Nursing options

NURS 3111. Professional Development Perspectives 1 (1-0-1) First of a professional development series introducing nursing concepts with an emphasis on nursing student success strategies, professional nursing roles, professional standards, evidence-based practice principles, delegation principles, professional decision making/critical thinking, and basics of professional writing. (Course fee required.)

NURS 3112. Professional Development Perspectives II (2-0-2) Prerequisite: NURS 3111. Continuation of the professional development series, building upon previously acquired concepts with exploration of delegation, prioritization, and legal/ethical principles. (Course fee required.)

NURS 3175. Pharmacology in Nursing (4-0-4) Prerequisite: Admission to upper division nursing. This course provides an introduction to major drug classifications, principles of drug mechanism, distribution and absorption of drugs, actions, toxicity, and regulation of drugs. Knowledge gained in this course serves as a foundation to build upon in the clinical nursing courses where students calculate, administer, and assess the client's response to medications. (Course fee required.)

NURS 3194. Applied Pathophysiology RN (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN program. This course provides an overview of the pathophysiology of selected conditions focusing on the etiology, pathogenesis, physiological changes, and clinical manifestations of common health problems. Genetic and cultural influences on health will also be addressed. Emphasis is upon both the physiological changes that contribute to disease production, physiological changes that occur as a result of disease, and the body's compensation for these changes, as well as the application of this knowledge to the assessment of patients with commonly occurring disease and injury processes.

NURS 3275. Professional Clinical Nursing 1 (6-8-8) Corequisite: NURS 3276. This course provides experiences to foster the development of basic cognitive and psychomotor skills to serve as the foundation for nursing practice for patients of all ages. The focus is on basic nursing knowledge and skill related to hygiene care, asepsis and infection control, vital signs, mobility, elimination, enteral feeding and nutrition, documentations, safety, wound care, peri-operative care, immunity alterations, rest and sleep, pain management, care of the elderly, vision and hearing impairment, loss and grief, and fluid and electrolyte imbalances. Principles of therapeutic communication, group dynamics, growth and development, teaching and learning, stress and adaptation, nursing theory, legal and ethical standards of care, critical thinking, and the nursing process are introduced. Clinical experiences include the ROPES course, patient care in long term care facilities, and patient care acute in-patient hospital units. (Course fee required.)

NURS 3277. Professional Clinical Nursing II (7-10-10) Prerequisite: NURS 3175, NURS 3275, NURS 3111, and NURS 3276 Corequisite: NURS 3112 Professional Development Perspectives II This course provides experiences to foster the development of cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for the nursing care of patients of all ages with routine needs in medical, surgical, and mental health settings. The focus is on care of patients experiencing common endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, renal, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, blood, neoplastic, acid-base and psychological alterations. Principles of therapeutic communication, group dynamics, growth and development, teaching and learning, stress and adaptation, legal and ethical standards of care, critical thinking, and nursing process are integrated throughout the course. Clinical experiences include in-patient hospital units serving patients with physical and mental health problems. (Course Fee Required).

NURS 3293. Introduction to Health Assessment and Wellness RN (1-3-2) Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program. This course is designed to assist in refining history taking, psychosocial assessment, and physical assessment skills that are necessary for assessing the health of clients throughout the life span, including eliciting a health history, conducting a basic physical examination, and integrating basic techniques of health assessment into patient care in varied settings. The focus of the course is on basic interviewing and physical assessment techniques, recognition of normal findings, and differentiating normal from the most common abnormal findings.

NURS 4111. Professional Development Perspectives III (2-0-2) Prerequisite: NURS 3112. Continuation of professional nursing series with an examination of leadership theories and styles, economic and social issues, change theories, and nursing across healthcare systems and delivery within the global arena. (Course fee required.)

NURS 4112. Professional Development Perspectives IV (2-0-2) Prerequisite: NURS 4111. Application of professional nursing concepts with a focus on power and politics, professional maturation process, career management, and professional socialization with an emphasis on transition into practice. This series of courses will culminate in a senior thesis/project incorporating a variety of professional concepts. (Course fee required.)

NURS 4175. Evidence-Based Practice (3-0-3) Prerequisites: STAT 1127 with a grade of "C" or better and all junior level courses. Focuses on the evidence-based practice process to enable students to become informed consumers of research and capable of applying evidence, professional experience, and patient preferences in their practice. This course includes research design, appraisal of selected nursing studies, identification and search of PICOT questions. Students will also be involved in developing practice guidelines for and presenting those guidelines to staff nurses at local hospitals. (Course fee required.)

NURS 4279. Professional Clinical Nursing IV (7-10-10) This course provides experiences to foster development of advanced cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for providing nursing care for adults and children experiencing complex and/or multi-system physiological and/or psychological health problems. The focus is on the management and nursing care related to acute threats to life, limb, and/or mental well-being. Clinical experiences include intensive care units, emergency departments, and acute psychiatric facilities. (Course fee required.)

NURS 4280. Professional Clinical Nursing III (7-10-10) Utilization of the nursing process with families in childbearing and child rearing phase of family development, families at risk, aggregates and communities to promote wellness, prevent illness, and maintain health. Health problems of the reproductive and lactation systems are also included. Selected mental health concepts are integrated throughout. Course content includes the concepts of epidemiology, levels of prevention, ecology and theoretical frameworks applicable to working in community settings. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of settings. (Course fee required.)

NURS 4377. Senior Preceptorship (0-9-3) A capstone learning experience in which senior nursing students synthesize and apply theories, concepts, knowledge, skills and abilities from the sciences, humanities, and nursing to nursing practice. The course includes precepting, activities to review for NCLEX-RN licensing exam (at student's expense), and the Nursing Exit Exam. (Course fee required.)