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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (Department of Nursing)




Our departments offer Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nursing, as well as credit and non-credit continuing education programs for practicing nurses.

Courses are taught on the Eau Claire Campus and at our Marshfield site, through a cooperative relationship with Saint Joseph's Hospital. The School of Nursing is also a partner in the UW-System Collaborative Nursing Program for non - baccalaureate-prepared Registered Nurses to earn the B.S.N. This RN-BSN program uses distance technology to deliver courses to multiple sites in Wisconsin.

Nursing imageA Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree leads to many career options in the health care system. These may be in acute care hospitals, long term care agencies, home care, or community health settings among others. Students in the school receive clinical laboratory experience in all of these settings. Besides using the resources of the Learning Resource Center (LRC) and Skills Lab, students also practice in the Nursing Centers for Health which offers health care service to the community.

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares nurses for leadership and scholarship roles as advanced clinical practitioners, educators or administrators. Clinical specialization in Adult Health Nursing or Family Health Nursing is offered.

Continuing Education offers programs to assist Registered Nurses to enhance their expertise throughout their careers.

The Baccalaureate and Master's programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through December 2011.

MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Nursing departments is to provide a scholarly environment in which faculty and students gain and extend knowledge of health, health care, and professional nursing. Nursing offers on-campus and distance baccalaureate, graduate, and continuing education for the practice of professional nursing.

The select mission of Nursing is to:

1. educate nurses at the baccalaureate level through professional and general education to provide professional nursing in a variety of health care settings;
2. educate nurses at the master's level who are prepared for leadership and advanced practice in Adult and Family Health Nursing;
3. provide continuing education opportunities for registered nurses;
4. provide an environment which enhances scholarly activity; and
5. contribute to the health care of the community through faculty and student involvement in health focused activities.

VISION STATEMENT

Members of the UW-Eau Claire Nursing departments, as a learning community, honor our historical successes while we risk the pursuit of new avenues of excellence.



School name:University of Wisconsin - Eau ClaireDepartment of Nursing
Address:105 Garfield Avenue, Nursing 127
Zip & city:WI 54702-4004 Wisconsin
Phone:715/836-5287
Web:http://www.uwec.edu/nurs/
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COLLABORATIVE NURSING

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Emphasizes nursing skills in assessment, introducing health history and physical examination techniques across the lifespan. Current models of health, including cultural and developmental variations, are examined. Distance education modalities used; student-identified mentor required.

THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING
Analyzes historical, legal, cultural, economic, and social factors that influence nursing/health care delivery. Theoretical frameworks for practice presented. Philosophical perspectives and strategies for analyzing ethical dilemmas examined. Distance education modalities used.

NURSING RESEARCH
Emphasis on role of nurse as researcher and research consumer. Focus on qualitative and quantitative research. Skill development in preparation of research proposal, evaluation and utilization of research findings. Distance education modalities used.

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP IN NURSING
Examination of nurse as leader and manager in a variety of contexts and settings. Theories, processes, and behaviors of leadership and management. Development of leadership skills explored. Independent change project proposed by students. Distance education modalities used.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Community health nursing principles and roles. Explores programs, services, and institutions involved in promoting and maintaining health of populations. Examines interrelationships among environmental factors, human responses, and health status. Distance education modalities used.

NURSING WITHIN SYSTEMS: ISSUES AND ANALYSES
Senior capstone. Emphasis on critical thinking, influencing nursing and health care directions, and synthesis of concepts and theories. Focuses on health care needs of a global society and nursing's interactions within complex, interdisciplinary health care systems.

NURSING WITHIN SYSTEMS: APPLICATION AND REFLECTION
Clinical component of capstone experience for RNs. Focuses on provision of quality client care in various nursing roles and community-based settings. Students integrate liberal arts and sciences and principles from management, research, community health.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Variable content course designed to allow either breadth of study in topics not covered in core nursing courses or depth of investigation in particular nursing and health care issues. Interests of faculty provide topics.

DIRECTED STUDIES

INDEPENDENT STUDY
ADULT HEALTH NURSING

WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
Explores a wide range of women's health issues within the context of developmental changes, environmental influences, normal health processes, wellness, and health concerns. Examines health promotion, cultural diversity, and social relations of gender related to women's health.

MEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
Explores issues related to men's health with a focus on wellness and prevention of health problems. Major contemporary men's health issues and concerns from diverse racial, cultural, class, sexual orientation, religious, social, and ability/disability perspectives will be addressed.

DIRECTED STUDIES
Study of problems or special areas in or related to nursing.

