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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

College
College of Health Sciences
Department
Nursing
Tracks
Commenced Year
Location
Sharjah Main Campus
Level
Undergraduate
Study System
Courses
Total Credit Hours
137 Cr.Hrs
Fees
Duration
4
Language
English
Intake
Fall
Study Mode
Full Time

​Bachelor of Science in Nursing​​​​

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), the graduate will have the following competencies and be able to:

1)       Integrate knowledge, skills and values from the liberal arts, sciences, humanities and nursing theories to provide holistic, competent and safe care for individuals, families and communities within a multicultural society.

2)       Utilize the nursing process (assess, diagnose, plan, implement, evaluate) as a framework in caring for individuals, families, communities and populations across the health care continuum in diverse settings.

3)       Appraise and synthesize evidence-based practice guidelines and research findings to improve patient outcomes.

4)       Demonstrate effective therapeutic and inter-professional communication in the provision of high-quality safe nursing care.

5)       Use health informatics and patient care technology in the management of patient care.

6)       Collaborate with other healthcare professionals by working dependently, independently and interdependently to deliver patient-centered care to individuals, families, and communities.

7)       Implement effective leadership and management skills including motivating employees and self-mentoring, conflict management, introducing change, decision-making and delegation responsibilities.

8)       Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for life-long learning and professional skills.

9)       Employ ethical principles, legislations, and regulations related to nursing practice in the UAE and globally.


 National Qualifications Frame (NQF)

The following matrix shows the alignment of the Program Learning Outcomes with the Emirates National Qualifications Framework strands.

 

OutcomesPLO
Knowledge
Specialized factual and theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the boundaries in a field of work or discipline, encompassing a broad and coherent body of knowledge and concepts, with substantive depth in the underlying principles and theoretical concepts.

 

1

An understanding of allied knowledge and theories in related fields of work or disciplines and in the case of professional disciplines including related regulations, standards, codes, and conventions.1
Understanding of critical approach to the creation and compilation of a systematic and coherent body of knowledge and concepts gained from a range of sources.2
A comprehensive understanding of critical analysis, research systems and methods and evaluative problem-solving techniques.2
Familiarity with sources of current and new research and knowledge with integration of concepts from outside fields.3
Skill
Technical, creative and analytical skills appropriate to solving specialized problems using evidentiary- and procedural-based processes in predictable and new contexts that include devising and sustaining arguments associated with a field of work or discipline.

 

2

Evaluating, selecting and applying appropriate methods, procedures or techniques in processes of investigation towards identified solutions.2
Evaluating and implementing appropriate research tools and strategies associated with the field of work or discipline.3
Highly developed advanced communication and information technology skills to present, explain and/or critique complex and unpredictable matters.4, 5
Autonomy and responsibility
Can take responsibility for developing innovative and advanced approaches to evaluating and managing complex and unpredictable work procedures and processes, resources or learning.1, 3, 7, 8
Can manage technical, supervisory or design processes in unpredictable, unfamiliar and varying contexts.1, 2, 6, 7
Can work creatively and/or effectively as an individual, in team leadership, managing contexts, across technical or professional activities.4, 6
Can express an internalized, personal view, and accept responsibility to society at large and to socio-cultural norms and relationships.8, 9
Role in context
Can function with full autonomy in technical and supervisory contexts and adopt para-professional roles with little guidance.4, 6, 7
Can take responsibility for the setting and achievement of group or individual outcomes and for the management and supervision of the work of others or self in the case of a specialization in field of work or discipline.

 

6, 7

Can participate in peer relationships with qualified practitioners and lead multiple, complex groups.6, 7
Can take responsibility for managing the professional development and direct mentoring of individuals and groups.7, 8
Self-development
Can self-evaluate and take responsibility for contributing to professional practice, and undertake regular professional development and/or further learning.8
Can manage learning tasks independently and professionally, in complex and sometimes unfamiliar learning contexts.8
Can contribute to and observe ethical standards.9


Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities abound for graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) due to the high demand for nurses in the UAE and worldwide. Graduates from the program are employed as general nurses providing direct healthcare to patients, families, and communities. Graduates may assume various roles in nursing practice, education, leadership and management, and research.

 

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program combines theory and practice to prepare nurses to work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools and communities.

The nursing program offers two streams leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): the basic stream (BSN), a four-year stream open to high school graduates and the bridging stream (RN-BSN) open to registered nurses with a diploma degree in nursing; this may be done on a full-time or a part-time basis.

