Nursing

Name Title Credits School
NURS 102 Introduction to Nursing and Nursing Process 2.00 School of Health Professions
This course lays the foundation for professional practice by introducing theoretical concepts that provide the basis for contemporary nursing in the evolving health care environment. Students will explore and discuss the profession of nursing and the roles of the professional nurse as a member of the interprofessional health care team. Students will be introduced to the nursing process and selected teaching learning theories relating to Transcultural Nursing and Global Health, the nurse-patient relationship, professional values and ethical behavior, and effective interprofessional communication. Students will develop selected skills essential for basic nursing care.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-0-2

NURS 301 Therapeutics 1: Adult Health Clinical 4.00 School of Health Professions
This course is the clinical component of NURS 310. This course focuses on the assessment and the care of adults. This clinical course facilitates the application of nursing skills, knowledge, and critical thinking necessary for safe effective nursing care within a controlled setting. Students will be expected to develop beginner-level nursing process competencies in caring for the adult client. The course includes on campus clinical practice in the Nursing Arts and Simulation labs and off campus clinical practice in acute and sub-acute health care settings. The nursing process provides the framework for clinical practice. Students are introduced to the professional nursing skills used in basic health assessment of an adult client and will be expected to develop beginner-level nursing process competencies. Content will address developmental, psychosocial, environmental, and health promotion which form the foundation of safe nursing practice. Topics include methods of clinical data collection, the identification of risks to health, safe communication, interprofessional team process, and the formulation and application of preventative interventions.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: NURS 102.

Corequisite Course(s): Co-requisite: NURS 310 and NURS 315. Course is limited to Nursing students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-12-4

NURS 310 Transcultural Nursing I: Adult Health 3.00 School of Health Professions
This didactic course focuses on the theoretical, physiological, and pathological concepts used to address the health care needs of adults. Building on the foundation of NURS 102 and the nursing process, students will examine the impacts of altered health states and plan nursing care for clients experiencing health alterations. Emphasis is placed on safe communication and care strategies that facilitate health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, risk reduction, and the restoration and maintenance of optimum levels of wellness and health within a cultural context. Developmental focus is on the young adult.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: ANTH 205 or ICBS 309.

Corequisite Course(s): Co-requisite: NURS 301. Course is limited to Nursing students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3

NURS 315 Pharmacology for Nursing 3.00 School of Health Professions
This didactic course provides students with an overview of pharmacology with an emphasis on clinical applications that are pivotal to safe and effective medication therapy for clients with potential or actual health problems. Both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment modalities will be discussed. Content includes indications, modes of action, effects, contraindications and interactions for selected medications. Specific nursing responsibilities related to medication administration for individuals across the lifespan are emphasized.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3

NURS 320 Pathophysiology Concepts for Nursing Practice 2.00 School of Health Professions
This course introduces the student to the pathophysiologic disruptions in the normal body functioning in individuals across the lifespan; assessment and analysis of manifestations of common health problems resulting from environmental, genetic and stress-related maladaptations are analyzed. Diagnostic assessments are discussed for each disease process. Alternative medical and pharmacological management is discussed for selected disease processes, and related nursing implications and evidenced based strategies are explored. Open only to RN Completion Students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-0-2

NURS 322 Theoretical and Transcultural Concepts for Professional Nursing Practice 2.00 College of Arts & Sciences
This course expands professional practice by examining theoretical concepts which provide the foundation for culturally sensitive contemporary nursing practice. An in-depth presentation of Transcultural Nursing Theory and Global Health is emphasized. Enhanced knowledge of nursing theoretical frameworks will provide the student with a foundation for incorporating evidence based practice into safe and culturally competent patient care. The American Health Care System, and the role of the professional nurse as a member of a health care interdisciplinary team are discussed. Students will explore the impact of current and future trends as they relate to health care, health policy, and the nursing profession. Open only to RN Pathways Students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-0-2

NURS 325 Integrating Information Technology, Simulation and Professional Nursing Practice 2.00 School of Health Professions
This course provides an introduction to informatics, information technology and simulation and their application to professional nursing practice. The communication of information is fundamental to the delivery of safe, high quality, outcomes oriented healthcare. Today's nurse uses data, information and knowledge that are communicated verbally and through the utilization of computers and related information technology. The student in this course will gain knowledge and skills used to support safe patient-care delivery, promote consumer health, utilize nursing research, assess patient outcomes and provide education through information technology. Required computer skills: Student should have basic computing skills including word processing and navigating the Web. Open to RN Completion students.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: NURS 322, NURS 320 Corequisite: NURS 415

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-0-2

NURS 351 Nursing Therapeutics II: Adult Health Clinical 4.00 School of Health Professions
This course is the clinical component of NURS 360. This course focuses on the assessment and care of adults with acute health and chronic health problems and builds on the expected assessment and safe care competencies attained in Adult Health I: Clinical. The course includes on campus clinical practice in the Nursing Arts and Simulation labs and off campus clinical practice in acute primary health care settings. Emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse as a member of the interprofessional health care team in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of safe client and family centered care. Attention is paid to the psychosocial aspects of disease within the context of a multicultural patient community. The student is expected to master the nursing competencies required to care for patients with complex medical-surgical diagnoses.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: Take NURS 301 with minimum grade of P or IP and NURS 310.

