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University of North Alabama (College of Nursing)




Entering freshmen and transfer students complete a four-year curriculum leading to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are awarded the BSN degree, and are eligible to take the NCLEX exam for licensing as a registered nurse (R.N.).

For Registered Nurses who wish to attain the BSN degree, our "Flex-Track RN to BSN Online Program" allows RNs to attain their BSN degree entirely online. For BSN prepared nurses, the College of Nursing also offers an MSN degree program completely online. Both the BSN and the MSN online programs provide an online learning environment that is educationally rewarding and designed to meet the schedule of the working student.

MISSION:

The mission of the College of Nursing (CON) is to provide a quality educational program which prepares students for a career in professional nursing. The primary intent of the College of Nursing is to provide an intellectual climate, which promotes independent thinking and a free and open exchange of ideas. Educational experiences in nursing science build upon the core curriculum and prepare nursing students to utilize the nursing process to address the needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities in society. The College of Nursing strives to effect positive changes in the health care of the community by producing graduates who have developed a desire for life-long learning. As a professional nursing program within a university setting, the College of Nursing is guided by the general philosophy of the University and the standards of the nursing profession. The College of Nursing is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

PHILOSOPHY

To fulfill the purpose of providing a basic education in professional nursing, the faculty developed the following philosophical statements:

Person.People are unique beings who, as integrated wholes, react to and interact with their environment. All people have universal and individualized developmental requirements/needs. Additionally, alterations in wellness may impose health deviation requirements. People function biologically, symbolically and socially and can learn to meet requirements/ needs.

Nursing. Nursing is a profession consisting of practitioners who utilize theory and knowledge to design nursing systems to address the actual or potential requirements/needs of persons, groups, or communities. The nurse utilizes the nursing process, emphasizing primary prevention strategies, critical thinking skills, communication techniques, and bio-psycho-social theories, to deliver developmentally, culturally, ethically and environmentally appropriate research based practice. As a licensed health professional, the nurse continually updates knowledge by attending continuing education classes and/or pursuing advanced study in order to meet the challenges of an ever-changing health care delivery system.

Health. Health is a dynamic process that exists when a person integrates aspects of physical psychological, interpersonal, and social (beliefs, activities, practices, and principles) to maintain a state of well-being. Health varies with the person, the circumstance, and the ability to meet one’s own health care needs/requirements. Health maintenance includes those primary prevention strategies that promote and maintain optimal wellness and prevent illness.

Learning. Learning is a dynamic process involving the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and insights acquired through interaction with the environment. Learning is active and relates directly to individual attributes. Learning is maximized in a non-threatening environment that allows for student/teacher interaction. A dynamic learning environment encourages critical thinking, problem solving which allows faculty open communication and analysis of learning situations, and begins with planned experiences.

Education. Education is the sum total of life’s experiences derived from a process of knowing, which includes content as well as a style of thinking. Nursing education consists of preprofessional and professional components sequenced according to social, cultural, economic, and political conditions. Nursing education provides a foundation of common knowledge, skills, and insights based on general studies to meet the students’ needs for academic advancement, professional attainment, responsible citizenship, and personal fulfillment.



School name:University of North AlabamaCollege of Nursing
Address:UNA Box 5011
Zip & city:AL 35632-0001 Alabama
Phone:(256) 765-4583
Web:http://www2.una.edu/nursing/
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MANAGING STRESS
A course which will study the causes, stages, and signs of personal and professional stress. Emphasis will be placed on preventing and controlling the anxiety associated with stress through general life management skills and individualized holistic stress-management program based on person insights, needs, and abilities. This course is applicable for general elective credit only.

COMPUTATIONS FOR HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL
Focuses on calculations utilized for the safe administration of medications and intravenous solutions. Basic mathematical operations will be reviewed as they relate to dosage calculations. The course will progress from simple dosage calculations to complex calculations such as units/hour, milligrams/hour, and micrograms/kilogram/hour. Calculations of dosages for all age groups will be included.

