School of Nursing Courses

NURS 212: Introduction to Pharmacological Concepts Related to Nursing (3)
Prerequisite: NURS 282, BIO 309
Co-requisite: NURS 336, 337, 347
Offered fall and spring terms
This course provides an overview of pharmacologic properties of major drug classes and selected individual drugs with an emphasis on clinical application of drug therapy utilizing the nursing process. 

NURS 282: Concepts in Professional Nursing (3)
Prerequisite: COMM 101, ENGL 120 or FOSEM I and II, BIOL 202, 203, 206, CHEM, 107, 108, PSYCH 101, 199, 204, SOC 210, BIOL 309 (prerequisite or corequisite)
Offered fall and spring terms

This course introduces the essential concepts associated with the philosophy of professional nursing and the nursing process within a general context of systems theory. It explores the development of the profession of nursing, its theories and its evolving roles. Beginning concepts of health promotion, continuity of care and use of community resources are discussed. The concept of client, viewed in the context of family and culture, is also introduced.

NURS 301: PLUS Seminar (1)
Co-requisite: NURS 336, 337
Offered fall and spring terms

The purpose of this seminar is to increase the student's understanding of concepts and skills studied in Junior I coursework. Students are assisted to continue to apply PLUS strategies (i.e., text-reading strategies applied to course textbook; decision- making in nursing practice; developing individual responsibility for learning and self-confidence in self as a learner; and integration of strategies leading toward increasing socialization to the profession of nursing).  This course emphasizes collaboration between faculty and students.

NURS 302: PLUS Seminar (1)
Co-requisite: NURS 344, 345
Offered fall and spring terms

The purpose of this seminar is to increase the students' understanding of concepts and skills studied in NURS 344 and 345. Students are assisted to continue to apply PLUS strategies (i.e., text reading strategies applied to course textbook; decision-making in nursing practice; developing individual responsibility for learning and self-confidence in self as a learner; and integration of strategies leading toward increasing socialization to the profession of nursing). This course emphasizes collaborative learning and partnerships between faculty and students. 

NURS 303: PLUS Seminar (1)
Co-requisite: NURS 316, 317, 342, 343
Offered fall and spring terms

The purpose of this seminar is to increase students' understanding of concepts and skills studied in NURS 342, 343, 316 and 317. Assists students to continue to apply PLUS strategies such as, text-reading strategies applied to course textbook, note-taking strategies applied to lecture notes, decision-making strategies in nursing practice, confidence building strategies applied to self as responsible learner, and socialization strategies into professional nursing. Promotes self-responsibility for learning. Emphasizes collaboration between faculty and students.  This course emphasizes collaborative learning and partnerships between faculty and students. 

NURS 304: PLUS Seminar (1)
Co-requisite: NURS 366, NURSP 367
Offered fall and spring terms

The purpose of this seminar is to increase the students' understanding of concepts and skills studied in N366 and N367. Students are assisted to continue to apply PLUS strategies such as text-reading strategies applied to course textbook; decision- making in nursing practice; developing individual responsibility for learning and self-confidence in self as a learner; and integration of strategies leading toward increasing socialization to the profession of nursing. This course continues to promote self-responsibility for learning and emphasizes collaboration between faculty and students.

NURS 311: Mental Health Nursing (2)
Prerequisite: NURS 336, 337, 347, PSYCH 204
Offered fall and spring terms

This course provides the opportunity to reflect on the continuum of mental health and mental illness, the profound impact of stigma, myths, biases; the dynamic influences of the political, social, economic climate: and the ever-evolving health care system in the lives of clients, significant persons in the lives of our clients and the community. This course uses theories from a variety of disciplines including psychology, biology, neurology, sociology, cultural anthropology and nursing to understand the life stories of clients. The essence of this course is the construction and maintenance of the therapeutic relationship in which the nurse, as an integral part of the interdisciplinary team, supports the client in the journey toward health and full participation in meaningful life.

