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Bachelor of Science – Nursing Completion Program

Designated as exemplifying “Excellence in Holistic Nursing Education” by the American Holistic Nurses Association, 2013

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A whole new way to care through an Integral-Holistic Curriculum

Are you an RN in Maine looking to expand your horizons, both in how you care for others and how you care for yourself?

With a holistic focus and approach, UMA’s RN-BSN Completion Program will expose you to new ways of caring, while preparing you for exciting new career opportunities or graduate level study.

Though we say that our BS Completion Program offers “a whole new way to care,” in truth UMA’s holistic focus dates all the way back to Florence Nightingale. Over 100 years ago, the founder of modern nursing was emphasizing the same humanitarian, patient-centered values that our program does today. “We must not talk to them or at them,” Nightingale said, “but with them.”

Nightingale’s patient-centered approach to nursing care and healing diminished within the medical technology revolution of the 20th and 21st centuries. But in recent years, holistic nursing has begun to found its rightful way back into contemporary nursing, effectively tying together medical breakthroughs with a nurturing and healing approach. This is the very premise of UMA’s BS program. It takes the best of modern medicine, health, and caring, and ties it together with all the profession has learned over the past 100 years.

UMA’s BS in Nursing program was granted a 5-year full accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in March 2014. The next evaluation is scheduled for Fall 2018.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
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A whole new way to grow.

With UMA’s integral-holistic curriculum based in Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring, Barbara Dossey’s theory of Integral Nursing, and Ken Wilber’s Integral Philosophy, our RN-BS completion program is not just about the patient. It is also about you. As a student here, you will learn how to take better care of yourself in a profession that we all know firsthand can be incredibly stressful. You will learn to create meaningful and sustainable caring-healing nursing practices that support why you became a nurse in the first place: to engage in the caring-healing process with those who are in need and experiencing suffering.

At the same time you are learning to take care of yourself and support the healing process of patients and communities, you will also be equipped with new skills; you will earn the qualifications necessary to take your nursing career in new directions, to assume professional leadership positions, to adapt to the changing nature of health care and health care roles, to integrate the new science and informatics into your practice, and to pursue a graduate degree.

A whole new way to learn.

Because most of our BSN students are working nurses, UMA’s program offers a combination of fully online and blended learning courses. This blended approach of e-learning with occasional face-to-face meetings will enable you to flourish in our program, no matter the demands of your daily life or how far you live from Augusta. To learn about technology requirements for online learning, please visit the following link:

In order to be admitted into the BS in Nursing program the prospective student must have the following:

  • an Associate Degree in Nursing from a nationally and regionally accredited institution
  • an Active RN license (for new AS graduates the RN license must be completed before the second semester in the program)
  • a minimum GPA of 2.50

Admission Process

  1. A candidate for admission must complete the UMA application and pay associated fees.
  2. For complete UMA admission policies please refer to the current on-line catalog.
  3. Contact previous colleges and universities attended and request that official academic transcripts be sent to UMA’s Application Processing Center. *For students who have attended other schools within the University of Maine System you do not have to request transcripts, UMA will obtain them for you.
  4. For specific questions regarding the nursing program please contact either the Administrative Specialist or the Academic Program Coordinator.
  5. Once applicant’s file is complete and all requirements are met, the applicant will be notified by letter whether the application has been accepted or denied.
  6. Students whose applications to the nursing program have been denied due to not meeting minimum GPA requirement may elect to be admitted into the BS in Liberal Studies program and take non-nursing general education courses until the GPA reaches 2.5.  At that time the student can complete a change of major request.
  7. After receiving the letter of acceptance which lists a nursing faculty advisor students are encouraged to contact the advisor as soon as convenient to set up an appointment to discuss program progression and graduation date goal.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements:

Minimum 120 Credit Hours
Writing Intensive Course
Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.: 2.50
30 Credit Hours of Residency courses
9 Credits of Upper-Level Major Residency courses
Minimum G.P.A. in the Major: 2.50

See BSN Checklist for all General Education and Nursing Requirements.

