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					             RN to BSN Program

              STUDENT HANDBOOK
                           2003-2004

Revised:    5/31/97
            8/97
            8/98*
            8/99
            8/00
            8/01
            6/02
            8/03

    First issue prepared by California State University, Northridge faculty and staff in
*   collaboration with Diane Kehrli (BSN 1997), Debra Arellano (BSN 1998, and
    Shirley Parks (BSN 1998)
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                                  Table of Contents
Introduction ………………………………………………….……….………………………….                                4

History …………………………………………………………...……………………………….                                   5

RN to BSN Program Overview …………………………………..…………………………....                         5

CSUN Bachelor of Science in Nursing Criteria …………..………………………………….               9
    Upper Division Professional Nursing Course List ………….…………………………             9

Summary of Undergraduate Degree Requirements ………………………………………..                  10

Flow Sheet for RN to BSN Students …………………………………………………………                        11

Academic Information ……………………………………………….…………………………                              12

BSN Program Level One: Foundation ……………………………………………………….                        13
     Level One: Sample Class Syllabi Excerpts …………...………………………………               13

BSN Program Level Two: Application/Integration ………………………………………….                16
     Level Two: Sample Class Syllabi Excerpts ……..……………………………………                16

BSN Program Level Three: Synthesis ……………………………………………………….                       19
     Level Three: Sample Class Syllabi Excerpts ...………………………………………              19

Class Expectations………………………………. .........................………………………….            23
      Confidentiality and Ethical Concerns……………………………………………………                  23
    Oviatt Library & Information Competence……………………………………………………                 23
    Written work & checklist for papers……………………………………………………………...               23
    Computer Literacy & Mail Groups (Listservs)…………………………………………………..            25
    Email Accounts…………………………………………………………………………………                               25
    Online discussions (HyperNews)…………………………………………………………..                      27
    Study Buddy……………………………………………………………………………….                                  28
    Office Hours………………………………………………………………………………..                                28
    Absences/tardies                                                            30
    Professional behaviors                                                      29
    Additional Resources…………………………………………………………………...                            30

Sample Plans of Study for RN to BSN Courses …………………………………………….                  31

Proficiency Exams ………………………………………………………………………………                                34
      Upper Division Writing Requirement ……………………………………………………                   34

Application for Graduation ………………………………………….………………………….                         35

Credit by Challenge Examination Taken at CSUN ………………………………………….                 37

BSN Policy on Credit by Challenge Examination …………………………………………..                38

     Repeating Course Policy ……………………………………….……………                     40
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     BSN Policy on Repeat Course ………………………..………………                                40

Professional Behavior ……………………………………………………….                                      40
      Dismissal from Program ………………………………………………                                   41
      Examples of Unprofessional Behavior ………………………………                            41

CSUN Academic Grievances and Grade Appeals ……………………….                             41
    BSN Grievances ……………………………………………………….                                         42

BSN Clinical Experiences …………………………………………………...                                   43

Advisement …………………………………………………………………….                                            44

Scholarships …………………………………………………………………..                                          45

Student Involvement …………………………………………….….………..                                     46

Nursing Organizations ………………………………………………………..                                     46

Helpful Web Sites …………..……………………………………….………..                                     47

Academic Misconduct ………………………………………………………..                                       48
     Student Conduct Code …………………………………………………                                     48

Faculty Information ……………………………………………………………                                       50

Acknowledgement …………………………………………………………….                                          51




                                        Disclaimer
 The sample syllabi and course descriptions included in this orientation manual are to be
  used as a guide only. All samples of the course syllabi and instructors teaching these
                              courses are subject to change.
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                                          Introduction


The California State University, Northridge (CSUN) RN to BSN Program Student Handbook is to
be used in conjunction with the current CSUN Catalog. The knowledge and application of the
CSUN and the RN to BSN policies and procedures is the responsibility of the student.

Curricular and other modifications and revisions to policies and procedures are published
accordingly. It is the student’s responsibility to keep abreast of these announcements.

No provision of this publication shall be construed as a contract between any applicant or student
and the University. The University reserves the right to change any admission or progression
requirement at any time and to request that a student withdraw at any time when it is considered
to be in the best interest of the University.

This version of the Student Orientation Handbook has been redesigned as a part of a senior
project in order to make your RN to BSN academic experience at CSUN smoother and more
rewarding. Comments and feedback from previous students have been included. This handbook
may be consulted throughout your BSN Program in order to answer frequently asked questions
and to assist you in planning your semester course curriculum. Communication is the key to
success. We hope this handbook enhances your success in this program.


Debra Arellano, RN, BSN, Class of 1998
Shirley Parks, RN, BSN, Class of 1998




Revised 8/99
       8/00
       8/01
       8/02
       8/03
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                                              History
California State University, Northridge
        California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is one of 23 campuses of the California
State University system and is one of the largest institutions of higher learning in California.
Beginning as the San Fernando Valley State College in 1958, and renamed California State
University, Northridge in 1972, CSUN now has over 20,000 full- and part-time students.
        The present campus site consists of approximately 350 acres, in the western section of the
San Fernando Valley in Northridge. Housing for 3,200 students is available in the new
University Park apartment complex on the north campus. Renovation and construction of
classroom and office buildings is in progress as part of the earthquake recovery following the
Northridge earthquake on January 17, 1994. The Department of Health Sciences, of which
nursing is a program, is located in the renovated Engineering Building.

RN to BSN Program
         The RN to BSN Program evolved from the commitment and dedication of nurses from
the community who identified the need for a baccalaureate program for registered nurses in the
San Fernando Valley. Through the hard work of individual nurses, including Mary Parker and
Mary Tedrow, and the founding donors, the RN to BSN Program became a reality in Fall 1993.
         The first class graduated on May 30, 1996. Beginning in Fall 1996, upper division RN to
BSN courses became available to the Ventura CSUN campus via interactive video. The first
class from the Ventura campus graduated in June, 1999.
         The RN to BSN Program is designed for registered nurses that hold an Associate Degree
in Nursing (ADN) or equivalent and return to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Most students work full-time. Therefore, efforts are made of offer courses on one full day for
part-time students and two full days for students who wish to accelerate.
         Theory courses have a ration of one unit equal to one hour per week of class. Laboratory
courses (designated as “L”) have a ratio of one unit equal to three hours of instruction per week.
Clinical laboratory courses (HSCI 427L and HSCI 428L) require a minimum of 90 hours per
semester in an assigned clinical placement. Thus, students enrolling in lab courses need to
anticipate a heavy load.

                                 RN to BSN Program Overview
Mission
        The mission of the CSUN Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Program is to develop professional nursing leaders in all areas of practice who can apply new and
past nursing knowledge and can build upon existing competencies.

Philosophy
         The faculty of the California State University, Northridge, Nursing Program supports the
philosophy and mission of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), the College of Health
and Human Development, and the Department of Health Sciences.
         The Nursing Program framework emphasizes the practice of professional nursing
including the design of nursing systems to provide assistance to individuals, families, groups,
communities and populations who are either unable to meet self-care and dependent-care needs or
who require assistance for therapeutic self-care. A variety of theories are applied to assist clients
to achieve to optimal levels of wellness. The faculty believes the following about persons,
environment, health, and professional nursing:
         Persons are unique physical, psychosocial, spiritual beings with the responsibility for
self-care and dependent-care agency. As physical beings, humans act upon and are subject to the
material world; as psychosocial beings, they interact with society; and as spiritual beings, they
seek meaning in and interact symbolically with the universe. The responsibility for self-care and
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dependent-care agency assumes a human capacity for self-knowledge, learning, ethical behavior,
and deliberate action.
          Persons demonstrate varying abilities to practice self-care agency and to give and receive
appropriate dependent-care agency. Self-Care agency is determined first by the ability of persons
to perform activities that maintain their own physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health.
Secondly, it is determined by the ability of persons to receive appropriate dependent-care when
for therapeutic reasons they must refrain from self-care activities. Dependent-care agency is
determined by the ability of persons to practice activities that maintain the physical, psychosocial,
and spiritual health of vulnerable individuals. Agency has the ability and decision to take action.
          Adult persons have primary responsibility for self-care and for the care of their
dependents within the context of family, groups, community, and populations. Dependent and
vulnerable persons – including the elderly, the challenged, and children -–are those who are
unable independently to exercise either effective self-care or dependent-care activities.
          The external environment or society influences both the development of persons
throughout the life span and their ability to seek and maintain health. Society includes other
individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations who in varying degrees are both
similar and diverse in many attributes, such as culture, religion, age, education, socio-economic
status, health beliefs, and health resources. In the United States, persons must exercise self-care
and dependent-care within an increasingly community-based and community-focused external
environment of integrated health care systems. The faculty believe that health care in the United
States is a client-driven wellness system. The dynamic interaction of person and environment
affects their health and wellbeing
          The health or internal environment of persons is a dynamic state of wholeness and well
being along physical, mental, social, and spiritual continuums. Health is supported by the
person’s ongoing ability to practice self-care and to give or receive appropriate dependent-care
within the family, groups, and community. Any interference with the ability to perform self-care
and dependent-care, or to receive appropriate dependent care, indicates a need for professional
nursing practice.
          The practice of professional nursing consists of interdisciplinary planning and care that
is designed to assist individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations who are unable
to meet self-care needs. Nurses engage in a diagnostic approach to the assessment of self-care of
the client that includes developmental, operational, and adequacy capabilities. Nurses serve as
leaders and coordinators of care as they help persons to make decisions about health care and to
access health care. Nursing practice takes place within a context of caring relationships with a
goal of assisting individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations to achieve optimal
health and well-being and make informed decisions about self-care. Nursing has as a foundation
a distinct body of knowledge acquired from the integration of knowledge from nursing, other
disciplines such as biological sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Application
of nursing knowledge to health and illness results in the analysis and improvement of nursing
practice.
          In addition to a knowledge base and psychomotor and technical skills, critical thinking,
communication and interpersonal skills, leadership, management, teaching, and the use of current
research, technology, and information systems is essential.
          Nursing practice involves a process of action and evaluation in order to reach outcome-
based goals of clients. The client may be an individual, a group, a family, a community, or a
population. Professional nursing practice is demonstrated by CSUN BSN graduates through
critical thinking, therapeutic interventions, and communication.
          Critical thinking is the use of reflective reasoning to form goal-directed decisions. It is
a purposeful and systematic process, which involves analyses and interpretation, inductive and
deductive reasoning, drawing logical inferences, and evaluating and justifying those inferences.
The critical thinker is inquisitive, well-informed, open to new ideas and reconsideration, flexible,
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focused, and creative. Outcomes of critical thinking reflect the student’s skills in reasoning,
analysis, research, and/or decision-making relevant to the discipline of nursing.
         Therapeutic intervention is the direct or indirect application of the nursing process to
diagnose and treat human responses to actual or potential health problems. Nursing practice
incorporates the caring and inquiry process to diagnose, treat, teach, lead, manage, communicate,
coordinate, collaborate, and consult with individuals, families, groups, communities, and
population in the context of promoting well being. The ability to provide theory-based
therapeutic nursing interventions is the core of professional nursing practice.
         Communication is the dynamic developmental process of receiving, integrating,
synthesizing, and transmitting perceptions, thoughts, and ideas in verbal, non-verbal, and written
interaction. Within an intentional caring process, messages are effectively conveyed by persons
or technology. Outcomes of communication are reflected in the student’s ability in areas such as
written, oral, and non-verbal communication, group process, information technology, and/or
media production.
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                                       Terminal Objectives:

Upon completion of the CSUN RN to BSN Program, graduates will apply critical thinking,
therapeutic interventions, and communication skills in order to:

1.    Use the nursing process to design nursing systems to care for individuals, families, groups,
      communities, and populations.

