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Nursing

NSP 3265   PROGRESSIVE CARE NURSING

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: Documented competencies of NSP 3276 and admission to either the BSN program, or the Critical Care Certificate, or the Emergency Care Certificate. The focus of this course is the development of knowledge, techniques, and skills needed for the delivery of complex nursing care to clients experiencing health problems requiring progressive care interventions. 62 contact hours.

NSP 3275   CRITICAL CARE NURSING

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Documented competencies of NSP 3265 and admission to either the BSN program, or the Critical Care Certificate, or the Emergency Care Certificate. The focus of this course is the development of knowledge, techniques, and skills needed for the delivery of complex nursing care to clients experiencing health problems requiring critical care interventions. 47 contact hours.

NSP 3276   ECG INTERPRETATION FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program, or Critical Care Certificate, or Emergency Care Certificate. This course focuses on the essential information necessary for the accurate interpretation of basic cardiac rhythms and 12-lead electrocardiograms. A systematic approach is utilized for the interpretation of cardiac rhythms, their underlying hemodynamic significance, and current treatment modalities. 32 contact hours.

NSP 3289   SPECIAL TOPICS IN GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN program or permission of the Dean. This elective course provides opportunities to explore special topics related to the aging process and care of the aging population in acute care and community settings. 32 contact hours.

NSP 3475   INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND SEPSIS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program or Sepsis Awareness and Education Certificate. This course focuses on infectious disease in individuals across the lifespan. Infectious disease processes and the body’s responses are included. Principles of prevention, treatment, and control of infectious diseases for nurses are provided. 47 contact hours.

NSP 3476   INFECTION CONTROL FOR HEALTHCARE SETTINGS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program or Sepsis Awareness and Education Certificate. This course examines infection control in healthcare settings with a focus on acute care facilities. Trends and issues regarding infectious disease in hospitals are included. Infection control strategies as well as the roles and responsibilities of infection control professionals are provided. 47 contact hours.

NSP 3477   COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program or Sepsis Awareness and Education Certificate. This course focuses on communicable diseases with public health impact at the local, national and international levels. The epidemiology of infectious disease and the role of infection control professionals are included. Principles, practices and ethics of communicable disease prevention and control are discussed. 47 contact hours.

NSP 3495   EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT NURSING

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: (Admission to the NURS-BS program or EMC-ATC) and NSP 3275 with a minimum grade of C . The focus of this course is on the development of knowledge, techniques, and skills needed for the delivery of complex nursing care to clients experiencing health problems requiring immediate medical intervention. 32 contact hours.

NSP 3685   END-OF-LIFE CARE

credits: 2  
Prerequisites: Admission to the RN-BSN program or permission from the dean. This course will provide an overview of the issues related to providing end-of-life care. Although end-of-life care emphasizes a team approach, this course will focus on nursing interventions commonly used. Topics to be covered include symptom management including pain control, psycho-social needs of the patient and family, spiritual care, advance directives, and meeting the needs of the caregiver. 30 contact hours.

NUR 1001C   TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING

credits: 7  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing program and BSC 2086, BSC 2086L with grades of “C” or better. Corequisites: NUR 1060C. This course focuses on role transition from LPN to RN and concepts and principles of holistic nursing care related to the care of adult clients and childbearing families. Focus is on the continued development of the roles of the nurse through the assimilation and application of theoretical concepts and use of the nursing process in providing care to adult clients and childbearing families who are experiencing commonly recurring actual or potential threats to homeodynamics. Selected advanced nursing skills are introduced. Emphasis is placed on managing the care of clients who are experiencing alterations in the functional dimensions of health in hospital and/or community settings. The student is expected to be able to manage a select number of clients while continuing to develop other nursing roles. This course contains a number of critical behaviors, including medication administration that must be performed without error by the end of the course to successfully pass the course. This course meets for 199 hours (62 theory, 30 skills lab, and 107 on-campus lab/clinical).

NUR 1021C   NURSING I

credits: 9  
Prerequisites: Admission to Nursing Program, BSC 2086, BSC 2086L, PSY 1012, with grades of “C” or better. This course introduces concepts and principles of holistic nursing care. Theory content includes an introduction to understanding a person as a holistic being: the hospitalized adult patient’s responses to actual or potential threats to homeodynamics, and the registered nurse’s roles to effect or alter client’s responses; and an introduction to the helping relationship. Psychomotor skills required of the nurse are introduced. This includes a short didactic for each skill being introduced, a demonstration of the skill, a time for practice with feedback from the instructor, and testing for mastery of the skill. Clinical experiences include hospitals and nursing homes where the student will apply the fundamentals of holistic nursing care, through the utilization of the nursing process, to adult clients with emphasis on the nurse as provider-of-care. The student will be required to submit a portfolio of specified information to be maintained until graduation. This course contains a number of critical behaviors, including medication administration, which must be performed without error by the end of the course to successfully pass the course. Course meets for 319 hours (47 theory, 30 skills lab, 242 on-campus lab/clinical).

