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William Paterson University (Department of Nursing)

Welcome to the baccalaureate program in Nursing at William Paterson University! The faculty and staff are pleased that you have made the decision to join us for your education as a professional nurse.


The mission of the WPUNJ Department of Nursing is to prepare generalist nurses at the baccalaureate level and specialists in community-based nursing at the masters degree level to meet the health care needs of diverse populations in northern New Jersey. Undergraduates are prepared with a strong knowledge base in the liberal arts and sciences and a broad foundation in nursing. Extensive clinical experiences enable the graduates to incorporate rapidly changing technology and a personalized approach to the individual, family and community. Graduate education builds on the foundation of undergraduate education and provides the expertise needed for Master’s degree nurses to function in advanced practice, education or administration. The curriculum and teaching methods are designed to develop critical thinking skills and a desire for life long learning. The faculty view students as partners in learning and value them as beginning and expert practitioners.


The philosophy of the Department of Nursing reflects the beliefs of the faculty and gives direction to the curricula of the baccalaureate and the master’s degree programs in nursing.

The Department of Nursing faculty have developed statements which reflect their beliefs about the interrelationships among the concepts of person, environment, health, nursing, and learning.

The faculty believe that human beings are holistic. The human being is a biopsychosocial person who is constantly interacting with and adapting to changes in his/her environment. Each individual is unique and possesses a personal value system. The organization of people into families and communities is the foundation of society. Society provides the context for the person’s interactions from which one learns, grows, matures and adapts to new experiences. Society also provides framework for the enactment of the various roles that one fulfills in life.

Environment consists of all internal and external influences interacting with the person. Factors within the environment include internal and external physical variables, socioeconomic and cultural factors and technology trends. These factors create a state of continuous change requiring the person to adapt.


The Department of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Its primary mission is the education of students who will serve as professional nurses in various health care delivery settings. This department offers a major in professional nursing supported by a concentration in the biological, physical and social sciences and a broad base of general education courses. Graduates of this program are awarded a bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), administered by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, to become a registered professional nurse. Nursing courses include a clinical laboratory component in which faculty guide students in the development and application of knowledge and skills in a variety of health care settings. An on-campus learning center provides a large inventory of audiovisual materials, carrel room, computer laboratory, hospital equipment, and supplies for student laboratory experiences.

School name:William Paterson UniversityDepartment of Nursing
Address:300 Pompton Road
Zip & city:NJ 07470 New Jersey

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Department of Nursing Courses

