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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

December 3, 2004

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Flor Blanco, Belknap Hall 110A, Ext. 4604, fblanco@mnsfld.edu.

The RP Department of Health Science and Physical Activities has requested the following curricular actions:

# 1 Action:
Course Deletion: NUR 1170 Introduction to Health Sciences

Rationale for deletion: New 2 credit course (NUR 1100) will take the place of NUR 1170 and UNV 1100.

# 2 Action:
New Course: NUR 1100 Foundations for Professional Nursing

Purpose and Nature of Course: This course introduces first-year students to the university community and the health profession of nursing. The course has two separate goals: providing a basis for academic and professional success, and involving students in the world around them.

Credit(s) __2___ Undergraduate

Course Description for Catalog:
This course introduces first-year students to the university community and the health profession of nursing. The course has two separate goals: providing a basis for academic and professional success, and involving students in the world around them. Students will become involved in the MU community, develop an awareness of diversity issues, examine what it means to be a college student, explore what it means to be a professional, and develop strategies for success. Discussion of the importance of a strong liberal arts foundation as the basis of professional study is an integral part of the course. Professional concepts such as communication skills, basic medical language, legal, ethical, and professional issues are introduced.

Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Articulate the value of a liberal arts education.
  • Set personal and academic goals for the university experience.
  • Actively participate in the university learning community.
  • Value diversity and living in a diverse learning community.
  • Demonstrate ability to access university academic and student life support services.
  • Identify legal and ethical issues in health care
  • Demonstrate knowledge of root words, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes
  • Identify diagnostic, symptomatic, and therapeutic terms related to various body systems
  • Demonstrate basic math and writing skills
  • Discuss various professional and non-professional roles within health care
  • Discuss the components of the health care system
  • Discuss the historical antecedents of today's health care system
  • Practice basic communication skills
  • Discuss professionalism and professional behaviors
  • Identify strategies for success as a nursing student
  • Discuss the necessity of critical thinking in nursing

Course Themes:

  1. Academic Success :
    1. Introduction to College, this course, and each other, what it means to be a college student
    2. Planning for success – study skills, test taking skills, time management Stress management
    3. Stress management
    4. Liberal Arts as a foundation for professional knowledge
    5. Understanding and using the Faculty
    6. Academic challenges and support services
  2. II. Professional Success:
    1. Math and writing skills
    2. Medical language skills
    3. Critical thinking skills
    4. Roles in health care
    5. History of US Health care system
    6. Influence of contemporary trends and issues on nursing education
    7. Professionalism and professional behaviors
    8. Legal and ethical issues in health care
    9. Basic communication skills
  3. Understanding Your Own and Others’ World Views:
    1. The University experience and what it means to construct a "World View."
    2. Exploring diversity Participation and leadership in the learning community.
    3. Student life – challenges and resources
    4. Diversity in this and other communities.

# 3 Action:
Program Change: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Rationale for change:
Much of the material in UNV 1100 is redundant to what is taught in NUR 1170

List all changes:

  1. Delete UNV 1100 from General Education core requirements for Nursing majors - 1 credit
  2. Delete NUR 1170 for nursing majors – 1 credit
  3. Add NUR 1100 for nursing majors – 2 credits


 

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