NUR 304: INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING
This course explores concepts fundamental to the nursing profession from perspectives of science, art, and values. Students examine professionalism and the practice of nursing within the broader health care system. They investigate roles of professional nurses, levels of education and practice, and development of a career. Emphasis is placed on how nurses use critical thinking in the context of clinical practice and philosophical, legal, and ethical foundations of professional practice.
Prerequisites: 67 credits in the School of Arts and Sciences.
NUR 305: HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND PROMOTION
The focus of this course is to develop the theoretical and practical base necessary to assess the health status of persons across the lifespan. Emphasis is on physical assessment, health promotion activities, prevention of disease, and teaching interventions necessary to provide care to healthy persons. The course concentrates on the identification of health promotion activities and teaching interventions to advance self-care and explore the nature of the person-environment interaction. Students learn physical assessment of the healthy client in the context of health promotion and evaluation. Student experiences take place in the laboratory where health assessment and promotion activities are practiced. The course includes 42 hours of theory and 42 hours of clinical. Prerequisites: 67 credits in the School of Arts and Sciences.
NUR 306: NURSING CARE OF WOMEN AND THE CHILDBEARING FAMILY
The focus of this course is health assessment and health promotion for the childbearing family. Emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical principles that include family theory; the psychological, psychosocial, and physiological nature of the normal childbearing experience; and the promotion and education of lactation as a maternal-child health factor. Special emphasis is given to major maternal and neonatal risk factors and complications that potentially compromise healthy beginnings. Students will apply the nursing process with childbearing families who may vary in age, ethnicity, culture, language, social status, marital status, and sexual preferences. Education is planned so that students may apply learning experiences to a variety of diverse settings. Nursing plans of care reinforce the problem solving approach useful with many clients as well as promote NCLEX critical thinking. This course supports the use of evidenced-based practice in application of care. This course recognizes and incorporates the Standards of Care and Professional Performance as published in the Standards and Guidelines for Professional Nursing Practice in the Care of Women and Newborns, 7th ed. (AWHONN, 2009). The course includes 42 hours of theory and 42 hours of clinical. Prerequisites: 67 credits in the School of Arts and Sciences; corequisites: NUR 304, NUR 305, NUR 307.
NUR 307: FOUNDATIONS OF PRACTICE
This course uses a systems theory framework to assist students to view the health care needs of patients requiring health maintenance services. Clinical experiences are provided in secondary and tertiary health care settings. Students demonstrate common nursing skills in the campus laboratory and health care agencies. The course emphasizes traditional and holistic approaches to patient care. The course includes 42 hours of theory and 84 hours of clinical. Prerequisites: 67 credits in the School of Arts and Sciences; corequisites: NUR 304, NUR 305.
NUR 310: MENTAL HEALTH OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY
The focus of this course is to develop the theoretical and practice base necessary to care for human systems under stress. The course incorporates learning to care for oneself as an approach to understanding and caring for others. Emphasis is placed on theories of stress and coping (including crisis theory and family systems), as well as theories related to neurobiological and psychosocial conceptual models. The course will provide a strong theoretical practice foundation for assessing human systems facing problems such as loss, crisis, chronic illness, impaired coping ability and maladaptive patterns of behavior. Clinical experiences will provide opportunities to apply the nursing process in caring for the mental health needs of individuals, groups, and families. The course is designed to meet guidelines of professional nursing as presented in The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. (2007). Author: ANA, APNA, ISPN: Washington, DC. The course includes 42 hours of theory and 84 hours of clinical. Corequisites: NUR 304, NUR 305, and NUR 307.
NUR 312: PHARMACOLOGY
This course explores pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug actions and interactions and selected environmental and cultural factors of drug therapy. Safety precautions during medication administration are emphasized. Special consideration is placed on the effects of drugs on individuals across their lifespan. Nursing responsibilities in drug therapy will be incorporated into clinical nursing courses. Prerequisite: NUR304, NUR 305 and NUR 307.
NUR 316: CARE OF OLDER ADULTS IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS
Students investigate the impact of illness on adult and geriatric patients and their families. They examine physiological, pathophysiological, psychological, financial, spiritual, and social changes affecting ill adults. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions that promote, maintain, and restore health. Safety principles are highlighted. Students provide care for adult patients, emphasizing care needs of frail elders, in secondary and tertiary health care agencies. The course includes 42 hours of theory and 84 hours of clinical. Prerequisites: NUR 304, 305, and 307; Corequisite: NUR 312.
