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School Of Nursing

School Of Nursing

Course Descriptions

School of Nursing

NURS-A 190 : Learning Strategies in Nursing (035838)

The focus of this course is to assist nursing students in strengthening essential learning skills necessary for academic success. Students will develop skill in performing nursing drug dosage calculations, reading nursing texts and reference books, writing nursing papers, studying for and taking nursing tests. Principles of lifelong learning, self-direction, and critical thinking are used to guide course content and evaluation. (Summer)

NURS-B 215 : Nutrition for Health Professionals (035911)

Emphasis on nutritional needs and eating habits throughout the life span. Discusses the classification, functions, and food sources of the nutrients; the components of a balanced diet; the process by which the body utilizes food; and nutritional concerns of various cultures. (Summer I)

NURS-B 219 : Pharmacology (035914)

This course provides students with a basic understanding of pharmacodynamics relevant to clinical nursing practices. Principles from the basic sciences to include a holistic perspective will be reinforced. The nurse's interdisciplinary role in drug administration and the need for continuous drug study are emphasized. (Summer)

NURS-B 230 : Developmental Issues and Health (035915)

This course focuses on the theoretical perspectives of growth and development, family theories and family adaptation at different stages, and usual patterns of aging. Students will make assessments of individuals in various stages of life to identify developmental issues and their impact on health phenomena of interest to nursing. (Spring)

NURS-B 233 : Health and Wellness (035918)

This course focuses on the use of concepts from nursing, nutrition, pharmacology, and biopsychosocial sciences to critically examine the determinates of health, wellness, and illness across the life span. Environmental, sociocultural, and economic factors that influence health care practices are emphasized. Theories of health, wellness, and illness are related to health-promotion, disease-prevention, illness- prevention nursing interventions. (Spring)

NURS-B 244 : Comprehensive Health Assessment (035919)

This course focuses on helping students acquire skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment, including the physical, psychological, social, functional, and environmental aspects of health. The process of data collection, interpretation, documentation, and dissemination of assessment data will be addressed. (Fall)

NURS-B 245 : Comprehensive Health Assessment: Practicum (035920)

Students will have the opportunity to use interview, observation, percussion, palpation, inspection and auscultation in assessing clients across the life span in simulated and actual environments. (Fall)

NURS-B 248 : Science and Technology of Nursing (035922)

This course focuses on the fundamentals of nursing from a theoretical research base. It provides an opportunity for basic care nursing skills development. Students will be challenged to use critical thinking and problem solving in developing the ability to apply an integrated nursing therapeutics approach for clients experiencing health alterations across the life span. (Spring)

NURS-B 249 : Science and Technology of Nursing: Practicum (035923)

Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate fundamental nursing skills in the application of nursing care for clients across the life span. (Spring)

NURS-H 351 : Alterations in Neuro-Psychological Health (036018)

This course focuses on individuals and small groups experiencing acute and chronic neuropsychological disorders. Content includes the effect of brain-body disturbances on health functioning. Other content areas are growth and development, stress, mental status, nurse-client relationships, psychopharmacology, and nursing approaches for clients experiencing DSM-IV neuropsychological disorders. (Fall and Spring)

NURS-H 352 : Alterations in Neuro-Psychological Health: Practicum (036019)

Students will provide nursing care to individuals and small groups who are experiencing acute and chronic neuropsychological disturbances related to psychiatric disorders. Student experiences will be with individuals and small groups in supervised settings such as acute, community-based, transitional, and/or home care. (Fall and Spring)

NURS-H 353 : Alterations in Health I (036020)

This course focuses on the pathophysiology and holistic nursing care management of clients experiencing acute and chronic problems. Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan interventions appropriate to health care needs. (Fall)

NURS-H 354 : Alterations in Health I: Practicum (036021)

Students will apply the science and technology of nursing to perform all independent, dependent, and interdependent care functions. Students will engage clients in a variety of settings to address alterations in health functioning, identify health care needs, and determine the effectiveness of interventions given expected care outcomes. (Fall)

