Module 1 | Philosophical Orientation to Baccalaureate Nursing, Interprofessional Collaboration & Group Process | 3 credits | 5 wks
In this module, the learner will study group behavior and theories related to group process and its application in nursing practice. Ways in which groups of healthy individuals form, grow, function and change will be examined through observation and analysis of the development of the modular group. Within the context of the group process, the learners will explore the philosophical base of Roberts’ nursing program through a comprehensive examination of the concepts of wholeness, caring and the nursing paradigm.
Module 2 | Career Development | 4 credits | 7 wks
Within this module the student will learn the Kolb theory and learn to write Life Learning Papers. Examination of the evolution of nursing as a profession will serve as a backdrop for this exploration. Current trends in professional nursing development will also be explored. Each student will begin a portfolio documenting prior academic achievement, professional training and significant personal experiences. The portfolio serves several purposes: review and document the student’s prior learning; provide the student with the opportunity to assess for his/herself the progress of his or her own career, education, and personal development; and provide documentation that the college can evaluate in assessing credit for prior learning; and serve as a place to house several significant academic assignments. The portfolio integrates theory with practice.
Module 2 P2 | Library Practicum | 2 credits | 2 wks
The project consists of the students developing their own learning experience in collaboration with college faculty. The experience must in some way involve planned change of a problem identified in the work setting. The emphasis may be on qualitative or quantitative data collection and analysis to support the need for change or the emphasis may be on the actual implementation and evaluation of a planned change. The planned change may also be in the direction of the student’s career as the student investigates and tries out a new role as a professional nurse. Students will learn how to access the Library’s CINAHL and other databases and will have an opportunity to begin their literature searches with the assistance of the library staff and the project coordinator.
Module 3 | Research, Statistical Methods & Nursing Application | 5 credits | 8 wks
This module will introduce the student to the research method and descriptive and inferential statistics including descriptive analysis of correlation and regression, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, inference about means and the Chi-square test. The research process will be defined and explored. Both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies will be examined. The central goal of this module is to provide students with the knowledge to make informed judgments about nursing research and its usefulness in meeting the wholistic needs of clients and advancing the professionalism of nursing.
Module 4 | Advanced Application of the Nursing Process | 3 credits | 6 wks
This module will introduce the student to comprehensive assessment of individuals related to wholeness. Students will utilize the nursing history and physical examination as well as developmental, sexual, mental, cultural and spiritual assessment. Basic skills of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation will be learned or reviewed. Modification of comprehensive assessment for specific age groups including the DDST for children and normal changes with aging will be explored. Students will consider their development from a novice to an expert nurse and examine the development of nursing diagnosis and contemporary methods of applying nursing process through managed care. Several theoretical frameworks will be introduced as the student considers his/her personal philosophy of nursing. This module will include six laboratory sessions in addition to the online group work, and some simulation experience.
Module 5 | Humanities: A Wholistic Approach | 3 credits | 5 wks
This course promotes the investigation of a specific area of the humanities not previously explored by the student. It is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of the literature of the Judeo-Christian heritage and to relate it to life relationships, and the world in which we live.
Module 5 P2 | Practicum Project Development | 2 credits | 2 wks
This course focuses on the continuing development of the practicum project as the student completes drafts of Chapters 1, 2, & 3, receives feedback from faculty, and continues to plan for and implements the change in a work setting. The plan/timeline for practicum project completion presented in the Practicum Project Guidebook will be followed.
Module 6 | The Community: Promoting Wholeness | 4 credits | 8 wks
Community health nursing differs from hospital-based care in both philosophy and scope. In this module, students will examine the role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse in the community setting. The parts of a community as well as the community as a whole will be explored. Students will integrate the nursing process and nursing theory with health promotion, maintenance and restoration in the community setting. There will be opportunity to assess families and communities as well as to demonstrate effective teaching techniques. Epidemiology and its application to community health will be explored. School and occupational nursing will be examined as well as significant current community health issues. A field component will allow the student to apply the principles learned online through self-study and home visits.
Module 7 | Trends in Health Care Delivery & the Nursing Profession | 2 credits | 5 wks
This module will emphasize the dynamic nature of professional nursing as the student examines current trends and issues in nursing and the health care delivery system. The evolution of the health care delivery system, its economic approaches and reform will be emphasized. Within a seminar format, students will explore conditions of employment, political and legal roles of professional nurses, place of professional organizations, and the impact of health care planning and reform on nursing practice. The goal is a professional nurse with a wholistic view of the profession within the health care delivery system. Student-led webinars will apply communication, learning and group process theories and students will participate in peer review.
Module 8 | Principles of Management & Leadership | 3 credits | 5 wks
In this module, the student will explore the role of the nurse as a leader and supervisor of client care and nursing care delivery systems. Theories, principles, and skills of leadership and management are examined, including motivation, decision-making, delegation, conflict resolution, change strategies, and time management. The students will assess their own philosophy of leadership and nursing management issues such as use of Total Quality Management (TQM) and work force diversity. The student will assimilate information, synthesize it with past experience and apply it to their current world of work.
Module 9 | Personal Values & Bioethics | 3 credits | 5 wks
This module will assist students in better understanding the traditional approaches to ethical decision-making and which approach(es) they utilize in their professional activity. Students will then identify and critique various ethical perspectives on current bioethical issues such as reproductive technology, healthcare allocation, and end of life dilemmas.
Module 10 | Practicum Project | 2 credits | 1 wks
Having begun the selection of the practicum project in Module 5 and continued its development throughout the program particularly in Module 4 P2, the practicum project culminates in a major paper and presentation the last week of the program.
Three life-learning papers must be completed. Additional life-learning papers may be completed as necessary according to each student's individual academic plan.
Seven to ten weeks of break are interspersed throughout the program.