2017-18 Catalog

Nursing

Courses

NURS 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in Nursing. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from a Department of Nursing perspective.

NURS 2260. Nursing Pathophysiology. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the pathophysiologic alterations, interactions, and effects of selected diseases across the life span taking into consideration genetic, ethnic, and cultural variables. Concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, disease progression, and treatment are approached from a cellular and multi-system perspective. Content aims at stimulating critical thinking for application to nursing practice. Prerequisite: Pre- or co-requisite NURS 2355.

NURS 2265. Nursing Pharmacology I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course introduces current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Ethical/legal and cultural considerations are explored. Prerequisite: NURS 2355.

NURS 2355. Concepts of Professional Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Emphasizes core professional standards, attitudes, and values fundamental to the discipline of nursing. Legal and ethical nursing issues, communication, caring, professional boundaries and engagement in life long learning receive special attention. Admission to the nursing program. Prerequisite: General Education requirements (core complete).

NURS 3210. Nursing Pharmacology II. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 2 Hours).

The course provides the student with the opportunity to study the pathophysiological processes in relation to pharmacotherapy. Emphasis is on principles of safe administration of medications and patient education for major drug classifications. Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing Program and NURS 2265. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3302. Maternal-Newborn Health Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Focus is on culturally sensitive care for individuals within the context of family and community during the childbearing period including care of the neonate. Clinical experiences are provided in the simulation lab and in area hospitals. Prerequisite: NURS 3360. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3303. Behavioral Health Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Emphasizes behavioral health principles in nursing care of mentally and emotionally disabled patients and their families. Knowledge of specific psychopharmacological agents is applied to treatment outcomes. Clinical practicum provides opportunities to examine common psychopathologies, developmental disorders, and community mental health phenomena in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: NURS 3360. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3305. Professional Role Transitions. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Emphasizes core professional standards, attitudes and values fundamental to the discipline of nursing. Responsibility and accountability for role transition, professional growth and practice are also included. This course is designed for LVNs and RNs admitted for BSN completion. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program.

NURS 3307. Health Assess for Lic Nurses. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Fosters acquisition of skills and techniques used in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Explores history taking and the physical examination with consideration given to developmental and ethnocultural variations. Clinical laboratory builds on prior client experiences and known norms; common deviations in health status are identified. This course is offered exclusively to licensed nurses. Pre- or corequisite: NURS 3305. Lab fee $2.

NURS 3314. Perioperative Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Allows students to expand their understanding and skill in providing care to patients during all phases of the perioperative period. Clinical experiences include outpatient surgery and diagnostic procedure areas of hospitals as well as traditional surgical areas. Prerequisite: Completion of the Sophomore II Nursing semester. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3317. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Licensed Nurses. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the pathophysiologic alterations, interactions, and effects of selected diseases across the life span taking into consideration genetic, ethnic, and cultural variables. Content aims at stimulating critical thinking for application to nursing practice. This course also introduces current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Prerequisite: Admission to the nursing program. Prerequisite or co-requisite: NURS 3305.

NURS 3318. Nursing Research: Scholarly Inquiry and Evidenced Based Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Initially focuses on an introduction to nursing informatics and the use of databases for research to support evidence based nursing practice. The course then moves to an applied understanding of evidence based practice as it relates to the science of nursing with emphasis on appraisal, critique and dissemination of nursing research. Prerequisite: NURS 3305.

NURS 3322. Health Assessment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Fosters the acquisition of skills and techniques used in comprehensive health assessment of adults. Clinical/laboratory experiences focus on norms in well patient while identifying common deviations in health status of adults of ages in the simulation lab. Prerequisite: Admission to the program. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3360. Family and Community Health Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours). [WI]

Presents the theory and systems to provide family and community-based health care for individuals and families. Clinical experiences are individualized and will include public health departments, home health, community clinics and specialized care delivery settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3416. Care of Adults for Licensed Nurses. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Introduces a systematic conceptually based approach to patient centered care. Emphasizes the study of pathophysiologic and pharmacotherapeutic processes as the body responds to stress, injury, and disease. Focuses on evaluation of safe performance of direct care skills. Clinical experiences occur in the simulation lab and the acute care setting. This course is for LVNs admitted for BSN completion. Prerequisite: Pre- or corequisite NURS 3305. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3520. Foundations of Nursing Care. 5 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 6 Hours).

Introduces a systematic approach to patient-centered care. Emphasis is on understanding of knowledge, skills and attitudes fundamental to the discipline of nursing. Focuses on safe performance of direct care skills within the simulation lab and in hospital or long-term settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing program, NURS 3210. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 3623. Nursing Care for Adults. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Continues to utilize conceptual based process to focus on nursing care of adult medical-surgical patients. Emphasis is on clinical judgment, therapeutic and professional communication, realistic care planning, and provision of safe, compassionate, multidimensional care of adult patients in a variety of health care settings and simulation lab. Prerequisites: NURS 3210, 3520, and 3322. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4086. Nursing Problems. 1-4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-4 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course allows the student to explore a topic of special interest while working independently under the guidance of an instructor. The student formulates objectives and a plan of evaluation of the project. May be repeated for credit, subject to approval by the head of the Department of Nursing. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in the nursing major or approval of department head.

