2008-09 Course Descriptions

NURS - Nursing

Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (PHSSN)

NURS 301 Introduction to Nursing Skills (2-2-3), summer. Prepares pre-nursing students with the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the provision of care to all clients.

NURS 310 Pathophysiology (4-0-4), spring, summer, sophomore year. Scientific concepts related to pathophysiological process: genetic, cellular, biochemical and disease processes in specific body systems. Prerequisites: declared nursing major; BIOL 291/293; concurrent enrollment in BIOL 292/294.

NURS 321 Health Assessment (2-2-4), fall, junior year. Emphasizes the assessment of the holistic person as an individual and a member of groups, families, aggregates, communities, and society (IFACS). Demonstrates the role of the nurse in health promotion throughout the life cycle by identifying normal findings. Emphasizes acquisition of skills to record client histories, to perform physical assessments, and to communicate specific findings. Prerequisites: Admission into PHSSN, concurrent enrollment in NURS 322, 323, 324.

NURS 322 Process I - Fundamentals of Nursing (3-3-6), fall, junior year. Provides a basic knowledge of concepts inherent to the practice of professional nursing and in the care of all clients. Foundation for nursing practice based on current nursing theories, theoretical knowledge, concepts, and clinical skill. Applies theory in practice through a variety of settings. Prerequisites: admission to PHSSN, concurrent enrollment in NURS 321, 323, 324.

NURS 323 Pharmacology - Nursing Implications (3-1-4), fall, junior year. Discussion of fundamental principles of pharmacology and investigations of the major classifications of drugs with emphasis on pharmacotherapeutic actions and nursing implications. Prerequisites: admission to PHSSN, and concurrent enrollment in NURS 321, 322, 324.

NURS 324 Dimensions of Professional Nursing (3-0-3), fall, junior year. Presents nurses, professional roles, professional values, and the interaction with health care delivery systems. Analyzes historical development of nursing profession. Emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, decision making models, and the contribution of nursing theory to nursing practice. Prerequisites: Admission to PHSSN, concurrent enrollment in NURS 321, 322, 323.

NURS 332 Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing (2-0-2), spring, junior year. Explores current issues affecting nursing practice. Includes controversies which directly influence nursing practice and have significant impact for the future. Emphasizes ethical and legal responsibilities as a professional nurse. Prerequisites: NURS 321, 322, 323 and 324. BAS nursing students only.  

NURS 335 Mental Health Nursing (2-1-3), spring junior year. Physiological and psychological aspects of mental health related to acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan will be examined. The role of the professional nurse in health promotion and illness prevention are key components. Emphasis is placed on the mental health milieu that exists within a community setting. Prerequisites: NURS 321, 322, 323 and 324.

NURS 336 Process II - Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family (4-4-8), spring, junior year. Introduces obstetrical and pediatric nursing concepts and care. Focuses on normal and abnormal adaptations in the childbearing process, growth and development of the child, and conditions and illnesses that affect child health. Prerequisites: NURS 321, 322, 323 and 324.

NURS 435 Community Health Nursing (3-0-3), fall, senior year. Presentation of key concepts, theories, and issues relevant to practice as a public health/community health nurse. Prerequisites: NURS 321, 322, 323, 324, 335, 336; concurrent enrollment in NURS 443.

NURS 443 Nursing Theories and Research (3-0-3), fall, senior year. Broadens ability to read, interpret, and integrate research information and theoretical models as beginning practitioners in research and theory. A writing-intensive course. Prerequisites: NURS 321, 322, 323, 324, 336; concurrent enrollment in NURS 435.

NURS 446 Process III - Acute Care Nursing (4-4-8), spring, senior year. Examination of physiological and psychological adaptation to responses dealing with stressors/stimuli related to acute and serious health problems. Emphasis on clients experiencing physiological deviations. Prerequisites: NURS 321, 322, 323, 324, 335 and 336.  

NURS 451 Process IV - Critical Care Nursing (3-3-6), spring, senior year. Examination of psychological adaptation to responses dealing with stressors/stimuli related to acute and critical health problems. Emphasis is on clients experiencing critical physiological deviations. Prerequisites: NURS 321, 322, 323, 324, 336, 446; concurrent enrollment in NURS 452 and 495.

NURS 452 Leadership and Management in Nursing (3-0-3), spring, senior year. Explore concepts of leadership and management through an examination of: various leadership/management theories, application of ethical and legal principles, organizational and resource management styles, meeting consumer needs and delegation of nursing care. Emphasis on the student demonstrating critical thinking in the application of the leader/manager role. Prerequisite: NURS 443; concurrent enrollment in NURS 451 and 495.