NUR 1060C   NURSING PROCESS/PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: Admission to Nursing Program. Corequisite: NUR 1001C. This course is a foundation course which introduces the student to the concept of holistic nursing care through the effective use of the nursing process. The student will apply all steps of the nursing process with particular emphasis on completing a health history and physical assessment. Critical thinking will be fostered through a variety of in-class exercises which promote the analysis of data and the development of a nursing care plan. The student will be required to set up a portfolio of specified information to be maintained until graduation. This course contains a number of critical behaviors that must be performed without error by the end of the course to successfully pass the course. Course meets for 92 hours in the campus lab.

NUR 1142C   APPLICATIONS OF PHARMACOLOGY CONCEPTS IN NURSING THERAPY

credits: 1  
Corequisites: NUR 1211C. This course introduces essential concepts and principles of pharmacology as applied in the nursing management of client care. Emphasis is on application of the nursing process to the care of clients receiving pharmaceutical agents. The knowledge and skills required for safe, effective administration of therapeutic drugs are an integral part of this course. Satisfactory completion of this course is required for progression in the nursing program. This course contains a number of critical behaviors including medication administration, that must be performed without error by the end of the course to pass the course. 47 contact hours.

NUR 1211C   NURSING II

credits: 10  
Prerequisites: NUR 1021C, with grades of “C” or better. Corequisite: NUR 1142C. This course provides opportunities to learn and apply the principles related to the holistic nursing care of adult clients and childbearing families. Focus is on application of the theoretical concepts and use of the nursing process in providing care to adult clients and childbearing families who are experiencing commonly recurring actual or potential threats to homeodynamics. Emphasis is placed on managing the care of clients who are experiencing alterations in the functional dimensions of health in both hospital and community settings. The student is expected to be able to manage a select number of hospitalized clients while continuing to develop other nursing roles. Selected advanced nursing skills are introduced. This course contains a number of critical behaviors, including medication administration that must be performed without error by the end of the course to successfully pass the course. 334 contact hours (62 theory, 30 skills lab, 242 on-campus lab or clinical).

NUR 2462C   NURSING III

credits: 9  
Prerequisites: NUR 1211C, and NUR 1142C with grades of “C” or better or NUR 1001C and NUR 1060C with grades of “C” or better. Co-requisite: NUR 2511C. This course provides opportunities to learn and apply the concepts and principles related to the nursing care of child rearing families and adult clients experiencing complex alterations in the functional dimensions of health. Focus is on continued development of the roles of the nurse through the assimilation and application of theoretical concepts and the use of the nursing process in providing care to child-rearing families and adult clients. Emphasis is on actual or potential threats to homeodynamics. Selected advanced nursing skills are introduced and previous nursing skills must be adapted for use in the treatment of children. Management of the nursing care, of child-rearing families and adult clients in both hospital and community settings, is emphasized. A variety of clinical and community settings are used to further develop nursing roles. This course contains a number of critical behaviors, including medication administration, that must be performed without error by the end of the course to successfully complete this course. 272 contact hours (47 theory, 30 skills lab, and 242 on-campus lab/clinical).

NUR 2511C   PSYCHOSOCIAL NURSING

credits: 1  
Prerequisites: NUR 1211C with a grade of “C” or better and NUR 1142C with a grade of “C” or better or NUR 1001C with a grade of “C” or better. Corequisite: NUR 2462C This course presents principles and practices related to the holistic nursing care of clients and their families across the life span. The course focuses on the continued development of the nursing process and builds on psychosocial concepts incorporated in NUR 1021L and NUR 1211L. Concepts in this course include the helping relationship, family dynamics, crisis intervention and specific nursing therapies related to various psychosocial needs of clients and families in all nursing settings. This course contains a number of critical behaviors, including medication administration, which must be performed without error by the end of the course to successfully complete this course. 47 contact hours.

NUR 2731C   NURSING IV

credits: 8  
Prerequisite: NUR 2462C, NUR 2511C, MCB 2010, MCB 2010L, STA 2023 and any approved Ethics course, all with a grade of “C” or better. Corequisite: NUR 2813. This course focuses on assimilation and synthesis of the concepts and principles of holistic nursing therapy related to the care of a group of clients experiencing complex or potentially life threatening problems. Holistic care of the chronically, critically and terminally ill clients of various ages throughout the life span and their significant others in the hospital setting and as adapted to the care of clients in community based health care settings is emphasized. Clinical experiences take place in hospitals and community settings. Selected advanced nursing skills are introduced, including but not limited to administration of intravenous medications (IV push) and blood transfusions. Demonstration of roles and competencies of the associate degree graduate nurse at entry level are expected. This course contains a number of critical behaviors, including medication administration, that must be performed without error by the end of the course to successfully pass the course. 274 contact hours (47 theory, 22 skills lab, 205 on-campus lab/clinical).