NUR Elective Courses (total 6 credits):

NUR 326 Caring for Aging Adults
NUR 330 Integrative Healing Yoga:
Theory, Philosophy, and Practice for Individuals & Healthcare Providers
NUR 351 Biomedical Ethics
NUR 389 Thanatology for Nurses
NUR 420 The American Health Care System
NUR 425 Hands on Healing:
Reiki and the Importance of Caring for Self and Others

Prior Learning Assessment:

Course credits can be earned in the following ways:

Credit by Examination – Learn about the opportunity to receive course credit by National League for Nursing (NLN) test for the following:

  • Normal Nutrition (meets UMA’s RN-BSN BIO 104 requirement)
  • Physical Assessment (meets UMA’s RN-BSN NUR 301 requirement)
  • Pharmacology in Clinical Nursing (meets UMS’s RN-BSN NUR 302 requirement)

Portfolio Review – Students can earn course credit for previously acquired information and skills which may be equivalent to college-level courses. (Contact your Nursing Faculty Advisor for more information.)

External Training Review – Students can be awarded 3 NUR elective credits for current national certification in the following areas:

  • Oncology Nursing
  • Orthopedic Nursing
  • Infection Control

Students with other national nursing certifications who are interested in creating a portfolio to be reviewed for possible credit should contact Dr. Lynne King, Academic Coordinator for the BSN program

See Prior Learning Assessment for more information about all the avenues by which UMA accepts credit for prior learning

Upon successful completion of the RN- BSN program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrates holistic-relationship centered nursing care in diverse health care settings.
  2. Uses best current evidence to provide safe and effective holistic nursing care.
  3. Uses critical thinking skills to assess cultural, ethical, legal, and safety concerns with diverse client populations across the lifespan.
  4. Utilizes technology and information to monitor outcomes of holistic care and to improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems.
  5. Develops one’s professional identity with an ability to partner within an interdisciplinary team in order to continuously improve care.
  6. Effectively communicates through technological, written, and verbal modalities.
  7. Demonstrates transformative leadership skills in influencing healthcare care delivery systems.
  8. Demonstrates competency with self care-healing modalities in order to create sustainable caring-healing practices.
  9. Creates a plan for continued professional development and commitment to lifelong learning.
  10. Develops health promotion and illness prevention skills for patients and communities via contemporary approaches to wellness through the coaching role of the nurse.

Completion of a BSN degree may afford registered nurses a variety of advancement in their current practice setting and/ or help the nurse to pursue new career opportunities.

Clinical Settings:

  • Advancement in level of clinical practice in a variety of inpatient settings:
  • Medical Surgical
  • Critical Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Emergency or Trauma Nursing
  • Nurse Educator (in some settings)
  • Nurse Manager (in some settings)

Community Settings:

  • Public Health Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Home Health or Hospice Nursing
  • Case Manager
  • Wellness Coach

Graduate School Opportunities:

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Leader (CNL)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • PhD in nursing research or nursing science

Dr. Lynne King, BSN Coordinator

Lynne KingDr. Lynne King has been a nurse since 1977, with a wide range of practical-clinical experience, including the acute medical-surgical, ICU, emergency, inpatient psychiatric and rehabilitation settings. Dr. King has taught for over 30 years at the Associate and Baccalaureate levels of nursing in the traditional, ITV, and hybrid learning environments.

Her earlier research interests involved pressure ulcer prevention, and she is currently focused on incivility in nursing and nursing education. Dr. King’s dissertation was a Heideggerian phenomenological study of nursing faculty-to-faculty experience with incivility. She continues her work with creating a positive and civil workplace culture.

Having recently completed doctoral degree coursework in the hybrid format, Dr. King is very familiar with the challenges and benefits of working in the hybrid environment from the student perspective. It has always been her goal to create courses and a learning environment that contribute to a meaningful student experience. Her doctoral education used a community of learners model, and implementing this model has become a passion for Dr. King, as she strives to create a community of learners in each course taught.

Dr. King practices nursing holistically and is a Therapeutic Touch practitioner. She has recently integrated yoga practice into her self-care. Other interests include informal pet therapy with routine visits of her two dogs at a local nursing home where they share their healing energy with residents.