NURS 460 Professional Nursing (3-0-3), fall. Designed for the RN student who is seeking a baccalaureate degree. The course is designed to promote transition to role that enhance professional practice and growth built on prior nursing education and experience. Prerequisite: admission requirements and admission to the RN-BSN articulation program and concurrent enrollment in NURS 443 and 461.

NURS 461 RN - Evidenced-based Practice I (4-2-6), fall. Examination of physiological and psychological adaptation to responses dealing with stressors/stimuli related to acute and serious health problems. Emphasis is on clients who experience physiological deviations. Prerequisites: admission to the RN-BASN articulation program. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 443 and 460.

NURS 462 RN - Evidenced-based Practice II (4-2-6), spring. Examination of physiological and psychological responses to serious health problems with emphasis on clients who experience critical physiological deviations with a special focus on older adults. Prerequisites: NURS 443, 460 and 461.

NURS 470 Lab and Diagnostics (3-0-3), spring. Laboratory and diagnostic studies; rationale for studies, expected and abnormal findings, clinical implications, procedures involved in pretest/posttest care of the client undergoing studies. Prerequisite: senior standing in the nursing major.

NURS 471 Health Care Missions (2-1-3), spring. Provides the student a foundation for health care strategies that will be used to serve and evangelize in cross cultural environments. The student will be introduced to strategies for learning culture and language, as well as, communicating and educating cross culturally. Prerequisite: senior standing in the nursing major.

NURS 472 Perioperative Nursing (2-3-1), spring. The focus of the course is care of the client during the perioperative period and the nursing responsibilities inherent in caring for this unique client. Clinical experience includes activities in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative stages. Legal and ethical concerns during the perioperative period will also be explored. Prerequisite: senior standing in the nursing major.

NURS 473 Care of the Terminally Ill (3-0-3), spring. Examines the components of providing holistic care for the dying client. Emphasis is placed on providing a comfortable environment for the client, including pain management and management of other symptoms. Facilitating communication among client, family and members of the interdisciplinary health care team is an essential part of providing quality care at the end of life. Psychosocial and spiritual needs of the dying client are discussed. Prerequisite: senior standing in the nursing major.

NURS 474 Clinical Nutrition (3-0-3), spring. Reviews normal nutrition; focuses on an in-depth presentation on clinical nutrition and diet strategies to manage disease. Prerequisite: senior standing in the nursing major. 

NURS 495 Professional Nursing: Practicum (0-16-4), spring, senior year. Provides comprehensive clinical experience allowing a transition from student to professional nurse. Students will synthesize and integrate previous learning and apply it to clinical practice. Students work directly with the professional nurse during the clinical experience in a self-directed independent position. Pass/Fail grade. Prerequisites: NURS 443; concurrent enrollment in NURS 451, 452.

NURS 530 Pathophysiology I (2-0-2), fall. Scientific concepts of pathophysiology essential to diagnostic reasoning and clinical management of diseases states. Emphasis placed on concepts related to genetic, cellular, and biochemical pathophysiology.

NURS 570 Pathophysiology II (2-0-2), spring. Scientific concepts of pathophysiology related to diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making in advanced nursing practice, with emphasis on common disease processes affecting major systems.

NURS 610 Nursing Theories for Advanced Health Care Delivery (3-0-3). Seminar to evaluate selected theories from nursing and other disciplines for application to health care delivery and advanced nursing practice.

NURS 620 Nursing Research (3-0-3). The study of the research process and application to knowledge development, nursing practice, and human responses to the health-illness continuum. Emphasis on focus of study for thesis, professional paper, and/or project.

NURS 630 Role Development for Advance Practice (3-0-3), spring. Focuses on contemporary issues, concerns and trends influencing leadership roles in nursing. Theoretical bases for exercising leadership roles and the relationship to role theory and development is explained. The roles of advanced practice are explored in depth: the practitioner role, clinical specialty roles, and advanced roles in education and administration. Prerequisite: NURS 620.

NURS 632 Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurses in Advanced Practice I (2-0-2), fall. Focuses on the pharmacologic and pharmacokinetic principles applicable to frequently prescribed drugs in advanced nursing practice. The emphasis of study is on pharmacologic agents, prevention, and management of common acute or recurrent health problems.

NURS 633 Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurses in Advanced Practice II (2-0-2), spring. Focuses on the pharmacologic and pharmacokinetic principles applicable to frequently prescribed drugs in advanced nursing practice. The emphasis of study is on pharmacologic agents, prevention, and management of common acute or recurring health problems.

NURS 642 Advanced Physical Assessment (3-6-3), summer. Students have the opportunity to develop and refine technical skills, critical thinking, and diagnostic reasoning in performing accurate comprehensive health assessments. Students perform health histories, physical examinations, and selected laboratory and radiographic tests. Emphasis is on distinguishing normal variants from pathological changes. This course runs over both summer sessions for a total of 10 weeks. 60 clinical hours. Prerequisites: NURS 530, 570, 632.

