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South University (Nursing Program)




Welcome to South University’s Nursing program. The dynamics of healthcare in Florida make earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree a worthy goal.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics, registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation, with 2.4 million jobs. About 3 out of 5 jobs are in hospitals and registered nurses are projected to create the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations; job opportunities in most specialties and employment settings are expected to be excellent, with some employers reporting difficulty in attracting and retaining enough RNs.

The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice and the American Nurses Association recommends that two-thirds of the basic nurse workforce be prepared with a bachelor's degree or higher by the year 2010 to meet the increasingly complex conditions of today's patient care needs.

At South University, we combine traditional classroom studies with interactive labs and practical experience to provide our students with an education that will prepare them to enter the nursing profession field.

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The dynamics of southeast coastal Florida make earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree a worthy goal. As the region experiences a gain in population each year the vacancy rate for nurses also continues to increase. Meanwhile, the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice and the American Nurses Association recommends that two-thirds of the basic nurse workforce be prepared with a bachelor's degree or higher by the year 2010 to meet the increasingly complex conditions of today's patient care needs.

To address this regional challenge, the BSN program at South University prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of healthcare settings including home health, community-based clinics, schools, acute care hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. The program, offered only at South University’s West Palm Beach campus, interrelates care and concern for patients with the scientific knowledge to promote health and the quality of life.



School name:South UniversityNursing Program
Address:1760 North Congress Avenue
Zip & city:FL 33409 Florida
Phone:800-688-0932
Web:http://www.southuniversity.edu/campus/Nursing/
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INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION OF NURSING
This course introduces professional nursing as a discipline-based profession, centered in the art of caring and integrating principles of holism in its foundation of service. Topics discussed include evolution and philosophy of nursing, theoretical foundations of practice, legal and ethical issues, healthcare delivery systems, finance and health care policy. Students are introduced to critical thinking, the nursing process and documentation. Students learn the unique contribution of nursing to society. The health-illness continuum, health promotion, basic human needs, therapeutic communication and nurse-client interactions are explored, including the interdisciplinary team approach. 4 quarter hours

TRANSITION INTO PROFESSIONAL NURSING FOR RN’S
This course introduces the student to the rationale and values of baccalaureate nursing practice. Students select, research, analyze and evaluate current issues affecting the nursing profession. The student explores the meaning and implications of the five integral components of the nursing profession: Caring, Communication, Critical Thinking, Professionalism and Holism. 4 quarter hours

PRINCIPLES OF ASSESSMENT
This course introduces the beginning level nursing student to a systems approach to physical assessment. Each physiological system will be studied with inclusion of normal or expected findings as well as abnormal or pathological findings. A lifespan approach and an end of course integration toward a comprehensive holistic assessment of person will be included. Therapeutic communication skills and cultural diversity issues are integrated. 3 quarter hours

PRINCIPLES OF ASSESSMENT LAB
This laboratory course is designed to provide the student with practical application of NSG3009. Students will be expected to integrate all components of assessment to perform comprehensive holistic assess-ments. Students practice interviewing skills, obtain health histories, and perform physical assessments. Satisfactory performance of all assessment skills is necessary for successful completion of the course. 4 quarter hours

PRINCIPLES OF ASSESSMENT FOR THE REGISTERED NURSE
This course builds on the physical assessment skills of the registered nurse. The course takes a systems approach to physical assessment and includes both normal and abnormal findings. Students will complete and document a health history and physical assessment. 4 quarter hours

CRITICAL READING, STUDYING AND THINKING IN NURSING
Designed to equip nursing students with the active learning skills needed to excel in the nursing education program, emphasis will be on critical reading, self management and complex knowledge acquisition as well as development and application of critical thinking to actual material students will be studying. Concrete strategies for preparing for and taking tests will be included. 2 quarter hours

CARING FOR A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY
This course will focus on ways to assist the nurse to provide holistic care in a multicultural society. Theories related to culture and caring, holism and spirituality will be used as a foundation for understanding our multicultural world. Specific cultural practices, beliefs and issues affecting the health of persons and communities will be studied. Future directions of trans-cultural nursing are discussed with worldwide perspectives of different cultures and subcultures. 2 quarter hours

PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS I
This course addresses the basic principles of pharmacology and studies drugs using a pharmacotherapeutics approach. The course will focus on the major pharmacological classifications and will utilize a prototype approach. Current pharmacological principles, therapeutic effect, drug interactions, and side effects are emphasized. Drugs that affect neurological, cardiovascular, fluid and electrolyte, and hematological balance are included. 3 quarter hours

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING
This course focuses on holistic caring for basic human needs. Strategies to promote health and well being are identified for inclusion into the care of the person. Also included is the care of persons with special needs including clients with immobility problems, skin integrity and wound problems, sensory alterations, the surgical client, elders and those requiring extended care. Components of Professionalism (compe-tency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 3 quarter hours

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING SKILLS LAB
This laboratory course is designed to provide the student with practical application of NSG3024. Students are expected to prepare for each class session by reading or completing all assigned materials in advance. This class concentrates on psychomotor performance. Students will practice skills until proficient. Practice sessions may involve class partners and laboratory manikins and a variety of supplies and equipment. Students must satisfactorily perform all assigned skills to successfully complete the course. 4 quarter hours

