Ten new courses offered 100% online ensure RNs are fully prepared for today’s job challenges.
TAMPA, Fla.– Registered nurses choosing to complete a bachelor’s degree need a program that prepares them to take leadership roles within their organizations. To address this need, U.S. News & World Report-ranked Jacksonville University is launching a new curriculum for its online RN to BSN degree program. The new nursing courses, with updates being made to the School of Nursing philosophy and program outcomes as well, were driven by JU’s commitment to meeting the highest quality standards in higher education.
The curriculum – which includes 10 new courses such as Evidence-Based Nursing – aims to equip nurses in JU’s online RN to BSN degree program with best practices in patient care and leadership skills important to their careers in the dynamically changing healthcare environment. Each of the new courses are presented 100% online with multimedia video-based lectures powered through University Alliance, and all new course content is based on guidelines of essential curriculum subjects published in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice.
As recommended by the AACN, JU’s new course in health information technology, called Information Management in Healthcare, provides a foundation in technical skills, including computer operation, patient care interventions and patient care technologies such as monitors and data gathering devices. Students can also expect to gain a thorough understanding of confidentiality issues as they relate to information management, and of the importance of computer and information literacy to the future of nursing. With federal electronic health records mandates for Medicare patients being enforced in 2015, graduates of Jacksonville University will be well-versed in working with computer-based information systems.
Other new courses include Professional Nursing, an exploration of concepts and issues that shape the development of the competent and caring professional nurse, and Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Policy, which provides the practicing nurse with theory and concepts needed to successfully assume leadership and management positions in the healthcare environment.
The first two courses were offered to students in the Fall II, 2011 session, which began on October 17, 2011. New students who start the degree program will immediately be immersed in the new courses. Current RN to BSN students will have the option of transferring to the new curriculum. RNs interested in applying to JU can take advantage of rolling admissions throughout the year.