NUR 405: NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
This course focuses on the impact of acute and chronic illness on children and adolescents and their families. Physiological and psychosocial alterations are explored from a holistic and systems perspective with special emphasis on the developmental needs of the child or adolescent. Application of the nursing process including the maintenance of health through the illness experience is emphasized with young patients and their families in secondary and tertiary settings. Special emphasis is given to risk reduction in the care of children and adolescents and their families as identified in the Healthy Children/Youth 2020 documents. The course is designed to meet the guidelines for professional nurses as found in the ANA Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice and the Statement on the Scope and Standards of Pediatric Clinical Nursing Practice. The course includes 42 hours of theory and 84 hours of clinical. Prerequisites: all 300-level courses; NUR 405 may be taken concurrently with NUR 310 only if all other 300-level courses are completed.
NUR 408: NURSING RESEARCH
The purpose of this course is to stimulate a refinement and appreciation of the potential of the research process in the development of nursing, clien,t and health care systems. This course emphasizes the research approach in nursing and the necessity for theory-based and evidence-based practice. Problem identification, literature review, hypothesis formulation, research design, sampling, data collection and analysis will be explored. Students will be required to identify a problem in the nursing or client system, propose a method for its investigation, and present the proposal for critique by peers. Emphasis will be placed on a critique of published nursing research and on the notion that an applied discipline is only as strong as its research and theoretical base. Prerequisites: HSC 217 and all NUR 300-level nursing courses.
NUR 411: PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING
This course expands the theoretical and experiential base gained in prior nursing and non-nursing courses by introducing students to population-based nursing care. Emphasis is placed on planning to address health promotion, primary and secondary disease prevention, and protection goals for particular at-risk and high risk population groups. The course orients the student to health care needs and interests of families, aggregates, and communities as a whole, rather than solely focusing on needs and interests of individual clients. Health care strategies, population-level interventions, and community resources are identified. Neighborhood and community cohesiveness, as well as relevant political, economic, social, and health care action(s) are examined. Students reflect upon contemporary literature related to public health issues. Varied clinical opportunities support nursing, epidemiological, and public health approaches in selected agency and community sites. Students explore and apply nursing strategies that strengthen individual, family, and communal well-being. Clinical practicum projects emphasize the processes of group work and program planning at the community level. The course includes 42 hours of theory and 84 hours of clinical. Prerequisites: all 300-level NUR courses, NUR 405, NUR 408, and NUR 412.
NUR 412: CARE OF CHRONICALLY ILL ADULTS
In this course students investigate the impact of chronic illness on adult and geriatric patients and their families. Physiological, pathophysiological, and psychosocial changes are explored in relation to the experience of chronic illness. Health maintenance and health restoration nursing interventions and safety principles are emphasized. Students care for chronically ill adult patients in secondary and tertiary health care agencies. The course includes 42 hours of clinical and 84 hours of clinical. Prerequisites: all NUR 300-level nursing courses.
NUR 414: NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS AND PRACTICE
The purpose of this course is to analyze nursing leadership and management from a systems perspective. A broad organizational perspective is developed, emphasizing the fit of the nursing unit within the larger organizational structure. Within this context, the roles of professional nurses as leaders and managers are explored. Leadership behaviors in self are compared to those of a nurse leader role model observed in the practice setting. Emphasis is given to the promotion of assertive behavior in the professional role. Prerequisites: all 300-level nursing courses, NUR 405, NUR 408, and NUR 412; Corequisite: NUR 416.
NUR 416: CARE OF ACUTELY ILL ADULTS
This course delineates principles, practices and theoretical models specific to the nursing care of acutely ill adult clients. Health maintenance and health restoration nursing interventions are emphasized. The impact of the illness experience on patients, families, and the community is explored from a holistic and systems theory perspective as students develop knowledge and skills. Established evidence, outcomes measures, and continuous quality improvement models are used to develop and evaluate plans of care that emphasize safety and attend to nursing sensitive quality indicators. The course includes 42 hours of theory and 84 hours of clinical. Prerequisites: all 300 level nursing courses and NUR 405, 408, and 412.
NUR 417: SENIOR SEMINAR: SYNTHESIS OF NURSING CLINICAL CONCEPTS
This senior seminar prepares the student for success in the transition from student to professional nurse. The main focus is to assist the student in synthesizing nursing clinical concepts that are essential for the entry-level nurse to provide safe quality nursing care to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of clinical settings. The course readies the student for the NCLEX-RN® examination as it emphasizes the development of critical thinking and test-taking skills through the use of evidence-based strategies that promote success in licensure examination.