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING PRACTICE
This first clinical course is designed to provide the student with practical application of Fundamentals of Nursing and Fundamentals of Nursing Skills Lab and to assist the beginning level student to become grounded in caring for elders and persons requiring long term care. This course will be conducted in extended care facilities where students will focus on the skills of communication, assessment, and assisting residents with personal hygiene, feeding and mobility. Skills requiring sterile technique such as wound care and catheterization will be integrated after these skills have been successfully completed in NSG3024. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 2 quarter hours

CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY
This course focuses on the role of the nurse in the community and in public health. The community and public health focus includes caring for people in the home, school, workplace, health department, as well as various agencies. Content focuses on the environment, epidemiological issues, and vulnerable populations across the lifespan, communicable disease, and health promotion. Perspectives on health care and community oriented nursing, influences on healthcare delivery, and conceptual and scientific approach applied to community oriented nursing are also emphasized. The principles of professional nursing care to culturally diverse individuals, families and groups are integrated throughout the health-illness continuum. 4 quarter hours

PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS II
A continuation of Pharmacotherapeutics I, this course addresses the basic principles of pharmacology and uses a pharmacotherapeutic focus to study drugs. The course will focus on the major pharmacological classifications and will utilize a prototype approach. Current pharmacological principles, therapeutic effect, drug interactions, and side effects are emphasized. Content includes drugs that are used in the treatment of endocrine, reproductive, respiratory, gastrointestinal, bone and joint, cancer, immunologic, inflammatory and infectious disorders. 3 quarter hours

CARING FOR ADULTS I
This course serves as the foundational course in caring for adults with health alterations. This unit of study will concentrate on adults experiencing cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, hematological, immunological and oncological disorders. Concepts of pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and holistic assessment will be integrated throughout the course to promote assimilation of learning. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 5 quarter hours

CARING FOR ADULTS I – PRACTICE
This clinical practice course is designed to provide the student with application of theoretical content from Caring for Adults I. Students, utilizing therapeutic communication, provide nursing care for adults experiencing health problems. The clinical focus will be related to adults experiencing cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, endocrine, cancer, immunological and hematological disorders. Emphasis is placed on the various nursing roles used to implement care and meet the needs of ill adults and their families. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 5 quarter hours

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH
Students are introduced to concepts, issues and processes in nursing research and its application to practice. Emphasis is placed on the review, analysis, evaluation, and application of current nursing research. Selected research studies are critiqued. 3 quarter hours

CARING FOR WOMEN AND NEONATES
This course provides the student with a foundation for caring for women and neonates. Emphasis is on caring for women before, during and after childbirth. Caring for the neonate is also addressed. Traditional and nontraditional treatments and management of women’s health issues are explored. Students will critically examine contemporary issues and concerns in gynecological and reproductive health care. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 4 quarter hours

CARING FOR WOMEN AND NEONATES – PRACTICE
This course is designed to provide the student with clinical application of Caring for Women and Neonates. Clinical experiences are pro-vided in acute care settings including maternity services and newborn nursery and neonatal intensive care settings. Selected community experiences will also be included. Students utilize critical thinking skills in application of the nursing process in the care of neonates and women. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 5 quarter hours

CARING FOR ADULTS II
This course will concentrate on caring for adults with sensory, integumentary and neurological disorders. Concepts of pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and holistic assessment will be integrated throughout the course to promote critical thinking and assimilation of learning. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 2 quarter hours

CARING FOR ADULTS II – PRACTICE
This clinical practice course is designed to provide the student with application of theoretical content from Caring for Adults II. Utilizing supervised acute, rehabilitative and community-based clinical experiences provides nursing care practice for adults and geriatric adults experiencing health problems primarily in the areas of neurology, integumentary and sensory disorders. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the nursing process to provide holistic care for a culturally diverse population. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. Students develop increased nursing skills, including problem solving and decision making, as they work toward becoming independent. 3 quarter hours

CONCEPTS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
This course gives the registered nurse the opportunity to enhance his/her patient teaching skills and develop skills for staff education. Principles of learning, teaching strategies, communication and preparation of continuing education programs will be included. Considerations for teaching and learning with a diverse population will be explored. 4 quarter hours

LEADERSHIP IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY
This course prepares the registered nurse, not only for a professional leadership role, but will enhance his/her ability to work with professionals of other cultures. This course emphasizes professional leadership while assisting to develop specialized nursing management skills. 4 quarter hours

HEALTH PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
This course prepares the student to practice holistic health promotion across the life span. Content includes assessment and planning care for individuals and, families. Special emphasis will be placed on personal health promotion strategies. 4 quarter hours

CARING FOR CHILDREN
This course provides an understanding of the health care needs of children from birth to adolescence. Caring for the child and the family are addressed using the framework of holism. Health promotion, acute and chronic health concerns and injury prevention are addressed with integration of child growth and development issues. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 4 quarter hours

