RN-to-BSN Courses

Elsevier’s RN-to-BSN content is based on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) required to meet the six evidence-based IOM/QSEN competencies of patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, informatics and technology, quality improvement, and safety. 

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Recommended RN-to-BSN Courses

Community/Public Health

Community/Public Health Texts

Maurer: Community/Public Health Nursing Practice
Nies: Community/Public Health Nursing
Stanhope: Foundations of Nursing in the Community
Stanhope: Public Health Nursing

Health Promotion Texts

Edelman: Health Promotion Throughout the Life Span

Diversity & Culture

Giger: Transcultural Nursing


Purtilo: Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions


Nelson: Health Informatics

Leadership & Management

Huber: Leadership & Nursing Care Management
Motacki: Nursing Delegation & Management of Patient Care
Yoder-Wise: Leading and Managing in Nursing

Professional Nursing & Healthcare Policy

Professional Nursing Texts

Black: Professional Nursing (New edition coming July 2016)
Cherry: Contemporary Nursing
Cowen: Current Issues in Nursing
Creasia: Conceptual Foundations

Policy & Politics Texts

Mason: Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care

Research & Evidence-Based Practice

Grove: The Practice of Nursing Research
Grove: Understanding Nursing Research
LoBiondo-Wood: Nursing Research


Alligood: Nursing Theorists and Their Work
Alligood: Nursing Theory
Chinn: Knowledge Development in Nursing

Optional RN-to-BSN Courses

Critical Care

Sole: Introduction to Critical Care Nursing
Urden: Critical Care Nursing
Urden: Priorties in Critical Care Nursing


Meiner: Gerontologic Nursing
Touhy: Ebersole and Hess’ Gerontological Nursing & Healthy Aging
Touhy: Ebersole & Hess’ Toward Healthy Aging

Health Assessment

Ball: Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination
Jarvis: Physical Examination & Health Assessment
Wilson: Health Assessment for Nursing Practice


Nutrition Texts

Grodner: Nutritional Foundations and Clinical Applications
Schlenker: Williams’ Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy

Advanced/Dietetics Texts

Mahan: Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process (New edition coming April 2016)
Stipanuk: Biochemical, Physiological, and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition (New edition coming June 2016)


Copstead-Kirkhorn: Pathophysiology
Huether: Understanding Pathophysiology
McCance: Pathophysiology


Burchum: Lehne's Pharmacology for Nursing Care
Kee: Pharmacology
Lilley: Pharmacology and the Nursing Process

Psychiatric/Mental Health

Psychiatric/Mental Health Texts

Fortinash: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Halter: Varcarolis' Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Keltner: Psychiatric Nursing
Stuart: Principles and Practice of Psychiatric Nursing (New edition coming April 2016)
Varcarolis: Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Communication Texts

Arnold: Interpersonal Relationships
Balzer Riley: Communication in Nursing