2013-14 Course Descriptions

NURS - Nursing
School of Nursing (NURS)
   
NURS 250 Applied Pathophysiology (3-0-3), spring, summer.  Applied pathophysiology introduces students to an understanding of disease physiology and clinical manifestations in adults and children with the application of the focused assessments and patient histories needed in safe nursing practice.  Prerequisite: admission to the School of Nursing.
   
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 320 Evidence-Based Gerontologic Nursing (2-0-2), fall only.  Evidence-Based Gerontologic Nursing presents the specialized knowledge and application needed by professional nurses to provide safe, quality, and evidence-based care to the older adults.  Prerequisites: admission to the School of  Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 330, NURS 350, NURS 351, and NURS 352.
   
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 ( 3-0-3), fall, junior year. Discussion of the fundamental principles of pharmacology and investigation of the major classifications of drugs with emphasis on pharmaco-therapeutic actions and nursing implications will be presented. Previously learned skills and concepts as well as prerequisite science courses are integrated into the discussions. Principles of safe medication administration will be integrated throughout the course. Prerequisites: admission to PHSSN, and concurrent enrollment in NURS 321, 322.
   
NURS 324 Dimensions of Professional Nursing (3-0-3), spring, summer, sophomore year. This course will explore the nurse's professional roles and values, and the interaction of the nurse with the health care delivery system. The historical development of the nursing profession will be analyzed. Important concepts integrated throughout the course are critical thinking, problem solving, legal/ethical principles, decision-making models and the contribution of nursing theory to practice. Medical terminology and medication calculation principles/formulas will be introduced. Prerequisites: declared nursing major; BIOL 291/293; concurrent enrollment in BIOL 292/294.
   
NURS 330 Pharmacology in Nursing (3-0-3), fall only.  Pharmacology in Nursing introduces students to the nurse’s role in safe medication administration and error prevention for the highest potential health outcomes.  Medication classes and nursing implications will be discussed.  Prerequisites: admission to the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites:  NURS 320, NURS 350, NURS 351, and NURS 352.

   
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. Prerequisite: NURS 321, 322, 323, 324. Corequisite: NURS 333. 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, 324.
   
NURS 336 Process II - Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childbearing 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 350 Clinical Skills I: Fundamentals of Nursing (0-12-4), fall only.  Clinical Skills I introduces students to the competencies needed to understand and apply the evidence-based clinical reasoning, assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation within the nursing scope of practice to adult patients across the continuum of care.  The course includes simulation and clinical experience in a variety of health care settings. Prerequisites: admission to the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 320, NURS 330, NURS 351, and NURS 352.
   
NURS 351 Nursing Assessment and Diagnostics (3-0-3), fall only.  Nursing Assessment introduces students to the knowledge, judgment, skills, behaviors, and attitudes of holistic, comprehensive, and focused assessments needed to plan, implement, and evaluate strategies to achieve the highest potential health outcomes.  Prerequisites: admission to the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 320, NURS 330, NURS 350, and NURS 352.
   
NURS 352 Evidence-Based Fundamentals of Nursing (3-0-3), fall only.  Evidence-based Fundamentals of Nursing introduces students to the knowledge, judgment, skills, behaviors, and attitudes needed to understand and apply the evidence-based clinical reasoning, implementation, and evaluation within the nursing scope of practice.  Prerequisites: admission to the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 320, NURS 330, NURS 350, and NURS 351.
   

NURS 360 Clinical Skills II: Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing (0-12-4), spring.  Clinical Skills II: Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing facilitates-student competencies needed to understand and apply the evidence-based clinical reasoning, assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation within the nursing scope of practice to patients in acute care simulation and clinical experience in a variety of acute health care settings.   Prerequisites: Completion of Level I of the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 430, NURS 431, NURS 453, and NURS 464.
   
 
NURS 361 Evidence-Based Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing (4-0-4), spring.  Evidence-Based Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing facilitates student learning of knowledge, judgments, skills, and behaviors to implement evidence-based clinical competencies in professional nursing practice.  The course will focus on patents requiring hospitalization in a variety of medical-surgical settings.  Prerequisites: Completion of Level I of the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 430, NURS 431, NURS 450, and NURS 464.
   
