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Undergraduate Catalog 2008-2009

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Volume XCII – July 2008
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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
The School of Nursing

Dean: Elizabeth Poster, R.N., Ph.D.
669 Pickard Hall • Box 19407 • 817-272-2776 • www.uta.edu/nursing
Faculty - Course Descriptions

Philosophy

The School of Nursing is an integral component of The University of Texas at Arlington and subscribes to the mission of the University. The School of Nursing prepares quality nurse health care providers through excellence in education, scholarship, and service. The undergraduate and graduate academic programs prepare individuals for professional nursing roles and for collaboration with other professionals and consumers in the delivery of holistic health care.

The faculty believes learning is a continuous lifelong process and a personal responsibility. Students must be actively involved in the learning process to acquire clinical proficiency and to be socialized into professional roles. Learning experiences are implemented to achieve sequence, continuity and synthesis of knowledge and expertise as defined by the educational outcomes. Teaching and learning are dynamic processes involving curriculum evaluation and revision based on research evidence, the needs of a multicultural society, and the changing health care system. The educational process facilitates the development of each person's potential and promotes cultural competence and assimilation of ethical principles.

Faculty and students foster an educational climate of mutual respect, honesty, intellectual inquiry, creativity, and effective communication. We contribute to the development of our profession through the conduct of research and the dissemination and application of evidence-based knowledge. Faculty and students provide service to the community through clinical practice and leadership.

Undergraduate nursing education builds on a foundation of studies in the sciences, humanities and arts. The baccalaureate program prepares competent, self-directed generalist nurses (Registered Nurses) who can assume increasing responsibility and leadership in the delivery of evidence-based nursing care.

Masters education builds on a foundation of undergraduate nursing education and provides specialty practice with an expanded theoretical and empirical knowledge base. The Master of Science in Nursing programs prepare Registered Nurses for advanced functional roles that require increased accountability, expertise, and leadership. Graduates are prepared to provide evidence-based health care in collaboration with other health care providers and consumers.

Doctoral education develops and advances empirical knowledge to promote evidence-based practice in the discipline of nursing. Graduates have a background to develop theories and conduct research with vulnerable populations and to assume academic, research, and leadership roles. The doctorate provides a basis for future research programs and other scholarly activities.

Lifelong learning is the responsibility of each professional nurse. Continuing education programs developed by the School of Nursing are sensitive to the influences of a changing society and respond to the continuing education needs of professional nurses in Texas.

Smart Hospital

The Smart Hospital is a simulated hospital environment complete with state-of-the-science equipment and furnishings. In this facility, nursing students interact with and provide care to a full array of simulated patients who occupy the Emergency Room, ICU, Labor & Delivery (LDRP) suites, pediatric unit, Neonatal ICU, adult medical /surgical beds and the large team training resuscitation room.

The "patients" who populate our Smart Hospital are life-sized computerized manikins that actually interact with the learners. Patients include infants, children, adults, and even a mother in labor who goes through the labor process and delivers a newborn. Some manikins are static but others are interactive and responsive-they can speak and breathe, have heart sounds and lung sounds, and can progress through the various stages of numerous clinical states from birth through death. In addition, we have specially trained actors who can serve as patients or family members in clinical teaching scenes. In each clinical scenario, the students are exposed to situations and changes in patient conditions, both subtle and obvious, that they will experience in actual practice. With repeated exposure to these situations, students develop a deeper understanding of clinical conditions and become more adept at critical and clinical thinking. With this foundation, our students move more quickly from novice to expert and in so doing enhance the quality of patient care they provide.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

The undergraduate nursing degree, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 1 and the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, consists of two programs, BSN and RN to BSN.

1 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120 (202-887-6791, www.aacn.nche.edu).

BSN Program

This is a four-year program consisting of nursing courses, university core courses and other prerequisite required courses. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Transfer

Transfer students are defined as those students who have successfully completed prerequisite courses with a C or above and Junior I courses for the BSN Program: Health Promotion and Illness Prevention Across the Lifespan, Holistic Health Assessment, and Clinical Nursing Foundations at another college or university. Students who have not completed the required courses will be ranked with the incoming junior class. Admission as a transfer student to the School of Nursing is contingent upon available space. Transfer students must attend orientation.

