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Proposal Summary: NU-07-02

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TitleBachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Submitting DeanN. Margaret Wineman
Submitting CollegeNursing -- Susan Bradford
Departments Generating the ProposalNursing
Objection DeadlineMay 14, 2007
Proposal StatusFinal Approval Granted
Proposal Last UpdatedOctober 05, 2007 by PR Rex Ramsier
Effective DateFall 2008
Brief Summary of ProposalThis purpose of this proposal is to revise course sequencing and move the anatomy and physiology courses from the sophomore level to the freshman level in the BSN program. The students will have completed the majority of their science courses before entering the nursing major. This change will better prepare the sophomore and junior level nursing students to manage the course content in nursing courses and function more effectively in the clinical settings as they will have acquired the requisite knowledge and skills to manage clinical assignments in todays increasingly complex acute care and community settings. The rationale for changing the course sequencing is: 1) this curriculum was developed in 1992-1993 and must be revised to be in concert with accreditation requirements; 2) the current curriculum plan makes it very difficult for students and faculty to function effectively in the clinical setting when caring for very acutely ill patients; 3) students are learning about subject matter that is based on anatomy and physiology without having had those courses which makes a barrier to effective teaching and learning; 4) students are expected to give medications and therefore, must have knowledge of the pharmacology-but have not had the pharmacology course, nor the pathophysiology course, until the junior year at which point they have been in the major for 1.5 years. All of these points lead to faculty and student frustration and anxiety about safety issues in clinical practice. Finally, anatomy and physiology is taken in the freshman year in most programs in the country. This change would faciltiate student success and increase safety as faculty must supervise 8-10 students each caring for 1-2 acutely ill patients.
Type of ProposalProgram changes
Graduate School Endorsement StatusNot required
Graduate School Endorsement UpdatedMarch 21, 2007 by GS Heather Blake
Institutional Research StatusApproved
IR Status UpdatedMarch 29, 2007 by IR Dolores Bezilla
Library StatusApproved
Library Status UpdatedMarch 21, 2007 by UL Jo Ann Calzonetti
Distance Learning Review Committee StatusNot required
DLRC Status Updated
General Education Advisory Committee StatusNot required
GEAC Status UpdatedMarch 27, 2007 by UC dean Karla Mugler
Resource RequirementsNo additional resources
Resource Requirements UpdatedMarch 29, 2007 by NU dean's ofc Kathleen Ross-Alaolmolki

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