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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES IN THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING IN
THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008



Dean Dolores Sands of the School of Nursing has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council proposed changes to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the School of Nursing chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the college approved the changes on March 11, 2005. The dean approved the proposed changes on March 11, 2005, and submitted them to the secretary on March 29, 2005. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on March 30, 2005, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on March 31, 2005. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on April 25, 2005, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by May 4, 2005.

<signed>


Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on April 27, 2005. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

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CHANGES IN THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING IN
THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008



On page 509, under the heading DEGREES, in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING section in the School of Nursing chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE

The final sixty-one semester hours of coursework in nursing are completed after the student has achieved upper-division standing and has been admitted into the School of Nursing professional sequence. These hours consist of the courses listed below and Nursing 347, Specialized Topics in Nursing, which many students choose to take in the summer.

Professional Sequence -- First Semester

COURSES SEMESTER HOURS
N 224, Health Assessment Skills 2
N 325, Adult Health Nursing I 3
N 325P, Adult Health Nursing I (Practicum) 3
N 226, Mental Health Nursing across the Life Span I 2
N 227, Conceptual Bases of Aging 2
N 127P, Clinical Nursing Skills I (Practicum) 1
N 354, Spanish for Health Care Professionals 3
TOTAL 16

Professional Sequence -- Second Semester

COURSES SEMESTER HOURS
N 323, Genetics in Health Care 3
N 455, Adult Health Nursing II 4
N 355P, Adult Health Nursing II (Practicum) 3
N 356, Mental Health Nursing across the Life Span II 3
N 356P, Problems in Mental Health Nursing (Practicum) 3
N 157P, Clinical Nursing Skills II (Practicum) 1
TOTAL 17

Professional Sequence -- Third Semester

COURSES SEMESTER HOURS
[N 160, Public Health Nursing I--Family 1]
[N 260P, Public Health Nursing I—Family (Practicum) 2]
N 265, Nursing Care of Childbearing Families 2
N 365P, Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (Practicum) 3
N 266, Nursing Care of Children and Their Families 2
N 366P, Nursing Care of Children and Their Families (Practicum) 3
N 377, Leadership and Management of Nursing Care 3
TOTAL 13


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Professional Sequence -- Fourth Semester

COURSES SEMESTER HOURS
[N 170, Public Health Nursing II—Aggregate and Community 1]
[ N 170P, Public Health Nursing II—Aggregate and Community (Practicum) 1]
[N 377, Leadership and Management of Nursing Care 3]
N 270, Public Health Nursing--Aggregate and Community 2
N 370P, Public Health Nursing--Aggregate and Community (Practicum) 3
N 377P, Clinical Care Management (Practicum) 3
N 278, Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge1 2
N 279P, Capstone Preceptorship 2
TOTAL 12



1. All students must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; at least one of these courses must be upper-division. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements.



RATIONALE:
The current atmosphere for public health at both national and state levels emphasizes population health, emergency preparedness, and interdisciplinary collaboration. To best prepare nurses for the future, the faculty propose offering a single didactic public health nursing course with an accompanying clinical practicum. The focus of this course will be on the aggregate/population, with the understanding that public health nurses work with individuals and families to achieve health outcomes for the population. The merging of the public health into one semester will reduce fragmentation of content for students.

Moving N377, Leadership and Management of Nursing Care, to 3rd semester will balance student workload and is consistent with student feedback that leadership and management content is needed earlier in the curriculum to provide additional opportunity for application of these concepts in clinical.