2016-2017 Nursing Courses

NURS 210 Nutrition (3)
This course is an introductory study of the principles of nutrition applicable to people throughout the lifespan, in both health and illness. Students learn novice nutritional assessment and the impact of personal and sociocultural factors on nutritional status. Once the foundations of nutrition are laid, the focus becomes dietary implications during critical development periods and pathologic conditions. An awareness of social issues will be developed based on readings, discussion, case studies, and guest speakers. Students analyze their own diets, discuss and experience therapeutic diets, and explore the process of making lifestyle changes related to nutrition. Prerequisites: BIOL 103, 104; CHEM 103.
NURS 250 Aging Matters: Social Gerontology (4)
  The goal of this course is to prepare students to describe the complexity and diversity of older adults, explore ways to work effectively with older adults and promote healthy aging. Students will examine aspects of aging within historical, cultural, physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, economic and interpersonal contexts. The impact of an increased aging population on society and how society cares for the aging population will be a central theme of the course.
NURS 280 Pathophysiology (3)
Provides students with knowledge of pathophysiologic processes and environmental factors that influence or alter an individual’s health. Prerequisites: BIOL 103, 104; CHEM 103, 201; concurrent enrollment in BIOL 111.
NURS 312 Foundations of Nursing Practice I (4)
This course focuses on an introduction to nursing practice including the nursing process, clinical skills, and the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse.  Students apply theoretical principles, collect and analyze data, develop health assessment skills, provide nursing interventions, and document findings.  Focus is on health and promoting the health of individuals and communities at large.  Prerequisites: NURS 280 and requires admission to the nursing program.
NURS 313 Foundations of Nursing Practice I – Practicum (5)
Clinical component for Foundations of Nursing Practice I.  Prerequisites: NURS 280 and requires admission to the nursing program.
NURS 314 Community and Mental Health Nursing (4)
This course focuses on community and mental health nursing concepts.  The first focus in on the development and understanding of psychological health alterations in clients with mental illness.  Emphasis is placed on common psychiatric disorders with related nursing diagnoses, nursing interventions, and the overall conceptual models of psychiatric nursing care.  The second area of focus is on community health nursing concepts with an emphasis on community and family assessment, health promotion, and planning for the health of communities, families and individuals across the lifespan.  Prerequisites: NURS 280 and requires admission to the nursing program.
NURS 320 Nursing Pharmacology I (2)
This course will explore the study of pharmacology and how it relates to the nursing process and the role of the baccalaureate prepared registered nurse.  Principles of pharmacology will be discussed including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and the psychosocial and cultural influences on pharmacotherapy.  The history of pharmacology and the current research policies and drug regulations will be reviewed in depth.  With this knowledge, students will gain an in-depth understanding of potential drug complications and interactions and will be taught to safely and properly administer medications across the lifespan.  Prerequisites: NURS 280 and requires admission to the nursing program.
NURS  315 Therapeutic Communication (2)
The course focuses on therapeutic communication skills and the techniques used to produce positive nurse-client relationships with diverse populations across the lifespan.  In addition, the students will develop skills as they relate to inter- and intra- professional communication and collaboration to produce positive working relationships in the practice setting.  Prerequisites: New, requires all first semester nursing courses.  NURS 312, NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 320.
NURS 330 Foundations of Nursing Practice II (4)
This course focuses on the comprehension, application, and analysis of concepts of health, illness and nursing care across the lifespan in acute care and community settings.  Emphasis is placed on the etiology, clinical evaluation and use of evidence-based nursing interventions to manage specific health problems related to cardiovascular, hematologic, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, endocrine, renal, musculoskeletal, and neurologic systems.  Skills and techniquies required to care for clients across the lifespan with commonly occurring diseases are included.  Prerequisites: New, requires all first semester nursing courses.  NURS 312, NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 320.
NURS 331 Foundations of Nursing Practice II – Practicum (6)
Clinical component for Foundations of Nursing Practice II.  Prerequisites: New, requires all first semester nursing courses.  NURS 312, NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 320.
NURS 420 Nursing Pharmacology II (2)
This class will build on knowledge gained in Nursing Pharmacology I and focus on specific pharmaceutical agents used in patient care across the lifespan.  Health prevention and promotion as it relates to pharmacology will be addressed, exploring topics such as immunizations, vitamins, complementary therapies, and herbal preparations.  Pharmacotherapeutics will be addressed using a body systems approach to assist the student in understanding treatment for specific disease processes including medicaiton classification, administration, side effects, and avoidance of potential complications.  Prerequisites: New, requires all first semester nursing courses.  NURS 312, NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 320.
