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NURS298 Independent Study

1-4 credits

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

2 credits

The purpose of this course is to explicate the values and philosophy of the Nursing Program and help 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: Nursing major. Spring.

NURS302 Fundamentals of Nursing

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. Co-requisites: NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 306, NURS 311, NURS 312. Spring.

NURS303 Nursing Pharmacology I

2 credits

This introductory nursing pharmacology course focuses on developmentally relevant pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic processes. These processes include drug therapy which is essential to prevent adverse drug interactions and patient harm. This course explores basic physiological mechanisms underlying illness and disease, and the positive outcomes associated with health promotion and disease prevention. Prerequisite: NURS 301. Co-requisites: NURS 302, NURS 304, NURS 306, NURS 311 and NURS 312. Fall.

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. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing program. Co-requisites: NURS 301, NURS 302 and NURS 303. Graded Pass/Fail.

NURS305 Psychosocial Nursing

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. Spring.

NURS306 Pathophysiology for Nursing

2 credits

This course focuses on concepts of pathophysiology essential to understanding alterations in body systems at a cellular and organ system level. The fundamental principles of nursing will be integrated to support clinical decision making for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management. Prerequisite: NURS 301. Co-requisites: NURS 302, NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 311, NURS 312. Fall

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 Medical Surgical Nursing - Acute Care

This course addresses restorative care for adults in medical and surgical care settings. Topics include pathophysiology of disease, therapeutic nursing interventions for acute and chronic manifestations of diseases in major organ systems. Prerequisites: NURS 302, NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 306, NURS 311, NURS 312. Corequisites: NURS 305, NURS 307, and NURS 314. Spring.

NURS309 Nursing Research I

The course prepares students to identify researchable clinical problems in healthcare settings, understand the research process, compare and contrast the processes of EBP and QI. Students develop skills to critically analyze research studies and apply research outcomes. Research studies are critically analyzed with regard to their implications for clinical practice. Prerequisite: MATH 141; Corequisites NURS 305 and NURS 308.

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

2 credits

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. 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: Nursing major. Summer.

NURS314 Nursing Pharmacology II

2 credits

This course focuses on understanding pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic processes following drug therapy. Concepts are essential to prevent drug interactions and patient harm. Pharmacology II will explore processes and integrate physiological mechanisms, underlying illness and disease, and the positive outcomes associated with health promotion and disease prevention. Prerequisite: NURS 303. Spring.

NURS401 Community Health Nursing

This course promotes integration of patient-centered care and evidence-based practice assisting the student to provide nursing care to population aggregates and function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision-making, team learning and development. This course prepares nurses for the practice of population-based care. Students examine the historic, contemporary and futuristic perspectives of the development of community and public health nursing as well as its principles and theories building on the social sciences and epidemiology. Prerequisites: NURS 301, NURS 302, NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 305, NURS 306, NURS 307, NURS 311, NURS 312. Co-requisites: NURS 402, NURS 403, NURS 407.

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 302, NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 306, NURS 311, AND NURS 312. Spring.

NURS403 Clinical: Specialty Settings

2-4 credits

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. Patients and sites will vary depending on availability. Clinical course associated with NURS 401 and NURS 402. Community health visits may focus on maternal and child health. Prerequisite: NURS 301, NURS 302, NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 305, NURS 306, NURS 307 Co-requisites: NURS 401, NURS 402, NURS 407. Graded Pass/Fail.

NURS404 Nursing Leadership

2 credits

Students gain understanding of how nursing leadership influences patient care and team functioning in practice. The capstone course provides opportunities for students to synthesize knowledge and skills as a professional nurse, use data to monitor outcomes and develop methods to continuously improve the quality and safety of healthcare. Prerequisite: NURS 403. Corequsite: NURS 406.

NURS405 Nursing Research II

2 credits

The course reinforces the principles of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the application of statistical analysis of data, the utilization of information systems for accessing, storing and analyzing data, as well as the application of theoretical constructs to frame clinical questions and/or a research proposal. Prerequisites: MATH 141, NURS 309.

NURS406 Transition to Practice Clinical

This clinical immersion course fosters transition from student nurse to practicing professional nurse. Students participate in the interdisciplinary provision of quality health care. Students will participate in management within health care organizations and test quality control methods which promote the application of research in nursing practice. Prerequisites: NURS 403. Co-requisites: NURS 404, NURS 405. Spring.

NURS407 Medical Surgical Nursing - Chronic Care

Students will develop the knowledge necessary to identify, evaluate and apply the best current evidence to develop clinical expertise, as well as consider adults' and families' preferences, experiences, and values to make practice decisions. Therapeutic interventions pertaining to the care of the client experiencing chronic illness and health deficiencies will be presented. Pre-requisite: NURS 308. Co-requisites: NURS 401, NURS 402, NURS 403.

NURS408 NCLEX-RN Preparation & Review

2 credits

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: NURS 407

NURS410 Medical Surgical Nursing III

2 credits

The course incorporates case scenarios and patient simulation that actively engage students in critical-thinking and clinical decision-making. Students explore physiological and psychological principles of complex illnesses building upon knowledge from previous nursing courses. Focus is on collaborating with other healthcare professionals, managing patient care and quality improvement. Prerequisites: NURS 308, NURS 402, NURS 407. Corequisites: NURS 404, NURS 406.

NURS498 Independent Study

1-4 credits

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