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PNU 2030 NURSING NOTES (3 s.h.)
This course introduces the art and science of nursing. The philosophy,
mission, vision, and values of the nursing program are explicated to help
students develop an understanding of issues in the nursing profession.
Emphasis is on history, trends, and socio-cultural influences on the practice
of nursing. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) core competencies for health
professions education are examined. Students are exposed to basic elements
of nursing practice with a focus on developing critical thinking skills.
Placement in Program: Pre-Nursing Program.
NUR 3000 INTRODUCTION TO NURSING (3 s.h.)
The course provides an overview of professional nursing with a focus on
professionalism, including but not limited to communication, ethics, accountability,
social justice. A synthesis of current and projected trends in nursing
is explored. This course is divided into five modules: nursing as a career,
nursing as a profession, nursing as art and science, nursing as communication,
and nursing as a team. Requirement: Placement in Nursing Program. Prerequisites:
Nursing majors only. Co-requisites: NUR 3010, NUR 3040, NUR 3110. Offered
every fall semester.
NUR 3010 HEALTH ASSESSMENT OF THE ADULT (3
This course introduces the knowledge and skills required to perform a
systematic examination of a healthy adult and to document the findings.
Focus is on conducting a comprehensive and focused physical, behavioral,
psychological, spiritual, socioeconomic, and environmental assessment
using developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches. Health assessment
is framed through the use of the nursing process. (Class 2 s.h., Lab 1
s.h.). Requirement: Placement in Nursing Program. Prerequisite: Nursing
majors only. Co-requisites: NUR 3000, 3040, 3110. Offered every fall semester.
NUR 3040 FUNDAMENTAL NURSING CARE (5 s.h.)
This course introduces students to the psychomotor skills necessary for
nursing while implementing the nursing process. Therapeutic nursing interventions
as the foundation of nursing practice are implemented, including aseptic
technique, medication administration, as well as other fundamental nursing
skills. (Class 3 s.h., Lab 2 s.h.). Requirement: Placement in Nursing
Program. Prerequisite: Admission into the Nursing Program. Co-requisites:
NUR 3000, 3010, 3110. Offered every fall semester.
NUR 3060 ADULT HEALTH NURSING I (7 s.h.)
This is the first of two courses focused on adult health nursing. Emphasis
is on nursing process, theory and skills related to the care of adults,
including elder adults, with commonly occurring acute and chronic health
deviations. Etiology, clinical evaluation, and use of evidence-based nursing
interventions that address professional nursing practice, decision-making
processes, and interventions within cultural, socioeconomic, and personal
contexts are applied. Class (4 s.h.), Clinical (3 s.h.) Requirement: Placement
in Nursing Program. Prerequisite: NUR 3000, 3010, 3040, 3110. Co-requisites:
NUR 3080, 3150, HCA 3500. Offered every spring semester.
NUR 3080 PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
The course is designed to provide an understanding of acute and chronic
mental illness across the life span. Neurobiological sciences, psychosocial
concepts and traditional / nontraditional therapies are explored. Emphasis
is placed on evidence-based practice supported by the Scope and Standards
of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Topics include psychiatric mental
health clinical settings, psychosocial interventions, psychotropic medications,
and crisis intervention. Class (3 s.h.), clinical (2 s.h.). Requirement:
Placement in Nursing Program. Prerequisite: NUR 3000, 3010, 3040, 3110.
Co-requisites: NUR 3060, 3150, HCA 3500. Offered every spring semester.
NUR 3110 PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS FOR NURSES (4
This course applies the scientific underpinnings for nurses to provide
safe and effective care related to pharmacotherapeutics throughout the
lifespan. Drugs are studied by therapeutic or pharmacological class. Clinical
assessment, analysis of clinical information, and clinical decision-making
are examined in relationship to relevant pharmacodymanic and pharmacokinetic
processes. Requirement: Placement in Nursing Program.Prerequisite: Nursing
majors only. Co-requisites: NUR 3010, 3040. Offered every fall semester.
