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Course Descriptions

Admission into nursing courses (NUR) is based on the approved priority list that is on file in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences and Student Development. NUR courses are open only to students with full matriculation in the nursing (046) curriculum.

NUR 100    2 lect 2 cr
Gerontological Nursing

This course introduces nursing students to evidence-based nursing practice principles in the care of the geriatric patient/client. The course introduces students to the theoretical aspects of aging relevant to health promotion and illness prevention in older adults. The nursing process serves as the framework for discussion of the scope of practice and the ethical and legal aspects of patient-centered evidence-based nursing care. Integrated throughout the course are concepts relating to illnesses prevalent in the geriatric population and therapeutic regimens used in their management. The student will demonstrate knowledge of psychosocial and physiologic changes which occur in the aging process and the nursing actions that assist the elderly patient/client to safely adjust to these changes. The use of patient information technologies as tools for the promotion of effective communication and safety in the care of the older adult population are introduced.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of pre-clinical sequence.
Coerequisites: NUR 101.

NUR 101    3 lect 6 cln 2 lab 5 cr
Nursing Care Across the Life Span Level I

This course will focus on foundational concepts and the use of patient-care technologies necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care across the life span while integrating legal/ethical responsibilities of the nurse. The course introduces the importance of evidence-based nursing practice that is developmentally and culturally appropriate in the care of adult, older adults and pediatric patients/clients with well-defined conditions. Critical thinking in nursing, the nursing process, acquisition of beginning nursing skills, and therapeutic communication techniques used when interacting with patients/clients, families, significant others, and members of the interprofessional team are covered. The concepts of health promotion/illness, prevention and teaching/learning are integrated as major responsibilities of the professional nurse. Student learning experiences are provided in on-campus laboratories, in-patient clinical, and out-patient community settings.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of pre-clinical sequence.
Coerequisites: NUR 100.

NUR 201    4 lect 6 cln 2 lab 8 cr
Nursing Care Across the Life Span Level II

This course focuses on care of patients/clients with psychiatric and stable health alterations across the life span. Students will learn how to provide safe, competent and compassionate patient-centered care for patients/clients and families/support person(s) across the life span based on current evidence-based nursing practice. Students will participate in collaboration and teamwork within the complex healthcare environment, utilizing informatics, to communicate and participate in quality improvement/performance activities within the ethical and legal framework of nursing practice. Through the clinical experiences provided, students will be expected to develop clinical reasoning/nursing judgment skills which will build on basic concepts learned in the level I nursing courses. Clinical learning experiences will take place in psychiatric, pediatric/adult medical surgical and community healthcare settings.

Prerequisites: NUR 100 and NUR 101 or NUR 41 and NUR 42.

NUR 301    4 lect 6 cln 2 lab 8 cr
Nursing Care Across the Life Span Level III

This course focuses on concepts related to the provision of safe effective patient-centered care for women’s health issues, maternal-child care, and the care of patients/clients with acute, unstable health alterations across the life span. The student demonstrates effective communication techniques, the use of informatics/patient technologies and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Students integrate critical thinking and the nursing process as bases for clinical reasoning/decision-making using current evidence-based practice. The role of the professional nurse as a patient advocate and collaborative member of the interprofessional team is reinforced through clinical experiences on in-patient units and in community settings.

Prerequisites: NUR 201 or NUR 43 and NUR 44.

NUR 401    3 lect 6 cln 5cr
Nursing Care Across the Life Span Level IV

This course focuses on the care of patients/clients with multiple, complex health alterations, in in-patient and community settings across the life span. Emphasis is on the synthesis of previous knowledge and skills for the continued development of the nursing student as a collaborative member of the inter-professional team. The student demonstrates continuing growth in providing safe, competent, compassionate patient-centered care within the complex healthcare environment, grounded in evidence-based nursing practice, to culturally diverse pediatric and adult patients/clients. This course completes the sequential progression of concepts for the nursing program and further develops the associate degree (ADN) nursing students’ skill acquisition in clinical judgment/decision-making, delegation, prioritization, time management, leadership and communication with inter professional team members.

Prerequisites: NUR 301 or NUR 45 and NUR 46
Corequisite: NUR 402

NUR 402    2 rec 2cr
Transition Into Nursing Practice

This final course applies program content and thinking through an in-depth study of current issues and trends affecting nursing practice in the 21 st century. Concepts from the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN®) test plan blueprint, used for entry into professional nursing are covered. The course ensures that students demonstrate NCLEX-RN® readiness for the examination through the use of practice exams, a national standardized exam, and tutorial resources for a comprehensive assessment and review for the licensing examination. In addition, students will explore the implications for the profession defined in The Future of Nursing Report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The role of the Associate Degree Nurse and the transition from student status to member of the profession will be explored.

Prerequisites: NUR 301 or NUR 45 and NUR 46.
Corequisite: NUR 401.


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