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University of the District of Columbia (Department of Nursing and Allied Health)




The Department of Nursing and Allied Health offers the A.A.S. degrees in Mortuary Science, Medical Radiography, Nursing, and Respiratory Therapy, and the B.S. in Nursing (RN-BSN).

The mission of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health is to provide exemplary educational experiences to an ethnically diverse population with a particular emphasis on the needs in the District of Columbia. The Department provides an intellectually challenging and nurturing environment that fosters the development of competent and compassionate practitioners who will assist individuals on the continuum from wellness/ illness, dying, death, and care of human remains. Students are assisted in the development of critical thinking skills, problem solving, technical, and social skills through active participation in classroom and practicum experiences.

All of the programs in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health are fully accredited by their respective professional accrediting body.

NURSING PROGRAM

The University offers the A.A.S. in Nursing and the B.S. in Nursing (RN-Completion). The curricula reflect high standards of professional practice and incorporate guidelines from practice trends, professional organizations, and accrediting agencies. Both the AASN and the BSN are fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditating Commission (NLNAC) and are approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nursing is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills for eligibility to attain licensure as a registered nurse. Successful completion of the registry examination allows the graduate to enter the health care delivery system as a registered nurse and to provide direct patient care in a variety of settings.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing – RN/BSN completion – is designed for registered nurses who have already earned an Associate Degree in Nursing or completed a nursing diploma program. The program builds on knowledge attained in previous nursing education and current practice. This program prepares nurses to work in structured and unstructured settings; provide leadership/management in the coordination of care to individuals, families and the community; and provides preparation for graduate study in advance practice roles.

The LPN to RN (LPN to AASN) Accelerated Program is designed to provide the licensed practical nurse educational mobility without unnecessary barriers. Advanced placement into the AASN program will be awarded after the successful completion of the validation courses.