2.    Use professional communication and information technology appropriately to acquire,
      develop, critique, and convey ideas and information.

3.    Demonstrate critical thinking in the application of principles of nursing systems in a variety
      of community health settings.

4.    Evaluate the health of recipients of nursing care in a variety of health care settings, both
      structured and unstructured.

5.    Utilize empirical, ethical, personal, and aesthetic perspectives and critical thinking
      strategies to guide decision-making.

6.    Function as a collaborating member and leader of the Health Care Team.

7.    Assume accountability for care provided by self or delegated to others.

8.    Apply nursing research findings to nursing practice.

9.    Demonstrate leadership skills in providing care to individuals, families, groups,
      communities, and populations in a variety of settings.

10.   Within the context of client diversity, implement nursing systems that meet client self-care
      and dependent-care demands at all levels of health and in diverse settings.

11.   Demonstrate ability to manage, organize, implement, and evaluate the delivery of nursing
      services in a variety of settings.

12.   Serve as an advocate for clients with therapeutic self-care demands at all levels of health
      and in diverse settings.

13.   Provide care within legal and ethical standards in structured and unstructured health-care
      settings.

14.   Monitor and evaluate nursing practice.

15.   Promote nursing as a profession.

16.   Demonstrate characteristics of a life-long learner.

17.   Demonstrate an awareness of the need for active participation in the political and
      regulatory practices.

18.   Demonstrate a foundation for preparation for graduate study in nursing.
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                      CSUN Bachelor of Science in Nursing Criteria
        Health Sciences Department Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Criteria

The nursing major is planned specifically for the Registered Nurse, offering the nurse with an
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), or its equivalent, an opportunity to continue the educational
process and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Requirements for admission to the Nursing Program are:
   • Associate Degree in Nursing, or its equivalent, from a regionally accredited program.
   • Current license as a Registered Nurse in California.
   • Completion of applications to the University and to the Nursing Program.
   • Completion of one lower division course in each of the following: Anatomy, Physiology,
       Chemistry, and Microbiology, each with a lab. A minimum grade of C must be attained
       in each course.
   • 56-70 transferable units; a maximum of 32 units of nursing courses will be transferable.
   • Verification of clinical competency (see Department Nursing Advisor).
   • COMP 100 or equivalent or demonstrated computer competency.
   • Personal interview.

Lower Division Requirements:

BIO 211 & 212              Human Anatomy                             (2)   + (1) = (3)
BIO 215                    Introductory Microbiology                 (4)
BIO 281 & 282              Human Physiology                          (3)   + (1) = (4)
CHEM 103 & 103L            Introductory Chemistry I                  (4)
PSY 150                    Principles of Human Behavior              (3)
SOC 150                    Introductory Sociology                    (3)
MATH 140                   Introductory Statistics                   (4)

Upper Division Professional Nursing Course List

HSCI     302        Pathophysiology (3)*
HSCI     303        Professional Nursing (3)
HSCI     304        Parent/Child Self-Care Agency (3)*
HSCI     305        Adult/Aged Self-Care Agency (3)*
HSCI     306        Supportive/Education Nursing Systems (3)
HSCI     307        Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency (2)
HSCI     307L       Laboratory: Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency (1)
HSCI     310        Principles of Nursing Research (3)
HSCI     488        Epidemiology (3)
HSCI     426        Nursing Systems Issues and Ethics (3)
HSCI     427        Dynamics of Nursing Leadership (2)
HSCI     427L       Laboratory: Dynamics of Nursing Leadership (2)
HSCI     428        Community Health Nursing (3)
HSCI     428L       Laboratory: Community Health Nursing (2)
HSCI     495AA      Clinical Advances in Health Science SENIOR PROJECT (2)
                                              Subtotal units: 38
HSCI     498        Field Assignment & Reports (1-3 units elective if additional units needed to
                    meet 120 graduation requirement)
                                             TOTAL UNITS: 40-41
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9 units of upper division general education that are courses NOT labeled HSCI are required. See
CSUN Catalog, Upper Division General Education required for all programs.

Total number for graduation is 120 units. Additional coursework may be required to meet this
total. See Catalog for Bachelor’s Degree requirements.




Summary of Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Degree requirements are published by the university and faculty in the
CSUN Catalog. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of and
successfully meet all degree requirements for graduation. A summary
follows:

1.   Completion of all nursing class requirements; electives; general education (GE) which
     includes 9 units of upper division courses, to a total of 120 units; upper division writing
     requirements (essay exam to be completed at least one year prior to anticipated graduation
     date). All policies and procedures are in the CSUN Catalog. Regardless of advisement
     received, decisions made by the student are the student’s responsibility.

2.   A total of 120 units of course work are required for graduation. All upper division nursing
     courses must be completed within 5 years of taking the first nursing course.

3.   A minimum grade of C is considered passing in upper division nursing courses. C- or
     below is considered a failing grade, and the course must be repeated. Faculty defines
     the grading criteria for all courses including the use of the plus/minus system, which is
     written in the syllabus. It is the faculty’s discretion to assign numerical conversions of letter
     grades. Final grades are reported as letter grades and appear as a letter on the student’s
     transcript. All lab courses must be taken concurrently with the related class (e.g.,
     307+307L) and a grade of C must be earned in both courses. If a C is not earned in either or
     both courses then the student must repeat both courses concurrently. A course may be
     repeated only once with a maximum of 15 repeated units.

4.   The student must submit an application for diploma that has been signed by the nursing
     advisor Admissions and Records by May 1, the year prior to the anticipated graduation date.
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                        Flow Sheet for Application to BSN Program

  Submit CSUN Application to Admissions Office with official transcripts as a Pre-Nursing
  Major by the University posted deadline.
  When notified of acceptance and junior level status by the University, you are eligible to apply
  to the RN to BSN Program.
  You must have a current and valid RN license before admission to Nursing Program, unless
  brief time is granted by faculty to obtain license after admission (e.g., new graduates).
  Obtain RN to BSN Program application from the Department of Health Sciences or online at
  http://www.csun.edu/~nursing. Submit completed application to RN to BSN Program.
  Incomplete applications will be returned.
  Once accepted to the program, submit to Admission and Records a change of major form
  signed by the nursing advisor to change your major from PRE-NURSING to NURSING.
  Meet with BSN faculty advisor the semester prior to entrance into the program. It is also the
  student’s responsibility to meet with their advisor on an ongoing basis throughout the
  program. The Degree Audit Report (DARS) is used during all advisement sessions.
  IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS OBTAIN LOWER DIVISION G.E.
  CERTIFICATION AT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE LEVEL BEFORE ENTERING
  THIS PROGRAM.

Important Notes:

   IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED
   DOCUMENTS IN A TIMELY MANNER.
   IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO OBTAIN AND FOLLOW
   POLICIES STATED IN THE UNIVERSITY CATALOG AND RN TO BSN
   STUDENT HANDBOOK.
   PRIOR TO RECEIVING A BACHELOR’S DEGREE FROM ANY CSU CAMPUS,
   ALL STUDENTS MUST SHOW PROFICIENCY IN MATH AND ENGLISH. ALL
   UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS MUST TAKE THE ENTRY LEVEL
   MATHEMATICS (ELM) EXAM OR BE EXEMPTED FROM IT. YOU WILL ALSO
   BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE UPPER DIVISION WRITING
   PROFICIENCY ESSAY (WPE).
   IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO OBTAIN PERTINENT
   INFORMATION AS TO THE PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW AND TEST DATES.
   THE UNIVERSITY CATALOG GIVES SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE
   WPE. EXAM DATES CAN BE FOUND IN THE SCHEDULE OF CLASSES EACH
   SEMESTER.
   COMPUTER COMPETENCY IS A BASIC EXPECTATION FOR THE
   PROFESSIONAL NURSE. THE UNIVERSITY PROVIDES COMPUTER LAB
   AVAILABILITY FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO DO NOT HAVE PERSONAL
   COMPUTERS. PRIOR TO ENTERING THE RN TO BSN PROGRAM, STUDENTS
   SHOULD HAVE BASIC SKILLS IN COMPUTER USAGE.
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                                     Academic Information

The RN to BSN Program in an upper division curriculum for registered nurses. The faculty
believe that the registered nurse is an adult learner who brings to the program strengths and
diversity in life experiences, clinical experiences, and motivation for independent, self-directed,
collaborative learning.

Once an applicant meets CSUN admission requirements, is designated junior status, and provides
documentation of a current California registered nurse license, application can be made to the RN
to BSN Program. A total of 120 units is required for graduation. All prerequisites for the major
must be completed prior to admission. Students are encouraged to complete all upper division
General Education (GE) and electives prior to enrolling in nursing courses. It is desirable that
upper division GE coursework be completed within the first year after admission to the program,
and may not be courses in the major option or within the Department of Health Sciences. This
means that they cannot be courses with the designation “HSCI.” Prior to registering for courses,
students must have satisfactorily completed the necessary prerequisites for each course, in order
to progress. It is also the student’s responsibility to make appointments with the assigned nursing
advisor on a regular basis.

The curriculum consists of courses that build upon each other to foster the critical thinking,
therapeutic intervention, and communication skills of the student. There are three levels of
course work to achieve these outcomes and meet the terminal objectives of the nursing program:
Level One – Foundation; Level Two – Application/Integration; and Level Three – Synthesis.
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                      BSN PROGRAM LEVEL ONE: FOUNDATION

The Foundation Level consists of knowledge acquired in the Associate Degree Program:
General Education requirements, the biological sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.
The following are registered nurse to baccalaureate (RN to BSN) courses that expand the
foundation into the professional nursing curriculum:

   Course Number                                      Title                              Units

HSCI 302                  Basic Pathophysiology                                            3

HSCI 303                  Professional Nursing                                             3

HSCI 306                  Supportive Educative Nursing System                              3

HSCI 307                  Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency                            2

HSCI 307L                 Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency Lab                        1




                                      Disclaimer
The sample syllabi and course descriptions included in this orientation manual are to be
used as a guide only. All samples of the course syllabi and instructors teaching these
courses are subject to change.

