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Course Descriptions


NUR 325 - Introduction to Nursing Research (2)

This is an introductory nursing research course in which the student is seen as a consumer of research. Fundamentals of research methods are studied, and published nursing research findings are reviewed and critiqued for use in practice. Students will explore the qualities of evidence-based practice and how informatics facilitates the process of knowledge acquisition. The role of integrity, accountability, and respect are stressed as key professional values in the pursuit of core knowledge. The opportunity to identify the scientific evidence underlying selected core nursing technologies will be examined, in addition to critiquing nursing research articles.

NUR 327 - Health Assessment (4)

Systematic study of data collection and health assessment skills with a focus on subjective and objective techniques, concentrating on normal and abnormal findings and developmental norms and variations across the lifespan. Content includes therapeutic communication, interviewing, subjective, objective assessment techniques, vital sign measurement, pain assessment, and objective assessment of the following areas or systems: integumentary; lymphatic; head and neck; eyes; ear, nose, and throat; pulmonary; cardiovascular; abdominal; genital; musculoskeletal; and neurological.

NUR 323 - Pathophysiology (4)

Students will study basic principles of human disease and the mechanisms that govern them, emphasizing nursing applications. Topics address etiology, clinical presentation, and appropriate treatment of the disease process.

NUR 400 - Trends and Issues in Professional Nursing (2)

An overview of the theories and concepts of holistic professional nursing. The nursing process is discussed as a critical thinking and problem-solving tool for identifying client system stressors and for initiating primary, secondary, and tertiary nursing interventions. Principles of pharmacotherapeutics and current drug regimens/protocols and their relation to pathophysiology are explored.

NUR 378 - Concepts of Professional Nursing (2)

The focus of the course is to acclimate the returning RN student to the professional nursing concepts found in holistic nursing as derived from theory or research and include critical thinking and communication. This course provides and emphasis on writing and oral presentation skills. The course also addresses nursing practice competencies, nursing conceptual models, professional accountability, group dynamics, and critical thinking.

NUR 433 - Informatics in Nursing (2)

NUR 433 is designed to introduce the student to the specialty area of informatics. Hardware, software, databases, communication applications, computer developments and associated legal and ethical issues are addressed. Students will learn how the field of informatics is used to manage and communicate data, information and knowledge in nursing clinical practice, administration, education, and research. Additionally, they will learn how nurses can assess, develop, and use nursing information systems to work more efficiently, allocate resources more effectively, and improve patient care.

NUR 421 - Applied Nursing Research (2)

The intent of this course is to expand the knowledge of the research process, as well as an opportunity to formalize the focus of the Capstone Project. The Capstone Project is to be completed the last semester RN-BSN program. The Capstone Project is designed to provide the student an opportunity to give back to the community. The student must identify a population and site where they perceive a felt need and the need must be something that is deliverable during the Capstone Course. During this research course, the student will identify the area of focus for the Capstone Project, conduct a literature review to validate the need, as well as explore possible interventions that are evidence-based. Finally, the student will design a descriptive study in which the problem is stated, the hypotheses are identified, and possible interventions are explored. The selected intervention is to be identified and accompanied by documented rationale. The project must include a letter of acceptance from the community agency stating their willingness to allow the stated intervention to occur in their facility. The use of informatics will facilitate the acquisition of core knowledge. Emphasis will be stressed on interpersonal communication, as well as the professional values of integrity, respect, and accountability.

NUR 316 - Community Health Nursing (4)

A theoretical foundation for the implementation of the nursing process in the community setting. The course includes introduction to the concepts of individual, family, and community as clients; roles of the community health nurse; and concepts of epidemiology with focus on primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention measures. An overview of the healthcare delivery systems at local, state, and national levels; reimbursement issues; community assessment; and program planning are examined.

NUR 342 - Transcultural Nursing and Global Health (2)

This course focuses on strategies for providing culturally competent nursing care to a multicultural society within the United States as well as other cultures outside of the United States. Students will explore a variety of cultural beliefs and practices. The history of global health, as well as current issues and trends in global health, will also be discussed.

NUR 346 - Nursing Case Management of Vulnerable Populations (2)

The course is designed to develop skills in managing the care of chronically ill patients in the acute care setting and in the community in order to maintain maximum levels of function and the self care ability, to reduce hospitalization, manage symptoms, and increase quality of life for persons at risk. The focus is on nursing case management models; roles and strategies used for managing high risk client populations; and providing comprehensive care coordination, brokerage, monitoring, discharge planning, client/family advocacy, and nursing interventions.

NUR 420 - Gerontology (2)

Aging is a normal process, but as the population ages and utilizes the current healthcare system in record numbers, it is apparent that numbers of gerontologically trained nursing staff are lacking. The lack of quality, educated nurses negatively impacts the quality of care older patients receive since nurses play an essential role in the provision of acute and chronic care, including the provision of health education and concepts of health promotion. This course is designed to provide basic information on the care of the aging patient. Included in class discussion will be the theories of normal aging, including the physiologic and psychosocial changes and the problems that occur in relationship to these changes, as well as the appropriate nursing intervention and the ethical/legal aspects of caring for the geriatric patient.

NUR 426 - Leadership and Management in Nursing (4)

NUR 426, an Upper Division Nursing Course, incorporates the theoretical frameworks that explain organizational theory and structure in relation to the management of patient care within the components of the healthcare delivery system. The concepts of this leadership and management course are designed to prepare the baccalaureate nursing student to function in a complex healthcare environment. NUR 426 will provide an overview of leadership, legal and ethical nursing, care management, the professional's role in management, healthcare organizations management, delegation, human resource management, fiscal management, and outcomes management. Additionally the course incorporates the use of outcome measures to promote quality and cost effective healthcare in various organization and healthcare delivery systems. This course will convey the skills necessary for the management of appropriate and effective nursing care.

NUR 401 - Professional Nursing Capstone (2)

NUR 401: Professional Nursing Capstone is a capstone seminar/practicum that is defined as the culminating "event or "work" that defines the baccalaureate nursing student as ready to participate in and contribute to the healthcare community. This project based couse integrates the concepts learned throughout the student's prior coursework and "caps" the B.S.N. learning experience. The purpose of this course is to give each student the opportunity to identify a community health problem or need, and develop their own plan of action to address that need. The plan to address the identified problem is developed only after a thorough assessment, careful critical thinking, and a disciplined prioritization process have been completed. These processes are practiced through collaboration with the course faculty and individual community healthcare leaders. The goal of the course is that each student's project will have a positive impact on the overall wellness of their chosen community. Core competencies of critical thinking, communication, and assessment provide a framework for the student to utilize the core knowledge concepts of health promotion, informatics, healthcare technology and evidence based practice. The student will direct their needs search broadly across the healthcare spectrum including all ages, cultures, and stages of illness and wellness. Role development concepts of leadership, collaboration, professionalism, healthcare system issues and policies and global healthcare will be practiced by the students as they interact with community healthcare leaders. Professional values of integrity, excellence, respect, accountability, and diversity will be practiced by the students and faculty, as each seeks professional growth throughout the course/practicum experience.