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Courses Offered

110 Introduction to Professional Nursing
This course introduces the student to the art and science of the profession of nursing. A historical perspective allows students to explore nursing history, the development of nursing theory, research, and the role of the nurse within the health care system. Issues and challenges that impact the profession are explored.

Three credits.

Note: This course and those that follow in the nursing sequence apply only to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and may not be used to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

125 Mental Health Nursing
This course introduces the student to the art and science of mental health nursing. Mental illness is a biochemically based process, occurring across a health illness continuum, impacted by developmental, sociocultural,psychological, physiological, and spiritual variables. A lifespan approach is incorporated into the course in order to provide appropriate care to the individual, family, and the community.

Three credits.

126 Health Assessment & Fundamentals of Nursing
Course content focuses on the development of health assessment and basic skills essential to professional nursing practice utilizing guided classroom and clinical/laboratory learning opportunities. The nursing process and functional health patterns provide a framework for the assessment of clients across the lifespan.

Four credits.

Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of the nursing courses preceding it.

127 Nursing Care of the Elderly and Chronically Ill
The focus of this course is on the care of patients with chronic illness, with a concentration on interventions for geriatric patients. Course content is integrated into classroom, laboratory, simulation and clinical settings. Clinical assignments are in rehabilitation/long term care facilities.

Six credits.

Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of the nursing courses preceding it.

236 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing
The focus of this course is on the care of acutely ill adult patients, with a concentration on interventions for common medical and surgical disorders. Course content is integrated into classroom, laboratory, simulation and clinical settings. Clinical assignments are on medical and/or surgical units in the hospital setting.

Eight credits.

Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of the nursing courses preceding it.

238 Pathopharmacology I
This course focuses on the pathophysiology of disease and its relationship to pharmacological interventions. Utilizing the nursing process, the student will examine disease states affecting the neurological, neuromuscular, endocrine, cardiac, renal, respiratory, ophthalmological and otological systems. Emphasis will be on the role of the nurse in creating a safe patient environment and in evaluating the patient's response to drug therapy. Format will be lecture and seminar for case study analysis.

Three credits.

239 Pathopharmacology II
This course focuses on the pathophysiology of disease and its relationship to pharmacological interventions. Utilizing the nursing process, the student will examine disease states affecting the endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, gastrointestinal, renal and reproductive systems as well as antibiotic therapy. Emphasis will be on the role of the nurse in creating a safe patient environment and in evaluating the patient's response to drug therapy. Format will be lecture and seminar for case study analysis.

Three credits.

340 Critical Care Nursing
This course focuses on development of students' ability to utilize the nursing process to care for acutely ill adult patients. Students will use communication skills, therapeutic nursing interventions, and critical thinking to assist patients to attain the optimal level of wellness. Clinical placement in EDs and ICUs of community hospitals will permit students to develop the appropriate assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and evaluation skills. Course content includes: respiratory failure, acute coronary syndromes and complications, trauma, increased intra-cranial pressure, spinal cord injuries, end stage liver and kidney disease, transplants, and burns.

Four credits.

Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of the nursing courses preceding it up to and including NU236.

341 Pediatric Nursing
This course focuses on development of students' ability to utilize the nursing process to maintain optimum wellness in the child. Emphasis is placed on caring for the child in the context of the family. Principles of growth and development, health promotion, child advocacy and communication are integrated throughout the course. A holistic framework is used to critically examine the biological, psychological socio-cultural, developmental and spiritual variables, which influence the child and family's response to alterations in health status. Clinical practice takes place in hospitals and community settings such as schools, clinics, and home settings.

Four credits.

Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of the nursing courses preceding it up to and including NU236.

342 Maternal-Newborn Nursing
This course focuses on development of students' ability to utilize the nursing process to maintain optimum wellness in the childbearing family. Students will use communication skills, therapeutic nursing interventions, critical thinking and knowledge of cultural diversity to assist childbearing families to achieve a maximum level of wellness. Opportunities for students to develop assessment skills, identify nursing diagnoses, and plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care are provided in clinical placements. Course content includes pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, care of healthy newborns, prenatal, intrapartal and postpartal complications, and various reproductive health issues.

Four credits.

Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of the nursing courses preceding it up to and including NU236.

343 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
Essential components of psychiatric and mental health nursing are presented in this course. Students develop therapeutic relationships with and provide nursing care for special populations of clients experiencing acute or chronic psychopathology. Clinical assignments take place in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Students are introduced to mental disorders as biochemical-based disease processes impacted by developmental, sociocultural, psychological, physiological, and spiritual variables occurring along a continuum of mental health and alterations in mental illness. A lifespan approach is incorporated which includes primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions.

Four credits.

Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of the nursing courses preceding it up to and including NU236.

448 Professional Nursing
This course focuses on developing the role of the professional nurse. Components of the role examined in this course include: being a member of a health care team and a health care organization, leading/managing nursing care delivery, and understanding how health care delivery is financed. Other considerations include: trends and challenges that influence
the nursing profession, the importance of nursing research, and the nurse's role as a consumer of research, research utilization, and evidence-based practice.

Three credits.

Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of the nursing courses preceding it up to and including NU236.

449 Community Health Nursing
The focus of this course is the community as client. The student will explore the role of the community health nurse in health promotion and disease prevention. The relevance and application of epidemiology, communicable disease control, environmental health, vulnerable populations, and legal and ethical issues to the global health care environment are explored. Students will conduct a Community Assessment of a selected community utilizing Gordon's functional health patterns. Data will be statistically analyzed to identify health risks. Students will plan, implement, and evaluate an activity/ program to address the identified priority problem.

Four credits.

Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of the nursing courses preceding it up to and including NU236.

450 Nursing Synthesis
This course is intended to build, integrate and refine the knowledge and skills developed throughout the nursing curriculum. Application of critical thinking, therapeutic communication, ethical decision making, and professionalism is facilitated through clinical practice, special projects, and scholarly work. The semester long clinical experience consists of a preceptorship individually developed by the student and faculty.

Nine credits.

Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of all the nursing courses preceding it.

Elective Courses:
360 Understanding Suffering
The purpose of this course is to assist the student to define and recognize various aspects of suffering as well as to explore approaches that promote hope and healing for those suffering. Suffering is a universal concept with physical, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual aspects that occurs within all cultures and across the lifespan. Suffering may have acute and/or chronic implications for an individual and/or community.

Three credits.

Elective Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of the nursing courses preceding it up to and including NU236.

361 Holistic Nursing Practice
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to Holistic nursing practice and an overview of selected healing modalities. Discussion, demonstrations and/or experiential sessions are utilized to facilitate an understanding of these modalities. The emphasis is on developing an evidence based practice and in examining the implications of Holistic nursing in practice and research.

Three credits.

Elective Prerequisite: This course requires successful completion of the nursing courses preceding it up to and including NU236.

370 Contemporary Health Issues in Art, Film, and Literature
This course explores the health-illness continuum through the prism of art, film and literature. Students will examine health issues as they are impacted by individual responses, family dynamics, culture, and institutional/societal influences. Through the various media representations the student will gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of the illness experience and the care provided.