CARING FOR CHILDREN – PRACTICE
This course is designed to provide the student with the clinical application of NSG4050. Supervised clinical experience takes place with children of various ages both in acute care and community settings. Students will learn to care for children within the framework of holism and caring. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 5 quarter hours

CARING FOR ADULTS III
This course will concentrate on caring for adults with male reproductive, renal and urological and musculoskeletal disorders. Concepts of pathophysiology, pharmaco-therapeutics, and holistic assessment will be integrated throughout the course to promote assimilation of learning. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 2 quarter hours

CARING FOR ADULTS III – PRACTICE
This course is designed to provide the student with clinical application of theoretical content from NSG4052. This practicum offers students opportunities to provide supervised care for a culturally diverse adult population in acute care and home health settings with health care problems related to movement and coordination, urinary function and male reproductive disorders. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 3 quarter hours

ILLNESS AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
This course focuses on the experience of illness and chronicity. The student will apply concepts of health maintenance and restoration to individuals, families and aggregates. Strategies to increase the quality of life and minimize complications will be addressed. 4 quarter hours

CARING FOR ADULTS IV
This course will concentrate on caring for critically ill adults. Content will include caring for patients with multiple trauma, shock, dysrhythmias, respiratory failure, Multiple Organ Failure, emergency and critical care. The challenge of holistic caring in high technologic environments will be addressed. Concepts of pathophysiology, pharmaco-therapeutics, and holistic assessment will be integrated throughout the course to promote assimilation of learning. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 2 quarter hours

CARING FOR ADULTS IV – PRACTICE
This course is designed to provide the student with clinical application of theoretical content from Caring for Adults IV. This clinical practice offers students opportunities to provide supervised care for a culturally diverse adult population in critical/emergency acute care and home health hospice settings with health care problems related to multiple system failures. Experiences include providing supervised nursing care within the critical care units, emergency room, PACU, and home Hospice visits. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 3 quarter hours

CARING FOR PERSONS WITH PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
This course provides the essential theoretical content for the performance of the professional mental health/psychiatric nurse. The conceptual framework of mental health/mental disorders is integrated in caring for culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups throughout the health-illness continuum. Students will be introduced to psychiatric disorders, treatment modalities, and contemporary issues that affect persons with mental health/psychiatric problems. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. Emphasis will be placed on therapeutic communication. 4 quarter hours

CARING FOR PERSONS WITH PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS – PRACTICE
Designed to provide the student with application of Caring for Persons with Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems, this clinical practice will take place in both in-patient psychiatric facilities and outpatient community settings utilizing the nursing process as well as critical thinking in caring for individuals experiencing specific psychiatric disorders. Group dynamics, treatment modalities, and strategies for prevention of mental illness will be practiced. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 5 quarter hours

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR NURSES
This course explores nursing finance and budgeting issues. The course will include an overview of the health care system, ethics, leadership and budgeting strategies. The use of information technology will be examined. 4 quarter hours

COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE METHODS IN NURSING (ELECTIVE)
This course explores complementary and alternative methods of healing. Principles of psychophysiology of healing will be discussed. Alternative therapies such as energy healing, imagery and music therapy will be examined. 4 quarter hours

PALLIATIVE CARE
In this course the student will explore concepts and issues in end of life care. Students will learn strategies to give optimum end of life care to the individual and the family. Symptom management, legal/ethical consideration, grief and death will be covered. 4 quarter hours

GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
This course focuses on the care of the older adult. Pathophysiology of normal aging and common ailments will be discussed. The course will examine the older adult in the community, long term care and acute care. 4 quarter hours

LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN NURSING
This course analyzes professional ethical and legal issues with the ensuing nursing dilemmas integrating the factors of professional laws/standards, personal ethical stance, social, spiritual, transcultural, economic, institutional and political climate. Legal and ethical practice issues will be reviewed. Emphasis is given to the resolution of ethical dilemmas through ethical reasoning and ethical and legal obligations in professional patient relationships. 2 quarter hours

TRANSITION INTO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course is designed to assist the student in making the transition into professional practice. Students select, research, analyze and evaluate current issues affecting the nursing profession. The course explores selected topics involving socio-economics of the healthcare environment, organizational structure and culture, healthcare delivery systems and the impact of political issues on the profession of nursing. Professional roles & responsibilities in leadership, management, consumer advocacy and a commitment to life-long learning and professional growth are reinforced. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 6 quarter hours

TRANSITION INTO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRECEPTORSHIP
This course is designed to provide the student under the direction of the clinical faculty with a concentrated select nursing practice experience in a preceptorship arrangement with a designated Registered Nurse Preceptor. Students will receive 160 hours in the clinical setting. The student will gradually assume increased levels of clinical responsibilities as they transition from entry into practice. Components of Professionalism (competency, legal, ethical, political and economic issues) and Critical Thinking are incorporated throughout this course to enable students to integrate theory and practice. 5 quarter hours

HOLISTIC PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course allows the student to develop and initiate a plan of care for aggregates in the community. The plan will include concepts discussed throughout the curriculum. The student will practice roles of provider of care, designer/manager/ coordinator of care and member of a profession. 6 quarter hours

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