NURSING: HEALTH AND HEALTH DEVIATIONS OF ADULTS I, THEORY AND PRACTICE
Concepts examined are foundational to nursing and encountered across the adult lifespan in diverse settings. Explores pathophysiological theories, human responses. Focuses on selected nursing skills. Clinical decision- making related to the care of adults experiencing health and health deviations.

NURSING: HEALTH AND HEALTH DEVIATIONS OF ADULTS II
Focuses on complex interactions of health and health deviations of adults. Interrelationships among health problems and human responses are examined. Includes physical health, mental health, and pathological processes. Continued application of nursing clinical decision-making.

NURSING PRACTICE: ADULTS II
Focuses on clinical decision-making and application of theory. Emphasis on complex acute and chronic health deviations in adults. Clinical laboratory.

NURSING: INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY TRANSITIONS
Focuses on nursing during major transitions. Integration of theory, cultural implications, and individual/family response to transitions. Primary consideration is given to nursing care during perinatal experience.

DEATH AND BEREAVEMENT
Through the study of current theory and research, this interdisciplinary course is designed to facilitate student understanding of death and bereavement from a life span, family, and cultural perspective.

HEALTH PROMOTION AND ILLNESS FOR ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Provides a basic understanding of disease processes for allied health professionals. Common medical and nonmedical management will be introduced from a consumer perspective. Collaboration with the client and other health care professionals in optimizing the client's health will be integrated throughout the course.

DIRECTED STUDIES
Study of problems or special areas in or related to nursing.

INDEPENDENT STUDY

NURSING: HEALTH ENHANCEMENT
Theory and research relevant to health and development of adults. Conceptual basis for group as client is included. Independent health-enhancing nursing interventions for individuals or groups are examined.

NURSING PRACTICE: HEALTH ENHANCEMENT
Application and evaluation of theory and research to facilitate positive adult and group development and movement toward optimal health. Clinical experience incorporates independent, health enhancing nursing interventions.

EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE NURSING
Explores use of clinical decision-making with clients experiencing acute health care deviations in emergency and critical care settings. Clinical laboratory.

HEALTH CARE IN RURAL AREAS
Introduction to the professional and personal opportunities inherent in rural health care practice. Clinical laboratory.

INTERVENTIONS IN WELLNESS AND HEALING
Provides theoretical basis for several complementary therapies. Explores psychoneuroimmunology and its implications for health and prevention of illness. Ethical and legal guidelines addressed. Practice of several therapies is included.

DIRECTED STUDIES
Study of problems or special areas in or related to nursing.

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE THROUGH NURSING INFORMATICS
Develop knowledge and skills needed to use nursing informatics for graduate professional nursing education and evidence-based practice. Focus is on levels of critical thinking skills and evaluation of scholarly resources.

ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGICAL AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS
In-depth study of selected physiological and pathophysiological concepts. Emphasis on human physiology and pathophysiology and current research findings.

COLLABORATIVE INTERVENTIONS: PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS, DIAGNOSTICS, AND NUTRITION
Emphasis is on scientific and theoretical knowledge as the basis for collaborative interventions related to diagnostics, nutrition, and pharmacotherapeutics. Developmental factors affecting therapeutics are included.

ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC REASONING
Focuses on the development of advanced clinical practice assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills. Builds upon basic physical assessment and documentation skills in the management of adults. Lab included.

HUMAN RESPONSES IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS
A theory-based approach to selected concepts within the human response systems in health and illness. Concepts are explored from individual and family perspectives.

ADVANCED THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ADULT HEALTH NURSING I
Clinical decision-making with adults within the context of nursing, adult, developmental, and related theories.

ADVANCED THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ADULT HEALTH NURSING II
Health promotion, risk reduction, and clinical decision- making with groups and populations, including vulnerable populations.

SPIRITUALITY, HEALING, AND CARING
A theory-based advanced exploration of three major phenomena: spirituality, healing, and caring; emerging as decisive in quality of life, and health and illness situations.

ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE I
Advanced nursing clinical decision-making including health promotion, maintenance, and prevention for adults. Interventions focus on developmental life changes, cultural and environmental stressors, and health patterns. Practicum experience in primary care is emphasized.

ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE II
Focuses on advanced clinical decision-making with emphasis on acute and chronic health deviations in adults and communities. Clinical decision-making expands to facilitate advanced clinical practice nursing and collaborative practice in a variety of settings.

DIRECTED STUDY IN NURSING
Investigation of a small-scale problem under faculty direction.

SCHOLARLY PROJECT
Selection and implementation of an aspect of the scholarship/research process with guidance from a nursing graduate faculty adviser. Project culminates in a product and an oral presentation.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Individual research under faculty direction.

THESIS
Development and completion of research project using formal investigative methodology.

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