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Sonoma State University (Department of Nursing)




Sonoma State University has been a leader in nursing education since 1972, when it began offering one of the nation's first R.N. to B.S.N. programs. Its dedication to professional nursing has continued through the years and the program has expanded to include Pre-Licensure BSN and LVN to BSN options in the Undergraduate Program, as well as Graduate and Post-Graduate programs with tracks in Family Nurse Practitioner and Leadership & Management (with specialty areas of Administration and Nursing Education) and a new Direct Entry Master's Program.

SSU's nursing program prepares nurses to think critically and exercise leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care. Students and faculty work closely together to choose clinical practicums which meet the interests of the student and the needs of the community.

Sonoma State University's nursing programs are approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, from which information about tuition, fees and length of program may be obtained, either in writing or by telephone at National League for Nursing, 350 Hudson Street, New York, NY, 10014, 212 989-9393.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Graduates of SSU's Undergraduate Nursing Program are prepared to plan and provide patient care, to teach patients, families and staff and to provide leadership in the provision of health care to clients. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers the student the opportunity to become a liberally educated professional qualified for certification as a public health nurse and with a sound foundation for the pursuit of graduate education in nursing.



School name:Sonoma State UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Nichols Hall, Room 262
Zip & city:CA 94928 California
Phone:(707) 664-2465
Web:http://www.sonoma.edu/nursing/
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Department of Nursing Courses


NURSING IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS
Philosophical and theoretical foundations of nursing practice as a caring discipline. Basic physiological and psychosocial concepts of health and illness are explored from individual, family, and community perspectives, with an emphasis on health promotion and maintenance.

NURSING CARE OF THE ADULT
Pathophysiology and physical assessment skills are integrated with basic medical surgical nursing concepts as the foundation for caring for the adult patient. Health and disease processes are studied as they apply to the clinical care of the adult patient.

SKILLS IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
Introduces therapeutic communication skills, nursing process and clinical decision making, with an emphasis on person-centered assessment, diagnostic processes, and selected nursing therapies.

MENTAL HEALTH AND ILLNESS
Concepts of psychopathology and nursing therapeutic communication are presented as the foundation for caring for clients in all clinical settings. 2 units theory, 1 unit lab.

BASIC PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSES
Introduction to principles of pharmacology and to the nurse's role in the safe administration of medications. Content includes basic pharmacological principles, physiological actions, therapeutic and adverse effects of major drug classifications and routes of administration, basics of drug calculations, and patient education. Emphasis is placed on nursing responsibilities with safe administration of medications.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM I
Clinical Practicum. Applies theoretical principles of nursing care to individuals in ambulatory and nonacute health care settings. Clinical experience emphasizes health promotion and maintenance.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM II
Applies theoretical principles of nursing care to individuals in acute care and psychiatric health care settings. Emphasis is on providing care to persons experiencing changes in health and illness.

ASSESSMENT AND CLINICAL DECISION MAKING
Lecture/discussion, 3 hours; lab, 3 hours. Concepts and skills of human health assessment basic to clinical decision making within the caring process are expanded. Interview skills focus on eliciting an accurate and thorough history, taking into account multiple dimensions that characterize the person. Examination skills are further developed to provide a database for nursing diagnosis and planning nursing care.

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Provides introduction to RN-BSN program. The relationship between personal and professional development is explored with emphasis on student self-assessment, including clinical background, critical thinking, computer literacy, communication and self-care. This course also explores the relationship between communication, health, and the responsibility of the nurse to create positive environments that promote health and healing.

ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Lecture/discussion, 3 hours. Examines selected human responses to actual or potential health problems seen across many patient/client populations. Physiological and pathophysiological processes are emphasized and integrated within a discussion of the multiple dimensions of human responses. Research and theory on which to base clinical assessments and nursing diagnoses are presented.

WOMEN'S HEALTH IN THE EXPANDING FAMILY
Lecture. Principles and concepts of health and illness in childbearing and child-rearing families. Preventive and therapeutic aspects of nursing care for the pregnant and post-partum client. Use of community resources introduced.