                 FOUNDATION SAMPLE CLASS SYLLABI EXCERPTS

HSCI 302 Basic Pathophysiology (3)

Catalog Description: Study of abnormal functioning of neuromusculoskeletal, circulatory,
respiratory, digestive, integumentary, metabolic, and endocrine systems. Includes causes of
disease, inflammatory response, and immune system. (See Department Advisor for credit by
challenge examination information).
Course Description: Using a combination of classroom and virtual time on-line settings,
students will be actively involved in self-directed learning about the pathogenesis and clinical
picture of common disease processes that impact the self-care of individuals. The course also
focuses on physiological adaptive responses, on the interdependence of body systems, and on the
impact of environmental and individual factors that may promote or perpetuate disturbed
physiology.
Methodology: Classroom lecture & discussions, online discussions, email required reading,
electronic media, and online self-testing.
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Evaluation:
       Quizzes & email                                             5%
       Online/HyperNews                                            20%
       Exams (avg)                                                 50%
       Final exam                                                  25%
        TOTAL                                                      100%

HSCI 303 Professional Nursing (3)

Catalog Description:…Focuses on the practice of professional nursing, critical thinking,
therapeutic nursing interventions, nursing process, advice, humanistic approach to the treatment
of human beings, selected bio-psycho-social and nursing theories, spirituality, communication,
information technology, role change, values, culture, and oral and written communication skills.
Regular written assignments and oral presentations are required.
Course Description: This course introduces the professional nursing role and assists the student
in examining the process or resocialization. The organizing framework of the nursing program
and selected concepts of self-care and advocacy are introduced. Communication theory and
techniques as applied to nursing are presented. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process as a
humanistic and scientific process and a mode for developing critical thinking and inquiry.
Nursing theories and models are discussed, concepts related to psycho-socio-cultural-spiritual
assessment are explored to facilitate the students’ ability to identify stressors, analyze coping
responses and mediating factors, arrive at nursing diagnoses and plan actions which will facilitate
the self-care agency of clients.
Methodology: Lecture, discussion, guest speakers, audio-visuals, required readings prior to class
session, use of library and electronic resources, written and oral assignments.
Evaluation:
           Professional Portfolio                                             15%
           Written Analysis of a Nursing Interview                            30%
           Formal Paper: Self-Assessment of Culture                           40%
                and Nursing Role
           Group Oral presentation of culture self assessment & 10%
          interview
          Class Participation                                                  5%
          Copy of an Article from a Refereed Journal                         ----
               TOTAL                                                        100%

HSCI 306 Supportive/Educative Nursing Systems (3)

Catalog Description:…Application of nursing knowledge and skills in self-care agency with
individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Content includes theories and
principles of learning, teaching strategies and methodologies, teaching resources and evaluation
of instruction as applied to the development of nursing systems in the nursing process. Regular
written assignments and oral presentation are required.
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with nursing knowledge and
skills in supportive/educative nursing systems to promote self-care agency with individuals,
families, and groups. This course is concerned with the principles and theories of teaching and
learning as used by nurses in a variety of health care settings. Selected nursing strategies and
teaching methodologies are introduced to strengthen the assessment and intervention aspects of
the nursing process. Emphasis will be placed on writing behavioral objectives, developing and
implementing supportive/educative nursing systems and evaluating instruction. The student will
be exposed to a broad range of teaching resources.
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Methodology: Lecture, discussion, audio-visuals, fieldwork, student presentations.
Evaluation:

           Attendance/participation                                                20%
           Self-Assessment/Plan for Teaching Competencies                          20%
           Oral and Written Report: Assessment and Evaluation                      10%
                 of Health Teaching in Your Clinical Agency
           Teaching Project                                                         50%
                 TOTAL                                                             100%

HSCI 307 Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency (2)

Catalog Description:…Provides skills in complete health assessment of individual health, in
using bio-psycho-social-spiritual-cultural concepts. Course content includes nursing assessment
through all developmental stages. Emphasis on self-care agency. A passing grade must be
earned in both HSCI 307 and 307 L, concurrently, for credit in both courses.
Course Description: This weekly 2-hour classroom experience focuses on acquiring the nursing
skills and knowledge required in order to collect, analyze, and record health history, and physical
assessment data.
Methodology: Lecture, discussion, audio-visuals, required reading, use of electronic resources.
Evaluation:
            Daily Quizzes                                                            10%
            Examinations (3)                                                         80%
                  (Exams 1 and 2 – 25% each
                   Exam 3 – 30%)
            Attendance and Participation                                             10%
                  TOTAL                                                             100%
Required Materials:
            Stethoscope with bell & diaphragm                  Measuring tape
            Eye chart                                          Percussion hammer
            Penlight                                           Pocket otoscope


HSCI 307L Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency Laboratory (1)

Catalog Description:…On-campus supervised practice of health assessment and application of
concepts from HSCI 307 in self-care agency. (3 hours lab per week.). A passing grade must be
earned both HSCI 307 and 307L, concurrently, for credit in both courses.
Course Description: This laboratory course meets 3 hours per week for faculty supervision in
the application of nursing skills and knowledge required in order to collect, record, and analyze
health history, and physical assessment data.
Methodology: Supervised practice of assessment skills, audio-visuals, required reading, use of
computer.
Evaluation:
            Daily Performance Checklists                                   10%
            Workbook Assignments                                           10%
            Health History Interview and Documentation                     10%
            Skill Teaching Update                                          10%
            Midterm Skills Demonstration/Documentation                     25%
            Final Clinical Skills Demonstration/Documentation              35%
                   TOTAL                                                  100%
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BSN PROGRAM LEVEL TWO:
APPLICATION/INTEGRATION

The second building level consists of courses that encourage the
student to apply and integrate foundation courses by demonstration,
analyses, and examination of knowledge in application to various self-
care client situations.

Courses included in the application/integration level are:

   Course Number                                    Title                                 Units

HSCI 304                 Parent/Child Self-Care Agency                                      3

HSCI 305                 Adult/Aged Self-Care Agency                                        3

HSCI 310                 Principles of Nursing Research                                     3

HSCI 426                 Nursing Systems Issues and Ethics                                  3

HSCI 488                 Epidemiology                                                       3




                            LEVEL TWO: SAMPLE CLASS SYLLABI EXCERPTS

                      HSCI 304 Parent/Child Self-Care Agency (3)

                     Catalog Description:…Use of self-care agency relative to application of
                     developmental change and theories for parents and children. Topics cover
                     self-care needs from birth through adolescence; cultural influences. Regular
written assignments and oral presentations are required. (See nursing advisor for information on
credit by challenge examination.)
Course Description: This course focuses on the physiological, social, cultural, spiritual,
intellectual, and emotional development of the child within the framework of the family. It
examines the interactional behavior patterns of the individual from pre-conception through
adolescence. The impact and implications of developmental, environmental, and cultural
stressors upon the child and family are viewed from a nursing perspective; and nursing systems
that emphasize self-care agency are discussed. Theoretical foundations for assessment of
developmental levels from a nursing process framework are explored. Concepts examined
include: genetic counseling, parental-child attachment and interaction, sexuality, self-care needs,
and developmental testing.
Methodology: Lecture, discussion, group presentations, audio-visuals, role-play.
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Evaluation:
          DDSTII – Written results and evaluations                 10%
          Video Quiz                                                5%
          Group Project                                            25%
          Paper                                                    25%
          Class Participation and Attendance                        5%
          Final Exam                                               30%
                TOTAL                                             100%


HSCI 305 Adult/Aged Self-Care Agency (3)

Catalog and Course Description:…Application of developmental theories of adulthood and the
aging process. Selected topics examined with emphasis on self-care agency in relation to
developmental and situational stressors and nursing systems. Regular written assignments and
oral presentations are required. (See nursing advisor for information on credit by challenge
examination.)
Methodology: Lecture, class/online discussions, out of class assignments, small group work,
required reading prior to class meetings, reporting on adult/aged health in news reports, use of
library, electronic resource use, and written assignments.
Evaluation:
             Exams                                                    30%
             Final Exam (comprehensive)                               20%
             Functional Assessment and Plan                           10%
             Special assignment/report                                10%
             Class Participation                                      10%
             Group Presentation                                        15%
                   TOTAL                                              100%


HSCI 310 Principles of Nursing Research (3)

Catalog Description: Historical, philosophical, and ethical aspects of nursing research and
relationships to nursing science, theory, and practice. Includes principles and methods of
research for use in professional role, leadership, and development of nursing systems.
Knowledge of the research process is developed and applied to critique of research studies,
process of research proposal development and application of research findings to practice.
Regular written assignments are required.
Course Description: In this 16-week course the principles and methods of the research process
are emphasized. Content includes how research contributes to the development of nursing
knowledge, improves nursing practice, supports design of nursing systems, and enhances
education and professional accountability. The historical evolution of nursing research is
examined and current issues are analyzed. Ethical considerations and rights of human subjects
are explored.
Methodology: May include lecture, discussion, small group work, required reading, study guide
exercises, library and electronic resources, HyperNews discussion, written assignments, oral
presentations.
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Evaluation:
          Weekly Assignments/Participation                        10%
          Exams (2)                                               30%
          Final (comprehensive)                                   25%
          Research Utilization Project:
                        Oral Presentation                          10%
                        Written Paper                             25%
                          TOTAL                                  100%

HSCI 426 Nursing Systems Issues and Ethics (3)

Catalog Description: …Deals with issues arising within the community, the health care systems,
and the profession of nursing which influence self-care agency and the development of nursing
systems. Discusses ethical aspects of providing therapeutic self-care. Regular written
assignments are required.
Course Description: Focuses on legal issues and ethical dilemmas, which influence the delivery
of professional nursing care, including effects on the design of nursing systems. Includes the
health care delivery system, ethics of rights and responsibilities, and nursing organizations.
Methodology: May include lecture, class/online discussions, out of class assignments, small
group work, required reading, use of library, videotapes, electronic resource use, and written
assignments.
Evaluation:
            Midterm Examination                                         25%
            Final Examination                                           25%
            Case analysis                                               25%
            Class Participation/HyperNews                                25%

                   TOTAL                                        100%
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                      BSN PROGRAM LEVEL THREE: SYNTHESIS

The third building level consists of capstone courses where students synthesize together
knowledge derived from previous course work. The student will demonstrate independent, self-
directed learning with a clinical emphasis and leadership and management focus in nursing
systems for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.

NOTE: All 300 level courses are prerequisites for the following courses.

Synthesis level courses are:

  Course Number                                      Title                                 Units

HSCI 427               Dynamics of Nursing Leadership                                        3

HSCI 427L              Leadership in Nursing Laboratory                                      2

HSCI 428               Community Health Nursing                                              3

HSCI 428L              Community Health Nursing Laboratory                                   2

HSCI 495AA             Clinical Advances in Health Sciences: RN to BSN Senior                2
                       Project


IMPORTANT NOTE: Clinical courses require a minimum of 90 hours. Clinical seminars
are included in this total. Be advised that completing the remaining hours is contingent on
your preceptor’s schedule. They may require more than one day a week to complete, and
additional flexibility in scheduling.