NURS 370 Clinical Skills II: Community and Population Health
(0-6-2), spring only.  Clinical Skills II: Community and Population Health introduces students to competencies needed to apply evidence-based nursing standards within the scope of nursing practice to groups, communities, or populations across the continuum of care, using simulation and clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings.  Prerequisite: Completion of Level I of the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 360, NURS 361, NURS 371, and NURS 380.
   
NURS 371 Evidence-Based Community and Population Health
(2-0-2), spring only.  Community and Population Health introduces students to the competencies and roles of community health and public health nursing for disease prevention, health promotion, health maintenance, health restoration, and health surveillance for communities and targeted populations in a variety of community health care settings.   Prerequisites: Completion of Level I of the School of Nursing. Co-requisites: NURS 360, NURS 361, NURS 370, and NURS 380.
   
NURS 380 Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice
(3-0-3), spring only.  Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice introduces students to the knowledge, judgments, skills, and behaviors to initiate, analyze, and apply nursing research and evidence-based standards to nursing practice in health care environments.  Prerequisites: Completion of Level I of the School of Nursing and PSYC 311.  Co-requisites: NURS 360, NURS 361, NURS 370, and  NURS 371.
   
  
NURS 430 Clinical Skills III: Mental Health Nursing (0-6-2), fall only.  Clinical Skills III: Mental Health Nursing introduces students to the competencies needed to understand and apply the evidence-based nursing practice to patients with mental health and psychosocial issues in a variety of health care settings.  Prerequisites: Completion of Level II of the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 431, NURS 450, NURS 453, and NURS 464.
   
NURS 431 Evidence-Based Mental Health Nursing (2-0-2), fall only.  Evidence-Based Mental Health Nursing introduces mental health, cognitive pathophysiology, and psychosocial issues of patients of all ages in a variety of health care settings along the continuum of care.  Prerequisites: Completion of Level II of the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 430, NURS 450, NURS 452, and NURS 464.
   
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 450 Clinical Skills III: Maternity and Pediatric Nursing (0-12-4), spring only.  Clinical Skills III: Maternity and Pediatric Nursing presents competencies needed to apply evidence-based nursing practice to childbearing women and children of all ages across the continuum of care.  The course provides simulation and clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings. Prerequisites: Completion of Level II of the School of  Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 361, NURS 370, NURS 371, and NURS 380.
   
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. Prerequisites: NURS 443; concurrent enrollment in NURS 451 and 495.
   
NURS 453 Evidence-Based Maternity and Pediatric Nursing (4-0-4), spring only.  Maternity and Pediatric Nursing introduces students to competencies  needed to implement holistic, comprehensive, and safe nursing practice on childbearing women and children of all ages across the health continuum, and in a variety of health care settings.  Prerequisites: Completion of Level II of the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 360, NURS 370, NURS 371, and NURS 380.
   
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 enhances 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 464 Nursing Leadership and Management (3-0-3), fall only.  Nursing Leadership and Management introduces evidence-based concepts and competencies in nursing leadership and management to promote safety and quality care within complex health care systems.  Prerequisites: Completion of Level III of the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 430, NURS 431, NURS 450, and NURS 453.
   
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 475 Clinical Skills IV: Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing (0-18-6), spring only.  Clinical Skills IV: Advanced Nursing facilitates student competencies needed to apply the evidence-based leadership/management skills, and nursing process for safety and quality care in high acuity simulation and complex care settings.   Prerequisites: Completion of Level III of the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 476 and NURS 498.
   
NURS 476 Evidence-Based Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing (3-0-3), spring only.  Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing facilitates student learning of competencies required to implement evidence-based safety and quality care to patients with complex needs in professional nursing practice.  Prerequisites: Completion of Level III of the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 475 and NURS 498.
   
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 and 452.
   
NURS 498 Nursing Capstone (3-0-3), spring only  Nursing Capstone integrates all nursing competencies in complex multiple patient care situations for individual and health care system effectiveness.  Prerequisites: Completion of Level III of the School of Nursing.  Co-requisites: NURS 475 and NURS 476.
   
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.

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