Corequisite Course(s): Co-requisite: NURS 360. Course is limited to Nursing students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-12-4

NURS 360 Transcultural Nursing II: Adult Health 3.00 School of Health Professions
This didactic course expands and applies the principles developed in Transcultural Nursing I: Adult Health. Continued study of nursing care for adult patients with alterations in physiological integrity, emphasizing promoting clinical reasoning skills best practices and patient safety. Students learn to provide high quality, client centered care within a cultural context, using the nursing process to promote optimal wellbeing. Developmental focus is on the middle-aged adult.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: NURS 310.

Corequisite Course(s): Co-requisite: NURS 351. Course is limited to Nursing students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3

NURS 401 Nursing Therapeutics III: Maternal-Child and Family Health Clinical 4.00 School of Health Professions
This course is the clinical component of NURS 410. This course focuses on the nursing care of child-bearing and child-rearing families. Students are introduced to actual or potential patient/family health care problems encountered in a variety of gynecologic, obstetric and pediatric settings. The student is introduced to the interpersonal and nursing care skills necessary for the assessment of risks to health and safety among members of these families. Emphasis is placed on the planning and the implementation of preventive and educational interventions and health promotion and maintenance strategies within a multicultural patient community. The student is expected to attain the competencies required to care for the developing family.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: Take NURS 351 with minimum grade of P or IP and NURS 360.

Corequisite Course(s): Co-requisite: NURS 410. Course is limited to Nursing students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-12-4

NURS 410 Transcultural Nursing III: Maternal-Child and Family Health 3.00 School of Health Professions
This didactic course applies the concepts and competencies attained in Transcultural Nursing I and II as it focuses on the health needs of different families and their interactions with the nurse. The student is expected to apply principles of nursing science and evidence based care in the specialty areas of genetics, reproductive health, obstetrical, gynecological and pediatric nursing within a multicultural context. Inter-professional collaboration in planning and implementing care as well as the role of the nurse as advocate and educator in support of the family system. Acute and chronic health problems of children and adolescents will be integrated with developmental needs, as related to nursing practice. Developmental focus is on the newborn, toddler and adolescent.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: NURS 360.

Corequisite Course(s): Co-requisite: NURS 401. Course is limited to Nursing students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3

NURS 415 Health Assessment 3.00 School of Health Professions
This course focuses on the assessment and care of adults with healthcare variations and enhancing interpersonal and health assessment skills using a system and evidenced based approach. Students will apply health theory to obtain knowledge pertinent to the performance of systematic biological reviews of normal vs. abnormal clinical physical manifestations that are common to adults. Emphasis will be placed on critical reasoning and clinical judgment within the context of a multi-cultural global client community. Topics will include methods of subjective and objective history data collection, and completion of an adult physical examination. This course has a clinical experience in the student's health care setting. Open only to RN Completion Students.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: NURS 320, NURS 322 Corequisite: NURS 325

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-3-3

NURS 421 Community Health Nursing and Population Health 5.00 School of Health Professions
This didactic and clinical course focuses on the theoretical concepts and evidence based best practices for safe culturally competent nursing practice in diverse communities from a local, national and global perspective. The role of the community health nurse as a member of the interprofessional health care team is emphasized. The integration of public health principles and social, cultural, political, economic, policy and environmental health care indicators are pivotal to the development of care strategies that promote and protect the health of communities, especially populations at risk, the elderly and underserved populations. The student applies this knowledge during clinical rotations in selected community healthcare facilities. Students are expected to develop competencies involving defining a community, assessing the health status, identifying health care needs, planning for the health of populations in the community, implementing care and evaluating the potential effects of the community health plan.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-6-5

NURS 421L Nursing in the Community Laboratory 0.00 School of Health Professions
This course is a laboratory component of the lecture course. This course focuses on the multicultural community as the client system, within which nursing care is delivered to individuals, families, and aggregate groups. The student integrates advanced nursing science concepts and social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental considerations in order to develop a transcultural community perspective in nursing practice. The student applies this knowledge in defining a community, assessing the health status, identifying health care needs, planning for the health of populations in the community, and evaluating the potential effects of the community health plan.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-6-0