Criteria for Eligibility to Transfer to School of Nursing

Processing of the transfer procedure will not be initiated until the student has applied to the School of Nursing.

RN to BSN Program

This program is designed for Registered Nurses who have completed an accredited Associate Degree or Diploma nursing program. Full-time students may complete the upper division nursing courses in one academic year. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Undergraduate Outcomes

The University of Texas at Arlington Undergraduate Nursing Program prepares graduates to provide professional nursing care to persons/clients (individuals, families, groups, and communities) in diverse settings through the roles of provider of care, coordinator of care, and member of the profession.

On completion, the graduate will be able to:

General Information for Both Programs

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted or may transfer to UT Arlington upon meeting the admission or transfer requirements established by the University. Students who designate themselves as nursing majors will be advised by the School of Nursing in Undergraduate Student Services. Students must apply and submit official transcripts to both UT Arlington and the School of Nursing.

TOEFL Requirement

Applicants must receive a minimum score, as defined by the University, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant's native/first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution. The exam is required for admission to the School of Nursing even if the student has met one of the stated University exemptions for the TOEFL.

Applicants who have graduated from secondary schools or colleges in the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United Kingdom.

Orientations

All Junior I BSN and RN-BSN students and transferring students are required to attend the general orientation held prior to the fall and spring semesters.

Clinical orientation is mandatory for all BSN students, as established by the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council. BSN students are required to attend Junior Level and Senior Level Orientation annually.

Immunizations

Persons applying for admission to the School of Nursing must be immunized or provide information reflecting immunization against the following: measles and mumps (if born after January 1, 1957), polio, tetanus/diphtheria, rubella, hepatitis B, and chicken pox. A negative PPD (TB test) or negative chest x-ray is required within three months prior to first day of Junior I classes, and repeated annually.

Certification-Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Evidence of successful completion of an approved course for health care providers is required upon admission and must be maintained throughout the program. Recommended CPR course is BCLS & AED for health care providers from the American Heart Association.

Health Insurance Coverage

All UT Arlington nursing students enrolled in clinical course(s) will be required to provide verification of medical insurance coverage that includes Emergency Department evaluation and follow-up treatment for needle-stick and blood borne disease exposure. This mandatory clinical requirement has been authorized by The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

As such, UT Arlington will not cover initial and follow up treatment for needle-stick injuries and/or exposure to blood borne diseases which may occur while students are enrolled in clinical courses.

While the UT Arlington School of Nursing recognizes the financial impact this clinical requirement presents for students, we also support the need for students to have health coverage for sudden illness, accidents, emergencies and exposure treatments that may occur in the clinical setting in a variety of clinical agencies.

Drug Screen and Criminal Background Checks


Drug Screen Policy for NON-RN Nursing Students

Confirmation of a positive drug screening will result in removal from clinical courses for a period of one calendar year. Upon returning to the program, random drug screenings will be conducted throughout the program. A second positive test will render the student ineligible to continue in the program.

Random drug screens are at the student's expense and must be conducted at the UT Arlington Health Center. Failure to undergo a drug screen on the designated day will result in immediate withdrawal from the nursing program.

Criminal Background Screen

A student with a positive criminal background screen will not be admitted into the program without a Declaratory Order from the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas stating that the individual has been granted permission to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN Examination) upon completion of the requirements for graduation and payment of any required fees. Eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN Examination may be affected by any inaccuracies in the petition, and any subsequent violations of the Nursing Practice Act that may affect eligibility to sit for the examination or the later revocation of a license obtained through misrepresentation.

Eligibility to Write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX RN) - Declaratory Orders

The Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE) for the State of Texas has set out guidelines and criteria on the eligibility of persons with criminal convictions to obtain a license as a registered nurse. The BNE may refuse to admit persons to its licensure examinations, may refuse to issue a license or certificate of registration, or may refuse to issue a temporary permit to any individual who has:

Detailed information related to determining eligibility and required processes to determine eligibility for your specific circumstances is available from the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas and on their Web site(www.bne.state.tx.us).

Professional Liability Insurance

Nursing students are required to have evidence of professional liability insurance coverage for a minimum of $1,000,000 limit each claim and $3,000,000 limit aggregate. The charge for coverage will be assessed as a mandatory fee at the time of registration.

