NURS 2010 Health and Human Development Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on development and health concepts across the lifespan with the context of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains.

NURS 2040 Conceptual Foundations of Nursing and Trends
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Admission to the School of Nursing, Biology 2110K, Biology 2120K, English 1101, English 1102, Chemistry 1151K, Chemistry 1152K, MATH 1111, Psychology 1101
Description

The course is an introduction to the nursing profession which provides the student with requisite knowledge that subsequent nursing courses build upon. It is designed to facilitate the students acquisition of knowledge and understanding regarding the profession. Topics will include historical influences, current issues ethical issues, trends, professionalism, governance, and nursing theorists.

NURS 2060 Pathophysiological Concepts in Nursing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to the nursing program, Biology 1110, Biology 1120, two semesters of a general lab science, Biology 2300/2310
Corequisites NURS 2040
Description

The course will focus on pathophysiological processes of common diseases and will be organized by body system. An understanding of normal physiology concepts is essential for successful completion of the course.

NURS 2061 Pharmacology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Biology 1110K, Biology 1120K, two semesters of a general lab science, Biology 2300/2310 and acceptance into the nursing program
Corequisites NURS2040, NURS2060
Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, in order to equip the student to safely administer drugs, assess drug therapy and educate clients in all clinical settings.

NURS 2080 Basic Concepts of Nursing Care
Credit Hours 3.0
Corequisites NURS2040, NURS2060, NURS2061, NURS2160
Description

Prerequisite for all nursing students: Acceptance into the nursing program. This course will examine the nurses role in health promotion, disease prevention, and restoration of health. In various settings, students will explore the basic concepts of nursing care across the life span. The nursing process will be utilized to plan care for common clinical phenomena.

NURS 2160 Basic Health Assessment and Nursing Skills
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites acceptance into the nursing program
Corequisites NURS 2040, NURS 2060, NURS 2061, NURS 2080 and SNHP 3000
Description

The course is designed to facilitate the students acquisition of both health assessment and basic nursing skills and mastery of basic drug calculations. It is composed of three distinct components: health assessment and basic skills theories, and laboratory/clinical performance. In order to pass the course students must pass all three components. Under faculty supervision, the student develops and refines professional practice. (4 hrs didactic credit; 2 hrs clinical credit [90 clinical contact hrs]).

NURS 2220 Verification of Nursing Knowledge and Nursing and Health Assessment Skills
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 2160 or equivalent
Description

This course focuses on assisting pre-licensure students to prepare for verification of previous nursing knowledge and/or nursing skills so they can re-enter or transfer in to the undergraduate program in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing (BFLSON). The student and faculty will determine the appropriate credit hour allocation based on previous nursing courses completed and the nursing knowledge and/or nursing skills that need to be confirmed.

NURS 3060 Pathophysiology for Professional Nursing Practice for RNs
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Acceptance to the RN-BS program
Description

This course is designed to facilitate the professional Nurses understanding of selected pathophysiological concepts and their relationship to nursing care of clients. The course will build on previously learned principles of basic anatomy and physiology. Selected pathophysiological principles will be applied to various disease states with an emphasis on the relationship between these concepts and the nursing care of clients.

NURS 3200 Introduction to Clinical Nutrition
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2110K & BIOL 2120K
Description

This course focuses on the study of basic principles of human nutrition and application, within the concepts of wellness, primary prevention, and illness. The course is designed for students in the nursing program.

NURS 3300 Human Services Policy, Planning and Trends
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 2040, NURS 2060, NURS 2061, NURS 2080, NURS 2160
Description

This course focuses on the complex forces that influence health policy and program planning. Emphasis is placed on ecological, economic, ethical, legal, and social issues. The role of the nurse as an advocate for the civil and social rights and health care issues of the public is addressed.

NURS 3310 Policy, Planning and Trends for RNs
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to the RN-BS Completion Program
Description

This course focuses on the complex forces that influence Public policy and program planning. Emphasis is placed on ecological, political, economic, and social issues and the role of the practitioner as advocate for the civil and social rights of the public. These components provide insight into future trending, forecasting and program planning in the public sector.