The Department of Nursing is launching a master's degree in critical care in the near future to satisfy an expressed need for this specialization in the UAE. Following is a description of the program structure for both streams:

 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The program is designed to meet the objectives of the Department of Nursing. A student undertaking this program should complete a total of 137 credit hours distributed as follows:

 

BSc. in Nursing ​ ​ ​ ​
 URCRPRTotal
Mandatory Credits152489125
Elective Credits9--12
Total242489137

 

I.   University Requirements

Every student is required to take 24 credit hours of general education courses distributed over seven domains. Fifteen (15) mandatory credit hours are selected from domains 1, 2, 3 and 4 and (9) elective credit hours selected from domains 5, 6 and 7 as indicated in the University section (General Education).

 

II.   College Requirements

Students are required to complete 24 mandatory credit hours of college-required courses. Description of these courses appears in the College of Health Sciences section of the catalogue.

 

III.   Program Requirements

The current basic BSN program encompasses 89 credit hours of the program requirements listed in the table below.

 

Course #TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisites
0503251Physical Assessment40500160; Co: 0503253
0501257General Microbiology30500150
0503253Pathophysiology30202121; 0500160
0503252Advanced Communication3 
0503260Fundamentals of Nursing50503251
0503263Health Education and Health Promotion3 
0501260Biochemistry31426155
0503262Clinical Pharmacology30503253
0503261Psychosocial Aspects in Health Professions3 
0503350Adult Health Nursing (1)3

0503260; 0503262;

Co: 0503351

0503351Adult Health Nursing (1)/Practicum40503260; Co: 0503350
0503352Maternity and Newborn Health Nursing3

0503260; 0503262;

Co: 0503353

0503353Maternity and Newborn Health Nursing/Practicum20503260; Co: 0503352
0503364Adult Health Nursing (2)3

0503350; 0503351

Co: 0503361

0503361Adult Health Nursing (2)/Practicum5

0503350;0503351

Co: 05003364

0503362Pediatric Health Nursing3

0503350; 0503351

Co: 0503363

0503363Pediatric Health Nursing/Practicum2

0503350; 0503351

Co: 0503362

0504362Epidemiology and Population Health30504252
0503454Critical Care Nursing3

0503364

Co: 0503451

0503451Critical Care Nursing/Practicum5

0503364; 0503363

Co: 0503454

0503452Family and Community Health Nursing3

0503263; 0503362;

Co: 0503453

0503453Family and Community Health Nursing/Practicum20503363; Co: 0503452
0503460Mental Health Nursing3

0503261; 0503252;

Co: 0503461

0503461Mental Health Nursing/Practicum20503252; Co: 0503460
0503462Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Professions3 
0504260Leadership and Management in Health Professions2 

 

0503463

 

Consolidation of Nursing Practice

 

5

0503351; 0503364;

0503352; 0503362;

0503453; 0503461

0503468  Research Project30500450

 

Study Plan

The updated study plan starting the fall 2016-2017 is as follows:

 

Year 1, Fall Semester 1 (16 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0201102Arabic Language3 
0202121English for Medical Sciences3 
0500150Biology4 
0500161Introduction to Health Sciences2 
1426155General Chemistry for Health Sciences4 

 

Year 1, Spring Semester 2 (17 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0104100Islamic Culture3 
0500160Human Anatomy and Physiology40500150
1411100Introduction to Information Technology3 
1430107General Physics for Health Sciences4 
 University Elective (1)3 

 

 

Year 2, Fall Semester 1 (16Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0501257General Microbiology30500150
0503251Physical Assessment40500160
0503252Advanced Communication3 
0503253Pathophysiology30500160 + 0202121
0503250University Elective (2)3 

 

Year 2, Spring Semester 2 (17 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0501260Biochemistry31426155
0503260Fundamentals of Nursing50503251
0503261Psychosocial Aspects in Health Professions3 
0503262Clinical Pharmacology30503253
0503263Health Education and Health Promotion3 

 

Year 3, Fall Semester 1 (18 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0504252Biostatistics3 
0503350Adult Health Nursing (1)30503260 + 0503262
0503351Adult Health Nursing Practicum (1)40503260
0503352Maternity and Newborn Health Nursing30503260 + 0503262
0503353Maternity and Newborn Health Nursing / Practicum20503260
 University Elective (3)3 

 

