Course Descriptions

Nursing Courses

Faculty

Associate Professors: Amy Govoni, Vida Lock (Dean), Sharon Wing; Clinical Associate Professors: Vicki Johnson, Michelle Kwiatkowski, Meg Toukonen; Assistant Professors: Cheryl Delgado, Maureen Mitchell, Joan Niederriter, Theresa Puckett, Pamela Rutar, Joan Thoman, Linda Wolf; Clinical Assistant Professors: Janet Bessas, Dorothy Hamilton, Karen Pace; Lecturers: Deborah Barlock, Barbara Cavender, Antoinette Kramer, Agnes Tytko, Cathy Winkler.

Course Descriptions

NUR 125 Health and Wellness (2-0-2). Using a holistic approach, selected health behaviors which promote high-level wellness will be explored. Students will have an opportunity to clarify their own health values and assess their present health behaviors and life styles in order to make decisions relative to future health behaviors and lifestyles. Elective. Return to top

NUR 200 Theory and Professional Practice (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Introduces the student to the need for theory development in nursing, selected nursing models, and the philosophy and conceptual framework of the School of Nursing. Attributes and values that define and support the professional nurse are explored. Institute of Medicine core healthcare professional competencies and concepts related to nursing practice are introduced. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of knowledge and skills for facilitative communication and understanding the significance of diversity in healthcare. Return to top

NUR 203 Professional Role Development I (1-0-1). Prerequisites: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Must be a Sophomore Nursing Student and working as a nursing assistant or similar role. Students will examine the roles, responsibilities and interactions of health care team members in a modern, acute care clinical unit in relation to the work and goals of that unit. Students will meet in a small group with an instructor to discuss professional issues such as nursing’s contributions to care, organization and management of a hospital unit, hospital culture, nursing cultures and pace of work. Each student will develop objectives for personal professional growth. Return to top

NUR 215 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Introduces concepts, principles, and theories of nursing practice in relation to levels of preventive care. Includes interpersonal and psychomotor skills as well as the use of the nursing process. (NUR 216 must be taken concurrently; NUR 200 and NUR 219 must be taken concurrently unless previously completed.) Return to top

NUR 216 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice - Clinical (0-6-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Applies the nursing process and principles from the natural, behavioral, and nursing sciences to provide direct care to adult clients within structured settings who are experiencing health problems as a result of stressors. Psychomotor skills are learned and practiced in a skills laboratory prior to performance in a community-based setting. (NUR 215 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 218 Nursing Pharmacology (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Introduces the student to various classifications of drugs used in the care of clients experiencing stressors. Emphasis is on application of the nursing process as it is related to pharmacologY. (Must have completed NUR219) Return to top

NUR 219 Pathophysiology for Nurses. (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. This course focuses on the exploration of various physiologic stressors by which disease occurs, the impact of the individual's GRR on the response of the body and the effects of the disease on normal physiology. Each disease entity is examined by definition, epidemiology, etiology, diagnostic data and clinical manifestation. The clinical concepts of disease can be utilized by the professional nurse in the application of the nursing process in all settings. Return to top

NUR 220 Health Assessment (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Designed to teach the student knowledge and skills to systematically assess and document the health status of an adult. Content related to the use of techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. (NUR 221 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 221 Health Assessment - Laboratory (0-2-1). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Provides supervised laboratory practice to develop health-appraisal skills. Provides practice in documenting a comprehensive assessment using an electronic patient record.(NUR 220 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 225 Medical Surgical Nursing I (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on care of adults who have diseases of adaptation. Theories/concepts of aging, long term care, chronic disease and rehabilitation are presented. Primary and tertiary preventive strategies of selected chronic illnesses are discussed.(NUR 226 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 226 Medical Surgical Nursing I - Clinical (0-12-6). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on the use of the nursing process in structured settings to plan care for patients from young adulthood through old age who have diseases of adaptation. Emphasis is on developing the student's ability to provide tertiary preventive care. Psychomotor skills are learned and practiced in a skills laboratory prior to performance in a community-based setting. ( NUR 225 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 300 Nursing Leadership and Management (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on leadership and management theories and concepts as they relate to the practice of nursing and the delivery of care in a variety of community-based settings. Emphasizes the use of change theory and quality assurance concepts. Approaches to developing leader/change agent and consultant/collaborator roles are explored. Return to top

NUR 303 Professional Role Development II (1-0-1). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Must be a Junior Nursing Student and working as a nursing assistant or similar role. Students will examine the role of nursing personnel providing direct and supervisory care. Students will study the job descriptions and use personal observation to evaluate practice. Issues of delegation, scope of practice, coordination of care, and functioning of a nursing unit will be emphasized. Each student will develop objectives for personal professional growth. Return to top