School name:University of the District of ColumbiaDepartment of Nursing and Allied Health
Address:4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Building 44, 102
Zip & city:DC 20008 District of Columbia
Phone:202.274.5899
Web:http://www.udc.edu/academics/nursing/index.htm
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CONCEPTS BASIC TO NURSING THEORY Examines the developments and trends in nursing related to social, scientific, and technological influences. Ethical, legal and communication concepts impacting nursing and the organization of the health care delivery system is included. In addition, changing role functions, education, research, as well as, the philosophy of the Nursing Program is introduced. Emphasis is placed on man as a self-care agent, the health-illness continuum and the nursing process. NURSING PHARMACOLOGY THEORY This basic nursing pharmacology course presents concepts in the pharmacodynamics of drugs and their relation to the care of clients. Basic principles in the administration of medications and mathematical dosage calculations will be included. FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING THEORY This course is designed to provide content, which focuses on the development of basic concepts related to health, normal aging, and nursing practice. Principles of communication, legal, ethical, nutritional, and pharmacological content related to the basic technologies are introduced. FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICUM This is the first nursing practicum course developed to provide opportunities for the student to use the nursing process when designing nursing systems, which assist individuals in meeting self-care requisites. This course focuses on the development of nurse agency with emphasis on assessment. Students learn basic nursing technologies and underlying scientific principles in the on-campus laboratory and apply them in long term care facilities. Lab/hosp 6 hrs. MENTAL HEALTH NURSING THEORY Focuses on the application of the nursing processes in the care of adults with selected psychiatric-mental health deviations. Dependent and independent modes of treatment related to each deviation in discussed. Emphasis is placed on assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Scientific rationales for interventions are stressed. Lec. 2 hrs. MENTAL HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM This practicum is structured to provide an opportunity for the student to apply therapeutic intervention and interpersonal and communication skills with clients in mental health settings. The planning and implementation phase of the nursing process is emphasized. Hosp. 6 hrs. MATERNITY-NEWBORN NURSING THEORY Focuses on the trends, issues, child bearing, universal, developmental, and health deviations self-care requisites related to maternity nursing. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process, critical thinking, therapeutic intervention and communication. Lec. 2 hrs. MATERNAL – NEWBORN NURSING PRACTICUM This nursing practicum provides opportunities for the student to use the nursing process in the promotion and maintenance of optimal family health within the maternity and neonatal setting. Hosp. 6 hrs. LPN VALIDATION THEORY This course is designed to validate and enhance integrative concepts of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) that provide the foundation for registered nursing practice. Students explore selected theories, concepts, and issues that support professional practice, including therapeutic communication, problem solving, critical thinking, the nursing process, teaching-learning, planning nursing care, values clarification, and standards of professional nursing. Students refine and update previous learning in addition to defining goals for a successful transition into a Registered Nursing (R.N.) Program. Restricted Enrollment Lec 3 hrs. LPN VALIDATION LABORATORY This course is designed to validate the skills of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) that provide the foundation for registered nursing practice. Students demonstrate competency in selected basic nursing skills in the on-campus laboratory. This course is the application of selected theories and concepts presented in the Validation Theory Course. The student refines and updates previous learning to facilitate a successful transition into a Registered Nursing (R.N.) Program. Restricted Enrollment Lab 3 hrs. NURSING CARE OF THE CHILD THEORY This courses focuses on the theoretical foundations of pediatric nursing. The nursing process provides the foundation for pediatric health promotion and illness care of the child and family. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, therapeutic interventions and communication. Lec. 2 hrs. NURSING CARE OF THE CHILD PRACTICUM This nursing practicum provides opportunities for the student to use the nursing process in health promotion and illness care of children and their families through adolescence in the pediatric setting. Hosp. 6 hrs. NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I THEORY This is the first of two courses in the care of the adult. It provides the theoretical foundations needed to assist adults experiencing chronic health deviations. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis, pathophysiology, dependent and independent modes of treatment. Pharmacological and nutritional concepts are integrated. Lec. 2 hrs. NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I PRACTICUM This practicum is a Medical-Surgical experience in an acute and chronic care setting. It provides the student with an opportunity to learn and apply skills that will assist adults in meeting self-care deficits that arise from physical health deviations. Application of the nursing process is continued with an emphasis on evaluation. Hosp. 6 hrs. NURSING CARE OF ADULTS II THEORY This is the second course in the nursing care of the adult client. The content emphasizes the pathophysiology, related diagnostic procedures and treatment modalities of specific health deviations including multi-system failure affecting the adult. Additional focus is given to critical thinking, and therapeutic interventions. Clinical learning experiences take place in acute and chronic health care settings. Lec. 3 hrs. NURSING OF ADULTS II PRACTICUM This course provides the student with the skills needed to manage the care of persons with complex multisystem health deviations. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary team functioning and small group patient assignments. Opportunity is provided for increased self-direction in the utilization of the nursing process with emphasis placed on evaluation as it applies to the practice of nursing. Practicum experiences which facilitate the transition into nursing practice are provided. Hosp. 15 hrs. NURSING PROCESS LAB This course is designed to assist the graduating student to prepare for the NCLEX examination. Computer instruction is used; student must know how to use the Internet. Lab. 3 hrs. NURSING SEMINAR, A.A.S. This non-clinical nursing course explores issues and basic concepts essential to the role of the associate degree nurse in a variety of structured health care settings. Emphasis is placed on the graduate's entry into a first level nursing position. Lec. 2 hrs. ESSENTIALS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING THEORY This is a nursing theory course designed for registered nurses pursuing a bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing. Strategies which facilitate progression through the B.S. Nursing Program are the primary focus. Emphasis is placed upon concepts of professional nursing, physical assessment, the self-care conceptual framework and professional ethical and legal issues related to client care. Lec. 2 hrs ESSENTIALS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICUM This is a practicum course for the registered nurse student. The course builds on the nurse’s prior knowledge to promote development of essential behaviors characteristic of the professional nurse. The role changes required for success in baccalaureate education will be emphasized. Students have the opportunity to apply the technological skills and the skills of physical assessment in the laboratory and clinical areas. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR RNS THEORY This course is designed specifically for registered nurses. Alterations from the norm and the dynamic processes in various disease states are examined. Emphasis is given to interrelationships, among the pathological, physiological, psychological, and pharmacological factors. Selected modes of diagnosis and treatment are presented. Lec. 3 hrs. GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING THEORY This course focuses on current health care issues affecting the older adult. It is designed to examine the essential foundations for practice of gerontological nursing care. The course emphasizes applying the nursing process to older adults experiencing wellness and self-care limitation. Selective medication and legal and ethical concerns are discussed. Lec. 3 hrs. LEGAL ISSUES IN NURSING PRACTICE THEORY This course is designed to provide the student with an expanded understanding of the legal responsibilities of the nurse and other health care professionals in standing in RN-BSN completion program. CARE OF THE ACUTELY ILL THEORY This course is designed to present content necessary to care for adults with acute health deviations requiring immediate interventions. The psychological impact on the individual and family are examined. Lec. 3 hrs. ACUTE CARE AND REHABILITATION NURSING PRACTICUM This is an advanced nursing practicum in acute and rehabilitation settings with a focus on the evaluation phase of the nursing process. Students are provided the opportunity to apply theories and principles of leadership and management. Hosp. 18 hrs. NURSING MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP THEORY This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge base of theories of leadership and principles of management. Leadership and management are presented as a learned process that can become habitual with practice. Content is presented relative to the following: styles of leadership and management, organizational structure and management, nursing roles, staffing process, planning; direction at the lower or first level management, communication, conflict, control, and staff training. Lec. 2 hrs., NURSING RESEARCH THEORY This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the research process and its relationship to the nurse's role in providing care to clients. Emphasis is placed on developing a research proposal based on the research process. In addition, students are provided the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in critiquing published research reports in refereed journals. Lec. 3 hrs., COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING THEORY This course is structured to provide a theoretical base for the practice of community health nursing and application of public health, community mental health, and home health nursing concepts. Content focuses on the analysis of family biophysical, psychosocial, structural/ functional, spiritual/religious, and ethnic/cultural diversity. The impact of the family health status on the community is explored using principles from epidemiology, levels of prevention, and nursing research. URBAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ISSUES THEORY This course is designed to provide a holistic view of the community as client. Urban community health and its relation to international, national, state, suburban, and rural community morbidity and mortality trends are explored relative to the nurse's role. The impact of economic, social, cultural, ecological, and political factors on the community environment will be examined with emphasis on health care reform and excessive deaths, illnesses, and disabilities in African Americans. Lec. 3 hrs. COMMUNITY BASED NURSING CARE PRACTICUM The student develops competencies in direct and indirect nursing care for ambulatory, school, occupational, employee, student, home and institutional community-based practice settings. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in decision making, applying research findings, and using computerized databases to analyze nursing functions, community environments, services for special populations, and health care delivery systems.



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