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NURS298 Independent Study

Reading/writing or in-depth exploration of a selected area of nursing with a faculty member. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

NURS301 Introduction to Professional Nursing

The purpose of this course is to explicate the values and philosophy of the Nursing Program and helps students to develop an understanding of issues confronting professional nurses. Emphasis is on history, trends, policy issues and the inter-relatedness of these factors with socio-cultural forces affecting the quality, nature and delivery of basic nursing care. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing major. Spring

NURS302 Introduction to Patient-Centered Care

This course introduces students to the theoretical foundations of practice and begins to establish the knowledge, attitudes, and skills required in the field. The course will emphasize the need for nurses to recognize and respond to patient values and needs with respect and compassion in a coordinated health care environment. Prerequisite: NURS 301. Pre-Licensure option candidates are also required to enroll in NURS 303 and NURS 304 concurrently. Spring.

NURS303 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology

An understanding of developmentally relevant pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic processes following drug therapy is essential to prevent adverse drug interactions and patient harm. This course will explore these processes, basic physiological mechanisms underlying illness and disease, and the positive outcomes associated with health promotion and disease prevention actions in populations. Prerequisite: NURS 301. Concurrent with NURS 302 and NURS 304. Spring.

NURS304 Clinical: Patient-Centered Care

Pre-licensure nursing students are introduced to the holistic care of clients, beginning clinical decision-making, and therapeutic nursing interventions as the foundation of nursing practice. Nursing process, assessment, documentation, therapeutic communication skills, aseptic technique, medication administration and other fundamental nursing skills are included. Medication-Math Competency is required to earn passing grade. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: NURS 301. Concurrent with NURS 302 and NURS 303.

NURS305 Evidence-Based Practice

Students develop the knowledge necessary to identify, apply, and evaluate current evidence to support clinical expertise. Decision-making skills that demonstrate compassionate awareness of patient and family preferences, experience, and values will be developed. Therapeutic interventions for acute, chronic, and mental health alterations are presented. Prerequisite: NURS 302. Concurrent with NURS 306 *.

*Pre-Licensure option candidates are also expected to enroll in NURS 307. Summer.

NURS306 Legal and Ethical Foundations

Laws and ethical principles guiding practice are emphasized. Areas of legal exploration will include: malpractice, negligence, and standards of care. Students will apply critical thinking and analysis as they consider ethical decision-making as care providers in this complex and rapidly advancing profession. Spring.

NURS307 Clinical: Evidence-Based Practice

This clinical course provides the experience of applying evidence and skills in caring for adult clients, including the elderly. These clinical experiences promote disciplined decision-making, support effective communication, facilitate positive patient care outcomes, and strive for error reduction, using nursing informatics to document nursing care and outcomes of patient care, and communicate with others. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: NURS 302, NURS 303, NURS 304. Concurrent with NURS 305 and NURS 306.

NURS308 Med-Surg-Acute Care

Addresses the nursing care of adults with life threatening conditions. Particular attention paid to nursing care of patients with increasing complexity and acuity levels. Prerequisites: NURS 304. Corequisites: NURS 305, NURS 307, and NURS 312. Summer.

NURS310 Healthcare Informatics

Integrates nursing science with computer technology and information science. Provides focus on the role of information systems in health care organizations. Emphasis is on technology-based health applications which support clinical, administrative, research, and educational decision making enhancing the efficacy of nursing endeavors. Summer.

NURS311 Clinical Calculations

This course prepares students to calculate dosage and solutions for beginning nursing practice. Students will learn how to make conversions between measurement systems, calculate drug and fluid dosages, and understand drug calculations for specialty areas. Prerequisite: Nursing majors who have passed Nursing Basic Math Exam according to program standards or by permission of the Director of Nursing. Fall.

NURS312 Health Promotion & Assessment

Examine models of health in wellness promotion and illness prevention across the lifespan. Emphasis on the individual in context of family and environment. Focus on appraisal of risk and evidence-based reduction of risk. Students attain mastery of fundamental and advanced health assessment skills for diverse groups in the Simulation Lab. Prerequisite: NURS 304. Corequisites: NURS 305, NURS 307, NURS 308. Summer.

NURS401 Collaborative Care of Populations

Students learn to function as members of interdisciplinary teams to provide care. This course will support skillful integration of patient-centered care and evidence-based practice theories in decision-making. Students will also develop skills to foster open communication, ensure mutual respect, and engage in shared decision-making within teams. Prerequisite: NURS 307 or permission of instructor. Concurrent with NURS 402 and NURS 403. Fall.

NURS402 Specialty Nursing Practice

Critical thinking and the nursing process are used to provide therapeutic nursing interventions to manipulate complex environmental factors while maintaining health and promoting wellness. Focus is on advanced assessment techniques and nursing skills, caring for the childbearing family, clients in schools, and the workplace. Prerequisite: NURS 307 or permission of instructor. Concurrent with NURS 401 and NURS 403. Fall.

NURS403 Clinical: Specialty Settings

Note: 4 credits Pre-Licensure and 2 credits RN. Students apply nursing knowledge and skills in community health, occupational health, child-bearing and child rearing agencies, and function as a member of a health care team to ensure positive outcomes. Clinical sites will include community clinics, rural hospitals, long-term care centers, senior centers, day care centers, schools, OB clinics and acute care including ante-partum labor/delivery sites, post-partum sites and newborn nursery sites. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: NURS 307 or permission of instructor. Concurrent with NURS 401 and NURS 402.

NURS404 Nursing Leadership

Students gain understanding of how nursing leadership influences patient care and team functioning using outcomes data to evaluate and improve nursing care delivery systems. The concept of nurse as a leader and manager is examined using theories of organization, management, leadership, change, decision-making, and group process. Prerequisite: NURS 403. Concurrent with NURS 405 *.

*Pre-Licensure option candidates are also required to enroll in NURS 406 concurrently. Spring.

NURS405 Nursing Research

This course prepares students to identify problems within a variety of practice settings, evaluate relevant research literature and evidence, and apply research evidence to support change processes in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: NURS 403. Concurrent with NURS 404 *.

*Pre-Licensure option candidates are also required to enroll in NURS 406 concurrently. Spring.

NURS406 Clinical: Advanced Care

This clinical capstone course provides experience as a nursing leader to direct the provision of quality health care by interdisciplinary teams. These clinical experiences promote skills of decision-making for groups, of management within health care organizations, to institute and test quality control methods, and to promote the application of research in nursing practice. Students select individual nursing care settings for providing nursing care experiences that support their goals for practice. Contracts are completed with preceptors as mentors. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: NURS 403. Concurrent with NURS 404 and NURS 405.

NURS407 Med-Surg-Chronic Care

Develops knowledge necessary to identify, apply, and evaluate the best current evidence to develop clinical expertise, considering adults' and families' preferences, experience and values when making practice decisions. Therapeutic interventions pertaining to care of the client experiencing chronic, and health deficiencies presented. Prerequisite: NURS 308. Corequisites: NURS 401, NURS 402, NURS 403. Fall.

NURS408 NCLEX-RN Preparation & Review

Provides students with the opportunity to review their mastery of nursing content, computer CAT test-taking skills and strategies, and the psychomotor aspects of high stakes testing in preparation for the NCLEX-RN. Prerequisite: Senior Nursing Standing.

NURS498 Independent Study

Reading/writing or research in a selected area of nursing with a faculty member. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.