NURS 4301. Emergency Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Refines the nursing process in caring for clients of all ages experiencing medical/surgical emergencies, psychosocial crises, and trauma. Clinical experiences include provision of emergency care to individuals and diverse populations in acute care facilities and rural community settings. Transcultural competencies and critical reasoning are reinforced. Pre- or corequisites: NUR 315, 321.

NURS 4302. Transcultural Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Considers assumptions about health, illness, and death that are deeply entwined within cultural, social, and religious beliefs. Alternative healing systems and practices in contemporary society will be explored, as well as differences between provider and client cultures. Clinical experiences among diverse ethnocultural populations will enhance self awareness and culturally competent care. Prerequisites: NUR 315, 321.

NURS 4303. Nursing in the United Kingdom. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is a study abroad course that examines nursing history, healthcare delivery, nursing practice and nursing education in the United Kingdom as compared to the United States. Study abroad is optional and at the student's expense. The course serves as an Applied Learning Experience (ALE).

NURS 4308. Nursing Care of Infants and Children. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Utilizes a conceptual based process to focus on acute and chronic care, health promotion, injury prevention, disability and end of life issues in infants and children and the impact on their families. Emphasis is on culturally sensitive care and communication. Clinical experiences in acute care, simulation lab and community settings incorporate an interdisciplinary collaborative approach in the delivery of care. Prerequisites: NURS 3416 or 3623 and 3360. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4314. Policy, Politics, and Ethics in Professional Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Emphasizes the utilization of power in positive ways to impact health care policy In today's society. Also discusses the place of ethics in health care provision of care and use of resources. The politics of health care of nursing are integrated throughout. Involvement in legal and policy making organizations is encouraged. Prerequisite: NURS 3305, 3317, and 4413.

NURS 4410. Nursing Leadership and Management. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 6 Hours). [WI]

Emphasizes leadership and management theories in practical application to issues arising in nursing management positions. Clinical experiences focus on management of multiple patients in acute care and interactive observation of leaders and managers in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: NURS 3623 Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4413. Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours). [WI]

Examines leadership and management theories in practical application to issues arising in nursing middle management positions. Course designed for alternate entry students (LVN to BSN, RN to BSN, and RN to MSN). Clinical experiences with leaders and managers in a variety of settings will focus on improving patient care. Prerequisites: NURS 3305 and NURS 3416. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4425. Population Health Nursing. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Presents the theory and systems to provide health care services to communities, or populations as the unit of care. The focus of clinical experiences is a population based assessment, program management, and resource development for a service learning project based on assessment and findings and public health needs. Prerequisite: NURS 3360. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4440. Nursing Care of the Older Adult Family. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 6 Hours). [WI]

Focus is on risk reduction, disease prevention, and strategies for health promotion, restoration, and maintenance in a vulnerable older population. Emphasis is placed on integrating assessment, data analysis, therapeutic communication, and critical thinking skills to direct culturally sensitive care of older adults. Clinical experiences are conducted in a variety of health care settings and the simulation lab. Prerequisites: Completion of previous level (Senior I) Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4560. Transition to Professional Nursing Practice. 5 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Course fosters synthesis and validation of the curricular concepts gained in prior semesters. Immersion experience to promote transition to practice is based in a rural locale to facilitate study of the geopolitical aspects of a particular manageable and measurable setting. Time will be dedicated to administering standardized tests used in assessing some student learning outcomes. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all graduation requirements with the exception of concurrent enrollment in NURS 4425 and 4440. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 4612. Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Needs. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Comprehensive care of the adult experiencing complex health alterations within the framework of human caring. Clinical experiences occur in specialty settings and simulation lab. Prerequisite: NURS 3416 or 3623. Lab fee: $2.

NURS 5086. Problems in Nursing. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0-6 Hours, Lab: 0-6 Hours).

Independent study focused on an area in nursing. Together with the faculty, the student formulates learning objectives and a plan for the course. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN program and approval of the Department Head.

NURS 5181. Comprenhesive Exam Review. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Purpose of the course is to prepare students for the comprehensive examination which is a synthesis of the concepts, theories, principles, roles, and skills learned in this graduate program. Course is pass/fail grading.

