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Pre-Nursing and Nursing Course Descriptions

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 s.h.)
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 (5 s.h.)
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 s.h.)
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 (2 s.h.)
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 fall semester.

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 (3 s.h.)
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 spring semester.

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.

 

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