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Nursing (NURS)

101:
Introduction to Nursing (1-1-0)
Prerequisite; Previous credit for or concurrent enrollment in all qualification courses in the Nursing Program.
The purpose of this course is to facilitate the transition from student to professional nurse. The focus is on the nonclinical aspects of professional nursing, primarily the role of the nurse within the current U.S. healthcare environment. Specific topics include evolution of the professional nurse role; accreditation and funding of healthcare resources; ethical and legal implications of delivery of care; nurse role as a leader, manager, and advocate; challenges within the workplace; impact of technology on healthcare delivery; and the importance of evidence-based practice. (offered spring semester only)

Enrollment in the 200 level Nursing (NURS) courses is limited to those students who have been selected and admitted to the program. Program courses are sequenced by semester and must be taken as a group each semester per program requirements and policies.

200:
Fundamentals of Nursing (6-6-0)
Corequisites: NURS 201, NURS 202, and NURS 203
This course introduces students to the basic concepts and skills that are essential to the foundation of professional nursing practice, including communication, physical assessment, and medication administration. Students learn how to meet basic human needs, including nutrition, elimination, and hygiene, while promoting patient and staff safety.
201:
Adult Nursing I (4-4-0)
Corequisites: NURS 200, NURS 202, and NURS 203
In this course, students build on knowledge and skills learned in the Fundamentals course. Course content focuses on beginning to prioritize evidence-based care of patients with stable, acute, and chronic health problems which commonly occur among adults in a variety of health care settings. The role of the nurse in delegating and supervising patient care is introduced with an emphasis on safety and accountability.
202:
Nursing Practicum I (2 credit hours, 45 contact hours of laboratory instruction, and 45 contact hours of geriatric clinical experience. )
Corequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, and NURS 203
This clinical course allows students opportunities to apply fundamental and adult health concepts to care of patients with common, stable health problems in the laboratory and hospital setting. Students will gain experience in organizing care, managing time, and utilizing the steps of the nursing process as a basis for care. Interventions for promoting and maintaining patient and staff safety will be emphasized.
204:
LPN to RN Transition (2-2-0)
Prerequisites: Admission to the LPN to RN Transition Program
This course provides coverage of key RN roles, including client care, management, delegation, and leadership. Explanation of how the RN’s role differs from that of an LPN is included. Theoretical knowledge and relationship of theory to practice will be emphasized.
205:
Pharmacology I (1-1-0)
Corequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, and NURS 202
This course includes an introduction to dosage calculations; basic pharmacological principles, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug reactions and interactions; and nursing considerations related to medication administration.
210:
Pediatric Nursing (2-2-0)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, and NURS 203
Corequisites: NURS 211, NURS 212, and NURS 213

In this course students build on knowledge and skills learned in the Fundamentals of Nursing course. Content focuses on beginning to prioritize evidence-based care of children with stable, acute, and chronic health problems. It incorporates information that addresses the maturing child from infancy through adolescence in states of both health and illness including developmental considerations, sociocultural factors, age related risks to health and common childhood health problems. The role of the nurse in care of the child is introduced with an emphasis on safety and accountability.
211:
Adult Nursing II (4-4-0)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, and NURS 203
Corequisites: NURS 210, NURS 212, and NURS 213

This course is a continuation of concepts presented in Adult Nursing I. An explanation of the nurse’s role in health and illness within evolving practice environments and across the spectrum of health and illness is provided. The course addresses nursing care issues from a physiological, pathophysiological and psychosocial context. Presentation of current information provides students opportunities to think critically, creatively, and compassionately. Focus is placed on nursing care of adults with commonly occurring health problems and incorporates teaching strategies used to enhance nursing care and promote, maintain, and restore optimal health.
212:
Adult Practicum II (3 credit hours, 135 contact hours of clinical experience.)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, and NURS 203
Corequisites: NURS 210, NURS 211, and NURS 213

This practicum course builds upon previously learned knowledge and provides the student with opportunities to synthesize new knowledge, skills, and behaviors acquired in prerequisite and co-requisite courses. Opportunities to apply new clinical skills using hands-on and simulation technology are provided. Students will perform higher level clinical decision-making and demonstrate delegation and leadership skills. Practicum hours focus on communication, disease processes, critical thinking, clinical skills and utilization of the nursing process with a collaborative approach to manage care of adults, as well as their families.
213:
Pediatric Practicum (2 credit hours, 90 contact hours of clinical experience.)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, and NURS 203
Corequisites: NURS 210, NURS 211, and NURS 212

This clinical course provides the student with the opportunity to apply evidence based nursing practices in the provision of care for pediatric patients with health care problems. Opportunities to apply clinical skills in the hospital and simulation lab are provided. Students will gain experience in organizing care, managing time and utilizing the steps of the nursing process. Emphasis will be based on the professional nurse's role in communication, health education, growth and development, critical thinking, and clinical skills with a collaborative approach to management of care for the pediatric patient.
214:
Pharmacology II (1-1-0)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, and NURS 203
Corequisites: NURS 210, NURS 211, and NURS 212