                           LEVEL THREE: SAMPLE CLASS SYLLABI EXCERPTS

                  HSCI 427 Dynamics of Nursing Leadership (3)

Catalog Description:… Focuses on the function of the professional nurse as self-care agent
through leadership, administration, and change. Presents theories of group dynamics, leadership,
organizations, planned change, power and conflict as they apply in the nursing unit. Regular
written assignments are required. (3 hours of lecture per week.) A passing grade must be earned
in both HSCI 427 and 427L, concurrently, for credit in both courses.
Course Description: The leadership role in professional nursing is the focus of this course.
Collaboration, advocacy, accountability, decision-making, and critical thinking are emphasized.
Theories, concepts, principles of leadership and administration are related to the professional
nursing role and to the evaluation of nursing care within the health care system. Included are the
concepts of power, decision-making, motivation and change as well as nursing administration
skills and strategies. Barriers to optimal health care within the health care system and their
relationship to the nurse’s leadership role are defined. Methods for self-care agency, change,
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growth, and self-actualization through communication, conflict management, education, and
change strategies are introduced.
Methodology: Lecture, discussion, guest speakers, audio-visuals, required readings prior to class
session, use of library and electronic resources, written and oral assignments.
Evaluation:
            Midterm Examination                                        25%
            Group Project                                              30%
            Class Participation                                         20
            Final Examination                                          25%
                   TOTAL                                             100%


HSCI 427L Dynamics of Nursing Leadership Laboratory (2)
Catalog Description: Application of self-care agency through use of leadership and
administration theories and skills in clinical settings. Students synthesize professional nursing
roles through individualized learning contract. 6 hours of lab per week. A passing grade must be
earned in both HSCI 427 and 427L concurrently for credit in both courses.
Course Description: Theories and principles of leadership and administration are applied within
a nursing practice setting. This supervised clinical experience helps the student to develop the
ability to make sound judgments, develop critical thinking, serve as a client advocate, function in
a collaborative style, develop communication skills, and participate in planned change.
Methodology: The student is assigned to a clinical preceptor for a minimum of five (5) hours per
week and will spend one (1) hour per week in group seminar. Clinical experiences will use active
collaboration with preceptor in applying change and leadership/management theory to a clinical
setting and a reflective log of activities. Seminar meetings may use discussion, small group work,
required reading, exercises, library and electronic resources, HyperNews discussion, written
assignments, & oral presentations.
Evaluation:
          Learning Contract                                              5%
          Seminar Participation                                          5%
          Change Project                                                40%
          Clinical Performance
             (including logs and evaluations)                           50%
                  TOTAL                                                100%

HSCI 428 Community Health Nursing (3)

Catalog Description: Theory and multicultural society. Student of self care agency and
therapeutic self care needs of individuals, families, the community, and society. Regular written
assignments are required. 3 hours lecture per week. A passing grade must be earned in HSCI48
and 428L concurrently for credit in both courses.
Course Description: This course is designed to synthesize public health and nursing science
content in the community health nursing role with clients, families and communities. Public
health content focuses on the epidemiological process, prevention and health promotion,
biostatistics, case finding, health care delivery systems at international, national state and local
levels, and public health organization and administration. In addition, family violence (domestic
and child abuse) is stressed. The nursing emphasis is on the use of the nursing process in the
family centered care in prevention, health maintenance, health promotion and rehabilitation
through self care agency.
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Methodology: Lecture/discussion, debate, audiovisual activities, required reading, & use of
electronic resources (e.g., web locations , CD-ROM , discussions)
Evaluation:
            Community Survey Presentation                          20%
            Participation                                          20%
            Group debate                                           20%
            Paper                                                  20%
            Final Exam                                             20%
                    TOTAL                                         100%


HSCI 428L Community Health Nursing Laboratory (2)

Catalog Description: Clinical experience in community health agencies under the leadership of
nursing faculty. 6 hours lab per week. A passing grade must be earned in HSCI 428 and 428L
concurrently for credit in both courses.
Course Description: Clinical placements in various community settings where students can
identify and work with families in the home environment. Official health agencies and unofficial
health agencies are utilized. The nursing emphasis is on the use of the nursing process and
family-centered care based upon the levels of prevention-health maintenance, health promotion
and rehabilitation through self care agency. This course is the clinical course to accompany
Community Health Nursing. The student has the opportunity to demonstrate the application of
community health nursing theory and previously learned nursing principles. Emphases will be
placed on prevention, health screening, client education, contact investigation, resources and
referrals. Focuses on supportive educative and partially compensatory nursing systems.
Methodology: Methods may include clinical experience in a community health setting, a reflective
log of activities, group discussion, lecture, audio-visuals & online. The student works with a
clinical preceptor for a minimum of five (5) hours per week and will spend one (1) hour per week
in class.
Evaluation:
            Clinical contract                                           5%
            Class participation                                          5%
            Teaching Project                                             20%
            Community Resource Review                                    20%
            Clinical Evaluation/Activities                               50%
                    TOTAL                                              100%


HSCI 495AA Senior RN to BSN Project (2)

Catalog Description:…A review of research development and clinical applications in the
various health professions. Courses content to be determined (see subtitle in appropriate schedule
of classes).
Course Description: This course provides the student with the opportunity to build upon
previous nursing experience and academic courses by synthesizing information in a supervised
independent study of a clinically focused topic. Selection of the project topic is based upon
literature, research, and needs of individual clients, families, groups, or professional or lay
community. The analysis and application of concepts and theories to clinical practice is
emphasized. Students will meet with the faculty advisor individually and in seminars and usually
complete projects in pairs. The student is expected to demonstrate skills in communication,
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therapeutic intervention, and critical thinking. This outcome project will be placed in the
portfolio begun in HSci303 along with an updated student resume.
Methodology: Course faculty will determine project methodology in consultation with the
student. The methodology will include a reflective log of activities, class attendance, and
presentations of project during class, discussion, and required reading. It may also include
activities such as electronic and other media use, teaching, direct and indirect nursing
intervention, consultation, communication with community leaders and organizations, and other
activities appropriate to the individual project.
Evaluation:
             Portfolio                                                              Pass/fail
             Draft proposal (Fall) & Query Letter (Spring)                             5%
             Participation in Seminars and Meetings with Advisor                     20%
             Formal Written Proposal (Fall) & Final Evaluation Paper (Spring)        35%
             Implementation of the Project & Log                                     40%
                     TOTAL                                                          100%


                                         Disclaimer

The sample syllabi and course descriptions included in this orientation manual are to be
used as a guide only. All samples of the course syllabi and instructors teaching these
courses are subject to change.
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                                   CLASS EXPECTATIONS

                               Confidentiality and Ethical Concerns
         Students are urged to seek advice from their instructors prior to, during, and following
special studies of individuals or aggregates. Upon completion of the paper or project, no data or
inferences from data shall be shared outside of class without collaboration with the instructor and
possible further development of any proposals. Students are encouraged to review the texts for
guidance concerning these issues.
         All written and oral presentations must reflect the student’s work in content, grammar,
and style. Faculty may ask students to submit all reference articles used in preparing any
presentation or paper. Students should expect also to provide full information on any editorial
assistance received in formulating a presentation or writing a paper, including earlier drafts of the
paper and drafts reflecting editorial input. Failure to supply any of these materials when asked
may result in significant grade penalties and/or disciplinary action. Ideally, students should
consult with faculty in advance before seeking outside editorial assistance.
         Upper division students at CSUN are expected to be proficient in speaking and writing
English. Any student, who is concerned about their proficiency in these areas, should seek
prompt and thorough assistance from the writing center or other sources on campus. Some
students may wish to enroll in additional courses in writing and oral communication. Individual
faculty may be willing to review early drafts of papers and make suggestions regarding content,
grammar, and style.
         See also section in this handbook on Academic Misconduct (p. 48).

                                       Oviatt Library, CSUN
         Student should be able to use the library and access information for learning. Marcia
Henry is the library assigned to help health sciences students and can work with you one on one
or as a group to help obtain articles or other information for your classes. To reach her or for
specific help go to her page for nursing students at http://library.csun.edu/mhenry/nursing.html.

                                      Information Competence
          You will need to learn to access, read, and use information competently as a professional.
To understand the difference between pop and professional publications, go to
http://library.humboldt.edu/infoservices/scholorpop.htm. For a full set of interactive tutorials on
information competence see http://www.lib.calpoly.edu/infocomp/modules/index.html.

                                           Written Work
         Many resources exist on campus to help you with
challenges you may experience such as writing scholarly papers.
Please become aware of these resources. And remember to use
spell check and grammar check features before submitting the
final draft of your work. (See section on Page 34 regarding
checklists for papers).
         Penalties as described in each syllabus or a penalty of 10%                             of
the total score will be deducted per school day for late papers, if
other arrangements have not been made with your instructor.
         Written work is expected to conform to APA style including clean copy (no white-out or
handwritten parts to paper). The text is required for your courses, and you can find online help at
http://www.csun.edu/~meh20426/apasites.htm.
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Use this checklist to help with papers. Items are in no particular order.
 1. Use grammar and spell checkers in word processing program.
 2. Compare manuscript with sample in APA Manual, Pages 258-272.
 3. Introduction, Body, Conclusion (or Summary) are apparent.
 4. Typewritten.
 5. Double-spaced throughout (includes bib and any footnotes per APA style).
 6. 10-12 pages (or whatever limit there is in the syllabus).
 7. Correct grammar (see #1 above).
 8. Clarity, comprehensive, well delineated.
 9. Creative (critical approach, unusual approach, own ideas).
10. Flow of ideas is logical.
11. Organization and structure are obvious.
12. Materials incorporated or cited are appropriate.
13. Reference to, and citation of, significant literature to support analysis, synthesis, and
     statements of conclusion.
14. Parsimony (simply, concisely, yet completely).
15. Have three people review your next-to-last draft:
         1 for grammar and spelling (this person would have writing talent)
         1 for content (this person is an expert in your topic), and
         1 for “does it make sense?” “Does it flow?” (this can by anyone with an interest)
16. Be sure to have used only primary sources. If quoting something found in a secondary
     source, be sure to have used the proper APA style. Check to be sure it accurately reflects
     whether the original source was actually seen or just quoted it as found in a text, which
     quotes the original.
17. Articles are current or classics. Articles are from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. (A few
     may be from popular literature, if appropriate).
          Peer Review: An appraisal by professional coworkers of equal status of the way an
          individual nurse or other health professional conducts practice, education, or research.
          The appraisal uses accepted standards as measures against which performance is
          weighed. (Page 892)
          Refereed Journal: [L referre to bring back; diunalis daily record], a professional or
          literary journal in which articles or papers are selected for publication by a panel of
          referees who are experts in the field. They read and evaluate each of the articles
          submitted for publication. The important national professional journals in medicine and
          nursing are refereed. (Page 1013)1
18. Student Conduct Code observed (see Page 552 of University Catalog and Page 47 of this
     Handbook).
19. Reader can “see” the theory or model included/used.
20. Reader can identify the professional nursing role(s) discussed.
21. All objectives for this paper listed in the syllabus are met/included.
22. Nursing literature shown as it applies to remarks; reliance on medical sources is minimized to
     defer to nursing science.
23. What is the reader’s cumulative impression?




