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NURS 300 CONTEMPORARY PROFESSIONAL NURSING (3)
This course is an introduction to professional nursing in today’s contemporary health care environment. The development of the student’s identity as a professional nurse is the focus as well as the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship. The experience of illness, contemporary nursing issues, and nursing leadership are explored.
NURS 301 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (3)
This course is designed to introduce the student to pathophysiologic concepts related to altered biological processes affecting individuals across the lifespan and is built on the general principles of health maintenance. A global approach to disease will be emphasized. The course builds on principles from anatomy, physiology, and chemistry.
NURS 302 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE (3)
This course introduces the professional nursing student to the principles of pharmacology. The focus of the course is pharmacology basics and drugs affecting the cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, and endocrine systems gastrointestinal, immunological, neurological, musculoskeletal, and dermatological systems. In addition, immune and biologic modifiers, chemotherapeutic agents, and psychotherapeutic drugs are presented.
NURS 303 NURSING INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY (2)
This course is designed to examine the use of technology in the delivery of nursing care and how it impacts patient care and efficiency. The automation of data management through information systems, expert systems and telecommunications and the impact of these technologies on nursing practice and research are addressed in the context of health care informatics. Actual problem solving on how computerization can improve the efficiency of nursing care delivery at the bedside will be emphasized.
NURS 304 HEALTH ASSESSMENT (4)
This course focuses on the development of interviewing skills, assessment of health status, and physical examination skills. Patterns of healthy individuals will be examined and used as a reference point for assessment and health maintenance. Clinical experiences for the integration of theory and skill mastery are utilized.
NURS 305 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING (6)
This course will focus on the concepts, skills, and attitudes fundamental to professional nursing practice within a framework of clinical decision-making. The course will emphasize the establishment of the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, and the development of the student’s beginning comprehension of the patient’s responses to health and illness.
NURS 351 HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN (3)
The student learns the basic skills of history taking, interviewing, physical assessment and health promotion techniques and clinical assessment of adults, pediatric clients and newborn clients. Emphasis is placed on the individual as a whole, both in wellness and in illness. Laboratory practice is integrated in this web-assisted course.
NURS 357 BSN TRANSITIONS (3)
The course is designed as a bridge course for the Registered Nurse student. The focus is on the application and methodology of the nursing process in working with individuals in the family unit. Synthesis of the systems developmental stress model is used to assess clients as they move along the health illness continuum. Integrated concepts (e.g., culture, public health, therapeutic communication, leadership and accountability and health assessment) are also addressed. This course is offered as a web enhanced course.
NURS 400 ADULT HEALTH AND ILLNESS I (6)
This course will focus on the nursing care management of adults with common diseases/illnesses. Patients with peri-operative considerations, alterations in pain control, fluid and electrolytes balance, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, hematological, and immunological systems, gastrointestinal, renal, integumentary, neurological, musculoskeletal, male reproductive, and infectious disease systems will be discussed.
NURS 402 MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH NURSING (6)
This course focuses on the nursing care and health promotion of the childbearing and childrearing family. Content includes the process of normal childbirth and dynamics of the childbearing family as well as identification and care of high-risk clients. This course also addresses the care of the sick child.
NURS 404 CONCEPTS IN GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING PRACTICE (2)
This course will focus on the nursing management of older adults. Contemporary theories of gerontology, theories of again, physiological/psychological functioning, impact of developmental changes, illness, and dysfunction will be emphasized.
NURS 406 HEALTH CARE LAW AND ETHICS (2)
This course examines the increased importance of legal and ethical issues in nursing and health care. Students will study legal principles that guide nurses in both general and specialized areas of practice. The course will introduce the legal system, nursing law, and relate nursing practice to the legal system. The course will also introduce nursing students to ethical theory and principles and identify models for the recognition, analysis, and resolution of ethical problems in health care practice. Current issues related to ethical and moral dilemmas such as informed consent, allocating medical resources, organ donation, euthanasia, abortion, palliative and end-of-life care, and treating impaired infants will be covered.
NURS 408 ADULT HEALTH II: COMPLEX CARE (7)
This course will focus on the management of adults with unstable and complex system alterations. The course will emphasize the assessment of functioning, adaptation, and recovery for patients with high acuity illnesses and clinical problems. Selected sub-acute and high acuity acute care settings will be utilized for clinical practice.
NURS 410 PSYCHIATRIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (6)
This course will focus on the development of competencies necessary for the practice of mental health nursing with emphasis on current theories of mental illness causation and the community context of care. Cross-cultural aspects of mental health and illness development and appropriate culturally relevant interventions will also be emphasized. Selected inpatient and outpatient mental health settings and agencies will be utilized for clinical practice where the student will examine the community context of the facility and of the larger community. Given the evolution of the care of patients experiencing mental illness to outpatient and to community based facilities and programs, one of the foci of this course is the professional nurse’s role in working with aggregates in the community particularly around issues of mental health and illness. Contemporary public health problems related to mental illness are explored. Given the health care system’s contemporary emphasis on outpatient and community based care, selected community based agencies offering services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness will be selected for clinical practice.
NURS 414 HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION AND OPERATIONS (2)
This course provides the student with in-depth knowledge of health care systems and organizational structure. Emphasis is on resource management and healthcare financing principles. The course will focus on the structural, financial, and manage¬rial foundations of healthcare organizations. The basic concepts of insurance, case management, and and utilization review will be covered. Managed care, case management and critical path strategies will be introduced, emphasizing the continuum of care. Field experiences allow the student to observe and study in a variety of relevant experiences In an actual healthcare setting.