This course includes an overview of therapeutic actions, indications, pharmacokinetics, contraindications, common adverse reactions, and interactions of medications commonly used in Medical-Surgical and Pediatric nursing populations.
220:
Women’s Health Nursing (2-2-0)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 203, NURS 210, NURS 211, and NURS 212
Corequisites: NURS 221, NURS 222, NURS 223, NURS 224, and NURS 225

This course builds upon the skills, knowledge and behaviors needed to care for clients in the area of women's health. Utilizing an integrated approach, the student will develop an understanding of family planning, reproduction, pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum and the newborn. Included concepts will be holism, human needs, growth and development, communication, safety and wellness-illness. The role of nurses in various settings such as the emerging field of genetics and major genetic diseases is incorporated.
221:
Adult Nursing III (3-3-0)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 203, NURS 210, NURS 211, and NURS 212
Corequisites: NURS 220, NURS 222, NURS 223
, NURS 224, and NURS 225
This course is a continuation of concepts presented in Adult Nursing I and Adult Nursing II. The nurse’s role in health and illness within evolving practice environments and across the spectrum of health and illness is provided. Course addresses nursing care issues from a physiological, pathophysiological and psychosocial context. Presentation of current information provides opportunities to think critically, creatively, and compassionately. Course focuses on nursing care of adults experiencing complex illnesses and incorporates teaching strategies used to enhance nursing care and promote, maintain, and restore optimal health.
222:
Adult Practicum III (3 credit hours, 135 contact hours of clinical experience.)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 203, NURS 210, NURS 211, and NURS 212
Corequisites: NURS 220, NURS 221, NURS 223
, NURS 224, and NURS 225
This practicum builds upon previously learned knowledge and provides the student with opportunities to synthesize new knowledge, skills, and behaviors acquired in prerequisite and co-requisite courses. Opportunities to apply new clinical skills using hands-on and simulation technology are provided. Students will perform higher level clinical decision-making and demonstrate delegation and leadership skills. Practicum hours focus on communication, critical thinking, clinical skills and utilization of the nursing process with a collaborative approach to manage care of adults with complex illnesses, as well as their families.
223:
Mental Health Nursing (2-2-0)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 203, NURS 210, NURS 211, and NURS 212
Corequisites: NURS 220, NURS 221, NURS 222
, NURS 224, and NURS 225
In this course students are introduced to the theoretical foundations of mental health nursing. Course content focuses on evidence-based care of mental health patients for commonly diagnosed mental health disorders. The emphasis of this course is treatment modalities, nursing care, and therapeutic communication. The role of the professional nurse in the provision of safe and effective care within the mental health care environment will be stressed.
224:
Women’s Health Practicum (1 credit hour, 45 contact hours of clinical experience.)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 203, NURS 210, NURS 211, and NURS 212
Corequisites: NURS 220, NURS 221, NURS 222, NURS 223
, and NURS 225
This practicum builds upon previously learned knowledge and provides the student with opportunities to synthesize new knowledge, skills, and behaviors acquired in prerequisite and co-requisite courses. Opportunities to apply new clinical skills using hands-on and simulation technology are provided. Students will perform higher level clinical decision-making and demonstrate delegation and leadership skills. Practicum hours focus on communication, growth and development, critical thinking, clinical skills and utilization of the nursing process with a collaborative approach to manage care of mother and infant, as well as their families.
225:
Mental Health Practicum (1 credit hour, 45 contact hours of clinical experience.)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 203, NURS 210, NURS 211, and NURS 212
Corequisites: NURS 220, NURS 221, NURS 222, NURS 223, and NURS 224

This practicum builds upon previously learned knowledge and provides the student with opportunities to synthesize new knowledge, skills, and behaviors acquired in prerequisite and co-requisite courses. Opportunities to apply new clinical skills using hands-on and simulation technology are provided. Students will perform higher level clinical decision-making and demonstrate delegation and leadership skills. Practicum hours focus on communication, growth and development, critical thinking, clinical skills and utilization of the nursing process with a collaborative approach to manage care of adults with complex illness as well as their families. (45 contact hours of clinical experience)
226:
Pharmacology III (1-1-0)
Prerequisites: NURS 200, NURS 201, NURS 202, NURS 203, NURS 210, NURS 211, and NURS 212
Corequisites: NURS 220, NURS 221, NURS 222, NURS 223, and NURS 224

This course builds upon knowledge obtained in Pharmacology I and II and integrates medications commonly used in Psychiatric and Women’s Health nursing populations and in areas of increased acuity.

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