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Jessica Svoboda
Assistant Professor, Community Counseling Center Clinical Coordinator
Keegan Hunzeker
Admissions Counselor
James Leininger
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Leigh Kreshel
Chair of Natural Health and Mathematical Sciences, Assistant Professor
Tia Marie Strait
Department Chair, Pre-Licensure Nursing, EdD, MS
Renee Dutter Miller
Kay Hall
Coordinator for Student Academic Success
Giesele Taylor
Director of Persistence
Lon Dagley
Assistant Library Director
Jill Speicher
Assistant Professor
Teresa Hale-Lespier
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Katelyn Gibson
ABSN Program Specialist


Builds upon previous nursing knowledge, critical thinking, and professional communication skills to develop new knowledge geared toward baccalaureate nursing practice. Surveys perceptions of nursing roles held by stakeholders. Explores differences in registered nurse educational preparation and reasons for continuing the educational journey.

Provides a foundation for the economic analysis of healthcare organizations, financing, and delivery of services. Examines national and global healthcare needs and social justice in relation to healthcare systems and policies. Addresses informatics use and management to communicate data for healthcare delivery.

Contemporary nursing practice is explored as students transition towards practice as baccalaureate generalist nurses. Issues related to education, professional development, political advocacy, health equity, legal principles, systems-based practice, and workforce challenges are addressed.

Educates students on the principles of holistic nursing to promote compassionate patient- and family-centered care. Introduces the holistic nursing process as a strategy for self-care and supportive patient care. Focuses on evaluation of varying cultural values, spiritual needs, and wellness.

Examines disruptions in health as pathophysiological disease processes. Explores the critical presentation of selected diseases, including signs, symptoms, and diagnostic findings. Facilitates the application of scientific rationale in practice.

Reinforces pharmacological principles and how they relate to health and illness. Challenges students to investigate, process, and apply mechanisms of actions, side effects, contraindications, interactions, parameters for safe administration, evaluation of drug effectiveness, and adverse/toxic effects.

Facilitates increased clinical competence in the health assessment of individuals. History taking and holistic assessment skills are refined, which includes physical, psychosocial, spiritual and risk assessments (genetics, environment, nutrition, exercise, stress, economics, and abuse). Assessment of clients across the lifespan will be explored.

Explores personal and professional leadership development to further impact the profession of nursing and healthcare of the future. Leadership development in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, communication, team dynamics, interprofessional relationships, professional identity, and accountability are addressed.

Professional standards of ethical nursing practice are explored in the context of ethical comportment. Ethical decision-making is addressed through awareness of personal morals, values, and the application of ethical principles and theories. Quality improvement processes, including information and healthcare technology principles, are addressed for their influence on patient care delivery. Nursing responsibilities are identified to support a culture of provider, work environment, and patient safety.

Develops students’ knowledge of the research process and its role in evidence-based practice. Prepares students to become knowledgeable consumers of nursing research to apply evidence to an evidence-based practice project. Coaches students to disseminate project evidence to impact patient outcomes through a change in nursing practice.

Examines the role of the nurse in health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan. Incorporates an understanding of social determinants of health, global health care, and disaster preparedness. Prepares students to engage in effective partnerships with community agencies to serve others, provide patient education, and address health care needs through experiential learning.

Reflects MidAmerica Nazarene University’s commitment, as a Christian liberal arts university, to appreciate the rich resources of the Scriptures. Five major biblical themes are explored to promote the integration of faith, learning, and living.

Focuses on fundamental statistics as it relates to the field of nursing. Explores concepts of elementary probability theory including measures of central tendency, standard deviation, sampling theory, and correlation theory.

As one of the final courses in the RN to BSN program, this course builds upon program concepts related to an evolving healthcare environment. Applies evidence from nursing research to focus on project development and dissemination to impact patient outcomes and lead change through nursing practice. Reflects on community partnerships and experiences along with program outcomes as a culmination of the educational preparation as a baccalaureate nurse. Prerequisite: NURS 3413 Evidence-Based Practice and NURS 3423 Population Based Healthcare.