Both from: Glanz, W.D. (Managing Editor). (1990). Mosby’s Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health
Dictionary, 3rd Ed. St. Louis: The C.V. Mosby Company.
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                                       Computer Literacy

Our program assumes a basic degree of computer literacy among our entering students.
Developing this skills is important to meeting terminal program objectives. Many helpful
resources exist on this campus to support this learning. You are not required to own a computer.
Staffed computer labs are available on campus.             For a map of these labs go to
http://www.vcsun.org/~ccheal/labs.html or request information in the Health Sciences office
EN2206. For general problems, technical or with online programs, call the ITR Helpdesk at (818)
677-1400 or email helpdesk@csun.edu.

                                       Mail groups (Listserv)
         Every student should sign up for the mail group rntobsn-g@csun.edu following
instructions found at http://www.csun.edu/itr/guides/majrdomo.html#subscribe. Faculty &
Program Director use this mailing address to send out class and advisement information to all
                           students.
                                    Some faculty have mail groups for each course. This allows
                           the faculty to communicate with the entire group via one group email
                           address. These groups are set up at the discretion of individual faculty,
                           and the faculty member will provide you with the name of the mail
                           group (if any) at the beginning of the semester. You should sign up
                           following instructions below.
                                    From your email: To sign up from the mail address where you
                           want to receive messages, send a message from that address to
                      majordomo@csun.edu. In the text of the message write on the following:
subscribe [mail group name, e.g., rntobsn-g]. You should receive a confirmation message.
         From a different email: If for some reason you wish to have the mailings go to a different
address (a friend’s address, a specific other system on which you have an account, or an address
which is more correct that the one that automatically appears in the “From:” header on the mail
you send), you would add that address to the command. For instance, if you’re sending a request
from your work account, but wish to receive “demo-list” mail at your personal account (for which
we will use jqpublic@my-isp.com as an example), you’d put this line in the mail message body:
         subscribe demo-list jqpublic@my-isp.com

        Upon subscribing, you should receive an introductory message containing list policies
and features. Save this message for future reference; it will also contain exact directions for
unsubscribing. If you lose the intro mail and would like another copy of the policies, please send
this message to Majordomo@email.csun.edu:

     intro demo-list (substituting, of course, the real name of your list for “demo-list”)

                                        E-Mail Accounts
         If you do not have a CSUN e-mail account, go to the home page:
http://www.csun.edu/itr and click on technology resources to find all the
information you need. If you change your e-mail address, professors
will not be responsible for changing your e-mail address on any lists.
         All students are required to have an e-mail account by the
second week of class of the fall semester. It is the student’s
responsibility to notify the Department Secretary of his/her e-mail address.

How to Get an Account
You will need BOTH your Student FILE (ID) NUMBER and your PIN NUMBER.
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Either access using the CSUN website or call (818) 677-1400.



                               Where Do I Direct My Questions?

      CSUN, Help Desk (818) 677-1400 or helpdesk@csun.edu


                                 Online Discussions (HyperNews)
        For any class using online discussions in HyperNews (or IRC) the instructor will provide
you with the URL (address) for how to get to the discussion. You can find general directions for
using HyperNews discussion groups at:
http://www.csun.edu/%7Ewebteach/HyperNewsFAQs.html
        For etiquette hints for HyperNews, see this link:
http://www.vcsun.org/~mhighfi/rulesonline.html

Student question about HyperNews (HN):
Do you just go by if one is done for each topic or do you get more credit for lengthy answers or
do you get more credit for answering 2 or 3 questions?
Response from faculty
         Reading and evaluating HN groups is a lot like grading papers. Some of the things that
is looked for are the writer’s understanding of what they are talking about and how thorough the
answer is. Length is important only when it is necessary to thoroughly answer the question. On
the other hand, sometimes answers are so brief and incomplete that it gives the appearance that a
student does not care what is posted, but is simply concerned with checking off HN on their list of
things to do. Also, if many questions remain unanswered and all students have written something
online, the person who goes in and tries to answer an additional question or two to help complete
the discussion is certainly showing initiative and interest. Of course, those answers should be
well written, too. Just like an in-class participation grade, such initiative can make a difference if
your grade is sitting on the cusp of the next highest grade up.
         When deciding how to best write for HN, think about this for a minute. If I explained
something to you in class, you would probably not want me to just read a few paragraphs from
the textbook without explanation, particularly if there were lots of complicated concepts and
vocabulary. I think that you would want me to explain the
idea in straightforward terms, in my own words to you.
You might want me to list the 1-3 key ideas. You might
want me to tell you what complex concepts or terms mean.
You would most certainly want me to cover the topic
thoroughly and not leave out important ideas. You would
probably also enjoy it if I told you some additional,
relevant things from y practice to help you grasp the ideas
that I would be trying to communicate. And, if I gave you
a handout in written form, you might appreciate bulleted items so you could easily pull out and
digest the main points. You probably would not want a paragraph that was a page long. Now,
apply these ideas to your written answers on HyperNews. (Believe me, it will help with term
papers, too!) Read the text or other sources. Put the answer to the question basically in your
own words (although you should still cite the reference(s) that you are using). It is sometimes
okay to quote when the explanation is clear. Just be sure that you give credit. Explain any
complicated concepts. Refer the reader to relevant diagrams or illustrations in the text. Write in
an interesting way that you think others would want to read.
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        I am sure that you have observed that some student comments are much more helpful
than others are. Use those to give you an idea of how to do an even better job.

                                                      Study Buddy
                                Identify a “study buddy” among your classmates. This person will
                       keep you informed of any information or handouts you may miss for some
                       reason. Professors will not save copies of materials handed out in class for
                       you.
                                The standard expectations related to study time are the following:
                       For each 1 hour of class time, a minimum of 3 hours of outside time will
                       be devoted to studying for the course. Thus, for a 3-unit course, it is
expected that the student will devote 9 hours of study time in addition to the 3 hours in class. For
laboratory courses, the amount of time outside of lab varies but can be expected to be equal to
this formula.

                                         Office Hours, etc.

         Faculty office hours are posted or also available by appointment at a
mutually convenient time. You are encouraged to use the listserv to post
questions that will be answered by members of the listserv. If it is a question
that only the professor can answer, she will e-mail the response to everyone
on the listserv. You are encouraged to use e-mail for personal queries. And
finally, the FAX number for the Health Sciences Department is (818) 677-
2045. If faxing something to a BSN professor, make sure the name of the
instructor is prominently listed on the cover sheet or first page of material.


                                PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS

Expectations in the Clinical Setting:

In addition to the expectations listed elsewhere in this material:

1.     Arrive promptly at the appointed time.

2.     Dress in accordance with agency policy. Lab coats may be required. Jeans are prohibited.
       Comfortable closed shoes are advised. No high heels; no tennis shoes.

3.     Wear a nametag that identifies you as an RN and a CSUN student. (You can use your
       student ID in a plastic name tag holder.)

4.     Avoid excessive or extra jewelry.

5.     If ill, notify instructor, preceptor (and family if an independent home visit was scheduled
       for that day).

 6.    Must receive a satisfactory (or better) clinical evaluation to pass the course.
7.     Provide preceptor(s) with a copy of course objectives and personal objectives for this
       clinical experience.

8.     Preparing for and participating in class meetings and scheduled conferences.
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9.    Following safety procedures.

10.   Protecting clients from physical and emotional jeopardy.

11.   Demonstrating professional comportment, including personal appearance, conduct,
      communication, and interpersonal relationships, legal and ethical behavior, and
      accountability that are consistent with the program expectations.

12.   Participating in orientation to the agency, its policies, procedures, and philosophy,
      functioning in the agency in light of that orientation.

13.   Using initiative and good judgment, seeking direct and indirect supervision from the
      instructor and/or preceptor when necessary.

14.   Informing the preceptor of significant changes in clients, their conditions or caseload in a
      timely manner.

15.   Consulting with the instructor and/or preceptor should problems occur.

16.   Preparation of professional clinical logs which reflect the student’s increasing self-
      awareness, synthesis and application of concepts discovered in lectures, readings, clinical
      experiences, etc.
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                                         Absences, Tardies
         If you must be tardy or absent, please let the professor know as soon as you know. You
can do this by e-mail or voice mail.
         Punctual attendance is required. There are no unexcused absences. In case of illness, the
student is expected to contact the instructor. Habitual tardiness is not acceptable. Weekly
reading assignments are required preparation for each class session or lecture and should be done
prior to class. Participation is expected during all activities.
         Excessive absences or tardiness will result in:
         1.      A reduction in the student’s grade
         2.      Additional (make-up) assignments

                                    Additional Resources
        Dr. Highfield keeps may helpful links with important information on her website, such as
APA resources, oral presentation hints, success skills for school, etc. Please become familiar
with – and incorporate the knowledge you gain from – the resources found here. The address is:
http://www.csun.edu/~meh20426/helpful.htm
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  SAMPLE PLANS OF STUDY FOR RN TO BSN COURSES
Sample Full-Time Option for Nursing Courses          -- The full-time option class
schedule is two days per week for nursing courses. Nursing classes are held between
0900-2200. Required upper division general education coursework and HSCI 488
Epidemiology (required) may be on an additional day. All lower division coursework
should be completed prior to beginning nursing courses. 120 units are required to
graduate. Students may need to take an upper division electives (see advisor).



First Year
Level One: Foundation
The foundation level consists of knowledge acquired in the Associate Degree Progress Program,
general education requirements, biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The
following are registered nurse—to—baccalaureate (RN-to-BSN) courses that expand the
foundation into the professional nursing curriculum:

             Course Number      Title                                           Units

FALL         HSCI 302*          Pathophysiology                                 3 units
             HSCI 303           Professional Nursing                            3 units
             HSCI 310           Principles of Nursing Research                  3 units
             HSCI 304*          Parent/Child Self-Care Agency Lab               3 units
                                Upper Division General Education                3 units


SPRING       HSCI 306           Supportive/Educative Systems                    3 units
             HSCI 307           Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency           2 units
             HSCI 307L**        Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency Lab       1 unit

Level Two: Application/Integration
The second building level consists of courses that encourage the student to apply and integrate
foundation courses by demonstration, analysis, and examination of knowledge in application to
various self-care client situations. Application/ integration level courses are:


SPRING       HSCI 305*          Adult/Aged Self-Care Agency                     3 units
             HSCI 426           Nursing Systems Issues and Ethics               3 units

SUMMER                          Upper Division General Education                3 units




Second Year
Level Three: Synthesis
The third building level consists of capstone courses where students synthesize to gather
knowledge derived from previous course work. The student will demonstrate independent, self-
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directed learning with a clinical emphasis on leadership and a management focus in nursing
systems for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Synthesis level courses
are:

               Course Number      Title                                              Units

FALL           HSCI 427           Dynamics of Nursing Leadership              3 units
               HSCI 427L**        Leadership in Nursing Lab                   2 units
               HSCI 495AA         Clinical Advances in Health Science: Senior 1 unit
                                  Project
               HSCI 488           Epidemiology                                3 units

SPRING         HSCI 428           Community Health Nursing                           3 units
               HSCI 428L**        Community Health Nursing Lab                       2 units
               HSCI 495AA         RN-to-BSN Senior Project                           1 unit
                                  Upper Division General Education                   3 units

*       Courses that may be challenged through credit-by-examination. A total of six units
        may be challenged according to criteria for eligibility.
**      Lab courses require a 3-hour per one unit ratio of clinical time.

