Nursing

The University of Dubuque nursing major is designed around a 21st century curriculum devoted to meeting the demands of 21st century health care. UD’s program prepares nurses with a baccalaureate degree and focuses on the development of core competencies. Clinical experiences in specialty care are highlighted to meet the demands of employers, while rotations in rural health provide support to under-served populations in the tri-state area.

What You Will Learn

The nursing curriculum is based on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001) report, with its focus on ensuring quality health care, and the IOM’s Health Professions Education (2003) report, which defined the 5 core competencies required for all health professionals practicing in the 21st century health care environment:

  • Providing patient-centered care
  • Working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Employing evidence-based practice
  • Applying quality improvement
  • Utilizing informatics

Program of Study

A University of Dubuque nursing degree focuses the first two years of study on classes in the humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, technology, communication, math, and nutrition. During the final two years, the curriculum focuses on the nursing sciences and emphasis moves from the classroom to health facilities.


What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque Nursing Program allows students the opportunity to explore and learn in a wide variety of care settings, including hospital inpatient care, long-term care, community settings, a respite care camp for disabled children and adults, public schools, and many other environments. In the senior capstone course, students are paired with a practicing nurse for a 144-hour preceptorship in which they learn how to transition from the student role to the role of the professional nurse.

Where Our Graduates Go

University of Dubuque nursing graduates often move directly into the healthcare field. Employment of RNs is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventative care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives. 

News from the Department

The baccalaureate program at the University of Dubuque is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.


NCLEX Pass Rate News!

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the University of Dubuque is proud to announce the achievement of a 100% NCLEX pass rate for 2016 and 2017. Pass rate information is available on the Iowa Board of Nursing website.

 

 

Nursing - Program of Study

The Mission of the University of Dubuque Nursing Program is to educate nurses to provide the highest quality of care within the context of the diverse, dynamic, and challenging health care environments of the 21st century.

Nursing Program Admission Criteria


The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3)
CIS 101/103: Intro to Computers (3)
UDMA 112: College Algebra (3)

J-Term
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)

Spring Semester
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
RES 104: Research Writing (3)
CHM 105: Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, & Biochemistry (4)
PSY 110: Intro to Psychology (3)
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Aesthetics B course


Year Two

Fall Semester
SOC 110: Intro to Sociology (3)
BIO 205: Nutritional Physiology (3)
BIO 213: Microbiology (4)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
BIO 211: Anatomy and Physiology I (4)

Spring Semester
ENG 112/260: Literature (3)
PSY 119: Life Span Development (3)
NRS 230: Introduction to Statistics (3)
NRS 201: Intro to Nursing (3)
BIO 212: Anatomy and Physiology II (4)


Year Three

Fall Semester
NRS 303: Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology (6)
NRS 310: Basic Concepts and Skills in Nursing: Assessment and Lab (2)
NRS 311: Basic Concepts and Skills in Nursing: Nursing Interventions and Lab (2)
NRS 305: Nursing Care of the Older Adult: Health Care Management Issues (2)
NRS 305P: Nursing Care of the Older Adult: Health Care Management Issues Practicum (1)
UDHS 121: World Civilization (3) or other Global Awareness A Course

J-Term
NRS 306:  Nursing Care at the End of the Continuum (3)

Spring Semester
NRS 307: Nursing Care of the Adult Population I (4)
NRS 307P: Nursing Care of the Adult Population I: Practicum (4)
NRS 308: Care of the Child-Bearing, Child-Rearing, and Pediatric Populations (5)
NRS 308P: Care of the Child-Bearing, Child-Rearing, and Pediatric Populations: Practicum (2)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)


Year Four

Fall Semester
NRS 415: Nursing Care of the Adult Population II (3)
NRS 415P: Nursing Care of the Adult Population II: Practicum (1)
NRS 309: Mental Health: Pathophysiology and Health Care Team Management(4)
NRS 309P: Care of the Patient with Mental Illness: Practicum (1)
NRS 403: Care of the Client Across the Age Continuum within the Context of Community (3)
NRS 403P: Care of the Client Across the Age Continuum within the Context of Community: Practicum(2)
CCS 101: Cross-Cultural Studies (1)

Spring Semester
NRS 401: Health Care Research (3)
NRS 402: Leadership and Management in Nursing & Health Care (3)
NRS 404: 21st Century Issues in Nursing & Health Care: Health Care Systems, Economics, and Politics (2)
NRS 495P: Senior Internship Practicum (5)
BIO 125: Population, Resources and Environment (3) or other Stewardship Course

Peg Kerr
Peg Kerr
Professor and Nursing Department Head

PhD, University of Iowa
MS, Winona State University
BSN, University of Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3561
E-mail: pkerr@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 304B Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3572

Neil S. MacNaughton
Neil S. MacNaughton
Associate Professor and Nursing Department Assistant Head