Year 3, Spring Semester 2 (19 Credits)
​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0503361Adult Health Nursing / Practicum (2)50503350 + 0503351
0504362Epidemiology and Population Health30504252
0503362Pediatric Health Nursing30503350 + 0503351
0503363Pediatric Health Nursing / Practicum20503350 + 0503351
0503364Adult Health Nursing (2)30503350 + 0503351
 University Elective (4)3 

 

Year 4, Fall Semester 1 (16 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0500450Introduction to Research30504252
0503451Critical Care Nursing / Practicum50503364 + 0503361
0503452Family and Community Health Nursing30503263 + 0503362
0503453Family and Community Health Nursing / Practicum20503363
0503454Critical Care Nursing30503364 + 0503361

 

Year 4, Spring Semester 2 (18 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0504260Leadership and Management in Health Professions2 
0503460Mental Health Nursing30503261 + 0503252
0503461Mental Health Nursing / Practicum20503252
0503462Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Professions3 
0503468Research Project30500450
0503463Consolidation of Nursing Practice5

0503350,0503352, 0503362,0503364

0503453, 0503454


Course Description

Courses offered by the department of nursing are designated (0503ABC) where ABC represents the year, term and sequence as described in the College Section.

 

Core Courses

The basic program in nursing includes core courses only. Descriptions of these courses are given below.

 

0503251
  Physical Assessment  
    (3-3-0:4)

 Prerequisite: 0500160 - Human Anatomy and Physiology. Co-requisite: 0503253 Pathophysiology

This course is designed to help students learn and apply principles and skills used in the comprehensive health assessment of individual adults. History taking and physical examination techniques are presented through lectures, seminars, self-instruction modules, audiovisuals and supervised laboratory practice.

 

0503350  
 Adult Health Nursing (1) 
    (3-0-0:3)

 Prerequisites: 0503260 - Fundamentals of Nursing and 0503262 - Clinical Pharmacology. Co-requisite: 0503351 - Adult Health Nursing (1)/Practicum.

This course examines the actual and/or potential physiological alterations and psychosocial impact on adult/elderly patients.  Concepts of illness, illness prevention, health promotion, and rehabilitation are presented in the context of a healing and caring nursing practice. Assessment strategies, diagnostic procedures, and pharmacological principles are integrated into the nursing process using problem-based learning approach.

 

0503252    
 Advanced Communication 
 (3-0-0:3)

 Prerequisite: None.

In this course, the learner, as a health care professional, studies and understands the role and functions of group process with emphasis on the interpersonal relationships and advanced therapeutic communication techniques, conflict resolution and transcultural communication. This course also addresses communication skills relevant to the assessment of individuals and families.

 

0503260  
 Fundamentals of Nursing   
  (3-6-0:5)

 Prerequisite: 0503251 – Physical Assessment.

The course is designed to teach students basic clinical skills to prepare them for the clinical setting. The course includes basic nursing skills such as vital signs, personal hygiene, nutrition, elimination, body mechanics, and patient safety. Students are required to demonstrate the skills in the clinical skills laboratory.

 

0503352 
 Maternity and Newborn Nursing
 (3-0-0:3)

 Prerequisite: 0503260 - Fundamentals of Nursing and 0503262 - Clinical Pharmacology. Co-requisite: 0503353 Maternity & Newborn Nursing/ Practicum.

This course introduces the students to the physiological and psychosocial aspects of women's health throughout the childbearing age. The healthcare needs of the mother, newborn, and family constitutes the major emphasis of this course. Using the problem-based learning approach, the management of normal and high-risk conditions in the pre-natal, labor and delivery, and postpartum stages is explored.

 

0503353   
  Maternity and Newborn Nursing/Practicum 
  (0-0-6:2)

 Prerequisite: 0503260 - Fundamentals of Nursing. Co-requisite: 0503352 - Maternity and Newborn Nursing.

This course introduces students to the care of pregnant women during antenatal, labor, delivery, and postnatal period. The course enables students to use the nursing process as a framework to assess mothers and newborns, identify actual and potential nursing diagnoses, plan for and implement goal-directed nursing interventions, and critically evaluate the plan's effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on acquisition of skills relevant to the course expected outcomes and competencies.

 

0503364     
  Adult Health Nursing (2)
 (3-0-0:3)

 Prerequisite: 0503350 - Adult Health Nursing (1) and 0503351 - Adult Health Nursing (1)/Practicum. Co-requisite: 0503361 - Adult Health Nursing (2)/Practicum.