NURS 3490 Professional Nursing Concepts for RNs
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Acceptance to the RN-BS program
Description

This course is designed to enhance the Registered Nurses perception of the role of the professional practitioner in meeting the health needs of society. Selected issues and trends in nursing will be examined and their relationship to professional nursing practice will be analyzed. Topics will include a wide range of selected issues driven by the current professional and social environment. Graduates of diploma nursing and associates degree programs will be awarded college credit for successful validation of the basic nursing knowledge as part of this course.

NURS 3500 Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Corequisites NURS3610, NURS3710
Description

This course will examine evidence-based practice research in the provision of patient-centered care. Students will gain an overview of major research concepts as applied to health care. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation of published and empirical research.

NURS 3510 Caring for Adult Populations
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites NURS 2010, NURS 2040, NURS 2060, NURS 2061, NURS 2080, NURS 2160, and SNHP 3000
Corequisites NUTR 3200
Description

The course focuses on the nursing knowledge and skills needed to care for adults in acute care settings with the goals of assisting individuals and their families in promotion, maintenance, and restoration of optimal patterns of health. Under faculty supervision, the student develops and refines professional practice.

NURS 3520 Research Methods for RNs
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Acceptance to the RN-BS program
Description

This course is designed to provide the Registered Nurse with an overview of the major research concepts as applied to theprofession of nursing. Emphasis is on how to critically evaluate and apply published and empirical research. Serves as
one of the two Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) courses required of all nursing majors.

NURS 3610 Caring for Childbearing Families
Credit Hours 5.0
Prerequisites NURS 2010, NUTR 3200, NURS 2040, NURS 2060, NURS 2061, NURS 2080, NURS 2160, SNHP 3000, NURS 3510, NURS 3810
Corequisites NURS 3500 or SNHP 3500
Description

The course focuses on the application of nursing knowledge and skills in the care of women and childbearing families. The goal is to foster health promotion, maintenance, and/or restoration of optimal patterns of health. Emphasis is given to early detection and intervention of altered health patterns for women throughout their lifespan and during the childbearing period. Under faculty supervision, the student develops and refines professional practice. (3 hrs didactic credit; 2 hrs clinical credit [90 clinical contact hrs]).

NURS 3710 Caring for Children and Adolescents
Credit Hours 5.0
Prerequisites NURS 2010, NUTR 3200, NURS 2040, NURS 2060, NURS 2061, NURS 2080, NURS 2160, SNHP 3000, NURS 3510, NURS 3810
Corequisites NURS 3500 or SNHP 3500
Description

The course focuses on the application of nursing knowledge and skills needed to safely care for children and their families. The goal is to foster health promotion, maintenance, and/or restoration of optimal patterns of health. Under faculty supervision, the student develops and refines professional practice. (3 hrs didactic credit; 2 hrs clinical credit [90 clinical contact hrs]).

NURS 3810 Psychiatric/Mental Health Care for Populations
Credit Hours 5.0
Prerequisites NURS 2010, NURS 2040, NURS 2060, NURS 2061, NURS 2080, NURS 2160, SNHP 3000 and PSYC 3140
Corequisites NUTR 3200
Description

The course focuses on the application of nursing knowledge and skills in the care of individuals whose health patterns are associated with mental illness. The course builds upon requisite knowledge of therapeutic use of self, knowledge and application of the nursing process, principles and concepts of cultural diversity, communication theory, and psychopharmacology. The major focus of the clinical component is on developing the students ability to provide evidence-based patient-centered care in a holistic manner to individuals whose health patterns are associated with mental illness. Under faculty supervision, the student develops and refines professional practice
(3 hrs didactic credit; 2 hrs clinical credit [90 clinical contact hrs]).

NURS 3980 Health Assessment for RNs
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Acceptance to the RN-BS program
Description

This course builds on the Registered Nurses knowledge and clinical experience in developing comprehensive health and physical assessment skills. Emphasis will be placed on the use of critical thinking skills in the differentiation of normal and abnormal physical findings. The course will also focus on interviewing patients and obtaining health histories.

NURS 4000 Global Health: Clinical and Community Care
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 2040, NURS 2061, NURS 2080, NURS 2160, NURS 3510, NURS 3810
Corequisites NURS 3610, NURS 3710
Description

This course provides a historical, cultural and sociopolitical perspective of health and health care in Central America. Students will increase their knowledge of different cultures, health care and differing health care systems. Within this context, students will focus on individuals health, the health of the communities in which they live, and how the health of the community impacts the health of the individual. Students will apply evidence-based nursing practice to the goal of improving health at the individual and population levels through an emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and health education. Under faculty supervision, students develop and refine clinical practice. Successful completion of this course serves as a prerequisite for the study abroad trip to Nicaragua.