NURS 370 Nursing Scholarly Inquiry & Informatics (3)
This course provides students with the conceptual basis for understanding nursing theory and the research process.  Students experience broad exposure to nursing theorists and the application of theory to practice.  Students analyze nursing research and evaluate findings for application in evidence-based nursing practice.  Students will be introduced to an overview of informatics topics that relate to the delivery of safe and quality patient nursing care for a variety of healthcare settings. Prerequisites: Requires all second semester nursing courses.  NURS 315, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 420.
NURS  414 Foundations of Nursing Practice III (3)
This couse focuses on the application, analysis and synthesis of concepts of health, illness and nursing care across the lifespan in community and acute care settings, including hospital intensive care units.  Emphasis is placed on assessment, nursing diagnosis, and implementation of evidence-based nursing interventions in the holistic management of clients with specific health problems.  Students will learn to collaborate with medical, surgical, and allied health practitioners to maximize the wellness of clients with complex, acute and chronic illness.  Prerequisites: Requires all second semester nursing courses.  NURS 315, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 420.
NURS  415 Foundations of Nursing Practice III – Practicum (6)
 Clincal component for Foundations of Nursing Practice III.  Prerequisites: Requires all second semester nursing courses.  NURS 315, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 420.
NURS  418 Transitional Care Nursing (4)
This course focuses on transitional periods across the lifespan.  It emphasizes the application of nursing care during periods of birth, death, and transitions of health.  Emphasis will be placed on safety, the coordination and continuity of patient care, prevention and avoidance of complications, appropriate nursing interventions, and treatment.  The application of patient care will be accomplished with the active engagement of patients, their families and interprofessional collaboration.  Prerequisites: Requires all second semester nursing courses.  NURS 315, NURS 330, NURS 331, NURS 420.
NURS  419 Leadership in Nursing (3)
This course integrates the nursing process with the concepts of leadership, management, and organizational theory.  The role of nursing in monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practices is examined.  Emphasis is placed on issues of leadership, management, power, change, motivation, conflict, group dynamics and interfacing of autonomous, dependent and interdependent nursing functions in current and future health care delivery systems.  This course emphasizes that all nurses are leaders to clients, families, team members and the public.  Prerequisites: Requires all third semester nursing courses.  NURS 370, NURS 414, NURS 415, NURS 418.
NURS  425 Ethics in Professional Nursing (2)
This couse is designed to give an overview of the evolution of nursing ethics and the impact that nursing ethics has on the professional baccalaureate prepared nurse.  Focus will be placed on the moral principles and ethical perspectives (justice vs. care) that are important to nursing.  The implications of traditional and contemporary ethical theories for nursing will also be explored.  Students will explore accountability and responsibility for nursing judgment and action and develop a respect for human dignity and preservation of integrity.  Prerequisites: Requires all third semester nursing courses.  NURS 370, NURS 414, NURS 415, NURS 418.
NURS  430 Capstone Practicum (6)
 This course is a clinical synthesis experience designed to refine and integrate previously learned knowledge and skills into professional practice through a cooperative learning experience. Students plan, deliver and manage care under the supervision of a licensed preceptor. The student will further develop clinical reasoning and proficiency in patient management and evaluation through assignments in a variety of patient care settings. Working closely with staff and faculty, the student will gain the confidence and the skills needed to function as a novice nurse who is a designer, manager and coordinator of care.  Prerequisites: Requires all third semester nursing courses.  NURS 370, NURS 414, NURS 415, NURS 418.
NURS  431  Capstone Synthesis (1)
Weekly seminar provides an opportunity for the analysis, synthesis, refinement and integration of nursing knowledge.  This course provides activities and discussion that facilitate the student’s transiton to professional nursing practice.  The student will build clinical reasoning and develop beginning proficiency in patient management and evaluation through assignments in a variety of patient care settings.  Working closely with staff and faculty, the student will gain the confidence and the skills needed to function as a novice nurse who is a designer, manager and coordinator of care.  Prerequisites: Requires all third semester nursing courses.  NURS 370, NURS 414, NURS 415, NURS 418.
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