NURSP 312: Mental Health Nursing Practicum (1)
Offered fall and spring terms
Through the effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship, students apply theoretical understandings from a variety of disciplines to provide mental health nursing care. Evidence-based interventions are directed toward supporting clients, significant others and communities to promote mental health and prevent mental illness and disability. There is a significant emphasis on active participation in an interdisciplinary setting, on building partnerships with clients and their support systems, and the development of collaborative relationships with the community mental health professionals, advocacy and self-help groups. Nursing care is characterized by respect for difference, caring and compassion, a consistent integration of legal, ethical and professional standards and the practice of justice in direct care and community advocacy.

NURS 316: Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (2)
Offered fall and spring terms
This course applies theories from nursing, the sciences and the humanities in caring for the childbearing woman and her family. The focus is placed on holistic family-oriented care with pregnancy, childbirth and developmental changes in a woman's reproductive life considered as natural processes. This course promotes discussion of methods to provide the woman with necessary knowledge to be proactive in maintaining health throughout her lifespan in the current health care system. An additional focus is the discussion of the role of the nurse as caregiver, teacher, advocate, and colleague.

NURSP 317: Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family Practicum (1)
Includes 45 clock-hours of field-work
Offered fall and spring terms
This course provides students with opportunities to deliver holistic care utilizing a problem solving approach to childbearing women and their families in prenatal areas, during the intrapartum and postpartum periods.  Essential concepts discussed in Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family are used in the care of the family as client within a variety of healthcare settings.  Professional development is fostered through reflective practice and evaluation.

NURS 326: Health Assessment in Nursing Practice (2)
Prerequisite: COMM 101, ENGL 120 or FOSEM I and II, BIOL 202, 203, 206, 309, CHEM, 107, 108, PSYCH 101, 199, SOC 210, PSYCH 204 (prerequisite or corequisite)
Corequisite: NURS 282, NURSL 326
Offered fall and spring terms
This course uses concepts and theories from nursing, science and the liberal arts to focus on the holistic assessment of well individuals across the life cycle. The focus is placed on nursing practice with attention to communication, interviewing and health assessment skills. Emphasis is placed on the assessment and analysis phases of the nursing process in health promotion and risk reduction. 

NURSL 326: Health Assessment in Nursing Practice Lab (1)
Prerequisites: NURS
Co-requisite: NURS 282, 326
Offered fall and spring terms

This course applies concepts and assessment techniques discussed in Health Assessment in Nursing Practice.  This laboratory course emphasizes effective communication and skills needed to obtain a complete health history, and perform and document a physical assessment of the health status of an individual.

NURS 328: Mentoring in Professional Nursing I (0.5)
Offered fall and spring terms
This course is taken concurrently with the Junior I nursing courses. This small group experience is designed to be an ongoing seminar throughout the student's program of studies in nursing. The focus of the seminar this semester is socialization into the role of nursing student and group dynamics. Discussion, exploration, and synthesis of nursing issues, concepts and practices will also take place in this seminar. Peer exchange as well as professional role modeling and contact with practitioners from a variety of areas will assist the students to assimilate nursing values as they progress toward entering their profession.

NURS 329: Mentoring in Professional Nursing II (0.5)
Prerequisite: NURS 328; Prerequisite waived to students enrolled in LPN-BSN option
Offered fall and spring terms

This course is taken concurrently with the Junior II nursing courses. This small group experience is designed to be an ongoing seminar throughout the student's program of studies in nursing. The focus of the seminar this semester is to continue socialization into the role of nursing student and reflect on evidence based practice and how it applies to caring for the adult client experiencing health issues. Discussion, exploration and synthesis of additional nursing issues, concepts and practices will be the major focus of this seminar.   Peer exchange as well as professional role modeling and contact with practitioners from a variety of areas will assist the students to assimilate nursing values as they progress toward entering the profession. 

