RN- BS

Are you an RN 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 BS Completion Program (RN-BS) will expose you to new ways of caring, while preparing you for exciting new career opportunities and graduate level study.

RN-BS via hybrid and online course offerings.

Reiki Session with Dr. Clark

November 17, 2014 at the Augusta Civic Center

Jean Watson, Nursing’s Living Legend

Creating Caring-Healing Nursing Environments

MaineGeneral HealthPurpose: The learner will strengthen depth of caring-healing nursing practices and understanding of relationship based care through application of human caring theory and self care practices

 

This continuing nursing education activity has been submitted to ANA-MAINE for approval to award contact hours. ANA-MAINE is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

 

Jean WatsonFor more information, contact Dr. Carey S. Clark @ carey.clark@maine.edu

BS in Nursing students can be awarded 3 NUR elective credits for current national certification in the following areas:

  • Oncology Nursing,
  • Orthopedic Nursing
  • Infection Control.

Contact Advising for further information.

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 

Admission Requirements

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.

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. In retrospect, when I look back at the last 3 years of developing and implementing the curriculum, the main rewards live in witnessing students undertake their own healing process and return to a place of caring in their nursing practice and in sharing the healing journey together as a community. So many of our RN-BSN students at University of Maine at Augusta recover from burn-out and begin to find ways to implement self-care, which begins with a very clear reflective process that is threaded throughout the program. This approach to curriculum building is in partly based on Barbie Dossey’s Theory of Integral Nursing; and I believe more then ever now in Jean Watson’s theory of human caring, where she imparts to us the importance of the nurse being on his or her own spiritual-healing journey in order to be able to create caring and healing bedside interactions that are sustainable.

In order to develop a holistic nursing curriculum, the educator has to be on their own healing path and committed to supporting the healing journey of the students who come to us with their own healing needs. The curriculum must also thread through the scopes and standards of holistic nursing, while supporting students in finding ways to live the holistic nursing ideals in the healthcare arena.

We look forward to seeing what emerges as the program continues to grow and evolve in depth towards greater holism.

 

Admission Requirements

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

  • 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.  The application can be found on-line at (WEBLINK).
  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.

 

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