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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. Socio-cultural 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.
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.
This eight week clinical experience consists of a preceptorship individually developed by the student and faculty. Application of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, therapeutic communication, ethical decision making, and professionalism is facilitated through clinical practice, reflective journaling, weekly online discussion forums, and a summative project involving QSEN and Nurse of the Future competencies.
This course is intended to build, integrate and refine the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed throughout the nursing curriculum. Application of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, therapeutic communication, ethical decision making, and professionalism is facilitated through special projects and scholarly work.
This course requires successful completion of all the nursing courses preceding it; including NU450.1.
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
This course is a systematic study of the rational principles of moral behavior and philosophical methods of making moral decisions with special emphasis on the philosophical basis of the dignity of the human person. Our aim is to provide an understanding of the types of moral behavior that come into question in human life, and within nursing in particular, on the basis of natural reason alone without the aid of revelation. We will study traditional philosophical views on the basis of morality such as Virtue Ethics, Natural Law Theory, Utilitarianism, and Kantian Deontological Ethics. We will learn basic methods of moral reasoning in applying the principles of these theories to specific issues and problems that arise in Nursing. We will also consider the philosophical basis of human dignity, the nature of human suffering, and the ethical requirements of care.
This course endeavors to educate the student in the various theories of peace and justice that have influenced social structures and human decision making over the past three millennia. Students will critically read the central texts of this field. Students will also engage in ethical reflection on contemporary cases in peace and justice.
This course endeavors to educate the student in: basic concepts in theology; the Christian Scriptures; and in medical ethics, with a special emphasis on Catholic medical ethics. In order to achieve this goal the first part of the course investigates the foundations of medical ethics. The second part of the course focuses on issues in applied medical ethics. The points of departure for these investigations are Scriptural texts, relevant papal encyclicals, and works in Catholic moral theology, and secular medical ethics.