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Nursing Course Descriptions

NUR

100

Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice

Four credit hours

The purpose of this course is to facilitate acquisition of the basic nursing skills of communication, safety, body mechanics, medical asepsis, comfort and hygiene, impaired mobility management, oral intake, elimination, specimen collection, and hot and cold therapy. Students are introduced to nursing skills and health assessment, as well as nursing roles and values.

NUR

101

Foundations Practicum

Two credit hours

This clinical experience provides beginning nursing students with an opportunity to apply their nursing skills in the clinical setting. Students will be placed in a number of agencies and will work with course faculty and clinical preceptors.

NUR

105

Pathophysiological Concepts for Nursing Practice

Three credit hours

Provides nursing students with a theoretic foundation of human anatomy and physiology and the phenomena that produce alterations or pathology in human physiologic function and an understanding of the basis of disease processes.

NUR

106

Pharmacotherapeutic Concepts for Nursing Practice

Three credit hours

Introduction to general principles of pharmacology. Major classes of pharmacotherapeutic agents, mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics, dosage and administration; effects and nursing responsibilities.

NUR

110

Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice I

Five credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106

This is a course involving concepts associated with an individual’s physical health and illness requiring nursing care. Concept categories covered include health and health maintenance, regulation and homeostasis, activity, protection, comfort, social interactions, and emotions.

NUR

112

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106

Examines selected theories in nursing and health. Approaches to the analysis, critique and utilization of theories in nursing practice and scholarship are emphasized. Students develop and apply a theory and analysis to an area of interest.

NUR

115

Professional Nursing Clinic I

Two credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106

In this course students will apply concepts and skills in patient care settings. Students will be assigned both a clinical faculty and a RN preceptor. Clinical hours may include days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. Transportation is the responsibility of the student.

NUR

210

Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice II

Five credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106, 110, 112, 115

This is the 2nd of 4 courses involving concepts associated with an individual’s physical health and illness that require nursing care. Concept categories include regulation and homeostasis, oxygenation/hemostasis, activity, social interactions, and cognition.

NUR

212

Research and Evidence-based Practice in Nursing

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106, 110, 112, 115

This course emphasizes the development of skills needed to critically read and evaluate research for its application to clinical practice. Emphasis is on the identification of clinical questions, critique of evidence, and application of finds to nursing practice. Writing Intensive.

NUR

215

Professional Nursing Clinical II

Two credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106, 110, 112, 115

Students will apply their knowledge and skills under supervision within clinical settings that may include inpatient hospital units, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, and skilled care facilities. Clinical hours may include days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. Transportation is the responsibility of the student.

NUR

310

Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice III

Five credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106, 110, 112, 115, 210, 212, 215

This course is the third of four courses involving concepts associated with an individual’s physical health and illness that require nursing care. Concept categories include regulation and homeostasis, sexual reproductive, protection, comfort, sensory perceptual, coping-stress, and behavior.

NUR

312

Leadership and Ethics in Professional Practice

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106, 110, 112, 115, 210, 212, 215

Addresses professional practice strategies including conflict management, decision making, interdisciplinary practice and working with teams. Legal principles of documentation. Application of standards of care to risk management and the organization of care delivery. Evaluation of health care systems, processes, and practice environments. Power, politics, and health policy; professional nursing roles in improving health systems. Standards of care and risk management strategies. Principles of ethics and their application to professional nursing practice, health care, and issues of social justice will be explored. Writing intensive.

NUR

315

Professional Nursing Clinical III

Two credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106, 110, 112, 115, 210, 212, 215

Students will apply concepts and skills in their care of clients in various healthcare settings. Clinical hours may include days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. Transportation is the responsibility of the student.

NUR

410

Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice IV

Five credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106, 110, 112, 115, 210, 212, 215, 310, 312, 315

This course is the final course involving concepts associated with an individual’s physical health and illness that require nursing care. Concept categories include regulation and homeostasis, comfort, sensory perceptual, and coping-stress.

This course is a synthesis of professional nursing and health and illness concepts. Clusters of concepts will be applied in simulation and other learning activities.

NUR

412

Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing Practice

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106, 110, 112, 115, 210, 212, 215, 310, 312, 315

Addresses professional practice strategies including conflict management, decision making, interdisciplinary practice and working with teams. Legal principles of documentation. Application of standards of care to risk management and the organization of care delivery.

NUR

415

Professional Nursing Clinical IV

Two credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106, 110, 112, 115, 210, 212, 215, 310, 312, 315

Students will provide direct patient care to selected clients in various healthcare settings. Clinical hours may include days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays. Transportation is the responsibility of the student.

NUR

450

Professional Nursing Practicum

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106, 210, 212, 215, 310, 312, 315, 410, 412, 415

In this capstone course students will have the responsibility for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care for a client group in a clinical setting. The student will synthesize, integrate, and apply knowledge, skills, and critical concepts from previous coursework throughout this real-world experience.

NUR

455

Professional Practicum Seminar

Two credit hours

Prerequisite: NUR 100, 101, 105, 106, 110, 112, 115, 210, 212, 215, 310, 312, 315, 410, 412, 415

Systematic examination and application of health-related concepts, issues, and trends in relation to the student's clinical intensive nursing practice, including: clinical practice, nursing education, nursing and health care administration, nursing informatics, community and public health, or health policy. Includes a self-evaluation of nursing knowledge and professional development goals. Topics include contemporary nursing roles and issues; exploration of intellectual skills and strategies used by nurses; personal philosophy of nursing professionalism; leadership; conflict management skills. Writing intensive.

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