifestyle patterns and risk factors for disease/illness, apply growth and development theory, interview clients in a culturally-sensitive manner, work as members of a multidisciplinary team giving and receiving feedback about performance, and use reflective thinking about their practice as nursing students. The family experiencing a normal pregnancy is a major exemplar. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING IN CHRONIC ILLNESS I
This course introduces assessment and common interventions (including technical procedures) for clients with chronic illnesses common across the life span in major ethnic groups within Oregon. The client and family’s “lived experience” of the illness, coupled with clinical practice guidelines and extant research evidence is used to guide clinical judgments in care to the chronically ill. Roles of multidisciplinary team in care of the chronically ill and legal aspects of delegations are explored. Through case scenarios, cultural, ethical, health policy, and health care delivery system issues are explored in the context of the chronic illness care. Case exemplars include children with asthma, adolescent with a mood disorder, adult-onset diabetes, and older adults with dementia. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING IN ACUTE CARE I
This course introduces the learner to assessment and common interventions (including relevant technical procedures) for care of patients across the life span that require acute care, including normal childbirth. Disease/illness trajectories and their translation into clinical practice guidelines and/or standard procedures are considered in relation to their impact on providing culturally sensitive, client-centered care. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY I
This course introduces the theoretical background that enables students to provide safe and effective care related to drugs and natural products to persons throughout the lifespan. Students will learn to make selected clinical decisions regarding medication administration using current, reliable sources of information, understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, developmental physiologic considerations, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of drug therapy, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding safe and effective use of drugs and natural products, intervening to increase therapeutic benefits and reduce potential negative effects, and communicating appropriately with other health professionals regarding drug therapy. Drugs are studied by therapeutic or pharmacological class using an organized framework, with attention to physiological conditions, including anxiety and depression.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY II
This sequel to Clinical Pharmacology I continue to provide the theoretical background that enables students to provide safe and effective care related to drugs and natural products to persons throughout the lifespan. Students will learn to make selected clinical decisions regarding using current, reliable sources of information, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of drug therapy, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding safe and effective use of drugs and natural products, intervening to increase therapeutic benefits and reduce potential negative effects, and communicating appropriately with other health professionals regarding drug therapy. The course addresses additional classes of drugs and related natural products and physiological conditions (e.g. postpartum depression and schizophrenia) not contained in Clinical Pharmacology I.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES I
This course introduces pathophysiological processes that contribute too many different disease states across the lifespan and human responses to those processes. Students will learn to make selective clinical decisions regarding using current, reliable sources of pathophysiology information, selecting and interpreting focused assessments based on knowledge of pathophysiological processes, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding pathophysiological processes, and communicating with other health professionals regarding pathophysiological processes.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES II
This sequel to Pathophysiological Processes I continue to explore pathophysiological processes that contribute to disease states across the lifespan and human responses to those processes. Students will learn to make selected clinical decisions regarding using current, reliable sources of pathophysiology information, selecting and interpreting focused assessments based on knowledge of pathophysiological processes, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding pathophysiological processes, and communicating with other health professionals regarding pathophysiological processes. The course addresses additional pathophysiological processes not contained in Pathophysiological Processes I.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING IN CHRONIC ILLNESS II & END OF LIFE
This course builds on Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness I. The evidence base related to family care giving and symptom management is a major focus and basis for nursing interventions with patients and families. Ethical issues related to advocacy, self-determination, and autonomy are explored. Complex skills associated with symptom management, negotiating in interdisciplinary teams, and the impact of individual and family development cultural beliefs are included in the context of client and family-centered care. Exemplars include patients with chronic mental illness and well as other chronic conditions and disabilities affecting functional status and family relationships. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences. (Can follow Nursing in Acute Care II and End-of-Life).

