This track is for those who are already Registered Nurses (RNs) licensed in the state of Florida and who desire to further their nursing education and expand their career opportunities by completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Today’s healthcare arena is increasingly complex with its high-tech focus in the hospital, its shift toward population-based health care management in the community, and the increasing influence of political and economic forces on all phases of healthcare. The broad knowledge base found in a BSN provides the opportunity for RNs to gain the competencies necessary to excel in the current and future healthcare job market.
The faculty use web-enhanced technology (technology requirements) combined with individualized attention to focus learning on the most current trends and competencies necessary for professional growth and advancement. The curriculum provides a strong scientific base of study with unique opportunities to work with vulnerable and underserved populations. A BSN at UNF offers registered nurses a learning environment in which to:
The on-campus cohort is offered in a RN-designated cohort that allows RNs to complete the program in three (3) semesters (approximately one year). This delivery format is offered for those beginning in the spring term. Classroom-based curriculum is scheduled one day per week (Wednesday), typically from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the three (3) semesters the student is enrolled in the program. Several of the classes for the traditional cohort will be presented in hybrid (meeting 4-5 times instead of every week) or distance learning (online) formats.
While there are no formal hospital clinicals, those enrolled in the traditional, on-campus cohort will be required to complete organized group community hours at an agency arranged by the UNF faculty. Limited clinical hours (one Tuesday or Thursday per month) in the second semester (Summer) will be scheduled, while in the final semester (Fall), RNs will participate in the organized community clinicals each Tuesday or Thursday of the semester. Depending on the agency to which the RN is assigned, these clinicals will be schedule from 8 or 9 a.m. until approximately 2 or 3 p.m. Additionally, in the last semester, RNs will participate in clinicals for the Professional Nursing Integration course. These clinical hours will be self-scheduled by the student and include attendance at Florida Board of Nursing meetings, professional nursing organization meetings, and various nursing conferences and civic meetings in the community. Nurses without hospital experience since passing the NCLEX will enroll for extra credit hours in this course. Inexperienced nurses will precept with a BSN/MSN prepared staff nurse in one of the local hospitals in order to refresh clinical skills and to maintain current nursing practice.
The distance learning (online) cohort is offered in a RN-designated cohort that allows RNs to complete the program in three (3) semesters (approximately one year). This delivery format is offered for those beginning in the summer or fall terms. Coursework will be totally online, although occasionally faculty may have students come to campus for assignments related to clinical activities. Students will be given adequate notice of those dates in order for them to make arrangements to be present. The clinical requirement will be the same as the traditional cohort and may require the students to participate in organized community clinicals on a specified day of the week.
Those entering the program in fall 2013 will be expected to participate in an organized clinical opportunity with Camp JADA, a program of the American Diabetes Association, for youth with diabetes living in the Jacksonville area. This is a local day campus, and RN-BSN students will need to be onsite in Jacksonville for planning and implementing activities for the youth attending this camp from June 6-12, 2014.
*Note: each cohort must enroll a minimum of 20 registered nurses in order to “make.”
Two types of courses make up the nursing curriculum: professional courses and clinical/laboratory courses. Clinical/laboratory courses are distinguished by the C or L that follows the course number. The nursing curriculum is a full-time course of study and follows a specific sequence.
Total credit requirements for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing are 60 credits. Of these 60 credits, 30 credits are the required nursing courses listed above; the remaining 30 credits are awarded based upon validation of previous nursing knowledge through the submission of proof that one holds a clear and active Florida registered nursing license. When the criteria have been satisfied, 30 credits will be placed in escrow until the semester of graduation. The student will then graduate with a total of 60 nursing credits.
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