BSN Learning Structure

A progressive learning environment for today's students and the fast-changing demands of modern nursing

Since 1917, our goal has been to graduate nurse leaders with deep knowledge and skills. In other words: with a profession they know well and do well, demonstrating great competence in attentive, compassionate care.

That will not change. What has changed dramatically — and is directly mirrored in our bachelor's curriculum:

    the educational environment — how students learn in the digital age.
    the vast new demands put on nursing education by multilevel care challenges in times of rapidly evolving health science technology.

 

A curriculum that fosters agile, constantly adaptive nurses who can evolve quickly with rapid health care advancement

Our undergraduate curriculum prepares students to:

  1.   step confidently into complex care environments.
 
  2.   develop critical thinking and clinical judgment skills.
 
  3.   apply research as the cornerstone of evidence-based practice.
 
  4.   leverage just-in-time information – essential as scientific knowledge increases exponentially each year.
 
  5.   navigate change in a health care environment undergoing reform and heavily dependent on continually evolving medical technology and IT systems.
 
  6.   function in teams of interdisciplinary health care — often serving as communications hub for the team.
 
  7.   think systemically about daily procedures that enhance care quality and patient safety.
 
  8.   be proactive — prevent, detect and correct medical errors and medication mistakes within the entire purview of their nursing care.
 
  9.   focus on 360-degree care context — prompted by integrated knowledge and clinical skills acquired in a holistic, interlinking plan of study.
 
  10.   cultivate agility by absorbing parallel concepts that focus not on memorization but on patient context, application and successful outcomes.
 
  11.   acquire nursing fluency with signs of the times: advancing technologies, increasing diversity and more and more patients with multiple chronic illness.
 
  12.   understand that the essence of nursing is caring — that competence must always be balanced by respect, compassion and attentive care for the patient as person.

 

Objectives progression — BSN curriculum

Ed tech, sim patients, virtual illness: Dynamic, interactive,hands-on learning.
BSN Nursing class   Virtual reality learning: Instructors can program high-fidelity simulated patients with a wide range of interactive speech and life-like symptoms. Adult mannequins, for example, can exhibit pulmonary disease, heart failure, emphysema, diabetes, pre-eclampsia and more. They can speak, bleed, cough, vomit, show allergic reaction, produce secretions and heart, lung and bowel sounds. They can react to right and wrong treatment or mock medication through verbal and physiological responses. Students can take blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rates.

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  "Students today tend to approach subjects on their own terms, in a non-linear fashion, and they're adept at multitasking."

— PATTY CARSTENS
DIRECTOR, UNMC CLINICAL SKILLS CENTER
 
 
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