CHILD HEALTH IN THE EXPANDING FAMILY
Lecture. Principles and concepts of health and illness in childbearing and child-rearing families. Preventive and therapeutic aspects of nursing care of the infant, child, and adolescent are emphasized. Use of community resources introduced.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM WITH EXPANDING FAMILIES
Applies the caring process to child-bearing and child-rearing families. Clinical experiences focus on principles and concepts of health promotion and maintenance to families in various phases of the health and illness continuum.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING THEORY
Introduces concepts, theories and research related to community responses and aggregate health, and concepts of population-based community health nursing practice. Communication and leadership skills applicable to population-based practice are developed and applied. National and international responses to health care problems and issues are examined, with an emphasis on intersectoral partnerships.

CARE OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WITH COMPLEX NEEDS
Applies the caring process to individuals and families with complex health care needs, emphasizing care of older adults.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN CARE OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WITH COMPLEX NEEDS
Clinical Practicum with individuals and families with complex health care needs, emphasizing care of older adults. Clinical experience originates in acute care settings and includes discharge planning.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM
CIP involves students in community problems related to the promotion of health and the prevention of illness. Credit may be given for such activities as volunteer work in health agencies and planning and participating in community health projects. A total of 6 units may be applied toward a degree. May be taken by petition only. Prerequisites: admission to the nursing major, consent of advisor and department chair.

SELECTED TOPICS IN NURSING
A single topic or set of related topics not ordinarily covered by the nursing major curriculum (e.g., sexuality, death and dying, health planning and policy). The course may be repeated for credit with different topics, to a maximum of 12 units.

RESEARCH AND WAYS OF KNOWING IN NURSING
Examines the nature of inquiry, basic research concepts, language and processes. Approaches to research and ways of knowing in nursing and related sciences are explored. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are compared. Students critically appraise and interpret studies in order to enhance their understanding of the research process.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM
Utilizing concepts, theories, and research findings related to family and community health, students provide nursing care to individuals and families in community settings. Focus is on the application of the caring process to individuals and families. Professional development, leadership, and case management abilities are expanded through community nursing practice.

THEORY IN NURSING PRACTICE
Theories and concepts from nursing and related sciences are applied to a selected client population in a clinical setting. A learning contract is developed by each student in a selected area of nursing practice that includes client care, research and theory, legal and ethical issues, standards of practice, and leadership and management in the clinical setting. All learning activities are designed within the context of caring to enhance critical thinking, client advocacy, therapeutic interventions, professional communication, and professional role development. Students must expect to complete

SENIOR CLINICAL STUDY
Clinical application of theories and concepts from nursing and related sciences in the nursing care of selected populations, research-based knowledge and pertinent theoretical frameworks are utilized to respond to complex and specific health care needs of these populations. Integration and synthesis of concepts, personal development and leadership/management abilities are expanded through professional nursing practice.

NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Formulates a theoretical foundation for the process of nursing leadership and management. Attitudes and behavioral principles of effective leadership are developed and applied. Problem-solving strategies are developed as management problems are analyzed. Effects of the management process on patterns of health care practice and delivery are critically evaluated.

NURSING IN A SOCIOPOLITICAL ENVIRONMENT
Seminar, 3 hours. The purpose of this course is to explore historical and current sociopolitical issues in nursing and health care for their impact on the practice and profession of nursing. Issues are analyzed within a social, political, ethical, legal and cultural perspective. Professional accountability and effective sociopolitical advocacy are emphasized.

HEALTH EDUCATION AND DRUG ABUSE
Emphasizes the teacher's responsibility for health promotion. Focus is on health issues affecting the school child's growth and maturation, and curriculum development for translating health knowledge into desirable health behavior. Includes units on nutrition, drug use and abuse, and AIDS. Course fulfills health education and drug abuse requirements of the Ryan Act Credential; enrollment priority is given to students in the Ryan Credential program. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

HEALTH, SEXUALITY AND SOCIETY
Examines issues in human sexuality as they relate to the health and well-being of self and others. The range of human sexual response will be explored. The impact of illness, disability and social dysfunction on one's sexuality will be analyzed. Satisfies GE, category E. Open to non-nursing majors.

