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Nursing (NURS)


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NURS 3230:

Nursing Professional Role I
Cr.2. (2-0).
Course will allow the student to compare past professional experiences with nursing practice. The art and science of professional nursing is examined from historical and contemporary perspectives, including the philosophy and theoretical foundations that define professional nursing practice.

NURS 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 is incorporated.

NURS 3310:     

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. (Formerly NURS 3210) (Credit will not be given for both NURS 3310 and NURS 3210.)

NURS 3311:

Health Assessment Across the Life Span
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.

NURS 3315:

Pathophysiology
Cr. 3. (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.

NURS 3331:

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

NURS 3332:

Nursing Professional Role III
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: NURS 3331, NURS 3737 
Course focuses on political, legal, ethical and advocacy issues affecting health care and professional nursing practice.

NURS 3337:

Reading and Interpreting Scientific Literature
Cr. 3. (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.

NURS 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.

NURS 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.

NURS 3633:

Clinical Nursing Practice I
Cr. 6. (0-18). Prerequisites: NURS 3230, NURS 3247, NURS 3440, NURS 3631
Course provides clinical practice opportunities in acute care and psychiatric settings to enable the beginning student to acquire basic symptom management and communication skills.

NURS 3634:

Clinical Nursing Practice II
Cr. 6. (0-18). Prerequisite: NURS 3633
Course provides clinical practice opportunities in acute care and maternal/child settings to enable the student to acquire intermediate nursing care skills.

NURS 3636:

Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice I
Cr. 6. (6-0). Prerequisite: NURS 3631
Course focuses on care of the older adult, adult, child, and child bearing families experiencing alterations in tissue integrity and healthcare needs.

NURS 3735:

Clinical Nursing Practice III
Cr. 7. (0-21). Prerequisite: NURS 3634
Course provides clinical practice opportunities in high acuity and community settings to enable the student to acquire advanced nursing care and leadership/ management skills.

NURS 3737:

Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice II
Cr. 7. (7-0). Prerequisite: NURS 3636
Focus on wellness, health promotion, primary disease prevention, and management of health problems in complex care and community settings for patients of all ages.

NURS 4102:

Independent Study
Cr. 1 (1-0). Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Topic will vary.

NURS 4200:

Selected Topics in Nursing
Cr. 2. (2-0). Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Topics in Nursing vary each semester.

NURS 4202:

Independent Study
Cr. 2 (2-0). Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Topic will vary

 NURS 4210: Concepts of Quality Care for Patients with Life-Limiting Illness
Cr. 2. (2-2-0).  Prerequisite(s): RN-BSN: Admission to Nursing / 2nd Degree BSN: NURS 3633 and NURS 3631, or approval of instructor.
Explores concepts related to quality care for patients with life-limiting illness and their families.  Particular emphasis is placed on spiritual needs and interventions, the nurse‚Äôs role to assist patients and families to cope through high-risk medical interventions, ethical decision making, and principles of communication.  Elements of safety with high-level skills are also reviewed.


 NURS 4212: Informatics in Health Care
Cr. 2. (2-2-0). Prerequisites:  Admission to Nursing.
Introduces students to basic concepts and tools associated with the structure, management and communication of information to support the role of the nurse as a knowledge worker.  Emphasis will be placed on use of clinical information systems, electronic health records and telecommunication technologies in nursing.

 NURS 4214:
Integrative Nursing
Cr. 2. (2-2-0).  Prerequisites:  Admission to Nursing.
Introduces integrative nursing techniques for symptom relief.  Provides an overview of the importance of vital energy therapies toward mental/emotional, physical, and spiritual balance.

NURS 4300:

Selected Topics in Nursing
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Topics in Nursing vary each semester.

NURS 4302

Independent Study
Cr. 3 (3-3-0). Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Topic will vary.

NURS 4312:

Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: NURS 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. (Formerly NUR 4412).

NURS 4314:

Nursing Research
Cr. 3. (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.

NURS 4322:

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

NURS 4520:

Concept Integration in Patient Care Management
Cr. 5. (5-3-6). Prerequisites: NURS 3210; NURS 3311; NURS 3315; NURS 4312; NURS 4322; NURS 4314; and NURS 4521
Focuses on integration of principles for interdisciplinary care management of patients, families, and populations across practice settings. 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 entry level competencies of BSN graduate roles to coordinate continuous quality care through the utilization of evidence-based practice in patient care management across practice setting 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 and families.

NURS 4521:

Community Health Nursing
Cr. 5. (5-3-6). Prerequisites: NURS 3210; NURS 3311; NURS 3315; NURS 4312; NURS 4322; NURS 4314
Introduces the concept of community as client. The focus is on providing culturally appropriate care to populations within the public health framework. Allows opportunities for knowledge synthesis in the provision of nursing care in community-based and community health settings utilizing public principles. Expansion of the professional clinical role by demonstrating entry level BSN graduate role population focused competencies to coordinate continuous quality care through the utilization of evidence-based practice in patient care management across community-based practice settings 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.