NURS 430 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice 3.00 School of Health Professions
This didactic course introduces the student to scientifically based research methodologies and their application to nursing practice. Research is viewed as an integral aspect of professional nursing practice. Students learn the basic components of research studies, including theoretical and conceptual grounding of research, critical elements of research design, ethical/legal issues of human subjects and how to integrate research into evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to evaluate published nursing research for knowledgeable consumership , including information literacy skills, and in utilizing research strategies and evidence-based nursing care outcomes to solve nursing care problems.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: PSYC 210. Course is limited to Nursing students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3

NURS 451 Nursing Therapeutics IV: Preceptored Practicum and Mental Health Clinical 4.00 School of Health Professions
This course is the clinical component of NURS 461. This course focuses on persons with complex Medical Surgical/Psychiatric Mental Health problems. The preceptored practicum focuses on clients with complex medical and/or surgical nursing care problems across the life span. The course includes on campus clinical practice in the Nursing Arts and Simulation LABS and off campus clinical practice in a primary health care setting. The student is expected to practice interprofessionally and demonstrate the organizational, management and self-care competencies involved in the care of multiple complex clients across the life span. The mental health component is a seven-week clinical rotation. The student interacts with clients who have multiple mental health conditions in the acute inpatient settings. Utilization of therapeutic milieus, interdisciplinary team meetings, patient group therapeutic interactions, and process recording will demonstrate student competency.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: Take NURS 401 with minimum grade of P or IP and NURS 410.

Corequisite Course(s): Co-requisite: NURS 461. Course is limited to Nursing students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-12-4

NURS 461 Transcultural Nursing IV: Adult Health/Mental Health and Elder Care 4.00 School of Health Professions
This didactic course expands and applies the principles developed in Transcultural Nursing I and II as it focuses on the medical surgical and mental health needs of individuals, their families, and communities experiencing chronic illness and their acute exacerbations. Principles of family theory, health teaching, gerontology and evidenced based research are used by the student for planning patient centered nursing care. Knowledge of cultural patterns is integrated into the coping and change process. Developmental focus is on the aging population

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 4-0-4

NURS 470 Leadership in Professional Nursing: Managerial Concepts and Skills 3.00 School of Health Professions
This didactic course provides an introduction to the current theories of management, leadership and change and introduces the managing role of the nurse within varied nursing practice settings Students investigate and discuss the issues associated with nursing health care management. Managerial skills and leadership concepts required to promote positive outcomes are examined. Emphasis is placed on strategies that facilitate quality improvement and safety.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: NURS 301, NURS 310, and NURS 315.

Corequisite Course(s): Co-requisite: NURS 351, NURS 360, and NURS 430. Course is limited to Nursing students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3

NURS 480 Nursing Capstone: Professionalism, Empowerment and Voice 4.00 School of Health Professions
The senior capstone course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore and examine contemporary nursing practice, issues, topics, or problems relevant to the nursing profession within a multicultural context. Lectures, civic engagement clinical project Lobby Day), clinical seminars (preceptored practicum and transition to professional practice) and designated workshops, conferences and IPEC Collaborations (Simulations) and the NCLEX-RN Boot Camp will provide the medium for facilitating student outcome goals. Students will work in groups on selected professional/civic engagement/NCLEX-RN Strategy projects and will be assigned a faculty mentor who will serve as a facilitator to guide and assist in the development of project objectives, resources and related research, implementation strategies and evaluation criteria specific to the project. It is expected that students will use various agencies or individuals who are expert in the particular issue, problem, or topic that the students are exploring. Various course requirements related to the selected projects must demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, analysis, evaluation &synthesis. This is a writing intensive course. Writing assignments include evidenced based research essays, student reflections (including a Personal Philosophy of Nursing), professional resume development, professional portfolio development and professional brochures, posters and abstracts. The essays are comprehensive, rubric evaluated and include a review of the literature, analysis of topic and application lo practice. Students must demonstrate an ability to write cohesively and present data in a form that is acceptable for manuscript writing.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-3-4

NURS 480L Nursing Capstone Laboratory 0.00 School of Health Professions
This course is a laboratory component of the lecture course. This senior capstone course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore and examine contemporary nursing practice, an issue, topic, problem, or trend relevant to nursing practice within a multicultural context. Students will work in groups on selected professional/civic engagement clinical projects (15 hours) and will be assigned a faculty mentor who will serve as a facilitator to guide and assist in the development of project objectives, resources, and related research, implementation strategies, and evaluation outcome criteria specific to the project. It is expected that the students will consult with various agencies and individuals who are expert in the particular issue, problem, or topic that the students are exploring. Various course requirements related to the selected project must demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-3-0