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University of Colorado at Denver & Health Sciences Center (School of Nursing)




We at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing celebrated our Centennial Year in 1998. We have such a rich history of innovations in shaping important milestones in the nursing profession to share with you. For example, we are the birthplace of the nurse practitioner and caring movements, and have made significant contributions in the areas of school-based health care and nursing informatics. The School of Nursing has many excellent academic programs.

In addition to our BS and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, we are known for our pioneering and ongoing efforts in outreach, particularly in the MS and PhD Programs that enable us to meet rural, regional, and national health care needs.

As the School of Nursing moves forward as one of the leading schools in this nation in the 21st Century, we will continue this important and historical trend. Our faculty and students will partner with the community in creating insightful educational innovations, uses of technology, and creative curricula to address health care needs. We are creating an environment that shifts from the traditional faculty-student relations to one in which the student is a partner-colleague in the teaching/learning process.

We have strong faculty practices for care across the lifespan including pediatrics, midwifery, and adult health. These practices also support the education of students and the connection of research to practice. In addition, we have a reputation for theory-based research, particularly in the areas of pain, rural health, migrant health, and pediatric nursing. For the future, we are advancing the development of additional research strengths in informatics, cost and quality outcomes, and nursing's role in environmental health.

The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) School of Nursing has an atmosphere that is student friendly and future-oriented. A prospective student will be joining a community of distinguished faculty and student scholars in which students have a major role in shaping their personal futures, the future of the nursing, and the School. You will have the opportunity to interact closely with faculty and students from the Schools of Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy and you can expect a faculty who strive to prepare the highest level professional nurse.

University of Colorado students are prepared to meet current and future health care demands in today's challenging and evolving health care system. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that advanced practice nurses contribute as an equal partner in the interdisciplinary health care arena.

RN-BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Registered nurses with a previously earned Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing through the flexible online RN-BS in Nursing program. The coursework may be completed entirely online via the Internet, or in a combination of online and traditional on-campus classes. Courses are offered online to maximize flexibility and accessibility, while providing interactivity and application to real life work experiences. Clinical competencies in nursing leadership and management, care management, and public health nursing are arranged in the communities where students live and work.

In accordance with the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model, the RN-BS program builds on previous experience and education for professional development and expanded roles in nursing practice. Students are required to successfully complete thirty (30) semester credit hours of upper division nursing and will be awarded the baccalaureate degree.

Baccalaureate education is foundational to nursing careers for which graduate education is required. Part-time or full-time study is available. Applications for priority admission are due October 1, February 1, and May 1. Applications submitted at other times are reviewed as received, and individuals who would like to begin coursework prior to official notification of acceptance may begin the program of study as a non-degree student through Open Enrollment. Courses are offered in both 8 week and full semester formats, allowing flexibility in progression.

The RN-BS program is intended to support the unique needs of both local and distant adult learners who seek access to a B.S. degree. The program is designed to accommodate working schedules and life commitments and supports educational mobility and professional advancement through the use of educational technology, including web-based courses and online learning.




School name:University of Colorado at Denver & Health Sciences CenterSchool of Nursing
Address:4200 E. Ninth Ave. Box C288-6, Room 1928
Zip & city:CO 80262 Colorado
Phone:303-315-5592
Web:http://www2.uchsc.edu/son/sonweb.asp?section=Welcome&LNav=defaultLNav.asp&content=dean/content/welcomeContent.asp
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INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course introduces skills of health assessment of persons across the lifespan. Content will be presented in didactic sessions and application will occur in laboratory.

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING
This course focuses on nursing interventions of the art and science of human care, as foundations to reflective nursing practice. Content focuses on clinical judgment, basic nursing principles, key nursing interventions, facilitating health and understanding the patient as recipient-participant. Human care concepts are integrated throughout the clinical content of the course. with human care concepts integrated throughout the clinical content.

PHARMACOLOGY
Lecture course of introductory pharmacology including general concepts (pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, developmental pharmacology, interactions, adverse effects), and overview of major drug groups following a body systems approach. Autonomic system pharmacology and implications for monitoring, drug administration, and patient education emphasized.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Course is divided into two content areas: general concepts and specific disease processes. General concepts include the topics of cellular environment, genetics, stress and disease, immunity, inflammation, and cellular proliferation. Exemplar disease processes from the major organ systems are presented.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDBEARING FAMILIES
Course focuses on application of knowledge to clinical practice relating to care of childbearing families. Students explore factors affecting individuals and families during the experience of childbirth within the context of clinical judgment and critical thinking from a caring framework.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS
Nursing process directed toward health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention and health restoration for the child, adolescent and family is utilized in clinical practice, laboratory experience and class. Subsystem/pattern variation receives particular emphasis.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on nursing care of adolescents and adults in promotion and restoration of mental health within a variety of clinical settings. Assessments and treatment approaches based on nursing diagnosis and DSM IV classifications will be incorporated into class lectures and clinical practice.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS AND OLDER ADULTS
Nursing care of adults and older adults directed toward health promotion, disease prevention, maintenance and restoration of health emphasized in both theory and clinical practice. The concepts of health, illness, healing, and dying are investigated from a human science/caring perspective.