Note:      •    Students who meet criteria may apply for credit by challenge examination for ONE of
                these courses. Students who meet criteria may apply for HSCI 302A. Only one challenge
                examination may be taken each semester.
           •    Students are reminded that there are 3 hours per week of HSCI 427 classroom, and a
                minimum of 90 hours of clinical per semester required for HSCI 427L.
           •    Students are reminded that there are 3 hours per week of HSCI 428 classroom, and a
                minimum of 90 hours of clinical per semester required for HSCI 428L.
           •    Students may take upper division GE requirements and/or upper division electives
                concurrently. HSCI 488 Epidemiology should be completed prior to HSCI 428/428L.




Sample Part-Time Option for Nursing Courses -- The part-time
option class schedule is one day per week for nursing courses.
Classes are held between 0900-2200. Required upper division
general education coursework and HSCI 488 Epidemiology may be
on an additional day. All lower division coursework should be
completed prior to enrolling in nursing classes. 120 units are
required to graduate. Students may need to take upper division
electives (see advisor).



First Year                                 Level One: Foundation

The foundation level consists of knowledge acquired in the Associate Degree Progress Program,
general education requirements, biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The
following are registered nurse—to—baccalaureate (RN-to-BSN) courses that expand the
foundation into the professional nursing curriculum:
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             Course Number       Title                                           Units

FALL         HSCI 302A*          Pathophysiology                                 3 units
             HSCI 303            Professional Nursing                            3 units

SPRING       HSCI 306            Supportive/Educative Systems                    3 units
             HSCI 307            Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency           2 units
             HSCI 307L**         Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency Lab       1 unit



Second Year                              Level One: Foundation Continued

             Course Number       Title                                           Units

FALL         HSCI 310            Principles of Nursing Research                  3 units
             HSCI 304*           Parent/Child Self-Care Agency                   3 units

                                         Level                         Two:
                                         Application/Integration

The second building level consists of courses that encourage the student to apply and integrate
foundation courses by demonstration, analysis, and examination of knowledge in application to
various self-care client situations. Application/ integration level courses are:

             Course Number       Title                                           Units

SPRING       HSCI 305*           Adult/Aged Self-Care Agency                     3 units
             HSCI 426            Nursing Systems Issues and Ethics               3 units
             HSCI 488            Epidemiology                                    3 units


Third Year                               Level Three: Synthesis

The third building level consists of capstone courses where students synthesize to gather
knowledge derived from previous course work. The student will demonstrate independent, self-
directed learning with a clinical emphasis on leadership and a management focus in nursing
systems for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Synthesis level courses
are:

             Course Number       Title                                           Units

FALL         HSCI 427            Dynamics of Nursing Leadership              3 units
             HSCI 427L**         Leadership in Nursing Lab                   2 units
             HSCI 495AA          Clinical Advances in Health Science: Senior 1 unit
                                 Project

SPRING       HSCI 428            Community Health Nursing                        3 units
             HSCI 428L**         Community Health Nursing Lab                    2 units
             HSCI 495AA          RN-to-BSN Senior Project                        1 unit
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*       Courses that may be challenged through credit-by-examination. A total of six units
        may be challenged according to criteria for eligibility.
**      Lab courses require a 3-hour per one unit ratio of clinical time.




Note:        •   Summer course availability is contingent upon enrollment & funding. It is the
                 student’s responsibility to schedule prerequisite coursework accordingly.
             •   Students who meet criteria may apply for credit by challenge examination for ONE
                 of these courses. Students who meet criteria may apply for HSCI 302A. Only
                 one challenge examination may be taken each semester.
             •   Students are reminded that there are 3 hours per week of HSCI 427 classroom,
                 and a minimum of 90 hours of clinical per semester required for HSCI 427L.
             •   Students are reminded that there are 3 hours per week of HSCI 428 classroom,
                 and a minimum of 90 hours of clinical per semester required for HSCI 428L.
             •   Students may take upper division GE requirements and/or upper division electives
                 concurrently. HSCI 488 Epidemiology should be completed prior to HSCI
                 428/428L.




                                    PROFICIENCY EXAMS
                               Upper Division Writing Requirement

                           The University has implemented the Trustee Policy for the Writing
                           Skills Graduation Requirement for all upper division students who will
                           graduate Spring 1982 or thereafter in the following manner:


        a.       Students who have completed 56 units and have met the lower division writing
                 requirement shall be required to take an essay examination.
        b.       Undergraduate students are encouraged to take the Writing Proficiency
                 Examination (WPE) as early as possible after (a) above has been met, but must
                 take the WPE no later than the semester in which 90 units are completed. Students
                 who have not taken the WPE by the completion of 90 units may have an
                 advisement hold placed on their subsequent registration(s).
        c.       Students who fail shall be permitted to repeat the examination. Subsequent
                 attempts, however, shall be permitted only after the students have taken further
                 steps to improve their writing deficiencies, such as completion of an appropriate
                 course in writing.
        d.       The examination shall consist of an essay on an assigned topic evaluated by the
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              faculty.
         e.   The criteria of evaluation shall include (1) a demonstration of analytic skills, (2)
              effective organization, (3) use of relevant concrete detail, (4) proper use of English
              grammar, diction, and mechanics.
         f.   Administrations of the examination will be announced in the Schedule of Classes
              as well as in other official University publications, such as @csun.edu and the
              Sundial.
         g.   The examination will be scheduled at least five times within an academic year.
         h.   Registration cards are available at University Cash Services and the Testing Office.
              Students are assessed a fee to cover the expense of administration of the
              examination.
         i.   Certification of graduation writing competence shall be transferable from one CSU
              campus to another.

Reference: CSUN 2002-2004 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog, Page 43-44

SECOND DEGREE STUDENTS

Students seeking a second Bachelor’s degree, please refer to the appropriate CSUN policy in the
catalog. Reference:CSUN Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog.


APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION
Faculty Approval: Clearance for Graduation

Application for Graduation, Graduation Evaluation, and Diploma: Undergraduate
students must file an Application for Graduation and Diploma with the Office of
Admissions and Records before they can be considered for graduation. See the following
information on how to apply for your Bachelor’s degree:
Refer to specific departments in the Courses of Study section for detailed requirements of each
program.

              How to Apply for Your Bachelor’s Degree




1.   GET A SIGNATURE FROM YOUR NURSING FACULTY ADVISOR. A grad check
     should be completed the spring ONE YEAR before you plan to graduate. Make an
     appointment with your nursing faculty advisor to obtain a signed clearance of your major
     requirements. If you plan to graduate with a minor or second major, you will also need
     signed evaluations from your advisors in those programs. This signed form constitutes
     formal approval of your program by the faculty. Make sure that you get a signed original
     and a copy of the departmental grad check.

2.   TURN IN YOUR SIGNED APPLICATION FOR DIPLOMA TO ADMISSIONS AND
     RECORDS. Bring your departmental grad check to the Student Information Center of the
     Office of Admissions and Records along with your Application for Graduation and
     Diploma. You will be required to pay a filing fee. Deadline dates for filing are published
     each semester in the Schedule of Classes; note that there is an additional late fee if you do
     not file on time. Paying the late fee does not insure receiving your grad check prior to your
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     last semester.

3.   LOOK FOR YOUR UNIVERSITY GRADUATION EVALUATION IN THE MAIL.
     You will receive a university graduation evaluation from your Graduation Evaluator
     showing what courses and other degree requirements you have not yet completed. If you
     turned in your departmental grad check and paid your fee by the published deadline, the
     university graduation evaluation will reach you before the Touch-Tone Registration date of
     your final semester. Call your departmental advisor or your Graduation Evaluator if you
     have any questions about your evaluation. The Graduation Evaluation reflects units
     applicable toward degree requirements only. Therefore, this figure may be lower than the
     cumulative units reflected on other CSU Northridge documents.

4.   DECIDE WHETHER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY.
     You will be invited to the commencement ceremony for the academic year in which you
     graduate. If you decide to participate in the annual spring
     commencement ceremony, follow the instructions in the
     commencement handbook. Note that participation in the ceremony
     does not mean that you have officially graduated and qualified for
     your Bachelor’s degree. If in your final semester, you don’t
     complete a course or earn a grade as anticipated, you will still need
     to complete all course and credit requirements required for your
     degree. Additionally, you will need to change your graduation date
     for the semester or summer of actual completion.
5.   GET YOUR DIPLOMA. Your diploma, or notification that it is ready for pick-up, should
     reach you about four months after your official graduate date. Note that there are three
     official graduation dates each calendar year: the final day of the Fall semester; the final day
     of the Spring semester; and the final day of the last Summer session. These are the only
     dates on CSU Northridge diplomas.

Reference: CSUN Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog.
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              CREDIT BY CHALLENGE EXAMINATION TAKEN AT CSUN

Currently enrolled undergraduate students not on probation who are especially qualified through
experience or private instruction may petition to earn credit by challenge examination in selected
courses designated by each department. A challenged examination provides for the awarding of
academic credit through successful completion of an examination of a specific catalog-listed
course. Selected laboratory and activity courses in which student participation is an integral
part of the learning experience shall not be subject to challenge. Each department shall have the
sole responsibility for designating which courses may be challenged by examination.

Challenge examinations are given under the following guidelines:

1,   A student may not petition for Challenge Examination in a course if he or she does not have
     the prerequisites.
2.   A student may not petition for more than one course in one department during a given
     semester.
3.   An approval of an application for Challenge Examination shall expire if the examination has
     not been completed by the end of the semester.
4.   Students may attempt the Challenge Examination in a given course only once.
5.   Approval for Challenge Examination will not be given for a course if the student has already
     received credit for a similar but more advanced course.
6.   Challenge Examinations may not be used to meet any provisions of the Repeat Course
     Policy.
7.   A student electing the Credit/No Credit grading option on enrollment for Challenge
     Examination will be assigned a “Credit” grade for work equivalent to A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+,
     C; “No Credit” will be assigned for work equivalent to C-, D+, D, D-, F. Credit/No Credit
     grades are not included in the calculation of the grade point average.
8.   The determination of eligibility for Challenge Examination rests ultimately with the
     department involved, including exceptions to the guidelines. (See RN to BSN Program
     Policy and Criteria.)

Procedures: Upon receipt of the TTR packet, a student wishing to challenge a course by
examination should consult with the instructor of the course. If the request is approved, the ticket
number for the course is used. The student can then register for the challenge exam course during
TTR.




