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University of Washington - Tacoma (Nursing Program)




UW Tacoma Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The curriculum emphasizes and fosters the integration of teaching, inquiry, and service among a community of diverse students. Partnerships with the community provide learning environments in which students build upon their skills and knowledge to strengthen their understanding of local, national, and global health issues.

We proudly share accreditation with UW Seattle's School of Nursing, which has held the top ranking in U.S. News and World Report for 14 years.

MISSION

The Nursing Program shares the University of Washington Tacoma mission to provide upper division undergraduate and graduate education for the diverse citizens of the South Puget Sound region. The Nursing program supports the interdisciplinary mission of the campus through teaching and scholarly inquiry. Within the overall mission of the campus, the Nursing program focuses on the discovery and dissemination of knowledge that promotes health within an ethic of social justice. The curriculum emphasizes and fosters the integration of teaching, inquiry and service through a community of learners. Partnerships with the community assist the program in providing learning environments in which learners build upon their skills and knowledge to strengthen their understanding of local, national and global health issues.

HISTORY

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the University of Washington Tacoma, admitted its first students in June 1992, joining the Liberal Studies program, which opened the campus in 1990.

Tacoma's RN-to-BSN program was developed by School of Nursing faculty of the University of Washington Seattle and implemented by the founding faculty of UW Tacoma Nursing. This program was initiated to support a specific group of learners, experienced registered nurses (RNs), returning to the academic setting for a BSN.

In June of 1992, sixty-six students began course work that would lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The first graduate completed course work in March 1993, and celebrated commencement that June. Alumni of the University of Washington Tacoma BSN program now total more than 750.

Another milestone for the UW Tacoma Nursing Program was the beginning of the Master of Nursing (MN) Program in September 1996. The MN program focused on advanced nursing practice with Communities, Populations and Health. Twenty-six students began the part-time sequence in September 1996. In June 1998, the first class celebrated commencement. In 1999, the Master of Nursing Program began offering courses with an emphasis in Health Care Leadership and Management. In 2002, the Nurse Educator option was added.

BSN

UW Tacoma Nursing takes a registered nurse, licensed in Washington State, to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). The courses support students in developing professionally. The program goals, in part, stress communication, critical thinking, cultural sensitivity, enhanced patient care, research and scholarship, health promotion and education, and adapting to changes in the health care setting.

For passing the RN licensure exam (NCLEX), UW Tacoma Nursing awards advanced placement, which reduces the number of in-residence credits to 45. Please see the sample program plan for specific required courses.



School name:University of Washington - TacomaNursing Program
Address:1900 Commerce Street
Zip & city:WA 98402 Washington
Phone:253-692-4470
Web:http://www.tacoma.washington.edu/nursing/
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CLINICAL NURSING PHENOMENA
Examines selected clinical phenomena from the perspective of physiologic, pathophysiologic, experiential, and behavioral responses to life events and alterations in states of health and illness. Identifies relationship of nursing therapies to each perspective and influence of life span and socio-cultural factors.

CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND WRITING TO IMPROVE DECISION MAKING
Focuses on critical thinking and writing relevant to learning and practice in nursing. Includes self-assessment, collaborative learning, problem solving approaches, and clinical decision making. Applies critical analysis to health-related issues.

FAMILIES IN SOCIETY
Review of family theories with emphasis on the analysis of families in society, including their development and transitions across the life-span. Examines families within the context of concepts such as social support, loss and grief, violence, and chronic illness. Focuses on diversity in families, family assessment, and family strengths.

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN NURSING
Describes the systematic steps of the research process. Introduces approaches, frameworks, and concepts used in investigating nursing problems. Emphasizes integration of research findings to establish evidence-based nursing practice. Required background: introduction to statistics;

DIVERSITY: ISSUES OF EXCLUSION AND INCLUSION
Examines the ways that difference is defined, used, and experienced in society. Analyzes the intersections of multiple forms of oppression. Attention given to the ideological and institutional manifestations of oppression in U.S. society. Diversity taught as a social context for nursing practice.

INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND GROUPS: PROMOTING HEALTH THROUGH PARTNERSHIP
Emphasizes working in partnership to facilitate health and well being of individuals, families and groups in the community. Focuses on social, cultural, political and economic factors that influence the well being of clients. Applies concepts and strategies through field experience in community settings.

HEALTH, COMMUNITIES, AND POPULATIONS
Introduces concepts and strategies used to promote health for communities and populations. Stresses working in partnership with community members and agencies. Applies concepts and strategies through group work and field experience in community settings.

ETHICAL ISSUES IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
Identifies ethical issues relevant to the profession of nursing. Uses multiple ethical perspectives to identify, describe, and analyze selected ethical dilemmas relevant to professional practice, the delivery of health care, and the health of individuals and populations.

NURSING AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
Introduction to analyzing current health care systems and their effectiveness in achieving desired health outcomes for selected client populations. Emphasizes leadership behaviors and the role of nurses as advocates for system change.

HEALTH, COMMUNITIES, AND POPULATIONS I
Emphasizes working in partnership to facilitate health of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Examines concepts and strategies used to promote health in the context of social, cultural, political, and economic factors. Applies concepts and strategies through group work and field experience in community setting.

HEALTH, COMMUNITIES, AND POPULATIONS II
Examines concepts and strategies used to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions and promote change in public policy. Emphasizes collaborative work in and with communities. Applies concepts and strategies through group work and field experience in community setting.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS IN NURSING
Addresses communication skills, patterns, and practices. Examines nonverbal and verbal modes of communication. Explores a variety of communication domains: cultural, personal, professional, group interaction, and conflict. Emphasizes application of conceptual models in interpersonal processes.

INITIAL CONNECTED LEARNING
Assists students with transition into their role as a BSN student and with the development of portfolios. Emphasis on problem solving for purposes of synthesizing, integrating, and deepening understanding about material students are learning in current courses. Opportunity to address mechanics of upper division academic standards.

FINAL CONNECTED LEARNING
Dialogue with faculty and peers about professional goals and the effects of the BSN program on scholarship and practice. Discusses transition from the BSN program into a new role in professional practice.

SELECTED TOPICS IN NURSING
Survey and discussion of current literature and topics in nursing. Seminar with analysis and discussion of selected topics and readings. May have clinical component. Emphasizes implications for nursing and health care.

SPECIAL PROJECT IN NURSING
Further development, critical examination, and synthesis of nursing care in a specialized setting. Increasing depth of clinical practice, including care to groups and communities as clients, applying leadership skills, assessing problems affecting quality health care delivery.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Supervised individual research on a specific nursing problem.

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