Nursing

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

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

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.

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.

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, and medication administration are included as well as other fundamental nursing skills. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: NURS 301. Concurrent with NURS 302 and NURS 303.

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.

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. Prerequisite: NURS 302. Concurrent with NURS 305 *.

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

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.

Examines holistic health care and alternative healing practices that emphasize the mind-body connection and complement traditional medicine practices. It introduces students to eastern practices (e.g. yoga), homeopathy, and other approaches including meditation, hypnosis, nutritional and herbal-based therapies. Legal, ethical, and policy issues raised by the delivery of these therapies are considered. Fall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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