As the newly appointed RN-BSN Program Coordinator, Dr. King looks forward to working with the students enrolled in the RN- BSN program at UMA and supporting their scholarly learning journey, as she collaborates with the UMA RN- BSN faculty to support students in their self-care and healing processes.

Coordinator of RN-BSN Program
Dr. Lynne King
207 621-3236
Office:  235 Randall Student Center

Dr. Carey S. Clark

Carey ClarkCarey S. Clark, PhD, RN, RYT has been a nurse since 1994, with a wide range of practical-clinical experience, including acute medical-surgical, pediatrics, inpatient psychiatric, home health nursing, parish nursing, and hospice nursing. Dr. Clark has taught for 15 years across all levels of nursing in the traditional, online, and hybrid classroom settings.

Her research interests are focused on caring in nursing and nursing education, as well as the empowerment of nurses. Her dissertation examined Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and the volume related her nursing theory to interdisciplinary theories such as complexity, chaos theory, transpersonal psychology, and partnership social systems. She has many published articles in scholarly journals such as Advances in Nursing Science, International Journal for Human Caring, and Holistic Nursing Practice. Dr. Clark is passionate about expanding upon others ideas to delve deeper into the meanings of life, love, and caring. She is a Reiki Master, a yoga teacher, and is skilled in assisting others to create sustainable holistic caring-healing nursing practices.

Dr. Clark has been involved for several years with the Nurse Manifest Project, a grass-roots movement focusing on the revamping of nursing practice and the autonomy and emancipation of nurses worldwide. She currently blogs about creating change and nurses autonomy for the Nurse Manifest project. Dr Clark’s research and publications in peer -reviewed journals have elucidated the ideas of caring in nursing and nursing education. Dr. Clark is the editor of the American Holistic Nurses Association student-faculty newsletter. Dr. Clark was honored in 2011 to receive the Carrie Lenburg Award from Excelsior College for outstanding commitment to nursing education.

Having completed both the MSN and PhD coursework in the online format, she is very familiar with the challenges and benefits of working in this environment from the student perspective. Dr. Clark looks forward to working with the students enrolled in the RN- BSN program at UMA and supporting their scholarly learning journey, as well as their self-care and healing processes.

Meredith Kendall, MSN, RN, CNE, Adjunct Faculty

MeredithKendallMeredith Kendall teaches Reiki at the University of Maine at Augusta and nursing at the Central Maine Medical Center College.

Ms. Kendall is a Reiki teacher/practitioner and the Reiki Coordinator at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Ms. Kendall manages a team of Reiki practitioners/researchers at the Dempsey Center, conducts research, and shares Reiki with clients. She created and established Reiki programs at two medical facilities in Maine.

Ms. Kendall volunteers at The Pierce House, a 16-bed assisted living facility, teaching yoga and serving on the Board. She manages the Reiki and massage tent at the annual Dempsey Challenge, an annual October fundraising event. Challenge athletes and survivors ride, run, and walk: raising money to support free integrative health services for clients of the Dempsey Center. She is a member of a local Institutional Review Board.

Kendall is the author of two books about Reiki; Reiki Nurse: My life as a nurse and how Reiki changed it, and Reiki Stories: My hot hands.

She was the recipient of the 2012 St Joseph’s College of Maine Alumni of the Year Award, distance education. She is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association. She is certified as a nurse educator by the National League for Nursing.