NUR 305 Medical Surgical Nursing II (2-0-2).Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on care of patients from young adulthood through old age who are experiencing health problems as a result of stressors. Theories and concepts related to care of adults in acute-care settings are presented. (NUR 306 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 306 Medical Surgical Nursing II - Clinical (0-8-4). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on the use of the nursing process in acute care settings to plan care for patients from young adulthood who have acute health problems as a result of stressors. Emphasis is on developing the student's ability to provide secondary preventive care. Psychomotor skills are learned in a skills laboratory prior to performance in a community-based setting. (NUR 305 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 310 Nursing Research (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Introduces the research process and the contributions of research to the improvement of nursing practice. Focuses on the critical analysis and interpretation of research reports and the development of strategies for implementation of research findings. Return to top

NUR 312 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on the care of adults who have health problems related to psychosocial stressors. Theories and concepts related to therapeutic nursing-intervention strategies with individuals and groups are presented. (NUR 313 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 313 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing - Clinical (0-6-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on the use of the nursing process to design therapeutic nursing interventions for clients experiencing psychosocial stressors. Emphasis is on the development of the therapeutic self which is used with individuals and groups in a variety of community-based settings to enhance the communication process and facilitate intervention strategies of a psychosocial nature. (NUR 312 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 325 Pediatric Nursing (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on the care of children who are experiencing a variety of stressors, stress, and diseases of adaption. Theories, concepts, and principles related to the care of children and their families are presented. (NUR 326 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 326 Pediatric Nursing - Clinical (0-6-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on the use of the nursing process to provide secondary preventive care in a variety of community-based settings to children experiencing health problems as a result of stressors. The impact of illness/disease on the development of children from infancy through adolescence will be evaluated. Psychomotor skills are learned and practiced in a skills laboratory prior to performance in a community-based setting. (NUR 325 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 340 Theory and Professional Practice (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. (Open to RN students only.) This course is offered online and introduces the student to the need for theory development in nursing, selected nursing models, and the philosophy and conceptual framework of the School of Nursing. Attitudes and values that support the professional nurse are explored. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of knowledge and skills for facilitative communication and the appreciation of cultural diversity. Concepts related to community-based practice and the nursing process are introduced. Return to top

NUR 341 Advanced Placement for Nursing Leadership Experience (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing major. (Open only to R.N. students with at least 5 years nursing experience.) Seminar is designed to assist the student to reflect on and document relevant prior learning and nursing experience and to present evidence of their achievement in key areas of nursing practice. Such documentation will be collected in a portfolio and will be used as a basis of evaluation for credit. Return to top

NUR 345 Computer Literacy (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program or obtain department permission. Introduces student to use of personal computer, computer concepts, and information systems. Students will explore ways in which computers have impacted the delivery of health care. Students will learn to use computers for word processing, conducting library searches, and use the World Wide Web to locate health-care information to improve nursing practice. Return to top

NUR 346 Professional Writing and Communication (2-0-2).Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. This course is offered online and is open to R.N. students only. Introduces the student to the need for professional communication in nursing through exploration of computer information sources, writing for professional journals, and electronic media presentations. Attributes and skills that support a professional image are explored. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of writing skills and computer literacy. Return to top

NUR 350 Leadership and Management (4-0-4). Prerequisite: NUR 340. (This course is offered online and is open to R.N. students only). Focuses on leadership and management theories and concepts as they relate to the practice of nursing and the delivery of care in a variety of community-based settings. Emphasizes the use of change theory and quality assurance concepts. Approaches to developing leader/change agent and consultant/collaborator roles are explored. Return to top

NUR 360 Nursing Research (2-0-2). Prerequisites: MTH 147. Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. This course is offered online and is open to R.N. students only. Introduces the research process and the contributions of research to the improvement of nursing practice. Focuses on the critical analysis and interpretation of research reports and the development of strategies for implementation of research findings. Must be completed for senior standing in the major. Return to top

NUR 379 Death and Dying: Care of Individuals and Family for Healthcare Professionals (2-0-2). Focuses on death and dying topics through the life span to include those that affect health care workers. Topics include discussion on western philosophy about death and dying, personal assessment of death, cultural, spiritual and religious aspects of death and dying, grieving and bereavement, loss of child, loss of parent, loss of spouse and communication issues related to death and dying. This course will also look at ethical and legal issues and the healthcare provider’s role. (Elective) Return to top