This course is a continuation of Adult Health Nursing I (0503350). The course focuses on the emergent needs of adult/elderly patients with co-morbidities, acute and chronic health conditions. Using a holistic nursing care approach, disease management and health promotion strategies are incorporated in the care of adult/elderly patients. Assessment strategies, diagnostic procedures, and pharmacological principles are integrated into the nursing process using problem-based learning approach.

 

0503361 
  Adult Health Nursing (2)/Practicum 
 (0-0-15:5)

 Prerequisite: 0503350 - Adult Health Nursing (1) and 0503351 - Adult Health Nursing (1)/Practicum. Co-requisite: 0503364 - Adult Health Nursing (2).

This course complements 0503364 - Adult Health Nursing (2). The course integrates the holistic care modalities in planning and implementing nursing interventions to meet the healthcare needs of adult/elderly patients in special units. Essential competencies including clinical judgment, teamwork, professional behaviors, therapeutic communication and utilization of the nursing process as a framework for nursing practice are emphasized throughout the course in supervised clinical settings.

 

0503362
 Pediatric Health Nursing  
  (3-0-0:3)

 Prerequisites: 0503350 - Adult Health Nursing (1) and 0503351 - Adult Health Nursing (1)/Practicum. Co requisites: 0503364 - Adult Health Nursing (2) and 0503363 - Pediatric Health Nursing/Practicum.

This course focuses on the essentials of nursing management of children with developmental, psychological, environmental and health-related problems. The course introduces students to growth and development, health promotion, and disease prevention as relevant to children. The nursing process, along with problem-finding/solving, and peer persuasion strategies are utilized to analyze selected clinical case studies.

 

0503363  
 Pediatric Health Nursing/Practicum
 (0-0-6:2)

 Prerequisites: 0503350 - Adult Health Nursing (1) and 0503351 - Adult Health Nursing (1)/Practicum. Co requisite: 0503362 - Pediatric Health Nursing.

This course provides the opportunity for application of the nursing concepts pertinent to children and their families as they deal with common acute and chronic health problems. The course focuses on the application of the nursing process to assess children, identify actual and potential nursing diagnoses, plan for and implement goal-directed nursing interventions, and evaluate the plan's effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on acquisition of skills relevant to the theoretical component of this course in supervised clinical settings.

 

0503454
 Critical Care Nursing
 (3-0-0:3)

 Prerequisite: 0503364 - Adult Health Nursing (2) and 0503361 - Adult Health Nursing (2). Co requisite: 0503451 - Critical Care Nursing/Practicum.

This course introduces students to the care of patients with life-threatening conditions. The course focuses on the integration of knowledge and skills required to provide holistic and safe nursing care to critically ill adults/elderly patients in critical care settings. The course includes an introduction to critical care nursing with physical assessment skills, diagnostic procedures, pharmacological interventions, and nutritional measures integrated throughout the content areas. The emphasis is on critical thinking and nursing process as a framework for practice.

 

0503452
 Family and Community Health Nursing
 (3-0-0: 3)

 Prerequisite: 0503263 - Health Education and Health Promotion and 0503362 - Pediatric Health Nursing. Co requisite: 0503453 - Family and Community Health Nursing/Practicum.

The course introduces the scope of family and community health nursing including the essentials of family dynamics, family life cycle, developmental tasks, family and community assessment, and factors that influence family health. This course enables the students to assess physical, social and cultural environments, identify population at risk, implement and evaluate appropriate primary health care nursing interventions in partnership with community and health agencies. Health promotion and disease prevention concepts are integrated in the course content through problem-based learning approach.

 

​0503453  
 Family and Community Health Nursing/Practicum
  (0-0-6:2)

 Prerequisite: 0503362 - Pediatric Health Nursing. Co requisite: 05053452 - Family and Community Health Nursing.

The course applies basic principles of community health care in the care of family and community in supervised community healthcare settings. The course focuses on essential topics pertinent to primary health care, schools, industries, Maternal Child Health Centers, and other community resources.

 

0503460  
 Mental Health Nursing 
  (3-0-0:3)

 Prerequisite: 0503252 - Advanced Communication. Co requisite: 0503461 - Mental Health Nursing/Practicum.

This course presents basic information on psychiatric mental health. It also explores the nature and scope of mental health and illness, treatment and preventive measures. Students will have the opportunity to master these concepts through concurrent clinical rotations. This course of study will build upon the eight threads or competencies: Critical Thinking, Technical Skills, Therapeutic Communication, Leadership/Management, Time Management/Organization, Professional Behavior, Caring, and Utilizing the Nursing Process. The content of the course is delivered through selected clinical cases in a problem-based format.

