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NUR 095 Clinical Skills Update - A mandatory 30 hour non-credit unit course for nursing students who have interrupted their nursing study. Instruction will be provided in the lab and clinical area. (0, 1) non-credit units
Intersession, Summer

NUR 150 Medication Dosage Calculation - This course is designed to provide students with the requisite knowledge and skills to accurately calculate medication dosages. Fundamental formulas will be taught, as well as the theoretical and mathematical concepts related to the administration of oral and parenteral medications.
Co-requisite: BIO 170
(1)1 credit

NUR 100 Health Assessment - This course will enable students to acquire skill in obtaining a health history and in performing physical examinations. Emphasis will be on identification of normal physical characteristics, common variations, and beginning skills in detecting deviations from normal.
Prerequisites: BIO 170 or permission of department
Co-requisite: NUR100L, NUR 114S, 114H, 114L
(2, 3) 3 credits
Fall, Summer, Spring

NUR 110 Foundations of Nursing I- In Foundations of Nursing I, students begin their professional socialization into the discipline of nursing. Foundations of Nursing I introduces basic underpinnings of nursing practice. It provides an overview of nursing as a discipline and addresses such topics as historical roots, the domains of nursing, and the care/cure paradigm, and social and educational perspectives of nursing.
(1, 0) 1 credit
Fall, Spring

NUR 111 Foundations of Nursing II – In Foundations of Nursing II students will continue to build on ideas introduced in Foundations of Nursing I in order to establish their identity with the nursing profession. The profession of nursing will be explored from a variety of viewpoints. Concepts of professionalism, roles, and attributes needed to practice nursing competently will be explored. A personal philosophy of nursing and nursing practice will be developed.
Prerequisite: NUR 110
(1, 0) 1 credit
Fall, Spring

NUR 114 Clinical and Theoretical Foundations of Baccalaureate Nursing Practice - This course provides an introduction to nursing and patient care concepts, emphasizing the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide safe, high quality care to individuals, families and communities within a multicultural environment. The theoretical foundation for professional nursing behaviors, evidence-based practice, and patient-centered care are explored within the context of various health care environments, delivery systems, and inter-disciplinary teams. Concepts of caring, critical thinking, communication, and the role of the professional nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of a profession are integrated throughout the course as a framework for presentation of the essential components of generalist baccalaureate nursing practice.
Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate beginning skills in the nursing and simulation laboratory, and apply these skills in the clinical setting to provide holistic care that promotes optimum wellbeing to individuals and families.
Prerequisite: BIO 170, BIO 171
Co-requisite: NUR 100
(2, 2, 12) 7 credits
Fall, Spring

NUR 211 Clinical Pharmacology for Nursing - This course presents an introduction to basic Pharmacology and its application to patient care and patient education. Fundamental principles of drug actions, untoward reactions, clinical applications of specific drugs in each classification, and the role of the nurse in achieving the desired outcomes of therapy are discussed.
Prerequisites: BIO 170/171
Open to students who have completed the prerequisite(s) or to graduate nurses
(3, 0) 3 credits
Fall, Spring, Summer

NUR 215 W Developing Nurses' Ways of Knowing
This course presents an overview of nursing as a professional, scholarly discipline, which is an essential part of healthcare. Topics discussed include ways of knowing in nursing, specifically theoretical/empirical, ethical, personal, esthetic, intuitive, and sociopolitical knowing. There is also emphasis on developing ideas about related topics such as historical and social factors, reflective practice, nursing concepts, learning, nursing theory, skills acquisition, and evidence for practice that provide foundations for current professional nursing practice. This is a writing intensive course.
Prerequisite: NUR 111 and EGL 101 with a grade of C or better
(3, 0) 3 credits
Fall, Spring, Summer

NUR 216 The Art of Nursing
This course explores the artistry of professional nursing. The theories of caring, the importance of self-care, the mind-body connection, and the value of the nurse's presence in today's healthcare system will be explored. The concepts of self-care assessment and intervention will be practiced through reflection and dialogue within an environment of supportive peers and faculty. Other concepts including mindfulness, movement, and personal creativity will be discussed. The evidence supporting the use of therapeutic modalities such as humor, music, and touch will be evaluated for inclusion in a nursing plan of care.
Prerequisite: NUR 111
(2, 0) 2 credits
Fall, Spring

NUR 217 Care of Individuals Experiencing Acute Health Challenges
Advances in science and technology have dramatically increased life expectancy. Although a great emphasis has been placed on health promotion and maintenance, individuals are still faced with the possibility of sudden and acute health challenges. These challenges may at times even
become life threatening. This course will focus on the experiences of those individuals faced with acute health challenges and how these challenges affect them and their families' daily lives. The course will examine essential concepts and issues related to acute health challenges from different viewpoints; including that of the client, the family, community groups, health care provider and the health care system. Common reoccurring acute health challenges will be presented within the context of quality of life, fear, powerlessness, uncertainty, hope, care-giving, and spirituality. Opportunities in clinical practice will be provided in a variety of environments including acute care, critical care, and community based agencies.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 100, NUR114
Co-requisite: NUR217H
(3,0,9) 6 credits
Fall, Spring

NUR 240 Nursing Beyond Borders
This three credit elective course will provide an overview of topics related to global health in today's world. Topics will include essential concepts relating to providing compassionate care to clients from different cultures, health care access from a global perspective, prevention of disease and maintenance of health.
Prerequisite(s): Any 100 level health clinical course in dental hygiene, nursing, or medical laboratory technology, or other related health professions
(3, 0) 3 credits