Reference: CSUN 2002-2004 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog, Page 517
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              BSN POLICY ON CREDIT BY CHALLENGE EXAMINATION

There are three upper division nursing courses designated as CREDIT BY EXAM: HSCI 302
Basic Pathophysiology, HSCI 304 Parent/Child Self-Care Agency, and HSCI 305 Adult/Aged
Self-Care Agency. Students who meet the following criteria may apply for credit by exam for a
total of six units if a minimum of a “C” is obtained on each comprehensive exam. A score of C-
or below requires that the student enroll in the course. The challenge exams may not be taken for
credit/no credit.

The student must meet the following criteria to apply for the challenge examinations:

1.   Student must be a currently enrolled CSUN undergraduate student who is not on probation.

2.   Student may not apply for credit by challenge examination in a course if he/she does not
     have the pre-requisites.

3.   Student may attempt the challenge examination in a given course only once and the
     examination must be completed by the third week of the class being challenged.

4.   Approval for Credit by Challenge Examination will not be given for a course that the
     student has already received credit for a similar but more advanced course.

5.   Challenge examinations may not be used to meet any provisions of the Repeat Course
     Policy.

6.   The determination of eligibility for Credit by Challenge Examination rests with the RN to
     BSN Program, including exceptions to guidelines outlined in the CSUN catalog.

7.   Procedure:

     a.   Complete an application packet for challenge examination. The packet can be obtained
          in the Health Sciences Department. Once the packet is completed, return it BY THE
          DESIGNATED DEADLINE to the Health Sciences Department for approval.
          Incomplete packets or packets received after the deadline will be returned to the
          student.

     b.   The student makes arrangements with the course instructor to
          complete the comprehensive exam by the third week of class. If the
          student earns a “C” or better, credit is obtained and the letter earned
          goes on the student’s transcript. Tuition is not reimbursed. If the
          student earns “C-“ or less, the student enrolls in the course and
          receives the final grade earned in the course. The grades on the
          Comprehensive Credit for Challenge Examination is not included in
          the grade earned in the course.
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    c.   HSCI 302 Basic Pathophysiology: It is the student’s responsibility to obtain approval
         of the Chair of the Department of Health Sciences and the RN to BSN Program
         Director prior to TTR registration. If approved, the ticket number is assigned with the
         letters “X” or “XM” added to the course number.

         In addition, the student must document experience, continuing education, or academic
         work in pathophysiology (e.g., critical care). Challenge of HSCI 302A also requires
         approval of the course faculty.

         FOLLOW PROCEDURES 7a and 7b.
    d.   HSCI 304 Parent/Child Self-Care Agency OR HSCI 305 Adult/Aged Self-Care
         Agency. The student may apply for credit by challenge examination for one of these
         two courses by following the procedure above in 7a and 7b AND providing
         documentation of clinical experience:

         HSCI 304 – 2 years of full-time clinical experience in the last 3 years in Parent/Child
         Nursing.

         HSCI 305 – 2 years of full-time clinical experience in the last 3 years in
         Adult/Geriatric Nursing.

         Challenge also requires approval of course faculty.
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                                   Repeating Course Policy

         The University recognizes that undergraduate students may need to repeat one or more
courses in order to fulfill degree requirements and/or enhance previously acquired skills.
Students should seek academic advisement before deciding to repeat any course. A maximum of
15 semester units of CSU Northridge coursework may be repeated for the purpose of excluding
grades. When a course is repeated for the purpose of excluding a grade, the subsequent
enrollment must be on the same basis of grading as the first. Only one repeat per course is
permitted for the purpose of improving the grade. The higher of the two grades is counted in the
student’s grade point average. The lower grade is “forgiven” from GPA computation, but both
grades appear on the student’s permanent record (transcript).
         Students may not improve grades of courses taken at other institutions by repeating them
at CSU Northridge, nor may students improve grades of courses taken at CSU Northridge by
repeating them elsewhere.
         Excessive Enrollment: If a student enrolls in a course beyond catalog limitations, units
earned will not be counted toward the baccalaureate degree. The units attempted and any grade
points, however, will be averaged with the student’s other grades.

Reference: CSUN 2002-2004 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog Page 58

                                 BSN Policy on Repeat Course
         Students in the RN to BSN Program are required to obtain a minimum grade of “C” in all
required upper division nursing courses. “C-“ or less is considered failing and requires that the
course be repeated. Students are required to follow the Undergraduate Repeat Policy explained in
the CSUN catalog. Each course may only be repeated once.
         Students who do not achieve a minimum of a “C” in a nursing course may be in jeopardy
of not progressing to the next level of courses. Progression in nursing coursework is at the
discretion of the RN to BSN faculty.




                                    Professional Behavior

                 The CSUN RN to BSN student represents CSUN, the nursing program, and the
                 nursing profession both at on-campus and off-campus learning environments.
                 Students are expected to conform to a professional dress code and display
                 appropriate identification.

                 Student conduct is expected to be that of a professional. Part of professional
                 behavior is accountability and personal responsibility. Therefore, the student is
                 responsible for all actions and for compliance with CSUN and RN to BSN
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requirements and any requirements of assigned clinical agencies. In particular, adherence to legal
and ethical professional standards are minimal expectations.


                                  Dismissal from the Program
        Students may be dismissed from the program secondary to unprofessional behavior as
well as for academic failure. Decisions regarding dismissal are made by the RN to BSN faculty.
Factors influencing consideration of review for dismissal include overall performance in all upper
division nursing courses; clinical competence as demonstrated in laboratory courses and/or
mechanisms used to determine clinical competency; and professional attitude/behavior.

                          Examples of Unprofessional Behavior
The following examples, although not all-inclusive, are examples of unprofessional behavior:
(Refer also to CSUN Undergraduate/ Graduate Catalog.)

1.   Behavior which jeopardizes the safety or rights of clients, peers, fellow members of the
     university community and/or which interferes with the orderly function of the university’s
     academic, extracurricular or business activities. (Clinical agencies are part of the university
     community.)

2.   Theft, malicious destruction or damage belonging to the university or its community.

3.   Threat of or inflicting physical harm to clients, peers or other members of the university
     community.

4.   Abusive, obscene, violent, willfully disturbing or irresponsible behavior on university
     property or clinical agencies.

5.   Violation of published university regulations or policies.

6.   Failure to accept personal responsibility for actions.

7.   Violation of confidentiality.

                       CSUN Academic Grievances and Grade Appeals
        The university provides procedures for the orderly processing of grievances by students
against members of the faculty, and for the appeal of assigned grades. Established by the Faculty
Senate, these procedures are contained in the Academic Grievance and Grade Appeals Board
Bylaws. The Board is empowered to act upon grievances and appeals, which are properly filed.
        Academic grievances may be filed when a student feels aggrieved in (non-grade)
matters concerning an academic decision, action or judgment by a faculty member. A
grade appeal may be filed when a student believes a grade is based on error, violation of
university rule or policy, refusal by the instructor to report a grade, discrimination or
other improper conduct towards the student. Grade appeals based wholly or in part on a
subjective or qualitative judgment of an instructor will not be considered by the Board.
        Students should attempt to resolve matters informally with the faculty member prior to
filing an academic grievance or grade appeal. Students should also seek the review of the
appropriate department chair and school dean or designee. If the matter cannot be resolved in this
manner, the student may file a formal grievance or grade appeal. The grievance or appeal must
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be presented in writing before the end of the semester following the semester in which the matter
occurred or the grade was assigned.
        Information and forms for filing an academic grievance or grade appeal may be obtained
from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs or by calling (818) 677-2391.

Reference: CSUN 2002-2004 Catalog Page 525

                                     BSN Grievances
The procedure for grievances begins at the program/department level with evidence of going
through appropriate channels. All communication through each step should first be made in
writing.
Appropriate Channels:
      1. Individual Faculty Members
      2. Program Director
      3. Chair, Department of Health Sciences
      4. Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Development
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                                    BSN Clinical Experiences
        Prior to the clinical laboratory placements, each student must provide documentation of
items on the pre-clinical checklist. In addition, evidence of clinical competencies will be
requested. Students must provide their own transportation, meals and housing accommodations
during all clinical experiences. Parking may or may not be provided at all clinical facilities, and
students may have to pay for parking.
        Students are required to meet the clinical agency requirements as well as CSUN
requirements for clinical. Some agencies charge a fee for ID badges.
        All students are expected to comply with OSHA requirements for Blood Borne Pathogens
through the program. Compliance for policies specified at clinical agencies is expected when
assigned to clinical placements.
        Students will also sign an agreement for confidentiality, which must be observed at all
times in clinical matters.
        Advancement to clinical courses is at the discretion of faculty and is based on course
                                        performance in prerequisites and documentation of
                                        clinical competence.
                                                 The     University     Policy     on       Health
                                        Screening/Measles Requirement can be found in the
                                        CSUN Catalog.
                                                 Students may use the Student Health Center for
                                        assistance in meeting health requirements.



                                     Pre-Clinical Checklist
Please confirm that the following is in your folder, and that it is current. Include dates on right
side of table.

 1.    Tuberculosis Skin Test or Chest X-ray      (circle which)

 2.    Health Insurance

 3.    Statement of Health Clearance by MD/NP

 4.    Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) training
 5.    Current CPR Card

 6.    Fingerprints (for HSCI 428L in selected settings)

 7.    Current California Registered Nursing License

 8.    Malpractice Coverage: Not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 annual
       aggregate

 9.    Hepatitis B Vaccine/Titre

10.    Rubella Vaccine/Titre

11.    Varicella Vaccine/Titre
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12.    Verification of Valid RN License with California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
       (Done by Instructor)

13.    Valid California Drivers’ License and Auto Insurance

14.    Blood-Born Pathogen Training

15.    Fire Safety Card (for anyone assigned to a hospital within L.A. County Fire District)




                                           Advisement

         All students are assigned a NURSING FACULY ADVISOR once accepted into the RN to
BSN Program. The College of Health and Human Development, Student Support Services,
provides student advisement for non-nursing requirements.
         Advisors guide students, but students are expected to follow CSUN and RN to BSN
requirements and accept personal responsibility for choices and decisions made. Department
secretaries do not do advisement. Therefore, it is inappropriate to ask secretaries advisement
questions. Likewise, it is inappropriate to expect faculty to provide answers to questions that the
department secretary can answer (e.g., nursing courses are restricted; therefore, ticket numbers
need to be obtained from the department. The department secretary can provide that
information).
         All faculty have posted office hours. It is wise to make an appointment with a faculty
member if you need academic advisement or course advisement. Do not expect faculty to be
available for “drop-ins” on days other than office hours. Faculty have many responsibilities in
addition to advisement and courses taught.
         All RN to BSN faculty have e-mail and voice-mail, and students are expected to
communicate accordingly. In addition, students are expected to follow appropriate channels and
communicate with correct designated personnel for information the student requires or wishes to
discuss.

               Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Provider Number – 00288
The CSUN RN to BSN Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing as a
CEU provider. Conversion:
       1 Unit =       15 contact hours per semester

         2 Units =      30 contact hours per semester
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                                        Scholarships

Financial aid and scholarship information is explained in the CSUN catalog. In addition,
students who meet specific criteria can apply for scholarships through the RN to BSN Program:

      1.   The class of 1996 Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship started by the first
           graduating class of the CSUN RN to BSN Program in memory of a deceased
           classmate. This scholarship is for excellence in clinical nursing practice. The
           amount of the scholarship is dependent on contributions from the community,
           alumni, students and faculty.