NURSING AS A PROFESSION Identifies historical and evolutionary perspectives in nursing as they impact on current issues and trends in health care delivery and professional nursing. ADAPTATION NURSING I Utilizes the Roy Adaptation Model as a framework for the nursing process, which identifies normative ranges and health problems of the total individual. ADAPTATION NURSING II A further study of the human response to internal and external changes is the focus. Concepts of illness and prevention of complications and their application to the health and illness are introduced, along with leadership and group process skills. ADAPTATION NURSING I LABORATORY Building on theory presented in Adaptation Nursing I and physical assessment techniques, communication and teaching skills as well as basic nursing activities emphasize the one-to-one relationship between student and client with a focus on wellness and illness prevention. ADAPTATION NURSING II LABORATORY Building on theory from Adaptation Nursing II, students practice in a clinical setting that provides for care of the adult client experiencing physical health problems, as well as the opportunity to practice with all levels of health-care providers. PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT Designed for the graduate/licensed nurse, this course introduces the concept of health assessment. Health history taking and the techniques of examination are emphasized, as is the concept of wellness. NURSING TECHNOLOGIES Building on theory from Adaptation Nursing I, the graduate/licensed nurse has the opportunity to refine application of concepts, cognitive and psychomotor skills. This includes communication theory, teaching/learning principles, and psychomotor nursing skills. EXPANDING FAMILY AND ADAPTATION NURSING Emphasizes the evolving and growing family members and their adaptation status during growth and developmental cycles in health/illness. Psychosocial stressors of the expanding family are included and physiological adaptation is emphasized. ESTABLISHED FAMILY AND ADAPTATION NURSING Studies adaptation by the adult to various stressors affecting members of established and maturing family units. Altered physiologic functioning and the associated psychosocial responses provide the focus for the study of adults and their health status. EXPANDING FAMILY AND ADAPTATION NURSING LABORATORY Laboratory provides for application of theory from Expanding Family and Adaptation Nursing. Students utilize cognitive and psychomotor skills implementing the nursing process with female and male parents, the neonate, infants, children and adolescents. ESTABLISHED FAMILY AND ADAPTATION NURSING LABORATORY Laboratory applies theory from Established Family and Adaptation Nursing. Students utilize cognitive and psychomotor skills in the implementation of the nursing process with ill adult members of an established family. FAMILY SYSTEMS AND ADAPTATION Study of family structure, development and function offers a framework for assessing family health status. Common and specialized stressors affecting family adaptation are identified. The nursing process with the family as a client is the major focus. NURSING PROMOTION OF ADAPTATION IN THE ELDERLY Nursing elective course focusing on the nurse's role in assisting the elderly client to adapt to physiological, social and psychological changes. Students plan nursing interventions based on an assessment of the older client's specific health needs and the latest research findings. WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ADAPTATION NURSING Nursing elective that focuses on selected issues related to women's health within Roy's Adaptation framework. Women's growth and development is examined from a nursing perspective according to selected theorists. Students discuss the planning and implementation of nursing care for women with selected health problems in both acute-care and community settings. ADAPTATION OF THE CLIENT IN A FAMILY FRAMEWORK Provided for the RN student, this course focuses on the ex-panding role of the nurse in providing health care to families at all stages of the developmental life cycle. Clinical practice (6 hr/wk) is provided in complement to lecture component. THE CHILD WITH A CHRONIC CONDITION Nursing strategies directed towards maximizing multi-dimensional health in children with chronic illness or disability are the foci of this course. SPECIALTY PORTFOLIO RN to BSN completion students may take this option in place of a nursing elective. A portfolio is developed to demonstrate knowledge and expertise in a nursing specialty. Evidence in the portfolio will include a resume, job description, committee work, certifications, CEU certificates, etc. The student will apply for a course challenge in order to obtain credit for the course. NURSING RESEARCH Designed to help the student understand and use research concepts and methods by developing the ability to analyze, criticize and interpret research. Students critique a published research study and conduct group research projects. SELECTED TOPICS A topic not covered by an existing course will be offered as recommended by the department and approved by the dean. COMMUNITY SYSTEMS Focuses on the role of the community as it relates to the health status of individuals, families, and groups. Community behavior as well as the sociopolitical dynamics of health/illness care are explored. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE THEORY Designed to facilitate transition from a student role to that of the beginning professional practitioner. Enables the student to examine both the sociocultural and economic forces affecting the nursing profession within the health-care delivery system. Emphasis is placed on leadership/management theory. ADAPTATION IN THE COMMUNITY Focuses on acutely and chronically ill clients and their families in both community and psychiatric settings. Emphasis is placed on alterations in role function, self-concept and interdependence modes. PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL PRACTICE I Offers the student the opportunity to practice various roles of the professional practitioner. Clinical expertise is developed via the application of the nursing process. ADAPTATION IN THE COMMUNITY LABORATORY Laboratory course provides for application of theory from past and concurrent courses. Students use cognitive and psychomotor skills in the nursing care of individuals, families and communities responding to sustained stressors affecting self-concept, role function, and interdependence modes. Clinical practice is in both mental health and community settings. PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL PRACTICE II Offers the student opportunity to provide care to groups of patients/clients at selected levels of prevention. The student applies theories of leadership, management, change and teaching-learning in the practice setting. SENIOR SEMINAR Students select and research a current professional nursing issue and present the topic in seminar format to the class. COMMUNITY HEALTH ADAPTATION NURSING LABORATORY Laboratory course designed for the RN student. It provides for application theory from past and concurrent courses. Students use cognitive and psychomotor skills in the nursing care of individuals, families and communities responding to sustained stressors in the community setting. MENTAL HEALTH ADAPTATION NURSING Designed for the RN student. The focus is on the individual within the family system who experiences alterations in self-concept, role function and interdependence in response to threats to psychic and social integrity. Relevant psychosocial theories contributing to ineffective behaviors are studied. MENTAL HEALTH ADAPTATION NURSING LABORATORY Laboratory course designed for RN students. Provides an opportunity to apply the Roy Adaptation Model in the nursing care of individuals and/or families responding to threats in psychic and social integrity. Application of the theory from Mental Health Adaptation Nursing is geared to a client population of acutely or chronically mentally ill individuals. CRITICAL CARE NURSING Nursing elective course designed to prepare senior students for practice in the complex environment of the critical care unit. The focus is on the care of the critically ill adult. The course includes both formal classroom presentations and supervised clinical experience. ADAPTATION OF THE HIV+ CLIENT Nursing elective that focuses on the nursing role in adaptation to changes accompanying infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Students provide personal and health educational support to an HIV+ individual who is functioning independently in the community. HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTICE This course introduces historical, cultural, professional, practical and ethical dimensions of holistic health practice as it impacts on the client, the professional and society. Beginning skills will be developed in the practice of selected interventions. INDEPENDENT STUDY An opportunity to pursue areas of nursing interest.

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