NUR 2811C   NURSING CARE MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: NUR 2731C with a grade of "C" or better. The focus is on application of holistic nursing concepts and principles related to care of a group of patients with potentially life threatening problems. Clinical experiences may take place in hospitals or a variety of community settings. Demonstration of roles and competencies of the associate degree graduate nurse at entry level are expected. This course is essential for the successful transition from the role of student nurse to that of graduate nurse/registered nurse. This course contains a number of critical behaviors, including medication administration and all aspects of client safety, that must be performed without error by the end of the course to successfully pass the course. There will be 120 clinical hours over three weeks. The student will be placed with a Registered Nurse Preceptor and the student's clinical schedule will match the preceptor's schedule.

NUR 2813   ROLE TRANSITION IN NURSING

credits: 1  
Corequisite: NUR 2731C. This course facilitates the transition from student nurse to professional nurse. The course includes the concepts of success in the following areas: National Council of Licensing Examiners (NCLEX), job search, dealing with reality shock in the workplace, management of workplace issues, resolution of legal/ethical/diversity issues, delegation, conflict resolution, and reduction of nursing practice errors. 17 contact hours.

NUR 2903   NURSING INDEPENDENT STUDY

credits: 1  
Prerequisite: NUR 2731C with grades of “C” or better. This course is an individualized nursing independent study designed to discover the evidenced based foundation of a nursing therapy interest area proposed by the student. The experience is open to currently enrolled nursing students. The instructor will provide advanced learning resources and guidance. The student will also meet weekly with the instructor who will coordinate the experience. 15 contact hours.

NUR 3066   HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND PHYSICAL APPRAISAL

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: NUR 3805 with a minimum grade of C and admission to the Nursing BS Program. This course focuses on client assessment, health risks and formation of nursing diagnoses and health teaching. Emphasis is on the process of client interaction and use of appraisal skills in the collection of bio-psychosocial data across the life span. 47 contact hours.

NUR 3125   PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing BS program and corequisite NUR 3805 with a minimum grade of C and This course focuses on cellular alterations in organ systems as they relate to selected disease states that impact the health of people as holistic beings. Special emphasis is on critical thinking and decision making related to these alterations in homeodynamic balance, their presentation and implications for nursing practice. 45 contact hours.

NUR 3145   PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

credits: 2  
Pre- or corequisite: NUR 3805 and admission to the Nursing BS program. This course builds on essential concepts and principles of pharmacology as applied in the nursing management of client care. Major concerns in health care include medication errors and medication reconciliation. Improvement in delivery processes to improve safety and quality of care thereby improving client outcomes is the focus of many regulatory agencies. This course will highlight issues in pharmacology and provide the student with basic knowledge for client care and education. This course will specifically address aspects of pharmacology related to the assessment and management of symptoms across the lifespan by providing the student with the in depth knowledge regarding the administration of pharmacologic therapies, the management of physical and psychological symptoms related to disease and treatment, and education related to safe and effective use of pharmacologic agents. 30 contact hours.

NUR 3178   COMPLEMENTARY/INTEGRATIVE HEALTH AND THERAPIES

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN program or permission of the Dean. This elective course consists of an overview of the field of Complementary/Integrative Health that explores health and healing as related to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels of consciousness and reviews current therapies in the field. The focus is to expand one’s awareness of integrative ideas and approaches for healing and to explore evidence for their effectiveness. Topics vary according to instructor and student interest. 30 contact hours.

NUR 3655   NURSING IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: NUR 3805 and admission to the Nursing BS program. This course provides an examination of personal values, cultural beliefs and practices of selected cultural groups that contribute to the holistic nature of each group member. The focus is on communication and cultural responses to health and illness as they influence the homeodynamic balance of individuals, families and their communities. Nursing interventions that integrate varying cultural health practices are acquired. 45 contact hours.

NUR 3805   PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND DIMENSIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN Program. This course encompasses an introduction to the history, trends, issues, and evolution of the nursing profession. The course includes an overview of selected nursing theorists and professional nursing practice in the changing health care delivery system. Opportunities will be presented that provide for the development of further socialization into the professional role of nursing. 45 contact hours.

NUR 3826   LEGAL AND ETHICAL ASPECTS OF NURSING

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: NUR 3805 and admission to the Nursing BS program. This course is an assessment of ethical and legal issues confronting nurses and other health care providers in a variety of settings. The course focuses on identification and anaylsis of legal and ethical concepts and principles underlying the critical thinking process in nursing and health care. 45 contact hours.

