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 accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in March 2014. The next evaluation is scheduled for Fall 2018.
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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 (see note below*) 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: http://learn.maine.edu/get-started/steps/
*Students may participate in face-to-face classes via synchronous video conferencing from home or work (high speed internet required).
Designated as exemplifying “Excellence in Holistic Nursing Education” by the American Holistic Nurses Association, 2013
- 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
- A candidate for admission must complete the UMA application and pay associated fees.
- For complete UMA admission policies please refer to the current on-line catalog.
- 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.
- For specific questions regarding the nursing program please contact either the Administrative Specialist or the Academic Program Coordinator.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
To participate in the STAT Transfer Program, you must:
- Be enrolled in the final semester of a Maine Community College Associate of Science in Nursing program
- AND be on track to achieve a GPA of 2.5
- AND complete the STAT Transfer for Nursing Form
Questions? Contact UMA Admissions at email@example.com or 1-877-862-1234
With UMA’s public tuition rate, you will pay less than at any other RN to BS in Nursing program in the state. Plus, UMA will award you up to three credits for selected nursing certificates you may have already learned – that’s an additional savings of over $600. At the same time, UMA’s program offers a high quality education that meets all the standards mandated by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
General Education and Nursing 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
NUR Elective Courses (need 6 credits):
- NUR 326 Caring for Aging Adults
- NUR 330 Integrative Healing Yoga:
Theory, Philosophy, and Practice for Individuals & Healthcare Providers
- NUR 332 Hands on Healing: Reiki
- NUR 351 Biomedical Ethics
- NUR 389 Thanatology for Nurses
- NUR 420 The American Health Care System
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: See Prior Learning Assessment for more information about all the avenues by which UMA accepts credit for prior learning.
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 RN-BSN program.
Outcomes & Career Opportunities:
Upon successful completion of the RN- BSN program, the graduate will be able to:
- Demonstrates holistic-relationship centered nursing care in diverse health care settings.
- Uses best current evidence to provide safe and effective holistic nursing care.
- Uses critical thinking skills to assess cultural, ethical, legal, and safety concerns with diverse client populations across the lifespan.
- Utilizes technology and information to monitor outcomes of holistic care and to improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems.
- Develops one’s professional identity with an ability to partner within an interdisciplinary team in order to continuously improve care.
- Effectively communicates through technological, written, and verbal modalities.
- Demonstrates transformative leadership skills in influencing healthcare care delivery systems.
- Demonstrates competency with self care-healing modalities in order to create sustainable caring-healing practices.
- Creates a plan for continued professional development and commitment to lifelong learning.
- 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.
More and more, hospitals and health care providers prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor’s degree. UMA’s program will equip you with new skills and you’ll earn the qualifications 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 high percentage of those enrolled in UMA’s program go on to graduate school.
- Advancement in level of clinical practice in a variety of inpatient settings:
- Medical Surgical
- Critical Care
- Emergency or Trauma Nursing
- Nurse Educator (in some settings)
- Nurse Manager (in some 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, RN-BSN Coordinator
Dr. Lynne King, DNS, RN 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 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
Office: 235 Randall Student Center
Dr. Carey Clark
Carey S. Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, 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.
Dr. Victoria Evans
Victoria S. Evans, DNP, MPH, CNM has been a Registered Nurse for 35 years and a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) for 30 years. Dr. Evans enjoys teaching and has taught in some capacity for most of her career. She has taught at UMA for fourteen years. Recently Dr. Evans earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), from Frontier Nursing University where all the course work was all on-line. This has provided her with a much greater understanding and appreciation of on-line and hybrid formats in both the role of faculty and student.
Dr. Evans feels it is important to foster a sense of motivation, trust, inquiry and support to students for successful learning.
Dr. Evans clinical experience has included pediatrics, medical /surgical nursing, travel nursing, home health, family planning clinics, and obstetrical/midwifery care. Currently Dr. Evans practices nurse-midwifery in a practice serving the Kennebec Valley, providing midwifery care to a population that previously did not have that option. She implemented the use of patient administered inhalation nitrous oxide for use in labor at Maine General Hospital for her capstone project, making it only the second hospital in the state to offer this service.
