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University of Portland (School of Nursing)




The University of Portland School of Nursing has a proud 70-year history of educating outstanding nurses. Nationally, the University of Portland School of Nursing is recognized as a trend-setter and leader in nursing education. Our faculty has a passion for teaching and a vision for a transformed health care system of the future. We are aware of the dynamic nature of health care and the knowledge explosion in the health sciences and keep current with the expanding knowledge of nursing. We believe that a broad, well-rounded liberal arts education best prepares students for the dynamic and constantly changing nursing profession. We pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of nursing education as we prepare entry-into-practice and advanced nurses who will make a difference in the quality of health care.

Our school has undergraduate and graduate programs to respond to the needs of nurses at various stages of their careers. The important distinction about the University of Portland is that here undergraduate nursing students are very much a part of the University. We have a cutting-edge master's entry program (AEM-UP) that enables individuals who possess a non-nursing bachelor's degree to efficiently enter nursing at the graduate level. Likewise, in collaboration with our practice partners, we have implemented the new Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Master of Science degree program, which prepares generalists for leadership at the point of care. Furthermore, we are responding to the national movement for advanced practice nurses to be prepared at the doctoral level by beginning a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in Summer 2008.

MISSION

The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare baccalaureate and master’s graduates who practice theory guided, evidence-based nursing in any environment. The School of Nursing provides leaders in nursing and health care who incorporate client-centered caring and promote the spiritual dimension of health in their practice. Graduates are guided by an ethical framework, demonstrate social responsibility and exemplify value-based caring while meeting the health care needs of a diverse and changing society. A passion for the profession of nursing and a commitment to social justice distinguish University of Portland graduates.

BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM

The baccalaureate program in nursing at the University provides students with a liberal arts and science foundation followed by concentrated study in the professional nursing major. Students learn to view the person holistically and to use clinical reasoning to facilitate health and wellness. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop competency in the assessment, promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. A variety of settings are utilized to help students learn hands on nursing. Please explore the links on the left to learn more about the requirements for admission into our programs.



School name:University of PortlandSchool of Nursing
Address:5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Zip & city:OR 97203 Oregon
Phone:(503) 943-7211
Web:http://nursing.up.edu/
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School of Nursing Courses


INTRODUCTION TO NURSING AND HEALTH CARE
Introduces the learner to the discipline of nursing; its historical development, theoretical base, relationship to the health care system, practice and research processes, and legal and ethical boundaries. Provides opportunities to practice skills necessary for success in the nursing profession.

NUTRITION
Focuses on health promotion, adapted diet, and meal planning activities for the individuals in their environment based on their adaptive state. Interrelates biochemical and physiological principles to human nutritional needs in health and illness.

LIFE PROCESSES AND HEALTH PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
Focuses on human growth and development and health promotion across the life span. This course explores theories of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development and is a basis for all clinical nursing courses.

NURSING THEORY AND KNOWING: CONCEPTS AND ISSUES
This course introduces the student to nursing as a distinct discipline of knowledge and a unique professional service. Theories of nursing care are studied in relation to their significance to the practice of professional nursing. Aesthetic, personal, ethical, and empirical ways of knowing are examined, and serve as a basis to explore and raise pertinent questions.

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY NURSING AND HEALTH PROMOTION OF POPULATIONS
This course introduces nursing students to the concepts and theory of population nursing and community as client. During the course, students study the history of community health, the public health core competencies and assessment and provision of nursing care to populations. Students will learn and apply concepts of epidemiology, health promotion and disease and injury prevention for populations. Using Healthy People 2010 national objectives students will prioritize population health promotion and disease and injury prevention.

COMMUNICATION IN NURSING
Students learn the importance of assertive responsible communication as a nurse in the promotion of health. Students develop skills in building nurse-client and interdisciplinary team relationships. Methods of negotiation and conflict resolution, small group communication theory, communication aspects of leadership, ethical and legal issues in health care will be analyzed. Communication in diverse cultures will be evaluated. Students participate in numerous experiential opportunities that explore both effective communication and barriers to communication with clients and health care systems.

INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
Students learn foundational knowledge about promoting and protecting the health of adult clients. Students acquire basic foundational nursing knowledge, nursing techniques, health issues, assessment and skills for the adult client with special focus on the elderly client. There is a strong focus on identification and interpretation of normal and abnormal human responses to illness and health threats. Students learn foundational nursing interventions for common problems of the adult client. Students begin to integrate nursing theory, nursing research, communication, teaching, collaboration, and critical thinking in the clinical laboratory and in the clinical setting. Includes 45 hours of lab/clinical experience.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Focuses on the theoretical bases and manifestations of adaptation, both effective and ineffective, as viewed through the functional health patterns with an emphasis on the individual.