NUR 301 Care of Individuals in the Community
This course focuses on the role of the nurse in the community. Topics will include health-illness prevention, epidemiology, environmental health issues, cultural influences and levels of prevention. Community based needs of specific client populations will also be examined. Clinical activities will be included in a variety of settings.
This course is for RN Completion Students
Pre-requisite: Any 200 level nursing course
Co-requisite: NUR301H
(2,0,6) 4 credits
Fall, Spring

NUR 302 Pathophysiology
In this course, the student will review the normal body structure and function and study the physiologic deviations that contribute to disease or that occur as a result of disease. This course examines the compensatory physiological processes that are the body's response to those deviations or alterations. A focus on specific body systems and how physiological changes produce the signs and symptoms of common health problems throughout the lifespan will be covered.
Prerequisite: NUR 114
(3,0) 3 credits

NUR 305 Health Promotion and Patient Education
This course combines the critical review of health promotion strategies and the framework for designing successful patient teaching tools. Students will be introduced to the major concepts of health promotion and the issues that impact upon health and wellness. In order to better understand the global impact of health upon our society, students will research various agencies that support health promotion and review their health care agendas. The second component of the course will be an introduction to the role of the nurse as an educator and the identification of barriers to learning will be explored. Methods to develop effective evidenced-based teaching plans will also be covered.
Prerequisite: NUR 114
(3, 0) 3 credits
Fall, Spring, Summer

NUR 306 Care of Individuals Experiencing Chronic Health Challenges
Advances in science and technology have dramatically increased life expectancy and the number of clients living with chronic disease. This course will focus on the experiences of those individuals living with chronic health challenges and how these challenges affect their daily lives. The course will examine essential concepts and issues related to chronic health challenges from different viewpoints; including that of the client, the family, community groups, the health care provider and the health care system. Common reoccurring chronic health deviations will be presented within the context of quality of life, uncertainty, hope, care-giving, and spirituality. Opportunities in clinical practice will be provided in a variety of environments including acute care, long term and community based agencies.
Prerequisite: NUR 307
(3, 0, 9) 6 credits

NUR 307 Nursing Care of Children and the Childbearing Family
This course builds on the concepts of previous courses with emphasis on the application of the nursing process and the development of critical thinking skills in focusing on health during the childbearing years, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and the health of infants and children through adolescence. Students will explore the concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, evidence-based health practice, and alterations in health related to patients and families. Emphasis is on common health issues related to maternal-newborn and pediatric specific content. Nursing management and planning will include concepts from culturally diverse settings.
Prerequisite(s): NUR111 and NUR 217
Co-requisite: NUR307H
(3,0,9) 6 credits

NUR 401 Modes of Inquiry
This course introduces the student to a comprehensive overview of the nursing research process. Research methods, including qualitative and quantitative approaches, will be examined. Knowledge and skills essential for understanding, interpreting, analyzing, and applying nursing research to clinical practice will be stressed.
Prerequisite(s): Any 300 level Nursing course
Co-requisite: MTH 110
(3, 0) 3 credits
Fall, Spring

NUR 402 Community and Mental Health Nursing
The course focuses on the role of the nurse in the community working with individuals, families, aggregates, and high risk populations in community settings such as: clinics, home care, schools, and hospice. This course includes caring for individuals across the lifespan based upon the recognition of their physical, psychological, social, and cultural needs. Evidence-based nursing research concepts are incorporated as a basis for community and public health nursing practice. Mental health and illness focus on mentally ill populations that exhibit maladaptive patterns. Specific patterns included are: anxiety, addictive disorders, post traumatic stress, and depression. Resources within the global community mental health system are identified.
Prerequisite: NUR 306
Co-requisite: 402H
(2, 6) 4 credits

NUR 404 Nurse as Advocate and Change Agent
This course will enable students to synthesize new knowledge and develop a personal perspective on their future professional career in nursing. The current health care environment demands a nursing workforce that is theoretically sound, clinically adept, and politically aware. Topics to be discussed and explored include patient advocacy, political awareness and influence, power and oppression, institutional policy/personal goals, risk management, utilization and audit, and quality assurance. Additional topics may be added in response to new or emerging trends in nursing and health care.
Prerequisite: NUR 401
(3, 0) 3 credits
Fall, Spring

NUR 405 Nursing Practicum
This course will allow the senior nursing student, under direct supervision of an experienced clinician, to integrate and apply knowledge from all previous courses to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care of multiple patients in an area of special interest. Additional opportunities in clinical practice as well as the identification of a healthcare management problem will be the core content of this course. The student will be required to work his/her preceptor's schedule. This course is for Generic BS students.
Prerequisite: NUR402 and NUR 404
Co-requisite: 405H
(0, 0, 24) 9 credits
Spring, Summer

NUR 406 Senior Leadership Practicum
This 5 credit clinical preceptor course will provide a capstone leadership experience for licensed registered nurses enrolled in our Baccalaureate Completion track in Nursing. Students will spend a total of 120 hours working side by side an experienced clinician functioning in a leadership role. Students will identify an area of interest and appropriate goals and objectives for the learning experience. The course will connect theory to practice allowing students to make the connection between the concepts of nurse as change agent and nursing leadership. The course will include one hour of dialogue and reflection weekly.
Prerequisite: NUR 404
Spring, Summer
(1, 8) 5 credits