2011 - 2012 Nursing Courses

NURS 210 Nutrition (3)
This course is an introductory study of the principles of nutrition applicable to people throughout the lifespan, in both health and illness. Students learn novice nutritional assessment and the impact of personal and sociocultural factors on nutritional status. Once the foundations of nutrition are laid, the focus becomes dietary implications during critical development periods and pathologic conditions. An awareness of social issues will be developed based on readings, discussion, case studies, and guest speakers. 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)
Health assessment is the first step in the nursing process and is a basis for clinical decision-making. This course will focus on assessing the health status of adolescent and adult clients. In the classroom setting, students learn to apply theoretical principles using a variety of methods and case studies. In the college skills lab, students gain novice health assessment skills, including history taking and physical examination using both body systems and Gordon's Functional Health Pattern models. They learn to collect and analyze data, identify nursing diagnoses and collaborative problems, and document findings. Prerequisites: NURS 220, 303, and 306.
 
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 (7)
The course is designed to provide students with the conceptual basis for understanding health and alterations in health of adult clients. The course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse and the mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental factors that alter the client's health. Students use the nursing process and Patricia Benner's From Novice to Expert model to provide nursing care to adult clients in a variety of clinical settings. Prerequisites: NURS 220, 303, 306; concurrent enrollment in NURS 220, 303, 306.
 
NURS 306 Gerontological Nursing (2)
The course 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 prepares to perform the 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 be identified and clinical application discussed. Prerequisite: admission to the nursing program.
 
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 302, 304, 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 302, 304, 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)
Provide the senior nursing student with the conceptual basis for understanding mental health alterations in clients with mental illness, for assessing and caring for clients within a biopsychosocial context, and for recognizing the roles and responsibilities of the professional psychiatric nurse. The course focuses on therapeutic communication skills, therapeutic nurse-client relationships, conceptual models of psychiatric nursing, common psychiatric disorders with related nursing diagnoses, and nursing interventions appropriate with clients who have significant alterations in mental health. The student uses the nursing process to provide psychiatric nursing care to clients in a variety of clinical settings and applies theory and current research toward safe, ethical, compassionate, and comprehensive nursing care. Emphasis is placed on using the nursing process in holistic and culturally sensitive ways with all clients, and to optimize client participation in the process of care. Nurse-client interactions are directed to assist the client in developing adaptive patterns of functional behaviors and to educate and support significant others in the client's support system. 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 Practices relevant to community health nursing are 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.