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING IN ACUTE CARE II & END-OF-LIFE
This course builds on Nursing in Acute Care I focusing on more complex and/or unstable patient care situations some of which require strong recognitional skills, rapid decision making, and some of which may result in death. The evidence base supporting appropriate focused assessments and effective, efficient nursing interventions is explored. Life span and developmental factors, cultural variables, and legal aspects of care frame the ethical decision-making employed in patient choices for treatment or palliative care within the acute care setting. Case scenarios incorporate prioritizing care needs, delegation and supervision, family & patient teaching for discharge planning or end-of-life care. Exemplars include acute psychiatric disorders and pregnancy-related complications as well as acute conditions affecting multiple body systems. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences. (Can follow Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End-of-Life Care).

SCOPE OF PRACTICE AND PRECEPTORSHIP FOR AAS COMPLETION
This course is designed to formalize the clinical judgments, knowledge and skills necessary in safe, registered nurse practice. The preceptorship model provides a context that allows the student to experience the nursing work world in a selected setting, balancing the demands of job and life long learner. Faculty/ preceptor/student analysis and reflection throughout the experience provide the student with evaluative criteria against which they can judge their own performance and develop a practice framework. Includes seminar, self-directed study and clinical experience. Required for AAS and eligibility for RN Licensure

RN TRANSITION COURSE I: INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE AND HEALTH PROMOTION
This course introduces the learner to the framework of the OCNE curriculum. The emphasis is on health promotion across the life span including development of individual and family personal health skills and their context within the community. Cultural, social, environmental and economic factors that influence behaviors and health status will be examined, along with potential biases that can affect health-coaching efforts. To support personal/ client health and behavior choice practices, students learn to access research evidence about the screening, assessment and reduction of health risks and enhancement of protective factors; apply health promotion, communication, systems, growth and development theories; explore personal and professional goals; and use reflective thinking about their practice as nurses. (Students bring clinical exemplars from their practice to the classroom). Includes classroom and/or online and/or self-directed learning experiences.

RN TRANSITION COURSE III: CHRONIC ILLNESS
This course introduces the RN to concepts that underlie evidence-based nursing practice with persons and families who live with chronic conditions across the life span in major ethnic groups within Oregon. The client and family’s “lived experience” of the illness, coupled with clinical practice guidelines and extant research evidence are the basis for practice in providing care to the chronically ill. Case exemplars include children with asthma, adolescent with a mood disorder, Type II diabetes, and older adults with dementia, as well as exemplars from the learners practice. Includes online and/or face-to-face class sessions, as well as directed learning experiences.

RN TRANSITION COURSE IV: CHRONIC ILLNESS & END OF LIFE
The course focuses on evidence-based nursing interventions to support symptom management, and family care giving in chronic illness and at end of life. Ethical issues related to advocacy, self-determination, and autonomy is examined, as are the knowledge and skills required for complex symptom management, and collaborating in interdisciplinary teams. The impact of individual and family developmental stages and spiritual and cultural beliefs are explored in the context of client and family centered comfort and palliative care. Exemplars include patients with chronic mental illness and other trajectories reflecting chronic illness and disabilities affecting functional status and family relationships. Includes classroom and/or online sessions as well as directed learning experiences.

LABOR AND DELIVERY PRACTICUM
This practicum course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in labor and delivery. Students will get experience in assessing maternal and fetal wellbeing, managing pain, labor coaching, and immediate post-partal care.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING IN CHRONIC ILLNESS AND END-OF-LIFE
This course begins with assessment and common interventions (including technical procedures) for clients with chronic illnesses common across the life span in major ethnic groups within Oregon. The evidence base related to family caregiving and symptom management is a major focus and basis for nursing interventions with patients and families. Ethical issues related to advocacy, self-determination, and autonomy are explored. Complex skills associated with symptom management, negotiating in interdisciplinary teams, and the impact of individual and family development cultural beliefs are included in the context of client and family-centered care. Exemplars include patients with chronic mental illness and well as other chronic conditions and disabilities affecting functional status and family relationships. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences.

FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING IN ACUTE CARE & END-OF-LIFE
This course focuses on care of patients across the life span who require acute care, including normal childbirth and introduction to more complex and/or unstable patient care situations. Disease/illness trajectories and their translation into clinical practice guidelines and/or standard procedures are considered in relation to their impact on providing culturally sensitive, client-centered care. The evidence base supporting appropriate focused assessment and effective, efficient nursing interventions is explored. Life span and developmental factors, cultural variables, and legal aspects of care frame the ethical decision-making employed in patient choices for treatment or palliative care within the acute care setting. Case scenarios incorporate prioritizing care needs, delegation and supervision, family & patient teaching for discharge planning or end-of-life care. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences.

INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE
This course introduces RNs to current thinking in the profession regarding using research evidence as a basis for nursing practice. This course is the transition course for RNs returning to nursing school. This RNBS transition course provides students with skills and understanding to question standard nursing practices, seek evidence to evaluate practice, and appraise the evidence to determine which practices yield the best client outcomes.

CHRONIC ILLNESS/FAMILY
The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for concepts that underlie evidence-based nursing practice with persons and families who live with chronic conditions presented across the life span.

END OF LIFE/FAMILY
This course examines the theoretical and research foundations of care for patients and families across the lifespan during the transition at the end of life. Concepts of palliative and supportive nursing care within an interdisciplinary team model are emphasized. Students will explore physical, psychosocial and spiritual responses in progressive illness, dying, and death.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course provides the basis for health assessment of individuals across the lifespan.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT/HEALTH PROMOTION PRACTICUM
This practicum is designed to provide the student with laboratory and clinical experience across the lifespan, to develop beginning competency in therapeutic communication, comprehensive health assessment, and coaching clients for health promotion. Practice experiences are specifically designed to achieve the competencies in each of the concurrent theory courses.

HEALTH PROMOTION
This course emphasizes the nurse’s role and required skills in health promotion and the development of individual and family self-care competencies, and their relationships within the community. The range of health determinants throughout the lifespan and those lessons learned in the scholarship of application to reduce health risks and enhance protective factors will be addressed. Cultural, social, environmental and economic factors that influence behaviors and health status will be examined, along with potential biases that can affect health-coaching efforts. A variety of direct care experiences in varied settings will be designed to enrich student skill and knowledge of context.

INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL NURSING
This course focuses upon the knowledge and conceptual bases for beginning therapeutic nursing interactions with and interventions for clients. The course content builds upon knowledge of humanity, communication, and previous and/or concurrent courses.

INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL NURSING: PRACTICUM
This course focuses upon the development of beginning therapeutic nursing interactions and interventions with patients/clients. Students learn the practice application of cognitive, psychomotor, technical and interpersonal skills with individual patient/clients in the health care setting.

FOUNDATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE
This course introduces the student to the ethical, legal, and interpersonal foundations of nursing practice. Students will be provided with guided learning activities in order to develop beginning level competence in developing professional relationships with clients across the lifespan and representing diverse populations, monitoring their own practice with regard to standard guidelines, finding and using evidence to support clinical decisions, and thinking critically about external forces that influence nursing practice.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES: A FOUNDATION FOR NURSING PRACTICE
This course provides an introduction to pathophysiological processes that underlie many different disease states and health deviations across the lifespan. Human responses to these pathophysiological processes will be explored to provide a foundation for nursing practice.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
This course provides a basic theoretical framework for pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and their application to nursing. The content focuses on nursing implications relevant to pharmacology, including application across diverse populations, elements of clinical decision making, safe nursing practice, and establishing and monitoring client outcomes.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS WITH PHYSIOLOGICAL ALTERATIONS
This course focuses on the analysis, integration, and evaluation of the scientific knowledge underlying the nursing management of human responses of adults to potential or actual physiological alterations in health status. This course emphasizes clinical decision-making in setting priorities and in selecting therapeutic interventions across the trajectory of health and illness. The effect of multiple interacting environments upon the ill adult are examined.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS WITH PHYSIOLOGICAL ALTERATIONS: PRACTICUM
This course promotes the application of scientific knowledge in the diagnosis and management of human responses of adults to potential or actual physiological alterations in health status. The clients are primarily hospital-based, physiologically unstable adults with diverse characteristics. Continuity of care across the trajectory of health and illness is emphasized. The effects of multiple interacting environments upon the nurse-patient relationship are examined.

NURSING CARE OF FAMILIES DURING HEALTH AND ILLNESS
This course examines the theoretical and research foundations of family as context and client. Exemplars include developmental theories, clinical decision making in health and illness. Concepts of therapeutic nursing interventions with families who are childbearing are emphasized.