NUR 3150 NUTRITION FOR HEALTH AND HEALING
The application of nutrition fundamentals to health promotion and disease
prevention is examined. Content focuses on the evaluation of nutrition
research, interventions, and recommendations through use of an evidence-based
nursing approach. Placement in Nursing Program. Prerequisite: Nursing
majors only, or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: NUR 3060. Offered
every spring semester.
NUR 4010 RESEARCH FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING
PRACTICE (3 s.h.)
The course focuses on the translation of current evidence into nursing
practice through the identification of practice issues, appraisal and
application of evidence, and the evaluation of outcomes (AACN, 2008).
Development of evidence is examined using the research process. Concepts
explored include research ethics and legal precepts, clinical judgment
in knowledge development and application, and the integration of client
values and preferences. Students learn to use reliable evidence to inform
practice and make clinical judgments to promote nursing best practice.
Requirement: Placement in Nursing Program. Prerequisites: NUR 3060, 3080,
3150, HCA 3500 Co-requisites: NUR 4040, 4050, HCA 3600. Offered every
NUR 4040 MATERNAL CHILD NURSING (7 s.h.)
Nursing care of women, newborns, infants, children, and families during
childbearing and childrearing stages is described. Healthy transitions
and physical alterations occurring from conception through adolescence
are examined. The health needs of the family are discussed in terms of
major morbidity/mortality risks and contemporary issues. This experience
will integrate clinical experiences in a variety of acute and community
clinical settings to build on theories of growth and development, pathophysiology,
evidence-based practice (Class 4 s.h., Clinical 3 s.h.). Requirement:
Placement in Nursing Program. Prerequisites: NUR 3060, 3080, 3150, HCA
3500. Co-requisites: NUR 4010, 4050, HCA 3600. Offered every fall semester.
NUR 4050 PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP FOR NURSES
The course explores organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement,
and national health care safety standards. Focus is placed on the importance
of ethical decision-making, effective working relationships, delegation,
and accountability when working in complex health care systems. Leadership
skills to effectively negotiate change, provide safe quality care, and
promote professional practice in the health care environment are analyzed
and applied. Requirement: Placement in Nursing Program. Prerequisites:
NUR 4010, 4040, 4050, HCA 3600. Co-requisites: NUR 4060, 4080. Offered
every fall semester.
NUR 4060 ADULT NURSING II (7 s.h.)
This is the second of two courses focused on adult health nursing for
commonly occurring diseases in the acute care setting. The course builds
on previously learned knowledge of physical assessment and technical skills
to focus on key components of acute care nursing. Advanced skills and
interventions required to care for clients with commonly occurring disease
states will be included. This is a 10-week course (class 4 s.h., clinical
3 s.h.). Requirement: Placement in Nursing Program. Prerequisites: NUR
4010, 4040, 4050, HCA 3600. Co-requisites: NUR 4080, 4500. Offered every
NUR 4080 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (5 s.h.)
An overview of community and public health nursing. Explores the role
of the nurse in health promotion, disease prevention, and injury prevention
across the lifespan. Students examine population-focused roles in primary,
secondary, and tertiary prevention, including disaster management. This
is a 10-week course (class 3 s.h., clinical 2 s.h.). Requirement: Placement
in Nursing Program, Year 4. Prerequisites: NUR 4010, 4040, 4050, HCA 3600.
Co-requisites: NUR 4060, 4500. Offered every spring semester.
NUR 4500 NURSING CAPSTONE SEMINAR (4 s.h.)
This nursing capstone consists of seminars to provide an opportunity for
transition to the professional nursing role and a 120-hour focused client
care experience. Standardized testing is incorporated to provide feedback
to facilitate analysis, synthesis, refinement, and integration of nursing
knowledge. The focused client care experience is provided through a cooperatively
designed learning experience under the supervision of a licensed preceptor.
4 week course (Class 1 s.h., clinical (3 s.h.). Placement in Nursing Program.
Prerequisites: NUR 4010, 4040, 4050, HCA 3600. Co-requisites: NUR 4060,
4080. Offered every spring semester.