PhD, University of Iowa
MA, University of Iowa
BSN, Graceland University

Office Phone: 563.589.3701
E-mail: nmacnaughton@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 309C Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3572

Carol Chesterman
Carol Chesterman
Assistant Professor of Nursing

MSN, University of Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3403
E-mail: cchesterman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 304C Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3572

April Eimers
April Eimers
Nursing Department Secretary

BA, Business Management

Office Phone: 563.589.3500
E-mail: aeimers@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 304 Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3572

Lisa Kragenbrink
Lisa Kragenbrink
Assistant Professor of Nursing

MSN, Clarke University
BSN, University of Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3573
E-mail: lkragenbrink@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 309A Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3572


Jill Mulford
Assistant Professor of Nursing

MSN, Kaplan University
BSN, Coe College



Office Phone: 563.589.3249
E-mail: jmulford@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 304D University Science Center

Beth Neyen
Beth Neyen
Assistant Professor of Nursing

MSN, Clarke University
BSN, Clarke University

Office Phone: 563.589.3789
E-mail: bneyen@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 309D University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3572

Susan Ruden
Susan Ruden
Adjunct Nursing Faculty

BSN, University of Iowa

E-mail: sruden@dbq.edu 

Kristine Steinbeck
Kristine Steinbeck
Assistant Professor of Nursing

MSN, Walden University
BSN, Valparaiso University

Office Phone: 563.589.3470
E-mail: ksteinbeck@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 309E University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3572

Leigh Stoewer
Leigh Stoewer
Adjunct Nursing Faculty

BSN, Clarke University

E-mail: kstoewer@dbq.edu 

Wendy Westemeyer
Assistant Professor of Nursing
MSN, University of Phoenix BSN, University of Phoenix

Office Phone: 563.589.3434
E-mail: wwestemeyer@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 309E University Science Center
Fax: 563.589.3572

Careers in Nursing

Nursing is a profession filled with limitless personal and professional rewards, and is one of the most flexible professions around. University of Dubuque BSN graduates can choose from a vast array of specialties when they begin their careers. Some nurses specialize in a particular segment of the population; for example, pediatric nurses specialize in children's health, and there are also nurses who focus their careers on women's health, or elder care (geriatrics). Nurses may also choose to focus their work and skillset within a particular medical specialty, such as surgery, gastroenterology, OB/GYN, or any other medical specialty. Alternatively, graduates may choose a nursing career based on the location; for example, you may choose to be a school nurse, flight nurse, hospice nurse, or hospital-based nurse. Additionally, you may choose to be a nurse who works in the Emergency Room (ER), Operating Room (OR) or Neonatology Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The opportunities and choices are plentiful.

BSN Opportunities

The nurse with a baccalaureate degree is prepared to practice in all health care settings - including critical care, outpatient care, public health, and mental health. Accordingly, the BSN nurse is well qualified to deliver care in private homes, outpatient centers, and neighborhood clinics.  Demand in these areas is expanding as hospitals focus increasingly on acute care. Additionally, health care is consistently moving beyond the hospital to more primary and preventive services throughout the community.

Post-graduate Opportunities

The program provides the educational and experiential base not only for entry-level professional practice but also as the platform on which to build a career through graduate-level study for roles as advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical specialists, nurse administrators, researchers, and educators. The University of Dubuque Nursing Program encourages all graduates to strive for higher levels of education. Through this program, graduates can enhance their knowledge and skills while learning to provide quality care to a wide variety of patient populations.

 

Successful Outcomes

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Kellie (Oppold) Steffen BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing '13

Throughout my four years at the University of Dubuque, I learned how to be a compassionate and articulate nurse. I was consistently encouraged and motivated by the nursing faculty. After graduating with a bachelor of science in nursing in 2011, I was able to combine the knowledge and skills that I had gained and apply them to take state nursing boards and become a registered nurse at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Within two years of becoming a nurse, I was chosen to represent my unit on a shared governance committee and have volunteered as a preceptor to senior nursing students. The challenging, competitive, and encouraging atmosphere that the University of Dubuque offered me has shaped how I encourage and challenge my students, my fellow nurses, and most importantly, my patients. I am confident that the fundamental skills, leadership qualities, and knowledge that were incorporated during my experience at UD will endure throughout my nursing career.

Successful Outcomes

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Hannah (Steffen) Porcic BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing '10

I graduated from the University of Dubuque in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. I started working in healthcare at the age of 15 as a nursing assistant, and thanks to my undergraduate education, I am now the director of nursing at an ambulatory surgery center.  The education I received from the University of Dubuque molded me into the leader I am today. Professors helped me strive for success and instilled in me the importance of providing compassionate care for patients. The program is comprised of knowledgeable professors, advanced technology, and a strong curriculum to guide students into becoming successful nurses in all specialties.