NURS 643 Epidemiology in Nursing Practice (3-0-3), fall. The scientific concepts related to the epidemiological process presented are: statistics, screening and investigatory processes, with the individual patient replaced by the community as the primary focus of concern. An assessment of a community health issue will be conducted by the class. The student will be proficient in the language of epidemiology, how diseases are transmitted, with an understanding of the concepts and mechanisms underlying the transmission and acquisition of disease. Prerequisite: NURS 610, 620, 650. Corequisite: NURS 651.

NURS 644 Skills for Advanced Practice Nurses (1-2-3), summer. Building on previous knowledge gained in microbiology, physiology, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics for nurses in advanced practice, specific skills for clinical practice are learned. The focus of the course is application of laboratory methods, diagnostic methods, and ambulatory primary care procedures for the advanced practice nurse role.

NURS 645 Family Nursing (3-0-3), spring. Examines the theoretical foundations of family nursing and current research of health issues that influence, and are influenced by, a family unit served by the advanced practice nurse.

NURS 650 Health Policies and Strategies for Health Care Delivery (3-0-3), spring. Health policy and the role of the health professionals in the development, implementation, and influence on advanced health care delivery. Health policy influences include: ethics, demographics, delivery, social, political, scientific, fiscal, and other concerns. Health policy is analyzed in relation to cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit ratio. The effects of theories and research on health policy, health care programs, priorities of health care, source and numbers of providers, health care research, and funding sources will be addressed. Prerequisite: NURS 610.

NURS 651 Family Nurse Practitioner I (4-16-4), fall. Study of the major concepts and therapies necessary to implement the FNP role in primary health care. Emphasis is on analysis and application of research, theories, health policy, and clinical skills essential to health promotion, disease prevention, and early detection and management of health problems across the life span. Clinical experiences in selected primary care sites. 228 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NURS 650. Corequisite: NURS 643.

NURS 652 Family Nurse Practitioner II (4-16-4), spring. Progressive analysis of nursing and health concepts, and refinement of clinical nursing judgment in the assessment and management of acute and chronic health problems in all developmental life stages. Exploration of major issues in the delivery of holistic primary nursing care. Clinical experiences in the nurse practitioner role in a variety of settings. 228 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NURS 651.

NURS 653 Family Nurse Practitioner III (4-16-4), summer. Class presentations will continue to examine the role of the APN as clinician, researcher, administrator and educator in relation to specific core-competencies identified by professional and regulating agencies. Clinical practice in selected primary health practice sites provides the opportunity to explore and apply knowledge and skills in a guided family practice context. The course runs over both summer sessions for a total of 10 weeks. Students complete 144 hours of clinical practice. Prerequisite: NURS652

NURS 660 Administration I: Health Care Delivery Systems and Organizations (3-0-3), summer. Considers development of management and organizational theories as applied to health care organizations and their environment.

NURS 661 Administration II: Health Care Economics and Financial Management (3-0-3), fall. Examines financial management concepts, financial planning and budgeting, reimbursement systems in health care, and financial management skills. Prerequisite: NURS 660.

NURS 662 Administration III: Role of the Nurse Administrator (3-0-3), summer. Examines the roles and functions of the nursing administrator in health care organizations. Prerequisites: NURS 660 and 661.

NURS 663 Administration IV: Practicum (0-120-4), summer. Analysis, application and synthesis of management, organizational and leadership concepts and theories in selected health care settings. Prerequisites: NURS 660 and 661. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 662 required.

NURS 670 Education I: Curriculum Design and Development (3-0-3), summer. Focuses on concepts and theories basic to content and curriculum development in an academic or client-centered setting.

NURS 671 Education II: Instructional Methods, Testing and Measurement (3-0-3), fall. Provides an overview of evaluation techniques that enables nurses to plan and implement a variety of education-related evaluation approaches indulging text construction, item analysis, teaching effectiveness and clinical performance appraisals. Emphasis is on classroom/clinical instruction and evaluation and includes instructional technology. Prerequisite: NURS 670.

NURS 672 Education III: Roles of the Nurse Educator (3-0-3), spring. Examines the various activities inherent in the role of the nurse educator with emphasis on development and use of traditional and creative teaching and evaluation methods. Prerequisites: NURS 670 and 671. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 673 required.

NURS 673 Education IV: Practicum (0-120-4), spring. Practical experiences to apply teaching/learning principles and theories, and evaluation methods in classroom and clinical settings. Practicum is supervised by experienced faculty and includes seminar discussions focusing on solutions to contemporary issues in nursing education. Prerequisites: NURS 670 and 671. Concurrent enrollment in NURS 672 required.

NURS 698 Professional Paper (3-0-3).

NURS 699 Master's Thesis (0-0-6).*

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