      2.   A small amount of scholarship monies provided by Clinishare for nurses interested in
           home health. Priority is given to applicants currently engaged in home health
           nursing and/or bilingual. Application Deadline: Open

      3.   Kaiser Permanente provides scholarships for a select number of students.
           Applications are due in spring.

      4.   Health Professions Education Foundation Scholarships and Loans: Applications are
           due in March and May. See http://www.healthprofessions.ca.gov/
      5.   Oncology Nursing Society (http://www.ons.org) provides BSN scholarships to
           oncology nursing professionals.

Specific information about criteria for scholarships and deadlines can be obtained from the
department secretary.
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                                      Student Involvement
        There are several mechanisms for student involvement in the RN to BSN Program: The
CSUN RN to BSN Association, student representation on the Curriculum Committee, and ad hoc
committees as needed. Additionally completion of classroom & faculty evaluations provide
feedback for improvements.
        Students elected by peers comprise student representatives. Students are expected to
represent the needs/concerns of their constituents and not personal agendas. Student
representatives also meet regularly with the program.
        As a student or after graduation you may join the BSN Chapter of CSUN Alumni
Association. Contact shellie.smith@csun.edu.

                                  Nursing Organizations

American Nurses Association – 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite
100 West, Washington, DC 20024-2571, (202) 554-4444, Fax
(202) 554-2262.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing – One Dupont
Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 463-6930, Fax
(202) 785-8320.

American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants – 500 North
Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 670-0550,
Fax (312) 661-0769.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. – 50 Lenox Pointe, Atlanta, GA
30324, (404) 262-1162.

American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) – 840 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago,
IL 60611, (312) 280-5213.

Emergency Nurses Association, Inc. – 216 Higgins Road, Park Ridge, IL 60068, (708) 698-
9400, Fax (708) 698-9406.

The National Alliance of Nurse Practitioners – 325 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC
20003-1100, (202) 675-6350.

National Association of School Nurses, Inc. – P. O. Box 1300, Scarborough, ME 04074-1300,
(207) 883-2117.

National League for Nursing – 350 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, (212) 989-9393.

National Student Nurses’ Association – 555 West 57th Street, Suite 1327, New York, NY
10019, (212) 581-2211, Fax (212) 581-2368.

Society of Pediatric Nurses – 7250 Parkway Drive, Suite 510, Hanover, MD 21076, (800) 723-
2902.

Transcultural Nursing Society – College of Nursing and Health, Madonna University, 36600
Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150, (313) 591-8320.
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                                     Helpful Web Sites



                                         Search Engines

          Librarian Page       http://library.csun.edu/mhenry/nursing.html
          Altavista:           http://www.altavista.digital.com
          CliniWeb:            http://www.ohsu.edu/cliniweb/search.html
          Internet Sleuth:     http://www.intbc.com/sleuth/medi.html
          Lycos:               http://www.lycos.com
          Matrix:              http://www.slackinc.com

                                       General Health Sites

          MedWeb (largest directory of health sites):
                                 http://www.cc.emory.edu/WHSCL/medweb.html
          Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
                                 http://www.cdc.gov
          National Health Information Center Database:
                                 http://nhic-
                                 nt.health.org/htmlgen/htmlgen.exe/Tollfree?Describtor=’800'
          MedHelp International:
                                 http://medhlp.netusa.net/index.htm
          Medscape:
                                 http://www.medscape.com
          ACLS Algorithms (instructions on how to do ACLS):
                                 http://www.cardiac.org/aclsalgr.html#algor
          Digital Anatomist (interactive anatomy atlas):
                                 http://www1.biostr.washington.edu/DigitalAnatomist.html
          Nutrition Information:
                                 http://www.fsci.umn.edu/tools.htp
          Drug Formulary:
                                 http://www.intmed.mcw.edu/drug.html
          RxList (good for information on drug interactions):
                                 http://www.rxlist.com
          Hospital Web:
                                 http://neuro-www.mgh.harvard.edu/hospitalweb.nclk
          Online Clinical Calculator:
                                 http://www.intmed.mcw.edu/clincalc.html
          Physical Exam:
                                 http://www.medinfo.ufl.edu/year1/bcs/clist/index/html
          Virtual Hospital:
                                 http://vh.radiology.uiowa.edu
          800 Numbers for Patient Support Organizations:
                                 http://infonet.welch.jhu.edu/advocacy.html
          American Red Cross – Los Angeles Chapter
                                 http://www.acrossla.org
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                                    Nursing-Specific Web Sites

           American Nursing Association:
                                 http://www.nursingworld.com
           MedWeb: Nursing:
                                 http://www.gen.emory.edu/MEDWEB/keyword/Nursing.html
           Nursing Index:
                                 http://www.lib.umich.edu/tml/nursing.html
           Nursing and Health Care Resources:
                                 http://www.bath.ac.uk/~exrw/nurse.html
           The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care:
                                 http://www.springnet.com/np



                                  Academic Misconduct
Students are held accountable for review of the CSUN policy on academic misconduct as
explained below.

                         Student Conduct Code
Standards of Ethical Behavior
The personal behavior and ethical conduct of each student at
California State University, Northridge impacts, positively or
negatively, on the climate and reputation of the entire institution.
Thus, it is imperative that each student act at all times with
integrity and with respect toward all members of the campus
community. The University assumes that all students will conduct themselves as mature,
responsible, and law-abiding citizens who will comply with University policies and regulations.

Student Discipline
Inappropriate conduct by students or by applicants for admission is subject to discipline as
provided in Sections 41301 through 31304 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations. These
sections are as follows:

41301. Expulsion, Suspension and Probation of Students.
Following procedures consonant with due process established pursuant to Section 41304, any
student of a campus may be expelled, suspended, placed on probation or given a lesser sanction
for one or more of the following causes, which must be campus, related. Taken together those
causes constitute the Student Conduct Code:
      a) Cheating or plagiarism in connection with an academic program at a campus.
      b) Forgery, alteration or misuse of campus documents, records, or identification or knowingly
            furnishing false information to a campus.
      c) Misrepresentation of oneself or of an organization to be an agent of a campus.
      d) Obstruction or disruption, on or off campus property, of the campus educational process,
            administrative process, or other campus function.
      e) Physical abuse on or off campus property of the person or properly of any member of the
            campus community or of members of his or her family or the threat of such physical abuse.
      f) Theft of, or non-accidental damage to, campus property, or property in the possession of,
            or owned by, a member of the campus community.
      g) Unauthorized entry into, unauthorized use of, or misuse of campus property.
      h) On campus property, the sale or knowing possession of dangerous drugs, restricted
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          dangerous drugs, or narcotics as those terms are used in California statutes, except when
          lawfully prescribed pursuant to medical or dental care, or when lawfully permitted for the
          purpose of research, instruction or analysis.
      i) Knowing possession or use of explosives, dangerous chemicals or deadly weapons on
          campus property or at a campus function without prior authorization of the campus
          president.
      j) Engaging in lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior on campus property or at a campus
          function.
      k) Abusive behavior directed toward, or hazing of, a member of the campus community.
       l)   Violation of any order of a campus president, notice of which had been given prior to
            such violation and during the academic term in which the violation occurs, either by
            publication in the campus newspaper or by posting on an official bulletin board
            designated for this purpose, and which order is not inconsistent with any of the other
            provisions of this Section.
       m) Soliciting or assisting another to do any act which would subject a student to expulsion,
            suspension or probation pursuant to this Section.
       n)   For the purposes of this Article, the following terms are defined:
            1) The term “member of the campus community” is defined as meaning California
                 State University Trustees, academic, non-academic, and administrative personnel,
                 students and other persons while such other persons are on campus property or at a
                 campus function.
            2) The term “campus property” includes:
                 A) Real or personal property in the possession of, or under the control of, the
                       Board of Trustees of The California State University, and
                 B) All campus feeding, retail, or residence facilities whether operated by a
                       campus or by a campus auxiliary organization.
            3) The term “deadly weapons” includes any instrument or weapon of the kind
                 commonly known as a blackjack, sling shot, billy, sandclub, sandbag, metal
                 knuckles, any dirk, dagger, switchblade knife, pistol, revolver, or any other firearm,
                 any knife having a blade longer than five inches, any razor with an unguarded
                 blade, and any metal pipe or bar used or intended to be used as a club.
            4) The term “behavior” includes conduct and expression.
            5) The term “hazing” means any method of initiation into a student organization or
                 any pastime or amusement engaged in with regard to such organization which
                 causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, or physical or emotional harm, to any
                 member of the campus community; but the term “hazing” does not include
                 customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions.
       o)   This Section is not adopted pursuant to Education Code Section 89031.
       p)   Notwithstanding any amendment or repeal pursuant to the resolution by which any
            provision of this Article is amended, all acts and omissions occurring prior to that
            effective date shall be subject to the provisions of this Article as in effect immediately
            prior to such effective date.
Reference: CSUN 2002-2004 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog, Page 522-523
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                                 Faculty Information:
                            BSN Faculty and Administration
Dr. Helen Castillo           Dean, College of Health and Human Development
Dr. Marilynn Filbeck         Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Development
Dr. Roberta Madison          Interim Chair, Department of Health Sciences
Dr. Ellen A. McFadden        Program Director, RN to BSN Program
Dr. Martha Highfield         Full-Time Faculty and Academic Advisor, Clinical Coordinator
Dr. JoEllen Murata           Full-Time Faculty and Coordinator, School Nurse Credential
                             Program
Dr. Mario Lopez              College of Health and Human Development, Director, Education
                             Equity, Student Services Center




NAME                           OFFICE           EXT.                 E-MAIL

Dr. Mario Lopez                SH 461            2883

Dr. Martha Highfield           EN 2210           3649     martha.highfield@csun.edu

Dr. Ellen McFadden             EN 2211           2423     ellen.mcfadden@csun.edu

Dr. JoEllen Murata             EN 2219           2681

Health Sciences Secretary      EN 2206           4081

Student Affairs                AP 702            2391

Student Health Center          HC                3666

University Counseling          UP Bldg 14        2364
Services
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                                      Acknowledgement

         We would like to extend our thanks to all the CSUN RN to BSN faculty and to the
students enrolled in the Spring 1998 semester, who participated in our survey. Your comments
and feedback have been utilized in the re-design of this handbook. We feel that communication
is the key to making this program a successful experience for everyone.

        In addition, we would like to extend a special thanks to Diane Kehrli, RN, BSN, Class of
1997, for her valuable assistance in typing this manuscript.

        It is our hope that future RN to BSN students will continue to demonstrate their
leadership skills and their commitment to advanced education by updating and improving this
handbook as needed.

                                                        Sincerely,


                                                        Debra Arellano and Shirley Parks
                                                        BSN Class of 1998

				
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