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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nurse Clinical Educator

 

Welcome Registered Nurses
 
As a licensed registered nurse, you have already accomplished a great deal. Now it’s time to take your education to the next dimension. Getting your BSN with us will open doors for advancement opportunities in the flourishing health care field, and can be completed in approximately three semesters or between 12 to 16 months.
 
Broward College’s RN-BSN program was created specifically with professional nurses like you in mind. We offer instruction and training that lets you apply what you already know while adding new skill sets and valuable experience.
 
Delve into the opportunities that our program brings, and start the application process today. Our FAQ page answers common questions about the program.  If you have any other questions, contact us and an advisor will be happy to assist you. 

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
BSN Supplemental  Applications are being accepted for the following:

Term                                        Deadline
Summer  (May)                        February 28, 2017
Fall 2017 (August)                    May 30, 2017
Spring 2018 (January 2018)     September 30, 2017

BSN Information Sessions
4/6/2017                               4/13/2017
Central Campus                     Central Campus
Bldg. 1008  Rm. 337              Bldg. 8  Rm. 212
2:00 PM                                  3:00 PM

5/3/2017                              6/1/2017
Central Campus                     Central Campus
Bldg. 1008 Rm. 304                Bldg. TBA  Rm. TBA
8:30 AM

Welcome Note from the Associate Dean
I bring greetings to all registered nurses interested in applying to our RN-BSN program. I would like to present a few of Broward College’s RN-BSN program highlights:
  • The program provides a workforce-driven baccalaureate in nursing degree for professional nurses with the knowledge, abilities, and skills to provide and promote complex quality health care to diverse multicultural populations within our global environment.
  • The attainment of this degree will result in opportunities for professional nursing employment in a variety of settings and the chance for first-time management nursing positions.
  • Because South Florida is a global and culturally diverse community, the RN-BSN program is designed to incorporate knowledge and skills with global nursing practice that will benefit diverse communities here and abroad.
  • The RN-BSN program focuses on enriching the education of nursing students, using and contributing to global nursing initiatives, encouraging culturally competent nursing practice projects, and coordinating global service outreach efforts.
  • The RN-BSN program faculty and staff are committed to improving the health of multi-ethnic populations and advancing professional practice.
  • In partnership with others, the program provides nursing education and practical experiences to advance the health of residents of South Florida and to strengthen the global capacity of nurses to improve the health of vulnerable people
 
Second, in support of the mission and philosophy of the RN-BSN program, we are committed to achieving student success by preparing a professional and competent nurse who is able to practice in a dynamic health care environment across communities, populations, and life-spans; providing leadership to promote and improve global health; is committed to the advancement of nursing knowledge and practice, celebrates diversity, and aspires to lifelong learning and achievement.
 
Last, on behalf of the faculty and staff of the RN-BSN Program, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit our location on Broward College's Central Campus Building 9, Room 200. An on campus visit will provide you with an opportunity to meet and speak with one of our student advisors who can assist you in planning your program of study. You can also email us at bsn@broward.edu if you have any questions.
 
Come join us and bring a friend!
Mission & Philosophy of the RN-BSN Program

BSN Mission
Consistent with the mission of the College and building on the mission of the Associate of Science (AS) in Nursing program, the faculty of Broward College’s BSN Program are committed to achieving student success by preparing baccalaureate nurse generalists for the role of provider of direct and indirect care, designer, manager and coordinator of that care, and a member of the nursing profession (CCNE 2008).

The mission of the BSN Program is to prepare a professional and competent nurse who practices in a dynamic health care environment across communities, populations, and life-spans; providing leadership to promote and improve global health; is committed to the advancement of nursing knowledge and practice, celebrates diversity, and aspires to lifelong learning and achievement.

BSN Philosophy
The nursing faculty of Broward College frame their philosophy within the context of the College’s mission and is guided by a set of beliefs held by the faculty to be the unifying core for the profession of nursing in relation to the school of nursing’s expanded beliefs that are built upon the meta-paradigm concepts of human being/person/client, health, environment, and nurse/nursing. The faculty believes that the roles for the generalist nurse are derived from the discipline of nursing (CCNE 2008).
 
Human being/persons/client
The faculty believes that every human being/person/client is a unique being with inherent dignity, value, rights, and worth. Each person has abilities, resources, experiences, and value systems, shaped by culture, family, socio-political-economic and environmental systems. The person within the meta-paradigm is defined as a client (patient) who can be characterized as an individual, family, aggregate, community, or population within an environment of increasing diversity and globalization.
 
Health
The faculty believes that health, a dynamic state that encompasses many processes, includes health promotion, prevention of illness, recovery, dying with dignity, and population-based healthcare. Health is individually perceived and determined by biophysical, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural dimensions across life-spans and populations.

 

Environment
The faculty believes that environment includes those forces that impact health, life, and the development of the person group, and forms the context for holistic, generalist nursing practice. The nurse provides professional, culturally sensitive, supportive, protective, and / or corrective environmental modifications while adhering to the core values of nursing, which include: (1) integrity, (2) altruism, (3) caring, (4) professional autonomy, (5) dignity, and (6) social justice (AACN Essentials, 2008).

