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Undergraduate Nursing Program | Course Descriptions

The undergraduate course numbering system gives the department code followed by the course code. The number of semester hours is designated by s.h. Visual display of course credit hour allocations are standardized by lecture/didactic hours, seminar hours, clinical/lab hours in the following format: 4 s.h. (2,0,2). Contact hours per credit hour will be a ratio as follows: lecture/didactic 1:1, seminar 2:1, and clinical/lab 3:1.

NURSU-315. Health Assessment. Skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment of individuals are learned and practiced.  The major focus is on assessment of the healthy adult client, with inclusion of common variations. Assessment of children and the elderly is also addressed. Communication skills, physical assessment skills, and use of the functional health pattern assessment tool are emphasized. Students analyze assessment data for common risk factors and identify strategies for health promotion.  Beginning professional nursing behaviors are learned and practiced. Strategies for performing health assessment of the family are discussed. Prerequisites:  enrollment in B.S.N. degree program. 4 s.h. (3,0,1)

NURSU-372. Health Care Systems and Policy. This course focuses on health policy and issues that affect consumers of health care and nursing practice. The organization of the health care system and the policy making process are explored and the legal, political, economic, social and environmental influences are analyzed.  Prerequisites: NURSU-385. 2 s.h. (2,0,0)

NURSU-376. Leadership and Management in Nursing.  This course provides the student with the opportunity to explore the leadership behaviors and organizational structures that enhance the delivery of client care.  Management techniques and nursing care decisions are examined by incorporating knowledge of various health care organizations and financing of health care delivery systems. Emphasis is on organizational roles, legal responsibilities and implications for professional nursing practice. Prerequisite: NURSU-461.  3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NURSU-385. Professional Nursing and Nursing Practice. This course is designed to cover the past, present, and future of professional nursing.  An emphasis is placed on discussion of professional values and philosophies, core competencies and knowledge needed for professional practice, the socialization and role development of the professional nurse, and the legal and ethical aspects of nursing practice. Prerequisites: enrollment in B.S.N. degree program.  2 s.h. (2,0,0)

NURSU-386. Adult Health I & Fundamentals. This is the first of two sequential courses to introduce students to the role of critical thinking and the nursing process as a mechanism to synthesize knowledge and master basic nursing skills needed to promote, maintain and restore health in hospitalized clients. The course will integrate nursing process, principles of communication, decision-making, and basic nursing skills necessary for applying health assessment data and pathophysiology content to the experience of health and illness of clients, diverse ethnic, cultural and geographic backgrounds. Prerequisite: enrollment in B.S.N. degree program. Corequisite: NURSU-385. 6 s.h. (3,0,3)

NURSU-387. Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. This course utilizes the nursing process to address the nursing care needs of individuals who have psychiatric and mental health disorders. Predisposing biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors contributing to the development and continuation of these disorders are examined. Precipitating stressors, coping resources and coping mechanisms are evaluated in relation to an individual’s pattern of response. Nursing interventions for these disorders based on the crisis, acute, maintenance, and health promotion stages of treatment are  analyzed. The impact of psychiatric illness on the family and other social systems is also explored. Foundational elements of the course include the therapeutic use of self, effective communication skills, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice.  Prerequisites: NURSU-315, NURSU-451, NURSU-461. Co-requisites: NURSU-452.  5 s.h. (3, 0, 2)

NURSU-405. Nursing Care of Children and their Families.  This course is designed to focus on children as unique individuals with different capacities and vulnerabilities according to developmental level and health status.  Children have the potential for a variety of responses in health and illness situations. Children’s abilities to respond to changes in health status are examined within the context of their environment with an emphasis on the family.  Nursing interventions that promote, maintain, or restore health and optimal functioning are explored in relation to children and their families.  Clinical experiences focus on nursing care of children and families in health care and community settings. Prerequisites: NURSU-315; NURSU-372; NURSU-376, NURSU-387, NURSU-417, NURSU-451, NURSU-452, NURSU-454, NURSU-461, NURSU-464. Co-requisites: NURSU-455. 5 s.h. (3,0,2)

NURSU-409.  Population-Focused Nursing. This course is designed to develop student’s knowledge and skills in applying health promotion and disease prevention frameworks, nursing and public health concepts, epidemiology, and environmental health issues in working with populations in the community.  Emphasis is placed on community assessment strategies, community partnerships, the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions for health promotion and/or disease prevention, and health policy implications.  Content and practicum experiences are based on Healthy People 2010, ANA Scope and Standards of Public Health Nursing, and ACHNE Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Community Health Nursing.  Clinical experiences will include the application of theory in the development of a community population health project with a specific population in a community setting, as well as a variety of experiences in clinics and home health agencies. Prerequisites: NURSU-315, NURSU-385, NURSU-451, NURSU-461, NURSU-464. 5 s.h. (3,0,2)

