Nursing RN to BSN (BSN)
Trinity Washington University’s nursing program offers advanced placement for Registered Nurses (R.N.s) holding an Associate’s degree or a diploma in nursing. Our students experience a strong curriculum that helps improve their critical thinking skills in order to function more independently. This program is designed for the adult learner and R.N.s admitted into the program may receive credit for previous general education courses and up to 32 credits for previous nursing courses.
Applicants must provide proof of a valid R.N. license in a U.S. jurisdiction and eligibility for R.N. licensure in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia; current students must present proof of a valid R.N. license in the District of Columbia before registering in clinical courses. Our students can take classes on campus only one day per week as well as experience courses that blend online and on-campus learning.
Featured CoursesNURS 300 RN-BSN TransitionThis course is designed to expand the students' knowledge about nursing practice and health care related to differentiated practice, community-based nursing, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and therapeutic interventions as well as trends and issues in nursing and health care delivery. The transition from ADN to BSN professional practice is addressed. A major component of this course is the synthesis of technologies to retrieve electronic resources and their application to the scholarship of writing. NURS 320 Policy and Politics in NursingPolicy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care engages the student in understanding how health care policy shapes health care systems and helps to determine accessibility, accountability, and affordability. Students will evaluate how health care delivery systems are organized and financed and the effect this has on patient care; based on the student's findings, they will identify political factors that they may influence in a proactive response to quality patient outcomes.
General Education Requirements: Applications NURS 325 Contemporary Issues In Nursing and Health CareThis course will examine the role of the nurse in collaboration with other health professionals and the public in the promotion of community, national, and international efforts to meet society's health needs and shape social policy. The focus will be on issues such as palliative and end-of-life care, long-term care, genetics, forensics and corrections nursing, violence in the workplace, nursing informatics, aging and vulnerable populations, workforce issues, legal aspects of nursing, patient safety, cultural diversity, professional development, and the future of the profession. Formerly NURS 300 - RN Tran - ACT (Achieving Career Trans).
Prerequisites: None NURS 330 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based PracticeResearch and Evidence-Based Practice focuses on relevant scientific and phenomenological information to assist the student to understanding the role of theory and research in nursing practice and health care. The course will provide an overview and analysis of theoretical approaches and research methodologies. Students will learn how to critically review and utilize research supporting common aspects of nursing practice. Formerly NURS 330 - Nursing Theory & Research.
Prerequisites: NURS 117, SNHP 220, NURS 222, and NURS 215, or Departmental Approval. General Education Capstone (Nursing students only). NURS 410 Leadership and Management of Health CareThis course incorporates the application of management principles and leadership, change, and administration theories in nursing practice and health care delivery in a hybrid format. Content focuses on delegation, prioritization, communication/collaboration, legal and ethical issues, resource management, quality improvement and risk management, evidence based practice, and the healthcare consumer in various healthcare markets.
Prerequisites: All Junior Level Nursing Courses or Departmental approval.
General Education: Application Leadership (Nursing students only). NURS 421 Community Health for Registered NursesThis course is designed to prepare students for community/population health practice in a changing health care system. Promoting and protecting the health of the public using health promotion, risk reduction and disease management and control strategies with vulnerable clients and populations. Community assessment, epidemiologic, environmental, change, community engagement and case management frameworks are used to guide evidence based nursing care. This course contains a clinical component which is PASS/FAIL. Students must demonstrate competency (delivery of safe and competent patient care with a score of Satisfactory) for clinical competencies to achieve a PASS grade for the clinical portion of the course. Failure to achieve a passing grade constitutes a failure of the course.
4 credits (3/1)
Pre-requisites: Admission to RNBSN program. NURS 490 RNBSN CapstoneCulminating learning experience demonstrating the curriculum model within the professional practice of nursing. Assists students to critique and utilize research and analyze a clinical nursing problem that illus trates a sophisticated level of knowledge of best practices and of gathering and applying evidenc e. Each student will make a major presentation that is open to the educational and professional company. Formerly NURS 490 Capstone: Synthesis (KSVME) of Professional and Health Care Issues.
Pre-requisites: RNs Only NURS 562 Advanced Health AssessmentThis course enables students to develop advanced clinical assessment skills and diagnostic skills appropriate for an advanced practice nursing graduate. Emphasis is placed on pathological disease-related findings and physical changes encountered throughout the life cycle. Students gain expertise in data collections, hypothesis formulation, and decision-making through practice in the laboratory setting. Participants develop, practice, and differentiate interviewing techniques and physical assessment of children, adults, and elderly patients. The process of developing evidence-based differential diagnosis using case studies is introduced. The course includes didactic presentations, technology-enhanced instruction, and laboratory practice. Students are expected to participate in laboratory sessions as examiners and examinees. Respect for privacy and cultural sensitivity is emphasized. This course is designed to introduce the experienced clinical nurse to diagnostic reasoning, advanced clinical history taking, and physical assessment for individuals/families across the life span. Course content focuses on the concepts, theory and practice related to obtaining comprehensive health histories for patients of all ages and states of health.
Prerequisites: None SNHP 342 Health Care FinanceThis course focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, finances and strategies used in managing operations within a performance improvement model. Students will explore problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, reporting, and improving the productivity and performance of resources within a healthcare system. Additionally, topics will include healthcare finance reimbursement, budgeting processes (capital and operating), and cost/benefits analysis.
Prerequisites: None SNHP 405 Informatics and Data ManagementThe focus of this course is on the integration of nursing, computer, and information science for the support of professional nursing practice including critical thinking and clinical reasoning. Discussion and examination will be conducted of: ethical considerations in nursing informatics use of social networking tools, handheld computers and e-portfolios in health care environments.
Prerequisites: None SNHP 501 Theoretical FoundationsModels and theories as they relate to education and practice and theoretical and ethical foundational necessary for teaching in various settings: classroom, clinical and college laboratories, and health care agencies will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings. This course also examines the nature and function of educational theories basic to the design and implementation of curriculum, teaching, and learning experiences with a focus on models, strategies and skills that apply to teaching.
- Clinical Nurse
- Public Health Nurse
- Nursing Shift Manager
Denyse Barkley, Ph.D., RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Carrie O'Reilly, Ph.D, RN, Director of Clinical Simulation and Laboratory Operations; Assistant Professor of Nursing
Kristie Davis, MSN, Assistant Professor of Nursing
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Trinity is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.