NURSING RESEARCH
Introduces foundational concepts of nursing research and promotes the development of the student as a research consumer. The ability to critically evaluate research findings and assess their potential use in clinical practice is an integral component of the course.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING: REFLECTIVE PRACTICE, FOCI, ISSUES & TRENDS
This course is one of a two-course sequence designed to enhance professional development. Content includes: historical, philosophical, theoretical, and ethical foundations of nursing; professional issues and trends; and two-selected practice/inquiry foci for theory-based, evidence-guided reflective nursing practice.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING: REFLECTIVE PRACTICE, SOCIAL JUSTICE, ISSUES & TRENDS
This course is designed to introduce professional nursing responsibility and to enhance professional development. Content includes: historical, philosophical, theoretical, and ethical foundations of nursing; social justice and diversity; and professional issues and trends. The course explores practice foci for theory-guided, evidence-based reflective nursing practice.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING: ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT FOR PRACTICE: BIOETHICAL & LEGAL FOUNDATIONS
Examine societal context of nursing practice and health care delivery. Emphasis is given to environmental context of U.S. health care system and bioethical/legal parameters which influence professional nursing practice, and achievement of quality/cost effective outcomes.

NUTRITION & FEEDING OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH
This course integrates social justice with reflective practice relationship centered caring and diversity in a community service project with student participation; it consists of an introduction to and reflection on nurses as agents of social justice.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS WITH COMPLEX DISEASE PROCESSES
Nursing Care directed toward maintenance and restoration of health for adults experiencing multiple, complex health alterations in both theory and clinical practice. Advanced concepts in understanding health, illness, dying, and death will be considered using a human science/caring perspective.

SENIOR INTEGRATED PRACTICUM VARIABLE
Synthesis of theory, research, and practice to facilitate clinical reasoning for quality care and clinical outcomes improvement. Leadership and management competencies in organizational skills, communication, conflict management, delegation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and decision-making support successful transition into practice and professional development.

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING
Students learn the structure and functions of public health services; apply principles of environmental health and epidemiology; provide nursing care to vulnerable and diverse families; and develop and implement a health promotion and/or disease prevention program with a community-based population.

NURSING CARE OF WOMEN IN HIGH RISK PREGNANCIES
This elective course focuses on nursing care of women in high risk pregnancies. Assessment, care management, critical thinking, and the role of the nurse in the care of high risk pregnant patients are emphasized.

CRITICAL CARE PEDIATRICS
This elective course focuses on nursing management of critically ill, chronically ill and/or other high-risk children. Assessment, care management, critical thinking, and the role of the nurse in the care of high-risk pediatric patients are emphasized.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This is a basic health assessment course for students who are enrolled in the UCHSC, RN-BSN program.

NURSING CARE/CASE MANAGEMENT
Innovative, integrated nursing case/care management models within context of today’s managed care delivery system are considered in this course. Accountability, interdisciplinary collaboration, continuity of care, timeliness, and cost effectiveness of health care delivery are evaluated within the context of care management.

ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN PALLIATIVE CARE
An advanced course focusing on a palliative care nursing model. Theory and practice include palliative care assessment, symptom management, advanced communication skills, response to loss, and ethical issues. Students will explore palliative care as acute, restorative, and comfort care with patient/family.

COMPLEX SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT IN PALLIATIVE CARE NURSING
An advanced theory course focusing on complex symptom management in palliative care nursing. Symptom management will include physical, psychosocial, and spiritual interventions. Ethical consideration of comfort vs. care, evidence-based palliative care practices, and the role for the advanced practice nurse will be explored.

NURSING SUMMER EXTERNSHIP
Course combines didactic instruction with complex clinical practice to enhance complexity of critical thinking, integration, analysis, and professional clinical judgment skills of students during the delivery of nursing care to individuals/groups of individuals in a variety of practice settings.

SPECIAL TOPICS
This course is a special topic selected each semester.

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