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Nursing - BSN

Offered: On Campus Apply

The BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Pre-Licensure program is for freshman and transfer students who need to complete prerequisite courses or may be ready to apply to the Nursing major but are not licensed nurses.

Students will be equipped to be compassionate health care providers and leaders in the Nursing profession. On campus, students will receive simulated training in two state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Labs opened in fall 2015 and fall 2017 respectively.

Students take part in clinical training at leading partner health care facilities including St. Jude Medical Center, Orange County Global Medical Center, St. Joseph Health, Children's Hospital of Orange County, Orange Coast Memorial, Anaheim Global Medical Center, and South Coast Global Medical Center. Following completion of the bachelor’s program, these students will sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to become licensed nurses.

Since launching our first nursing program in 2006, we have been a center of excellence in Christian nursing education that integrates our University values of truth, virtue and service. Vanguard Nursing Program alumni leave committed to compassionate, holistic patient care – mind, body and spirit.

Pre-Licensure Program Curriculum

1st Semester

NRS 302A: Fundamentals of Nursing Theory and Practice (2 units: 1-unit lecture/1- unit lab)

This course introduces the student to the history and theories of professional nursing practice. The roles of the nurse as provider of care; designer, manager and coordinator of care; and member of the profession are explored. Basic nursing skills are introduced with an emphasis on patient activities of daily living, therapeutic communication, patient safety, and documentation. The associated lab (45 hours) allows the student to practice fundamental skills in a simulated patient care environment.

NRS 350: Nursing Care of the Adult 1 (6 units: 3 units lecture/ 3 units lab)

This course focuses on evidence-based concepts, clinical experiences, and applying the nursing process in the provision of optimal care for the adult and older adult patient. An emphasis is placed on the care of the adult and older adult with acute and chronic health problems across a variety of practice settings. Students will have opportunity to learn and practice skills associated with moderately complex health needs. Concurrent clinical experiences (135 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care environments.

NRS 355: Physical Assessment (3 Units: 2 units lecture/1 unit lab)

This course provides the opportunity to learn and practice skills necessary to perform a complete and age appropriate health assessment. Emphasis is placed on assessing physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural needs of the patient. The nursing process will be used in prioritizing patient health care needs. The integration of disease prevention, health promotion, and risk assessment is introduced. Course format consists of 2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab per week in a simulated patient care environment.

NRS 360: Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (4 Units: 2 units lecture/2 units lab)

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences related to providing care for the client with psychiatric and mental health disorders. Relevant nursing and interdisciplinary theories will be integrated into the nursing care of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities with mental illness. Holistic approaches to care and therapeutic communication will be explored. Concurrent clinical experiences (90 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care settings.

NRS 365A: Integrated Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (2 Units)

This course presents pathophysiology, using a systems approach, as applied to current nursing practice. Pharmacological principles such as pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapeutics, contraindications, adverse effects and drug interactions, and nursing implications will be presented. Major drug classifications will be explored in conjunction with the pathophysiological process.


2nd Semester

NRS 302B: Fundamentals of Nursing Theory and Practice (2 units: 1-unit lecture/1- unit lab)

This course builds upon evidence-based concepts, knowledge, and skills introduced in NRS 302 A. Using the nursing process, the student will assess alterations in health and illness, and intervene with appropriate nursing care. The lab portion of the course (45 hours) provides the opportunity for the student to master fundamental nursing care and basic nursing skills in a simulated patient care environment.

NRS 365B: Integrated Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (2 Units)

This course builds upon content learned in NRS 365 A. Using a system’s approach, a continuation of pathophysiological principles is provided and applied to current nursing practice. Pharmacological principles and the major drug classifications will be further explored in conjunction with the pathophysiological process.

NRS 370: Nursing Care of the Adult II (6 Units: 3 units lecture/3 units lab)

This course provides classroom and clinical experiences in optimally caring for the adult and older adult patient, while building upon evidence-based concepts learned in NRS 350 Nursing Care of the Adult I. The nursing process will be applied to clients experiencing acute and chronic medical-surgical disease processes. Focuses on concepts related to the physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural needs of the patient and family. Concurrent clinical experiences (135 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care environments.

NRS 375: Maternity and Women's Health (4 Units: 2 units lecture/2 units lab)

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences in the care and management of women’s health and illness across the lifespan. Focus is on family-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, patient safety, and quality improvement in caring for women and their newborns. Concurrent clinical experiences (90 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care environments.

3rd Semester

NRS 400: Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult and Older Adult (6 units: 3 units theory/3 units lab)

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences in caring for the critically and emergently ill adult and older adult. The nursing process will be applied in the care of patients with multi-system organ disease, complex disease states, and trauma. The student will examine the role of the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team and aspects of caring for patients at end-of-life. Concurrent clinical experiences (135 hours) will be spent in simulated and acute care settings.

NRS 420: Nursing Care of the Child and Adolescent (4 units: 2 units lecture/2 units lab)

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences in caring for the infant, child, and adolescent experiencing acute and chronic illness. Issues of child abuse and neglect will be explored. The nursing process is integrated in providing age-appropriate care and advocating for infants, children, adolescents, and families. Focuses on collaboration with the child, family, and other members of the health care team in promoting health and adaptation to illness. Concurrent clinical experiences (90 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care environments.

