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Nursing Courses

NUR 309 Health Promotion I - 5 credits/84 clinical hours

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting the optimal health of the individual. Theory and psychomotor skills essential to the safe practice of nursing are emphasized.  Co-requisite: NUR 311.

NUR 311 Health Assessment - 3 credits/42 laboratory hours

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a comprehensive bio-psychosocial, spiritual and cultural assessment of the individual utilizing the skills of history taking, inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Normal assessment findings, frequently seen variations from normal as well as developmental and cultural differences are discussed.  Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing Major or special permission required for non-matriculated students.

NUR 313 Mental Health Promotion - 4 credits/84 clinical hours

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in the promotion of optimal mental health with an emphasis on the acute care psychiatric setting. Psychosocial and neurobiochemical theories are used in caring for individuals and their families from diverse cultures experiencing alterations in mental health.  Co-requisite: NUR 309, NUR 311 and NUR 314

NUR 314 Pharmacology - 3 credits

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the effects of pharmacological agents used as therapeutic interventions for patients.  The course covers drug actions, classifications, applications of principles of drug administration including medication calculation and application of the nursing process and client teaching related to medication therapy.  The course is intended to be an introduction to pharmacology as medication content is reinforced in every nursing course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nursing Major or special permission required for non-matriculated students.

NUR 320 Family Health Promotion I - 4 credits/84 clinical hours

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in optimizing the health care of women and their families throughout the life span, with particular emphasis in maternal/fetal and newborn care. Family theories and the nursing process are used in providing family-centered care. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NUR 309, NUR 311 and NUR 314.

NUR 321 Health Promotion II - 4 credits/84 clinical hours

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal health and wellness for the aging adult. Risk factors for illness and injury common in the elderly as well as strategies for health promotion through physical, psychological and spiritual interventions are addressed. Normal health care issues for the aging adult population are explored. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NUR 309, NUR 311, NUR 314 and NUR 322.  Co-requisites: NUR 313, NUR 322 and NUR 323.

NUR 322 Essentials of Nursing Research- 2 credits

This course focuses on the basic understanding of the research process as a component of evidence-based practice.  Students gain knowledge in the areas of research methods and critically appraise published research for quality and its applicability to professional nursing practice.  Components of quantitative and qualitative research designs are explored.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of NUR 309 and NUR 311.  Co-requisites: NUR 323.  RN students: Successful completion of NUR 324 and SPS 173.

NUR 323 Concepts in Professional Nursing - 2 credits

This course focuses on current issues and trends in nursing and health care.  The course provides an overview of topics relevant to nursing including history of nursing, nursing education & licensure, professional organizations, and health care delivery systems.  The course also introduces legal, ethical, cultural, and spiritual issues that impact nursing practice. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: SPS 173.

NUR 324 Professional Nursing Seminar - 3 credits (RN students only)

This course focuses on introducing the RN student to the conceptual basis of professional nursing. Characteristics of the profession are evaluated and compared to the past, present and future of the nursing profession. The multidimensional roles that encompass professional nursing practice are explored. This course will facilitate the RN student in developing knowledge and skills needed to advocate on behalf of the profession and make decisions that will shape the future of nursing practice. The importance of nurses’ responsibility for community and personal health promotion are examined Prerequisite or Co-requisite: SPS 173

NUR 328 Nursing in the Global Community:  A Study Abroad - 2 credits (elective)

This course provides a unique opportunity for students to be a part of an international general medical and public health multidisciplinary team. While experiencing clinical work first hand, students examine the socio-cultural and economic dimensions of health and illness and systems for delivering health care in a selected country. Emphasis is placed on enhancing cultural awareness and sensitivity as well as developing cultural competence in nursing. Students examine cultural differences and similarities through observation and interaction with patients, community members, and health care professionals. The class begins on campus for discussion of reading materials and preparation for travel. Travel is a required aspect of this course and the location may change each year. The course ends with an on-campus class to reflect on lessons learned. This course can be taken more than once. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NUR 309, and NUR 311

NUR 330 Family Health Promotion II - 4 credits/84 clinical hours

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal health of the family.  The course emphasizes the abilities to plan, evaluate the safety of, and effectively administer customized care, within the developmental and physical limitations, of pediatric patients. Co-requisities: None. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all junior level courses.