Jean Watson on Stage at Event Human Caring Days with Dr. Jean Watson - On November 17, 2014 the University of Maine at Augusta, in conjunction with Maine General Medical Center, hosted a Human Caring Days Event featuring nursing’s living legend, Dr. Jean Watson. The event drew over 400 nurses and nursing students from the state of Maine and beyond, with the focus being on learning about Dr. Watson’s
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Patrick Dempsey & Meredith Kendall at Dempsey Challenge Meredith Kendall’s Dempsey Challenge 2014 Reiki & Massage Tent - Sept 27 & 28. Simard-Payne Park, Lewiston, Maine Meredith Kendall, MSN, RN, Reiki teacher, and UMA adjunct faculty recently volunteered at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge. The Challenge is an event to benefit the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. The Center provides free support services to people with cancer and their caregivers.
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Michael Martin BSN Program Rising Scholars and Convocation 2014 Speaker - Every year during the Fall as part of the convocation celebration, UMA announces and honors its rising scholars for the academic year. Rising scholars are recognized for their academic achievement and their scholarly promise. This year’s rising scholars in the RN-BS completion program are: Amy Krawic Marian Hastings Suzanne Cole Alyssa Cloutier Annette Bowman Aimee
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Dr. Sulak AHNA Club’s First Community-Learning Event - UMA has a student American Holistic Nurses’ Association (AHNA) Club. This group is also recognized by the National AHNA organization as a student-faculty chapter. AHNA is active on campus by holding events that support learning opportunities related to holism in nursing. The club holds meetings on the first Thursday of each month, from 11:45- 1
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Students doing reiki UMA Reiki students at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care - Students in NUR 425 Hands on Healing shared Reiki at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in July and August, 2014. This service learning experience provided the students the opportunity to communicate and interact as Reiki professionals. Many students reported that it was the most valuable learning opportunity of the class. Students distributed information
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BSN Awards Ceremony BSN Awards Ceremony - On May 7, 2014, we held our annual Senior Celebration Ceremony honoring our 12 RN- BSN graduates.  Each student was honored through participating in the Nightingale Candlelighting Ceremony, a tradition that has been passed on to us from Nursing’s Living Legend Dr. Jean Watson. Two distinguished students were also honored: Shelia Roy, BSN, RN and
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UMA’s RN-BSN program honored by AHNA - The RN- BSN program at UMA has been honored by the American Holistic Nurses Association as having developed a nursing curriculum that exemplifies “excellence in holistic nursing education”. The journey toward developing a curriculum that supports students knowledge of self-care and the use of holistic modalities for self-healing and the healing of others continues on.
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Lynne King with Student Self Care Fair On Campus - On March 20, the American holistic Nurses Association Club at UMA co-sponsored a self-care fair event on campus. The event was open to students, faculty, and staff of UMA, as well as the greater community. This student organized and lead event included opportunities to explore healing activities such as yoga, Chakra Dance, fitness, aromatherapy, massage,
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Sheila Roy

sheilaroyI am so grateful that I discovered the RN to BSN program at UMA. After receiving my associates degree in nursing, I knew that I wanted to continue my education. After taking a few years to gain experience as a nurse I began taking classes at another university. Unfortunately, I did not feel that program was providing me with the knowledge and experience I needed. Thankfully, I met Dr. Lynne King at an educational in-service 2 years ago. After our brief meeting, I knew that the nursing program at UMA was where I needed to be.

The knowledge and experience of the nurse educators is priceless. The program’s focus on self-care has fostered my growth as a nurse and as an individual. I now realize that in order to care for others, I must first take care of myself.

I would recommend the RN to BSN program at UMA to any nurse looking to advance their nursing practice. The combination of online and hybrid classes allows nurses to advance their degree while juggling family, work, and life.

Sheila Roy RN, ONC

Denise Worcester

DeniseWorcesterMy nursing education began at UMA 10 years ago and I am now nearing completion of the RN-BSN program. Throughout my education, I have learned more than I can express about the art and science of nursing with both Dr. King and Dr. Clark. My education has far surpassed that which may be found in textbooks or within the clinical setting. The program’s emphasis on holism has been invaluable towards enriching my nursing experience, making me a better person and professional as I incorporate the teachings into my daily life and nursing practice. The concept of self-care that has been woven throughout the core curriculum teaches us that in order to be present, achieve excellence, and make the greatest difference in all aspects of the profession, we must first start with caring for ourselves.

As a practicing nurse returning to the academic setting, I am ever grateful for the consideration given to the development of the RN-BSN program. The online and hybrid courses have made it very reasonable to complete my degree while continuing to work full time. In addition, I feel the caring and support given to each student throughout the program is beyond compare. I believe anyone entering the program may be assured of receiving a solid foundation for future nursing practice as well as preparation for any advanced academic pursuits.

Denise Worcester, RN