NURSU-417. Women’s Health Nursing. The course covers the health care needs of the woman from menarche to menopause, with specific focus on pregnancy and childbearing. Nursing’s role in promoting health and fostering positive parenting is presented.  Clinical experiences focus on care of the childbearing woman and newborn in a variety of settings. Prerequisites:  NURSU-315, NURSU-385, NURSU-387, NURSU-451, NURSU-452, NURSU-461, NURSU-354, NURSU-464. 5 s.h. (3,0,2)

NURSU-430. Transcultural Nursing: Emphasis Complementary Therapies. Provides opportunity to study health care systems and cultural values regarding traditional and complementary therapies using transcultural nursing theory in countries outside the U.S.A. Prerequisites: Enrollment in B.S.N. degree program and permission of instructor. 3 s.h. (2,0,1)

NURSU-445. Guided Nursing Elective. This course provides students with an opportunity to exercise initiative, independence, and creativity in pursuing an area of interest in nursing. The learning goals, proposed schedule, site and the method of evaluation, as well as the preceptor, are chosen by the student to meet individual learning needs. Students may not use an NCLEX Review as a Guided Nursing Elective. Prerequisite: enrollment in B.S.N. degree program. P/F/H. .5-3 s.h.

NURSU-451. Pathophysiology-Pharmacology I. This is the first of two courses that examines the physiologic mechanisms underlying selected alterations in health that occur throughout the life cycle. Relationships between physiologic responses to potential or actual health problems are emphasized. This course will cover selected diseases and their evaluation and treatment in clinical care. Basic pharmacological concepts with emphasis on drug groups and nursing implications will be integrated throughout the course, preparing students with necessary knowledge for use in the clinical courses. Prerequisites: Enrollment in B.S.N degree program. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NURSU-452. Pathophysiology-Pharmacology II. The second course in series that examines the physiologic mechanisms underlying selected alterations in health that occur throughout the life cycle. Relationships between physiologic responses to potential or actual health problems are emphasized. This course will cover selected diseases and their evaluation and treatment in clinical care. Pharmacological interventions will be integrated throughout the course, preparing students with necessary knowledge for use in the clinical course. Prerequisites: NURSU-451. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NURSU-454. Medical Surgical Nursing I. This course builds on basic sciences and content introduced in NURSU 461 Foundations and Gerontologic Nursing. Students will have expanded opportunities to use critical thinking processes to guide care planning decisions for hospitalized clients. Students will also have the opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate medical and surgical interventions to prepare clients for discharge following hospital care. This course will be framed to integrate content from pharmacology, pathophysiology and health assessment applicable to the care of clients from diverse ethnic, cultural and geographic backgrounds. Prerequisites: NURSU-315, NURSU-451, NURSU-461. Co-requisites: NURSU-452. 6 s.h. (3,0,3)

NURSU-455. Medical Surgical Nursing II Synthesis Practicum. This course builds on basic sciences and content introduced in NURSU 461 Foundations and Gerontologic Nursing and includes intensive clinical practicum in which the student is provided opportunities to experience the roles of the nurse as a provider of care for multiple clients in an acute care setting, as well as a leader/manager/coordinator of care in a variety of health care settings. Critical thinking skills are applied, with an emphasis on continuity of care, effective communication with diverse clients and disciplines: coordination of care in a variety of settings, and collaboration with interdisciplinary team members to provide a comprehensive plan of care for optimal client outcomes. Emphasis is also place on leadership skills and management techniques, during a focused clinical experience with a professional nurse. The leadership role and professional accountability of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse are explored both in relation to current nursing practice, as well as to ongoing changes in health care delivery. Learning activities are designed to facilitate transition into the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse. Prerequisites: NURSU-315, NURSU-372, NURSU-376, NURSU-387, NURSU-417, NURSU-451, NURSU-452, NURSU-454, NURSU-461, NURSU-464. Co-requisites: NURSU-405 7 s.h. (2,0,5)

NURSU-461. Foundations and Gerontologic Nursing. This is the first course to introduce students to the role of critical thinking and the nursing process as a mechanism to synthesize knowledge and master basic nursing skills needed to promote, maintain and restore health in older adult clients. The course will intergrate nursing process, principles of communication, decision-making, and basic nursing skills necessary for applying health assessment data and pathophysiology content to the experience of health and illness of clients, diverse ethnic, cultural and geographic backgrounds. Co-requisites: NURSU-315, NURSU-451. 6 s.h. (3,0,3)

NURSU-464. Research and Evidenced Based Practice in Nursing. The course examines the steps of the research process, and provides the student with the basic skills and knowledge to evaluate research. Emphasis is on the review and critique of published research with consideration of the utilization of research findings in clinical practice. Ethical considerations in research are addressed. Prerequisites: Enrollment in B.S.N degree program.
3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NURSU-485. Issues in Geriatrics and Gerontology (elective).  This course provides an examination of theories, trends and research in the field of gerontology. Gerontological knowledge is drawn from the fields of sociology, psychology, biology and the health professions.  Emphasis is placed on integrating this gerontological knowledge base into the present health care system to synthesize a personal philosophy of gerontological health care. Prerequisites:  enrollment in B.S.N. degree program and senior standing in undergraduate program or permission of instructor.  3 s.h. (2,0,1)

 
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