NUR 380 Maternal Newborn Nursing (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Explores primary preventive strategies that can be used to ameliorate stressors that affect the health of childbearing families. Theoretical issues related to developmental and situational stressors are presented. (NUR 382 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 382 Maternal Newborn Nursing - Clinical (0-6-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on the use of the nursing process to provide primary preventive care to childbearing families experiencing stressors. Psychomotor skills will be learned and practiced in a skills laboratory prior to performance in a community-based setting. (NUR 380 must be taken concurrently). Return to top

NUR 403 Professional Role Development III (1-0-1). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Must be working as a nursing assistant or similar role Students will examine the role of the Registered Nurse through reflection on practice. And identify own strengths and weakness and career goals. Opportunities for continued professional growth will be explored. Return to top

NUR 408 Gerontological Nursing (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Open to RN students only. Focuses on using the conceptual framework in planning and evaluating preventive strategies in the provision of health care for the older adult and their family in community-based settings. Theories, concepts, and principles related to adaptation ofaging presented. ( NUR 409 must be taken concurrently). Return to top

NUR 409 Gerontological Nursing - Clinical (0-4-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program.Open to RN students only. Focuses on the use of the nursing process to provide preventive care to adults in community-based settings. Emphasis is on implementing a teaching plan and other strategies to facilitate the client's ability to adapt to stress. (NUR 408 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 412 Community Health Nursing (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on community as client and the factors necessary to define and describe the client and assess community. Basic principles of the study, prevention, and control of diseases that impact a community will be discussed. Use of the nursing process to plan care for the community will be explored. (NUR 414 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 414 Community Health Nursing - Clinical (0-6-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on community assessment. Students will use the nursing process to develop therapeutic nursing interventions for communities with increased risk of illness, disability, or premature death. Emphasis is on health promotion, health maintenance, health education, and case management for the community. (NUR 412 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 415 Medical Surgical Nursing III (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on care of adults with life-threatening health problems in a variety of settings.(NUR 416 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 416 Medical Surgical Nursing III - Clinical (0-10-5). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Focuses on care of clients with life-threatening health problems with emphasis on assessment, integration of laboratory results, use of biomedical technology, and planning and implementing appropriate nursing care. (NUR 415 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 420 Professional Role Practicum (0-6-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. This Capstone course is designed to provide the student with in-depth experience within a chosen field of practice. Emphasis is directed toward use of the nursing process within the parameters of the stress framework for the refinement of clinical skills in the delivery of quality nursing care for individuals, groups, families, or communities. Includes experience in operationalizing the entire role spectrum of the professional nurse. Return to top

NUR 425 Professional Role Preparation (2-0-2) Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. This course is designed to help the student prepared for licensing and transition into the professional role. Students will examine current issues and trends which impact the profession, and discuss legal, economic, political, cultural, and ethical issues that impact the nurse, the profession, and the delivery of health care. Return to top

NUR 430 Professional Seminar (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Open to RN students only. Identifies and explores contemporary issues and future trends that have impact on the profession. Students will examine selected legal, economic, political, cultural, and ethical issues that act as stressors on the professional nurse, the practice of nursing, and the delivery of nursing care within the health-care delivery system. Return to top

NUR 440 Community Health Nursing (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Open to RN students only. Focuses on community as client and the factors necessary to define, describe the client, and assess needs. Basic principles of the study, prevention, and control of diseases that impact a client will be discussed. Use of the nursing process to plan care for the community will be explored. (NUR 441 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 441 Community Health Nursing - Clinical (0-2-1). Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Open to RN students only. Focuses on community assessment. Students will use the nursing process to develop nursing interventions for communities with increased risk of illness, disability, or premature death. Emphasis is on health promotion, health maintenance, health education, and case management for the community. (NUR 440 must be taken concurrently.) Return to top

NUR 460 Professional Role Practicum (0-6-3).Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program. Open to RN students only. This Capstone course is designed to provide the student with in-depth experience within a chosen field of practice. Emphasis is directed toward use of the nursing process within the parameters of the stress framework in the refinement of clinical skills and in the delivery of quality nursing care for individuals, groups, families, or communities. Includes experience in operationalizing the entire role spectrum of the professional nurse. Return to top

NUR 493 Special Topics in Nursing (1 to 4 credits).Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing program or permission of instructor. Study of health problems of particular groups. Topics arranged by mutual agreement of the students and the department. May be repeated. Return to top

NUR 496 Independent Study (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing program or permission of instructor. Faculty-supervised independent study in one area of student's interest. May be repeated. Return to top

NUR 498 Health of Older Persons (4-0-4). A comprehensive course emphasizing health-related factors which affect the aged population in the United States; aging as a normal but irreversible process; factors contributing to health promotion or maintenance, such as nutrition and access to health-care delivery systems; patterns of illness and viable alternatives to institutionalization of the aged. (Core course for Gerontology Certificate Program) (Elective) Return to top

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