 

0503461   
 Mental Health Nursing/Practicum 
 (0-0-6:2)

 Prerequisite: 0503252 - Advanced Communication. Co requisite: 0503460 - Mental Health Nursing.

This course provides the opportunity for nursing practice in the community and in acute and chronic health care institutions with an emphasis on maintenance and restoration of mental health. Students are provided the opportunity to work with individuals and families experiencing stress responses, maladaptive and severe behavioral disorders.

 

0503463 
 Consolidation of Nursing Practice  
  (0-0-15:5)

Prerequisites: 0503350 - Adult Health Nursing (1); 0503364 - Adult Health Nursing (2); 0503352 - Maternity and Newborn Health Nursing; 0503362 - Pediatric Health Nursing; 0503453 - Family and Community Health; and 0503454 - Critical Care Nursing. Co requisites: 0503460 - Mental Health Nursing and 0503461 - Mental Health Nursing/Practicum.

The clinical course allows students to consolidate their knowledge and skills in desired/selected clinical settings.  Students are supervised by clinical preceptors from the service in areas such as medical, surgical, pediatrics, maternity, and critical care. Students are expected to work independently through preceptorship model.

 

0503468   
 Research Project    
 (3-0-0:3)

 Prerequisite: 0500450 - Introduction to Research.

This course provides students the opportunity to apply knowledge of the research process to the investigation of health-related research questions. Students will work with their research advisors to finalize the development of a scientifically sound and feasible research proposal with emphasis on the study design, data collection tools, forms, and procedures. In addition, students will conduct the research project, enter and analyze data, write a research report, and present the findings of their research study. Emphasis is placed on steps of the research process including: literature review, study design, sampling; data collection, and analysis, interpretations and dissemination of research findings. 


RN-BSN Program

This program is designed to meet the needs of nurses who wish to build on their previous education and experience. Completion of the program will expand the options available to them within the nursing career. Students in this program may study on full-time or part-time basis. The study plan is developed for full-time students. Students studying on part-time basis should plan their course of study in consultation with their department advisor. The three clinical practicum courses could be done in the students' own work place with prior agreement between the two institutions. Students are given advanced credit hours for their nursing diploma program and must then complete a total of 72 credit hours distributed as follows:

 

RN-BSc. in Nursing - (72 Credit Hours) ​ ​ ​ ​
 URCRPRTotal
Mandatory Credits365463
Elective Credits9- 9
Total1265472

 

I.   University Requirements


 Mandatory requirement

This category includes one English course.

 

Course noCourse titleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0202121English for Medical Sciences3-

 

University electives

Each student must successfully complete 9 credit hours of University electives in three courses chosen from each of the three domains 5, 6 and 7 as indicated in the University section (General Education).

 

II.   College Requirements

The six credit hours of College requirements are listed in the table below:

 

Course #Course titleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0504252Biostatistics3-
0500450Introduction to Research30504252

 

 

Program Requirements

The current  RN-BSN Program consists of the 54 credit hours of core courses listed in the table below.

 

Course #TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisites
0501257General Microbiology3 
0503252Advanced Communication3 
0503253Pathophysiology3 
0503261Psychosocial Aspects in Health Professions3 
0503263Health Education and Health Promotion3 
0503365Clinical Practicum 1B40503252; 0503366
0503366Advanced Health Assessment4 
0504260Leadership and Management in Health Professions2 
0504362Epidemiology and Population Health3 
0503262Clinical Pharmacology3 
0503455Clinical Practicum 2B40503365; 0503263
0503465Clinical Practicum 3B40503470
0503469Nursing Theories: Foundation for Professional Practice3 
0503462Ethical & Legal Issues in Health Professions3 
0503468Research Project30500450
0503472Contemporary Issues in Nursing Practice4 
0503473Evidence Based Practice20500450

 

Study Plan

The updated study plan for the  RN-BSN Program starting in the fall of 2016-2017 is summarized below.