Fees

In addition to fees applicable to the entire University, each nursing course includes a $3 School of Nursing multimedia fee and may include other course fees. Course fee information is available at www.uta.edu/fees.

Oral Communication Proficiency Requirement

Oral proficiency is recognized to be a critical component of providing safe nursing care. In addition to content-specific presentations in various nursing courses, all nursing students are required to communicate effectively with clients, members of the health care team, and faculty. Contact Undergraduate Program Directors for more information.

E-mail Accounts

Each student will be provided a UT Arlington e-mail address. Official communications from the School of Nursing will be distributed to this e-mail address and Web CT accounts required by many courses. Students will be held responsible for information distributed in this manner.

Clinical Course

To pass a clinical course, the student must pass both the didactic and the clinical components of that course.

Progression

Students will not be permitted to continue in the nursing program or to enroll for additional courses if they:

The University grade replacement/exclusion policy is limited by the School of Nursing and is not applicable to nursing courses.

Honors Degree in Nursing

Nursing students who wish to graduate with an Honors Degree in Nursing must be members of the Honors College in good standing. Students must complete the Nursing degree requirements and the requirements of the Honors College. Contact the School of Nursing Honors Coordinator for further information.

Requirements for the BSN Program

BSN students desiring admission to the sequence of upper-division nursing courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing must:

As enrollment in the BSN program is limited by the available resources, the most qualified applicants will be invited to interview with nursing faculty and to submit a writing sample. Additional consideration will be given to students with 30 or more credit hours and/or 12 or more science credit hours completed at UT Arlington. Students with a previous degree will also receive additional consideration.

Required Testing

Students are required to take nationally normed tests throughout the Junior and Senior years of the BSN program and to make a satisfactory score on such tests. In the Senior year, students are required to take a comprehensive exam and to make a satisfactory score on such an exam prior to graduation.

Lower-Division Courses

Students must complete all nursing prerequisites and Sophomore level nursing courses with a C or better. A grade of D or lower in a prerequisite course indicates unsatisfactory preparation for further nursing education. Any such course in which a D or lower is received must be repeated before enrolling in any nursing course. This requirement is subject to the Three-Attempt Rule. A student unable to raise his or her grade to at least a C in a specified prerequisite course within three enrollments at UT Arlington and/or at any other institution shall be required to change his or her major to a field outside the School of Nursing. Enrollment in a course for a period of time sufficient for assignment of a grade, including a grade of W, is considered an attempt.

The following semester hours must be completed prior to enrollment in upper-division nursing courses except as noted:

Hours
Natural Sciences
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8 1,2,4,5,6
Microbiology 4 2,6
General Chemistry and Biological Chemistry 4 2,6
sub total hours:
16 2
Behavioral Sciences
Introduction to Psychology 3 6
Sociology or Anthropology 3 5,6,7
Developmental Psychology (Lifespan) 3 6
sub total hours:
9
Nursing
NURS 2240 Concepts 2 6
NURS 3365 Pharmacology 3 6
NURS 3366 Pathophysiology 3 6
sub total hours:
8
Other
Fine Arts (architecture, art, dance, music or theatre arts) 3 5,7
College Algebra (Mathematical Modeling or higher) 3 5
Statistics 3 5,6
U.S. History I and II 6 3,5,7
U.S. and Texas Government 6 3,5,7
English Composition I and II 6 5
English Literature 3 5,7
Technical Writing 3 5,6

Nutrition

3 6

sub total hours:
33
TOTAL (Courses)
66 hours
1 If part of a two-semester sequence, both courses are required.
2 Must contain a lab component.
3 House Bill 935, passed by the Sixtieth Legislature, provides that no person may receive an undergraduate degree unless she/he has taken and passed six semester hours in American political science and six semester hours in United States history.
4 Credit will not be granted for courses taken more than five years ago.
5 Degree Plan Core Curriculum courses.
6 Degree Plan Program Specific courses.
7 May be completed after enrollment in junior nursing courses.

Suggested Course Sequence

The following semester hours must be completed for graduation.

Junior Year

First Semester: NURS 3320, 3333, 3632

Second Semester: NURS 3581, 3561, 3321

Summer Session: 3 hours of upper-division electives.

Senior Year

(Students must have an approved degree plan prior to registration for this year.)