NUR 331 Health Promotion III - 5 credits/84 clinical hours

 This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in the application of the nursing process, evidence-based research, effective communication and culturally sensitive and interdisciplinary driven nursing care in promoting wellness for the acutely ill or injured adult. Risk factors for illness and injury are identified and strategies for health promotion are explored in the areas of perioperative care, as well as in the management of fluid and electrolyte imbalances, altered tissue perfusion, and neurological impairment. Co-requisites: None. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all junior level courses.

NUR 332 Evidence-based Practice for Nursing - 3 credits

This course focuses on the principles of evidence-based nursing practice.  Emphasis is on identifying clinical practice questions, searching and critically appraising the most relevant evidence for practice recommendations.  Students propose plans to implement changes, evaluate outcomes and identify the need for additional nursing knowledge.  In this course, the gap between research and practice is bridged giving students practical tools for translating research findings into practice.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of all junior level courses and SPS 172 or SPS 173.  RN students: Successful completion of NUR 324, SPS 173 and NUR 322.

NUR 333 Health Promotion of the Community - 5 credits/84 clinical hours

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal health of individuals, families and groups in home and community settings.  The class emphasizes epidemiological theories as they relate to the health of the community.   Prerequisites: Successful completion of all junior level courses and NUR 330.  Co-requisites: NUR 331. RN students: Successful completion of NUR 311, NUR 322, NUR 324, NUR 332 and SPS 173.

NUR 335 Leadership in Nursing (Capstone Experience) - 5 credits/84 clinical hours

This capstone course focuses on leadership and management roles and the ethical decision making process of the professional nurse. The course emphasizes theory and application surrounding nursing leadership, management, and ethical decision making processes in the delivery of health care in diverse multicultural settings. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all junior level courses.  Co-requisites: None RN students: Successful completion of NUR 311, NUR 322, NUR 324 and SPS 173.

NUR 341 Complex Health Problems - 4 credits/84 clinical hours

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal health for multicultural individuals across the life span who are experiencing complex health problems. Risk factors for illness and injury are identified and strategies for health promotion are explored for the care of clients with emergencies, trauma and burns, as well as those with neurologic, cardiac, oncologic, immune, and liver disorders. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all junior level nursing courses and NUR 330 and NUR 331.  Co-requisites: NUR 332, NUR 333 and NUR 335.

NUR 342 Independent Practicum - 4 credits/105 clinical hours

This course is the culminating clinical course in the curriculum. Students develop increasing levels of autonomy in providing clinical patient care in a variety of diverse settings. Under faculty supervision, students work directly with unit-based nurse preceptors to provide nursing care to medically and culturally diverse patients. Transition to becoming a professional nurse is addressed through concentrated preparation for success with the NCLEX licensure exam, in depth immersion in the Professional Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and application of Benner’s conceptual framework of movement from novice to expert practice within the nursing profession. Prerequisite:  Successful completion of all required NUR courses.

School Nurse Certification Courses

SNC 500 Methodology in School Health Services - 3 credits 

SNC 500 is the first of two courses, taken within one academic year, that culminate the School Nurse Certification Program.  This course examines the role of the professional nurse within the school setting and incorporates the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice. 

SNC 505 School Nurse Practicum and Seminar - 5 credits/105 clinical hours 

SNC 505 is the capstone course of the School Nurse Certification Program. This course employs a collaborative learning approach, that entails analyzing the role of the professional school nurse and incorporating the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Framework for 21st Century Nursing Practice. The student will partner with a school nurse preceptor to deliver health services to students in a variety of school settings. The class will include periodic reviews with the clinical preceptor, online guided instruction and the school nurse practicum experience. 
Prerequisite: SNC 500 

 


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