NURSING INQUIRY AND KNOWING I: CONCEPTS AND PROCESS
The course introduces the processes of nursing inquiry. The use of aesthetic, ethical, empirical, and personal dimensions of knowing are examined to explore the way theory-guided, evidenced- based findings are utilized in nursing practice.

PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS
Principles of drug action, use, and therapeutics including dosage calculation. Drug therapy is presented as an integral component of nursing practice. Through simulation, application is made to selected actual and potential health problems.

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
This course focuses on the nursing care of clients with acute or chronic mental illnesses. Theoretical concepts and nursing knowledge basic to the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of mental health throughout the life span are addressed. Professional, legal, and ethical issues in psychiatric mental health nursing (PMHN) are examined. Students will apply course content in classroom and clinical settings. Includes 90 hours of clinical experience.

PHYSIOLOGICAL NURSING
Students learn the nursing management of adult clients experiencing physiological health care problems. Emphasis is placed on analysis and interpretation of normal and abnormal assessment data. Students learn to plan, implement and evaluate nursing care for adult clients experiencing illnesses across the continuum of care. Students will begin to utilize skills such as time management, resource utilization, evidenced based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and client advocacy. Includes 135 hours of clinical experience.

MULTICULTURAL NURSING
Students will be introduced to culturally competent theoretical components of culture. Cultural beliefs and practices are examined in relation to health.

PROFESSIONAL ROLE TRANSITION
Designed to facilitate the RN’s success in professional nursing practice. This course is writing intensive and provides opportunities for selfappraisal of abilities, socialization into the University and practice in professional communication. The personal dynamics of career transitions are explored. Teaching strategies include guided, self-paced learning activities. Limited to RN learners.

NURSING INQUIRY AND KNOWING II: PRACTICE APPLICATIONS
This senior level course is designed to integrate ways of knowing and theory-guided evidence to enhance nursing practice. There is an emphasis in the inter and intra relationships of theory, evidence, and practice.

NURSING OF FAMILIES
The nurse’s role in family adaptation using family theories, systems theory, and nursing process within the context of functional health patterns. The concepts of family as client, the family as a unit of the community, and family influences on the individual are studied.

ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGICAL NURSING
Students learn the nursing management of adult clients experiencing complex multi-system physiological health care problems. The emphasis is on competent clinical reasoning in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the nursing care for multiple complex adult clients. Students show mastery in the areas of time management, resource utilization, evidenced based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration and client advocacy. Includes 135 hours of clinical experience.

MATERNAL-NEWBORN NURSING
The application of theory and principles to the care of beginning and emerging families using functional health patterns. Includes 90 hours of clinical experience.

CARE OF THE CHILD
The application of theory and principles to the care of the child and the growing family experiencing disruptions in adaptation. Content is organized by functional health patterns. Includes 90 hours of clinical experience.

POPULATION AND COMMUNITY NURSING
This course prepares students to apply the concepts of population and community nursing. Factors and concepts that affect the health of populations, such as health care financing, social justice, social capital, and poverty will be explored. Students will work with identified community partners to identify and meet community needs. Students will incorporate the values of professional nursing in practice. Includes 90 hours of clinical experience.

LEADERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course focuses on nursing leadership and client care management core competencies needed by the nurse to function in a complex environment across the health care continuum. Emphasis is on the theory and practice skills needed to coordinate patient care, work as a member of a team, and achieve quality, costeffective outcomes.

PERSONAL PREPARATION FOR LICENSURE
This course is designed to assist students to synthesize nursing knowledge and practice as a beginning baccalaureate nurse. Students will prepare to pass the NCLEX RN licensure exam. Students will be evaluated on accomplishment of the knowledge and theory of nursing practice.

NURSING ELECTIVES
In the semesters in which they are offered, these nursing courses involve topics deemed appropriate for the needs/interests of students. Offerings will cover a wide variety of topical areas providing students an opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge within and complimentary to nursing. (Some elective courses require prerequisites).

CAPSTONE CLINICAL IMMERSION
Students will be placed in a clinical immersion where they will practice with a preceptor in a one-to-one teaching strategy. Students will be evaluated in clinical by clinical faculty and preceptors on their accomplishment of the School of Nursing program outcomes. Includes 135 hours of clinical experience.

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