May 20, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022

Department of Nursing


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Registered Nursing

Diann Williams, MSN, RN, CNE
Chairperson

Instructors

Dawn Fuller, MSN/ED, RN
Rhonda Coleman, MSN, ACPCN-BC, RN

Adjunct/Clinical Instructors

Carolyn Hood, MSNSc, RN
Tanisha Phelps, BSN, RN
Benita Pridgeon, BSN, RN
LaToya Young, MNSc, APRN, AGP-C, RNC-NIC

Administrative Specialists

Alisa Rawlings
Eleanor Matthews
 

UAPB offers two (2) program tracks leading to the B.S. in Nursing (Non-Teaching) - - the RN-to-BSN Program Track and the Pre-licensure (Generic Program Track).

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program at The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791; http://www.ccneaccreditation.org/

Both Registered Nursing Program Tracks incorporate The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) as the foundation for the baccalaureate curricula. These Essentials promote the development of clinical judgment based on critical thinking, ethical decision-making, leadership development, and the delivery of high quality healthcare.

The Department of Nursing assures equal opportunities to all qualified persons. For more information, contact the Department of Nursing at (870) 575-8220/8222.

Program Goals

The terminal Goals of the Department of Nursing BSN Program are to impart in students the ability to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing science, the liberal arts, and sciences as a basis for delivering safe and culturally sensitive care to individuals, families, communities, and populations (AACN Essential I);
  • Demonstrate the ability to use leadership skills and knowledge of quality improvement to deliver high quality healthcare (AACN Essential II);
  • Use evidence-based practice findings to collaborate with colleagues in nursing, other healthcare disciplines, and clients to improve client outcomes (AACN Essential III);
  • Integrate knowledge of information technology and client care technology to deliver appropriate and high quality care in one’s own professional practice. (AACN Essential IV);
  • Use knowledge of healthcare policy, healthcare financing, and regulatory agencies to implement change when needed to improve healthcare delivery to clients in diverse settings (AACCN Essential V);
  • Integrate therapeutic and collegial communication and collaboration skills to design, manage, and coordinate the implementation of quality healthcare improvement (AACN Essential VI);
  • Integrate knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention to improve client population health outcomes (AACN Essential VII);
  • Integrate personal beliefs and professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, and social justice into one’s own professional practice (AACN Essential VIII); and
  • Use clinical judgment based on critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the development, implementation, and evaluation of nursing interventions and health outcomes (AACN Essential IX).

Progression, Retention, Probation, Dismissal and Graduation

  • When the cumulative semester grade point average falls below 2.5, the student is placed on probation. In order to remain in the program, the student must raise his/her cumulative grade point average to at least a 2.5 by the end of the next semester of enrollment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the nursing program.
  • Failure in two nursing courses will result in administrative dismissal from the nursing program.

“Complete policies regarding the progression, probation, dismissal, and graduation from the BSN program are located in the current “Department of Nursing Student Handbook”

 

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

** NURSE PRACTICE ACT 17-87-312. Criminal background checks.

(a)
(1) Each first-time applicant for a license issued by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing shall apply to the Identification Bureau of the Division of Arkansas State Police for a state and national criminal background check, to be conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(2) At the time a person applies to an Arkansas nursing educational program, the program shall notify the applicant in writing of the provisions and requirements of this section.

(b) The check shall conform to the applicable federal standards and shall include the taking of fingerprints.

(c) The applicant shall sign a release of information to the board and shall be responsible to the Division of Arkansas State Police for the payment of any fee associated with the criminal background check.

(d) Upon completion of the criminal background check, the Identification Bureau of the Division of Arkansas State Police shall forward to the board all releasable information obtained concerning the applicant.

(e) For purposes of this section, the board shall follow the licensing restrictions based on criminal records under § 17-3-102.

(f)
(1) The board may issue a nonrenewable temporary permit for licensure to a first-time applicant pending the results of the criminal background check.

(2) The permit shall be valid for no more than six (6) months.

(g)
(1) Any information received by the board from the Identification Bureau of the Division of Arkansas State Police under this section shall not be available for examination except by:

     (A) The affected applicant for licensure or his or her authorized representative; or

     (B) The person whose license is subject to revocation or his or her authorized representative.

(2) No record, file, or document shall be removed from the custody of the Division of Arkansas State Police.


(h) Any information made available to the affected applicant for licensure or the person whose license is subject to revocation shall be information pertaining to that person only.

(i) Rights of privilege and confidentiality established in this section shall not extend to any document created for purposes other than this background check.

(j) The board shall adopt the necessary rules to fully implement the provisions of this section.

(k)
(1) The board may participate at the state and federal level in programs that provide notification of an arrest subsequent to an initial background check that is conducted through available governmental
systems.

(2) The board may submit an applicant’s fingerprints to the federal Next Generation Identification system.

(3) The fingerprints may be searched by future submissions to the Next Generation Identification system, including latent fingerprint searches.

(4) An applicant enrolled in the Next Generation Identification system is not required to re-fingerprint when a subsequent request for a state or federal criminal history background check is required if:

     (A) A legible set of the applicant’s fingerprints is obtained when the applicant enrolls in the Next Generation Identification system; and

     (B) The applicant is subject to the Rap Back service of the Next Generation Identification system.