SPECIAL STUDIES
Individual or group study, under guidance of an advisor, of special problems in nursing. Prerequisites: admission to the nursing major and/or consent of instructor and department chair. Specific guidelines available from the nursing department.

SCHOLARLY INQUIRY
This course builds upon an undergraduate foundation in nursing and related theories and research. The linkage between theory, research, and advanced practice are further developed to provide the student with the necessary skills to critically analyze selected research projects. Application to advanced patient care, health care systems management and leadership, nursing case management and nursing education. The course relies heavily on the use of the Internet.

SCHOLARLY INQUIRY
This course builds upon an undergraduate foundation in nursing and related theories and research. The linkage between theory, research and advanced practice are further developed to provide the student with the necessary skills to critically analyze selected research projects. Application to advanced patient care, health care systems management and leadership, nursing case management and nursing education. The course relies heavily on the use of the Internet.

ASSESSMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF THE WELL FAMILY
Expands the student's ability to identify and promote behaviors that enhance the health of self, individuals, and families. Principles from epidemiology, family health, psychology, sociology, change theory, and related therapies. Focuses on rapid identification of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health risks and modification of those risks as part of primary care.

POLICY AND POLITICS OF HEALTH CARE
Course reviews the principal ways health care is organized and financed, and identifies current issues in health care organization and financing. Analytic perspectives on health and health care economics are emphasized. Prerequisite: graduate nursing student or consent of instructor.
ETHICS IN HEALTHCARE
Bioethics in healthcare is critically discussed from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint. Separate modules address various aspects of healthcare delivery related to clinical and administrative topics.

SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE
Systems Management will utilize the systems theory in understanding organization behavior and change. The content of the course will include selected issues in organization environment, structure, culture, human resources, politics, and system leadership. The process of the course will focus on effecting organization change.

PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND LEADERSHIP
Seminar, 2 hours. Current nursing issues in advanced practice and professionalism are examined from a leadership perspective. Focuses on expanding nursing power and influence in professional situations. Cultural perspectives in health care, and nursing as a subculture, are examined. Faculty and students collaborate in the identification of pertinent issues.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS I
Provides the student with theory and experience with the elements of budget development. The course is divided into segments: 1) pre-budget, 2) budget preparation and 3) monitoring variance. Students select a clinical site and mentor to provide clinical experience with budget preparation and monitoring.

INSTRUCTIONAL PROCESS IN HIGHER EDUCATION I
Examination of curriculum formation, revision and evaluation. Theoretical and practical aspects of the instructional role in higher education are examined. Major theories of learning are critiqued. Teaching strategies are analyzed in relation to learning objectives. Students engage in individual and group projects in curriculum development and teaching methods.

INSTRUCTIONAL PROCESS IN HIGHER EDUCATION (4)
This course is a continuation of Instructional Process in Higher Education I with incorporation of online and teleconference teaching skills and concepts into a course design and plan for implementation. Students will evaluate their online and teleconference teaching plans with respect to clearly delineated clinical or administrative learning outcomes and appropriate teaching models. Students will build well balanced and appropriately sequenced assignments and determine whether the technology tools they have selected will meet the learning objectives of the course they are designing. Current nursing research, curriculum and assessment with particular emphasis on the online and teleconference paradigm will be included.

NURSING LEADERSHIP THEORY I
A course in which theories of organizations and management are analyzed in relation to health care and nursing care delivery systems. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and evaluating the relationship between clinical nursing practice and organizational management. Organizations will be analyzed according to structure, functions and organizational behaviors.

NURSING LEADERSHIP THEORY II
Focus is on continuation and further development of a knowledge base relating to health care delivery systems and nursing service administration. Emphasis will be placed on complex aspects of the leadership/management processes, including use of human and financial resources and health policy development.

CASE MANAGEMENT THEORY I
A course in which the theory of case management in relation to coordinating and evaluating client care is explored. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and evaluating the relationship between the provision of quality client care and organizational effectiveness. The interdependent role of the case manager is analyzed.