NURSING CARE OF FAMILIES DURING HEALTH AND ILLNESS PRACTICUM
This course applies the theoretical, research, and practice foundations to nursing care of families. Therapeutic nursing interventions with families and children are practiced.

POPULATION-BASED CARE: CHRONIC ILLNESS AND HEALTH PROMOTION
This course is intended to prepare nurses in the practice of community and public health nursing enabling them to contribute to the overall public health mission of assuring conditions conducive to health at the community and population level. It examines community and public health nursing as a synthesis of knowledge from nursing, public health, and other social sciences and compliments the concurrent epidemiology and statistics courses. Students will examine frameworks of community and public health; analyze population-based health issues and conduct community assessments; and explore population-based interventions. Exemplars are selected from priority concern areas and local population needs, such as methamphetamine abuse and HIV. Includes classroom and clinical experiences.

EPIDEMIOLOGY
Explores the determinants of death, disease, disability, disorders and disillusionment in humankind. Introduces principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation. Examines how properly conducted studies contribute to understanding of etiologic factors, modes of transmission, and pathogenesis. Explores social and structural determinants of the five D’s and their implications for policy and nursing practice.

LEADERSHIP AND OUTCOMES MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
This course provides the learner with the opportunity to consider nursing practice from the vantage point of middle managers and senior leaders in the profession in selected inpatient and community settings. Focus is on use of outcome data to evaluate nursing care delivery systems and propose quality improvement initiatives, considering enduring practice issues, policy debates and historical solutions. Students will understand how nursing influences client care, its own practice Collect and use of outcomes data to provide evidence for practice changes in a variety of settings, and the larger health care delivery system. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences.

LEADERSHIP AND OUTCOMES MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
This course provides the learner with the opportunity to consider nursing practice from the vantage point of middle managers and senior leaders in the profession in selected inpatient and community settings. Focus is on use of outcome data to evaluate nursing care delivery systems and propose quality improvement initiatives, considering enduring practice issues, policy debates and historical solutions. Students will understand how nursing influences client care, its own practice Collect and use of outcomes data to provide evidence for practice changes in a variety of settings, and the larger health care delivery system. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences.

CLINICAL IMMERSION I
This course is designed to formalize the clinical judgments, knowledge and skills necessary for practice of nursing with a selected population. The experience focuses on complex clinical judgments, interdisciplinary team functioning and leadership, and the development of habits for lifelong learning. Faculty/ preceptor/student analysis and reflection throughout the experience provide the student with evaluative criteria against which they can judge their own performance and develop a practice framework. Includes seminar and precepted clinical learning experience.

CLINICAL IMMERSION II
A continuation of NRS 424, this course provides the student with the opportunity for developing deeper understanding of and competence in the nursing care of the selected population. The e course is designed to help the learner in the transition to the work world. Emphasis is on the health care needs of the selected population, and the associated systems and policy issues. Includes seminar and precepted clinical learning experiences.

CLINICAL IMMERSION
This course is designed to formalize the clinical judgments, knowledge and skills necessary for practice of nursing with a selected population. The experience focuses on complex clinical judgments, interdisciplinary team functioning and leadership, and the development of habits for lifelong learning. Faculty/ preceptor/student analysis and reflection throughout the experience provide the student with evaluative criteria against which they can judge their own performance and develop a practice framework. Includes seminar and precepted clinical learning experience.

CLINICAL FOCUS PRACTICUM
This course examines selected psychosocial and physiological processes and their relationship to caring and caring therapeutics in clinical nursing practice. This course provides opportunities to explore multiple nursing roles, apply therapeutic interventions, think critically, and communicate skillfully with multiple clients in designated settings.

CLINICAL FOCUS -IMMERSION (PORTLAND CAMPUS ONLY)
This course examines selected psychosocial and physiological processes and their relationship to caring and caring therapeutics in clinical nursing practice. This course provides opportunities to explore multiple nursing roles, apply therapeutic interventions, think critically, and communicate skillfully with multiple clients in designated settings.

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