NURS 5300. Nursing Theory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Explores the relationships among theory, knowledge, science, and evidence-based nursing practice. The student will develop an appreciation of the process of theory development in nursing, compare and contrast various theoretical perspectives, and apply nursing theory. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5301. Organizational Behavior and Human Resources. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course explores theories and concepts derived from diverse disciplines with a focus on organizational effectiveness, structure, and culture; group dynamics and teamwork; diversity; staffing and scheduling; and governance. The fundamental principles and techniques of personnel development and management will be examined. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program.

NURS 5303. Advanced Nursing Role Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Course introduces general and specific roles as a master's prepared nurse. Students are expected to incorporate the values of ethical comportment, lifelong learning, and professional development. The local, state, and national healthcare policies and issues will be investigated. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5306. Nursing Informatics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Explores nursing informatics, its value, impact, and application to nursing practice, research, and education. Advances in information technology, healthcare information systems, and tele-health are expanded.

NURS 5310. Leadership Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Leadership is explored through the process of developing oneself as a leader. The course will examine the dimensions of the leadership role; identification of attributes, knowledge and skill required to fulfill the role; and the distinctions between management and leadership. Course content will address communication strategies, relationship management, application of motivational theories, leadership for the future, and ethical issues surrounding the use of influence and power. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program.

NURS 5312. Advanced Health Assessment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on enhancing previously learned nursing skills and techniques used in comprehensive health assessment. Facilitates the development of critical thinking and advanced communication skills using various modalities. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5314. Advanced Pharmacology and Pathophysiology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Dual focus on the role of the nurse in management of pharmacotherapeutics across the lifespan and the analysis and evaluation of physiologic and pathologic changes.

NURS 5320. Healthcare Finance. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Offers an introduction to decision making in healthcare settings using accounting and finance theories, principles, concepts and techniques most important to managers. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5322. Healthcare Change and Communication. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines change theory, team building, negotiation, and managing conflict in the healthcare habitat. Also addresses foundational principles of strategic planning. Evidence-based communication processes and orchestrating change in complex healthcare systems will be discussed. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5324. Outcomes & Eval Healthcare. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on healthcare outcomes management and planning using the biopsychosocial spiritual approach of healthcare delivery. The course will also examine a number of different measuring methodologies and their strengths and weaknesses as they apply to healthcare outcomes management and planning.

NURS 5328. Administrator Role I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Course is an applied synthesis of concepts, theories, processes, and roles learned in previous and concurrent core and administration courses. Students are actively engaged with faculty and clinical preceptor to plan experiences to meet course objectives. Students will gain firsthand experience with the operational, administrative, and strategic issues of concern to middle management. Clinical is supervised. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5329. Administrator Role II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Continuation course of applied synthesis of concepts, theories, processes, and roles learned in previous and concurrent core and administration courses. Students are actively engaged with faculty and clinical preceptor to plan experiences to meet course objectives. Students will gain firsthand experience with the operational, administrative, and strategic issues of concern to executive management. Clinical is supervised. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5330. Instructional Methods and Strategies for Adult Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus is on teaching and learning theories, characteristics of the learner and instructor, and diverse learning designs and environments. Legal and ethical aspects will be covered. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN Program.

NURS 5332. Curriculum Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on curriculum development in nursing education and practice settings. Includes curriculum leader, faculty, and staff development, assessment of contextual factors, and curriculum design and process. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5334. Outcomes and Evaluation Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Course describes assessment, outcomes, and evaluation in nursing education; the process for collecting data and making decisions; and how to construct meaningful evaluation instruments. Social, ethical, and legal responsibilities and implications of decisions are presented. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5338. Clinical Focus Role. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Course begins with a discussion between the student and faculty and then student and preceptor to design an individualized clinical experience to meet the course objectives. During this supervised clinical experience, the student will integrate advanced nursing knowledge to implement nursing interventions that influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations or systems. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5339. Educator Role. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Course is an applied synthesis of concepts, theories, processes, and roles learned in prior and concurrent education and core courses. Students are actively engaged with faculty and clinical preceptor to plan experiences to meet course objectives. Clinical is supervised. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5370. Scholarly Writing in Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Intensive nursing scholarly writing course emphasizing elements and techniques of credible, scholarly writing, and critical thinking utilizing American Psychological Association (APA) format and style. Student evolution in writing will be developed through sequential papers and faculty/peer feedback. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program.

NURS 5380. Completion Project. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus is implementation of approved project proposal. Students are expected to synthesize the concepts, theories, principles, roles, and skills learned in this graduate program. Course must be repeated for project completion. Student will receive pass/fail credit in the course during the semester the project is completed.

NURS 5388. Thesis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin thesis. No credit until thesis is complete. Thesis will be completed following the guidelines from the College of Graduate Studies. Prerequisites: NURS 5398 and approval of Thesis Chair or Department Head.

NURS 5398. Nursing Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Prepares students to explore, appraise, synthesize, and utilize appropriate research findings to address nursing problems and improve outcomes. Introduces research and knowledge generation in nursing. Course Fee $50.