NRS 460: Leadership and Management (3 Units: 2 units lecture/1 unit lab)

This course explores theories of leadership/management. Emphasizes the importance of accountability, advocacy, communication, inter-professional collaboration in the leadership role, as well as the importance of promoting optimal patient care outcomes. Clinical experiences (45 hours) are with a nurse leader and assignments will be based on concepts presented in the lecture portion of the course.


4th semester

NRS 465: Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 units lecture)

This course examines sources of evidence, scientific inquiry, and data collection processes related to nursing research, theory development, and evidence-based practice. Students will critically appraise quantitative and qualitative research and learn how these findings are relevant to ensuring optimal patient care outcomes. The course also includes an introduction to data entry and analysis and the role that informatics plays in nursing research.

NRS 468: Community Public Health Nursing (5 units: 2 units theory/3 units lab)

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences in the provision of nursing care to individuals, families, and populations in the community setting. Issues such as child abuse and family violence will be explored. Ninety (90) hours of clinical practice in public/community health settings are required to successfully complete this course. The remainder of the required child abuse content for the Public Health Nurse certificate (PHN) is included (5 hours). Two additional hours of child abuse content are covered in NRS 455 Nursing Care of the Child and Adolescent. This course qualifies the BSN graduate for Public Health Nursing certification.

NRS 475: Clinical Nursing Preceptorship (4 Units: 1-unit seminar/3 units lab)

This capstone course focuses on the clinical application of evidence-based concepts of nursing and related coursework in the care of selected populations. A one-unit weekly seminar will provide the opportunity for guided discussions and debriefing with faculty and peers. This clinical experience (135 hours) will further expose students to the complexities of multiple nursing roles.

Electives

NRS 385: Specialty Residency Elective (1-4 units/45-180 hours)

This variable unit course provides additional clinical experience for the student in a nursing specialty area. The student will work under the supervision of a registered nurse preceptor in providing direct patient care. Clinical hours are determined by the number of selected units for the course. Course may be repeated once for a maximum of 8 units.

NRS 478: Nursing Faithfully Elective (2 Units)

This course offers an introduction to Christian nursing in the context of the mission of Vanguard University. Topics will include the history of Christian nursing, application of Christian values to healthcare, and the provision of spiritual care to patients and their families. Local field activities will facilitate the opportunity to minister to diverse populations.


We offer two pathways to the BSN Pre-Licensure Degree

  • Pre-Nursing for first-time freshmen and transfer students who need to complete prerequisite courses.
  • Nursing for transfer students (current Vanguard undergraduates or transfers from other institutions) who have completed prerequisites and are ready to apply into the Nursing major.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Vanguard University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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What's Happening

Faculty & Staff

Annette Callis

Associate Professor of Nursing, MSN Coordinator of Off-Site Program

Michele Cavalieri

Nursing Instructor

Cinthya Ceretti

Nursing Pre-Licensure

Michele Connella

Nursing Pre-Licensure

Terry Cottle

Nursing Pre-Licensure

Ms. Amanda Firestone

Ms.

Nahid Ghazaee

Nursing Pre-Licensure

Lydia Kim

Administrative Assistant

Gina Lauritis

Nursing Pre-Licensure

Rebecca Lowen

Nursing Pre-Licensure

Susan Morales

Nursing Pre-Licensure

Yanet Moran

Nursing Pre-Licensure

Mrs. Terri Quinones

Mrs.

Maria Ransil

Nursing Pre-Licensure

Terry Taylor

Nursing Pre-Licensure

Katherine Tong

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Vanessa Walker

Adjunct Nursing

Thoa Wallace

Dr. Mary Wickman

Dr., Interim Dean of Graduate Programs

Ms. Julia Wilson

Ms., Associate Professor of Nursing

A Sampling of Nursing (BSN) Courses

NRS 350

Nursing Care of the Adult and Older Adult I

Nursing Care of the Adult and Older Adult I

This course focuses on evidence-based concepts, clinical experiences, and applying the nursing process in the provision of optimal care for the adult and older adult patient. An emphasis is placed on the care of the adult and older adult with acute and chronic health problems across a variety of practice settings. Students will have opportunity to learn and practice skills associated with moderately complex health needs. Concurrent clinical experiences (135 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care environments.

NRS 400

Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult and Older Adult

Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult and Older Adult

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences in caring for the critically and emergently ill adult and older adult. The nursing process will be applied in the care of patients with multi-system organ disease, complex disease states, and trauma. The student will examine the role of the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team and aspects of caring for patients at end-of-life. Concurrent clinical experiences (135 hours) will be spent in simulated and acute care settings.

NRS 420

Nursing Care of the Child and Adolescent

Nursing Care of the Child and Adolescent

This course provides evidence-based concepts and clinical experiences in caring for the infant, child, and adolescent experiencing acute and chronic illness. Issues of child abuse and neglect will be explored. The nursing process is integrated in providing age-appropriate care and advocating for infants, children, adolescents, and families. Focuses on collaboration with the child, family, and other members of the health care team in promoting health and adaptation to illness. Concurrent clinical experiences (90 hours) will be spent in simulated, community-based, and acute care environments.

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