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Nursing courses must be taken on campus in the order listed in the course sequence. All Classes are 4 Credits unless noted otherwise. Please note: NU110 Introduction to Professional Nursing and NU238 Pathopharmacology I are the only nursing courses that can be used to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Courses

NU110 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.

NU125 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.

NU126 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.

NU127 Nursing Care of the Elderly and Chronically Ill
The focus of this course is on the care of patients with chronic illness, with a special 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. (6 credits) - Writing Intensive

NU236 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. (8 credits).

NU238 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, and respiratory 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.

NU239 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, antineoplastic, immune, hematopoietic, general and local anesthesia, and neuromuscular blocking 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.

NU340 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.

NU341 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.

NU342 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.

NU348 Nursing Research
This course focuses on developing the role of the professional nurse as both a consumer and participant in research. Components of the role examined in this course include: research utilization, evidence-based practice, participation in a research team, and patient advocacy. Other considerations include: the importance of nursing research, research trends and challenges that influence the nursing profession, and the need to develop a critical approach to the appraisal of written research reports. (2 credits)

NU349 Transition to Professional Practice
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. (2 credits)

NU448 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/management 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.

NU449 Community/Public Health Nursing
The focus of this course is community and public health nursing. The student will explore the role of the nurse in health promotion and disease prevention in the global theater. The concepts of epidemiology, communicable disease control, environmental health, and disaster relief will be discussed. Public Health issues such as the global health care environment and work with vulnerable populations will be explored. Sociocultural influences on health such as immigration, health care access and cost will be addressed from national and global perspectives. Course content will incorporate economic, legal and ethical perspectives. Clinical placements will include community based and public health organizations.

NU450 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. (8 credits)

NU451 Nursing Honors Seminar
This course offers Nursing students in the Honors Program a two-semester focused inquiry into an issue integral to the discipline of nursing. Students will develop strong analytical skills, demonstrate an aptitude for scholarly writing and ability to present scholarship in a professional forum. During the first semester students will attend seminars and work individually with faculty advisors to develop and research their thesis topic. During the second semester students will work with faculty advisors to write a paper that adheres to scholarly standards for writing, and will also present the material to a group of faculty and students. This course is taught over two semesters to allow students sufficient time to plan and execute a scholarly paper of the highest quality. Credit for this course will be given in the second semester when students register for NU451.

Elective Courses

NU360 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 suffering aspects that occurs within all cultures and across the lifespan. Suffering may have acute and/or chronic implications for an individual and/or community. Elective

NU361 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. Elective

NU370 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. Elective

NU375 ST: Born in the USA -Childbirth from Multiple Perspectives
This course will address the phenomenon and experience of childbirth from several perspectives, including health and health policy, history, gender studies, psychology and art/media to name a few. Topics will include diverse issues such as health disparities, social and cultural influences on birth, parenting and family, feminist and traditional perspectives on childbearing and infant feeding, as well as how childbirth is viewed in art, contemporary media and theology. Elective

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