The first class in the RN to BSN online program was a class about transitioning into the nursing profession. This online class discussed the differences in the registered nurse versus a bachelor in nursing degree, and this transition into the nursing profession from RN to BSN. This class reviewed some basics from nursing school (the ADN program), such as nursing theories, nursing process, fundamentals of nursing, and reviewed some of the history of nursing. This class was a review but also made student nurses look at why they became a nurse, and discussed the ways that a bachelor in nursing degree leads to a more advanced role in the nursing profession.
This class gave an overview of what would be included in the RN to
BSN program. Much of the class was geared toward what it meant to be a
nurse and what made nursing a profession. It also started the process of
learning how to perform nursing research.
No matter which program you are taking, most, if not all should have an online library. This library is an invaluable resource. The university libraries offer many online tools. The library allows for research of articles and for many you can view them online. You must have a library account, but as a student that is not difficult. This class inlcuded many assignments that helped in learning how to use this tool.
TIP: Learn how to use the library for research early on in your program, it will make your life throughout your program so much easier!!
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Another library I found helpful was at the local community
college. I am in an online nursing program but the local community
college has a public library in it. This gave me easy access as it was a
public library, but since it was within the college that also had a
nursing program, it carried many nursing books. This particular library
carried nursing textbooks,
drug guides, care planning books, among many others. I was able to take
out several books at a time to use them as resources for my papers and
then return them for a new batch of nursing textbooks. This gave me a
great variety in my references and was a great way to find what books
worked and what didn't without spending a lot of money.
The topic for my paper for this class was technology in nursing.
I enjoyed this topic as it really is where the health care system is
heading. Electronic medical records are already
being used and many more facilities are in the transition phase. Below
is a copy of my reference page to assist anyone working on this same
topic. This is just the first of many papers in this journey to the
nursing profession. The references are provided below, and this paper is available for review in our free members area. If you are not a member yet sign up for free access and our free newsletter here.
Bradley, V. S., Steltenkamp, C.L., Hite, K.B. (2006). Patient Safety - Evaluation of Reported Medication Errors Before and After Implementation of Computerized Practitioner Order Entry [Electronic version]. Journal of Healthcare Information Management , 46-53.
Courtney, K. D., Demiris, G., & Alexandre, G.L. (2005). Information Technology: Changing Nursing Processes at the Point-of-Care [Electronic verion]. Nursing Administration Quarterly , 315-322.
Gearing, P., Olney, C., Davis, K., Lozano, D., Smith, L.B., & Friedman, B. (2006). Patient Safety -Enhancing Patient Safety through Electronic Medical Record Documentation of Vital Signs [Electronic version]. Journal of Healthcare Information Management , 40-45.
Hardwick, M. E., Pudilo, P.A., & Adelson, W.S. (2007). The Use of Handheld Technology in Nursing Research and Practice [Electronic version]. Orthopaedic Nursing , 251-255.
Lee, T. (2007). Nurses’ Experiences Using a Nursing Information System: Early Stage og Technology Implementation [Electronic version]. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing , 294-300.
Strople, B. & Ottani, P. (2006). Can Technology Improve
Intershift Report? What the Research Reveals [Electronic version].
Journal of Professional Nursing , 197-204.