FUNDAMENTALS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Teaches basic concepts of professional nursing care with emphasis on physical assessment and nursing skills. Three class hours; six laboratory hours per week.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Introduces wellness theory in promoting health behaviors of families, groups, and communities, while appropriately networking with community resources.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING I
Introduces the nursing process including a study of basic adaptive/maladaptive human behaviors and mechanisms. Focuses on commonly occurring health deviations.

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
A clinical practicum/seminar course which utilizes the nursing process to focus on physical assessment findings across the lifespan.

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on concepts of psychiatric-mental health with emphasis on therapeutic care of adults with common psychiatric problems.

NURSING FOR INTRAOPERATIVE PATIENTS
A clinical course enabling students to learn entry level nursing roles in operating room settings. Course content will include theoretical and clinical experiences with patients during intraoperative periods. Clinical experiences will be conducted with preceptors as role models and demonstrators of the use of nursing process with patients in surgery.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING
Designed for undergraduate nursing students. It focuses on principles of pharmacology and will provide current and clinically relevant information organized by body systems. It will be primarily delivered online with on campus lab components.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN HEALTH CARE
Concepts, Issues, and Trends. Focus will be placed on the importance of knowledge, skills, and understanding essential to appreciate individuals from diverse cultural groups. Concepts and principles will be used to compare and analyze cultural beliefs, customs, lifestyles, and behaviors impacting health care practices in selected cultural groups. Issues and trends will be explored. Exercises and scenarios to promote an appreciation of cultural richness will be presented.

Women’s Health. Study of health promotion and disease prevention for women from adolescence through senescence. Students and faculty will determine topics from the following areas: reproductive anatomy and physiology, sexuality, family planning, fertility and infertility, infectious diseases, gynecological disorders, violence against women, and other issues which are determined by the class such as management of body weight, nutrition, stress, and women’s roles in the workplace.

ABUSIVE BEHAVIORS
A study of any activity which is currently designated as abusive to self or others. Students and faculty will determine topics for each semester from the following areas: alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, harassment in society and in the workplace, incest, rape, use of weapons, and violence in the home, neighborhood, and community. The effect of abusive behaviors on the abuser, the abused, and others will be addressed.

HEALTH CARE LECTURE SERIES
Use of guest lecturers to explore various topics designed to promote awareness of the interdisciplinary approach to health care.

HEALTH IN CHILDBEARING
Study of healthy childbearing. Topics will include preparation for conception, pregnancy, and the entire childbearing cycle. Students enrolled in the course may negotiate with the professor(s) to include students’ specifically desired topics and hours of credit. Methods of teaching may include seminars, demonstrations and return demonstrations, group work, and lecture/discussions by professor(s) and guest lecturers.

GERONTOLOGY
The primary focus is on the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging with an emphasis on community services available to the aging population.

RESEARCH IN NURSING
Introduces the research process in nursing. Focuses on the use of research in nursing practice. Three class hours per week.

ADULT HEALTH NURSING II
A continuation of the study of nursing process with adults having commonly occurring health deviations.

MATERNITY NURSING
Introduces nursing process with childbearing families during the prenatal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal periods.

PEDIATRIC NURSING
Introduces nursing process with childrearing families having children in various stages of development and with commonly occurring health deviations.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
Teaches concepts for leadership roles in nursing.

THE YOUNG CHILD AND HEALTH CARE
A study of the health problems and needs of young children (ages 4-8), with emphasis on health assessment and referral methods.

SENIOR INTERNSHIP AND REVIEW
Designed as an internship, which allows students to focus on selected specialty areas in which to enhance clinical skills. An exit exam is required to validate mastery of nursing content and related skills. One-hour class per week; eighty hours per semester-lab/clinical.

GUIDED STUDY IN PROFESSIONAL INQUIRY
An independent study project for investigation of some aspect of nursing in which the student has developed special interest, and using guidelines developed by the student with appropriate faculty guidance, supervision, and evaluation.

HEALTH AND AGING
Interdisciplinary course which focuses on the physiological changes experienced by individuals as they age. Specific attention will be placed on the unique changes that occur among the elderly.

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