NURS-H 361 : Alterations in Health II (036023)

This course builds on Alterations in Health I and continues to focus on pathophysiology and holistic nursing care management of the associated needs of clients experiencing acute and chronic health problems. (Spring)

NURS-H 362 : Alterations in Health II: Practicum (036024)

Students will continue to apply the science and technology of nursing to perform all independent, dependent, and interdependent care functions. Students will engage clients in a variety of settings to address alterations in health functioning. (Spring)

NURS-H 363 : The Developing Family and Child (036025)

This course focuses on the needs of individuals and their families who are facing the phenomena of growth and development during the childbearing and child- rearing phases of family development. Factors dealing with preserving, promoting, and restoring healthy status of family members will be emphasized. (Fall and Spring)

NURS-H 364 : The Developing Family and Child: Practicum (036026)

Students will have the opportunity to work with childbearing and child- rearing families, including those experiencing alterations in health. (Fall and Spring)

NURS-H 365 : Nursing Research (036027)

This course focuses on development of students' skills in using the research process to define clinical research problems and to determine the usefulness of research in clinical decisions related to practice. The critique of nursing and nursing-related research studies will be emphasized in identifying applicability to nursing practice. This is a designated intensive writing course. (Fall and Spring)

NURS-S 470 : Restorative Health Related to Multisystem Failures (036294)

This course focuses on the pathophysi ology and nursing care management of clients experiencing multisystem alterations in health status. Correlations among complex system alterations and nursing interventions to maximize health potential are emphasized. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-S 471 : Restorative Health Related to Multi- System Failures: Practicum (036295)

NURS 5471 Restorative Health Related to Multi- System Failures: Practicum (2 cr.) C: NURS 5470. Students will apply the nursing process to the care of clients experiencing acute multisystem alterations in health. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-S 472 : A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community (036296)

This course focuses on the complexity and diversity of groups or aggregates within communities and their corresponding health care needs. Through a community assessment of health trends, demographics, epidemiological data, and social/political-economics issues in local and global communities, the student will be able to determine effective interventions for community-centered care. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-S 473 : A Multi-System Approach to the Health of the Community: Practicum (036297)

Students will have the opportunity to apply the concepts of community assessment, program planning, prevention, and epidemiology to implement and evaluate interventions for community-centered care to groups or aggregates. Professional nursing will be practiced in collaboration with diverse groups within a community. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-S 481 : Nursing Management (036299)

This course focuses on the development of management skills assumed by professional nurses, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, leadership, case management, and collaboration. Concepts addressed include organizational structure, change, managing quality and performance, workplace diversity, budgeting and resource allocation, and delivery systems. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-S 482 : Nursing Management: Practicum (036300)

Students will have the opportunity to apply professional management skills in a variety of nursing leadership roles. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-S 483 : Clinical Nursing Practice Capstone (036301)

Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes and to refine their nursing care practice skills. Students will collaborate with faculty and a preceptor in choosing a care setting, planning and organizing a learning experience, and practicing professional nursing in a safe and effective manner. (Fall, Spring)

NURS-S 484 : Research Utilization Seminar (036302)

This course focuses on students' abilities to refine their critical/analytical skills in evaluating clinical research for applicability to nursing practice. Students will examine the role of evaluation, action research, and research findings in assuring quality of nursing care and in solving relevant problems arising from clinical practices. (Summer II, Fall)

NURS-S 485 : Professional Growth and Empowerment (036303)

his course focuses on issues related to professional practice, career planning, personal goal setting, and empowerment of self and others. Students will discuss factors related to job performance, performance expectations and evaluation, reality orientation, and commitment to lifelong learning. (Spring)

NURS-Z 492 : Individual Study in Nursing (036385)

Opportunity for the nurse to pursue independent study of topics in nursing under the guidance of a selected faculty member. (Occasionally)