NURS 336: Introduction to Nursing Therapeutics and Illness Management (3)
Prerequisite: NURS 282, 326
Co-requisite: NURS 212, 337, 347
Offered fall and spring terms

This course presents a conceptual basis for providing nursing care. Functional health patterns are used as an organizing framework to explore essential knowledge and skills needed to assess and manage physical and psychological symptoms related to common illnesses and treatment. It focuses on the fundamental competencies essential for professional nursing practice. Course emphasis is placed on the development of communication, management, teaching-learning and critical thinking skills. Research, technology and trends in the health care system are also highlighted.

NURSP 337: Introduction to Nursing Therapeutics and Illness Management Practicum (2)
Includes 90 clock-hours of field-work
Prerequisite: NURS 282, 326
Co-requisite: NURS 212, 336, 347
Offered fall and spring terms
This course introduces the student to clinical nursing practice. Concepts essential to the provision of nursing care and application of nursing skills are explored and applied to clients in diverse clinical settings.

NURS 338: Mentoring in Professional Nursing III (0.5)
Prerequisite: NURS 329
Offered fall and spring terms

This course is taken concurrently with the Senior I nursing courses. This small group experience is designed to be an ongoing seminar throughout the student's program of studies in nursing. The focus of the seminar this semester is to continue socialization into the role of nursing student and reflect on evidence based practice and its application to childbearing and childrearing families, as well as a focus on community health. Discussion, exploration and synthesis of additional nursing issues, concepts and practices will be the major focus of this seminar. Peer exchange as well as professional role modeling and contact with practitioners from a variety of areas will assist the students to assimilate nursing values as they progress toward entering their profession. 

NURS 339: Mentoring in Professional Nursing IV (0.5)
Prerequisite: NURS 338
Offered fall and spring terms

This course is taken concurrently with the Senior II nursing courses. This small group experience is designed to be an ongoing seminar throughout the student's program of studies in nursing. The focus of the seminar this semester is to prepare the student for the transition from nursing student to working professional registered nurse. Discussion, exploration and synthesis of additional nursing issues, concepts and practices will be the major focus of this seminar. Specifically the focus will be on leadership in nursing, the multiple roles of the professional nurse, preparation for licensure and NCLEX, and job interviews and selection. Peer exchange as well as professional role modeling and contact with practitioners from a variety of areas will assist the students to assimilate nursing values as they progress toward the final stages of undergraduate preparation.  

NURS 342: Nursing Care of Children: Health Promotion and Illness Management (2)
Prerequisite: NURS 311, 312, 329, 344, 345, 346, PHIL 200
Co-requisite: NURS 343
Offered fall and spring terms

This course applies nursing theory, family theory, evidence based research and critical thinking skills to caring for families with children. It emphasizes family centered care and embracing developmental aspects of the dimensions of holistic health, with a focus on health promotion, health maintenance and illness management. Discussion will focus on the role of the pediatric nurse in today's health system as caregiver, teacher, advocate and colleague. The outcome of therapeutic interventions and establishment of therapeutic relationships with the child and family will be explored as a foundation for providing quality of care in the community or hospital setting. 

NURSP 343: Nursing Care of Children: Health Promotion and Illness Management Practicum (1)
Includes 45 clock-hours of field-work
Prerequisite: NURS 311, 312, 329, 344, 345, 346
Co-requisite: NURS 342
Offered fall and spring terms

This course provides students with opportunities to deliver holistic care to families with children utilizing an evidence-based practice approach. The essential concepts discussed in NURS 342: Nursing Care of Children include health promotion and illness management with childbearing families. This course includes nursing practice in various health care settings in the hospital and community that focus on the role of the pediatric nurse in today's health system as caregiver, teacher, advocate and colleague. Professional development is fostered through reflective practice and evaluation. 

NURS 344: Nursing Care of Adults (3)
Prerequisite: NURS 212, 282 or 292, 326, 328, 336, 337, 347
Co-requisite: NURS 345
Offered fall and spring terms

This course uses research, nursing theory and critical thinking skills in the provision of holistic care to adults experiencing acute or chronic illness. A focus is placed on assessment, communication, and patient teaching, as well as to therapeutic nursing interventions. An emphasis is placed on risk reduction and illness management in adults. In addition, clients are assisted to reach optimal levels of functioning or manage end of life issues.