NUR 3874   INFORMATICS AND CLINICAL REASONING

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: Admission to Nursing BS program and corequisite NUR 3805 with a minium grade of C. This course presents principles of information literacy and discusses the use of health information technologies to maximize patient care outcomes. Real-life challenges in the professional nursing practice are analyzed using logical and critical thought processes. Students explore ways to manage information, and apply reason and judgment to reach attainable solutions in varied situations. 45 contact hours.
 

NUR 3905   INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING

credits: 1-3  
Pre- or corequisite: Permission from Instructor. This course may be taken to satisfy nursing elective credits required for graduation. It provides an opportunity for an individual or small group of students to systematically investigate, under faculty guidance, selected topics relevant to the health needs of individuals or groups. It may involve a case study or other project that provides an opportunity for increasing breadth or depth of knowledge or skill. 15-45 contact hours.

NUR 3906   INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CLINICAL NURSING

credits: 1-3  
Pre- or corequisite: Permission from Instructor.This course may be taken to satisfy nursing elective credits required for graduation. It provides an opportunity for an individual student to systematically investigate, under faculty guidance, nursing roles in selected clinical settings. 15-45 contact hours.

NUR 4165   INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: NUR 3805 and STA 2023 or equivalent and admission to the Nursing BS program. This course is an overview of the skills needed to read, understand, evaluate and use nursing research. This course focuses on research methods and the identification of researchable nursing problems. Credit is not given for both NUR 4165 and NUR 4169. 45 contact hours.

NUR 4169   EVIDENCE-BASED RESEARCH UTILIZATION

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: Admission to Nursing BS program  and (STA 2023 with a minimum grade of C or STA 2023H with a minimum grade of C) and corequisite NUR 3805 with a minimum grade of C. This course involves an exploration and integration of current scientific evidence, use of clinical judgment, identification of patient preferences, and assessment of available resources as the conceptual elements used to promote clinical practice decision making. This course explores the concepts of critical analysis and outcomes research, emphasizing the elements of evidence based nursing practice. Focus is placed on utilization of research in clinical nursing practice, and the student will examine and plan a resolution of a clinical nursing problem. Credit is not given for both NUR 4165 and NUR 4169. 

NUR 4285   AGING AND END OF LIFE ISSUES

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: NUR 3066C. This course encompasses the study of the normal aging process, common bio-psychosocial disruptions, and holistic interventions with emphasis on health formation and disease prevention. Additional focus is upon understanding the uniqueness of the dying and grieving process, end of life issues and supportive modalities for individuals and families. 47 contact hours.

NUR 4606   NURSING OF THE FAMILY

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: NUR 3805 and admission to the Nursing BS program . This course focuses on the nurse's role in managing the holistic health care of individuals and families with bio-psychosocial disruptions. Emphasis is on the nursing process and principles from nursing, physical and behavioral sciences to enhance knowledge development necessary for the promotion of client/family well-being throughout the life span. 45 contact hours.

NUR 4636   COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING THEORY

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: NUR 3805 and admission to the Nursing BS program. Corequisite: NUR 4636L. This course focuses on the holistic nursing role in the community. Emphasis is on concepts and theories related to community health nursing. Special attention is given to the community as client with emphasis on health promotion/disease prevention and teaching of groups in community settings. 45 contact hours.

NUR 4636L   COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM

credits: 4  

Prerequisites: NUR 3805, NUR 3066C and admission to the Nursing BS program. Corequisite: NUR 4636. This course offers opportunities to practice the principles and theory of community health nursing in a variety of health care settings. Included are the identification of health care needs of the community as a client, and the nurse’s role as a facilitator, teacher, and evaluator in promoting and maintaining health and wellness. 60 contact hours.

NUR 4835   LEADERSHIP THEORY

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: NUR 3805 and admission to the Nursing BS program. Corequisite: NUR 4835L. This course includes a focus on theories, concepts, and principles of leading and managing as well as pertinent legal issues faced by nursing leaders and managers. Emphasis will be on the methods to become an effective leader/manager including interpersonal skills needed for effective leadership and management, the different types of organizations delivering health care, outcomes management, and analysis of current research findings. 45 contact hours.

NUR 4835L   LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM

credits: 4  

Prerequisites: NUR 3145, NUR 3655, NUR 4165, NUR 4606, NUR 4636/4636L and admission to the Nursing BS program. Pre- or corequisites: NUR 4835, NUR 3826. This course focuses on the application of the theories, concepts, and principles of leading and managing. Emphasis in the course will be on the development of skills needed for effective leadership and management. Opportunities will be provided to demonstrate appropriate leadership and management ability. 60 contact hours.


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