Catalog 2008 – 09

Nursing (NUR)

NUR 3210:

Professional Role Development and Practice Issues
Cr.2. (2-0).
Focuses on the socialization of the student to the baccalaureate essentials for professional practice. Roles of the nurse, historical and theoretical foundations, and nursing philosophy and standards that define professional nursing are explored.

NUR 3230:

Nursing Professional Role I
Cr.2. (2-0).
The art and science of professional nursing is examined from historical and contemporary perspectives.

NUR 3247:

Pharmacology for Collaborative Nursing Practice
Cr. 2. (2-0).
A foundational overview of pharmacology emphasizing the basics of drug knowledge including pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. Drug therapy for all age groups in incorporated.

NUR 3311:

Health Assessment Across the Life Span (Formerly NUR 3411)
Cr. 3. (2-2).
Presents health and cultural assessment concepts for individuals and families across the life span, building upon skills acquired in an initial licensure program. Emphasis is on history taking, data collection, and critical analysis of health and illness. Students practice clinical assessment skills in a laboratory setting.

NUR 3315:

Cr. 3. (3-0).
Course focuses on the pathophysiological basis of disease processes. Central concepts include symptoms, treatment, and prognosis across the lifespan. Mechanisms and principles that underlie pathogenesis provide a basis for evidence-based practice.


NUR 3331:

Nursing Professional Role II
Cr.3. (3-0). Prerequisite: NUR 3230
An open discussion forum to enable development of skills focusing on management principles and theories to provide professional nursing leadership.


NUR 3332:

Nursing Professional Role III
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: NUR 3331
Course focuses on political, legal, ethical and advocacy issues affecting health care and professional nursing practice.


NUR 3337:

Reading and Interpreting Scientific Literature
Cr. 3. (3-0).
The study of statistical procedures and scientific methods to enable critique of nursing research, use of scientific literature and evaluation of evidence-based nursing practice.


NUR 3440:

Introduction to Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
Cr. 4. (3-3).
Provides foundational overview of evidence-based nursing practice, health assessment, pathophysiology, and beginning data collection strategies. History, physical examination, data collection and critical analysis in situations of health and illness are emphasized.


NUR 3631:

Nursing Process for Symptom Management
Cr. 6. (6-0).
Focus is on the utilization of the nursing process as a systematic approach to symptom management and psychosocial care of adults.


NUR 3633:

Clinical Nursing Practice I
Cr. 6. (0-18). Prerequisites: NUR 3230, NUR 3331, NUR 3440
Course provides clinical practice opportunities in acute care and psychiatric settings to enable the beginning student to acquire basic symptom management and communication skills.


NUR 3635:

Clinical Nursing Practice III
Cr. 6. (0-18). Prerequisite: NUR 3734
Course provides clinical practice opportunities in high acuity and community settings to enable the student to acquire advanced nursing care and leadership and management skills.


NUR 3637:

Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice II
Cr. 6. (6-0). Prerequisite: NUR 3736
Course focuses on wellness, health promotion, primary disease prevention, and management of health problems in complex care and community settings for patients of all ages.


NUR 3734:

Clinical Nursing Practice II
Cr. 7. (0-21). Prerequisite: NUR 3633
Course provides clinical practice opportunities in acute care and maternal/child settings to enable the student to acquire intermediate nursing care skills.


NUR 3736:

Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice I
Cr. 7. (7-0). Prerequisite: NUR 3631
Course focuses on the older adult, adult, child, and child bearing families experiencing alterations in tissue integrity and healthcare needs.


NUR 4102:

Independent Study
Cr. 1. (1-0). Topic will vary.

NUR 4202:

Independent Study
Cr. 2. (2-0). Topic will vary.

NUR 4300:

Special Topics in Nursing
Cr. 3. (3-0). Topics in Nursing vary each semester.

NUR 4302:

Independent Study
Cr. 3. (3-0). Topic will vary.

NUR 4312:

Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice (Formerly NUR 4412)
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: NUR 3210
Focuses on leadership theories and management principles to provide the foundation for professional nursing administration. Contemporary workplace issues impacting the nurse leader are explored.

NUR 4314:

Nursing Research
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: Statistics course
Introduces the research process and presents research methods commonly used by nurse researchers. The importance of critical appraisal of nursing research and appropriate utilization of research findings in professional nursing practice are emphasized.

NUR 4320:

Concept Integration of Complex Patient Care (Formerly NUR 4420)
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: NUR 3210, NUR 3311
Provides foundation to enable students to provide complex chronic care in diverse settings.


NUR 4321:

Community Health Nursing (Formerly NUR 4521)
Cr. 3. (3-0) Prerequisites: NUR 3210
Introduces the concept of community as client; focus is on providing culturally appropriate care to populations within the public framework.

NUR 4322:

Policy, Politics, and Ethics in Professional Nursing Practice (Formerly NUR 4222)
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: NUR 3210
Focuses on political, legal, ethical, and advocacy issues affecting health care delivery and nursing practice. Personal, societal, and professional influences are explored.

NUR 4421:

Clinical Concepts in the Professional Role
Cr. 4. (0-12) Prerequisites: NUR 3210; NUR 3311; NUR 4321; NUR 4312; NUR 4320
This course allows opportunities for knowledge synthesis in the provision of nursing care in varied settings utilizing the decision-making process. Expansion of the professional clinical role by demonstrating leadership skills and professional values to coordinate continuous quality care through the utilization of evidence-based practice is emphasized. Clinical instruction is individualized and focuses on application of the nursing process in direct care, teaching, interventions, and assessment of the clinical site for individuals, families, and groups.

