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Course Descriptions
Nursing (NURS)

NURS 109 PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN NURSING
This is the first nursing theory course which explores the development of professional nursing and introduces students to selected concepts and theories. The values, principles and standards of professional practice are introduced as a framework for professional development and students are introduced to the nursing process and evidence-based practice. Major contemporary nursing issues are explored within historic, economic, philosophical and political contexts. In addition to the classroom experience students will be introduced to experiential learning through simulation (3 credits).  

NURS 119 HEALTH PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
This course addresses theories, advances in technology and current research related to the promotion of health, prevention of disease, and the maintenance of health for individuals, families and communities across the lifespan. The focus is on strategies to enhance wellness (3 credits).  

NURS 209 THEORETICAL AND RESEARCH FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING
The development of a theoretically-based research approach to health care and the practice of nursing is the focus of discussion. The research process and major theoretical frameworks from nursing and related disciplines are explored (3 credits).  

NURS 219 GENERAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT
This course is designed to introduce students to the critical elements necessary in performing a comprehensive health assessment. Techniques necessary to obtain a health history and perform a physical examination are the focus of this course. Emphasis is on differentiating between normal and abnormal findings. Experiential learning occurs in the college’s Simulation Laboratory and assists the student in developing the necessary skills required for performing both a comprehensive health history and physical examination (3 credits).
Prerequisites: BIO 109 and 110 

NURS 229 CONCEPTS OF BASIC NURSING CARE
This course focuses the students on concepts related to the basic needs of patients across the lifespan in various non-acute health care settings where direct basic nursing care is delivered. Course content is applied in a variety of experiential learning contexts. This is the first nursing practice experience where past relevant knowledge and new theoretical content associated with basic human needs is applied (4 credits).
Prerequisites: NURS 109, NURS 209, NURS 219, CHEM 109
Co-requisites: BIOL 211 and PSYC 326 

NURS 319 ADULT NURSING CARE I
This is the first of two adult nursing courses which emphasizes the application of the nursing process to health promotion, health restoration and health maintenance for individuals and families from young adulthood to older adults experiencing common acute and chronic health problems associated with body systems.

Theoretical knowledge and clinical skills required for the safe and appropriate delivery of nursing care is the focus of this course. This clinical course provides students with opportunities in a variety of health care environments including both out-patient and acute care settings. Perioperative nursing care is also included in this course. Classroom and experiential learning will foster the integration and application of newly acquired theoretical content and clinical skills as well as knowledge from previous courses (8 credits).
Prerequisites: NURS 119, NURS 209, NURS 229, BIOL 211, PSYC 326
Co-requisite: BIOL 333 

NURS 329 ADULT NURSING CARE II
This is the second of two adult nursing courses which emphasizes the application of the nursing process to health promotion, health restoration and health maintenance for individuals and families from young adulthood to older adults experiencing complex acute and chronic health problems associated with body systems. Theoretical knowledge and clinical skills required for the safe and appropriate delivery of nursing care is the focus of this course.

This clinical course provides students with opportunities in a variety of acute care and selected ambulatory settings. Theoretical knowledge and nursing care of common health problems gained in the first Adult care course serves as the basis for the development of nursing care management plans for providing safe and appropriate care for patients facing acute and critical medical and surgical problems. Classroom and experiential learning will foster the integration and application of newly acquired theoretical content and clinical skills as well as knowledge from previous courses (8 credits).
Prerequisites: NURS 319, BIOL 333
Co-requisite BIOL 334 

NURS 409 PROCESS OF LEADERSHIP IN NURSING
Senior level course in which students identify their responsibility for leadership within the health care delivery system. Ideological, social, political, legal, ethical, economic, and cultural influences on the health care delivery system will be explored. Relevant theories of leadership, change, group and communication, as well as recent research will provide the background to assume professional responsibility in the delivery of health care within a multidisciplinary health team (3 credits).
Prerequisites: NURS 329 

NURS 431 NURSING CARE OF THE FAMILY I - MATERNITY NURSING
Major concepts are presented which address needs/problems of families with the focus on assisting them to maintain, restore, and promote health and well-being. Physical and psychological alterations in health, which affect families, are discussed, as they relate to childbearing concepts. Clinical practice experiences are provided in hospital and community-based facilities that reflects the content area. Four hours theory and twelve hours of experiential learning field experience for 7 weeks (4 credits).  
Prerequisites: NURS 329, BIOL 204, BIOL 334

NURS 433 NURSING CARE OF THE FAMILY II - PEDIATRIC NURSING
Major concepts are presented which address needs/problems and development of children and their families with the focus on assisting them to maintain, restore and promote health and well-being. Physical and psychological alterations in health, which affect children and their families, are discussed, as they relate to child rearing concepts. Clinical practice experiences are provided in hospital and community based facilities that reflect the content area. Four hours of theory and twelve hours of experiential field experience for 7 weeks (4 credits).
Prerequisites: NURS 329, BIOL 204, BIOL 334 

NURS 434 NURSING CARE OF THE COMMUNITY I - PSYCHIATRIC NURSING
Major concepts are presented which address needs/problems of families with the focus on assisting them to maintain, restore and promote mental health and well-being. Psychological alterations in health, which affect families, are discussed. Clinical practice experiences are provided in mental health nursing across the life span in hospitals and the community. Four hours of theory and twelve hours of experiential field time for 5 weeks (3 credits).
Prerequisites: NURS 431, NURS 433, NURS 409 

NURS 436 NURSING CARE OF THE COMMUNITY II - COMMUNITY NURSING
A population focus is used to target the specific needs of aggregates. The role of the nurse in caring for a community is explored as it builds upon prior individual and family experiences. Clinical experiences will be provided in a variety of community-based facilities. Four hours theory and twelve hours clinical for 5 weeks (3 credits).
Prerequisites: NURS 431, NURS 433, NURS 409 

NURS 440 PRECEPTORSHIP/ CAPSTONE
This course offers a concentrated four-week experience, which emphasizes transition from the student role to the entry-level practice role. The clinical settings that are used to provide a realistic environment in which to: test and clarify a philosophy of nursing practice, identify clinical knowledge gaps, integrate relevant nursing research, evaluate one’s own impact on the collaborative process within the health care team, and initiate a plan for self-growth. For four weeks of the final semester students spend an average of 33 hours in a clinical facility per week plus 12 hours in additional experiential learning (3 credits).
Co-requisites: NURS 434, NURS 436, NURS 449 

NURS 449 NURSING CARE CASE MANAGEMENT
This course allows students in a seminar format to analyze, discuss and develop collaborative plans of care which reflect patients’ needs through a case study format. Case studies will reflect the needs of patients across the lifespan and require management of both chronic and acute problems as they apply to patients in a variety of health care settings including acute care, ambulatory care and home care environments. Emphasis is placed on a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to the management of health care needs (1 credit).
Co-requisites:: NURS 434, NURS 436, NURS 440
 
NURS 470 INDEPENDENT STUDY 
This is an elective course which allows for the pursuit of a special topic or project within diverse community settings under the guidance of a faculty member. This opportunity combines the research process with an opportunity to integrate previous learning and apply it to the study of some elective area of interest in nursing. This course is available for honor students or by special permission of the Director of the Nursing Department (1-3 credits).

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