Nursing Courses and Descriptions

Nursing Courses





Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice for the Registered Nurse


3 credits


This course serves as the foundation for the RN to BS program introducing the Registered Nurse student to the philosophical and theoretical framework of the Baldwin Nursing Program at Siena College.  The caring science curriculum is introduced and concepts that contribute to the professional development of the nurse are reviewed. The student is introduced to the role(s) and role models of professional nursing within current social, economic, psychological, political and philosophical contexts.  Historical and contemporary social forces that are key to the current roles of the professional nurse are explored. Principles of the professional nurses’ roles and promotion of the profession are highlighted in this course. The student will begin the development of a professional ePortfolio for use throughout the curriculum and in professional practice settings.




Research to Promote Evidence-Based Nursing Practice


3 credits


This course introduces the Registered Nurse to evidence-based practice and the process required to translate and integrate research into nursing practice.  Emphasis is on critique and application of evidence affecting nurse-sensitive quality indicators. Published research studies are critically analyzed with regard to implications for clinical practice. Concepts reviewed include the scientific method, the research process, the use of informatics for a literature search, qualitative and quantitative research methodology, research ethics and quality improvement.  QSEN competencies are integrated throughout this course.  The student will discuss the links between quality improvement, evidence based practice and moving patient care to quality outcomes.




Health Assessment and Promotion across the Lifespan


4 credits


The knowledge and physical assessment skills necessary to complete a culturally competent advanced health history and physical examination are the focus of this course. The assessment of pre-existing health conditions, disease screening and subsequent health promotion strategies will be considered with physical, psychosocial, and cultural health concerns across the lifespan.  The use of caring communication to explore patient life histories and experiences are integral to this course. Simulation experience will promote skills in collecting and analyzing data to plan patient-centered care utilizing the nursing process.




Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing Practice


4 credits


This course provides an indepth review of essential principles of pathophysiology necessary to anticipate, minimize and treat the complications associated with disease. Pharmacological concepts are examined by system and provide a foundation for understanding the pathophysiology of disease and the rationale for treatment. Pathophysiology focuses on underlying disease process and the body’s amazing ability to compensate for these changes.  A conceptual approach is used to illustrate pathophysiological concepts through carefully selected diagnoses.  Through use of case studies, students are actively learning to recognize signs, symptoms and etiology of disease processes and use clinical decision making to connect pathophysiologic concepts to predict functional changes in the body and corresponding pharmacological interventions.



Caring and Advocating for the Older Adult


3 credits


This course provides an introduction to the specialty knowledge of gerontologic nursing.  Concepts include physical and mental aging, increased complexity of care, utilization of healthcare resources and interactions between acute and chronic co-morbidities. Models of care to manage life transitions, physical changes, end of life care (palliative and hospice) and spirituality will be discussed. A focus on the role of the caring nurse in utilizing resources and programs to promote functional, physical and mental wellness in older adults is emphasized. A community service requirement with a geriatric community is the culminating component of this course pulling together concepts of both caring and advocating for this population.




Health Policy in Nursing Practice


2 credits


This course reviews the organizational and societal context in which healthcare is delivered in the United States. In response to the Institute of Medicine 2010 report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, this course prepares nurses to lead change and advance health through knowledge of how public and private policies are made.  The historical perspective is developed early in the semester and is built upon to explore existing health policy and delivery systems including legislation, the professional disciplines, organizations and health networks, forms of care delivery, consumer needs, and economics and funding. The course ends with a focus on future forms of delivery that would improve the health care status of the American population as a whole.




Population and Public Health Nursing Perspectives


6 credits


This course focuses on the application of theoretical and empirical knowledge using the nursing process with a population or community group. Emphasis is placed on the community assessment process and the development of nursing strategies to assist multi-problem families while considering health on a continuum, throughout the lifespan. Focuses on transcultural nursing concepts, family systems theory, theories of adaptation and educational needs of various populations will be addressed. The clinical component is focused on the development of a broader perspective of the nurse’s role in a variety of clinical and environmental settings. In addition, the nurse’s role on the public health team and an understanding of the diverse health care needs of various cultural groups and the LBGTQ population will be studied. Concepts include epidemiology, health care policy, economics, health disparity, cultural diversity, health literacy, disease prevention, health promotion, injury prevention and family care.



Transformational Nursing Leadership


3 credits


This capstone course is designed to give the student the opportunity to assimilate the knowledge learned both in the nursing and the liberal arts/core curriculum within the context of the role of the professional baccalaureate-prepared nurse/nurse leader.  The student engages in leadership assignments that reflect application, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and nursing issues that have been studied throughout the RN to BS program. The continuation of self-care strategies learned throughout the program are highlighted for ongoing promotion in nursing practice.  This course provides knowledge and skills needed for implementation of leadership and management roles within a culturally diverse health care system.  The nurse learns strategies to manage resources and people to create a compassionate caring work environment.  Concepts focus on leadership and management theory, communication skills, health care finance, delegation, managing changes in the health care delivery system, legal issues, organizational culture, information technology, clinical and quality outcomes measurement and performance evaluation.




Health Care Informatics


3 credits


This course introduces students to the principles and application of healthcare informatics and technologies used in traditional and newly evolving healthcare environments. The course will prepare the student to apply computer technology to the management of individuals, groups, or organizations in the various roles of healthcare providers and researchers. Emphasis is on becoming knowledgeable with available resources useful in patient care and educational settings. The interface between the health care delivery system and informatics to provide quality evidence-based client care will be examined. Informatics use in administration, education, research, and clinical practice will be explored.



Department Chair

Lisa Flack

Lisa M. Flack

Director of Nursing

222 Roger Bacon

(518) 783‑2320