This Capstone course is designed for RN-BSN students at the end of their program of study. It provides students with an opportunity to synthesize their knowledge of the concepts learned throughout the RN-BSN program. The primary focus is on applying this knowledge to a chosen evidence-based project that is related to an area of interest in nursing and health care.
CourseConnect Cultural Issues in Nursing
This course focuses on culture and its impact on health care delivery at the individual, community, and system levels. This course is designed to raise awareness, to inspire action, and to open discussion of cultural issues affecting professional nursing practice.
CourseConnect Gerontology Nursing for the RN
This course provides a foundation for nursing practice with older adults across the spectrum of health, illness, and care settings. The more subtle presentation of disease and the importance of functional and geriatric-specific assessment tools, as well as an interdisciplinary approach to care, is thoroughly discussed. There is an emphasis in this course on early recognition of the geriatric syndromes, preventing a downward spiral of disability, and facilitating function and quality of life for the older adult. ANA Gerontological Standards of Care, Institute of Medicine (IOM), and QSEN recommendations for improvements in quality and safety provide the framework for this course. Nurses successfully completing this course will be able to incorporate Best Practices for managing pain, falls, delirium, dementia, malnutrition, incontinence, and polypharmacy when caring for older adults.
CourseConnect Health and Physical Assessment Online (Non-RN)
This course will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to interpret a holistic health assessment of diverse individuals across the life span. Determining a strategy to support the assessment of all body systems is the primary focus of the student experience.
CourseConnect Health Assessment for the RN
This course provides the RN-BSN student with the opportunity to build on knowledge and skills of performing and documenting a comprehensive health assessment of diverse individuals across the life span. Critical analysis and synthesis of assessment findings will be emphasized to aid in clinical judgment and decision making for patient care.
CourseConnect Health Care Delivery Systems
This course provides perspectives on health care delivery past, present, and future. It also addresses the impact of health care issues on health care delivery including the determinants of health to include insurance costs, applications for health professions, and the need of comprehensive planning and its impact on the future. This course will encourage the formulation and evaluation of potential solutions to some of the most urgent health care delivery issues facing the U.S. today.
CourseConnect Health Promotion in Nursing
The course explores the concepts of health promotion and the application of health promotion concepts to nursing practice to enable the client to control and improve health outcomes. While focusing on the methodology critical to developing a plan of care for clients, students will learn the rationale and techniques for utilizing specific assessment tools, analysis of assessment data, selection of life span appropriate interventions, implementation of interventions, and measurement of resulting outcomes. Content will be focused on cultural diversity, disparity in health care and social determinants that impact the client's plan of care and resulting approaches for promoting a healthier society. The use of technology and health promotion research will be explored and applied to nursing practice.
CourseConnect Leadership and Management for Nursing
This course provides an in-depth study of leadership and management principles as they apply to professional nursing practice. Students will explore teamwork, communication, the change process, and evidence-based practice. This course will also cover health care quality, legal policies, ethics, finance, and technology as they apply to leadership and management in nursing.
CourseConnect Nursing Informatics
This course is the foundation for the improvement of nursing practice and patient outcomes through the application of knowledge and understanding of the history, terminology, and impact of informatics to the promotion of nursing professionalism in patient care and safety.
This course provides a study of variations in physiologic functioning and alterations in physiologic response of body systems. The course addresses physiologic changes that will help identify alterations in body systems and their relationship to the patient's state of health. Topics include altered cell functioning, genetic disorders, risk factors, health promotion, and disease prevention.
This course provides a study of pharmacologic principles as they relate to nursing. Medications are addressed, by classification, through the integration of pathophysiological indications for use, the anticipated side effects, and the impact on the health of the individual. Specific instruction is provided regarding the safety of medication administration, principles of risk reduction, and patient/family teaching across the life span.
CourseConnect Population-Based Nursing
This course focuses on an analysis of the nursing role as it relates to population-based health. The course addresses nursing theories, public health ethics, and nursing advocacy. Topics include the importance of health promotion and prevention across the life span, vulnerable populations, global health considerations, and the role of nursing in disaster settings.
CourseConnect Professional Issues in Nursing
This course provides a transition for professional nurses as they begin their studies to achieve a baccalaureate of science in nursing degree. The course addresses qualities that professional nurses need to be leaders in the complex and ever-changing global health care environment. Topics include role transition, nursing history, ethical and legal issues, nursing theory, professional roles of the nurse, cultural considerations, violence in society, and advanced practice roles.
CourseConnect Research & Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
The course explores evidence-based practice as a foundation for improved nursing practice and patient outcomes. Students will learn the history of evidence-based practice and the significant research methodologies that serve as its foundation. Students will explore the rationale for evidence-based practice and learn how to form research questions, hypotheses, and research methodologies. They will also learn about population sampling, data collection tools, and statistical analysis. Students will learn how to determine whether research is credible through the criticism of research articles, and they will be introduced to potential ethical concerns in the development of research and evidence-based practice. Emphasis will be placed on student-centered learning that will give students the opportunity to implement what they learn during the course into their nursing practice, regardless of specialty.