 

Year I, Level 1, Semester 1, Fall (19 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0202121English for Medical Sciences3 
0503252Advanced Communication3 
0503253Pathophysiology3 
0503366Advanced Health Assessment4 
0504252Biostatistics3 
 University Elective (1)3 

 

Year 1, Level 1, Semester 2, Spring (18 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0503261Psychosocial Aspects in Health Professions3 
0503263Health Education and Health Promotion3 
0503365Clinical Practicum 1B4 
0504260Leadership and Management in Health Professions2 
0504362Epidemiology and population Health3 
0503262Clinical Pharmacology3 

 

Year 2, Level 2, Semester 3, Fall (16 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0501257General Microbiology3 
0500450Introduction to Research3 
0503455Clinical Practicum 2B4 
0503469Nursing Theories: Foundation for Professional Practice3 
 University Elective (2)3 

 

Year 2, Level 2, Semester 4, Spring (19 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #Course TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
0503462Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Professions3 
050-3468Research Project3 
0503465Clinical Practicum 3B4 
0503472Contemporary Issues in Nursing Practice4 
0503473Evidence Based Practice2 
 University Elective (2)3 

 


 

Course Description

The RN-BSN program requires core courses only. Descriptions of the core courses are given below.

 

0503252
 Advanced Communication
 3-0-0:3

 Prerequisite: None.

In this course, the learner as a health care professional, studies and understands the role and functions of group process with emphasis on the interpersonal relationships and advanced therapeutic communication techniques, conflict resolution and trans-cultural communication. This course also addresses communication skills relevant to the assessment of individuals, and families.

 

0503366
 Advanced Health Assessment
 3-3-0:4

 Prerequisite: None.

This course focuses on the development of health assessment knowledge and skills required to provide care to individuals, families and communities. The skills of physical assessment will be emphasized in this course.

 

0503365 
 Clinical Practicum 1B   
 0-0-12:4

 Prerequisites: 0503252 - Advanced Communication and 0503366 - Advanced Health Assessment.

An applied nursing practice course which focuses on the integration of research theory and concepts in a variety of health care settings. This course will promote the development of independent decision-making and allow application of knowledge in an area of particular interest to the students.

 

0503469 
 Nursing Theories: Foundation for Professional Practice
     3-0-0:3

 Prerequisites: None.

This course introduces students to theoretical foundations of nursing as a profession, as well as the process of theory evolution and knowledge development in nursing. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the main theories relevant to the nursing profession with extra emphasis placed on middle range theories due to their relative applicability to clinical practice. Theory analysis to determine its relevance and applicability in nursing practice, education, and management is of main concern to this course. This course will thus empower students with the necessary knowledge and skills to compare, contrast and utilize various theoretical perspectives, and critically apply nursing theories in their settings.

 

0503455 
 Clinical Practicum 2B   
 0-0-12:4

 Prerequisite: 0503365 - Clinical Practicum 1B.

This course provides an applied nursing practice experience in a community-based health care setting with an emphasis on skill development in health promotion, health education and community assessment.

 

0503465  
 Clinical Practicum 3B   
   0-0-12:4

 Prerequisite: 0503455 - Clinical Practicum 2B.

This nursing course promotes the integration of theory with nursing practice in a variety of health care settings. The selective clinical setting provides the opportunity for students to pursue personal learning objectives and to examine issues and concepts relevant to their role as practitioners, educators, or administrators.

 

0503473 
 Evidence Based Practice    
  3-0-0:3

 Prerequisite: 0500450 Introduction to Research

This course is intended to expand and update students' knowledge of evidence-based practice. This course will lay out the foundations for evidence-based practice and outline its process. Students are expected to formulate clinical questions related to their area of practice (PICOT), search the relevant literature, critically appraise the existing evidence, and prepare evidence-based practice guidelines to improve practice. Students are expected to present guidelines for healthcare professionals at clinical sites to allow for feedback.

 

0503468 
 Research Project   
 3-0-0:3

 Prerequisites: 0500450 - Introduction to Research.

This course provides students the opportunity to apply knowledge of the research process to the investigation of health-related research question. Students will work with their research advisors to finalize the development of a scientifically sound and feasible research proposal with emphasis on the study design, data collection tools, forms, and procedures. In addition, students will conduct the research project, enter and analyze data, write a research report, and present the findings of their research study. Emphasis is placed on steps of the research process including: literature review, study design, sampling; data collection, and analysis, interpretations and dissemination of research findings.

 

0503472
 Contemporary Issues in Nursing Practice
  4:0:0:4

 Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the students to the status of nursing in the UAE health care system. Perspectives to be explored include social, political, organizational, and legal/ethical factors affecting nursing as a profession. The continuing debate about the essence of nursing including professional issues concerning practice, education, research, management, and health care policy will be examined. Current issues will be critically analyzed in relation to their influence on the nursing profession and nursing practice. The focus is learning the context of nursing to promote professional development and growth. Peer persuasion strategies through debates, are utilized to analyze the content of the course and share their experiences in actual practice.