Dr. Evans is actively involved in community health initiatives. She sits on the Board of Incorporators at her local hospital and has served on ad hoc committees. She is a member of the peer review committee at the hospital where she practices, and is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American College of Nurse Midwives on the national and state level.
Meredith Kendall, MSN, RN, CNE, Adjunct Faculty 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.
I highly recommend the RN to BSN program at UMA. My advisor helped me figure out an individual class schedule that fits into my life with a full-time job. The program has two focus areas, holistic nursing and self-care. The holistic nursing theories validate what first drew me to nursing in the 1980s – that wish to care for another in a way that enriches both people. Using what I am learning increases my job satisfaction. The self-care aspect teaches us to be “sustainable” and prevent burnout. Even better, the self-care assignments have truly improved my quality of life both at work and at home. The hybrid online classes with occasional in-person classroom classes provide just the right balance. I know my professors and classmates personally and still have the flexibility of online learning. Everyone would benefit from this program!
Sara Donovan, RN
It seems long ago, back in 2006, when I made the decision to study to become a registered nurse. Going to college at age 62 was daunting. I knew that to make it possible the school had to be different from most; I searched for a non-traditional venue, where age wouldn’t matter, and found the University of Maine at Augusta.
I graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing in May, 2011, at age 66; sat for and passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in July at age 67, and received my Registered Nurse (RN) license−but I wanted more. I wanted a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) and began to look at the available programs that took nurses with an RN license into a BSN program. Once again, it became obvious to me that UMA was the only logical choice.
As graduation looms, I reflect on my choice of UMA’s BSN program and realize it has made all the difference: the faculty, support staff, and students that make up this very non-traditional campus and its nursing programs accepted me and encouraged me to pursue a dream..and capture it.
Stephen E. Perkins, RN
Augusta’s RN-BSN program connects being a nurse with one’s life and spirit. Being a nurse is so much more than just tasks, albeit important tasks; this program has refocused this level of understanding for nurses, including myself. I have learned a lot about how nursing can take charge in the field of nursing; not only to keep nursing as one of the most respected positions in America, but to also innovate change in the healthcare system internally in one’s workplace and externally through public advocacy.
I have thoroughly enjoyed every class that I have encountered in the nursing program. The hybrid design of the course allows me to continue working in my profession, which makes earning my Bachelor’s degree possible. This program also has wonderful Professors. There is an expectation that we are all professionals by our Professors and we have earned that respect as such. I feel truly grateful to be under their wing on this journey.
I recommend this program to any nurse that is looking to further their education, but those who also envision a more refined identity as a nurse will certainly find it here..even when they weren’t looking for it!
Karen Twidwell, RN
The commission requests that student achievement outcome data be made publicly accessible. Data for for the RN-BSN degree program is provided below.
Admission, Attrition & Graduation Data:
|One Year Retention Rate||0%||0%||43%||73%||62%||65%||50%||70%|
Graduate Employment Information:
In order to collect student employment data, there are two surveys at University of Maine at Augusta. The RN-BSN Program administers a program-specific Graduate Nurse Survey. The Office of Institutional Research and Planning administers an institution-wide Graduating Senior Survey to all program graduates. While the program-specific survey focuses on educational contributions to nursing graduates as well as their qualification exams, the institution-wide survey covers basic employment data.
Therefore, this report covers student responses from Fall 2013 to Summer 2015. During this period, there were 25 seniors who applied for graduation (only 24 graduated in that time frame) and 12 of them responded to the survey, which generated 48% response rate. Of the 12 graduating seniors, 9 were currently employed in the field of their study (i.e. Nursing). Since enrolling at UMA, 2 of the 12 respondents (16.7%) have received an increase in salary due to their education. Half of the survey respondents earned more than $40,000 annual salary before tax (Base salary, not including bonuses or incentives).
To further improve the data collection, the RN-BSN program faculty will examine ways of synthesizing student responses from the program-specific survey and the institution-wide survey, and develop ways to collect graduate employment data through LinkedIn and other social media.