CASE MANAGEMENT THEORY II
Focus is on continuation and further development of a knowledge base relating to health care delivery systems and the role of the case manager. Emphasis will be placed on complex aspects of the case management process, including human and financial resources and organizational, local, state and federal health policy development.

RESIDENCY I
Focuses on the application of theoretical knowledge in a nursing leadership/management setting. The student gains an understanding of the relationship of administrative theory to administrative practice through the initiation of the project proposal designed in Nursing Leadership Theory I or Case Management Theory I

RESIDENCY II
Continued application of theoretical and conceptual knowledge in a nursing leadership/management setting. An understanding of the relationship of administrative theory to administrative practice is gained through the implementation and completion of the project, which is designed to improve administrative skills.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS IN DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT I
Develops a pathophysiological conceptual foundation for the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic illnesses in advanced primary care nursing practice. Research and theory from various disciplines are used to evaluate unique interaction patterns of person and environment as a basis for selecting strategies to promote health and minimize the effects of illness. Emphasizes interdisciplinary aspects of primary health care through partnerships with patients as a basis for collaboration, consultation and referral.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS IN DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT II
Further develops a foundation for the diagnosis and management of common, yet more complex, acute and chronic illness in advanced primary care nursing practice. Research and theory from various disciplines are used to evaluate unique interaction patterns of person and environment as a basis for selecting strategies to promote health and minimize the effects of illness. Continues to emphasize the interdisciplinary aspect of primary health care through partnerships with patients as a basis for collaboration, consultation, and referral.

HEALTH MAINTENANCE PRACTICUM
This first clinical course for FNP students includes health history skills and physical assessment evaluation of well clients. Emphasis is on health promotion, health risk appraisal, and developing comprehensive assessment skills. Laboratory fee payable at time of registration.

FNP PRECEPTORSHIP I
Beginning clinical practice in primary care settings is implemented. Specialized knowledge and skills are utilized to assess physical, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients. Concepts from various disciplines are integrated to provide a framework for developing and applying strategies for health promotion and illness management. Begins to develop advanced nursing role identity as FNP.

PRECEPTORSHIP II
Continued implementation of clinical practice in primary care settings. Further develops and expands FNP clinical judgment and practice skills in family primary care. Research findings and theory-based knowledge are applied to formulating diagnoses and management plans. Personal and professional parameters of the nurse practitioner role are examined.

PRECEPTORSHIP III
Expands clinical practice in primary and extended care settings. Facilitates the integration of nursing and other theories and research in providing health care to individuals, families and groups. Conceptual perspectives are applied as a foundation for complex decision making in advanced nursing practice. Professional identity is expanded to integrate the multiple aspects of the nurse practitioner role.

PRECEPTORSHIP: CLINICAL CHALLENGE
Clinical preceptorship challenge. Faculty evaluation of clinical practice skills in areas of practice included in Health Maintenance Practicum, FNP Preceptorships I and II. Includes faculty site visits in prearranged settings that provide appropriate types of cases for adequate evaluation. The basis for evaluation includes observation of practice, case discussion and chart review.

PHARMACOLOGY FOR FNPS
Develops a foundation for safe and effective management of client's pharmacological needs in the care of common acute and chronic illnesses. Research findings and theory-based knowledge are applied in assessing the needs of the individual client for medications and patient education. Parameters of legal practice and community standards of care are addressed.

PROJECT CONTINUATION
Designed for students working on their thesis or master's project but who have otherwise completed all graduate coursework toward their degree. This course cannot be applied toward the minimum number of units needed for completion of the master's degree.

SPECIAL STUDIES IN NURSING
Individually arranged course for one or more students who wish to pursue academic interests beyond the scope of the regular curriculum.

SELECTED TOPICS IN NURSING
A single topic or set of related topics not ordinarily covered in the graduate curriculum (e.g., nursing administration and supervision, curriculum development and teaching methods). The course may be repeated for credit with a different topic, to a maximum of 12 units.

MASTER'S THESIS
Research on thesis developed by student in consultation with nursing department faculty, and approved by the department and the student's thesis committee.


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