2006 - 2007 Nursing Courses

NURS

210

Nutrition

(3)

An introductory study of nutritional principles applicable to people throughout the life span, in both health and illness. Students learn about nutritional assessment and the impact of personal and sociocultural factors on nutritional status. Dietary implications during critical developmental periods and pathologic conditions are discussed. 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

220

Pharmacology

(2)

Introduces the student to the psychologic and physiologic effects of the major therapeutic pharmaceutical agents using a pathophysiologic approach. Nurses’ responsibilities, including evaluation of the client’s responses and appropriate nursing interventions, are discussed. Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program.

 

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

300

Special Topics in Nursing

(1-4)

Special topics and workshops. May be repeated for credit.

 

NURS

302

Health Assessment

(2)

Focuses on the nursing assessment of the health status of adolescent and adult clients. In the classroom setting students apply theoretical principles to case studies of patients. In the college skills lab, students gain novice health assessment skills, including history taking and physical examination. They learn to collect and analyze data, identify nursing diagnoses, and document findings using a body systems approach. Prerequisite: admission to the nursing program.

 

NURS

303

Introduction to Professional Nursing

(5)

An introduction to the organizing framework of the curriculum and to the principles of the beginning clinical skills within the domains of nursing practice. The course focuses on providing students with the conceptual basis for understanding the client’s interaction with the environment, functional health patterns, the nursing process, and the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse. Students use the nursing process with individual clients in hospital or residential-care settings, with emphasis on beginning clinical and communication skills, assessment of functional health patterns, care plans, and nursing diagnosis. Prerequisite: admission to the nursing program.

 

NURS

304

Medical-Surgical Nursing

(6)

Provides students with the conceptual basis for applying knowledge from anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nutrition, health assessment, and nursing fundamentals in the use of the nursing process to safely care for clients in acute care settings. Students use the nursing process to provide nursing care to adult clients in acute care settings at the level of advanced beginner as defined by Benner. The course also focuses on roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse and the mental, emotional, social, and environmental factors that alter the client's health. Prerequisites: NURS 220, 302, 303; concurrent enrollment in NURS 390, 306.

 

NURS

306

Gerontological Nursing

(3)

Focuses on the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of aging, and the teaching/coaching role of the professional nurse in health maintenance and promotion. The student performs diagnostic and monitoring functions through assessing the health patterns and the environmental factors impacting the community-dwelling older adult client. Community resources available for providing health care services will also be identified. Prerequisites: NURS 220, 302, 303; completion of, or concurrent enrollment in NURS 304, 390.

 

NURS

308

Nursing of the Childbearing Family

(6)

Designed to provide students with the conceptual basis for understanding health and alterations in the health of the childbearing family. The course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in the assessment and management of the physiological status and the mental, emotional, social, and environmental adjustments of the mother-baby dyad and the family unit. Emphasis is placed on using the nursing process to provide nursing care for the childbearing family and its individual members in a variety of clinical settings. Prerequisite: completion of NURS 304, 306, 390.

 

NURS

309

Child Health Nursing

(6)

This course is designed to provide students with the conceptual basis for understanding health and alterations in the health of children and the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse. The course focuses on normal growth and development, physical assessment, and care of the child from birth through adolescence. Emphasis is placed on using the nursing process to provide nursing care to the child and family in a variety of clinical settings. Ethical and legal concepts related to child health nursing within the domains of nursing practice are addressed. Prerequisites: NURS 304, 306, 390.

 

NURS

390

Nursing Theory and Research

(3)

Provides students with the conceptual basis for understanding nursing theory and the research process. Broad exposure to nursing theorists with a specific focus on the nursing theory of Patricia Benner. Students critique nursing research reports and begin to evaluate research findings for application to nursing practice. Prerequisites: MATH 150; admission to the nursing program.

 

NURS

401

Directed Studies

(1-4)

A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Nursing Program. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and consent of advisor, instructor, and school dean.

 

NURS

404

Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing

(6)

Provides students with the conceptual basis for understanding multiple and complex alterations in health and the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse to individuals and families in high acuity settings at the level of advanced beginner as defined by Benner. The student uses the nursing process to provide nursing care to clients in a highly technical environment and functions in a collaborative relationship as a member of the health care team. The course affords a high level of critical thinking and independent decision making. Prerequisites: completion of all junior year nursing courses; NURS 405, 408.

 

NURS

405

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

(6)

Provides students with the conceptual basis for effective management and an increased understanding of mental health within a biopsychosocial context. This course focuses on work roles, competencies of the professional psychiatric nurse, and the administration and monitoring of therapeutic communications in nurse-client relationships. Conceptual models of psychiatric nursing provide a framework to ensure the quality of mental health care as the student uses the nursing process to provide psychiatric nursing interventions. Prerequisite: completion of all junior year nursing courses.

 

NURS

408

Community Health Nursing

(6)

This comprehensive course focuses on community health nursing concepts and the domains of professional nursing practice as a basis toward achievement of optimal health for families and communities. Emphasis is placed on community assessment, family assessment, health promotion, and planning for the health of communities, families, and individuals across the life span. Principles of epidemiology are utilized. The interaction of the environment and changing health care delivery systems in relation to the health needs and services in the community are analyzed. Evidence-Based Practice relevant to community health nursing is applied in the community settings. Prerequisite: completion of all junior year nursing courses.

 

NURS

409

Nursing Leadership Capstone

(6)

A capstone course provides students an opportunity to synthesize all previous course work and clinical experiences to facilitate evidence-based professional nursing. Role transition into the domains of nursing practice is analyzed. This course integrates the nursing process with the concepts of leadership, organizational theory, group dynamics, power, problem-solving, change, conflict, and legal/ethical aspects of practice. The role of nursing in monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practices is examined. This course emphasizes that all nurses are leaders to clients, families, team members and the public; leadership concepts are utilized at every level of care delivery. In this course, students will analyze organizational and work-role competencies. Prerequisites: successful completion of all junior year nursing courses, as well as NURS 405, 408.