First Semester: NURS 4431, 4441, 4581
Second Semester: NURS 4350, 4462, 4350, 4261, 4223

Requirements for the RN to BSN Program

Registered nurses desiring admission to this program must:

Credit by RN Licensure

Transcripts of RN students are evaluated with consideration of the Coordinating Board Field of Study Curriculum guidelines. Credit is given for all courses listed in the Field of Study Curriculum as transferable, as well as any additional courses that may be applicable for transfer.

Lower-Division Courses

A grade of D or lower in a prerequisite course indicates unsatisfactory preparation for further nursing education. Any such course in which a D or lower is received must be repeated before enrolling in any nursing course. This requirement is subject to the Three-Attempt Rule. A student unable to raise his or her grade to at least a C in a specified prerequisite course within three enrollments at UT Arlington and/or at any other institution shall be required to change his or her major to a field outside the School of Nursing. Enrollment in a course for a period of time sufficient for assignment of a grade, including a grade of W, is considered an attempt.

The following semester hours must be completed prior to enrollment in upper-division nursing courses except as noted:

Hours
Natural Sciences
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8 1,2,4,5,6
Microbiology or Bacteriology 4 2,6
General Chemistry and Biological Chemistry 4 2,6
sub total hours: 16 2
English
Composition I and II 6 5
English Literature 3 5,7

Liberal Arts Elective: 3 hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing. Course must have a writing component.

3 5
sub total hours: 12
History and Government
American History I and II 6 3,5,7
U.S. Government and Texas State and Local Government 6 3,5,7
sub total hours: 12
Behavioral Sciences
Introduction to Psychology 3 6
Sociology or Anthropology 3 5,6,7
Developmental Psychology (Lifespan) 3 6
sub total hours: 9
Other
Fine Arts (architecture, art, dance, music or theatre arts) 3 5,7
College Algebra (or substitute with Mathematical Modeling) 3 5,7
Statistics 3 5,6
Nutrition
3 6
sub total hours: 9
TOTAL (Courses) 58 hours
1 If part of a two-semester sequence, both courses are required.
2 Must contain a laboratory component.
3 House Bill 935, passed by the Sixtieth Legislature, provides that no person may receive an undergraduate degree unless she/he has taken and passed six semester hours in American political science and six semester hours in United States history.
4 Credit will not be granted for courses taken more than five years ago. Currently practicing RN to BSN students may request a waiver.
5 Degree Plan Core Curriculum courses.
6 Degree Plan Program Specific courses.
7 May be completed after enrollment in nursing program.

Junior Semester: NURS 3325, 3645, 3425, 3335-Total Credit 16 hours.

Senior Semester: NURS 4325, 4455, 4465, 4585-Total Credit 16 hours.

Electives: 3 hours of upper-division electives.

Elective credit may be awarded for national certifications.

Nursing Faculty

Dean

Professor Poster

Professors

Bond, Cason, Grove, Mancini

Associate Professors

C.Anderson, Courtney, Gibson, Gray, Hegstad, O'Quinn, Raudonis, Schmelzer

Assistant Professors

John, Judkins, Rugari, Weber

Clinical Professor

Snow

Clinical Associate Professors

Baker, Barr, LeFlore, Schira, Turpin

Clinical Assistant Professors

Adams, Drinkard, Handy, Hargrove-Huttel, Hermann, Hiemenz, Palmer, Smith, Willson

Clinical Instructors

Aguilar, M. Anderson, Bacchus, Baird, Bass-Chambless, Bates, Behan, Bertram, Bittle, Cleary, Clendenen, Cochran, Cross, Dansby, Dihigo, Eckstein, Ewing, Flores, Gainer, Given, Harber, Harmon, Hartman, Haynes, Hennes, Jenkins, Justice, LeClair, Lowry, Mangold, Marshall, Martin, Maryol, Matthewson, McClean, Meyer, Michael, Michal, B. Miles, S. Miles, Mitschke, Moake, A. Myers, H. Myers, Nelson, Patrick, Priddy, Plusnick, Roye, Royes, Schram, Simpson, Stauffer, Stephens, Stiller, Thames, Walker, D. Wright, T. Wright

Professors Emeritus

Pickard, Heusinkveld, Kyba


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