NURS 4040 Directed Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

The course provides the student with an opportunity to complete readings and/or literature review on a special topic in nursing under the guidance of an instructor with expertise in the selected topic area. The student may elect to complete one to three credit hours of study.

NURS 4210 Introduction to Critical Care
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 3510 and NURS 3810
Corequisites NURS 3610 and NURS 3710
Description

This course focuses on nursing care of critically ill patients and families. Emphasis is placed on day-to-day knowledge required of a critical care nurse, such as assessments and interventions related to pathophysiology, pharmacology and technology.

NURS 4510 Caring for Families and Communities
Credit Hours 5.0
Prerequisites NURS 3510, NURS 3610, NURS 3710, NURS 3810, NURS 3500 or SNHP 3500 for undergraduate pre-liscensure students
Description

Prior to Master’s work for RN-MS students. The course focuses on the acquisition and application of evidenced-based nursing practice with the goal of improving health at the individual and population levels. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and disease and injury prevention in collaboration with the client and key stakeholders. Under faculty supervision, the student develops and refines professional practice (3 hrs didactic credit; 2 hrs clinical credit [90 clinical contact hrs]). This course may include a Signature Experience component.

NURS 4600 Leadership and Management in Nursing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 3500 or SNHP 3500, NURS 3510, NURS 3610, NURS 3710 and NURS 3810
Description

(Critical Thinking Through Writing). This course focuses on the transition from the student role to the professional nurse role and the application of principles of leadership and management in health care delivery systems. Emphasis is placed upon the student assuming responsibility for nursing practice decisions and actions. This class has been identified by the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions as a Critical Thinking through Writing course (CTW) for the nursing major.

NURS 4610 Senior Practicum
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NURS 3510, NURS 3610, NURS 3710, NURS 3810, SNHP 3500 or NURS 3500
Description

The course focuses on the transition to professional nursing practice. Working with a nurse preceptor, the student assumes the role of the registered nurse and provides patient-centered care that is based on current evidence-based practice. (Clinical contact hours: 180 hours). This course may include a Signature Experience component.

NURS 4620 Complex Health Care Problems Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 3510, NURS 3610, NURS 3710, NURS 3810, SNHP 3500 or NURS 3500
Description

This course focuses on the application of evidence-based practice with complex health care problems across the lifespan. The nurses role in development, initiation, and evaluation of patient-centered care is emphasized.

NURS 4630 Leadership and Management in Nursing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Must be a Registered Nurse (RN)The Leadership and Management in Nursing course is for registered nurses (RNs)
Description

The course focuses on the development, design and application of principles of leadership and management of health care delivery systems. Emphasis is placed upon assuming responsibility for nursing practice including decision making and nursing actions. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) courses required of all Nursing majors.

NURS 4640 Nursing Informatics for RNs
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Acceptance to the RN-BS program
Description

This course will explore healthcare informatics, current issues and basic Informatics concepts. Emphasis will be placed on information/data management and the use of technology to improve patient safety and work effectiveness.

NURS 4910 Caring for Families and Communities
Credit Hours 5.0
Prerequisites Admission to the RN-BS Completion Program
Description

This course focuses on the acquisition and application of evidenced-based nursing practice with the goal of improving health at the individual and population levels. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease and injury prevention in collaboration with the client and key stakeholders. Under faculty supervision, the student refines professional practice.

NURS 4940 Synthesis of Professional Nursing Practice
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites NURS 3980, NURS 3490, NURS 3060, NURS 4910, NURS 3310, NURS 4630
Description

Corequrisites: NURS 3520, NURS 4640. This course focuses on Critical examination, synthesis, and evaluation of professional nursing care. Strategies are developed to facilitate synthesis of professional nursing roles including the nurse researcher, teacher, manager, advocate, and care provider. Students will also participate in dialogue of ethical-legal issues affecting various professional nursing roles. Continuous self-evaluation of professional role synthesis is emphasized.