 

Nurse/nursing
The faculty believes that nursing is a discipline in which the holistic needs of the person are met in various settings. The body of knowledge that serves as the rationale for nursing practice and is held to be of most value in the discipline of nursing include: (1) empirics, the science of nursing; (2) esthetics, the art of nursing; (3) knowing,  the component of personal knowledge in nursing; and (4) ethics, the component of moral knowledge in nursing (Carper, 1978).  The essence of nursing is situated in practice-oriented, person-centered caring, guided by ethical decision-making and shaped by internal and external environments, diverse family and community structures, and engagement with the larger community, both locally and globally, increasing global interdependence, and social, political, professional, and economic systems. 
 
Generalist Nurse/Nursing Practice, as characteristic of  other professional groups, requires a high level of expertise, autonomy, sophisticated and ethical decision making, altruism, a sense of service and commitment to continuous professional development and lifelong learning.
 
 
Based on core knowledge, including health promotion, risk reduction, illness prevention, disease management, human diversity and globalization concepts, healthcare systems, and policy constructs,
legal-ethical precepts, and informatics and healthcare technology, the generalist nurse uses the following core competencies:

  
1. Critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and judgment
2. Information technology
3. Immersion into diverse and global settings (diversity)
4. Communication
5. Lifelong learning (professional values)
6. Evidence-based practice (research)
7. Health promotion strategies
8. Patient/client health and safety goals
9. Teaching and learning
10. Leadership and management
11. Knowledge of healthcare systems and policies
12. Knowledge of economic, legal, and political factors

 
In role development, as a provider of care that integrates evidence-based best practices with clinical expertise and patient values, the generalist nurse functions as a designer of care, coordinator, and manager of care both autonomously and interdependently, and as a member of the nursing profession to deliver optimal care (IOM 2003; AACN, 2008).

Patient advocacy is the hallmark of the professional nursing role and requires that nurses deliver high quality and cost effective care, evaluate care outcomes, and provides leadership in improvement of care (AACN, 2008).
 
The BSN Program has stated beliefs on teaching, learning and baccalaureate nursing education. The faculty believes that teaching-learning are those goal directed processes needed in order to expand knowledge and change behaviors.  The teaching-learning process is facilitated through planned sequences of experiences and by actively involving the learner in goal-directed activities that are perceived as having purpose and meaning.
 
Learning is a life-long process that provides an opportunity for the enrichment of life and expansion of the learner capacity to engage in socially valued work and civic leadership in society (AACN, 2008). Learning involves skills of inquiry, analysis, critical thinking and communication in a variety of modes to prepare the learner to involve others in the common good through the use of information technology, collegiality, and intra-professional problem solving.
 
Teaching is the facilitation of learning and inherently requires the valuing of the learner as a unique person. Teaching is a collaborative process whereby students are empowered to develop high level intellectual and practical skills. The teacher facilitates the design of learning opportunities to broaden the learner’s scope to scientific inquiry, evidence-base practices, and quality improvement approaches and informatics (IOM 2003, AACN, 2007, line 41).
 
Baccalaureate nursing education demonstrates how faculty and students as adult learners, share the responsibility for creating an educational climate that fosters altruism, integrity, intellectual inquiry, critical-thinking/reasoning, human dignity, social justice, collegiality, and autonomy. Faculty provides the learner with the resources, technologies, opportunities for learning and guidance. Functioning as resource persons and role models and guided by the NLN Core Competencies for Nurse Educators (2005), the faculty create environments that encourage the acquisition of insights, self-direction, and motivation for life-long learning within the nursing profession.
 
The learning environments that are created consider and value the diversity in age, life experiences, culture, and educational needs of the individual learns and provide opportunities for student participation and educational goal attainment, as well as an impetus for curricular development.  Faculties are empowered to broaden the perspective of the registered nurse providing them the opportunity for educational mobility in advanced nursing practice.

 

 

 

 

 

Classroom Experience
Upper division nursing coursework is designed to prepare you to use the latest technology, knowledge, abilities and skills to be effective in the interdisciplinary setting and to prepare creative leaders for the promotion of quality health care in complex, dynamic global health care environments.

 
Lecture classes are offered one day a week, during day and evening hours, weekdays only. There are currently no weekend classes scheduled. When you enroll in the RN-BSN program, you will be taught:
  • Nursing for the community
  • Emerging global trends in the field
  • How to be an effective nursing leader
  • Advanced techniques for assessing patients’ health

The classroom and clinical component of the curriculum provides opportunities for you to gain experience in a variety of settings that include diverse cultural, ethnic and global experiences. 


Courses are flexible and created to fit busy schedules. You can take classes that are fully online or blended, meaning a mix of classroom as well as online instruction.

 
Explore our complete program, view entrance requirements and see an outline of course schedules below.
 
Career Path
Lecture classes are offered one day a week, during day and evening hours, weekdays only. There are currently no weekend classes scheduled.
 
The RN-BSN Program is completing its fourth year in providing quality baccalaureate education to post-licensure nurses in South Florida.
 
