Nursing Course Descriptions
Department of Nursing Major Courses
This course uses didactic and simulated clinical experiences to develop a beginning skill level to conduct a comprehensive health assessment with adults in various settings. The course emphasizes the integration of observations, systematic data collection, and effective communication in performing patient-centered health assessments that include risk assessment and risk reduction. Fine art is used to support the development of observation and assessment skills.
This course uses the nursing process, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and safety as foundational concepts for the provision of essential skills for nursing practice with individuals. Nursing skills related to physiologic health process, mobility, comfort, infection, protection, fatigue, sleep, oxygenation, and elimination are emphasized. The course builds on knowledge gained through the liberal arts and sciences to encourage the delivery of nursing care to promote and/or maintain health in the context of the experience of the individual in a variety of settings.
307 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (5 credits)
This theory and clinical course focuses on the care of persons of various age groups with psychiatric mental health disorders and chemical dependence. Psychopathology of mental disorders are reviewed. Application of the nursing process within a multidisciplinary team approach is highlighted. Emphasis is on the therapeutic use of self with individuals, families, and groups in an acute psychiatric care setting. Communication skills, mental health assessment, and various therapeutic interventions are utilized by students in clinical placements. Prerequisites: NURS 225 and NURS 227
321 Adult Nursing - Acute (5 credits)
This course emphasizes the provision of professional nursing care for clients with acute medical and surgical conditions. The student uses the concepts of person, health, nursing, and environment, and builds upon knowledge gained in the basic sciences and other prerequisite nursing courses. During the beginning of the semester, nursing medication skills are taught in mediated learning situations and applied in the clinical setting. Later, intermediate nursing skills, pharmacotherapeutics, common disease causation theories, and treatment modalities are taught in lecture with concurrent clinical practice in a variety of settings. The nursing process is emphasized and utilized in theory and concurrent practice. Students actively participate in the development and self-evaluation of their learning and practice. Prerequisites: NURS 225 and NURS 227
323 Perinatal Nursing (5 credits)
The course provides a foundation of nursing knowledge in the care of women in all phases of the perinatal period. A family-centered approach is emphasized throughout the course. Initially, the student is introduced to the nursing care of the low-risk perinatal patient. The course concludes with a focus on the unique nursing care of high-risk perinatal families. Human development concepts are a central focus of the course. Embryologic and neonatal concepts are emphasized in the nursing care of the normal and high-risk neonate. Current women's health issues are incorporated in the course. Legal and ethical dimensions specific to the perinatal family are explored. Relevant research findings are acknowledged as basic to establishing and advancing the field of perinatal nursing. The course includes application of specific concepts, principles, and theories in various perinatal settings. Decision-making skills and independent functioning are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS 225, 227. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 321
330 Adult Nursing - Chronic (5 credits)
This course emphasizes the provision of professional nursing care for clients with long-term chronic conditions. Focus is on care and treatment in the acute and rehabilitative phases of a long-term illness. This course stresses application of scientific principles and decision-making skills in both in-patient and community settings. Prerequisite: NURS 321; Corequisite: 323, 326
334 Pharmacotherapeutics (3 credits)
This course is designed to supplement and reinforce the knowledge of drugs and their use as taught in other nursing courses. Major drug classifications (prototype drugs) that are frequently prescribed will be covered. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 321 or permission of instructor.Prerequisites: NURS 323, 326, 330.
410 Adult Nursing - Advanced (5 credits)
The theory and clinical course utilizes the nursing process in caring for persons with multi system complex health conditions in an acute care environment. Critical thinking, decision making and professional accountability are emphasized throughout the course. Students will gain experience with critical care concepts and advanced technology in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: NURS 330.
414 Community Health Nursing (5 credits)
This course broadens the concepts of community health nursing introduced across the curriculum and integrates them into a meaningful whole. Emphasis is placed on increasing the students self-awareness, communicating effectively, and meeting the community health needs of families and groups. Health education, health promotion, and illness prevention are stressed as strategies for meeting the health needs of population aggregates. Analysis of the health care delivery system includes the impact of political, legal, social and cultural influences on the health of clients. Public health nursing issues, such as communicable diseases, environmental hazards, and occupational exposures are discussed. Prerequisite: NURS 330.
415 Nursing Leadership (5 credits)
This course examines leadership and management theories with concurrent clinical experience in the nurse manager role. The clinical component emphasizes application of theory to practice. Students will work with nurse managers to develop their own managerial skills. Students will examine current economic, political, professional and social issues affecting the professional practice of nursing and the health care arena. It provides an opportunity to begin the transition process from student to professional practitioner. Prerequisite: NURS 330.
426 Child Health Nursing (5 credits)
Child health nursing focuses on assessment and management of well, acutely and chronically ill, and special needs children and their families. The effect the child's illness has on the family in hospital or community settings is emphasized. Principles of growth and development, nutrition, pharmacology, and ethics are reinforced and expanded. Decision-making and independent learning are emphasized. Research as it relates to theory and practice is discussed and applied. Prerequisites: NURS 330
485 Nursing Research ( 2 credits)
This course examines essential concepts, principles and techniques utilized in scientific inquiry. The research process is systematically introduced with an emphasis on its application to nursing practice. Reading and critique of current nursing research is a central activity during this course. Students are assisted in the development of a realistic research proposal. Prerequisite: Senior major or permission of instructor.
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