(l) The Identification Bureau of the Division of Arkansas State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation may maintain fingerprints in the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

 

** NURSE PRACTICE ACT 17-3-102. Licensing restrictions based on criminal records.
(a) An individual is not eligible to receive or hold a license issued by a licensing entity if that individual has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to or been found guilty of any of the following offenses by any court in the State of Arkansas or of any similar offense by a court in another state or of any similar offense by a federal court, unless the conviction was lawfully sealed under the Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013, § 16-90-1401 et seq., or otherwise previously sealed, pardoned or expunged under prior law:

     (1) Capital murder as prohibited in § 5-10-101;

     (2) Murder in the first degree and second degree as prohibited in §§ 5-10-102 and 5-10- 103;

     (3) Manslaughter as prohibited in § 5-10-104;

     (4) Negligent homicide as prohibited in § 5-10-105;

     (5) Kidnapping as prohibited in § 5-11-102;

     (6) False imprisonment in the first degree as prohibited in § 5- 11-103;

     (7) Permanent detention or restraint as prohibited in § 5-11- 106;

     (8) Robbery as prohibited in § 5-12-102;

     (9) Aggravated robbery as prohibited in § 5-12-103;

     (10) Battery in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-13-201;

     (11) Aggravated assault as prohibited in § 5-13-204;

     (12) Introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another person as prohibited in § 5-13-210;

     (13) Aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer or an employee of a correctional facility as prohibited in § 5-13-211, if a Class Y felony;

     (14) Terroristic threatening in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-13-301;

     (15) Rape as prohibited in § 5-14-103;

     (16) Sexual indecency with a child as prohibited in § 5-14-110;

     (17) Sexual extortion as prohibited in § 5-14-113;

     (18) Sexual assault in the first degree, second degree, third degree, and fourth degree as prohibited in §§ 5-14-124 - 5-14-127;

     (19) Incest as prohibited in § 5-26-202;

     (20) Offenses against the family as prohibited in §§ 5-26-303 - 5-26-306;

     (21) Endangering the welfare of an incompetent person in the first degree, as prohibited in § 5-27-201;

     (22) Endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-205;

     (23) Permitting the abuse of a minor as prohibited in § 5-27- 221;

     (24) Engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or print media, transportation of minors for prohibited sexual conduct, pandering or        possessing visual or print medium depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, or use of a child or consent to use of a child in a sexual performance by producing, directing, or promoting a sexual performance by a child, as prohibited in §§ 5-27-303 - 5-27-305, 5-27-402, and 5-27-403;

     (25) Computer child pornography as prohibited in § 5-27-603;

     (26) Computer exploitation of a child in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-605;

     (27) Felony adult abuse as prohibited in § 5-28-103;

     (28) Theft of property as prohibited in § 5-36-103;

     (29) Theft by receiving as prohibited in § 5-36-106;

     (30) Arson as prohibited in § 5-38-301;

     (31) Burglary as prohibited in § 5-39-201;

     (32) Felony violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, §§ 5-64-101 - 5-64- 510, as prohibited in the former § 5-64-401, and §§ 5-64- 419 - 5-64-442;

     (33) Promotion of prostitution in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-70-104;

     (34) Stalking as prohibited in § 5-71-229;

     (35) Criminal attempt, criminal complicity, criminal solicitation, or criminal conspiracy, as prohibited in §§ 5-3-201, 5-3-202, 5-3-301, and 5-3-401, to commit any of the offenses listed in this subsection; and

     (36) All other crimes referenced in this title.

(b)

(1) If an individual has been convicted of a crime listed in subsection (a) of this section, a licensing entity may waive disqualification or revocation of a license based on the conviction if a request for a waiver is made by:

     (A) An affected applicant for a license; or

     (B) The individual holding a license subject to revocation.

(2) A basis upon which a waiver may be granted includes without limitation:

     (A) The age at which the offense was committed;

     (B) The circumstances surrounding the offense;

     (C) The length of time since the offense was committed;

     (D) Subsequent work history since the offense was committed;

     (E) Employment references since the offense was committed;

     (F) Character references since the offense was committed;

     (G) Relevance of the offense to the occupational license; and

     (H) Other evidence demonstrating that licensure of the applicant does not pose a threat to the health or safety of the public.

(c) If an individual has a valid criminal conviction for an offense that could disqualify the individual from receiving a license, the disqualification shall not be considered for more than five (5) years from the date of conviction or incarceration or on which probation ends, whichever date is the latest, if the individual:

     (A) Was not convicted for committing a violent or sexual offense; and

     (B) Has not been convicted of any other offense during the five-year disqualification period.

(d) A licensing entity shall not, as a basis upon which a license may be granted or denied:

     (1) Use vague or generic terms, including without limitation the phrase “moral turpitude” and “good character”; or

     (2) Consider arrests without a subsequent conviction.

(e) Due to the serious nature of the offenses, the following shall result in permanent disqualification for licensure:

     (1) Capital murder as prohibited in § 5-10-101;

     (2) Murder in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-10-102 and murder in the second degree as prohibited in § 5-10-103;

     (3) Kidnapping as prohibited in § 5-11-102;

     (4) Aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer or an employee of a correctional facility as prohibited in § 5-13-211, if a Class Y felony;

     (5) Rape as prohibited in § 5-14-103;

     (6) Sexual extortion as prohibited in § 5-14-113;

     (7) Sexual assault in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-14- 124 and sexual assault in the second degree as prohibited in § 5-14-125;

     (8) Incest as prohibited in § 5-26-202;

     (9) Endangering the welfare of an incompetent person in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-201;

     (10) Endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-205;

     (11) Adult abuse that constitutes a felony as prohibited in § 5-28-103; and

     (12) Arson as prohibited in § 5-38-301.

(f) This chapter does not preclude a licensing entity from taking emergency action against a licensee as authorized under § 25-15-211 for the sake of public health, safety, or welfare.

(g) The permanent disqualification for an offense listed in subsection (e) of this section does not apply to an individual who holds a valid license on the effective date of this chapter.

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