NURS 416 SENIOR CAPSTONE (3)
This course will serve as a review of essential concepts and skills from the nursing curriculum. Students will utilize the laboratory to review clinical skills practiced throughout the nursing curriculum. Students will prepare for the NCLEX examination and sit for a comprehensive examination determine their mastery of content.
NURS 420 LEADERSHIP ISSUES (3)
This course will focus on the professional nurse’s role in applying the principles of leadership and management in health care organization across the continuum of care. The emerging role of the nurse entrepreneur and alternative roles for future professional practitioners, including options for practice; barriers to practice; and regulatory, legislative, and political processes, will also be explored. The course will also emphasize the role of, and factors affecting, the professional nurse in efficient patient care management in complex health care settings.
NURS 450 THEORETICAL BASIS OF NURSING (3)
This course is an introduction to various nursing theorists and evolving theories of nursing science, which support the devel¬opment of professional nursing practice. Students examine philosophy, theorist and theory concepts integrating the Systems- Developmental-Stress model and critical thinking.
Corequisite: NURS 357 BSN Transitions
NURS 451 NURSING PROCESS & HEALTH PRO¬MOTION GROUPS/COMMUNITY Theory (5)
This course is designed to help the student view individuals, families, groups and communities as open systems in continual, mutual interaction with other systems. The Systems Developmental-Stress Model provides the framework for assessing individuals, families, groups and communities. The biological, interpersonal, intrapersonal, non-human environmental and socio-cultural subsystems are ways in which assessment of clients at different developmental stages from conception through elderly along the health-illness continuum with in¬creased emphasis on deviations from health will be considered. The Nursing Process is the method by which primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention will be promoted in individuals, families, groups and communities. Public Health nursing principles will be emphasized along with an introduction to the community as a system. The leadership role of the nurse, the role of the nurse as change agent based upon organization, change and group theories will be explored.
Prerequisites: NURS 357 BSN Transitions and NURS 450 Theoretical Basis of Nursing
Corequisites: NURS 452 Nursing Process & Health Promotion Groups/Community Laboratory
NURS 452 NURSING PROCESS & HEALTH PROMOTION GROUPS/COMMUNITY LABORATORY (5)
Laboratory experiences will be coordinated with theoretical content in Nursing Process & Health Promotion Groups/Community Theory. The student will use the nursing process and the Systems-Developmental- Stress Model in a variety of settings with clients at different developmental stages from conception through elderly. The students are encouraged to use critical thinking as they view individuals, families, groups and communities as open systems in continual, mutual interaction with other systems. Clients will be assessed at various places along the health illness continuum with increased emphasis on deviations from health. Families, groups and communities will be the primary focus for the student as he/she continues to use public health principles and the community as a system. Laboratory settings are community focus and may include: day care centers, well baby clinics, visiting nurse service, schools, hospital out-patient services, family planning programs, homeless shelters community agencies and psychiatric-crisis walk-in clinics. Emphasis will be placed on individuals, families and groups as members of the community.
Prerequisites: NURS 357 BSN Transitions and NURS 450 Theoretical Basis of Nursing. Corequisite: NURS 451 Nursing Process & Health Promotion Groups/Community Theory
NURS 460 NURSING RESEARCH (3)
The scientific approach to problem-solving and research methodology as applied to nursing. The course will include analysis of selected nursing research studies, identification of researchable problems in nursing, opportunities for peer evaluation and groups discussions. At the end of this course the student is expected to be an informed consumer of nursing research.
Prerequisite: NURS 450 Theoretical Basis of Nursing; PSYC 230 Statistics in the Social Sciences
NURS 461 TRENDS AND ISSUES IN NURSING II (2)
This course continues the socialization process of students into nursing as an area of study in high education. Historical perspectives, current issues and trends set within the contexts of changing societal needs are considered, with emphasis on the changing role of the nurse in the health care delivery system. Emphasis may shift in any semester to address a current or emerging trend or issue in Nursing.
NURS 464 THERAPEUTIC TOUCH (2)
Therapeutic Touch is a course designed for nurses, health care professionals and others interested in developing their potential to assist in the healing process. The concept of therapeutic touch is based on the assumption that human beings are complex energy fields and that the ability to enhance healing in others is a natural human potential.
NURS 465 LEADERSHIP: FOR THE NURSE LEADER/MANAGER (3)
This is a course designed to increase the ability of registered nurse leaders to use leadership skills and knowledge of organizational theory within their health care organizations. The goal of these applications is to achieve excellence of the administration of health care organizations and, thus in the provision of health care.
NURS 466 CULTURAL PARADIGMS FOR HEALTH CARE (3)
This course uses the self-assessment and experiential learning approach to examine culture, the learned and shared values, beliefs, norms, and practices of a particular group that, implicitly or explicitly, guide thinking, decisions, and actions in a patterned way.
NURS 467 SENIOR SEMINAR IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT – SENIOR THESIS – PART I (2)
This is Part I of the capstone course. The student has the opportunity to assume primary responsibility for learning while pursuing an in-depth study in a specific area of nursing. The student develops a proposal that identifies an area of interest to research and to develop a project.
Corequisites: NURS: 451 Nursing Process & Health Promotion Groups/Community Theory and NURS 452 Nursing Process & Health Promotion Groups/Community Laboratory
NURS 468 SENIOR SEMINAR IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT – SENIOR THESIS – PART II (2)
This is Part II of the capstone course. The student continues to assume responsibility for learning. The student implements and evaluates the outcomes of the project and writes a scholarly paper on the nursing topic. The student formally presents the project in a group and how it meets pro¬gram outcomes.
Prerequisite: NURS 467 Senior Seminar Implementation Project – Senior Thesis – Part I
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