Nursing

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

NURS001: Nursing Transition

Credits 1
11.3.08 course to be pass/fail Proposal: The Transitional Course will provide the student with transitional activities if a one semester gap has occurred in between clinical courses (catalog p. 16). Faculty and the student will collaborate to determine individualized activities designed to promote success in the program (catalog p.16).\ The Transitional Course will be a non-credit course offered as a Pass/No Pass and must be successfully completed prior to resuming courses with a clinical component (catalog p. 16). If the student receives a No Pass grade they will be dismissed from the school. \ We recommend a course number be assigned along with credit equivalent based on individual student needs. The cost will reflect the current credit dollar amount and the student can apply for financial aid. The course will not account for credits towards graduation. The course will be in addition to the allocated number of credits needed for graduation of the program enrolled in.\ The transition course will be coordinated by the appropriate level coordinator who will delegate activities to faculty\ Draft originated: June 12, 2008

NURS201: Issues & Trends in Professional Nursing I

Credits 3

This course is first in a series of issues and trends in professional nursing. This course introduces historical and contemporary issues and trends in professional nursing. Students utilize theoretical, legal, and ethical frameworks to develop fundamental understanding of health and consumers, the nursing profession, the interprofessional healthcare team, and the global community.

NURS207: Foundations of Nursing Practice

Credits 4

This course provides an introduction to fundamental nursing concepts and psychomotor skills, building a foundation for the provision of safe, person-centered care across the lifespan. Low-fidelity simulated clinical activities provide opportunity to apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to basic competencies, while additional clinical activities promote reflection on fundamental nursing concepts.

NURS208: Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

Credits 3

This course presents health assessment techniques that are individualized across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on critically thinking to differentiate between age-specific, normal and abnormal assessment findings. Low and medium-fidelity simulation activities provide opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to assessment competencies. Additional clinical activities provide the student opportunity to apply these concepts to select age groups.

NURS221: Nursing Care I

Credits 6

This course is the first in a series that utilizes a body-systems and lifespan approach to nursing care for individuals, focusing on primary and secondary prevention of prevalent health conditions through application of the nursing process. Acute care clinical experiences and high-fidelity clinical simulation focus on "thinking like a nurse" to care for individuals in the provider nursing role. Emphasis is placed on clinical informatics to access health information and evidence-based practice guidelines, effective nurse-client communication, accuracy and analysis of holistic health assessments, and safe application of fundamental nursing skills.

NURS222: Pharmacology

Credits 3

This course introduces principles of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacologic classifications and actions, nursing implications, and drug calculations. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and patient-centered approaches to the safe administration of medications to enhance health across the lifespan.

NURS223: Clinical Judgment in Nursing

Credits 1.5

This course provides a foundation of deep comprehension of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment in nursing. Students will apply evidence based frameworks, strategies, and skills using simulated clinical experiences and authentic healthcare scenarios that emphasize metacognition.

NURS307: Nursing Care II

Credits 6

This course is second in the series of nursing care courses that utilizes a body-systems and lifespan approach to nursing care for individuals, expanding on primary and secondary prevention of prevalent health conditions through application of the nursing process. The course emphasizes critical thinking skills to promote interprofessional collaboration and safe, person-centered nursing care. Clinical experiences foster information management skills and expansion of nursing roles to promote health in a variety of medical-surgical, high-fidelity simulation, outpatient, and community settings.

NURS308: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Credits 5

This course introduces theoretical foundations, perspectives, and contemporary issues in psychiatric mental health nursing. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills and evidence-based practice related to mental health concepts. Clinical experiences promote collaboration with the interprofessional healthcare team to provide person-centered care to individuals across the lifespan in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and community-based settings.

NURS333: Nursing Care III

Credits 6

This course is third in the series of nursing care courses that utilizes a body-systems and lifespan approach to nursing care for individuals, emphasizing primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of prevalent health conditions through application of the nursing process. The course focuses on expanding nursing roles and collaboration to meet multidimensional health needs in acute care, transitional care, and chronic care contexts. Clinical experiences foster independence in critical thinking and information management to promote health in a variety of medical-surgical, outpatient, high-fidelity simulation, and community settings.

NURS336: Family Health Nursing

Credits 5.5

This course introduces theoretical foundations, perspectives, and contemporary issues in family health nursing. The course focuses on health and nursing care of families and individuals in the childbearing years and first year of life. Clinical experiences in antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, nursery, and pediatrics offer opportunities for provision of person-centered and evidenced-based care within the context of diverse communities.

NURS337: Research and Evidence-based Practice in Nursing

Credits 3

This course integrates principles of scientific literacy, information management and person-centered care to promote health and safety of individuals within the context of organizational systems. Students will apply research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement concepts to nursing practice.

NURS404: Nursing Care IV

Credits 6

This is the final course in the series of nursing care courses that utilizes a body-systems and lifespan approach to nursing care of individuals and families. This course emphasizes evidence-based practice and safety in the secondary, and tertiary prevention of complex acute health conditions through application of the nursing process, critical thinking, and information management skills. Clinical experiences in urban, rural, intensive, acute, simulated, and emergent settings broaden the student's knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to collaboration, informatics, person-centered care, and safety.

NURS405: Community Health Nursing

Credits 5

This course synthesizes health promotion concepts in nursing care of diverse clients, families, and populations within the community. Students will engage in population-based assessment and care planning. Clinical experiences promote collaboration with vulnerable clients across the lifespan, including analysis of community systems, resources, and deficits.

NURS420: Nursing Leadership & Management

Credits 3.5

This course synthesizes business, management, and leadership principles in the optimization of organizational systems and individual health outcomes across the care continuum. Emphasis is placed on leadership within nursing and interprofessional healthcare teams, including critical analysis of financial, legal, and ethical variables. Clinical experiences promote collaboration with nursing leaders to engage in a systems-based and evidence-based approaches to quality improvement.

NURS423: Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing II

Credits 3

This is the final course in a series, expanding on the contemporary issues and trends in professional nursing. Students utilize theoretical, legal, political, cultural, and ethical frameworks, to emphasize nursing leadership roles and commitment to health consumers, the nursing profession, healthcare internal and external systems, and the global community.

NURS427: Preparation for Licensure

Credits 2

This course synthesizes all curricular concepts in preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and transition into safe professional practice. Through computerized testing, students evaluate individual mastery of curricular concepts and close any identified gaps through an individualized action plan. This course is taken during the final semester.

NURS428: Special Topics in Nursing

Credits 3
This clinical nursing course is designed to assist the student in further synthesizing knowledge, skills, and attitudes attained during the first half of the nursing curriculum. A variety of clinical settings will promote precision of psychomotor skills, application of curriculum concepts, and commitment to our global community.

NURS432: Nursing Capstone

Credits 4.5

This clinical course promotes synthesis of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have been attained throughout the curriculum through working with an assigned preceptor in a clinical practice area aligned with individual student goals.  Clinical learning experiences foster transition into professional practice by allowing students to engage in the full scope of professional nursing roles, and to demonstrate critical thinking and clinical judgment while embracing collaboration and leadership skills to provide person-centered care.  Emphasis is placed on use of information management skills to guide safe decision-making.  A scholarly oral capstone presentation demonstrates integration of general education and nursing program curricular outcomes.

NURS448: Special Topics in Nursing

Credits 1 4

This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to select a specialized area of nursing practice for further development. Examples include home health, care of the homeless, industrial or corporate nursing.