Nursing Course Descriptions 

NURS 101: SON Course Enhancement

*Corequisite: BSN/ACC Enrollment
*Offered summer, fall and spring semesters
This course is designed to support the learning needs of students enrolled in the BSN/ACC. Active participation and completion of these nursing program support activities are required for progression. The course focuses on using nursing resources to support content, accessing evidence to support clinical practice and practicing skills to insure skill competency.

NURS 199/GERON 199: Introduction to Aging (3)

*Offered annually
This course introduces the student to the field of gerontology through a variety of interdisciplinary venues including literature, gerontology, psychology, sociology and nursing. The student will be introduced to techniques of self-reflection and journaling to increase awareness of one’s own perceptions of aging. Included are opportunities for elder client encounters that demonstrate successful aging and the complexity and diversity of the older client.

NURS 205/GERON 205: Narrative Gerontology (3)

*Offered annually
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to narrative/story [Narrative Gerontology] as a way of knowing, a way of coming to connect with and communicate with the older adult in a variety of settings through interdisciplinary venues that include literature, gerontology, psychology, sociology, anthropology and nursing. The student will be introduced to interpretive phenomenology as a way of thinking and interpretive journaling to better understanding the diversity and complexity of the older adult. Student interdisciplinary teams will discuss a variety of readings and studies and participate in developing a community teaching/learning plan for older adults, leading to a multi-perspectival understanding of aging and how to come to understand what is meaningful to older adults both in the U.S. and globally and across settings. 

NURS 212: Introduction to Pharmacological Concepts Related to Nursing (3) 

*Prerequisite: NURS 215, 282, 326; NURSL 326; BSN/LPN students: NURS 215
*Corequisite: NURS 336, 347; NURSP 337; BSN/LPN students: NURS 282, 326; NURSL 326
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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 215:  Pathophysiology (3)

*Corequisite: NURS 282, 326; NURSL 326
This course explores the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and developmental considerations of specific disease processes. Students will acquire an understanding of the mechanisms of disordered physiology that underlie illnesses commonly encountered in practice settings. Understanding of pathophysiological processes will be linked to the clinical manifestations of illness and exploration of nursing implications.

NURS 282: Concepts in Professional Nursing (3)

*Prerequisite: Completion of all courses supportive to nursing with a grade “C” or better
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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)

*Corequisite: NURS 336; NURSP 337
*Offered fall and spring semesters
The purpose of this seminar is to increase the 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)

*Corequisite: NURS 344; NURSP 345
*Offered fall and spring semesters
The purpose of this seminar is to increase the 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)

*Corequisite: NURS 316, 342; NURSP 317, 343
*Offered fall and spring semesters
The purpose of this seminar is to increase the understanding of concepts and skills studied in NURS 316, 342 and NURSP 317, 343. This course 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 a 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)

*Corequisite: NURS 366, NURSP 367
*Offered fall and spring semesters
The purpose of this seminar is to increase the understanding of concepts and skills studied in NURS 366 and NURSP 367. 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 responsible 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 212, 336, 347; PSYCH 204
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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)

*Includes 45 clock hours of field work
*Corequisite: NURS 311
*Offered fall and spring semesters
In this course, 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)

*Prerequisite: NURS 311, 344, 346; NURSP 312, 345
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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
*Prerequisite: NURS 311, 344, 346; NURSP 312, 345
*Corequisite: NURS 316
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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 a client within a variety of health care settings. Professional development will be fostered through reflective practice and evaluation.

NURS 326: Health Assessment in Nursing Practice (2)

*Prerequisite: Completion of all courses supportive to nursing with a grade “C” or better
*Corequisite: NURS 215, 282; NURSL 326
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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)

*Corequisite: NURS 215, 282, 326
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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 as well as perform and document a physical assessment of the health status of an individual.

NURS 328: Mentoring in Professional Nursing I (0.5)

*Corequisite: NURS 215, 282, 326; NURSL 326
*Offered fall and spring semesters
*NOTE: This course is taken concurrently with the Sophomore II nursing courses.
This first mentoring course initiates a relationship between the novice nursing student (mentee) and a nursing faculty member (mentor) through an ongoing seminar format. The focus is to socialize, reflect and develop into the role of nursing student within a supportive group of peers.

NURS 329: Mentoring in Professional Nursing II (0.5)

*Prerequisite: NURS 328
*Offered fall and spring semesters
*NOTE: 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 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 215, 282, 326; NURSL 326
*Corequisite: NURS 212, 337, 347
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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; NURSL 326
*Corequisite: NURS 212, 336, 347
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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 semesters
*NOTE: 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 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; BSN/LPN students exempt
*Offered fall and spring semesters
*NOTE: 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 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, 329, 344, 346; NURSP 312, 345
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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.

NURS 343: Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice: Policy, Legal and Regulatory Issues in Nursing (3)

*Prerequisite: Acceptance into RN to BSN Online Program
This course expands students' understanding of the concepts of nursing practice. The course explores the development of the profession of nursing, nursing as its own scientific discipline and nurses’ evolving roles. Within the context of professional nursing practice, health care delivery systems, environmental factors, social policies, access to and delivery of care will be explored. Concepts of health promotion, continuity of care, quality, safety and use of community resources are discussed. The concepts of regulatory issues and policies governing the nursing profession are examined.