NURSP 345: Nursing Care of Adults Practicum (2)
Includes 90 clock-hours of field-work
Prerequisite: NURS 212, 282 or 292, 326, 328, 336, 337, 347
Co-requisite: NURS 344
Offered fall and spring terms

This course provides students with opportunities to deliver holistic care to adults. The essential concepts discussed in NURS 344: Nursing Care of Adults are used as the students' plan, implement and evaluate nursing care for adult clients in a variety of settings. Additionally, students gain experience in collaborating with other health care professionals while providing patient-centered care. The student's professional development will be fostered through reflective practice and self-evaluation. 

NURS 346: Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice (1)
Prerequisite: junior I nursing; RN or LPN status
Offered fall and spring terms

This course examines the ethical, spiritual and legal challenges presented in our contemporary world to the humanistic practice of professional nursing. It emphasizes a collegial model of interdisciplinary ethical dialogue, a mutual respect and valuing of health professionals and the persons and families they encounter. The spiritual search for meaning in the human experiences of illness, suffering, living and dying and decision making will be a central focus.

NURS 347: Nursing Care of the Older Adult (3)
Prerequisite: NURS 282, 326
Co-requisite: NURS 212, 328, 336, 337
Offered fall and spring terms

This course utilizes nursing theory, family theory, research and critical thinking skills in the provision of holistic care to older adults and their families experiencing acute or chronic illness. Issues of health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention and end of life issues, as they impact on older adults and their families are explored. 

NURS 356: Nursing Research: Connecting Research and Practice (3)
Prerequisite: NURS 212, 282 or 292, 326, 328, 336, 337, 347; must be taken second semester junior year 
Offered fall and spring terms

This course discusses the need for nursing research in the development of a knowledge base for clinical practice. Additionally, the elements of the research process and the ethical dimensions of a research study are considered. It promotes an appreciation of the role of the nurse researcher in the development and testing of clinical questions and examining ethical aspects of studies. Students are encouraged to integrate relevant research findings with their clinical nursing practice. 

NURS 357: Community and Population Focused Nursing Care (2)
Prerequisite: NURS 282, 326, 328, 336, 337, 344, 345
Co-requisite: NURS 358
Offered fall and spring terms

This course focuses on the application of community/public health nursing concepts with individuals, families, groups based on the underlying premise that the core of nursing lies in promoting the health of people and their communities. The role of the community/public health nurse is extensive. In addition to providing nursing care, this role incorporates that of an advocate, educator, and activist, especially with regard to social justice issues that impact the health of communities. Emphasis is placed on community focused nursing care, addressing population based nursing interaction with communities, special populations, and those with developmental and situational crisis. Contemporary health issues, ethics and decision-making are discussed and analyzed. 

NURSP 358: Community and Population Focused Nursing Care Practicum (1)
Includes 45 clock-hours of field-work
Prerequisite: NURS 282, 326, 328, 336, 337, 344, 345
Co-requisite: NURS 357
Offered fall and spring terms

This course allows the Community and Population Focused Nursing Care Practicum to create an opportunity for students to apply health and health-related concepts in a community setting. The students will identify and plan professional and personal learning experiences related to the health promotion of individuals, families, and groups in a community setting. Additionally students will participate in activities that are focused on strategies fostering community engagement and include the use of social media as a tool to engage community members in promoting healthy lifestyles. This course requires student participation in community-based activities, some of which may occur off campus. 

NURS 365: Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisite: junior II; senior status;  RN or LPN status
Offered fall and spring terms

This course involves individualized study of an area of personal interest in nursing. In consultation with faculty, the student develops learning objectives, plans strategies and activities, implements the plan, and evaluates the outcomes. 

