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NURN 4002: Nursing Informatics

Prerequisite: Admission to Upper Division or consent of instructor.

This practicum course establishes competency in using information resources within a professional nursing context. The course incorporates utilizing online resources available at ATU, Arkansas state, federal, and organizational web sites. In addition to becoming familiar with these resources, the student will identify and utilize online health-related resources.

NURN 4003: Scope of Professional Practice

Prerequisite: Admission to Upper Division or consent of instructor.

This course will enable the RN-BSN student to recognize how history and modern economic forces have shaped current professional practice. The student will examine the development of Nurse Practice Acts and how states use these Acts to manage professional licenses and scope of professional practice. The student will examine the variety of roles and setting in which the professional nurse can work.

NURN 4013: Laws, Ethics, and Issues in Professional Nursing Practice

Prerequisite: Admission to Upper Division or consent of instructor.

This course will enable the RN-BSN student to examine the legal, ethical, and policy-making traditions that frame the health care industry. This course will emphasize the integration of personal values, institutional cultures, law, and ethical decision-making in professional practice.

NURN 4024: Community Health Nursing

Prerequisite: Admission to Upper Division or consent of instructor.

This course will introduce the RN-BSN student to the concepts and principles relevant to the promotion, support, and restoration of health for clients of all ages in a variety of settings with particular emphasis upon the health of populations or groups. The student will perform a community assessment which involves the collection and analysis of data from a selected community to plan appropriate educational interventions.

NURN 4034: Leadership and Management in Professional Practice

Prerequisite: Admission to Upper Division or consent of instructor.

This course will enable the RN-BSN student to recognize the principles and concepts of change theory and leadership/management strategies in professional practice. The student will examine how current leadership and management strategies are implemented within the health care settings and how effective and efficient these strategies are to health care delivery and consumer health. Management and leadership issues significant to nurse managers will be examined and discussed.

NURN 4045: Professional Practicum Synthesis

Prerequisite: NURN 4024 and admission to Upper Division or consent of instructor.

This practicum course enables the RN-BSN student to integrate the skills and insights gained from this program in a population or group-based application. This capstone course demonstrates the cognitive and affective growth achieved while in the RN-BSN Completion Program.

NURN 4303: Nursing Research

This introductory research course focuses on the validity and applicability of research findings for the improvement of nursing practice. Emphasis is on scientific inquiry and the role of the nurse as an intelligent consumer of research.