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RN to BS in Nursing

RN to BS in Nursing Degree Courses

All students must complete the following 20-month, 43 semester hour curriculum.

NRS 325: The Art & Science of Effective Communication 
This course features a blend of classroom and on-line learning. Content is designed to enhance the written, oral and interpersonal communication ability of students. With an emphasis on academic integrity, the course will foster writing skills using American Psychological Association formatting. Other content will address information and media literacy, content creation, and the ethics inherent in their use. Communication skills will be enhanced through discussion of social media, crucial conversations, mediation, and therapeutic communication. (Three semester hours)

NRS 320: Transitions in Professional Nursing Practice 
This course features a blend of classroom and on-line learning. Content is designed to support a smooth transition for new to practice registered nurses who are employed in their initial professional positions. Successful transition into the role of a professional nurse will be fostered through faculty and peer coaching and support. An overarching aim of this Nurse Residency is professional socialization while fostering stress management, problem-solving, creative thinking, and durability in the new professional position. (Three semester hours)

NRS 341: Professional Nurse: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
This course presents the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for current professional nursing practice. Classroom activities focus on library usage skills, an introduction to nursing research, concepts of professional nursing, communication skills, nursing and crisis theories, the history of nursing, and spirituality. A paper is written in which professional nursing concepts are integrated into an individual philosophy of nursing. (Four semester hours)

CCSSC 440: Cultural Perspectives 
This course focuses on the development of global awareness, faith, and management as it relates to cross-cultural understanding. Students will be challenged to look beyond their own culture and understand social systems and institutions from the perspective of people in another culture. Experiential learning will take place as students participate in an off-campus cross-cultural experience. (Three semester hours)

NRS 350: Health Care Policy 
This course focuses on contemporary health care issues and their impact on current policy. An open systems model and change theory is used to explore the US health care system, health care organizations, health care policy, payment systems, and the role of nurses within this system. Possibilities for health care reform and alternate systems are discussed. The effect of behaviors, attitudes, values, and perceptions of participants in the system is examined. (Four semester hours)

NRS 461: Family Health 
This course focuses on nursing with the family as the client. Theories of family nursing are examined and applied in community agencies. Family development and crisis theory are considered. (Four semester hours)

NRS 405: Nursing Research
This course guides the student through the research process and teaches the art of becoming a critical consumer of research. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are examined. Students critically read and critique nursing research. (Three semester hours)

SRSEM 450: Issues and Values 
This course is a capstone course in which the student formulates a philosophy of life that provides the basis for professional ethics and accountability, respect for human rights, and a responsible life style in our contemporary world. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings, analysis of the workplace, and classroom discussion. (Three semester hours)

NRS 410: Community Health
This course focuses on nursing with the community as the client. Theories of community nursing are examined and applied in community agencies. Epidemiology, communicable diseases, and crisis theory are considered. (Four semester hours)

CCUS 310: Global Trends in Healthcare
This course will discuss health and healthcare that transcend geographic and cultural boundaries. The overall goal is for students to develop a worldview that comprehends the interrelationship between health and social systems, institutions, cultures, politics, environmental factors, education, and economics. Some topics of discussion will include health disparities among nations, global environmental issues, poverty, human trafficking, and pharmaceuticals as it affects cultures. (Three semester hours)

NRS 420: Principles of Nursing Management and Supervision
This course presents motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning. Leadership styles and governance models are examined. Legal issues are discussed. The effect of organization change on nursing delivery systems is evaluated. The concepts of power, oppression, advocacy, delegation, stress, and change are addressed. (Four semester hours)

BIST 390: Biblical Perspectives
This course reflects the commitment of Eastern Mennonite University as a Christian liberal arts university. This is a commitment to nurture an appreciation for the rich resources of the scriptures for creative personal faith and human life in the modern world. It is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of the literature and history of the Bible and the integration of faith, learning, and living. (Three semester hours)

NRS 430: Evidence-based Practice Project
In this course, the capstone research application project is written and orally presented to the instructor and learning group. (Two semester hours)

Faith Community Nursing Online Certificate

The RN to BS in Nursing program also offers a faith community nursing certificate, fully online. Faith community nurses, or parish nurses, assist the members of their faith community to maintain and/or regain wholeness in body, mind and spirit. The 45 contact hour certificate prepares RNs to serve effectively within their faith communities or parishes. Learn more about faith community nursing today.