NURS 366: Advanced Nursing Therapeutics (3)
Prerequisite: NURS 316, 317, 338, 356, 357 and 358, 390; must be taken second semester senior year.
Offered fall and spring terms

This course synthesizes concepts, issues and theories from nursing and other disciplines in applying the nursing process to patients with complex medical problems.  Evidence based nursing practice and a holistic approach are utilized in developing nursing interventions using a case study methodology. Collaboration with patients, families, and other disciplines is integrated into the plan of care with a focus on disease prevention and illness management in complex health care situations. 

NURSP 367: Advanced Nursing Therapeutics Practicum (2)
Includes 90 clock-hours of field-work
Prerequisites: NURS 342, 357
Co-requisite: NURS 366, NURSL 368
Offered fall and spring terms

This course applies concepts discussed in Advanced Nursing Therapeutics. Students plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care for individuals and families experiencing complex health care issues.  Utilizing a holistic approach and evidence based practice, students apply the nursing process in the care of clients in complex health care settings. 

NURSL 368: Advanced Nursing Therapeutics Lab (0)
Prerequisites: NURS 342, 357
Co-requisite: NURS 366, NURSP 367
Offered fall and spring terms

This course applies concepts discussed in Advanced Nursing Therapeutics.  In a laboratory setting, students plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care for individuals and families experiencing complex health care issues.  Utilizing a holistic approach and functioning on an interdisciplinary team, students simulate care of clients in complex health care settings. 

NURS 383: Special Topics in Nursing (1-3)   
Prerequisite: junior or senior status
Offered fall and spring terms

This course presents varying subject matter related to current trends and issues in professional nursing, dependent upon student interest and faculty resources. 

NURS 385: Culture, Health and Professional Practice (2)
Prerequisite: junior II; senior status
This course provides a framework to develop an awareness and appreciation for the effects of culture upon the dimensions of holistic health and professional nursing practice. Explores personal attitudes and beliefs about health, culture and ethnicity as they impact on personal and professional relationships and communication patterns.

NURS 390: Health Policy and Politics (2)
Prerequisite: senior I standing, NURS 356
Offered fall and spring terms

This course examines and addresses issues in health policy and health care systems from a global and integrative perspective. It fosters an understanding of United States health care policy as it affects economic, political, legal and ethical aspects of the health care delivery system and professional nursing practice. Contemporary health issues, ethics and decision making and their impact on clients are further discussed and analyzed.

NURS 392: Nursing Management in Professional Nursing Practice (3)
Prerequisite: senior II standing; all core courses must be completed or being completed concurrently
Co-requisite: NURS 393, 366
Offered fall and spring terms

This course examines and analyzes the nurse manager role in a variety of health care settings within the framework of leadership and management theories. Emphasis is on managing resources (information systems, quality assurance and budgetary allocations), people, personal resources and managing client care in health care delivery systems. 

NURS 393: Nursing Management in Professional Nursing Practice Practicum (3)
Includes 135 clock-hours of field-work
Prerequisite: senior II standing; all core courses must be completed or being completed concurrently
Co-requisite: NURS 392, 366
Offered fall and spring terms

This course is designed to assist students through the transition from student to beginning practitioner role in the health care system. Concepts from management as well as nursing therapeutics will be applied in the clinical setting. Clinical decision making, communication, evidence-based practice and integration of nursing concepts will be highlighted. Reflective practice and evaluation will be emphasized as a means of continued professional career development, as well as personal growth and lifelong learning. 

NURS 476: Issues in Women's Health (2)
Cross Reference: WMSTU 376
This course explores the holistic development of women and current issues impacting women's health. Focus is placed on the complex inter-relationship between women's health and their social, political, cultural and economic situation. The student will investigate methods to empower women to take a more active role in their health care and explore strategies for health care advocacy.

NURS 485: Renaissance of the Healing Arts (2)
Cross Reference: WMSTU 385
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or consent of faculty
This course addresses the myths, the magic and the mystery of healing methods considered alternative to modern medical practice. The history and role of women healers and the current renaissance of the healing arts are explored. Emphasis is placed on the self as healed and healer. Student's will be introduced to healing arts skills such as meditation, therapeutic touch, creative visualization, and color theory, music therapy, herbs, humor and aroma therapy.

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