NURSP 343: Nursing Care of Children: Health Promotion and Illness Management Practicum (1)

*Includes 45 clock hours of field work
*Prerequisite: NURS 311, 329, 344, 346; NURSP 312, 345
*Corequisite: NURS 342
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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 include health promotion and illness management with childbearing families. This course includes nursing practices 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, 326, 336, 347; NURSL 326; NURSP 337
*Corequisite: NURSP 345
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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 managing end of life issues.

NURS 345: Theoretical, Ethical, Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Care (3)

*Prerequisite: NURS 343
This course provides the opportunity to examine the theoretical, ethical, cultural, legal and spiritual challenges presented by the contemporary world to the humanistic practice of professional nursing. The emphasis in this course is on internalizing a collegial model of interdisciplinary ethical dialogue, which integrates mutual caring, respect, and valuing of all health care professionals and the patients in their care. The search for meaning in the human experiences of life, illness, suffering, moral choices, and end of life issues are major components. Students will have an opportunity to use self-reflection on their own beliefs and values as they relate to professional practice.

NURSP 345: Nursing Care of Adults Practicum (2)

*Includes 90 clock hours of field work
*Prerequisite: NURS 212, 282, 326, 336, 337, 347; NURSL 326
*Corequisite: NURS 344
*Offered fall and spring semesters
This course provides students with opportunities to deliver holistic care to adults. The essential concepts discussed in NURS 344 are used as the students' plan to 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. Students' professional development will be fostered through reflective practice and self-evaluation.

NURS 346: Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Nursing Practice (1)

*Prerequisite: NURS 212, 282, 326, 347; NURSL 326
*Offered fall and spring semesters
This course is an introduction to the ethical decision-making process in nursing practice guided by the Illinois Nurse Practice Act, the  American Nurse Association (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses, and the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice. Ethical theories, frameworks and principles will be emphasized to support accountability in nursing practice. The basic function of laws, policies and systems are discussed to ensure holistic and safe patient care. Social justice and values, which enliven all of nursing, are at the center of this course.

NURS 347: Nursing Care of the Older Adult (3)

*Prerequisite: NURS 282, 326; NURSL 326
*Corequisite: NURS 212, 328, 336, 337
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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 older adults and their families are explored.

NURS 356: Nursing Research: Connecting Research and Practice (3)

*Prerequisite: NURS 212, 282, 326
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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, 336, 337, 344, 345; NURSL 326
*Corequisite: NURS 358
*Offered fall and spring semesters
This course focuses on the application of community/public health nursing concepts with individuals, families and 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 crises. 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, 336, 344; NURSP 337, 345; NURSL 326
*Corequisite: NURS 357
*Offered fall and spring semesters
This course creates 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
*Offered fall and spring semesters
This course involves the 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, 356, 357, 390; NURSP 317, 358; must be taken second semester senior year
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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 (1.5)

*Includes 72 clock hours of field work
*Prerequisite: NURS 342, 357, 316
*Corequisite: NURS 366; NURSL 368
*Offered fall and spring semesters
This course applies concepts discussed in NURS 366. 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 (0.5)

*Includes 18 clock hours of field work
*Prerequisite: NURS 316, 342, 357
*Corequisite: NURS 366; NURSP 367
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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 semesters
This course presents varying subject matter related to current trends and issues in professional nursing, dependent upon student interest and faculty resources.

NURS 384: Information Management and Technology for Patient Care (3)

*Prerequisite: NURS 345
This course will explore informatics and examine nursing’s role in the use of health care technology. Emphasis includes protecting patient data. The student will identify, gather, process, evaluate and manage information/data to support the ongoing quality and further improvement of patient care. 

NURS 386: Scholarly Inquiry and Principles of Evidence-Based Practice (3)

*Prerequisite: NURS 384
This course focuses on the use of evidence-based nursing practice processes as a foundation for professional nursing. The elements of and ethical dimensions of a research study are examined. This course promotes an appreciation of the role of the nurse researcher in the development and testing of clinical questions and interpreting evidence. Students will integrate relevant research findings with their clinical nursing practice to support making clinical judgments that enhance patient outcomes.

NURS 390: Health Policy and Politics (2)

*Prerequisite: Senior I standing, NURS 356
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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
*Corequisite: NURS 393, 366
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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
*Corequisite: NURS 392
*Offered fall and spring semesters
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 443: Health Assessment (4)

*Prerequisite: NURS 345
This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for holistic assessment of patients across the lifespan. This course will examine the principles and techniques of nursing assessment focusing on patient interviewing for history taking, review of systems, physical examination techniques, and documentation of the findings. Utilization of assessment findings in clinical decision making is discussed throughout the course.

NURS 445: Global Health and Population-Based Care (4)

*Prerequisite: NURS 443
This course provides the student opportunities to apply concepts of community, population and global health to patient care. Social determinants and unique perceptions of health and health care needs across settings are explored. Students will focus on primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention, through collaboration with the community/public health nurse. Students will complete 70 hours of community health field experience.

NURS 476: Issues in Women's Health (2)

*Cross-Ref: 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 484: Nursing Collaboration and Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety (4)

*Prerequisite: NURS 445
This interdisciplinary course examines and analyzes the nurse leader/manager role in a variety of health care settings within the disciplines of nursing, business leadership and management. Emphasis is on managing resources, including personnel, information systems, quality management/improvement processes and budgetary allocations.

NURS 486: Capstone in Nursing Practice (4)

*Prerequisite: NURS 484
This final course in the RN to BSN option allows students to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the educational experience. Students will demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes. The planning and organizing of an independent learning experience will culminate with a capstone project reflecting academic, professional and personal growth.

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