Research has show that registered nurses who obtain a bachelor’s degree are more likely to be hired into leadership and clinical education roles in various health care facilities. This will become a requirement for these positions as early as 2020, according to the Institute of Medicine report. The bachelor’s degree is a stepping stone to master’s and doctoral level degrees and advanced nursing practice.
 
No matter where you are in the world, health care services will always be needed. The job opportunities for registered nurses and R.N.s with bachelor’s degrees are expected to be excellent in the coming years, according to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
See career options for RN-BSN graduates.
Browse local nursing jobs now.​​
Is This Program Right for Me?
Nurses are caregivers and patient advocates. You should pursue our BSN program if you are:
  • Ready for career advancement
  • Ready to take on a leadership role
  • Equipped to utilize evidenced-based practice initiatives
  • Prepared to implement health promotion strategies for the community
  • Willing to demonstrate independent and interdependent decision making
Our bachelor’s curriculum is for licensed registered nurses, current Broward College students, and interested transfer students from other colleges and universities, and individuals looking to enhance their nursing careers. Admission to the program is based on:
  • License: You must have a clear registered nurse license in the State of Florida.
  • Grade Point Average: You must have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA in order to apply.
  • Associate’s Degree: Diploma program graduates holding a Florida registered nurse license must obtain an Associate of Science degree before applying.
Accreditation
Broward College’s RN-BSN program is accredited by:
Faculty
One of the most exciting aspects about enrolling in classes in the RN-BSN program is learning and training with our faculty. Our licensed instructors have years of experience working in health care, and include graduates from the University of Miami, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and Barry University. Their combined experience and education ensures that your education at Broward College remains competitive and effective for the demands of today’s nurses.

See BSN faculty and staff.
Courses
The length of the core nursing curriculum is approximately three semesters or between 12 to 18 months. Each BSN course will be taught in a shortened framework of eight weeks, and you will be taking two to three BSN courses at a time. Combined online and face-to-face courses are available.
Subjects and topics that will be covered include:
  • Nursing Theory
  • Research for nurses
  • Nursing leadership development
  • Advanced labs for health assessments
  • Pathophysiology/Pharmacology

You can expect to spend between seven to 15 hours a week completing course activities, papers, projects and other requirements.
For Alumni
Your graduation from Broward College helped you achieve your dreams of becoming a nurse. Now you can help others accomplish the same dream when you donate to the program Activate your membership to the Alumni & Friends Association for member discounts and alumni-only events.
 
RN-BSN graduating class. 
First graduating class of the RN-BSN Program,
December 2011.
 
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Program Events

​Continuous Events



RN-BSN Information Sessions

Students at an information sessions workshop. 

If you are interested in finding out more about how to apply to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Broward College, attending our information sessions is your opportunity! Find out what requirements are needed to apply and how the application and admission process takes place.​
Next Information Session:
 
Please contact the RN-BSN Administrative Office for additional upcoming dates: 954-201-4880



Brown Bag Lunch Series

Brown Bag lunch.

Brown Bag Lunch is held once a month. A speaker is brought in from a specific field to inform the students of job opportunities or educational opportunities in the Nursing field. At the end of the presentation students are allowed to ask questions. Lunch is always provided and questions are always welcome.
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Next Brown Bag Lunch Forum:
Tuesdays, 11:30-12:30pm, 
Aug. 30, 2016
Sept. 27, 2016
Nov. 22 , 2016
 
 

Past Events

 Inaugural Class Celebration

 Class celebration     Class celebration.


To commemorate the very first class of the RN-BSN Program every member of the inaugural class was invited to participate in a celebration. Class representatives spoke to their class and the Florence Nightingale Nurse's Oath was read aloud by all.

 

Graduation Luncheon

Graduation luncheon.​​On Thursday, December 8, 2011 a Graduation Luncheon was held for the inaugural class of the RN-BSN Program at the Design Center For The Americas. Awards were handed out; scholarship recipients were recognized with congratulations being handed out to everyone involved in getting the RN-BSN Program off the ground.


Next Graduation Luncheon Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM, at the Signature Grand. (This is an invitation only event).


  
Academic Service Learning
 
Health service learning.   Health service learning.
 
 
Academic service-learning (ASL) is a course-based teaching and learning method that integrates traditional study with community service activities (Schultz, 2011). Community service activities aligned with academic service-learning facilitate and enrich classroom learning, teach civic responsibility through student engagement, and strengthen communities by involving community participants in meeting the day-to-day needs of a community or its agencies.
 
 
Ecuador Academic Service Learning

Group picture in equador.Clinic treatment.Students in a staricase.
 
Broward College's baccalaureate nursing students embarked on an amazing journey to Guayaquil, Educador during Spring Break 2014. The goal of the Spring Break Academic Service Learning Project is to promote academic enhancement, personal growth, and civic learning in an international setting; provide health care screenings and education to underserved populations in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
 
 
BSN Honor Society
 
 BSN honor society  BSN honor society 
 
Broward College BSN Honor Society of Nursing is a group of nurses who qualify to be future members of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and who have organized together with the intent to form a chapter of STTI.
 
Please contact RN-BSN Department for list of upcoming Information Sessions at: 954-201-4880
 
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