NUR 6300:

Selected Topics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
Topic will vary.

NUR 6301:

Nursing Research and Advanced Inquiry
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: Statistics.
Examines nursing research methodologies, their value and use for nursing practice. Principles and methods of research in problem identification, framework, critique, design, data collection, and analysis are emphasized. Students will critically examine the literature and develop and research proposal to evaluate patient care outcomes for evidence-based practice.

NUR 6302:

Independent Study
Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
Topic will vary.

NUR 6304:

Advanced Pathophysiology
Cr. 3 (3-0).
Course will focus on physiology and pathophysiology with an emphasis on etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and implications for treatment of disease in the individual and population groups.

NUR 6305:

Advanced Health Assessment
Cr. 3 (2-3).
Prepares the student to conduct focused, comprehensive health assessments on patients across the lifespan to implement the diagnostic reasoning phase of evidence-based nursing practice.

NUR 6306:

Professional Role, Policy and Ethics
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Focuses on the impact of policy, ethics, and politics on advanced nursing practice roles. The importance of advanced practice participation in shaping the direction of health care is emphasized.

NUR 6307:

Nursing Theory
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Evaluates nursing philosophical and conceptual models and various theories related to research and practice roles. Students will critically examine and apply theory to nursing practice roles and research.

NUR 6309:

Advanced Leadership and Management
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to practice in an administrative position in a health care organization at the nurse manager or nurse executive level. Students analyze leadership theories and management principles in advanced roles.

NUR 6310:

Advanced Nursing Clinical I
Cr. 3. (2-3). Prerequisites: NUR 6301, NUR 6302, NUR 6313.
Focuses on the clinical practitioner and educator roles in advanced nursing practice and health care management of individuals from diverse populations. Students address developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes during acute and chronic illnesses.

NUR 6311:

Advanced Nursing Clinical II
Cr. 3. (1-6). Prerequisites: NUR 6310
Focuses on clinician and health care quality of care in the institutional or community setting. Students identify clinician skills needing improvement and clinical experiences to meet these needs. Students also identify a quality care issue and design a strategy for improving patient care outcomes through institutional or community change.

NUR 6312:

Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: Statistics.
Examines theoretical aspects of measurement and evaluation as related to the role of nurse educator in nursing practice and research. Focus is placed on the concepts of reliability and validity in the development of objectives and evaluation strategies.

NUR 6313:

Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning in Nursing
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Course presents an overview of educational theories and instructional methods related to nursing education. Students select appropriate theories and instructional methods used in academic, staff, and patient settings.

NUR 6314:

Development of Nursing Curriculum
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Focuses on curriculum design and development for the nurse educator. Students apply curriculum elements to various nursing educational settings.

NUR 6315:

Practicum in Teaching in Nursing
Cr. 3. (0-9). Prerequisites: NUR 6313 (Can be taken concurrently)
Synthesizes educational theories and instructional methods utilized in nursing education. Students use critical thinking and evidence-based practice to deliver and evaluate education in academic, staff, and/or patient settings.

NUR 6316:

Healthcare Organization Behavior (Cross-listed MGT 6351)
Cr. 3. (3-0)
Provides overview of managerial functions with an emphasis on the study of individual, group and inter-group behaviors in organizations.

NUR 6317:

Human Resource Management in Healthcare (Cross-listed MGT 6374)
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: NUR 6316/MGT 6351
Encompasses an analysis of the classical and contemporary administrative functions involved in management of people and organization, staffing, EEO regulation, compensation policy, performance appraisal and training and career development within the context of an increasing diverse, internationalized, and competitive health care organizational environment are emphasized.

NUR 6318:

Healthcare Delivery Systems and Organization
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Provides foundational overviews of U.S. nursing and health care delivery systems including unit level healthcare models, delivery systems of care, complexity theory and managing change.

NUR 6319:

Healthcare Finance
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: NUR 6309.
Provides an overview of financial management and health care finance for nonfinancial managers. Students explore concepts related to budgeting and financial management.

NUR 6320:

Healthcare Informatics
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Course focuses on health informatics, information technology systems, and health care technologies. Students examine how to utilize health information and technologies for quality outcomes.

NUR 6321:

Leadership Practicum
Cr. 3. (0-9). Prerequisites: NUR 6309, NUR 6316, NUR 6318, NUR 6319
Provides opportunities to integrate previously learned knowledge and skills during a 135 hour practicum. Students work with nurse preceptors in mid-or upper-level administrative positions in a variety of health care settings to demonstrate competencies related to complex adaptive systems, health care administration, and health care quality and safety.

NUR 6323:

Foundations of Adult Education (Cross-listed FED 6334)
Cr. 3. (3-0).
An overview course designed to give participants an understanding of the field of practice of adult education. It will offer an overview of the major historical developments of adult education, particularly to the U.s. and will examine the philosophical roots of adult education.

NUR 6324:

Diversity and Adult Education (Cross-listed FED 6335)
Cr. 3. (3-0).
This course entails an analysis of diversity in the adult education context. Various psychosocial factors of diverse identity groups and the influence of these variable on adult education will be studied.

NUR 6351:

Evidence-Based Practice Project
Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: Capstone course – will be taken in final semester of MSN program).
Course synthesizes knowledge from the core and track specific courses in the development of an evidence-based project based on a needs assessment. Students prepare the project implementation, publication, grant submission, or professional presentation.

University Of Houston-Victoria
3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, TX 77901
(361) 570-4848, Toll Free in Texas (877) 970-4848

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